Data and Key Performance Indicators (KPIS)

A wide variety of metrics and performance indicators can be used to measure the impact and relative improvement resulting from the University’s sustainability initiatives. The success of our efforts both within the six focus areas and across each scale of the Sustainability Plan will be evaluated. Many of the most useful metrics are already tracked as part of the University’s participation in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (AASHE STARS). Mechanisms are already in place to measure energy use, potable water consumption, and locally sourced food. More comprehensive, pan-campus initiatives are required to track the degree to which sustainability concepts are incorporated into courses, research, and learning outcomes. Beyond the metrics in STARS, progress at Carolina will be aided by the development of new metrics and new monitoring systems to gauge progress towards achieving the Plan’s goals.

Reducing Our Energy Impact

Reducing energy use per square foot as the campus expands

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Total energy use on campus

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Total energy use has decreased while campus square footage has increased by 40%. This reduced our energy use from 193 kbtu to 133 kbtu per square foot, a 31% decrease.

Reducing Our GHG Emissions

Reducing emissions per square foot as the campus expands

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Total GHG emissions on campus

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Total square footage on campus

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GHG emissions per square foot

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Total GHG emissions have decreased by 10% while campus square footage increased by 16%. This reduced our GHG emissions from 35 metric tons per thousand square feet to 27 metric tons per thousand square feet, a 23% decrease.

Reducing Our Waste Impact

Reducing waste per capita as campus population increases

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Total waste on campus

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Total campus population

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Waste per capita

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Total waste production increased negligibly while the campus population increased by 18%. This reduced our waste sent to landfill from 382 pounds per person to 275 pounds per person, a 28% decrease.

Reducing Our Water Impact

Reducing water use per square foot as the campus expands

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Total water use on campus

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FY 2000

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Total square footage on campus

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Water use per square foot

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FY 2000

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FY 2016

Total water use has been reduced by 89 million gallons, with 32% coming from nonpotable sources, while campus square footage has increased by 62%. This reduced our potable water use from 65 to 24 gallons per square foot, a 63% decrease.

Sharing Success Stories

Many current big wins, as well as new ideas and future successes, need to be better communicated to the University community. Both quantitative and qualitative success stories can engage the campus and raise the awareness necessary to inform smart decision making. Some of these stories have already been documented in the 2013 Campus Sustainability Report, in other campus publications, and on numerous websites. Moving forward, we aim to present these and other successes to a broader set of internal and external audiences, taking advantage of a variety of new media channels and other communication tools. Using a dynamic sustainability web portal and a range of social media strategies, we hope to increase awareness of Carolina’s sustainability efforts, impact, and the individuals and initiatives that contribute to ongoing progress.

Existing Successes

  • Reduced energy use 31% per gross square foot since 2003
  • Reduced potable water use 63% per GSF since 2000
  • Diverted 45% of waste from the landfill in FY 2015
  • Manage an award winning 32MW cogeneration plant, five central chilled water plants, and a 5 million gallon thermal energy storage tank
  • Reduced greenhouse gas emissions 12% since the 2008 peak
  • Constructed 635,671 square feet of LEED buildings – Certified, Gold, and Platinum
  • Received $793 million in research funding in FY 2014 to address the greatest problems of our times
  • Offer majors, minors, graduate degrees, and concentrations that focus on sustainability
  • 12% of total undergraduate and graduate course offerings incorporate sustainability themes or address sustainability challenges
  • Named the “best value” in higher education for 13 years running with programs like the Carolina Covenant that help students from low-income families graduate debt-free
  • Adopted “Water in Our World” and “Food for All” as the first two pancampus themes
  • Offer multiple courses and workshops on entrepreneurship and provide incubator space and mentorship to help campus innovators launch good, new ideas
  • Is the first public university in the United States and takes pride in serving the state of North Carolina and the world