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Fri, 24 Jan 2014 17:09:00 +0000

The Universitas Indonesia’s annual GreenMetric report rates campuses worldwide on their sustainability programs. For the second year in a row, Carolina ranked 8th in the world and third in the United States out of 301 universities. Campuses were evaluated in six categories: setting and infrastructure; energy and climate change; waste management; water usage; transportation; and education. The Tar Heel Bikes share program and increase in the number of sustainability-related courses were noted among accomplishments and helped Carolina hold its standing. The University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom ranked first, and three other U.S. universities—Northeastern, University of Connecticut, University of California Davis, and North Carolina A&T State University— made the top ten list. To see complete rankings, read more »

Fri, 24 Jan 2014 17:08:00 +0000

EcoReps are Carolina’s trained peer-to-peer sustainability outreach team. Learn about campus sustainability initiatives that advance ecological integrity, economic prosperity, and social equity. Then learn the skills needed to effectively engage others. Training is scheduled for Saturday, January 25, from 10 am - 3 pm at the FPG Student Union, room 3209, and counts as a Public Service Scholars Skills Training. Email to sign up for the training.

Fri, 24 Jan 2014 17:07:00 +0000

Established by the U.S. Green Building Council, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction, and operation of high performance, green buildings. The Koury Oral Health Sciences Building achieved LEED Gold certification for incorporating a variety of sustainable strategies, including building orientation to optimize natural daylight, energy efficient fume hoods, and a condensate capture system that basically wrings out building humidity and reuses it for irrigation. The Koury Oral Health Sciences Building is the second campus building to receive Gold certification, following the Genome Sciences Building. LEED certified buildings save money, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and contribute to a healthier environment. View the Koury Oral Health Sciences LEED Scorecard to learn about the high performance building features.

Fri, 24 Jan 2014 17:06:00 +0000

Sustainability is a core value and top-level priority at Carolina. Success depends on each of us taking an active role. Be the leader in your workplace by learning practical steps to become more economically, environmentally, and socially responsible. This workshop will help participants identify, measure, and promote sustainable change opportunities in their areas. Participants will learn about sustainability goals and initiatives at UNC, become “green events” certified, and learn how to conduct a Workplace Sustainability Assessment. Training is scheduled for two four-hour sessions, Tuesday, February 18, and Thursday, February 20, from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm, at the Administrative Office Building. Register soon, space is limited. Read more »

Fri, 24 Jan 2014 17:05:00 +0000

UNC’s Bioinformatics Building is currently in 3rd place as more than 3,200 competitors in EPA’s ENERGY STAR competition reach the halfway point. The Bioinformatics Building has reduced energy use by 31% in just six months through a variety of strategies, including reprogramming HVAC computer controls, HVAC tuning and optimization, and occupant education and outreach. So far, the top performing buildings of the competition have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than 150,000 MtCO2e, which is equivalent to taking more than 31,000 cars off the road. Read more »

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