As members of the University community developed this Plan, they identified potential pilot projects that would quickly put the Plan into action. These projects were vetted using the following 12 criteria that were developed by the consultant team and executive working group with additional input from the Chancellor’s Office:

Feasibility Short-term Able to be fully implemented within one calendar year
Implementable Feasible with respect to political and resourcing challenges
Impact Representative Reaches multiple interest groups and campus communities (cross-cutting)
Scalable Able to be replicated for greater impact in the future
Measurable Able to be quantified or qualitatively reported upon
Reach Number of students, employees, visitors touched by the project
Path-breaking Overcomes administrative obstacles and clears the way for future efforts
Engagement Relatable Clearly understood by all audiences
Visible Easily accessible or visible to students, employees, and visitors
Community-building Unites viewers / participants around the project
Inspiring Engages viewers / participants to pursue further learning or involvement
Fun Excites viewers and evokes genuine interest and enthusiasm

Pilot Projects Resulting from the Plan Include

  • Signed the Real Food Challenge committing to purchase 20% local/community based, fair, ecologically sound, and/or humane food.
  • Formed the Three Zeros Advisory Board to develop a plan for achieving climate neutrality, water neutrality and zero waste.
  • Completed the Battle Grove Restoration Project adjacent to the McIver Residence Hall. Water was taken out of an underground pipe and converted into an aboveground stream with a natural filtration process that will remove pollutants and contaminants from runoff water.
  • Hosted a Community-Based Social Marketing workshop facilitated by Dr. Doug McKenzie-Mohr. Attendees from multiple campus departments are planning behavior change campaigns related to waste management.
  • Formed an interdepartmental group to lead a waste management pilot project in the Facilities Services building. This project will pair trash and recycling receptacles, educate building occupants and service providers, and alter service schedules and approaches.
  • Organized a tour of the Sonoco Materials Recycling Facility in Raleigh and visited the first zero waste building at NC State.
  • Created laptop and door clings to promote Carolina Green behaviors and the Three Zeros Initiative focused on climate neutrality, water neutrality and zero waste.
  • Producing three orientation videos – one for students, one for staff, one for faculty.
  • Received 3 Star certification from the Green Restaurant Association for Top of Lenoir, Rams Head Dining Hall and 1.5.0.

What Pilot Projects would you like to see?

Please submit your ideas in this form.