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Building and balancing societal well-being, ecological integrity, and economic prosperity — now and into the future.

UNC Chapel Hill’s Sustainability Hub

Housed within UNC Institute for the Environment, Sustainable Carolina advances the University’s sustainability goals through collaborative partnerships across operations, academics, and research. As UNC-Chapel Hill’s sustainability hub, the group aims to lead sustainability innovation, facilitate transformative action, and nurture educational efforts.

The University’s Climate Action Plan lays out innovative strategies to achieve Carolina’s 2040 carbon neutrality goal. Through the Champion Sustainability Fund, the team is working toward a more sustainable campus, while also investing in its future. And across the state, students at UNC Institute for the Environment field sites immerse themselves in research that extends outside the confines of Chapel Hill, empowering out-of-the-box thinking to overcome our greatest challenges.


Useful Links

Strategic Framework: Written in 2022 with input from the Sustainability Council, this document details our mission, vision, and goals.

2022 Sustainability Report: Contains greenhouse gas emissions data for 2021, along with information on campus operations, student organizations, research, academics, experiential learning, and community engagement activities.

2022 Water Plan: The Water Plan reviews the University’s water history, partnership with OWASA, and goals for water conservation on campus.



Design Our Earth Day T-Shirt!

January 25, 2023

Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to submit an Earth Day t-shirt design. Sustainable Carolina will distribute these t-shirts to students during our Earth Day celebration in April. The designs should convey the spirit of Earth Day and sustainability, and include at least one recognizable campus feature. The designs can…

Student Government to Host Energy Transition Town Hall

January 13, 2023

On January 18, UNC-Chapel Hill Student Government will host an Energy Transition Town Hall. The event is supported by UNC Institute for the Environment and Sustainable Carolina. Administrators, staff, and student activists will gather at Dey Hall in Toy Lounge for a Q&A panel. Jimmy Dögerl serves as director of…

2023 Green Resolutions

January 9, 2023

As we begin to work toward our New Year’s Resolutions, we can’t forget sustainability. Our Green Resolution guide examines strategies within ten different areas for living more sustainably in 2023. Energy Efficiency Turn off lights and unplug battery chargers/adapters when not in use or when fully charged. Adjust your thermostat by…

Upcoming Events

Mar 27

2023 Clean Tech Summit

March 27 - March 28