encourages student cooperation. Scholarly groups directly research on-site projects while students independently offer input through personal design projects. At one end of the spectrum mass campaigns of voluntary work have been instigated; such as a day of litter picking which is publicly endorsed by the Chancellor. At the other end of the scale feasibility studies are initiated by students with a view to certifying on-site construction projects such as green halls of residence buildings. One of these feasibility projects concerns engineering students and the heating plant. The project is investigating whether it’s possible for the plant to be converted into an electricity-producing cogeneration plant. Rooftops are also being actively scrutinised and re-designed with sustainability in mind.
Outstanding blueprints are duly noted and archived so that if and when funding becomes available these designs can be ‘pulled off the shelf’ and implemented. These efforts all result in the cultivation of a vibrant, forward thinking, and inclusive community. This community spirit was evident when students voted in a resolution which stated that the new football stadium that was being built on campus must function as a zero waste facility. Students even put money towards the provision of waste bins to meet this challenge. It’s not only buildings that require continued renovation. The extensive campus presents a variety of challenges and opportunities, especially considering the university gardens, well known in the state, remain a draw to the wider public.
Overgrown trees and inappropriate planting areas all mean that a landscaping plan needs to be drawn up, with procedures and methodologies examined in the process. Storm water management presents another opportunity. On-site storm ponds are not only unattractive but don’t serve multiple purposes, something that Dr. Lizotte believes needs addressing. Many of the buildings on the UNC Charlotte campus were built in the 1960’s and are therefore approaching an age where they now require major refurbishments. This could potentially be a growing burden and financial drain for the university; however they have orchestrated a process of ‘retro-comissioning’. As part of this process LEDs are replacing florescent lights throughout the university, but sustainability SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS MAGAZINE