|Submission Date||Feb. 20, 2013|
The Sustainability Activities Matrix was developed in 2010-11 by the Sustainability Council, an advisory board
to the Chancellor. The Council was created in 2010 to fulfill a UNCG Strategic Plan mandate (section 2.5).
Council members include representatives from across the campus: staff and faculty co-chairs, an SGA representative, a Grad. Student Association representative, the Director of Enterprise Risk Management, the Director of Facilities for Housing, the Sustainability Coordinator, the Sustainability Outreach Specialist, the two co-chairs of the Sustainability Committee,
other faculty involved in
sustainability research, and a member of the community with expertise in sustainability issues.
The Matrix presents 13 broad activities relating to sustainability for the university to pursue between 2010-2014. Specific actions to achieve these activities, along with responsible parties, necessary resources, and interim goals and metrics are also described. The 13 activities are:
1. Recruit and hire an Academic Coordinator for Sustainability.
2. Institute a culture of sustainability through education, outreach, and marketing and inculcate the principles and
values of sustainability throughout the curriculum both inside and outside of the classroom.
3. Be recognized nationally as a leader in sustainability.
4. Adopt more sustainable standards for new construction and building renovations.
5. Reduce waste, source more local and sustainably grown products, and enhance promotion of healthy eating
practices in Dining Services.
6. Develop a process and procedure that supports the sustainable use of green space in accordance with UNCG’s
master plan, with the emphasis placed on the non-building areas of the master plan.
7. By 2015, develop and implement a Campus Energy Plan that reduces energy usage by 30% (per gsf) from the 2003 baseline.
8. Develop and implement institutional investment and purchasing practices that are guided by social justice and
9. Develop and implement a strategic plan to achieve climate neutrality by 2050 (Climate Action Plan).
10. Develop health and safety practices that are based upon sustainable/environmentally friendly principles.
11. Become a leader in diversion of waste from landfills.
12. Develop and implement a plan for sustainable water usage, while maintaining the quality of water.
13. Update the Transportation Master Plan with specific emphasis on alternative transportation options.
The overarching metric for meeting the goals of the plan is the annual assessment achieved via STARS. Individual activities and goals will be evaluated annually by the Council. The Council will also determine its priority actions and present these options to the Chancellor.