Staff from Burt’s Bees and the UNC-Chapel Hill Three Zeros Environmental Initiative met at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for the initial quarterly meeting since the partnership began to exchange strategies for reducing both organizations’ environmental impact.
The partnership between Burt’s Bees and the UNC Three Zeros Environmental Initiative was first announced in Sep. 2017 at Three Zeros Day. In addition to collaborating on ideas for improving the environmental footprint of Carolina, Burt’s Bees is also the inaugural sponsor of UNC-Chapel Hill’s bike share program, Tar Heel Bikes.
Burt’s Bees is a national leader in sustainability and sends no waste to landfills, which is a goal of the Three Zeros Environmental Initiative. Burt’s Bees has created a culture of zero waste within its office, and has expressed several ideas to implement the same changes at Carolina. UNC-Chapel Hill has already achieved the goal of net-zero water use by one measurement, and plans to work with Burt’s Bees to address ways the company can reduce water use.
“Burt’s Bees has been a supportive partner in the Carolina mission to reduce our environmental footprint,” said Brad Ives, associate vice chancellor of campus enterprises and chief sustainability officer. “I look forward to this partnership further improving Carolina’s reputation as a world leader in sustainability and providing opportunities for our faculty, staff and students to gain knowledge about sustainable practices in the public and private sectors.”
“We are thrilled to be a part of the Carolina mission to be good stewards of nature through its forward-thinking Three Zeroes Environmental Initiative,” said Matt Kopac, sustainable business & innovation manager at Burt’s Bees. “With our global headquarters in Durham, we are fortunate to have a world class public university like Carolina taking the mantle of leadership on sustainability in our state. We look forward to exchanging best practices and supporting Carolina’s efforts to disseminate lessons across their campus and beyond.”
The meeting not only included a discussion about how both organizations plan to move toward their sustainable goals, but also included a tour of the Fed-Ex Global Education Center. Cindy Shea, the director of the sustainability office, led the group on a tour of the building’s sustainable features, which include a green roof garden and cisterns that collect rainwater, making Carolina more drought resistant and lowering its environmental impact on the Chapel Hill community.