• The Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling’s BJ Tipton was named Recycler of the Year by the Carolina Recycling Association. The award honors an individual in the recycling field who has made significant contributions to the advancement of integrated solid waste reduction during the past year.
• Housekeeping's Teretha Diane Rone was named a 2012 C. Knox Massey Award winner. The award recognizes employees’ “unusual, meritorious or superior contributions” and is one of the highest honors that can be bestowed upon University faculty and staff.
• Grounds Services received the Green Star Award from the Professional Grounds Management Society, a national recognition for excellence in grounds maintenance.
• Housekeeping Services was named winner of the national (OS1) Cleaning Industry Innovation Award.
• Greg Kopsch, Carolina North Forest Manager, and Jerry Zachary, Academic Affairs Lead Technician from Shop 110, Refrigeration, were among the six University employees selected by Chancellor Holden Thorp for the prestigious 2011 Chancellor’s Award. As Chancellor’s Award winners, they automatically become nominees for the Governor’s Awards for Excellence, the highest honor a state employee can receive.
• Helen M. Marsh from Housekeeping Services, and Tom Sudderth, from the Grounds Services Department, were selected by the chancellor to receive 2011 C. Knox Massey Distinguished Service Awards, one of the most coveted distinctions bestowed upon faculty and staff.
• UNC earned a silver rating in the national sustainability assessment, AASHE STARS - the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System. The assessment was developed by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education and is the first comprehensive, objective and transparent assessment of campus-wide sustainability. It enables campuses to measure their current sustainability initiatives and to track progress over time.
• Half of the recipients of the 2010 Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence were from Facilities Services. Building Commissioning Technician Todd Freeman, Safety Manager Alana Maffessanti and Director of the Sustainability Office Cindy Shea were all honored with the prestigious award. As recipients, the three were among the six University employees to become nominees for the Governor’s Awards for Excellence.
• Green Certification – the premiere recognition in the housekeeping industry – is awarded to organizations dedicated to cleaning for health and reducing environmental harm. Housekeeping crews in Genetic Medicine Research Building earned this national distinction.
• Facilities Services received two First Place honors in the North Carolina Association of Government Information Officer’s 2010 Excellence in Communications Awards. Facilities’ 2008-2009 Annual Report received first place in the Regular Publications category and the Fall 2010 All Hands Staff Meetings flier received First Place in the Graphics category.
• UNC placed fourth out of 346 participating schools in the RecycleMania competition, a national recycling competition. UNC won the Gorilla prize for highest gross tonnage of recyclables regardless of campus population.
• Housekeeper Nihlei Tial was among the six employees – out of the 11,000-plus University workforce – selected by Chancellor Holden Thorp to receive the 2010 C. Knox Massey Distinguished Service Award, one of the highest honors that can be bestowed upon University faculty and staff.
• Facilities Services was awarded a grant from the 2010 Clean Fuel Advanced Technology (CFAT) Project. CFAT is a one million dollar initiative of the NC Solar Center that provides funds to government, business and non-profit fleet and fuel providers for transportation-related emission reduction projects. The grant award recognizes Facilities Services’ commitment to balancing transportation needs with environmental responsibility.
• Facilities Services was named the winner of the 2010 NC Mobile Clean Air Renewable Energy (CARE) Award, Fleet Category. Organized by the NC Solar Center/NC State University and sponsored by the NC Dept. of Transportation, the Mobile CARE Awards honor outstanding in-dividual and organizational achievements in reducing transportation-related emissions.
• University Mail Services (UMS) was named the In-Plant Printing and Mailing Association’s (IPMA) Mail Center of the Year. The award is presented annually to a corporate mail center in recognition of outstanding improvements in the areas of new technology, cost savings and processes.
• Cindy Shea, Director of the Sustainability Office, was named Hometown Hero and honored with radio station WCHL 1360’s Village Pride Award.
• Morrison Residence Hall won the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) first National Building Competition. The competition challenged teams from 14 buildings across the country to measure their building’s energy use and reduce waste. Morrison reduced its energy use by 35.7 percent in one year, saving more than $250,000 on energy bills and reducing more than 730 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.
• UNC Chapel Hill was awarded the Carolina Recycling Association’s 2009 award for the Outstanding Composting or Organics Recycling Program at a business, school or government agency in North and South Carolina.
• For the second year in a row, the University was designated a “Campus Sustainability Leader” among the top 25 universities in the country. This designation was determined by the Sustainable Endowments Institute’s 2009 College Sustainability Report Card. In addition, in the Princeton Review’s first Green Ratings, UNC scored 96 of 99 possible points – the highest score of any rated university in the state. The Kaplan College Guide 2009 and the National Wildlife Federation’s 2008 National Report Card on Sustainability in Higher Education also ranked UNC among the best in the United States.
• The University’s historic campus and its five iconic landscapes were the focus of The Dignity of Restraint study. The study, produced in partnership with the Getty Foundation Campus Heritage Grants Program, documents and analyzes the campus from a natural, scenic and cultural perspective and creates principles and recommendations to guide future decision-making.
• Housekeeper Pamela Breeden was selected by Chancellor Holden Thorp to receive the 2009 C. Knox Massey Distinguished Service Award.
• Housekeeping crews earned the premiere national recognition in the housekeeping industry, (OS1) Green Certification, in three campus buildings: Thurston-Bowles, Sitterson/Brooks and Swain/Abernathy/Smith Buildings. Green Certification is awarded to organizations dedicated to cleaning for health and reducing environmental harm.
• Greg Kopsch, forest manager for the Carolina North Forest, was named Hometown Hero and honored with radio station WCHL 1360’s Village Pride Award.
• Gloria Fortune was named a 2008 C. Knox Massey Distinguished Service Award winner.
• Half of the recipients of the C. Knox Massey Award were from Facilities Services: Terry Bowers, Housing Support electronics technician; Wanda Thompson, housekeeper, and Kirk Pelland, Grounds Services director.
• Housekeeping Services took home honors for the Best (OS1) Communications; and was also honored for the 2007 OS1 Safety Program and the overall Best (OS1) Program in the nation.
• Housekeeper Esther Ko was awarded the C. Knox Massey Distinguished Service Award.
• Mark Moon, Grounds supervisor, received the University Managers Association’s Outstanding Encouragement of Learning and Development Award.
• The professional work of the Grounds Services Department was recognized with the 2005 Grand Award from the Professional Grounds Management Society’s (PGMS) Green Star Awards competition, a prestigious national award co-sponsored by Landscape Management magazine.
• The Housekeeping Services Department was honored with two national awards for its pilot program of Operating System 1 (OS1), a housekeeping approach to cleaning facilities that is being utilized in two buildings on campus, by the OS1 Power Users Group, a non-profit organization composed of experiences OS1 users who are dedicated to improving the cleaning profession. Housekeeping received the Best Rookie Program Award and the Best Communications Program Award. In addition, Housekeeping received special recognition for the Green Certified Cleaning Program.
• C. Knox Massey Award winners included Paul Spencer Davis, Maintenance Mechanic, and Betty Russell, Housekeeper.