Outside of Bragaw Residence HallAs an institution of higher education and a land grant university, NC State University has a responsibility to teach the values of sustainability. By educating tomorrow’s leaders, practicing sustainable development of campus land and encouraging staff to consider the impact of their decisions on the surrounding community, our university strives to incorporate the ideals of a sustainable institution into all aspects of campus life.

NC State was founded in 1887 and since that time has grown into an institution known its leadership in education and research, and globally recognized for its science, technology, engineering and mathematics leadership.  Research expenditures are approaching $325 million a year with almost 70 percent of faculty engaged in sponsored research. Nearly 60 percent of all research occurring on campus relates to energy and more than 2,500 graduate students are supported by research grants. NC State ranks third among all public universities (without medical schools) in industry-sponsored research expenditures.

Sustainability efforts have a long history at NC State with a focus on energy, water, waste and, more recently, green building. The student-led recycling initiative started in 1975 and today the campus diverts roughly 50 percent of waste from the landfill. The NC State community is committed to conserving water and since 2002 the campus has achieved 50 percent reduction. As with any large institution, NC State faces a challenge in energy consumption but in just fiscal year 2010-2011 the university realized a 5 percent reduction in BTUs/gsf. The stated goal is a 30 percent reduction in the next five years. NC State signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment in 2008 and committed to all new buildings striving for LEED Silver at a minimum.

Institutional Memberships

NC State is a member of several sustainability-related organizations that extend benefits and discounts to the campus community.  If you would like to take advantage of these benefits please first try to register using your  ncsu.edu email address. If you  need additional information about the memberships listed below, please contact sustainability@ncsu.edu for access information.