ECSU Makes Strides in Sustainability

April 22, 2010


As the word goes in today's world, green describes more than the color of money. It also describes a new emphasis on sustainability. Like other colleges and universities across the nation, Elizabeth City State University has increased its focus on sustainability as a method to conserve resources and lower costs. 

Following is a general overview of select sustainability and green initiatives at ECSU:

Construction and Design Department

  • Honeywell Building Solutions is slated to begin an investment grade audit of Moore Hall, Jimmy R. Jenkins Science Center, Marion D. Thorpe Administration Building, G.R. Little Library, Robert L. Vaughn Center and the central utility plant.  The audit will recommend energy conservation measures, their associated costs and potential energy savings.  Honeywell will guarantee a yearly energy savings.
  • The forthcoming education building, which will begin construction later this spring, was designed with a closed loop geothermal heating system and advanced lighting control system. The systems will exceed the energy reduction requirements set by North Carolina statute.
  • The newest building on campus, our pharmacy building, was connected to the central utility plant hot water and chill water system which allows a significant reduction in energy costs.  Installation of the piping for the pharmacy building included provisions for connecting two additional buildings to the central utility plant.

Facilities Management Department

  • The ECSU Recycling Program strives to reduce the cost of solid waste disposal by recycling all materials banned from disposal in Pasquotank County and in accordance with state laws. The Recycling Program also seeks to increase campus-wide knowledge and awareness of recycling and waste reduction. Expanded recycling collection and an education program started in 2009. A comprehensive program will roll-out at the start of the 2010-2011 academic year.
  • The Housekeeping unit has implemented waste and cost reduction measures. Cleaning supplies are selected and practices are executed to reduce the impact of chemicals on the environment.

Division of Institutional Advancement

  • The division recognizes the importance of obtaining financial support and building partnerships for the university to develop and expand academic, training and awareness programs that promote sustainability and green practices, provide training for green jobs, and help ECSU shape the growing green economy in northeastern North Carolina.
  • Through a grant awarded by the North Carolina Community Development Initiative and in partnership with the City of Elizabeth City, ECSU sponsors a Building Analyst training course that teaches Building Performance Institute (BPI) standards. The course is taught by CleanEdison, an organization promoting sustainability and green building practices through consulting services and education to professionals serving the green building industry. The CleanEdison course benefits unemployed construction workers in the region by equipping graduates to perform energy audits, recognize the causes of extreme energy use and make minor adjustments and repairs to inefficient buildings.

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The ECSU Center for Green Research and Evaluation combines the talents of Elizabeth City State University's faculty to promote faculty and student grant-writing and research, effective academic programs, and the economic, environmental, and social health of northeastern North Carolina. The center functions as a contact point for both on-campus and off-campus research projects, with the expertise of interested faculty matched to the needs of specific projects.

North Carolina Green Economy Initiative

  • The Center for Research and Evaluation currently focuses its efforts on the North Carolina Green Economy Initiative. This project will join existing public and private organizations in a unique partnership to stimulate economic development and job creation in the short-term, while laying the groundwork for sustained and sustainable green economic growth in the region in the long-term.

The project aims to increase the number of businesses producing or providing green-related goods and services in the region, the number of workers employed in those businesses, and increase consumer and business knowledge, interest in, and use of, Green-related goods and services. These goals will be achieved through a variety of methods, including extensive outreach activities, job and entrepreneurship training, and trade exhibitions.

Albemarle-Pamlico Conservation and Communities Collaborative

  • ECSU is a member of the Albemarle-Pamlico Conservation and Communities Collaborative (AP3C) and has been hosting bi-annual meetings on campus. The AP3C's mission is to develop approaches that integrate economic and ecological resilience for the region; recognize the challenges presented by economic and social distress, climate change, population change, and increasing risks to public health; and implement collaborative, sustainable solutions for regional well-being.