- The Sustainability Committee, which includes students, faculty, and staff, created a policy to incorporate sustainability in planning and design, construction, maintenance, renewable energy, and recycling.
- Winston Salem has committed to becoming climate-neutral by 2050.
- The director of facilities manages sustainability efforts on campus.
- WSSU is exploring switching to environmentally preferable cleaning chemicals.
- Due to state building guidelines, all new buildings will adhere to LEED Silver standards.
- The Sciences Building, in the planning phase, will include insulated windows and a solar hot water system.
- Energy-saving technologies include LED and other energy-efficient lighting, lighting sensors, energy management systems, and variable speed drives.
- To save water, low-flow faucets and showerheads are installed in all buildings, and new buildings have water metering systems.
Climate Change & Energy
- The university is conducting its first greenhouse gas emissions inventory.
- To save energy, the school has turned off the lights in drink vending machines, retrocommissioned two buildings’ HVAC systems, and set back building temperatures.
- WSSU is conducting an energy audit on ten major campus buildings to identify more ways to decrease energy consumption.
- The university is exploring the option of generating renewable energy on campus.
- The Winston Salem campus recycles many traditional materials, including aluminum, cardboard, glass, paper, and some plastics. Printer cartridges are also recycled.
- Some of the campus’s landscaping waste is composted.
- Local and organic foods are offered at meals.
- Trays have been removed from all dining halls.
- Cooking grease is recycled for use as biodiesel fuel.
- The campus community participates in recycling competitions to raise awareness about waste.
- The school’s Green Week engages students with sustainability.
- Of the school’s 50 fleet vehicles, seven are electric and two run on biofuel.
- A free shuttle service travels around campus.