University of North Carolina - Pembroke
Environmental Sustainability Report
The University of North Carolina at
Pembroke is a comprehensive University committed to academic excellence in a
balanced program of teaching, research, and service. It offers a broad range of
degrees and nationally accredited professional programs at the bachelor's and
master's levels. Combining the opportunities available in a large university
with the personal attention characteristic of a small college, the University
provides an intellectually challenging environment created by a faculty
dedicated to effective teaching, interaction with students, and scholarship.
Graduates are academically and personally prepared for rewarding careers,
postgraduate education, and community leadership.
Founded in 1887 to educate American Indians,
the University now serves a student body reflective of the rich cultural diversity
of American society. As it stimulates interaction within and among its cultural
groups, the University enables its students to become informed, principled, and
tolerant citizens with a global perspective.
The university encourages the pursuit of education as
a lifelong experience so that its graduates will be equipped to meet the
challenges of the 21st century. Drawing strength from its heritage, The
University of North Carolina at Pembroke continues to expand its leadership role
in enriching the intellectual, economic, social, and cultural life of the
region, the state, and the nation.
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke is an active
participant in the North Carolina Environmental Sustainability Initiative. Present sustainability actions include:
UNC Pembroke presently has nine buildings operating on a computerized energy management system.
The system allows for automatic control of HVAC systems by cycling the
systems off during non-peak hours resulting in a reduction in energy
consumption. Current plans include
the implementation of three additional buildings.
UNC Pembroke has developed a
recycling program aimed at reducing the quantity of refuse delivered to the
county landfill and refuse disposal cost. Items
Cardboard: All cardboard is collected from trash containment areas,
broken down, bailed and removed from UNCP property by a local vendor.
Scrap Metal: Scrap
Metal is isolated and removed from all Physical Plant maintenance work order
locations and placed in a designated metal container where it is sold for
recycled material by a local vendor.
Paper products, such as office paper are discarded in dedicated “paper
bins” which are accumulated and bailed for pickup by a local vendor.
University newspapers are collected from the Library or other office
areas and used by University Grounds for bed maintenance “weed control”.
In addition, newspapers are shared with a local Veterinarian office for
animal waste control.
Aluminum Cans: Aluminum
cans are collected in designated containers throughout the UNCP campus for the
purpose of recycling.
Motor Pool: Vehicle
items such as batteries, tires and used motor oil are isolated and picked up by
local vendors as recycled materials. Oil is sent to a recycling center while
tires are recycled through the guidelines of the county landfill.
Yard Waste: The UNCP
Grounds Department collects yard waste, which is chipped and composted for use
in bed maintenance and plantings.
Other: Other items
identified and collected for designated disposal at the landfill include paint
containers and lighting ballast.
UNC Pembroke utilizes electric golf carts as a
form of campus transportation. Departments
using this transportation mode include: Physical Plant, University Police and
Business Services. Electric golf carts have proven to be dependable, cost
efficient and serve as an alternative to fuel consumption utility vehicles.
In conjunction with the Robeson
County Clean and Green coordinator, UNC Pembroke promotes county-wide
recognition of recycling efforts by advertising the “Keep Robeson County Clean and Green” Program by use of
road signs at all university exists and front license plates on Physical Plant
The UNC-Pembroke Environmental Sustainability Officer is Perry
Cummings, Physical Plant
Director, who can be reached at 910-521-6601.