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Carolina Sustainability Council

The Carolina Sustainability Council was established to advise the chancellor and his cabinet on sustainability strategy within the framework of Carolina Next: Innovations for Public Good. The Council includes students, faculty and staff, and its members bring a broad range of expertise, experience, and perspectives from across the University. Council meetings are recorded and streamed through the UNC Institute for the Environment Youtube channel, and will be listed as upcoming events on the homepage of as they are scheduled.

The council will meet its mission by delegating tasks to four primary committees:

  • Progress: to establish goals and monitor progress;
  • Synergy: to integrate with other programs at the University;
  • Innovation: to foster discovery of new connections and opportunities; and
  • Communication: to tell the University‚Äôs sustainability story.

Council Roster 2021-2022


  • Mike Piehler, chief sustainability officer and director, Institute for the Environment

Faculty and Staff Members

  • Elizabeth Havice, professor, Department of Geography, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Nikhil Kaza, associate professor, Department of City and Regional Planning and Environment, Ecology and Energy Program, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Asia Mieczkowska, associate operations officer, Renaissance Computing Institute, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research
  • Jeff Mittelstadt, professor of the practice and director, Center for Sustainable Enterprise, Kenan-Flagler Business School
  • Jonas Monast, distinguished assistant professor and director, Center for Climate, Energy, Environment and Economics, School of Law
  • Natalie Murdock, Murdock Anderson Consulting and Senator, North Carolina General Assembly
  • Erin Riggs, executive director, Environmental Finance Center, School of Government
  • Aaron Salzberg, distinguished professor and director, Water Institute, Gillings School of Global Public Health

Student Members

  • Ileana Fenwick, doctoral candidate and graduate student representative, Department of Earth, Marine and Environmental Sciences
  • Nathaniel Maniatis, undergraduate student representative, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Mary-Catherine Gray, sustainability coordinator and undergraduate student representative, Undergraduate Executive Branch of Student Government

Previous Council Members

Previous Meetings and Minutes

Date Minutes Web Link
October 2020 PDF Youtube
December 2020 PDF Youtube
February 2021 PDF Youtube
September 2021 PDF Youtube
December 2021 PDF Youtube
March 2022 PDF Youtube
April 2022 Pending Council Approval Youtube

Sustainable Carolina Professional Staff

To support the mission of Sustainable Carolina, the Sustainable Carolina Professional Staff links strategic visions outlined by the Carolina Sustainability Council with the campus stakeholders. The team comprises a centralized connection point for campus sustainability and is housed within the Institute for the Environment. Staff members create analyses and feasibility studies of opportunities, report on campus progress, develop messaging that delivers sustainability communications and outreach, and interface with external partner groups and members of the campus community including students, faculty, and staff.

Staff Members

  • Mike Piehler, chief sustainability officer and director, Institute for the Environment
  • [vacant], sustainability program manager, Institute for the Environment
  • Melanie Elliott, sustainability analyst, Institute for the Environment
  • Abigail Brewer, communications and engagement specialist, Institute for the Environment
  • Cindy Shea, sustainability director, Institute for the Environment

Student Environmental Coalition

Student organizations form an interconnected network of sustainability and environmental activities on campus known as the Student Environmental Coalition and feature dynamic leaders, missions, and priorities. Check out our pages for student organizations and programs related to sustainability and environmental action.

Campus Sustainability Partners

The efforts of Campus Sustainability Partners are a critical part of the sustainability legacy UNC has created over decades. Sustainable Carolina will highlight the contributions of our campus partners through spotlights, interviews, and media contributions as we develop projects and activities that advance sustainability.