Welcome to the University of North Carolina At Charlotte sustainability website. The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is committed to becoming a regional model of sustainable stewardship via understanding our impacts on the natural systems and using this knowledge to reorient our research, educational, outreach and operational activities to embrace sustainability as a core value of UNC Charlotte.
The idea of sustainability is not new, however the call to act in a sustainable manner is becoming more important. Kermath 2008, argues that this call to act in a sustainable way has come out of the recognition that the current linear economic system is not improving the welfare of humans in many regions of the world. While at the same time degrading the environmental system we depend on by depleting our natural capital and degrading the environment.
Sustainability is understanding that the natural, social and economic systems are interlinked and the development of the system shall not undermine the health and productivity on one of the other systems.
Kermath B, 2008 - Reference Article
The University of North Carolina (“The University”) is committed to leading the State of North Carolina as an environmental steward that endeavors to proactively and effectively manage its impact on energy, water and other natural resources. Further, The University is obligated to ensure full compliance with all applicable local, state, and federal environmental laws and regulations. Sustainability Policy.
The Bruntland Commission defines sustainable development as development that "meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." That is, we need to ensure we can improve the welfare of current populations, while at the same time ensuing that future generations have the ability to create their own wealth.
Sustainability at Universities: Universities and other academic institutions have taken a lead in pursuing the sustainability agenda. Universities have a unique place in the sustainability field, through research, education and pursuing sustainability within in their own operations.
A key value of sustainability is that it is a democratic and participatory process, so please contact Dr. Lizotte regarding any comments and or ideas you may have that will contribute to the sustainability program here at UNC Charlotte.
Michael Lizotte, Ph.D.
University Sustainability Officer
Office Telephone: 704-687-0559