Sustainability office spreads green thinking during Sustainability Week

Sustainability Week offers great tips on how students can actively be green in the community

| October 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

Last week was UNC Charlotte’s annual Sustainability Week and there was plenty to see and do. The week of events began with a documentary showing of “Citizen Jane: Battle Cry for The City,” and included tree banding, a campus cleanup, transportation fair and a lecture by Jarami Bond on “Sustainable Business.”

UNC Charlotte’s dining services tables at the sustainability week student gathering. Photo by Kim Leaston

On Thursday, Sustainability Week came to an end with a student gathering sponsored by the Charlotte Green Initiative (CGI). The meeting offered an opportunity for students and organizations to present their collaborative projects for potential funding through CGI’s student green fund. Eligible proposals are required to positively contribute to the UNC Charlotte community in ways ranging from community relations to infrastructure. There was even pizza and pumpkin carving for anyone that stopped by.

Tyler Sytsma, the university sustainability coordinator said, “there are many different ways that you can make a positive impact from a sustainable stand point in your life. It could be the way you drive a car, the way that you consume, the way that you treat energy. There are a million different ways that you can go out and make a positive impact in our community and that’s what we hope you take away from Sustainability Week.”

Sustainability Office interns Hannah Stephens, Katie Steel and Isabel Srivoraphan have a few tips that they use every day to reduce their carbon footprint and be greener. Stephens uses a computer to take notes in class instead of notebooks which helps reduce paper waste. Steel prefers to cut down on the amount of plastic she uses by bringing reusable bags with her to the store and having a reusable water bottle that helps her save money and plastic. Srivoraphan has a recycle bin in her apartment that she takes to a recycling facility every week, and she makes sure to purchase food items in reduced packaging.

The campus’ growing mission to being green and sustainable has been under way since the early 1990s when the Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling was begun by a group of environmentally conscious students who wanted to see more recycling on campus.

Students had the chance to carve out pumpkins. Photo by Greyson Nance

The sustainability program, a part of UNC Charlotte’s Facilities Management has been providing campus with ways to be green and environment-friendly since 2008. Things like Charlotte Wheels, UNC Charlotte Community Garden and electric vehicle charging stations have not only helped our campus be more sustainable, but the university has gained recognition and awards for its work. UNC Charlotte’s sustainability efforts have also been featured in magazines promoting sustainability like Sustainable Business Magazine in 2015 when they spoke with UNC Charlotte’s University Sustainability Officer, Michael Lizotte, about how the university is continuing to make strides towards institutionalizing sustainability.

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Kim Leaston Kim Leaston is a News Staff Writer at Niner Times. As a senior Communication Studies major with minors in Journalism and Video Production, Kim is hoping to conquer the world by December 2018 (or at least graduate). When she isn't working, studying or plotting she can be found checking out the city with her fur baby Abby or visiting family in the 919.

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Kim Leaston Kim Leaston is a News Staff Writer at Niner Times. As a senior Communication Studies major with minors in Journalism and Video Production, Kim is hoping to conquer the world by December 2018 (or at least graduate). When she isn't working, studying or plotting she can be found checking out the city with her fur baby Abby or visiting family in the 919.

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