The University of North Carolina has the opportunity and the responsibility to educate its 221,000 students at their 17 campuses on the principles and practices of sustainability. According to the North Carolina State Energy Office, The University of North Carolina system spends $226 million per year on energy, approximately $1,000 per student per year. At current levels, a 25% reduction in energy usage would yield a 20-year savings in excess of $1 billion. In the process, precious natural and environmental resources would be preserved for future generations.
Appalachian State University and the Rocky Mountain Institute are proud to partner with one another and stand ready to collaborate with The University of North Carolina to aid in creating a strategic sustainable energy path for the mutual benefit of our students, the environment, and the world.
It is envisioned that this would be a recurring event, with year one focusing on education and the creation of aspirational goals. These goals will be the springboard to create the cultural and organizational commitments necessary for large-scale energy savings and sustainable energy infrastructures. It is anticipated that those campuses who have already demonstrated successes in these areas will have the opportunity to lead by example in educating and empowering their colleagues from other North Carolina campuses.
For more information on the inaugural summit event, click here to download the summit overview document.