Sustainability Council

The campus-wide Sustainability Council exists to advance sustainability at NC State.

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Established in September 2015 by the Provost and the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration, the Sustainability Council is charged with:

  • Serving as the advisory committee to the Provost and the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration on sustainability.
  • Advancing sustainability coordination, collaboration and communication across NC State and bringing together NC State’s sustainability leaders.
  • Enhancing participatory decision-making and involvement in sustainability planning and activities.
  • Infusing sustainability into academic curricula across the campus.
  • Developing the Sustainability Strategic Plan for 2017-2022 and overseeing its implementation.
  • Providing monitoring, communication and accountability for adherence to the 2017-2022 Sustainability Strategic Plan.

The Sustainability Council is led by a steering committee consisting of:

  • Council Co-Chair: Doug Morton, Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities
  • Council Co-Chair: Dr. Steve Kelley, Professor in the College of Natural Resources
  • Strategic Planning Chair: Tracy Dixon, University Sustainability Office Director
  • Co-Chair of Community and Culture Working Group: Elizabeth Benefield, Director of Social Entrepreneurship
  • Co-Chair of Community and Culture Working Group: Reggie Barnes, Senior Director of Campus Community Centers
  • Chair of Communications Working Group: Mark Minor, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Marketing and Communications
  • Co-Chair of Academics Working Group: Dr. Morton Barlaz, Professor in the College of Engineering
  • Co-Chair of Academics Working Group: Dr. Walter Robinson, Professor in the College of Sciences
  • Co-Chair of Student Leadership Working Group: Meghan Lobsinger Teten,  Director of the EcoVillage
  • Co-Chair of Student Leadership Working Group: Christian Rust, Student and Student Government Sustainability Director
  • Chair of Operations, Planning and Campus Design Working Group: Ada Baldwin, Director of University Housekeeping

Get Involved

Join a Sustainability Council Working Group

NC State’s Sustainability Council consists of five working groups, which are tasked through fall 2016 with developing goals for NC State’s 2017-2022 Sustainability Strategic Plan. Beginning in spring 2017, working groups will oversee progress toward those goals.

Membership in working groups is open to any member of the NC State community, as well as interested community members. For general questions about joining a working group, email sustainability@ncsu.edu.  Locate information below on how to join a specific working group.

Community and Culture Working Group

Request to join the working group. Members of the working group communicate via a Google Group accessible by emailing community-culture-nc-state-sustainability-council@googlegroups.com. Minutes from working group meetings will be archived on this webpage.

This working group is chaired by Elizabeth Benefield, Director of Social Entrepreneurship. This working group’s charge is setting goals and recommendations that ensure NC State is modeling sustainability on and off campus as a part of the university’s culture and the everyday life of its community. This should include but is not limited to addressing the common threads of sustainability-related social movements for collective effectiveness such as wellness, entrepreneurship and innovation, diversity and inclusion, social justice, environmental justice, affordability and access and living wage compensation. Recommendations should additionally enhance the implementation of sustainability into community partnerships, traditions, events, recognition, outreach and education and high impact programs (experiential and service learning) and identify the needed resources (funding, staff, etc.). Implement the accepted goals and recommendations.

Communications Working Group

Request to join the working group. Members of the working group communicate via a Google Group accessible by emailing communications-nc-state-sustainability-council@googlegroups.com. Minutes from working group meetings will be archived on this webpage.

This working group is chaired by Mark Minor, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Marketing and Communications. This working group’s charge is setting goals and recommendations for communicating NC State’s sustainability at the university level and within each academic college and large divisions. This should include but is not limited to internal and external communications of sustainability efforts and successes, outreach materials and publications, online and social media resources, campaigns, recognition and celebration and needed resources (funding, staffing, etc.). Implement the accepted goals and recommendations.

Academics Working Group

Request to join the working group. Members of the working group communicate via a Google Group accessible by emailing academics-nc-state-sustainability-council@googlegroups.com. Minutes from working group meetings will be archived on this webpage.

This working group is chaired by Dr. Morton Barlaz, professor in the College of Engineering, and Dr. Walter Robinson, professor in the College of Sciences. This working group’s charge is setting goals and recommendations for infusing sustainability into academic curricula across campus and within each academic college. This should include but is not limited to sustainability literacy for undergraduate and graduate students, high impact programs (experiential and service learning), research, continuing education and professional development, and needed resources (funding, staff, etc.). Implement the accepted goals and recommendations.

Student Leadership Working Group

Request to join the working group. Members of the working group communicate via a Google Group accessible by emailing student-leadership-nc-state-sustainability-council@googlegroups.com. Minutes from working group meetings will be archived on this webpage.

This working group is chaired by Megan Lobsinger, Director of the EcoVillage. The working group’s charge is setting goals and recommendations for sustainability related to the student experience. This  should include but is not limited to leadership opportunities, career preparation, student organizations, residence life, high impact programs (experiential and service learning), funding/incentives for sustainability initiatives, recognition and needed resources (funding, staff, etc.). Implement the accepted goals and recommendations.

Operations, Planning and Campus Design Working Group

Request to join the working group. Members of the working group communicate via a Google Group accessible by emailing operationsplanningdesign-nc-state-sustainability-council@googlegroups.com. Minutes from working group meetings will be archived on this webpage.

This working group is chaired by Ada Baldwin, Director of University Housekeeping. This working group’s charge is setting goals and recommendations for sustainability related to campus operations, planning and design to create campus as a living model and classroom of sustainability. Recommendations should build upon current successes and accomplishments and should include but are not limited to climate neutrality, energy, water, procurement, waste, the built environment, transportation, food, stormwater, grounds, biodiversity, investment and needed resources (funding, staffing, etc.). This working group should engage faculty experts on these subject areas to understand areas of research and teaching that could be implemented on NC State’s campus. Implement the accepted goals and recommendations.