The University of North Carolina at
Charlotte (UNC-Charlotte) is the city’s
largest higher education institution and
the fastest-growing university in the state
system with 24,000 students. It is located in
University City, the northeastern portion
of Charlotte, which is also home to University Research Park, a 3,200 acre ( 13 km²)
research and corporate park. Numerous
colleges and universities can be found in
the area including: Johnson & Wales University, Queens University of Charlotte,
Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte
School of Law, York Technical College, Winthrop University and Davidson University.
As one of five academic medical center teaching hospitals in North Carolina,
Carolinas Medical Center conducts residency programs in 12 medical and dental
specialties and serves as an off-campus
training site for three more. The medical center, along with Carolinas College
of Health Sciences, Mercy School of
Nursing and Cabarrus College of Health
Sciences, provides educational environments for more than 1,000 residents,
medical students, physician extenders,
nursing students and other allied health
students and professionals annually.
Across Charlotte, several initiatives are
underway to provide sustainable practices. A city-wide Green Team was even
created to identify best practices for events
and sustainable initiatives. The Charlotte
Convention Center follows a number
of procedures that include introducing biodegradable cups made from corn
products, recycling paper, aluminum and
glass, bundling a variety of suppliers and
more. Other facilities in the city, like the
new Bank of America Corporate Center,
are putting green methods into practice as
well with LEED-certified buildings.
In 2010, Bank of America Corporation’s Charlotte headquarters announced a
$20 billion initiative to support the growth
of environmentally sustainable business
activity to address global climate change.
Bank of America’s 10-year initiative encourages development of environmentally sustainable business practices through
lending, investing, philanthropy and the
creation of new products and services.