ACUPCC Reporting System

Implementation Profile for University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Submitted on November 15, 2007; last updated on August 27, 2013

Institution Information

Basic Carnegie Classification RU/VH: Research Universities (very high research activity)
Control Public
Location Chapel Hill, NC
Community Setting Mid-size city
USDOE Climate Zone 4
Current President or Chancellor's Name Carol Folt
Current President or Chancellor's Title Chancellor
Main Web Site http://www.unc.edu/
Sustainability Web Site http://sustainability.unc.edu/

Implementation Structure

Implementation Liaison's Name Philip Barner
Implementation Liaison's Title Director, Energy Services
Implementation Liaison's Department Energy Services
Format of Structure Committee
Number of Individuals in Structure 16
Stakeholder Groups Represented Faculty, Students, Staff
Description The Vice Chancellor's Sustainability Advisory Committee is co-chaired by the faculty director of the Institute for the Environment and the Director of Facilities Services. It includes faculty, staff, administrators, and students from many areas of campus life. Areas represented include Energy Services, Facilities Planning, Student Affairs, Athletics, Purchasing, Research, and the Provost's Office.

Tangible Actions

1. Establish a policy that all new campus construction will be built to at least the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Silver standard or equivalent.

Yes: Every project at UNC is expected to incorporate measures that would allow it to be certified at the LEED silver level, per the University Design Guidelines. There is one completed LEED building on campus and five in the pipeline: three aspire to LEED platinum certification. In addition, legislation passed in the 2007 session requires all new public buildings to be 30% more energy efficient than ASHRAE 90.1-2004 and renovations to be 20% more efficient.

2. Adopt an energy-efficient appliance purchasing policy requiring purchase of ENERGY STAR certified products in all areas for which such ratings exist.

Yes: An Energy Efficient Purchasing policy has been adopted by the Chancellor's Cabinet. It requires the purchase of Energy Star equipment in all areas for which such ratings exist. For equipment categories that have not yet been certified, purchasers are to select among the most energy efficient products in the category.

3. Establish a policy of offsetting all greenhouse gas emissions generated by air travel paid for by our institution.

No: No information provided.

4. Encourage use of and provide access to public transportation for all faculty, staff, students and visitors at our institution.

Yes: Chapel Hill Transit System buses have been fare free since 2002, resulting in high per capita bus ridership. Our Commuter Alternatives Program provides free park and ride lots, emergency rides home, and discounts from local merchants. Carpools and vanpools receive preferential parking. Parking permits cost $500-$1,150 per year. 48% of our students and employees arrive on campus via a means other than a single occupant vehicle. There are 0.3 parking spaces per capita.

5. Within one year of signing this document, begin purchasing or producing at least 15% of our institution's electricity consumption from renewable sources.

No: No information provided.

6. Establish a policy or a committee that supports climate and sustainability shareholder proposals at companies where our institution's endowment is invested.

No: No information provided.

7. Participate in the Waste Minimization component of the national RecycleMania competition, and adopt 3 or more associated measures to reduce waste.

Yes: Campus recycling rates reached 43% in FY 07. Indoor and outdoor bins are provided for paper, metals, glass, plastic, and batteries. Food waste and animal bedding is composted. 70% of construction and demolition waste is recycled. At football games, recycling is provided for vendors and fans, and a clean up crew recycles discards.