These cups contain an average of more than 70% recycled content thanks to their high recycling rate.
- 350,000+ gallonsof rainwater and runoff collected across campus each year that is used for irrigation and cooling.
- 38,833automotive miles offset by Tar Heel Bikes in the past year
- 28,000gallons of fuel reduction by campus fleet each year
- 43%less annual water usage since 2007
- 8,000people reduced waste by using a reusable mug from Carolina Dining Services
- No. 1American university for sustainability in the 2019 Times Higher Education Impact Ratings
Carolina staff and consultants created an aboveground stream with a filtration process that naturally filters pollutants and contaminants out of runoff water on campus.
The University’s Three Zeros Roadmap serves as a guide for faculty, staff and students to help identify high-potential projects and programs, evaluate and report results, and achieve campus sustainability goals.
As the sustainability co-chair for Carolina Thrift, Allie Omens helped create a collection system for items like furniture and home décor, which students normally throw away at the end of the school year.
As the campus works toward its Three Zeros goals to create a greener Carolina, the University’s students and faculty are conducting impactful research on environmental challenges facing the world.
Carolina's Frank Leibfarth and his team are working to remove harmful chemicals from the Cape Fear River Basin through chemistry. The team designed a fluorinated resin that, when ground into a powder and added to a water-filtration column, soaks up GenX.
For the past 10 years, Carolina researchers have been shining a light on the challenges presented by human interactions on the Galapagos and working to find the right balance between helping the islands’ economy to thrive under tourism and protecting its iconic species.
A multicampus center of Western Carolina University, the Highlands Biological Station has served as a field site for the UNC Institute for the Environment since 2001, giving UNC-Chapel Hill students an opportunity to study and conduct research for a full semester.
Native only to a 90-mile inland radius around Wilmington, the Venus flytrap is a symbol of the Atlantic coastal plain’s unique ecology. Carolina researchers are working to preserve these carnivorous wonders.
For thousands of years, the northern Andes Mountains have acted as a carbon sink, preserving organic matter as thick soil. As the planet warms, what will happen to all that carbon? This past summer, Carolina undergraduates traveled to Ecuador to take a closer look.
A new study from Carolina researchers found that annual river ice cover will decline by about six days for every one degree Celsius increase in global temperatures.