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Green Tip

To save energy costs, the University is closed for a one-week period over winter break. Before you leave campus: unplug all non-essential equipment and appliances which can still draw electricity even if turned off; shut down your computer unless instructed otherwise by IT; check faucets for leaking water and make sure windows are fully closed. If you work in a lab, ensure that fume hoods are closed. Most of these tips also apply at home if you’re traveling. Read more about the Winter Holiday Energy Saving Initiative »  

RESPC Video Highlights Energy Projects Funded by Students

Students reviewing their tuition bill may notice $4 per semester going towards a “green fee.” A new promotional video from the Renewable Energy Special Projects Committee (RESPC), a branch of student government that implements renewable energy and energy efficiency projects around campus, explains how this fee contributes to campus as a living learning laboratory for sustainability.

Since inception in 2003, when UNC students first voted to add the green fee to tuition, the student-run fund has provided over a million dollars for some 50 projects related to energy efficiency, education, and renewables. Past projects include: the Student Union solar array to supply a portion of the building’s energy use and dashboard of real-time energy generation information; solar umbrellas to generate electricity for USB ports; and LED lighting upgrades. A full list of projects demonstrates the long-lasting impact of the funding.

RESPC funding and programming not only benefits the campus, but students as well. Learning about renewable energy technologies, life cycle analysis, grant writing, and project management prepares students with new skills. And collaborating with different departments, faculty, and professionals gives students the opportunity to prepare for future careers. Read more »

Study Sustainability Abroad in Europe or Australia

The Burch Seminar in Germany and the Netherlands offers students an up-close view of several European cities that model sustainable planning and leadership in the Smart Cities movement, and includes topics in renewable energy, urban planning, and high-performance building. An ecology and conservation program offers students the chance to travel to natural areas throughout North Queensland, Australia, and learn about restoration projects, science-driven policy decisions, and social marketing techniques for environmental ethics. Both opportunities offer six credits each and applications are due by February 9, 2017.

“Food for All” Spring 2017 Lecture Series

The two-year, pan-campus “Food for All” theme invites the university community to submit multi-disciplinary ideas for a foods studies lecture series. Send recommendations for food-related topics, scholars, entrepreneurs, activists, documentarians, artisans, and more via the micro grant application form and specify the FFA LECTURE SERIES, Spring 2017. Read more » 

Carolina to Lead One of Five National Transportation Centers, Focus on Road Safety

UNC-Chapel Hill was awarded $2.8 million with the possibility of up to $15 million over the next five years by the US Department of Transportation to manage a National University Transportation Center. Carolina will work with five schools across the country on multidisciplinary research to improve road safety in the United States. This research will focus on making transportation smarter, safer, and more diverse. Read more »

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Jobs and Internships

• Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation – Summer Internship – Winston-Salem, NC

• Town of Chapel Hill – Planning Manager for Transportation – NC

• NC State University - Extension Specialist - Clean Power and Energy Efficiency – NC

• Wake Forest University - Director of the Graduate Programs in Sustainability – NC

• Clean Air Carolina – Communications & Marketing Manager – Charlotte, NC

• University of Wisconsin-Platteville – Surplus Program Manager - WI

• Temple University – Surplus Property Coordinator – PA

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