A sustainable student organization certification offers NC State student organizations the opportunity to be recognized for sustainable actions.
Student organizations have a unique opportunity to advance sustainability on NC State’s campus. A Sustainable Student Organization Certification provides students a new opportunity to promote their organizations’ sustainability commitment to sponsors, members and campus partners. Criteria for certification includes the following categories: mission, training, leadership, diversity, transportation, purchasing, waste reduction and wellness. Certification Levels available:
- Contributor (25% – 49% of total survey points)
- Steward (50% – 74% of total survey points)
- Champion (75% or more of survey points)
Certify Your Student Organization
Step 1: Incorporate Sustainability
Use the resources below to integrate sustainability. The online certification form uses a point-based system to evaluate your organization based on your incorporation of the following sustainability practices.
- Has your student organization integrated the following into its written constitution?
- Commitment to social impact
- Commitment to environmental stewardship
- Commitment to financial stewardship
- Does your officer and/or member training include education about your organization’s environmental/social commitment?
- Does your student organization have a sustainability chairperson?
- When hosting events, does your organization incorporate event planning tips from the Wolfpack Certified Sustainable Events website?
- Has your organization applied for a Sustainable Events Certification for an on-campus event?
- How many Wolfpack Certified Sustainable Events did your organization host in the previous academic year?
- Has your organization requested clearstream bins from NC State Waste Reduction and Recycling and/or adopted zero waste goals for past events?
- Does your student organization participate in NC State’s Earth Day Fair or other Earth Month events?
- Does your student organization participate in sustainability-related service opportunities?
- Does your student organization host sustainability-related events/programs?
- Did you partner with another student organization to host the event/program?
- Does your student organization demonstrate a commitment to raising sustainability awareness by encouraging members to do any of the following:
- Be in the Know. Subscribe to the Sustainability at NC State e-newsletter.
- Share Your Sustainability Story. Personal sustainability stories are encouraged to be shared and published on your student organization’s website, newsletter, or social media accounts.
- Spread the Word. Inspire a campus partner to attain a Student Organization Sustainability certification.
- Innovate: Has your organization thought of another way to promote or engage in campus sustainability? Please provide a short explanation below.
- Does your student organization recognize the importance of diversity education in relation to sustainability by educating members or encouraging the following actions? (select all that apply)
- Do members of your student organization understand the need to seek expertise from multiple disciplines in order to address sustainability challenges?
- Has your student organization partnered with one or more of the following campus community centers for past events or member activities?
- Innovate: Has your student organization thought of another way to promote or engage in campus diversity? Please provide a short explanation below.
- Does your student organization promote alternative transportation by encouraging members to utilize any of the following commuter resources? (select all that apply)
- Ride Together. Carpool with others or Share the Ride NC.
- Grab a GoPass. Utilize the local and regional bus system for transport around town and within the Triangle area.
- Ride Like a Wolf. Utilize the Wolfline bus system for transport around campus. Download the Transloc app for live bus tracking.
- Cruise Campus. Ride a bicycle to class. Bike racks are available for bicycle commuters outside of most campus buildings.
- Go Virtual. Utilize virtual meetings where appropriate to minimize transportation energy use.
- Walk the Talk. Utilize walking meetings to encourage wellness and creative problem-solving.
- Innovate: Has your student organization thought of another way to use or promote alternative travel? Please provide a short explanation below.
- Does your student organization take active steps to limit its product consumption by educating members or otherwise encouraging the following actions?
- Borrow Instead of Buy. Rent, share or borrow items when possible.
- Shop Savvy. Go to the NC State Waste Reduction and Recycling Office (WRR) for gently-used school supplies in lieu of purchasing new products.
- Does your student organization ensure sustainability of purchases by educating members or otherwise encouraging the following actions?
- Do Your Homework. Research the environmental and social responsibility features of purchased products.
- Seal of Approval. Look for sustainability-related certifications on purchased products such as Forest Stewardship Council, Green Seal, Green Guard, Cradle to Cradle, Energy Star or EPEAT.
- Does your student organization promote sustainable purchasing practices by educating members or otherwise encouraging the following actions?
- Think Ahead. Purchase reusable, recyclable, compostable/bio-degradable or products with high “post-consumer” recycled content.
- Buy in Bulk. Limit packaging by purchasing items in bulk or items with minimal packaging.
- Paper Percent. Purchase paper with at least 50% “post-consumer” content.
- Does your student organization educate or otherwise encourage members to eat locally and exercise sustainable food sourcing with the following actions?
- Buy Local. Members are aware of the importance of local food sourcing and choosing local products.
- Cater Better. Make sustainable choices, such as locally sourced food products and minimizing waste, when providing food at organization meetings/events.
- Innovate: Has your student organization thought of another way to make purchasing more sustainable? Please provide a short explanation below.
- Does your student organization encourage member engagement in waste reduction practices through the following actions?
- Members are educated on appropriate recycling practices for various recyclable waste (e.g. bottles and cans, mixed paper, cardboard, etc. in appropriate bins).
- Look for Yellow. If NC State Surplus doesn’t accept unwanted electronics, members know to recycle these items in the yellow electronics recycling carts outside each building. You can also recycle batteries, toner and ink cartridges in the yellow bins.
- Does your student organization promote sustainable printing/paper use practices by educating members to engage in the following actions?
- Print Less. Share electronic files instead of printing a document when possible.
- Double Up. Print double-sided when possible and use one-sided sheets for note-taking.
- Does your student organization promote minimizing food waste and food-related wastes by encouraging members to engage in the following actions?
- Bring Your Own. Use a reusable bag when shopping. Bring your own reusable mug, water bottle, cup, dishes and eating utensils to meetings/events.
- Pack and Go. Utilize NC State Dining’s reusable to-go containers at dining halls to reduce foam waste.
- Choose Reuse. Utilize reusable items for events such as cups, plates and utensils. If one-use items are necessary, recyclable or compostable items are utilized.
- Waste Less. Minimize food waste at meetings/events with appropriate food planning. Plan for leftovers by providing take-home containers for guests and/or having a food-donation option ready.
- Innovate: Has your student organization thought of another way to reduce campus waste? Please provide a short explanation below.
- Be Well. Does your student organization support Wolfpack health initiatives by engaging members on topics such as emotional well-being, stress management, sleep or time management?
- Eat Well. Does your student organization support Wolfpack health initiatives by providing healthy food and drink options at organization meetings/events?
- Live Well. Does your student organization support Wolfpack wellness initiatives by engaging members on the importance of balancing social, community, career and physical health?
- Move Well. Does your student organization support Wolfpack health initiatives by engaging members on physical activity tips and benefits or participating in group fitness challenges?
- Innovate: Has your organization thought of another way to promote health and wellness? Please provide a short explanation below.
Step 2: Submit Certification
Certify your student organization by completing the simple Online Certification Form.Certify Now
Step 3: Promote Your Achievement
Be sure to use the certification as a way to promote your student organization.
Certified Student Organizations
|Student Organization||Certification Level|
|Zero Waste Wolves||Steward|
|Pi Kappa Alpha||Steward|
|Wolfpack Environmental Student Association (WESA)||Steward|
|Student Government Sustainability Department||Steward|
|NC State Stewards||Champion|
|Students for Organic and United Living (SOUL) Garden||Contributor|