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Sustainability at UNC is about Three Zeros

What does sustainability look like at Carolina? UNC-Chapel Hill’s principle sustainability program is the Three Zeros Environmental Initiative.  Launched in fall 2016, the Three Zeros Environmental Initiative is Carolina’s integrated approach to reducing its environmental footprint through three sustainability goals: net zero water, zero waste to landfills and net zero greenhouse gases.

The UNC Office of Sustainability, located within UNC Energy Services, educates the campus through training and tours and collects and maintains data related to environmental programs and operations at Carolina.

How Do We Measure Success?

We track various metrics to measure campus progress toward zero. Waste per capita has fallen approximately one percent per year since the fiscal year 2002. We have seen a an overall reduction of 21 percent in Greenhouse Gas Emissions since 2007. And, since 2000, UNC’s water use intensity declined 63 percent. Learn more about our Progress.

UNC-Chapel Hill is certified GOLD through AASHE STARs, has received the Cool Schools ranking from Sierra Club and has been designated Silver Status from the League of American Bicyclists.

Learn More

  • Visit the contact page to request a tour of Carolina’s LEED Certified Buildings and operations, or if you would like your workplace at UNC-Chapel Hill to become a certified, sustainable environment.
  • Discover how we are making our campus greener in our recent News.
  • Keep up with our latest sustainability initiatives on campus: sign up for the Three Zeros Newsletter.