Monday, January 16, 2017

Elizabeth City

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Elizabeth City State University

School details:
Full-time enrollment: 2,914
Part-time enrollment: 393
Location: Elizabeth City, North Carolina


  • The university signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment as part of the Building Green at Minority Serving Institutions Initiative in September 2010.
  • Elizabeth City State University’s sustainability policy integrates environmental principles into master planning, design, operations, climate mitigation, transportation, recycling, and purchasing.
  • The procurement department is working on a formal green purchasing policy.
  • The university has partnered with the Environmental Defense Fund to explore ways to reduce the campus’s carbon footprint.
  • ECSU employs an energy and sustainability coordinator.
  • The Center for Green Research and Evaluation focuses on connecting the university, local businesses, and non-profits to create green jobs in northeastern North Carolina.

Green Building

  • The university is working on a formal green building policy.
  • The Pharmacy Complex will meet state efficiency regulations to conserve energy and use 20 percent less water than the standard building code mandates.
  • A new education building under construction and a new residential facility in the planning phase will both adhere to state efficiency standards.
  • To conserve energy, the school has installed lighting sensors in all classrooms and offices, energy-efficient lighting, economizers, energy management systems, and variable speed drives.
  • Low-flow faucets and showerheads are installed in all new and renovated buildings; so far, they exist in 10 residence halls.

Climate Change & Energy

  • The university is exploring the option of generating renewable energy on campus using photovoltaics through a partnership with Carolina Solar Farms.
  • Temperatures have been set back to conserve energy in a few buildings.
  • Energy dashboards have been installed in half of the campus buildings to allow occupants to see their energy use.


  • The university recycles all traditional materials: aluminum, cardboard, glass, paper, and all plastics.
  • ECSU also recycles batteries and printer cartridges generated by the school.

Student Involvement

  • Presentations on campus teach students about sustainability.
  • There are campaigns to encourage campus community members to recycle.
  • The student government association works on green initiatives.
  • The school holds community meetings to engage students with environmental issues.
  • Discussions on sustainability are included in various classes, including a course on conservation psychology.
  • The student organization Green for All has two sustainability ambassadors.


  • Free shuttles bring students around campus and to some locations off campus.
  • The university’s fleet includes electric vehicles.
  • There is a bike-sharing program on campus.
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