A pilot project between NC State Grounds Management and the Horticulture Field Labs has resulted in the development of a new type of mulch blended from campus landscape debris and wood chips donated by a local tree company. This is the first year NC State has used the mulch blend, which is half the cost of mulch typically purchased from an outside vendor. In addition to cost savings, the mulch blend reduces greenhouse gas emissions associated with long-distance delivery and has no chemical additives.
Barb Carroll, Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources, has been selected as the Chair-Elect for the CUPA-HR National Board. CUPA-HR is the leading national organization for university human resource officers.
Read the 2013-14 Budget Reversion Memorandum from the Provost and Vice Chancellor Leffler. For more information regarding the budget visit Budget Central.
Read the update regarding the University Business Operations Division and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences partnership to implement college-based shared services.
In December, Campus Enterprises returned approximately $1.2 million to the university from its 2013 proceeds for merit/need-based scholarships and student support programs. Student body president Alex Parker is pictured accepting the check. Read more. Visit the Campus Enterprises website.
NC State University students, faculty and staff saved the university $288,590 in avoided energy costs during winter break. A campus-wide energy conservation program facilitated by NC State’s Energy Management Office, the Winter Holiday Energy Saving Initiative reduces energy use by lowering thermostat temperatures in unoccupied campus buildings and encouraging students, faculty and staff to turn off lights and office equipment, close doors and windows, and unplug all unnecessary electronics before leaving for winter break. These efforts generated $24,049 of savings per day during winter break for a total of nearly $2.5 million since the program launched in 2004. Read the Bulletin article. Discover more energy saving tips at go.ncsu.edu/SaveEnergy.
Contracts & Grants has unveiled a new website. Visit the new site at http://cng.ncsu.edu/.
The Budget Restructuring Task Force is taking a fresh look at the budget allocation process and methodology. Read the recent Bulletin article, “Budget Process Due for a Tune Up”. Find out more about the Budget Restructuring Task Force and learn about the current resource allocation processes (requires Unity ID).
The university’s 2013 Energy and Water Report reveals 49% less water and 21% less energy use on campus than a decade ago. Last year alone the university generated an 11% reduction in water use and a 9% reduction in energy use over the previous year, totaling annual cost savings of more than $763,000. Read the Bulletin article or visit the University Sustainability Office to find out more.
The Talley Student Union’s first phase is complete. See a photo gallery of the new space and choice of dining options. This is the first of three openings, with the grand reopening celebration planned for the spring of 2015. Read more about the Talley Student Union renovation and addition.