The Sustainability Office advances the triple bottom line of ecological integrity, economic prosperity and social equity. Staff members catalyze the development and implementation of sustainable policies, practices and curricula for all members of the University community.
Organized efforts to institutionalize sustainability at UNC began in 1999, as two converging factors led to the formation of the Sustainability Coalition. Executive Order 156 from then-governor Jim Hunt called on all state agencies to adopt more sustainable practices. Simultaneously, students requested that the university community become more proactive on environmental issues. After two years of volunteer efforts, the university became the first in the state to hire a full-time Sustainability Coordinator. Cynthia Pollock Shea, LEED Accredited Professional, was hired in 2001 and in 2003 the department grew to include an Energy Conservation Manager and administrative assistant. The Sustainability Office is currently involved in a number of sustainability initiatives as well as ongoing efforts to engage and educate the campus community.
The Sustainability Office is a part of UNC’s Facilities Services Division that works cooperatively with other offices, departments, and organization across campus. Facilities Services is one of the largest business units on campus as it includes Housekeeping, Grounds, Building Services, Waste Reduction and Recycling, Architectural & Engineering Services, Project Management (construction projects), Materials & Logistics, and more. The mission of Facilities Services is to “professionally maintain, renovate, and improve buildings and grounds and provide quality support services for the Carolina community.” For departmental information, visit http://www.fac.unc.edu.