University Sustainability Office

Who We Are


Equipping the NC State community for a leaner, smarter, stronger future


A culture that creates leaders and sustainable solutions for global challenges

Our Approach

Real-world problems of environmental and economic stewardship, human health and well-being, and social equity are best solved when the boundaries of classroom, campus and community are dissolved. That’s why we utilize NC State’s campus as a living laboratory and model for experiential education, research and outreach that creates sustainable solutions for global challenges.

Guiding Principles

  • Impact that improves communities and lives
  • Stewardship of economic and natural resources
  • Collaboration with interdisciplinary partners to do more together than alone
  • Connections of people and ideas that weave together common threads and boost efficiency
  • Experiential education that equips students for careers while improving campus
  • Shared responsibility that recognizes interdependence and calls for action
  • Innovation that addresses grand challenges of society and creates local and global prosperity

What We Do

The NC State University Sustainability Office was established in April 2008 to serve as a centralized resource of sustainability information and action for students, faculty and staff. Current responsibilities of the University Sustainability Office and its staff include:

  • Be the hub for sustainability-related information and activities
  • Foster collaboration that brings together people, ideas and resources
  • Initiate programs and practices that integrate sustainability into the university
  • Provide education and outreach to the campus and surrounding community about sustainability
  • Communicate sustainability knowledge, progress and activities
  • Support and coordinate the Campus Environmental Sustainability Team
  • Further efforts to meet the goals of the university’s Sustainability Strategic Plan and sustainability commitments
  • Equip campus departments to envision and implement their unique contribution to sustainability
  • Measure, assess and continually improve campus sustainability efforts
  • Embed sustainability into NC State’s culture and traditions
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The University Sustainability Office is a Wolfpack Certified Sustainable Workplace.


Jack Colby

Jack-ColbyChief Sustainability Officer and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Facilities Operations

Mr. Colby has served as Sustainability Officer at N.C. State University since 2004. In this role he has been instrumental in establishing a campus sustainability program and has taken the lead on many sustainable initiatives. He has been NC State’s Director of Facilities Operations since 1999 and became Assistant Vice Chancellor for Facilities Operations in December 2005. Prior to that, he served at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, Duke University and Daniel International. Mr. Colby holds degrees in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech, an MBA from the Fuqua School at Duke University and is a licensed professional engineer in North Carolina. An APPA (Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers) member since 1978, he has served at the state, regional and international levels on various committees and as an elected officer. He has received APPA’s highest individual awards and is a graduate of both the APPA Institute for Facilities Management and the Leadership Academy. Mr. Colby served as APPA’s president from 2005-2006. During his term, he led a significant review and update of APPA’s strategic plan and established two task forces to make recommendations about annual educational forum and the potential for engaging in a credentialing/certification program. Mr. Colby’s leadership over the past few years will position APPA to meet the needs of the education facilities professional well into the future. Mr. Colby is also the recipient of the 2012 City of Raleigh Environmental Legacy Award. Contact:

Tracy Dixon

Tracy-DixonDirector, University Sustainability Office

Areas of focus: business development, program management, strategic planning

As a sustainability and change management professional, Tracy has led the University Sustainability Office team in helping shift the role of sustainability from an isolated campus program toward an increasingly integral part of the university’s way of doing business. Since Tracy joined NC State as its first sustainability director in 2008, the university’s growing sustainability efforts have earned local and national recognition. A three-time graduate of NC State — with Masters degrees in Public Administration and Natural Resources and B.S. in Natural Resource Management — Tracy has served on the board of directors for the Society for Women Environmental Professionals, Triangle Net Impact and NC Sustainable Energy Association in addition to significant involvement in local and regional efforts to advance sustainability. Previously she worked as a program manager for Advanced Energy, an environmental analyst for the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources, a legislative assistant for the House Majority Leader in the NC General Assembly and in public relations for the NC Museum of Natural Sciences.  Tracy is a 2014 graduate of Leadership North Carolina and was named one of NC State’s 125 Transformational Women in 2012. Contact: or 919.513.0211

Lindsay Batchelor

Lindsay-BatchelorProgram Development Specialist

Areas of focus: Departmental sustainability planning and program development including Wolfpack Certified Sustainable, Packlink, climate commitment, sports and sustainability, sustainable careers

Since 2009, Lindsay has integrated sustainability into campus through the creation of new sustainability programs and oversight of ongoing campus sustainability efforts. Her role is to be a catalyst for sustainability program development through serving as a campus resource and seizing opportunities for collaboration. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Asheville, Lindsay has worked at NC State since 2003, serving for six years in the Waste Reduction and Recycling office. Contact: or 919.513.3337

Liz Bowen

Liz-BowenProgram Coordinator

Areas of focus: Sustainability in the building environment including LEED,renewable energy, smart grid, sustainable buildings

Since 2010, Liz has been working with diverse teams to improve the built environment of NC State and the UNC System through operational best practices for existing buildings, design and construction sustainability standards, smart grid and renewable energy initiatives. A graduate of the College of Charleston, Liz previously developed sustainability programs and provided LEED services for retail, nonprofit and government sectors. Contact: or 919.513.7859 or connect on Twitter and LinkedIn

Carla Davis

Carla-DavisCommunications Coordinator

Areas of focus: Communications and marketing including media relations, e-news, publications, blogs, writing and editing, web site, social media, event management, summer energy saving initiative

A graduate of the University of South Carolina, Carla coordinates communication and marketing efforts that educate about sustainability and how it improves NC State. Contact: or 919.513.0177


Rebekah Dunstan

Rebekah-DunstanProgram Coordinator

Areas of focus: Sustainability in student life including the NC State StewardsChange Your State, sustainability education, Green Brick Awards, fundraising, sustainability Alternative Service Break

Since joining the University Sustainability Office in 2013, Rebekah has coordinated a number of campus programs designed to infuse sustainability in student life. She is a 2011 NC State graduate with a degree in Public and Interpersonal Communication. Contact: or 919.513.3873.

Tyler Boquet-Caron

NC State Stewards Student Coordinator





Vanessa Luthringer

Programs Intern

Area of focus: Sustainability in campus operations, Wolfpack Certified Sustainable, sustainability education

Vanessa, a senior studying environmental science and renewable energy, joined the Sustainability Office in the spring 2017. She previously interned with the clean power and industrial efficiency group at the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center. She is helping integrate sustainable practices into campus operations through continued development of the Wolfpack Certified Sustainable program.

Nancy Price

Administrative Support Associate

Nancy Price joined the University Sustainability Office in 2016 as a part-time employee. A native of Michigan, Nancy spent nearly two decades as a middle and high school educator. Contact: or 919-513-3244




NC State Stewards

40+ Student Sustainability Ambassadors

A sustainability leadership program coordinated by the University Sustainability Office.

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