Sustainability History at NC State
1975 NC State begins to sort recycling by hand.
1988 Campus curbside recycling program piloted. NC State University Solar Center founded.
1990 Residence hall recycling program piloted.
1991 Yard waste composting program began.
1998 Governor Hunt issues Executive Order 156, directing state agencies to reduce solid waste, procure environmentally preferable products and work toward environmental sustainability.
1999 NC State University Council approved the Commitment to Environmental Sustainability – Guiding Principles, publicly declaring a commitment to protecting and enhancing the environment through both education and management of the physical NC State campus.
1999 Chancellor Mary Anne Fox appointed Larry W. Tombaugh, Dean of the College of Natural Resources as the NCSU Sustainability Officer to lead the charge for our university.
2000 The Sustainability Officer created the University Environmental Sustainability Task Force which issued the Task Force Report containing five recommendations for the campus. The document included goals such as energy management, recycling, campus restoration, sustainability recognition and green purchasing.
2001 Although NC State has been recycling for more than 30 years, the official creation of the Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling occurred in this time frame to house sustainability-related program development, education and outreach.
2001 Upon Tombaugh’s retirement, Chancellor Mary Anne Fox appointed Larry Nielsen, then Dean of the Collge of Natural Resources as the NC State Sustainability Officer.
2002 An advocacy group of students, staff and faculty, the NC State Sustainability Coalition, formed to further sustainability on campus. This group held monthly meetings and took on initiatives such as helping plan Earth Day.
2003 The Office of Energy Management was created to help create a culture dedicated to achieving environmental sustainability by supporting conservation objectives and recognizing and eliminating waste.
2003 The Campus Environmental Sustainability Team (CEST) was created to accomplish the goals of the Task Force Report.
2003 CEST determined that NC State should perform an environmental assessment of the campus in order to  establish baseline/benchmarks from which progress could be measured.
2003 First NC State Earth Day held on the brickyard.
2004 The birth of Earthwise Awards recognizing a student, faculty and staff member who demonstrate a commitment to sustainability.
2004 Jack Colby, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Facilities Operations was appointed as Sustainability Officer when former Sustainability Officer, Larry Nielsen was named Provost.
2004 The Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling, with additional funding from Facilities Operations, began research for the sustainability assessment.
2006 Release of the NC State University Campus Environmental Sustainability Assessment Report
2007 SB 668 (SL 2007-546) becomes law, requiring conservation of energy and water use in state, university and community college buildings.
2008 Created the University Sustainability Office. Hired Director of Sustainability, Outreach Coordinator and Student Intern
2009 CEST named Administrative Advisory Council. Appointed Co-Chairs Jack Colby and William Winner and revamped the Campus Environmental Sustainability Team to include appointed members. Hired Sustainability Program Coordinator. Published the inaugural NC State University Greenhouse Gas Inventory
2010 Published the NC State University Climate Action Plan. Published the Strategic Energy Management Plan
2011 The first Sustainability Strategic Plan was accepted by the Chancellor. Dedicated NC State’s first LEED certified building. Received a grant from ARRA funding to hire 10 energy fellows to work across campus on energy and sustainability initiatives. Broke ground on a cogeneration facility at the Cates Steam Plant.
2012 Earthwise Awards renamed The Green Brick AwardsCates Cogeneration Plant opens, enabling the university to create some of its own electricity for the first time.
2013 NC State Steward program launches. EcoVillage sustainability living and learning community opens in Bragaw Residence Hall