Track Our Progress

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. Browse the highlights or download full reports below to learn how our programs are engaging campus and community in preparing for a more sustainable future.

 

119

Sustainability-Related Degrees

 

350+

Sustainability-Related Courses

 

600+

Sustainability-Related Researchers

 

 

71%

of incoming students in 2016 who said NC State’s sustainability commitments influenced their decision to attend the university.

 

Gold

rating in sustainability performance from Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)

 

60

campus workplaces and 185 campus events earning sustainability certification since 2011

 

 

33%

campus energy use reduction since 2003

 

50%

campus water use reduction since 2002

 

13.5%

campus greenhouse gas emissions reduced since 2008

 

 

1+ million

campus square footage that is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified.

 

48.5%

campus waste diverted from landfill in fiscal year 2016

 

27%

average annual percentage of local food purchased by NC State Dining

 

 

3.22 Million

Wolfline passenger boardings in fiscal year 2016

 

4,438

WolfTrails alternative commute program participants during fiscal years 2012-2016

 

425+

sustainability-related campus events during fiscal years 2012-2016

 

Annual Report

Every year the university issues a sustainability report that tracks progress toward NC State’s Sustainability Strategic Plan.

 

Download the Fiscal Year 2016 Sustainability Report (PDF)

 

Download 2011-2016 Sustainability Strategic Plan Final Report (PDF)

 

Previous Annual Sustainability Reports

NC State’s Annual Sustainability Report is issued by the Campus Environmental Sustainability Team (prior to 2015) and the Sustainability Council beginning in 2015. An NC State Advanced Auditing class audited the 2012-2013 Annual Sustainability Report and summarized its findings and recommendations. Students in the spring 2015 course audited the 2013-2014 report and summarized its findings and recommendations.

Access NC State’s report in the Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS) Report System, a national third-party sustainability reporting system that awarded NC State a Gold rating for sustainability.

Awards and Recognition

NC State is a leader in sustainability.

2017 Members of NC State community receive several campus, community sustainability awards
2016 NC State received a Gold rating in Sustainability Tracking Assessment, and Reporting System (STARS)

NC State received a Gold rating as a Best Workplace for Commuters

Recognized by the Princeton Review as a Green College

NC State designated as a Bicycle Friendly University at the Gold level

2015 Recognized by the Princeton Review as a Green College

Carolina Recycling Association’s Outstanding College or University Program Award was awarded to NC State for its pizza box composting program

2014 University Housekeeping was recognized nationally as a Silver winner in the Green Cleaning Award for Schools and Universities competition sponsored by American School & University Magazine, the Green Cleaning Network and the Healthy Schools Campaign

NC State University Dining was the bronze recipient in the National Association of College and University Food Services’ Sustainability Awards

NC State receives Award of Excellence from the Utility Savings Initiative of the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Recognized by the Princeton Review as a Green College

Triangle Clean Cities Coalition Stakeholder Excellence Award for petroleum displaced (38,000 gallons)

2013 NC State receives 2013 Raleigh Environmental Stewardship Award

NC State University Dining wins Food Service Director’s Grand Goldie Award for its sustainability program, My Roots are at NC State.

Recognized by the Princeton Review as a Green College

NC State received Sir Walter Raleigh Awards for Community Appearance

2012 NC State receives 2014 national APPA Sustainability Award

Recognized by the Princeton Review as a Green College

NC State was honored with Golden Mode awards in Employee Commuting and the Smart Commute Challenge from GoTriangle, a partnership of public transportation agencies and organizations

NC State received Sir Walter Raleigh Awards for Community Appearance

NC State designated as a Bicycle Friendly University

2011 NC State received a “B+” from the Sustainable Endowments Institute Green Report Card
2010 NC State named one of the Southeast’s Top 5 Coolest Schools by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine

NC State awarded 2010 SmithSeal of North Carolina Sustainable Business Award by the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce

NC State received a “B” on the Sustainable Endowments Institute Green Report Card

NC State awarded C. Peter Magrath University Community Engagement Award from the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) for leading a partnership with Jacksonville, NC that restored Wilson Bay

2009 NC State included in the Peterson’s Review book Green Jobs for New Economy: the Career Guide to Emerging Opportunities. NC State received a “C+” from the Sustainable Endowments Institute Green Report Card
2007 NC State University’s Facilities Division received APPA’s 2007 Award for Excellence