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UNC's Green Guide: A Bear's Guide to Sustainable Living
At UNC, yellow and blue truly do make green!! Check out the Green Guide for ideas and suggestions about green living here at UNC.
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State of the University remarks from UNC President Kay Norton
“Our nine core plans include a Sustainability Plan, which remains—quite deliberately—a work in progress.
The plan will address sustainability at UNC in the very broadest sense—not simply how we can be good stewards of the environment, but how we can be a truly sustainable community.
This means we will need to think about sustainability in the context of all the things we’re doing through the other core plans, and because of this, I encouraged the Sustainability Council to hold back on developing a specific action plan during the past year.
Instead, the Council put its energy into identifying the many sustainability-related efforts already under way at UNC, and developed a website to communicate about them.
The Council itself is a reflection of what I mean by “sustainability in the broadest sense.” Its creation, development and ongoing work have been literally organic.
By that I mean they are not the result of some administrative mandate; they emerged because individual university citizens organized themselves into a collaborative effort that works across organizational lines.
When we talk about being a member of the university community, there is an implied commitment to the things we value, and this group exemplifies that principle.”
Kay Norton, UNC President
State of the University Address, 9/24/13
We're Always Looking For A Few Good Committee Members
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.