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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHARLOTTE

UNC CHARLOTTE IS CREATIVELY EXPLORING HOW THEY MIGHT BE ABLE TO INSTITUTIONALIZE SUSTAINABILITY IDEAS.

in-house, there was enough reason for UNC to have staff trained in ‘Green Globes’ certification as well. Acquisition of green building certificates was considered so essential that having differing certifications available was seen as necessary in case legislation should prove troublesome again. Later the

state additionally mandated aggressive water and energy goals which actually ensured UNC Charlotte stayed above the LEED Silver energy and water targets. UNC Charlotte have had two separate buildings which have actually achieved LEED Gold certification. One of them is

notable for the fact that it’s a high profile building in downtown Charlotte. There exists a great deal of competition for the status and creditability of green building certification. This building was set to house two distinct fields of study, namely business and architecture, which are both sensitive to being housed within green buildings. Mr. Lizotte concedes that a valuable lesson was learnt from this: They are all chiefly dependent on the ‘customer’, in this case academic departments, for indicating preferred green credentials. INSTITUTIONALIZING SUSTAINABILITY UNC Charlotte is creatively exploring how they might be able to institutionalize sustainability ideas. The university actively

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