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Green Tip

Go green when you cheer on the Tar Heels! Think about reusable cups, plates, cloth napkins, and utensils for your tailgates and pre-game events. Plan your party in advance with friends and family to buy in bulk and reduce waste from packaging.  Share your sustainable tailgate gatherings and winning strategies with sustainable_unc on instagram!  

Campus Sustainability Videos Now Available 

A new video series featuring students, faculty, and staff brings campus sustainability initiatives to the big screen—or laptop or phone screen. With the recent Three Zeros Initiative announcement to move towards water neutrality, zero waste, and greenhouse gas neutrality, Carolina community members are increasingly inquiring about how to get involved. The video series helps new and returning community members not only learn about Carolina’s goals and efforts, but also provides ways to contribute with sustainable practices and behaviors. Watch the video series online and share with friends and colleagues. Some viewers may notice that each video ends asking: “What positive impact will you have?” And Sustainability @ UNC wants to hear about your commitment to sustainability! Share your sustainable behaviors at Carolina via email to and we’ll enter you in a drawing to win a Carolina Green t-shirt made with organic, local cotton by TS Designs. Entries due by 5pm on Friday, October 14.

Carolina Ranked in Top 50 on ‘Cool Schools’ List

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ranks 39th among 200 colleges and universities nationwide, according to the Sierra Club “Cool Schools” annual sustainability report. The “Cool Schools” ranking serves as a guide for prospective students to compare schools’ commitment to sustainability. Carolina was recognized with high scores in the categories of innovation, co-curricular activities, planning, food and water. In the decade since the survey was launched, Carolina consistently has been recognized as one of the leading U.S. institutions for sustainability. Read more »

Apply for “Food for All” Micro Grants and Support 

The two-year, pan-campus “Food for All” theme invites you to submit your exciting ideas for micro grants and cross campus support. “Food for All” has a large, diverse, and well networked steering committee that can help develop ideas and assure maximal reach across campus and community partners. Read more » 

Study Food and Sustainability in Italy this Spring 

Gustolab International Institute for Food Studies offers semester and summer programs in Italy focusing on food culture, sustainability, food media, sustainable architecture and food design. Students also have the opportunity to intern in food production, health, sustainability, hospitality and tourism. Apply for spring semester program by October 15. Read more »

Scientists Warn of Deluges, Droughts in Carolinas 

Scientists, farmers and water managers met recently in Charlotte to explore ways to address the coming dry weather and sudden flooding that experts say will become more common. "In the long view, climate is going to be a very challenging problem for water resources. Too much, too little, wrong times," said Susan White, executive director of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Water Resources Research Institute. She said in the short term, bursts of heavy rain are "going to cause a lot of problems, and that's flooding. We've seen this in Charleston and in North Carolina on the coast." Carolinas water utilities are increasingly working together on long-range water forecasts, conservation measures and drought response plans. Read more »

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Jobs and Internships

• NC Botanical Garden – Natural Science Educator – NC

• EPA – Management Assistant – NC 

• NC Museum of Natural Sciences – Education Program Assistant – College or Graduate Student Wanted – NC 

• Muddy Sneakers – Piedmont Assistant Program Director – NC

• University of South Carolina - Sustainability Director- SC

• University of San Diego – Climate & Energy Manager - CA 

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October 5

CDS Susty Series: Know Your Farmer

October 10-14

Water and Health Conference

October 13

Downtown Pop Up Farmers’ Market


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