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Green Tip

Whether you’re new to Carolina or returning to campus, you play a critical role in helping our campus operate efficiently. One of the ways you can help is to report problems, such as water leaks, windows that won’t close, or outdoor lights left on during daylight hours, to Facilities Work Management at 919-962-3456. Students with residence hall issues can submit an online work orderRead more »

Campus Launches Three Zeros Initiative; Sustainability Plan Goes Live

In an effort to transform our campus into a living laboratory for environmental and energy innovation, the Three Zeros Initiative moves the campus toward water neutrality, zero waste, and greenhouse gas neutrality. Inspired by the recently released Sustainability Plan, a comprehensive guide to embed sustainability across all areas of campus, the Initiative accelerates Carolina’s response to some of our greatest challenges in a changing world and climate.

In the last half-year, Carolina has:

• Signed the Real Food Challenge committing to purchase 20% local/community based, fair, ecologically sound, and/or humane food.
• Completed the Battle Grove Restoration Project adjacent to the McIver Residence Hall to daylight a stream and remove pollutants and contaminants from runoff water.
• Formed an interdepartmental group to lead a waste management pilot project and conducted several waste audits.
• Filmed orientation videos for students, staff, and faculty.

And much more… 

As a member of our campus community, there’s an opportunity for you to join the journey of creating a more sustainable environment, healthier communities, and improved economic opportunities. Every step depends on your participation and we need your unique skills, passions, and perspective to solve the problems that will be faced by Carolina and the world in the coming century. Share your ideas for the Three Zeros or contribute to one of our ongoing projects. What positive impact will you make?

Farmers' Market Adds Downtown Hours

The Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market will pop up its stands on Thursdays, from 3:30-5:30pm at the 140 W. Franklin Plaza. This market location is available only through October 27 and provides an additional opportunity outside of regular market hours to pick up fresh food from local farmers. Read more »

Clean Tech Lunch Seminar: Adam Riggsbee

As a follow up to the Clean Tech Summit held last February, the Institute for the Environment will host a seminar series focused on the nexus between energy management, policy and technology, and environmental concerns. Adam Riggsbee, founder and president of RiverBank Conservation, will kick off the series on Wednesday, September 7, at 12:30pm in Toy Lounge, Dey Hall.  Read more »

CDS and Food for All Serve Susty Series

Carolina Dining Services (CDS) and the Food for All pan-campus theme are offering a new Susty Series this fall on food, nutrition, and sustainability. The series starts on Wednesday, September 14, from 6-7:20pm at the End Zone, and continues each Wednesday, same time and place, through the fall. Series titles include, “Meat Your Makers,” “Know Your Farmer,” and “Waste Not, Want Not,” and are paired with specialty food items. Read more »  

Move More Sustainably with Bike and ZipCar Improvements 

Transportation & Parking announces new bike infrastructure including: a new bike pump and fix-it station at the southwest corner of Greenlaw Hall in the Pit, new inverted-U bike racks around Greenlaw for covered bike parking, and expanded free bike rentals in the Olde Campus Lower Quad via Tar Heel Bikes, as well as continued service in Morrison. For those looking to rent cars, Zipcar now offers free annual memberships for members of the Commuter Alternative Program. Zipcar has also added a hybrid vehicle to its campus fleet which can be reserved for just $7.50 an hour. Read more »  

2016 Move-OUT Results

The headline is not a typo; even though new and returning students just moved IN, the Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling is sharing May 2016 Move OUT results, highlighting student donations to the Don’t Ditch It, Donate It! program. Students donated furniture, small appliances, carpet, personal goods, books, and school supplies, saving just over 100 cubic yards of landfill space, or the equivalent of nearly 17 full dumpsters! See full results here »

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Jobs and Internships

• Impact – Internship – NC 

• Virginia Tech – Sustainability Manager – VA

• Syracuse University – Associate Director of Sustainability Management – NY

• University of Colorado, Boulder – Sustainability Program Manager – CO 

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September 10 

EcoReps Training

September 13

Institute for the Environment Bagel Breakfast

September 27 & 29

Staff Sustainability Training


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