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Sustainable Initiatives and Results at UNC Chapel Hill

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

Sustainability by the Numbers:
48% energy savings projected at the new Botanical Garden Education Center

39% undergraduate students who study abroad

38% campus discards recycled into products of value

40% reduction in potable water use per square foot since fiscal year 2003

25% food purchased by Carolina Dining Services that comes from producers within 150 miles of campus

19% MBA students who graduate with a concentration in sustainable enterprise

20% reduction in energy use per square foot since fiscal year 2003

16 UNC-Chapel Hill employees who are Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professionals, a designation awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council

180 structural stormwater best management practices, e.g., green roofs, cisterns, infiltration beds, permeable pavement parking lots

311 acres of the new Carolina North campus that will be put into a conservation easement

600 low-income students who have graduated debt free because of the Carolina Covenant

~450,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalent emitted annually by UNC

1,000,000+ gallons of reclaimed water used daily at campus cooling towers during the summer

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

$17,500,000 awarded to the new Solar Energy Research Center

$85,000,000 campus energy bill in fiscal year 2009

$803 million external research funding received in fiscal year 2010 — triple the amount received in fiscal year 1997

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