- The UNC Tomorrow Work Group has created a formal sustainability policy.
- The Interdisciplinary Waste Management Institute oversees environmental activities on campus and organizes the environmental studies academic program.
- The university considers sustainability in academics and building practices.
- Four future construction projects will include occupancy sensors to adjust lighting and air conditioning levels, low-flow urinals and fixtures, low-VOC paint, individual temperature controls, reflective roofs, bicycle racks, drought-resistant landscaping, and stormwater management systems.
- To improve energy efficiency of existing buildings, the school has retrofitted lighting with the most efficient bulbs and installed LED lights and lighting sensors, economizers, energy management systems, variable speed drives, and vending machine sensors.
- A new academic building will feature a green roof.
- Bioengineering students have created a rain garden on campus to purify stormwater runoff.
Climate Change & Energy
- The university conducts a campaign to encourage campus community members to reduce their energy use.
- Building systems are regularly tuned up to increase efficiency, and timers help lower building temperature set points.
- The Center for Energy, Research, and Training and the Bioengineering program are exploring the options for generating renewable energy on campus, including solar power or biofuel.
- The UNC Tomorrow Work Group has a recycling committee to improve the program on campus.
- The university recycles traditional materials including aluminum, cardboard, glass, paper, and some plastics.
- All batteries, cell phones, computers, light bulbs, and printer cartridges, including those generated by students, are recycled.
- To cut back on paper use, the school uses electronic forms for purchasing orders.
- Trays have been removed from dining halls to reduce food waste and water and energy use.
- The Environmental Science Club and the GreenPaw Aggies work to educate the campus about environmental issues and to improve the recycling program. Other student groups, the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineering and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, assist with the recycling campaign and the campus rain garden.
- The school hosts guest speakers, seminars, and workshops to teach the student body about sustainability issues.
- Class projects work on pollution control and sustainable design.
- Thirty students have declared a major in environmental sciences, and forty-five graduate students are also studying environmental science at A&M.
- The university offers an environmental course for non-science majors.
- The campus fleet includes three electric golf carts for maintenance workers.
- Free transportation around campus is available for students.
- The university also subsidizes transportation to local destinations.