Continued: State of the University
• Sustainability: The Princeton Review recently gave the university a score of 95 out of a possible 99 points for its sustainability efforts.
Pastides, a signer of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, said, “Carolina is serious about going green.” Efforts include becoming climate neutral in operations on every campus, installing energy-efficient lighting and appliances, using green cleaning products and making all new campus construction conform to the U.S. Green Building Council LEED Standards.
Mrs. Patricia Moore-Pastides also has led efforts to establish the Farmer’s Market on Greene Street and to grow vegetables in the President’s House garden that have been used at university functions and also donated to Harvest Hope.
Pastides also praised accomplishments in a year that saw the worst budget cuts in the university’s history ($55 million), a research funding record of $210 million, more than $100 million in private support, and top designations in research and service and outreach from the Carnegie Foundation.
“I’m proud to say that we haven’t lost our bearings or strayed from our course of providing a quality education, pursuing discovery and artistic creation that impacts humanity, and making a measurable difference on every one of our state’s communities,” Pastides said.