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Submission Date Jan. 5, 2016
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North Carolina State University
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Rebekah Dunstan
Sustainability Program Coordinator
University Sustainability Office
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Does the institution have one or more co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives that fall into the following categories?:
Yes or No
Active student groups focused on sustainability Yes
Gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, or urban agriculture projects where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems Yes
Student-run enterprises that include sustainability as part of their mission statements or stated purposes No
Sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives through which students can develop socially, environmentally and fiscally responsible investment and financial skills Yes
Conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience Yes
Cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience Yes
Wilderness or outdoors programs that follow Leave No Trace principles Yes
Sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences Yes
Programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills Yes
Sustainability-focused student employment opportunities offered by the institution Yes
Graduation pledges through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions No
Other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives Yes

The name and a brief description of each student group focused on sustainability:

Agronomy Club
Alpha Zeta Professional Fraternity of agriculture and natural resources
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Biofuel Research and Implementation Club
Biology Club
Climate Action Pack
CSLEPS Student Leadership Team
Cycling Club
EcoVillage
Engineers Without Borders
Engineering Village
Fossil Free at NC State
Global Environmental Brigades
NC State Horticulture Club
NC State Stewards
NCSU Outing Club
Net Impact
Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity and Sustainability (SEEDS)
Inter-Residential Council: Sustainability Committee (IRC)
Leopold Wildlife Club
Omega Phi Alpha
OxFam at NCSU
Roots and Shoots
Serene, Green and Clean Movement
Society of American Foresters
Soil and Water Conservation Society
Student Government Sustainability Commission
Student Fisheries Society
Students for Solar
Students for United Organic Living (SOUL) Garden
Union Activities Board (UAB)
United States Green Building Council Student Chapter
Wolfpack Environmental Student Association (WESA)


The website URL where information about student groups is available:
A brief description of gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and urban agriculture projects where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems:

The mission of the Agroecology Education Farm is to promote agroecology and sustainable food systems by providing a diversity of experiential learning opportunities for NC State and the broader community.
http://agroecologyfarm.ncsu.edu/

The SOUL Garden is North Carolina State University's on-campus organic garden, established and operated by student volunteers.
http://soulgarden.weebly.com/


The website URL where information about the organic agriculture and/or sustainable food systems projects and initiatives is available:
A brief description of student-run enterprises that include sustainability as part of their mission statements or stated purposes:
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The website URL where information about the student-run enterprise(s) is available:
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A brief description of the sustainable investment or finance initiatives:

NC State students began contributing a sustainability fee of $1.50 per semester in fall 2013 following a student-led campaign that included pledges of support from more than 2,000 students and letters of support from faculty, staff and other campuses with sustainability fees. The fee generates up to $120,000 per year (minus reserve) for the Sustainability Fund, which awards grants for campus sustainability projects that impact students. A student-led board manages the fund, which offers competitive grants for sustainability-related projects, education and resources that enhance campus and student learning.


The website URL where information about the sustainable investment or finance initiatives is available:
A brief description of conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience:

NC State hosts several sustainability related events each year. All events can be found at http://sustainability.ncsu.edu/events. Below is an example of a recurring event.

Earth Month:
For the past ten years NC State has celebrated Earth Month with an event in April. Most recently, the event has included up to 85 campus departments, student groups and local businesses. NC State Earth Month strives to promote, inform and empower our campus community towards a more sustainable future. Exhibits, activities, and entertainment, teach and inform attendees about various environmental issues, and promote environmentally friendly practices and lifestyles.


The website URL where information about the event(s) is available:
A brief description of cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience:

The Disappearing Frogs Project exhibition uses interactive art to communicate to the public the importance of the global decline of amphibian species populations. The exhibit will take place at the NC State Crafts Center from February 1st to March 3rd, 2016. Art from the exhibit will also be on display in Talley Student Union. 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of art in the exhibition will be donated to the Amphibian Survival Alliance.


The website URL where information about the cultural arts event(s) is available:
A brief description of wilderness or outdoors programs for students that follow Leave No Trace principles:

The Outdoor Adventures Office coordinates rental of outdoor clinics and workshops, equipment rentals, a climbing wall, a challenge course, a bike rental program, wilderness trips during weekends and academic breaks as well as an outdoor themed new student orientation program.

Wolfpack Bound, a program for incoming freshman, offers an outdoor adventures-themed complement to the traditional NC State new student orientation. The program offers students an opportunity to interact with other incoming freshmen, network with faculty and staff, and learn outdoor skills in the beautiful mountains of NC and VA or the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Throughout the experience, students will be challenged both physically and mentally while developing leadership skills, and lasting relationships.

Wolfpack Bound is an opportunity to get outside and learn new skills and push past your comfort zone. All trips do not require previous experience.
http://recreation.ncsu.edu/outdoor-adventures/wolfpack-bound/


The website URL where information about the wilderness or outdoors program(s) is available:
A brief description of sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences:

Change Your State is an initiative of the University Sustainability Office and more than a dozen campus partners including University Dining, Agroecology Education Farm, Campus Farmer’s Market, Energy Management, Staff Senate, Waste Reduction and Recycling, CSLEPS, University Housing, Transportation Office and University Recreation.

Each month through their website, campus events, and special promotions, Change Your State focuses on a different area of sustainable living:

Food (September)
Energy (October)
Zero Waste (November)
Travel (January)
Wellness (February)
Water (March)
Earth Month (April)


The website URL where information about the theme is available:
A brief description of program(s) through which students can learn sustainable life skills:

Change Your State shows you how simple, everyday actions make a big difference: travel smarter, eat green, save energy, waste less, work on wellness, wise up about water, protect the planet and build community.


The website URL where information about the sustainable life skills program(s) is available:
A brief description of sustainability-focused student employment opportunities:

The NC State campus is working collaboratively to support students who are seeking sustainability-related careers. Several tools are available as you prepare and search for the right position. Packlink uses on-campus sustainability projects to provide real-world experience for students. The Career Development Center offers the ePack online job board, job search guidance, career fairs, cooperative education opportunities and more. Academic Advising can also help optimize your education for future career success. More than Money Careers is a mission-driven career inventory, search and preparation resource available for NC State students and alumni. In addition, NC State has a sustainability e-newsletter, which distributes weekly during the fall and spring semester, includes job opportunities and other career resources. Lastly, the NC Clean Energy Technology Center offers continuing education opportunities in clean technology and energy.


The website URL where information about the student employment opportuntities is available:
A brief description of graduation pledges through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions:
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A brief description of other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives:

NC State offers several high impact co-curricular sustainability opportunities.


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