The Sustainability Office conducts comprehensive assessments of sustainability on campus using the AASHE STARS Tool. In 2016 UNC Charlotte earned a Silver Rating on the first attempt. STARS covers four areas of campus performance: Academics, Engagement, Operations, and Planning & Administration.
The STARS assessment is used as a basis for reporting to the Princeton Review, for UNC Charlotte to continue its inclusion in the Guide to Green Colleges. UNC Charlotte was first listed in the 2014 publication of that influential guide for potential students.
In 2009, Chancellor Philip L. Dubois signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. This pledge continues today as the Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitments, specifically the Carbon Commitment “focused on reducing Greenhouse Gas emissions and achieving carbon neutrality as soon as possible.”
Since 2016, UNC Charlotte has annually earned the distinction of Tree Campus USA from the Arbor Day Foundation. This recognition required the development of a plan to effectively manage the trees on the University's campus, use landscaping and trees to develop more inviting public spaces, and take advantage of the opportunities healthy biodiversity provides for educational and communal activities.
Since 2015, UNC Charlotte has made the Green Fleet Award from 100 Best Fleets in the Americas. The University has ranked as high as 10th on the annual list, with frequent mention of the large electric vehicle fleet used and maintained by the campus.
In 2017, UNC Charlotte earned a Bronze rating as a Bicycle Friendly University from the League of American Bicyclists.
In 2018, with support from Chartwells and the Charlotte Green Initiative, the two major dining halls at UNC Charlotte, South Village Crossing and Crown Commons, earned a Three-Star Green Restaurant Certification from the Green Restaurant Association.