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Sustainable Initiatives and Results at UNC Chapel Hill

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Fifteen years after the Sustainability Coalition was formed at UNC-Chapel Hill, sustainable policies, practices, and curricula are infused throughout campus. Thousands of students, staff, faculty and administrators routinely incorporate sustainability principles into their courses, decisions, investments, and behaviors.

Sustainability by the Numbers:

12%

reduction in building-related

(scope I and scope II) greenhouse gas emissions since 2008 peak

13% first year students who were eligible for the Carolina Covenant in 2013, a scholarship program that provides debt-free education to low-income students

25% food purchased by Carolina Dining Services that comes from producers within 250 miles of campus

32% MBA students at Kenan-Flagler who graduate with a concentration in sustainable enterprise

33% reduction in energy use per square foot since fiscal year 2003, avoiding $183 million in cumulative energy costs

33% undergraduate students who study abroad

42% waste diverted from the landfill in 2013 through composting and recycling

60% reduction in potable water use per square foot since 2000

100% new academic buildings certified LEED Gold since 2011

200 structural stormwater best management practices, including green roofs, cisterns, infiltration beds, permeable pavement parking lots

1000 Kilowatts the capacity of the new generator at Carolina North that brings landfill gas through an underground pipeline from Orange County Landfill to be converted into electricity

460 undergraduate classes in 52 departments that incorporate sustainability themes or address sustainability challenges

12,000 gallons reduction in water consumption per week due to the elimination of trays in the dining halls

7,500,000 rides taken annually on Chapel Hill Transit’s fare-free buses

$778 million in research funding in 2013 to address the greatest issues of our times

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