Universities are constantly growing to meet the needs of increasing enrollment and a changing society. The challenge is to do so sustainably.

To ensure the university adheres to its mission, campus-wide efforts are made to balance space use with NC State’s educational mission and sustainability. This balance includes land use — agriculture, industrial, open spaces — conservation and protection of natural areas, restoration and repairing damaged natural areas, stormwater runoff , managing the grounds, and landscape and space utilization.

Featured Campus Projects

Lonnie Poole Golf Course

Lonnie-PooleLonnie Poole Golf Course at NC State is a certified Audubon International Signature Golf Sanctuary — one of only two university-owned golf courses to earn this sustainability certification. The course includes constructed wetlands to filter water and an extensive, undisturbed vegetative buffer that includes fine fescue and native warm-season grasses, trees and shrubs.  Video tour of the course’s sustainability features

Experiential Learning

lee-hall-raingardenLandscape design and architecture students use campus as a living lab for sustainable landscape design. From a garden built on steam pipes to numerous Design/Build courses that built many rain gardens and low-impact landscape areas on campus, students have applied knowledge from the classroom to campus land.

Creek Restoration

rockybranchcreekRocky Branch and North Creek are two urban waterways running through NC State’s campus that were restored. Efforts included removal of invasive plant species, erosion control and riparian corridor repair. The restoration stabilized the creeks, integrated the creek into the campus environment, improved water quality, and created an improved aquatic and wildlife habitat.