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 of UNC Asheville meets twice each semester to conduct the business of the Council. The Council’s responsibilities include:

  • Receiving sustainability initiative updates and measuring progress.
  • Identifying mechanisms and responsible parties for implementation of sustainability initiatives.
  • Developing recommendations for a comprehensive sustainability plan, including campus-wide sustainability goals and objectives, as well as other related documents as needed.