Celebrate Earth Day remotely

Celebrate Earth Day remotely
Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Celebrating Earth Day is a UNC Charlotte favorite tradition. Due to coronavirus stay-at-home orders, the annual campus cleanup isn’t possible.  Students, faculty and staff can, however, scan take pics or videos of themselves cleaning up their own neighborhoods and post them using #unccrecycles and #earthday2020.

In recognition of Earth Day 2020, here are some of the ways UNC Charlotte protects the environment:

  • Endorsement by Chancellor Philip L. Dubois of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment to reduce greenhouse gases
  • Recognized as a N.C. Smart Fleet Champion for extensive use of vehicles that operate on alternative fuels, including our large inventory of electronic carts
  • National honors to Housing and Residence Life for adopting green cleaning products and practices
  • Construction and renovation projects deploy methods that reduce water usage and realize energy efficiency
  • Waste management efforts divert recyclable materials from landfills
  • Zero-waste efforts at Jerry Richardson Stadium achieved a diversion rate of 82 percent in the first 49ers football season
  • Dining Services partnerships with compost facilities to reduce food waste
  • Campus litter removal efforts led by students, augmented by Adopt-a-Spot program
  • Use of rain-water sensors to manage irrigation and rain harvesting systems on roofs to collect water for landscaping 
  • Tree Campus USA award for commitment to urban forest management--Facilities Management’s Sustainability Office and Grounds Department plants trees annually to add to campus inventory