Accessibility Navigation:


Sustainability Alliance

November 20, 2013

The UNC Charlotte IDEAS Center invited UNC System-wide Sustainability leaders from around the State to learn how a Sustainability Alliance can be implemented within the UNC system.

The Sustainability Alliance group convened at the Energy Production Infrastructure Center (EPIC) on UNC Charlotte’s campus.  The group was welcomed by Beth Hardin, Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs, and Phil Jones, Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities Management.

Air Quality Forum

November 13, 2013

On November 7, 2013, the Mecklengburg County had the annual Air Quality Forum at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte's Barnhardt Student Activity Center. The IDEAS Center and EAO director, Regina Guyer, spoke about an air quality resource you. The forum also included the special guest speaker, Marcus Hackler, from the Lane Construction Corporation to speak from an industry perspective about managing compliance. Many other speakers were there including Jason Rayfield, R. Scott Davis, Jeff Francis, Mike Abraczinskas, Megan Green and Chuck Greco.

NCAir Awareness Award 2013

October 25, 2013

The 2013 NCAir Awareness Appreciation Luncheon recognized Regina Guyer, the Exective Director of the Environmental Assistance Office (EAO), and Karyn Williamson-Coria, the Admin Support Specialist, for their outreach efforcts and campus/employee collaboration-building to raise awareness about what individuals and entities can do to combat Ozone Pollution in Charlotte.

Collaborative Sustainability Research

October 18, 2013

On October 15, 2013, UNC Charlotte shared its sustainability initiatives with the Duke Energy sustainability team. The Duke Energy team began at the IDEAS Center for a Welcome and Summary with Regina Guyer, Executive Director of the Environmental Assistance Office and Associate Director of the IDEAS Center and Dr. Sandra Clinton, Associate Director of the IDEAS Center.

Engineering's Stinson wins "Race to the Beach"

October 9, 2013

NC Air Awareness Race to the Beach Clean Commute August Prize Updates

August 8, 2013

 Go to the following website to see if you've won!

To participate in Race to the Beach this season, go to


UNC Charlotte Race to the Beach participation on the LYNX rail!

August 8, 2013

This summer, the IDEAS Center has facilitated UNC Charlotte's participation in the NCAir Awareness Clean Commute Challenge!  If you ride the LYNX rail, you may see our UNC Charlotte logo as participants in the RACE!  We are also showcased in the Charlotte Chamber CONNECT magazine in July and August, 2013!  Go 49ers! To sign up go to !

June 2013 Ozone Raffle Winners

July 25, 2013

The IDEAS Center 2013 summer ozone reduction raffle winners were Brian Capron, Venture program; Nora Miller, Cashier’s Office; Melissa Peterson, Graduate School; and Linda Thurman, academic advising; were the weekly winners of the IDEAS Center’s Air Quality Summer Raffles for June.  These participants dined on campus and helped Charlotte ozone levels by not driving during the heat of the day. 

Sam Eneman, Center for Teaching and Learning, won the June drawing for filling up on gas before 6:30 am or after 7pm. 

Thank you to all of the participants! 

IDEAS Center participates in NCAir Awareness' 'Race to the Beach'! and offers ozone reduction incentive raffles!

June 3, 2013

UNC Charlotte Employees can win a FREE beach trip this summer!

(From INSIDE UNC Charlotte)  For the third consecutive summer, the University’s Infrastructure, Design, Environment and Sustainability Office (IDEAS) Center will hold summer raffles to encourage faculty and staff members to reduce pollution on Air Quality Action Days.

The North Carolina Division of Air Quality uses a color code system to identify ozone conditions when the air quality is unhealthy for children, active adults and those with heart or respiratory disease, such as asthma.

Guyer honored for environmental efforts

May 30, 2013

Associate director of the IDEAS Center Regina Guyer at UNC Charlotte was honored by Sustain Charlotte as the outstanding educator of 2013. Sustain Charlotte is a non profit organization formed in 2010 to encourage sustainable practices in and around the charlotte area. Mrs. Guyer often visits k-12 schools to encourage children of all ages to think sustainably.

Mayor Fox names April 9, 2013 IDEAS Center BioEnergy Symposium Day!

April 16, 2013

IDEAS Center awarded $10,000

December 14, 2012

The Academic Affairs Office has awarded $10,000 to the IDEAS Center for the development of  the Sustainability, Energy and Environmental (SEE) Internship program.  Regina Guyer, the Associate Director of the IDEAS Center and the Executive Director of the Environmental Assistance Office, has developed the Sustainability, Energy and Environmental (SEE) Internship program to provide individuals within UNC Charlotte’s urban university engagement in understanding the environmental issues and how they affect each of us, involvement with projects to increase the applicability of the prin

Environmental Assistance Office in the news!

November 16, 2012

Read Inside Charlotte's article about the IDEAS Center's Environmental Assistance Office participation in the NC Air Awarenss summer initiative 'Race to the Beach'!  Eighteen UNC Charlotte employees chose to “clean commute” to work (carpool, bus, LYNX, walk, bike, telecommute or compressed work days) at least 16 times to be eligible for the contest.  These “racers” helped save more than $15,000 worth of gas, 94,000 commuter miles drive and 48 tons of air pollution. They also assisted raising awareness about air pollution challenges in the Charlotte area.

IDEAS Center, Finalist!

November 2, 2012

Environmental Assistance Office participates in Sustainability Week!

November 2, 2012

Students from the Environmental Assistance Office participate in a Free Gas Cap Check during UNC Charlotte Sustainability Week.  Commuters braved the cold snap to stop by our Gas Cap Check Station provided to us by PaTS, on their way to work on Tuesday, October 30, 2012.  A leaky gas cap can emit 30 gallons of gas into the atmosphere a year!  The Environmental Assistance Office works with the UNC Charlotte Air Action Team to help the University with strategies to raise awarenss and change behavior to improve Charlotte Air Quality

Free Gas Cap Check Event

October 24, 2012

The IDEAS Center, the Environmental Assistance Office, the Facilities Management's Office of Sustainability and PaTS are sponsoring a FREE Gas Cap Check on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 in Lot 6 from 7:30 - 9:00 am.  Come by to make sure your Gas Cap fits correctly and you are not leaking gas into the environment!

IDEAS Center Faculty Fellows Thomas Gentry and Rob Cox in the news.

October 12, 2012

Read about UNC Charlotte professors Dr. Thomas Gentry (School of Architecture) and Dr. Rob Cox (College of Engineering) and their $8 million project to weatherize 800 low-income homes in North Carolina.  The project SWIFT (Streamlined Weatherization Improvements for Tomorrow) is being funded in part by the U.S. Department of Energy.  (p 18 in the UNC Charlotte fall issue entitled, EPIC Opportunity)

Thomas Causey, IDEAS Center's Environmental Assistance Office's Newsletter Editor in the news

October 12, 2012

Well, sort of!  UNC Charlotte fall issue, EPIC Opportunity (p10)  features his father David Causey in the article "Love of University".  David will be retiring as President of the Board of Directors of the UNC Charlotte Alumni Association.

IDEAS Center and EAO in the news.

October 10, 2012

Read about the IDEAS Center's Environmental Assistance Office sedimentation research project  led by Regina Guyer, Dr. John Diemer and Dr. Craig Allan.   The project focuses on sedimentation and nutrient loading in the Lake Howell watershed.

Coal Ash and the IDEAS Center

October 10, 2012

Dr. Daniels, a UNC Charlotte faculty member in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Deptartment explains the importance of coal fly ash research in this video.  Dr. Daniels is part of the faculty research team of the IDEAS Center's Environmental Assistance Office.  The IDEAS Center, through the EAO, has partnered with the Water and Sewer Authroity of Cabarrus County (WSACC) along with Dr. Daniels and Chris Hardin (both featured in the video) as well as Dr.

BioEnergy Symposium 2013 - Anaerobic Digestion

October 3, 2012

Please visit us often for more information on the BioEnergy Symposium 2013 - Anaerobic Digestion

Charlotte Teachers Institute Sustainability in Charlotte and Beyond

October 3, 2012

Charlotte Teachers Institute (CTI) is an initiative designed to strengthen teaching in Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools by cultivating content-knowledge, creativity, leadership skills, and collaboration within and among Charlotte's public school teachers.  The Exploding Canons series engage and educate CMS teachers and the community  on various topics through multi-disciplinary lenses.  The next installment of the series will be Exploding Canons: Sustainability in Charlotte and Beyond.  For more information and to register 

IDEAS Open House

September 26, 2012

Please Join Us for the IDEAS Center Open House

Thursday, September 27th
9:00am - 10:30am
CHHS 128 (College of Health & Human Services Building)

9:00 - Refreshments and Networking
9:30 - Remarks by David Young, IDEAS Center Director and Introduction of Thematic Area Leaders
10:00 - Open Discussions on your interests and how you can get involved

Regina Guyer to speak at WEFTEC

September 26, 2012

Regina Guyer will be speaking on Wednesday, October 3 at the Water Environment Federation's Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC) in New Orleans on "Effective Communications to Enhance Sustainable Behaviors in Preventing SSOs within Multifamily Housing and Latino Populations." The complete F.O.G.

IDEAS Center and EAO highlights in the news

September 10, 2012

Read about the IDEAS Center and the Environmental Assistance office in the 2008 UNC Charlotte LEE College of Engineering Alumni Newsletter.  Featured are the EAO Executive Director Regina Guyer and the EAO partnership with Mecklenburg County Air Quality Division and Charlotte Mecklenburg Utilities Department; professor emeritus and former IDEAS Director and Founder Helene Hilger and her Sustainable Design class; UNC Charlotte Dr. Brett Tempest and his fly ash research; UNC Charlotte's Dr.