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Office of Sustainability




UofSC pursues LEED Silver and Green Globes certification for all new and renovated buildings. In 2017, the Darla Moore School of Business became the first LEED Platinum certified public building in the state of South Carolina.


Named a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation every year since 2010, UofSC estimates a total of 6,800 trees with about 90 different species.


With a keen eye to reducing energy consumption and the campus' contribution to greenhouse gas emissions, UofSC uses a data-driven approach to climate action planning.


From paper to food scraps, UofSC continues to strive toward a zero-waste campus. Some initiatives include recycling at Williams Brice, zero waste bins, recycling in Greek Village, and back of the house composting in dining facilities.


UofSC works diligently with numerous campus, local, state, regional, and national stakeholders in order to create an equitable and environmentally-friendly campus food system.


There are numerous options to commute around the beautiful tree-lined sidewalks of campus including walking, bike paths, campus shuttle, and city buses. UofSC is also a bronze-rate Bicycle Friendly University.


Students are encouraged to participate in sustainability efforts beyond the classroom, through the City of Columbia and on campus. UofSC also promotes hands on experiences in the residence halls and living learning communities.


By encouraging purchasing from small and local businesses, UofSC is driving economic growth through our collective green purchasing power.


UofSC promotes wellness as a way to live more mindfully, paying attention to how we treat ourselves and our environment. You can find many of the University's health and wellness initiatives through Healthy Carolina.

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