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. A widely accepted definition of sustainability comes from the United Nations and states that sustainability is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Sustainability is incorporated into multiple sectors of life, and at UNC Charlotte, an emphasis is placed on the economic, ecological, regional, and environmental elements that are influenced by our operations. 

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. Furthermore, students, faculity. and staff on campus are encouraged to take the Sustainability Pledge, which highlights some simple ways that you can make a positive impact everyday.                                          

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: Assessing, Communicating, Designing, Developing, Operating, Purchasing, and Researching.

Sustainability Office:                                      

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