Sustainability and Energy Management




Striving to create a more sustainable WCU, we host green events that encourage students, faculty, and staff to partner on initiatives focused on reducing our individual carbon footprints through programming, outreach, and education.

Our goals are to:

  • Raise awareness about the ecological and economical benefits of conserving energy.
  • Teach methods on how to reduce energy consumption on campus.
  • Have a positive impact on long term energy consumption habits of our university community.
  • Lower overall energy consumption on campus.


RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. Over a 10-week period, campuses compete in different contests to see which institution can collect the largest amount of recyclables per capita, the largest amount of total recyclables, the least amount of trash per capita, or have the highest recycling rate. 

Battle of the Plug

Battle of the Plug is a three-week energy conservation rivalry contest inside the Campus Conservation Nationals competition. WCU will measure to see which campus residence hall saves the greatest percentage of energy as well as how the percent of energy reduction overall compares with about 150+ other institutions, including Appalachian State. To see how we are doing please visit our Facebook page.

Earth and Wellness Celebration

This free event combines the national celebration of Earth Day along with health and wellness. It will consist of several booths from our community including vendors, non-profits, and student organizations. 

2017 Earth and Wellness Celebration                                                                    4/19/2017

10:00 am- SEI - EV charging station ribbon cutting- Reid lot

                Start your day out by witnessing the ribbon cutting of Western Carolina’s brand new EV charging stations, funded by the Sustainable Energy initiative. Also hear about new projects funded through the 2017 cycle.

11:00am- 2:00pm- UC Lawn-  Party for the Planet

                UC Lawn 11am-2pm - Free health and wellness event with booths from the campus and community, including vendors, non-profits, and student organizations. Free giveaways, games and more!

5:00pm- Trashion Show- Eco C.A.T.S -  UC Lawn

                Eco CATS is hosting a Trashion show on April 19th @ 5pm as part of Earth Month and Student Appreciation Week and we want you to enter! Cash prizes for top 3 RSO's (registered student organizations) and Sustainability Swag for top 3 individual entries.




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