The 2019 Three Zeros Day celebration took place October 7 with engaging and interactive stations and a side of fun for those who wanted to learn more about the University’s progress towards its Three Zeros Environmental Initiative goals. If a smoothie bike and greenhouse gas inventory info at the Net Zero Greenhouse Gas emissions station weren’t your thing, you could head over to the Net Zero Water Use station. There you’d have found information about the University’s stormwater projects, like the Battle Grove Restoration Project, and could have purchased a succulent from the Epsilon Eta fraternity. If you kept going, you’d find yourself at the Zero Waste to Landfill station and an Eat.Sort.Win. game for those curious about waste composting and recycling. Our partners in Transportation and Parking were also on-site with a Transportation Fair, and shared information about how to use more sustainable modes of transportation around campus and beyond.
All the stations shared information about how students, staff and faculty can make daily choices that are impactful to sustainability. Some highlights include:
- More than 150 smoothie bike smoothies and 250 reusable straws given away with a side of GHG knowledge
- More than 100 people took part in the Eat. Sort. Win. game and learned about recycling right and composting correcting (and got a nice water bottle to remind them to reduce, reuse and then recycle)
- Almost 350 people took the Three Zeros Day survey and got a scoop of Maple View Farms ice cream
- Lots of people learned about Battle Grove and the creatures that call it home, how to protect the quality of our downstream waters, and how to brighten their rooms with a succulent, which are also good for cleaning the air.
We also recognized this year’s Three Zeros Student Leadership Award Winner, Allie Omens, who also spearheaded the Ep Eta succulent sale!
UNC set three bold goals for everyone on campus to pursue in reducing its environmental footprint: net zero water use, zero waste to landfills and net zero greenhouse gas emissions. To reach these significant goals, students, staff and faculty are forming committees, executing projects and making their own behaviors more sustainable.