UNC Greensboro


Sustainability Timeline


UNCG becomes a member in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).


University Committee on Sustainability formed by Chancellor Patricia Sullivan.


UNCG earns Tree Campus USA designation from the Arbor Day Foundation.

Spring 2009

Sustainability adopted as a core value in The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) 2009-2014 Strategic Plan.

Spring 2009

UNCG’s 2009 ‐ 2014 Strategic plan directs the pursuit of LEED Silver certification for any major building projects.

Fall 2009

UNCG adopts The University of North Carolina Sustainability Policy.

Fall 2009

UNCG publishes its first Greenhouse Gas Inventory.


UNCG becomes the first employer in the Triad to be named a Best Workplace for Commuters.

Fall 2010

UNCG Sustainability Council formed.


UNCG becomes the first university in North Carolina to achieve a Bike Friendly University designation from the League of American Bicyclists.

Summer 2011

UNCG becomes a charter member of AASHE's Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS).

Fall 2011

Chancellor Linda Brady signs the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC).

Summer 2012

Chancellor Linda Brady signs the Appalachian Energy Summit Signatory Commitment.

Spring 2013

Chancellor Linda Brady signs UNCG's Climate Action Plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

Fall 2015

UNCG students elect to allocate a portion of their student activity fees toward environmental stewardship and established the Green Fund.

Fall 2018

Governor Roy Cooper signs Executive Order 80, committing The State of North Carolina to reduce statewide greenhouse gas emissions to 40% below 2005 levels by 2025.

Spring 2019

UNC Greensboro earned a STARS Silver rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

Fall 2019

UNCG announces it has reduced its carbon footprint by 8% since 2009.