Fifteen years after the Sustainability Coalition was formed at UNC-Chapel Hill, sustainable policies, practices, and curricula are infused throughout campus. Thousands of students, staff, faculty and administrators routinely incorporate sustainability principles into their courses, decisions, investments, and behaviors.

Sustainability by the Numbers

UNC bell tower aerial27% reduction in (scope I and scope II) greenhouse gas emissions since 2007

13% first-year students who were eligible for the Carolina Covenant in 2016, a scholarship program that provides debt-free education to low-income students

20% food served in the dining halls purchased from North Carolina farmers.

31% reduction in energy use per square foot since fiscal year 2003, avoiding $330 million in cumulative energy costs

33% undergraduate students who study abroad

47% waste diverted from the landfill in 2016 through composting and recycling

63% reduction in potable water use per square foot since 2000

100% new academic buildings certified LEED Gold since 2011

200 structural stormwater best management practices, including green roofs, cisterns, infiltration beds, permeable pavement parking lots

1000 kilowatts, the capacity of the new generator at Carolina North that brings landfill gas through an underground pipeline from Orange County Landfill to be converted into electricity

665 undergraduate classes in 52 departments that incorporate sustainability themes or address sustainability challenges

144,000 gallons reduction in water consumption per year due to the elimination of trays in the dining halls

7,000,000 rides taken annually on Chapel Hill Transit’s fare-free buses

$846 million in research funding in 2014 to address the greatest issues of our times