N.C. Community Colleges System Environmental Sustainability Report
North Carolina Community College System
Environmental Sustainability Report
The North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) has 58 community colleges located across the state and the North Carolina Center for Applied Textile Technology
located in Belmont. The NCCCS provides the citizens of North Carolina with world-class workforce training and access to a quality education, including basic education
skills, certificates, and associate degrees and college transfer programs.
The NCCCS Office, located in Raleigh, is part of the state government complex and is an
agency of the State of North Carolina. We, like other agencies in Raleigh, are very
committed to conducting our business in an environmentally friendly and supportive way.
Our office has totally embraced the mission to reduce, reuse and recycle.
The NCCCS purchases all recycled paper products. The Caswell Building, where the
system office is located, consistently submits one of the highest amounts of recycled
products in the State Government Complex, an indication of our dedication to the
recycling effort. This feat is coupled with serious efforts the NCCCS has undertaken to
drastically reduce the amount of recycled material we generate.
The NCCCS purchased a new printing system last year that enables the NCCCS to efficiently produce our own publications. However, we have reduced the number of print
documents we produce. Just as most of state government has done, we have also embraced communicating electronically within the building and with our 59 institutions
whenever feasible. We also publish our numerous mandated reports and system newsletter on the Web, thereby reducing the
amount of paper generated.
The NCCCS recently installed a new, efficient hot-water heater in the building, which
will have a more positive impact on human health and the environment. The goal was
also to provide adequate service at a reduced cost.
Reduced electricity consumption is encouraged. Employees habitually turn off lights
when not in the office and use as little illumination as possible when at a workstation.
Across the state our 59 institutions mimic the activities at the system office. Each
campus has a person who is responsible for monitoring the recycling efforts. Beyond
that, some campuses have specific projects underway that will pay tremendous dividends
in the future.