campus sceneThe Sustainability Advisory Committee was formed in 2005 to advise the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost and the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration on sustainability goals for the University and the means to achieve them. The Committee recommends policies, practices, research, and curricula across the University. Members examine existing incentives and disincentives and propose more effective strategies.

Committee members broadly represent all campus constituencies; provide expertise in planning, operations, academics, research, and student life; and bring their unique familiarity with various aspects of sustainability.

Charter and Membership

The most commonly held definition of sustainability is “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” UNC faculty have defined sustainability as “an interdisciplinary field focusing on the dynamic relationship between the environment, economy, and society. Sustainable systems preserve and advance social equity, economic prosperity, and the healthy functioning of ecological systems now and in the future.”
The Sustainability Advisory Committee advises the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost and the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration. The Committee makes recommendations on the development and implementation of sustainable policies, practices, research, and curricula across the University. The Committee recommends longterm sustainability goals for the University and identifies the means to achieve them. The Committee is charged with developing a better understanding of existing incentives and disincentives and to propose more effective strategies. Committee members are expected to solicit input on these strategies and to champion and communicate them to each member’s respective areas of involvement so that all campus stakeholders become informed take ownership of sustainability initiatives.
  • Devise a comprehensive and common-sense way to foster sustainability across the entire organization.
  • Improve the University’s sustainability intelligence – how information is gathered and reported, findings analyzed, lessons learned, and results applied.
  • Utilize sustainability for the University’s competitive advantage – in recruitment, fundraising, financial and resource management, and funded research.
  • Disseminate sustainability accomplishments, tools, and challenges.
  • Establish campus-wide measurement methodologies for quantifying, comparing, benchmarking, and prioritizing progress toward sustainability.
  • Foster linkages among and within campus departments, both operational and academic.
  • Develop tools and incentives that make the sustainable choice the easy choice.
  • Advise the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost and the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration on all matters related to Campus Sustainability.
Sustainability Advisory Committee members are appointed by the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost and the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration to be broadly representative of all campus constituencies; to provide expertise in planning, operations, academics, research, and student life; and to bring their unique familiarity with various aspects of sustainability.

2015-16 Members

Updated August 18, 2015

Carol Hee, Co-chair
Research Director, Center for Sustainable Enterprise
Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship
Kenan-Flagler Business School
4538 McColl Building
Campus Box #3490
919-962-3785
Carol_Hee@unc.edu

Brad Ives, Co-chair
Associate Vice Chancellor for Campus Enterprises
300 South Building
Campus Box #1000
919-962-3795
Brad.Ives@unc.edu

Alice Ammerman
Director, Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Professor of Nutrition
Gillings School of Global Public Health
1700 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard
Campus Box #7426
919-966-6082
alice_ammerman@unc.edu

Phil Barner
Director, Energy Services
925 Branch Street
Campus Box #1850
919-843-8305
philip.barner@energy.unc.edu

Donna Bailey
Teaching and Learning Consultant, Center for Faculty Excellence
316 Wilson Library
Campus Box #3470
919-966-1289
dbailey1@email.unc.edu

Jaye Cable
Chair, Curriculum for the Environment and Ecology; Professor, Marine Sciences
Venable Hall
Campus Box 4202H
919-843-3468
jecable@email.unc.edu

J Cohen
Assistant Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
205 South Building
Campus Box #3100
919-843-4545
jcohen@email.unc.edu

Jill Coleman
Landscape Architect, Facilities Planning
103 Airport Drive
Giles F. Horney Building
Campus Box #1090
919-843-3246
jcoleman@fac.unc.edu

Greg Gangi
Associate Director for Education, Institute for the Environment
312 Whitehead
Campus Box #1105
919-962-9805
ggangi@email.unc.edu

Richie Grimsley
Assistant Director, Athletic Facility Planning and Management
220 Finley Golf Course Road
Campus Box #8500
919-452-9472
rgrimsley@unc.edu

Tracy Heenan
Associate Professor
Director Office of Animal Care and Use
Campus Box #7193
919-966-5569
tral@med.unc.edu

Jeff Hughes
Director, Environmental Finance Center
3329 Knapp-Sanders Building
Campus Box #3330
919-843-4956
jhughes@sog.unc.edu

Matthew Jackman
Student Government
mjackman@live.unc.edu

Rob Kark
Assistant Dean for Planning, Medical School
425 MacNider Building
Campus Box 9510
919-966-2441
rob_kark@unc.edu

Vibhor Kedia
Student Government
vk1996@live.unc.edu

Christopher Payne
Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
108 Carr Building
Campus Box #5000
919-966-4045
Christopher_Payne@unc.edu

Martha Pendergrass
Director, Procurement Services
104 Airport Drive
Administrative Office Building
Campus Box #1100
919-843-5048
mjpender@email.unc.edu

Scott Ragland
Director of Development Communication
Office of University Development
208 West Franklin Street
Campus Box #100
919-962-0027
scott_ragland@unc.edu

JP Rippe
Sustainability Chair, Graduate and Professional Student Federation
jpr6mg@live.unc.edu

Cindy Shea
Sustainability Director
103 Airport Drive
Giles F. Horney Building
Campus Box #800
919-843-5251
cpshea@fac.unc.edu

Lexi Valenti
Environmental Affairs Committee Representative, Student Government
valentia@live.unc.edu

Damon Waitt
Director, North Carolina Botanical Garden
Campus Box #3375
919-962-2184
dwaitt@unc.edu

Anna A. Wu
Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities; University Architect
103 Airport Drive
Giles F. Horney Building
Campus Box #1800
919-962-0761
annaw@fac.unc.edu

Andy Yates
Associate Professor
107 Gardner Hall
919-966-5374
ajyates@email.unc.edu

Assessing the long-term effects of campus decisions, and including sustainability principles in decision-making, is a process of continuous improvement. The Committee’s composition is intended to bring together the perspectives of diverse stakeholder groups to ensure that sustainability principles and practices are adopted as a part of the University’s journey toward becoming the leading public university. The Committee is not a proportionately representative, oversight, policy, or rulemaking body, and thus is expected to arrive at its recommendations by consensus rather than by vote. As an advisory group, the Committee must understand that the University has many competing needs and limited resources, and may not be able to implement every recommendation. The Committee should endeavor to provide advice that is viewed as balanced, objective, practical, and in the best interests of the entire campus community. The Committee will work year-round and may organize its work and meeting schedule as it deems appropriate. The Committee is encouraged to keep a record or minutes of its meetings and post updates to the Sustainability website to insure that the campus receives accurate, complete, and timely information.