UNCG Office of Sustainability

The UNCG Climate Action Plan – FINALLY!

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Click on the image to read the plan.

After months of work, the UNCG Climate Action Plan teams have finally completed the first draft of the Plan.  Now, we’re asking for your input.  Please review the Plan and give us your constructive criticisms, comments and suggestions here on the blog or email us at rkmcdona@uncg.edu.  This is a plan for the entire UNCG community, and we want to make sure your ideas and voices are heard.

The Plan will be up for comments through the end of March.  After that, we’ll take all the comments under advisement and incorporate them into the final draft that will be presented to the Chancellor, Executive Staff, and Board of Trustees for final approval.

If you would rather offer comments in person, we will be holding a public workshop in the coming weeks where you may learn more about the Plan and discuss ideas with us.  Stay tuned for the announcement of when and where we’ll hold the workshop.

Thank you for your interest; please offer any comments you have here on the blog.


Congratulations UNCG!

PrintThe Office of Sustainability is pleased to announce that UNCG has received an AASHE STARS Silver rating for the second year in a row! For more information, please go to:


Welcome Dr. Aaron Allen!

HS-6107 Aaron AllenDr. Aaron Allen is the recently appointed Academic Sustainability Coordinator for UNCG!
Dr. Allen is an award-winning member of the Music faculty. We are excited to have him on board to help spread sustainability throughout the campus. He will be able to use his passion for both music and the environment to help students and faculty learn more about sustainability.

To read more please visit: http://ure.uncg.edu/prod/cweekly/2013/02/26/aaronallen/

Student Garden Club

The Student Garden Club is hosting an event on February 27th  in Graham 213 at 5:30

Pat and Brian Bush from Handance Farm in Reidsville, NC will be speaking about their small-scale farming system on Wednesday, February 27 at 5:30 in Graham 423. They are full-time farmers who are ladybug friendly and have been so for over 20 years. They sell their fresh farm products at the Greensboro Curbside Market and have operated a CSA for at least 17 years. Come hear their story.

New Opportunities for You!

There are not one, but two opportunities for creativity and sustainability to coincide!

First:  For all people:  Fourth Annual Sustainability Shorts Film competitionhttp://sustain.uncg.edu/shorts.html

You are eligible if you:

1. Create a short film about sustainability (shorter than 10 mins)
2. Turn it (and form) in to Sarah Dorsey by March 29, 2013 – application form on website above.

Prizes: $500, $300, $200 and $100 audience award (or equipment of equivalent value)

The entries will be screened as part of the UNCG Sustainability Film Series at the Weatherspoon Art Museum at 6:30 on the evening of Thursday, April 18. Judging will be based upon criteria that will include, but not be limited to, concept, cinematography, acting, production quality, costuming, and writing. The winners will be announced at a celebratory reception following the screening on April 18.

Second: Second Annual Creative Sustainability Initiative (CSI) – (FOR UNCG STUDENTS ONLY)

UNCG undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled full-time in any major may submit a project proposal. Students are limited to one proposal per discipline. Students graduating in May or August 2013 may not apply.
The following disciplines are included:
•  Visual arts (including media)
•  Performing arts: Music, Dance, Theatre
•  Fiction Writing and Poetry
•  Interior Architecture

Proposals are due March 29, 2013 by 5:00p.m., and must include the following:
• Brief biography of applicant, including: name, year, major, contact information
• Description of the project, not to exceed three pages.
• Detailed budget of materials. No travel or consultant fees will be covered by the grant
• Portfolio review is required for all disciplines. Submission details are as follows:
    -Music, Dance, Visual Art, Interior Architecture – Include a URL of current work
    – Fiction Writing – URL of current work is acceptable, or you may include four pieces of current work as a hard copy with your proposal.

If submitting your proposal by e-mail send to: Sarah Dorsey sbdorsey@uncg.edu
If submitting a paper copy please hand deliver or put in campus mail to Sarah Dorsey,
Harold Schiffman Music Library, Music Building, 100 McIver St.

Please Contact Sarah Doresy at sbdorsey@uncg.edu or the Sustainability Office at uncgsus@uncg.ed if you have any questions.


Congratulations POCAM!

Congratulations to POCAM! – UNCG was named the Best University by the Best Workplaces for Commuters! We are happy to celebrate this achievement by POCAM and the excellent work they are doing to help commuters be environmentally friendly.

Keep up the great work!

Volunteering this MLKJ Day

This coming Monday January 21, 2013 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. On this day we remember the late Dr. King for his dedication and his help for he believed in, equality for all. He spent many years of his life doing service and helping others in need.  Dr. King once said “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”  The Office of Sustainability is dedicate to helping others and the Earth, our home.  The world is not a perfect place; there are many cases of social injustice. Social injustice is inequality for everyone. There are many examples of this Human Rights and World Hunger. The best way to help stop this problem is to maintain the fact that everyone is created equal and that everyone does have the same rights as you do. There is also Social Injustice when it comes to the environment. Environmental Justice is “the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, sex, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.” Most people that are affected by environmental injustice are those that live in high-poverty and minority groups.  These groups are affected by the containment air supply and the inequality of good food.  Many of these people must live in poor conditions because of the lack of money to move out of an environmental hazard place.  They live in locations next to landfills and industries that release chemicals into the air.

Many people are affected by some form of inequality; this is certainly not the dream that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had.

 This MLKJ Day you can do your part by joining the Office of Leadership and Service-Learning and volunteering to help out an organization. It is a great way to give back to the people and to honor Dr. King.  Please check out this website and join to volunteer! https://docs.google.com/a/uncg.edu/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dFpWbWZJTWVpV2RPZ1BZTEIwemhwOWc6MQ#gid=0