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Green Tip

Nothing is spookier than a heavy ecological footprint so go green for Halloween. Give your wallet a break by making your own one-of-a-kind costumes. Use and decorate your own reusable bags or pillow cases for trick-or-treating. Carve locally grown pumpkins with friends and family and save the seeds and insides for baked treats. Share your own sustainable tricks or treats with sustainable_unc on instagram! Read more »  

Carolina Makes The Princeton Review Top 50 Green Colleges

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ranks 38th among 361 national and international colleges and universities in the 2016 edition of “The Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges.” The guide profiles colleges with commitments to sustainability based on their academic offerings and career preparation for students, campus policies, initiatives, and activities. Specifically, it considers:
1) a healthy and sustainable quality of life on campus
2) student preparedness for employment in the clean-energy economy and environmental stewardship
3) environmentally responsible policies

UNC-Chapel Hill and Warren Wilson College (#36) are the only North Carolina schools to make the top 50. Carolina’s ranking recognizes the long-term success of its many sustainability initiatives. The Sustainability Advisory Committee, role of the sustainability officer, and sustainability-focused degree programs, for instance, all demonstrate a commitment to institutionalizing campus sustainability. Carolina’s high mark in the food category of the ranking results from a variety of recent coinciding initiatives, including sustainable practices in Carolina Dining Services, the new UNC Edible Campus project, the “Food for All” university academic theme, and the Carolina Campus Community Garden.

Three Zeros Combines Aspiration, Pragmatism

The Three Zeros Initiative aims to reduce UNC Chapel Hill’s environmental footprint by moving the campus toward water neutrality, zero waste, and greenhouse gas neutrality. The initiative provides a way to aggregate efforts, examine what the University has already accomplished, and explore how to build on that success. A key component is for Carolina to be a living learning laboratory. Examining sustainability from a cost-saving standpoint as well as a path to new teaching and research opportunities gives Three Zeros the potential for far-reaching impact. Read more »

EPA Awards $10.2M to Carolina to Protect Air Quality 

UNC’s Institute for the Environment has been awarded a seven-year contract worth up to $10.2 million from the Environmental Protection Agency to continue and expand operations of its Center for Community Air Quality Modeling and Analysis. The extended funding allows the center to continue and expand the scope of its work in community-based air quality modeling and analysis software. The Center’s environmental and air quality models are used by regulatory offices, as well as state governments, academics, federal agencies and the international community for evaluating and proposing regulations vital to human health. Read more » 

Apply for the UNC Sustainable Triangle Field Site 

The Sustainable Triangle Field Site (STSF) is an urban field site experience located on or near the UNC campus. Offered in the spring semester, students have the opportunity to learn about the environment, urban planning, geography, health, and related fields. Apply by midnight on November 2.  Read more »

Schedule Your Spring Sustainability Courses

Enroll in “Carolina Sustainability Consulting” (BUSI 590-32) this spring, a new business course where students develop strategies and implementation plans to advance UNC’s sustainability goals, including the Three Zeros Initiative. The course meets on Tuesdays from 2-5pm with Professor Carol Hee and is open to all business majors and minors and non-business juniors and seniors with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Or register for “Applied Environmental Finance” (PUBA780/ENVR 890) to examine the policy implications of deciding how to pay for environmental services. This course meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:40-5:55pm with Jeff Hughes and Glenn Barnes. Graduate students can enroll directly while undergraduates must email Glenn Barnes to enroll. Read more »

Jon Curtis Student Enrichment Fund

The Jon Curtis Student Enrichment Fund provides $200-$600 grants on a monthly basis to students pursuing personal, professional, and academic interests away from Carolina. As a student-led initiative of Student Government and the Carolina Union, the grants are awarded without restrictions based on major, course of study, or academic department. Read more »

“North Carolina State Parks: Environmental Jewels”

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the North Carolina State Parks system, UNC-TV recently aired a student and faculty produced documentary investigating the environmental challenges facing some of the state’s most treasured resources. “North Carolina State Parks: Environmental Jewels” features scripts and footage by UNC students and the diverse beauty of state parks from the mountains to coast. Read more »

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Jobs and Internships

• Wake Forest University – Sustainability Graduate Programs Director – NC

• Georgia Institute for Technology – Sustainability Coordinator – GA

• NC Sustainable Energy Association – Graphic Design Specialist – Raleigh, NC

• Second Nature – Climate Resilience in Urban Campuses & Communities Fellow Project Coordinator – AZ, CA, OR

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October 27

EcoReps Trick or Treat Event

October 28

Fall Symposium on Climate Change Ethics 

November 14


November 15

America Recycles Day

November 17

Just Eat It! (And if not, compost it!)



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