Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.57
Liaison Cindy Shea
Submission Date Dec. 23, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Mike Piehler
Chief Sustainability Officer
Marine Sciences; Environmental Sciences and Engineering; Environment, Ecology and Energy Program; Institute for the Environment
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee?:
Yes

The charter or mission statement of the committee(s) or a brief description of each committee's purview and activities:

The University Sustainability Council helps align sustainability efforts across the University, evaluate our progress towards the Three Zeros goals and administer sustainability grants. It also advises the chancellor on action plans to make Carolina greener and makes recommendations for our path toward realizing the goals of the Three Zeros Environmental Initiative. The Three Zeros Initiative is Carolina’s integrated approach to reducing its environmental footprint through three sustainability goals: net zero water usage; zero waste to landfills; and net zero greenhouse gas emissions.


Members of each committee, including affiliations and role:

Mike Piehler, Chair, professor, Departments of Marine Sciences, Environmental Sciences and Engineering, and the Environment, Ecology and Energy Program; Director, Institute for the Environment, coastal ecosystem ecologist at the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences
Vennela Avula, undergraduate student, Gillings School of Global Public Health
Elizabeth Havice, associate professor, Department of Geography, College of Arts & Sciences
Diamond Holloman, doctoral student, Environment, Ecology and Energy Program, College of Arts & Sciences
Nikhil Kaza, associate professor, Department of City and Regional Planning and Environment, Ecology and Energy Program, College of Arts & Sciences
Nathaniel Maniatis, undergraduate student, College of Arts & Sciences
Asia Mieczkowska, associate operations officer, Renaissance Computing Institute, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research
Jeff Mittelstadt, professor of the practice and director, Center for Sustainable Enterprise, Kenan-Flagler Business School
Jonas Monast, assistant professor and director, Center for Climate, Energy, Environment and Economics, School of Law
Natalie Murdock, Murdock Anderson Consulting and senator, North Carolina General Assembly
Erin Riggs, executive director, Environmental Finance Center, School of Government
Aaron Salzberg, distinguished professor and director, Water Institute, Gillings School of Global Public Health


Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent employee?:
No

A brief description of each sustainability office:
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:
Yes

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Mike Piehler, Chief Sustainability Officer

Does the institution have a mechanism for broad sustainability coordination for the entire institution?:
Yes

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the institution-wide coordinating body or officer during the previous three years:

In 2016, UNC completed a pan campus Sustainability Plan led by Sustainability Director Cindy Shea. The plan includes teaching, research, outreach, and engagement. The Chancellor subsequently elected to focus efforts on the Three Zeros Environmental Initiative, our integrated approach to reducing our environmental footprint through three goals: net zero water usage; zero waste to landfills; and net zero greenhouse gas emissions.
In 2020 a new University Sustainability Council was formed to support the transition to Sustainable Carolina, a new comprehensive initiative to advance and amplify all sustainability activities. The Council will advise the chancellor and cabinet on our sustainability strategy within the framework of Carolina Next: Innovations for Public Good. To facilitate this work, the council will form four committees to set goals and track progress, integrate with other programs at the University, foster innovation and tell the University’s sustainability story.


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