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Winston-Salem State

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Winston-Salem State University

School details:
Full-time enrollment: 6,100
Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina


  • 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.

Green Building

  • 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.

Student Involvement

  • 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.
  • written by admin

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