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UNC Charlotte recognizes that it is important to try to act in a wholly sustainable manner, that the current economic equilibrium is wildly out of kilter, and that depletion of natural capital is no longer a reasonable option. UNC Charlotte’s approach is comprehensive and involves Interlinking pro-active Management (a professional Energy Manager scrutinizes various projects), utilizing differing certifications, and the inclusion of student bodies in research and decision making. “We’re in the middle of a revolution right now,” says University Sustainability Officer Michael Lizotte. “There’s construction everywhere.”

UNC Charlotte construction projects generally aim for LEED Silver certification, and the university now finds it has arrived at a crucial crossroads. “We are moving from being primarily a commuter campus with a lot of car parking to having substantial on and off campus housing. The new buildings have been certified as ‘green buildings’.” Recent North Carolina state legislation has put forest product protection into statute, meaning UNC Charlotte’s ability to use the LEED rating system was somewhat jeopardised. Lawyers eventually approved UNC Charlotte to LEED but Dr. Lizotte reported that despite more work being needed

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