Catawba College is among the list of elite environmental colleges as the 13th nationwide and first certified institution in the Southeast to reach full carbon neutrality seven years ahead of its 2030 climate commitment. Second Nature, a non-profit organization working to accelerate climate action in and through higher education, confirmed Catawba College became the 13th college nationwide and first institute of higher learning in the Southeast to meet the group’s high standards for determining carbon neutrality.
STARS Silver Rating For Sustainability Achievement
Catawba College has earned a STARS Silver rating in recognition of its sustainability work from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education.
Catawba College cares about sustainability. Our students do, too.
We believe that the small actions taken by each one of us day after day add up to make a big difference. We also believe we can do things together which make an impact that one person alone can’t achieve. We believe all of it matters!
Our community seeks to inspire and encourage one another in our sustainability efforts. Come join us!
Not sure where to start? We have a few tips for you, ways you can connect with others to do even more, and information on what we as Catawba are doing together.
By the Numbers
kW of on-campus
tons of food waste
composted since 2015
Virtual Sustainability Tour
See how Catawba College is reducing its carbon footprint across campus, from photovoltaic panels and geothermal heating and cooling, to sustainable efforts in lighting, dining, and more.
Catawba College is the first customer in the world for Spotlight Solar’s Haven Solar Shelters.
The North Carolina made Havens use bifacial solar panels to create electricity that is stored in batteries under the table top and lights that come on automatically in the evenings. Each one has sixteen different power options providing up to 605 watts of electricity, including four wireless charging pads, four 120V outlets, four USB A outlets, and four USB C outlets.
Two fully operational Havens are installed in Stanback Plaza, and three more are coming soon at the Library, Shuford Science Building, and near the Beach Volleyball courts.
Photovoltaic panels use solar energy to serve the campus or send power back to the grid.
Solar thermal collectors use solar energy to generate heat, which is then used for hot water.