The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been ranked by the Sierra Club as a “Cool School” for the second year in a row! UNC jumped 11 spots from 2016 to join the top 30 in 2017 on the Sierra Club’s “Cool School” list. UNC is the only North Carolina institution to rank in the top 30, competing with schools throughout the country on increasing sustainability across our campus communities on several fronts. The Sierra Club, which is the largest grassroots environmental organization in the United States, bases the school rankings on sustainability data collected in a range of areas. UNC and CDS won high marks for sustainability in food, thanks to the Food For All university-wide theme, the new UNC Edible Campus project as well as our continuing efforts and innovation in sustainable dining.
We’ve received special distinction for sustainability in the past, winning the National Grand Prize for excellence in sustainable dining (NACUFS 2015). We are one of the first, as well as the largest, dining program to take on the commitment to The Real Food Challenge in 2016, and subsequently we hit the benchmark of serving 20 percent fair, local and organic food. We have also had both our dining halls, as well as 1.5.0., be certified by the Green Restaurant Association as 3-Star Certified Green Restaurants.
We continue to take our commitment to sustainability in dining seriously, and welcome our Tar Heel family to join us on our journey!