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Sustainability Internship Opportunity
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We Did It Again!! UNC Named Tree Campus USA
Congratulations! UNC earned a 2013 Tree Campus USA® recognition (second year in a row). So what does that mean? Tree Campus USA is a national program that was launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota. It honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation. To obtain this distinction, UNC had to meet the five core standards for sustainable campus forestry required by Tree Campus USA:
- Establishment of a tree advisory committee
- Evidence of a campus tree-care plan
- Dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program
- An Arbor Day observance
- The sponsorship of student service-learning projects
We're very proud of this... you should be too!!
Recycling and Sustainability Trivia ~ UNC Dining Services
At the Sustainability Council meeting in April 2014, there was a presentation given by Jenny Larson (Associate Director of Dining Services) that had a lot of great information. We wanted to share it with you!
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.
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.