First Sustainability Assessment

January 1, 2004

In 2004, the Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling oversaw a comprehensive sustainability assessment of UNCG’s achievements in sustainability as well as possible areas for improvement. Despite the independent initiatives of the OWRR and within the campus community, a unified, cross-campus collaboration was lacking.

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Commitment to Becoming a Sustainable Institution

August 1, 2006

In Fall of 2006, resulting from an initiative of faculty senate president Anna Marshall-Baker, Provost A. Edward Uprichard, and Vice Chancellor of Business Affairs Reade Taylor, the University Committee on Sustainability was created and over 50 staff, faculty, students & administrators joined. The Committee brought to light UNCG’s commitment to…

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One of 5 Core Values

January 1, 2009

UNCG established sustainability as one of its five Core Values through the 2009 Strategic Plan. In this document, the University defined sustainability as: Academics, operations, and outreach… conducted with careful attention to the enduring interconnectedness of social equity, the environment, the economy, and aesthetics.

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Creation of Office of Sustainability and Sustainability Council

April 1, 2010

The creation of the Strategic Plan led to the creation of the Office of Sustainability in with the hiring, the university’s first full-time Sustainability Coordinator in April 2010, as well as the formation of the UNCG Sustainability Council in September 2010.

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October 1, 2011

In October 2011, Dr. Linda Brady, Former Chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), signed the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), pledging the University to develop a comprehensive plan to achieve climate neutrality. This action was the culmination of years of effort by faculty,…

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Academic Sustainability Coordinator

January 1, 2013

The university further expanded sustainability efforts into academics by appointing an Academic Sustainability Coordinator (ASC) to partner with the Office of Sustainability by working to further sustainability through academics at UNCG.  This position was initially held by Dr. Aaron Allen, Associate Professor in the School of Music and was taken…

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Climate Action Plan

July 31, 2013

The CAP team, led by Trey McDonald, was divided into six (6) working groups around specific focus areas – University Administration, Infrastructure Energy Use, Transportation, Materials Management, Water, and Academics and Outreach – and the final Plan was officially adopted on July 31, 2013.

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January 1, 2015

The Green Fund student fee was established after efforts by UNCGreen and other students with the aide of Chad Carawein and Trey McDonald. The fund allows for proposals to be submitted by students, faculty, and staff members for funding of projects that further UNCG’s core value of sustainability and commitment of…

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