Short-term goals:

  • Expand composting facilities for campus grounds’ organic waste
    • Minimal financial investment, but does require some land
    • Reduces disposal costs
    • Results in a beneficial byproduct that UNCG can use and sell
  • Campus-wide Litter Pick & Pride campaign
    • Educational literature and communication; more well-placed litter containers
      Daily litter removal requires surprising quantities of personnel hours, gasoline, etc., that could be better spent on sustainability efforts
    • Volunteer program to assist in litter removal from campus areas where volunteers work or live, e.g. library staff clean up around the library, resident students outside their dorms
  • Irrigation self-audit system for campus grounds and sports fields
  • Install rainwater collection and storage system at Sports Turf Care Center
    • Pilot program to serve as a model and the inspiration for other campus departments and buildings

Long-term goals:

  • Pollinator-friendly plantings
    • Establish flowering and nectar-producing plantings, with emphasis on late-summer-blooming varieties in highly visible locations
    • Encourage and support populations of honeybees, butterflies, hummingbirds, etc., which are so essential to agricultural food production
    • Perhaps an educational demo garden, with labeled plants, in Peabody Park?
  • Sustainable reconstruction of existing soccer-practice field
    • Improve field performance with better surface leveling as well as drainage, runoff control, and efficient sub-irrigation using collected rainwater
  • Convert to warm-season turf grass on our five existing golf greens
    • Greatly reduced maintenance costs would result from a reduced dependence on irrigation, fertilizers, and re-planting
  • Install “green” toilet facility at the Outdoor Student Recreation Area volleyball and basketball courts
    • Model the use of composting, solar and/or wind energy, and rainwater harvesting technologies
    • Provide service to a student area currently lacking sanitary facilities