2020 Sustainability Report

2020 Sustainability Report

NC State University’s sustainability progress in fiscal year 2020 (July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020)

Amid this year’s unprecedented challenges, NC State has continued to make important progress toward its sustainability goals. In this 2020 NC State Sustainability Report (download PDF), you will find a year’s worth of sustainability impact in areas such as research, teaching, outreach and campus operations.

More and more each year, sustainability is incorporated into NC State teaching, research and operations. These initiatives create a more efficient and healthy campus, foster research discoveries with real-world impact and equip students to tackle the world’s toughest environmental, social and economic challenges.

Dr. Randy Woodson, NC State university chancellor


Goal: Integrate sustainability into education, experiences and research.


Student Leadership

Goal: Engage students in initiatives that promote leadership and service in sustainability.


Community and Culture

Goal: Accelerate a culture of sustainability, inclusivity and well-being on campus and in the community.


Operations, Planning and Design

Goal: Model sustainability through efficient, innovative facilities and operations that educate the campus community and improve the quality of life.



Goal: Propel awareness and sustainability at NC State and beyond.

Awards and Honors

The Princeton Review ranked NC State 17th on its 2019 “Top 50 Green Colleges” list with the highest possible score — a 99 out of 99.

Lonnie Poole was the 2019 honoree for the North Carolina GCOA’s Sustainability Award to recognize the ability to incorporate sustainability and environmental stewardship into operating practices.

NC State’s Talley Student Union received the Marquee Green Building Award from the U.S. Green Building Council North Carolina and South Carolina as part of its annual Sustainable Business awards. The awards recognize excellence in sustainable design, environmental stewardship and community impact.

NC State University Housekeeping has been honored with the Business Innovation for Environmental Stewardship Award by the City of Raleigh. The award, which is part of the City’s annual Environmental Awards, is presented for practices that demonstrate the business case for environmental stewardship.

Zero Waste Wolves, a student organization affiliated with NC State Waste Reduction and Recycling, won the 2020 Carolina Recycling Association Annual Award for Organics Diversion for their work to provide composting bags, signage, and outreach to students living on campus.

The NC State 2020 Sustainability Award winners are Sriya Gottumukkula (student category), Dr. Michelle Shroeder-Moreno (faculty category), Veronika Maynard Simon (staff category), the Social Innovation Fellows (department/organization category), Zero Waste Wolves (student organization category) and LEED Lab (innovation/impact category).