Track Our Progress
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
Preparing students and innovations that create a more sustainable world >>>
Students took on real-world learning opportunities such as auditing, upcycling and conserving energy and water on campus.
Poole College of Management debuted its Sustainability Initiative.
Sustainable Research Hub
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.
Community and Culture
Creating a culture of sustainability on campus >>>
Incoming students indicated that NC State’s sustainability commitment influenced their decision to attend the university.
First Year Success
The launch of the NC State Stewards student sustainability ambassador program and the Change Your State sustainability awareness campaign increased sustainability awareness on campus.
The university passed a sustainability policy and related sustainability standard operating procedures for campus.
University’s greenhouse gas emissions dropped 13.5 percent from 2008 to 2013.
Grants Improve Campus
NC State’s Sustainability Fund awarded its first $30,000 to on-campus projects.
Energy and Water
Accelerating campus utility efficiency and cost-savings >>>
Goal is 30 percent reduction by 2015.
Goal is 50 percent reduction by 2015.
Building an efficient, sustainable campus >>>
‘LEED’-ing the Way
The 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).
New Campus Housing
University Housing completed construction of Wolf Ridge Student Apartments, which are expected to earn LEED certification, on Centennial Campus.
Efficient utilization of space in existing campus buildings reduces the need to construct new campus buildings. New data management software is helping NC State make data-driven space decisions.
This year, NC State launched sustainability guidelines in smaller campus construction projects, a smart grid master plan, and a sustainable campus-made mulch initiative.
Purchasing and Waste Reduction
Striving for sustainable materials and zero waste on campus >>>
Where Does Campus Material Go?
Dining Grows Local Food Efforts
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.
NC State achieved an overall diversion rate of 48 percent including all-time highs in campus recycling, reuse and the WE Recycle program at football games.
Extending Our Reach
NC State 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.
Propelling sustainable transportation on campus >>>
Campus added new on-demand electric vehicle transportation as well as expanded Wolfline bus routes.
NC State implemented a bike and pedestrian safety campaign, student and employee commuting survey, and annual Commute Challenge.
By the Numbers
In 2013-2014: more than 1,000 participants in the alternative commuter program, nearly 3 million passenger boardings on Wolfline buses, and nearly 9,000 users of the regional transit card.
Free Bike Share
Students at the Honors Village launched the first residence hall-based bike share program on campus.
Awards and Honors
Princeton Review named NC State a Green College and as its fourth Best Value Public College in 2014.
NC State won a 2014 Utility Savings Initiative Award of Excellence from the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
NC State’s Net Impact student chapter was named among the elite 16 percent of chapters with Gold Status.
University Dining’s “My Roots are at NC State” program won the Bronze Medal in the National Association of College and University Food Services Sustainability Awards.
NC State’s Green Brick Awards honored a faculty member, staff member, student and student group for outstanding sustainability efforts.
The NC State community won three 2014 City of Raleigh Environmental Awards, as well as a 2013 Sir Walter Raleigh Award for a student-designed heat mitigation garden on campus.