NC State Wins Sustainability Award

NC State’s efforts to address food and housing insecurity were recently recognized by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) with a Campus Sustainability Achievement Award as best case study from a four-year or graduate institution with more than 10,000 full-time students.

NC State’s submission, “Addressing Food and Housing Security Among NC State University Students,” highlights the work of the Steering Committee on Student Food and Housing Security, as well as NC State’s partnerships across campus and in the broader community.

Sheri Schwab, vice provost for institutional equity and diversity, accepted the award on behalf of the collaborative effort at a ceremony Dec. 9. Watch the ceremony

“Our work to address the basic needs of food and housing security for students represents the collective effort of hundreds of individuals across nearly 50 campus departments and 32 community partners,” Schwab said. “We are grateful for this recognition and also acknowledge there’s so much work left to do. We will continue working toward a future where students have access to sufficient, nutritious, culturally appropriate and affordable food, as well as safe, stable, affordable housing that’s accessible to the university.”

This article contains excerpts from this story written by David Hunt about the Steering Committee on Student Food and Housing Security, which is partnering with the city of Raleigh and other local schools to find ways to remove barriers to basic needs that often prevent college students from completing degrees or other credentials they need to gain access to rewarding careers.