Sustainability at NC State is about creating impact where it matters most: the economy, the environment and society. The university’s sustainability efforts are driving down costs, improving efficiency, advancing transformative research, educating a new generation of leaders and ultimately helping create a better world. Download the entire 2013-2014 NC State Sustainability Report or review some of the highlights below about how our programs are engaging campus and community in preparing for a more sustainable future.
Academics and Research
- Students took on real-world learning opportunities such as report auditing, upcycling and conserving energy and water in an on-campus business.
- Poole College of Management debuted its Sustainability Initiative.
- U.S. Departments of Interior, Energy and Agriculture announced NC State as hubs for sustainability research.
- Numerous sustainability-related research breakthroughs by NC State professors and students.
- Read the full Academics and Research report
Community and Culture
- NC State’s Sustainability Fund awarded its first $30,000 to on-campus projects
- NC State was named a Green College and fourth Best Value Public College for 2014
- Survey reveals NC State’s sustainability commitment influences students’ decision to attend the university
- University’s greenhouse gas emissions dropped 13.5 percent from 2008 to 2013
- Change Your State initiative and the NC State Stewards sustainability ambassadors launched
- University passed a sustainability policy and related sustainability standard operating procedures for campus.
- Read the full Community and Culture report
Energy and Water
- 29 percent campus energy use decrease since 2002-2003 and 12 percent decrease since last fiscal year.
- 46 percent campus water use decrease since 2001-2002 but a 6 percent increase since last fiscal year.
- Campus winter break energy savings topped $288,000.
- Read the full Energy and Water report
- National sustainability certification of Yarbrough Steam Plant brought the campus total to six buildings and 285,085 square feet of space certified for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).
- Opening of Wolf Ridge Student Apartments on Centennial Campus and the fourth phase of the Artist’s Backyard sustainable landscape.
- Launch of efficient campus space utilization and management, sustainability guidelines in smaller campus construction projects, smart grid master plan development, and a sustainable campus-made mulch initiative.
- Read the full Green Development report
Purchasing and Waste Reduction
- Achieved an overall diversion rate of 48 percent plus all-time highs in campus recycling, reuse and the WE Recycle program at football games.
- Launch of pizza box composting, kitchen grease recycling, plastic bag recycling, paperless Graduate School applications, and new truck scales that will better measure campus-wide waste reduction efforts.
- Engaged with the community for a recycling and shredding drive, giveaway of 18 trailer loads of former residence hall furniture, and donation of 17,000 pounds of reusable items to local nonprofits during student move-out.
- Campus dining advances include 27 percent local food purchases, addition of a dining hall digester for post-consumer food waste, and the launch of a roofside garden to supply produce for a campus restaurant.
- Read the full Purchasing and Waste Reduction report
- Addition of on-demand electric vehicle transportation, bicycle maintenance stations, expanded Wolfline bus routes and schedules, and a student-initiated residential bike share program.
- Implementation of bike and pedestrian safety campaign, student and employee commuting survey, and annual Commute Challenge.
- More than 1,000 participants in Wolftrails alternative commuter program, nearly 3 million passenger boardings on Wolfline campus buses, and nearly 9,000 users of the regional GoPass transit card.
- Read the full Transportation report
An NC State Advanced Auditing class audited the 2012-2013 Annual Sustainability Report and summarized its findings and recommendations.
Access NC State’s report in the Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS) Report System, a national third-party sustainability reporting system.