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Sustainability Social (Fall)

Carolina Dining Services’ tabling at the 2022 Sustainability Social, held at the beginning of the school year.

UNC Institute for the Environment Communications Director Emily Williams talks with students about study abroad field sites.

Every fall, Sustainable Carolina hosts a Sustainability Social in the Student Union’s Gift Plaza. Environmentally-focused student organizations, community organizations and staff working in sustainability table at this event. 

By having a variety of groups tabling, we hope students can see just how interconnected sustainability initiatives are at Carolina. When you have big goals for improving campus sustainability, it requires a great deal of collaboration and partnership.

The 2023 Social will be Wednesday, September 13 from 9 am – 12:30 pm.

Earth Week (Spring)

UNC Libraries joined our Festival on the Green roof in April 2022, bringing along their always popular button maker.
Speakers from the Sustainability Research Symposium in April 2022.

In the week leading up to Earth Day (April 22), Sustainable Carolina hosts and participates in events on campus. Dates for the following events will be announced in the spring.

Research Symposium

Researchers from across UNC-Chapel Hill schools and departments join us for lightning talks at Wilson Library Pleasants Family Assembly Room.

Watch the 2023 talks on YouTube.

Campus Cleanup

Working with UNC Environmental Health and Safety’s Department of Environmental Affairs – Stormwater, Sustainable Carolina identifies an area along one of our campus creeks in need of a clean up. Any student, staff or faculty member is invited to participate. We provide trash grabbers, trash bags, gloves and neon vests.

Festival on the Green Roof

The Festival on the Green Roof is Sustainable Carolina’s signature Earth Day event, held for the first time in 2022. The day is a celebration of all the great work students do here on campus to push sustainability forward. In 2022, UNC Libraries brought out its button maker and campus recreation brought out some lawn games. UNC Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling (OWRR) and Carolina Dining Services (CDS) also attended to share information on sustainability. Students attending could get a free Earth Day t-shirt and Maple View ice cream.

Earth Day T-shirt Design Contest

Our Earth Day t-shirts are designed by a Carolina student. Our t-shirt design contest for Earth Day 2024 will open in December 2023. See our special events page for more information.

Caroline Tintinger designed the winning Earth Day t-shirt for 20223.

Battle Grove BioBlitz

Together with UNC Department of Biology and Edible Campus, the Battle Grove BioBlitz gives students a chance to observe and track wildlife around a daylighted stream on campus. In 2016, Battle Grove regenerative stormwater conveyance project brought life back to a piped tributary of the Battle Branch Stream. The area is now a Certified Bird Friendly Habitat, filled with native plants.


Partner Events

Orange County Creek Week

Orange County Creek Week celebrates the streams, lakes and rivers that connect our human and non-human communities. The week-long series includes cleanups, invasive plant removal green infrastructure tours and more. Sustainable Carolina partners with UNC Exercise and Sports Science Lifetime Fitness classes to bring students on guided creek tours.

UNC Science Expo

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center hosts the UNC Science Expo, an annual celebration of science with hands-on activities and demonstrations led by STEM students, researchers and practitioners from UNC-Chapel Hill. The next UNC Science Expo will be in April 2024.

Earth Day Farmers’ Market

Carolina Dining Services’ (CDS) Earth Day Farmers’ Market features local food and craft vendors in the pit. The next Earth Day Farmers’ Market will be in April 2024.

Celebration of Undergraduate Research

The Celebration of Undergraduate Research is a research symposium held at UNC-Chapel Hill at the end of each spring semester. Undergraduate students from across disciplines present at poster sessions, which highlight group and individual projects. Sustainable Carolina awards three prizes for excellence in sustainability research at the event.

May the Wheels be with You

UNC Transportation and Parking celebrates National Bike Month every May with free bike checks from local mechanics, swag and campus bicycle registration. The group also promotes its Commuter Alternative Program (CAP) at this event.