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 >>>

Real-World Learning


Students took on real-world learning opportunities such as auditing, upcycling and conserving energy and water on campus.

Sustainable Business


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.

Sustainable Innovations


Numerous sustainability-related research breakthroughs by NC State professors and students.

And that’s just the start.

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Community and Culture

Creating a culture of sustainability on campus >>>

Survey Says

Incoming students indicated that NC State’s sustainability commitment influenced their decision to attend the university.

62% of Undergraduate Students
65% of Graduate Students

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.

Policies Pass

The university passed a sustainability policy and related sustainability standard operating procedures for campus.

Smaller Pawprint

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.

And that’s just the start.

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Energy and Water

Accelerating campus utility efficiency and cost-savings >>>

Energy Use

Goal is 30 percent reduction by 2015.

29% Campus Energy Use Reduction since 2002-2003
12% Campus Energy Use Reduction in 2013-2014

Water Use

Goal is 50 percent reduction by 2015.

46% Campus Water Use Reduction since 2001-2002
6% Campus Water Use Increase in 2013-2014

And that’s just the start.

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Green Development

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.

Smart Management


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.

Sustainable Innovations


This year, NC State launched sustainability guidelines in smaller campus construction projects, a smart grid master plan, and a sustainable campus-made mulch initiative.

And that’s just the start.

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Purchasing and Waste Reduction

Striving for sustainable materials and zero waste on campus >>>

Where Does Campus Material Go?

4,159 Tons Landfilled
1,180 Tons Composted
2,956 Tons Recycled
3,178 Tons Reused

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.

Overall Goal


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.

Dialing Up Diversion Efforts


NC State launched 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.

And that’s just the start.

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Propelling sustainable transportation on campus >>>

New Transit


Campus added new on-demand electric vehicle transportation as well as expanded Wolfline bus routes.

Smart Commute


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.

And that’s just the start.

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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.