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If you'd like to help UNC meet its goals for sustainability - from energy conservation, recycling and eco-efficient landscaping, to student activities and coursework - consider adding your expertise and energy to the UNC Sustainability Council or one of its subcommittees. Membership is open to faculty, staff and students.
The council and its subcommittees - Buildings/Equipment/Operations, Communications, Student and Community Engagement, and Academics and Curriculum - identify and create opportunities to improve existing sustainability efforts, adopt new sustainable practices and communicate those opportunities to the campus community.
Each group meets once a month and members typically spend additional time doing project work such as drafting policies/procedures, designing brochures or researching potential new projects.
Sustainability at UNC
The University of Northern Colorado takes a multi-faceted and committed approach to sustainability, from energy conservation and eco-efficient landscaping, to student activities and coursework.
If every American recycled his or her newspaper just one day a week, it would save about 36 million trees a year.
Is your refrigerator 10 years old or older? An Energy Star-qualified fridge can save you $30 to $40 a year in electricity costs, offsetting the slightly higher purchase price.
If just one in 10 homes used Energy Star-qualified appliances, the positive effect on the environment would be like planting 1.7 million new acres of trees.
A 10-degree reduction in your hot water heater’s setting can save up to 5 percent on water heating costs.
As an Energy Star partner, UNC has so far changed over 1 million light bulbs on campus to more energy efficient types and converted over 2,000 faucets, showerheads and toilets to low-flow fixtures.
UNC recycles over 300,000 pounds of materials a year, which saves almost 3,000 trees and over 1 million gallons of water.