|Submission Date||Dec. 23, 2020|
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration
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Director, Sustainability Office
Is the institution currently a member of a national or international higher education sustainability network?:
The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):
~~ Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)
~~ The U.S. Green Building Council
~~ Net Impact
~~ The College and University Recycling Coalition
~~ The Green Schools listserv
Does the institution actively participate in a regional, state/provincial, or local higher education sustainability network?:
The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):
~~ The Southeast Campus Sustainability Network
~~ The UNC system-wide Sustainability Alliance
~~ The UNC system-wide Energy Summit
~~ The NC Sustainable Energy Association
~~ The NC Chapter of the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories
Has the institution presented at a higher education sustainability conference during the previous year?:
A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):
2019 Both Cindy Shea and Amy Armbruster, of UNC's Sustainability Office, presented at the national AASHE Conference in Spokane.
Cindy Shea presented on The State of Sustainability in Higher Education - Managing to Make a Difference. NACUBO subsequently requested that this panel present at the annual NACUBO conference.
Amy Armbruster presented on the Eat Sort Win Competition sponsored by Carolina Dining and UNC Athletics. Composting concierges facilitated the student composting experience in the Lenoir Dining Hall. A raffle open to participants awarded basketball tickets to the winner.
Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to an external higher education sustainability resource center or awards program?:
A list or brief description of the sustainability resource center or awards program and submission(s):
The annual Golden Modes Awards given by Triangle Best Workplaces for Commuters recognize companies, organizations and people who demonstrate the best use of resources to influence Triangle-area employees’ commute options. Ultimately, they reduce the number of people who drive alone to work, in an effort to reduce traffic congestion and improve our air quality.
Awards are given to individuals and employers.
The Transportation and Parking department at UNC Chapel Hill was honored with the Best Workplaces for Commuters Longevity Award.
Given the density of higher education institutions in the Research Triangle Area, 15 campuses, representing 192,350 students participate actively in this program. Many transportation modes and routes serve multiple campuses that routinely collaborate on a wide variety of programs.
Has the institution had employees or students serving on a board or committee of a sustainability network or conference during the previous three years?:
A list or brief description of the board or committee appointment(s):
Amy Preble of UNC's Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling serves on the board pf directors of the Carolina Recycling Association.
Does the institution have an ongoing mentoring relationship with another institution through which it assists the institution with its sustainability reporting and/or the development of its sustainability program?:
A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:
Cindy Shea, director of UNC's Sustainability Office, served as an AASHE mentor to Monica Rowand, Sustainability Coordinator at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette. The two strategized about transportation and waste management programs.
Shea reapplied to be an AASHE mentor in 2020.
Has the institution had employees or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:
A brief description of the peer review activities:
Adam Long, GHG Emissions Specialist at UNC, has reviewed greenhouse gas emissions inventories conducted by other campuses in North Carolina. He also participated in the Peer Review Verification training hosted by Duke University's Carbon Offset Network.
A brief description of other inter-campus collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year :
UNC, NC State, and Duke regularly collaborate on a broad range of sustainability initiatives. This includes strategic sustainability planning, professional development opportunities for faculty and staff, campus as a living learning laboratory projects, outreach strategies, local food networks, grant applications, and renewable energy opportunities.
Website URL where information about the institution’s inter-campus collaborations is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.