Sustainability

               

New bike racks being installed at EPIC and Grigg    

About Us

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.

 

What is sustainability?

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

UNC System Sustainability Policy

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.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Transition to Sustainability

In 2015, we began to implement themes to progress toward sustainability.  It started with the 2010 plan with identified 131 goals and during a review, identified 29 best practices, and which ultimately led us down a more manageable path of seven themes.  If you will notice, our website is focused on these themes.

 

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Sustainability Office:

Michael Lizotte, Ph.D.
University Sustainability Officer
Office Telephone: 704-687-0559
 
Tyler Sytsma
University Sustainability Coordinator
Office Telephone: 704-687-0606