Office of Sustainability

Sustainability Mission

The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP) has a long tradition of preparing students to be responsible stewards of the world. Furthermore, UNCP is committed to minimizing its global-warming emissions, while providing educated graduates needed to lead the changes necessary to resolve the world’s social, environmental and economic challenges; in doing so, positioning itself as a regional leader and model for sustainability--academically and operationally.


Our Sustainability Strategic Priorities:

 1– Emissions and Operations

Aggressively reduce global-warming emissions and our overall environmental impact while simultaneously increasing our social and economic impact in all operations and activities.

2– Education and Engagement

Produce and prepare more educated graduates needed to lead the changes necessary to resolve the world’s social, environmental and economic challenges, while simultaneously coordinating sustainability learning opportunities for and with all students, faculty, staff, stakeholders, the community and all other partners.

3- Fiscal and Stakeholder Strength

Positively impact the campus and local economy, create and sustain jobs and foster win-win-win partnerships that result in environmental, social and economic benefits for the campus, local community and the State of North Carolina.


Our Values

- Accountability         - Innovation
- Collaboration           - Integrity
- Communication      - Service

"Changing Lives Through Education"


News Updates: UNCP is now recognized as Tree Campus USA (2015)! One of only nine schools in North Carolina. To read more, click on the Operations link.

Tree Campus USA Logo

UNCP is now a "Bronze" rated AASHE STARS university (Feb 2016)! To read more, click on the Planning and Administration link.


UNCP was recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for leadership supporting PEV charging infrastructure in 2015, see more at: Workplace Charging Challenge Mid-Program Review, a post on the DOE website and on DOE social media.

Workplace Charging Challenge Logo


         2015 Sustainability Report Front Cover


 The 2015 Sustainability Report, is available online, enjoy!





New undergraduate minor in sustainability now available, FMI click here.


Compelling Numbers and Facts

Global warming is mainly the result of CO2 levels rising in the Earth’s atmosphere, currently at 400 ppm. Both atmospheric CO2 and climate change are accelerating. Climate scientists say we have years, not decades, to stabilize CO2 and other greenhouse gases and lower the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere back down to 350 ppm--the widely accepted "safe" limit.

  • Climate change affects the social and environmental determinants of health, i.e., clean air, safe drinking water, sufficient food and secure shelter
  • Between 2030 and 2050, climate change is expected to cause approximately 250,000 additional deaths per year, from malnutrition, malaria, diarrhea and heat stress
  • The direct damage costs to health (i.e. excluding costs in health-determining sectors such as agriculture and water and sanitation), is estimated to be between $ 2-4 billion/year by 2030
  • Reducing emissions of greenhouse gases through better transport, food and energy-use choices can result in improved health, particularly through reduced air pollution
  • In 2015, UNCP avoided $200,000 in energy costs
  • 93% of the world’s largest 250 corporations report on their sustainability performance (Global Reporting Initiative, 2015)
  • In 2015, the Princeton Review surveyed 9,650 college applicants and 2,412 parents of college applicants in its “College Hopes & Worries Survey,” and found 60% said having information about a college’s commitment to the environment would impact their decision to apply to or to attend a school
  • In 2014, UNCP students taxed themselves $5/year for a sustainability green fee—they agreed to raise it to $7 in 2015
  • Over 685 universities across America, including UNCP, have agreed to work towards carbon neutrality and publically signed the Presidents’ Climate Commitment