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Launched in fall 2020, Sustainable Carolina is the University’s comprehensive initiative to advance and amplify all sustainability activities, including reducing the University’s environmental footprint through three goals: net zero water usage, zero waste to landfills and net zero greenhouse gas emissions. Led by Chief Sustainability Officer Michael Piehler, Sustainable Carolina will advance these goals through collaborative partnerships across operations, academics, and research. The Sustainability Council, made up of students, faculty, and staff meets regularly to establish goals and monitor progress; integrate with other programs at the University; foster discovery of new connections and opportunities and tell the University’s sustainability story.


Primary Logo

The Sustainable Carolina logo was created in 2020, when the sustainability office moved under UNC Institute for the Environment. The three circles are a symbol of our history and continued dedication to three goals: net zero water usage, zero waste to landfills, and net zero greenhouse gas emissions.

In addition to our primary logo below, you may also download our white and Carolina Blue logo. The white logo should be used on dark backgrounds and the Carolina Blue logo may be used when the other two aren’t easily visible on a document. Consult University Branding for best practices for displaying Carolina-affiliated logos.

Download our white logo

Download our Carolina Blue logo 





Sustainability Council Meeting YouTube Playlist (December 2021 – present)

Climate Action Plan | One Year Later

Water Plan | 2022


Recent Stories

Employee Forum: salary equity, deferred maintenance, possible hiring incentives, sustainability progress (The Well, May 2022)

What is Sustainable Carolina? (The Well, April 2022)

Limited-time mask recycling boxes available on UNC’s campus to reduce waste (The Daily Tar Heel, February 2022)

Mike Piehler named Carolina’s chief sustainability officer (UNC-Chapel Hill, September 2020)


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Media Contact

Abigail Brewer, Communications & Engagement Specialist, Sustainable Carolina