Greening of the UNC Greeks

This entry was posted Thursday, 24 February, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Starting in the Spring of 2011, The Forest Foundation, with the help of the Greek Sustainability Council and Dr. Sandy Smith-Nonini’s Environmental Justice Class, have engaged the UNC Greek houses in a wide range of greening initiatives.  Thanks to Reverend Robert Campbell, the Chef at Pi Kappa Alpha and member of the RENA Community who came by our pedicab at the Transitions meeting in Carrboro in the Fall of 2010, we have adopted this project.  TFF sees the benefits and impacts of helping these historical student groups “transition” to a greener economy and healthier lifestyle.  “We hope to have some fun and learn something too,” says TFF President, Marc Dreyfors, “It is a two-way street and we are learning all the time, but ultimately the Houses will save some money and direct their resources to building more resilient communities, plus this will look good on their resume, because everyone is doing it.”

Greeks Gone Green:

Case Study of

UNC’s Fraternity Row!

A project of The Forest Foundation, Inc. and

Carolina Biodiesel, Greenway Transit, Bountiful Backyards and Rogers–Eubanks Neighborhood Assoc. (RENA), Coalition to End Environmental Racism (CEER) and The UNC Greek Sustainability Council.

Community Supported Energy (CSE):

Recycling Waste Veggie Oil (WVO) to Fuel

Greek Fraternity and Sorority Chapter Houses at UNC are committing to having their waste fryer oil collected and recycled into locally made biodiesel.  Each house produces approximately 5 gallons a week and can return the oil into 5 gal carboys or dump the used oil into centralized recycling containers behind their houses.  The goal is to create an easy and efficient system for collection, and reduce chances for spillage.  Receptacles will be placed in containment to reduce chances for spillage and covered.  They will be monitored and checked as a part of an educational program to lower pollution impacts. (Contact: Marc Dreyfors, Carolina Biodiesel)

Community Supported Agriculture(CSA):

Local, Organic Farm-Fresh Food

In addition, Greek Houses can purchase and have delivered daily, local farm fresh organic produce and meats to be divided among chefs, with orders placed by internet and a coordinator helping see the timely delivery.  The coordination can be done by a student intern and overseen by The Forest Foundation or other community based organization or business.  The goal will be to link student healthful living and eating with community based agriculture, supporting important self-sufficiency and resiliency systems.  Produce can come from the many community garden projects and local farms as well as support minority farming projects, like the Hope Garden, RENA Project in Carrboro supported by Bountiful Backyards. In addition, organic material can also be collected for composting on site or in some of the local gardens.  (Contact: Robert Campbell, Chef Beth)


Educational workshops can be hosted on topics ranging from local, sustainable energy production, energy efficiency and weatherization, getting a green job, how to get your Greek House off the grid, to organic backyard farming, composting and recycling and eating healthfully and cheaply.  These can be made fun and entertaining (keg of beer and pizza always help, of course with all local ingredients)!

Green Tours

A range of green, or ecotours, can be offered to using buses running on waste veggie oil biodiesel, using Greenway Transit’s fleet.  Discounts will be given to Greek Members for use of biofuel limos, taxis and buses as well as bike pedicabs for social events and dates around town or out of town.  Tours include brewery tours in the area, restaurant tours and farms tours as well traditional fun tours to the Washington, DC, the beach or mountains or mountain biking, climbing and hiking areas as well as sporting events. (See

Service and Philanthropy

Finally, The Forest Foundation and it’s partner organizations can help Greek Houses fulfill their mission of service and philanthropy supporting a range of projects in the community, including low income communities in Durham and Chapel Hill, as well international projects in fair trade and biodiversity conservation.

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