Sustainability at UNC Asheville


UNC Asheville has a vibrant sustainability culture that welcomes student, staff, faculty and community involvement. From our curriculum to our student organizations, our campus facilities to our beautiful edible gardens, UNC Asheville offers a wide range of opportunities for exploring and enhancing our relationship with the planet and its living systems.

Every day we are reaching thousands of individuals in classrooms, offices, labs, residence halls, dining areas, and open spaces to engage them in co-creating a vibrant and sustainable future for UNC Asheville. Your involvement can significantly enhance our natural environment, human communities, and the financial health of our institution.

Explore Sustainability at UNC Asheville on our  Sustainability Stories page.

UNC Asheville has a vibrant sustainability culture that is reflected in our physical campus. Check out our interactive Campus of Sustainability Map.

The Office of Sustainability


The Office of Sustainability at UNC Asheville provides strategic leadership and support for programs and activities designed to enhance sustainability literacy and engagement, and improve the health of our natural environment. We collaborate with students, faculty and staff as well as Asheville area organizations to provide diverse learning and action opportunities and model sustainable campus practices. UNC Asheville established the Office of Sustainability in 2013, creating a central resource for students, faculty and staff. The office aims to:

  • Recognize … sustainability projects and ongoing efforts
  • Engage … the community in the campus sustainability movement
  • Celebrate … our sustainability champions and successes
  • Support … new and emerging sustainability initiatives

Sustainability Council


The Sustainability Council oversees the development, monitoring, and ongoing reassessment of UNC Asheville’s institutional sustainability plan as well as any further documents that may emerge as part of the planning process.

The sustainability plan will include recommendations for prioritized goals and strategies for each of the following targeted areas: academics, engagement, operations, and planning & administration. The establishment of the Council responds to calls for the integration of institutional sustainability referenced in UNC system sustainability policy 600.6.1, Faculty Senate Resolution on Environmental Sustainability 0803F, and Student Senate Resolution on Sustainability 06-0029.

Responsibilities of the Council

Responsibilities of the Council, some of which may be delegated to selected Sub-Councils, include:

  • Development of recommendations for a comprehensive sustainability plan, including campus-wide sustainability goals and objectives, as well as other related documents as needed
  • Creation and launch of sub-Councils addressing targeted areas
  • Identification of mechanisms and responsible parties for implementation
  • Receiving plan updates and measuring progress.


The Council shall meet at least once per semester upon due notice by the Co-Chairs, or more often, if necessary, to conduct the business of the Council. The Co-Chairs shall advise the members of the time and place of the meeting.