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Cindy Shea (above, right), launcher and director of UNC’s sustainability office, gives students a green tour of the Carolina campus.  Starting at the FedEx Global Center, a LEED certified building constructed from local materials, utilizing natural daylight, a green roof, and water efficient plumbing with underground cisterns, the students make their way down towards the brand new Genome Science Building, where Cindy continues to talk about rainwater, reclaimed water, and energy efficiency.

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Under this amphitheater between Kenan Stadium and Genome Science Building is an enormous underwater cistern which collects and stores rainwater, naturally, adjacent to the watershed.  Signage like the one above, reading “UNC conserves drinking water by irrigating with reclaimed water in this area,” raises public awareness of resources as passerby’s (students, faculty, visitors, and football patrons) frequent this nice outdoor area.  We hope to design and print similar signs in regards to waste disposal for our project.

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Green roofs like this one on top of the Ram’s Head parking deck are perfect opportunities for mixed-use development, and to reduce the urban heat effect that would otherwise occur with a paved roof.

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