Celebrate Sustainability Week at UNC Charlotte

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

UNC Charlotte continues its commitment to environmental stewardship during events planned as part of Sustainability Week.

On Tuesday, Oct, 4, students, faculty and staff can participate in the fall Campus Cleanup, which is an opportunity to help beautify the grounds and spread awareness about how littering can affect the community. Faculty and staff members can use their community service leave to volunteer (with supervisor approval). Participants will meet at the Belk Plaza and the Motorsports Lab at 10 a.m. for assignments and “cleanup” supplies.

As the University and Charlotte become more commuter-friendly, students, faculty and staff can learn more about alternative transportation options during the second annual Transportation Fair, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 5, at the plaza outside the College of Health and Human Services. The University encourages the reduction of congestion and harmful vehicle emissions by suggesting the need to transition away from single person modes of transport to alternate forms, such as biking, public transit and the LYNX Blue Line Extension. The Transportation Fair will be an opportunity for students to learn more about UNC Charlotte’s new bike sharing platform, too.

On Thursday, Oct. 6, the Sustainability Office will sponsor a gathering of student organizations that focus on making a positive environmental impact in the community. Representatives from UNC Charlotte’s Green Initiative, Earth Club, Garden Club and Wellness Ambassadors will be in attendance. The goal is for the organizations to discuss how they can collaborate and to invite other students to learn more about campus sustainability efforts.

According to Tyler Sytsma, University sustainability coordinator, increasing awareness of sustainability efforts occurring across campus is a goal of Sustainability Week.

“At UNC Charlotte, we place an emphasis on the economic, ecological, regional and environmental impacts that are affected by our operations,” said Sytsma. “The University is committed to being a leading environmental steward and an institution that strives to proactively and effectively manage its impact on energy, water and other natural resources.”

Email Sytsma (tsytsma@uncc.edu) for more information about Sustainability Week.