UNCW Sustainability

As North Carolina's coastal university, UNCW takes pride in maintaining the beauty and resources that can be enjoyed today for future generations of Seahawks and guests. Sustainability is an individual responsibility and team effort. Together we are working hard to make our community an even better place environmentally, socially and fiscally.

Nominations Open for the Charlie Maimone Faculty & Staff Sustainability Award and the Carolyn Elizabeth Duffy Student Sustainability Award!

RecycleMania 2016

Check out how to get involved and our current rankings with more than 350 colleges and universities nation-wide.

UNCW Achieves Silver in Worldwide Sustainability Ranking SystemAASHE STARS

Completing the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) has been a long-term goal for UNCW Sustainability. The metrics in this rating system will be used as a benchmarking tool and serve as a platform to recognize our current strengths in sustainability, as well as areas that can be improved.

Receiving a silver ranking in STARS is a victory that is shared by the entire university. Each and every student, faculty and staff member has an impact on the STARS report. It is only with cooperation and support from the whole community that UNCW was able to attain this recognition.

We would like to thank everyone for the actions you take everyday to ensure that we are preserving the environment and culture we enjoy today for future generations.

Sierra Club Recognizes UNCW as One of the nations "Coolest Schools"sieeraclubcoolschool

UNCW was listed as one of Sierra Magazine Cool Schools for 2016. This recognition was attributed to our AASHE STARS score as of March 22, 2016 with categories including Energy, Investments, Food, Innovation, Academics, Planning, Purchasing, Transport, Waste and Water.

"Our scoring key is a reflection of the broader priorities of the Sierra Club. For example, we award a significant percentage of points in the areas of campus energy use, transportation, and fossil fuel divestment because the Sierra Club believes that progress in these sectors is essential for addressing the climate crisis. While our ranking is fair, transparent, and accurate, we make no claim that it is the ultimate arbiter of campus sustainability."

UNCW awarded Bronze from The League of American Bicyclistbicyclefriendlyuni

UNCW is a pedestrian friendly campus that encourages alternative transportation in many forms. The League of American Bicyclist awards universities for their commitment to safe and thoughtful biking with the Bicycle Friendly America program. More specifically, UNCW was awarded a bronze  for being a Bicycle Friendly University.

"The Bicycle Friendly University (BFU) program recognizes institutions of higher education for promoting and providing a more bikable campus for students, staff and visitors...Colleges and university campuses are unique environments for their high density, stimulating atmosphere and defined boundaries. These factors make them ideal environments to incorporate bikes.

You can find more out about UNCW's bicycle program and exciting updates at UNCW Transportation.

Please contact Sustain Dub with any questions or concerns you may have!

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updated September 29, 2016