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Green Tip

January is National Soup Month. Warm up with a bowl of stewed fresh winter produce from the Farmers’ Market or simmered lentils, split peas, or beans from the bulk section of your local grocer. Some ingredients for your favorite stew may even be growing here on campus as part of the Edible Garden Initiative. Make a big pot and freeze for later or share with friends. Here are three hot recipes to bring to a boil.

Learn to Lead Staff Sustainability Efforts

“Making the Workplace More Sustainable,” an interactive staff sustainability workshop, helps participants identify, measure, and promote sustainable practices in their work areas. Learn about UNC sustainability goals and initiatives, including Chancellor Folt’s new Three Zeros Initiative to move towards water neutrality, zero waste, and greenhouse gas neutrality. Become “green events” certified, and gain familiarity with a Workplace Sustainability Assessment tool designed for Carolina. The upcoming, two-day training will be held on Tuesday, February 14, and Thursday, February 16, from 8:30am - 12:30pm, at the Administrative Office Building on Airport Drive. Register through Connect Carolina, and select the Self Service > Training Enrollment option. Search by “Workplace Sustainability 1.” Read more »

EcoReps Student Sustainability Training

EcoReps are Carolina’s trained peer-to-peer sustainability outreach team. Learn about campus sustainability initiatives that advance ecological integrity, economic prosperity, and societal well-being. Then, learn the skills needed to effectively engage other students. Spring semester training will be held on Saturday, January 28, from 10am-3pm, and counts as a Public Service Scholars Skills Training. Register here for location and more information.

Student Leader of Trash Free UNC First Feature of “Student Voices”

The first installment of Student Voices, a new regular feature to offer student perspectives on an environmental issue or event on campus, profiles second-year student Olivia Joyner’s efforts to go trash free for one week in November 2016. Joyner started Trash Free UNC (TFUNC), a group that will sponsor Trash Free Weeks on campus to encourage students to disrupt their basic lifestyle, think about their impact, and reduce their personal waste. TrashFreeUNC (#TFUNC) is a week long, zero-waste initiative project that aims to raise awareness about the amount of trash that students and staff send to the landfill everyday by purchasing disposable items such as packaged foods and coffee. Read more » 

Carolina Ranks in 11th Place Worldwide for Sustainable Campus

The Universitas Indonesia’s annual GreenMetric report rates campus sustainability programs worldwide. Carolina ranked 11th in the world and 4th in the United States out of 516 universities. Campuses were evaluated in six categories: setting and infrastructure; energy and climate change; waste management; water usage; transportation; and education. Carolina’s highest rating is in transportation and efforts to encourage alternative modes to commute to and on campus, followed by waste management and recycling and composting programs. The University of California Davis ranked first, and two other US universities – University of Connecticut and University of California Berkeley – made the top ten list. To see complete rankings and specific scores, read more » 

Clean Tech Summit Student Volunteer Opportunity

Students interested in volunteering at the 4th annual UNC Clean Tech Summit on March 2-3 at the UNC Friday Center will have the opportunity to not only attend presentations about current developments in the clean tech industry, but also participate in a networking lunch and mentor program. Complimentary admission and lunch are included. Read more and sign up for available times »

Richard (“Pete”) Andrews Fellowship in Environmental Policy

The Andrews Fellowship will be awarded to a rising senior majoring in public policy, environmental studies, or health sciences with a demonstrated interest in and dedication to policy-related research or service. The Fund provides $500 in support for students working on environmental policy during the summer or a policy research-related project during the academic year. Apply by March 15. Read more »

IE forges joint venture with U.S. Forest Service

UNC’s Institute for the Environment and the US Forest Service have established a joint venture aimed at stimulating innovative solutions to major environmental problems. The partnership will be based in the Institute for the Environment’s headquarters in Chapel Hill bringing UNC students and faculty together with Forest Service groups. This project will spur creative ideas and streamline research between the two parties. Read more »

UNC-Chapel Hill receives RAPID funding from NSF to study water quality in aftermath of Hurricane Matthew

A team of researchers from UNC-Chapel Hill and NC State are studying the effects that Hurricane Matthew had on water quality. The team will collect water samples over the next year to see how the water quality recovers after the storm and determine if any contaminants migrated from surface to groundwater. Read more »

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Jobs and Internships

• Garden Intern – Carrboro High School Eco-Action Community Garden – Carrboro, NC

• East Carolina University Coastal Institute – Outreach Program Specialist – NC

• American University – Sustainability Analyst – Washington DC

• Pennsylvania State University – Marketing Communications Specialist – PA

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January 30

Local Food Supporting Local Health Care: Innovative Models

February 2

CUBE Spring Series: How to Launch a Social Venture

March 2-3 

Clean Tech Summit


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