UNC has gained accolades in the past few years for its commitment to environmentally sound buildings. The Sustainability Office even specifies that all new University buildings since 2008 must meet silver performance standards for LEED, a national environmental rating system.
But this doesn’t take into account the majority of buildings on campus (LEED standards didn’t exactly apply when UNC opened in 1795).
In order to truly consider itself a sustainable campus, the University is responsible for updating these antebellum energy-guzzling buildings.
The Renewable Energy Special Projects Committee is run by students who manage projects funded by money from the student renewable energy fee. A large portion of the committee’s projects focus on improving infrastructure to make the University more energy efficient and eco-friendly.
For example, the committee funded replacing energy-intensive lighting in Hill Hall with more environmentally friendly bulbs. Projects have targeted lighting in other spots as well, including the Pit, which now has LED lights shining down on late-night study sessions, finals flash raves and the like.