Sustainability @ UNC

January 23, 2018

Sustainability @ UNC distributes a periodic newsletter containing our recent news stories along with information about upcoming events and sustainability job and internship opportunities. To receive this newsletter, join our listserv.

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Campus Sustainability Events

Check out our full online events calendar for more great sustainability events happening this month.

Making the Workplace More Sustainable

Want to learn how to help your work unit become more economically, environmentally and socially responsible? Join us at our interactive training, Making the Workplace More Sustainable.

Participants will learn about sustainability goals and initiatives at UNC, including Chancellor Folt’s Three Zeros Environmental Initiative to achieve 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 assessment tool helps people identify, measure, and promote UNC-specific opportunities related to sustainable purchasing; energy; transportation; water; waste reduction, recycling and reuse; food and events; and health and wellness.

This two-day training will be held on Tuesday, February 27, and Thursday, March 1, from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., 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.”

Questions? Call the Sustainability Office at 919-843-5295 or email Amy Armbruster.

UNC Clean Tech Summit

The Clean Tech Summit will take place March 1-2 at the Friday Center from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.

The 5th Annual Summit will bring together attendees and speakers from business, government, agriculture and academia to explore key issues in clean tech with keynotes, discussions, workshops, mentoring and networking to foster leadership and growth in the Southeast’s clean tech industry. Themes will involve entrepreneurship, clean energy, innovation in agriculture, and smart and healthy cities.

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Campus News

Burch Sustainability and Storytelling Summer Program

This Burch Field Research Seminar is a six-week program that will take students to Germany, the Navarra region of Spain, and Copenhagen, Denmark. Through experiential learning, students will learn about climate change and examine the political, social, and economic factors facilitating the transition in those countries from fossil fuels to renewable energy. Through student-driven journalism projects, participants will evaluate the costs and benefits of the transitions and consider potential lessons for North Carolina and the United States. The deadline for the Summer 2018 program is Feb. 14, so apply soon!

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Carolina in the News

Institute for the Environment Releases New Report to Guide Airports on Local Air Quality Health Concerns

A new report published by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, provides guidance to airport operators on selecting an appropriate model for studying the potential health impacts of airport emissions. Scientists from the UNC Institute for the Environment led the study, which compared four different dispersion models to make recommendations on how best to assess air quality impacts of airport emissions.

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Green Tips

Make These Three Zeros New Year's Resolutions

We all have a role to play in achieving UNC’s goals of zero waste to landfills, zero net greenhouse gas emissions and zero net water use. Here are three easy things you can do to be Carolina Green.

  1. Never buy a plastic bottle again! With water bottle refill stations all over campus, it’s easy to give up disposable plastic bottles.
  2. Eliminate phantom power! Unplug the charger for your cell phone, laptop, or iPad after your devices are fully charged or use power strips to turn off all your appliances at once. Even easier: invest in chargers that stop drawing current when the device's battery is full. You can cut your energy bill and extend the life of your battery-powered equipment.
  3. Maintain that Car! Take your car in for regular servicing. The oil, chemicals, antifreeze, coolant and other hazardous fluids that your car leaks will eventually make their way to rivers and lakes, contaminating drinking water. You’ll also extend your vehicle’s life!

What’s your green new year’s resolution? Email us at sustainability@unc.edu. We’d love to hear from you!

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Jobs, Internships, Scholarships and Fellowships

Check out our online job postings for sustainability jobs locally and around the country! We will continue to post sustainability-related jobs and internships available at UNC in this newsletter.

Mingma Norbu Sherpa Fellowship 

The Mingma Norbu Sherpa Fellowship provides $1,250 to support undergraduate or graduate field study and engaged research in environmental areas at field sites, preferably abroad. Applications for the Sherpa Fellowship are due February 8, 2018.

Udall Scholarship

Apply for the Udall Scholarship- juniors and seniors interested in conservation and environmental policy are encouraged to apply to become an environmental scholar. Environmental scholars will receive up to $7000 for academic expenses as well as professional opportunities.

Community Engagement Fellowships

The Community Engagement Fellowship program awards a maximum of seven fellowships of up to $2,000 each year to develop and implement engagement or engaged scholarship projects that employ innovative, sustainable approaches to complex social needs, and have an academic connection. Apply by February 5.

Outward Bound

The Carolina Center for Public Service awards scholarships for UNC undergraduates to participate in a North Carolina Outward Bound 28-day summer course. Recipients receive full tuition for the course and Wilderness First Aid certification. Preference is given to students who are participants in the Buckley Public Service Scholars program, affiliated with the School of Education, or involved with Student Life and Leadership. Apply by February. 6 through the Carolina Center for Public Service Application and Nomination Portal.

Local Food Supply Chain Apprenticeship

Through an exciting 8-week program, Local Food Supply Chain Apprentices will have the opportunity to work with local food hubs, businesses, and organizations and gain hands-on training related to local food systems and value chains. The apprenticeship will be paid and some travel (outside of home to duty station) will be included. Apply by February 11.

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