Mission Statement


The UNA Center for Sustainability is a unique interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary organization that fosters pedagogy, research and scholarship, awareness, and development initiatives in all aspects of sustainability. The Center is inclusive of the broadest range of disciplines, and draws strength and credibility through its diversity. The Center includes learning and understanding of sustainability issues at the local, state, national and global scales and seeks their solutions. We seek to learn how to learn and make decisions in our rapidly-changing world.  The Center works with all elements of the academic and surrounding community, including students, faculty, and staff to promote an understanding and awareness of sustainability issues by coordinating informational presentations and promoting energy and water conservation, waste minimization, recycling, sustainable building and landscape design, alternative transportation, and procurement of green products.

UNA Sustainability Conference 2020

University Confetti Policy

The University of North Alabama is a beautiful place for photographing moments of your special occasions; throughout the year, graduates and others are on campus to capture images at some of our most iconic locations, including the Harrison Fountain, the President’s Home, and the George H. Carroll Lion Habitat. We ask that you use:

  • Flower Petals
  • Plant or bird seed
  • Vanishing Confetti
  • Ribbon wands
  • Bubbles

Avoid paper, plastic, and/or foil confetti as part of your Instagram-worthy shots. This kind of confetti takes a toll on our environmental footprint, clogging our drains and pumps and getting scattered throughout flowerbeds and walkways. It also can be mistaken for food by birds and other wildlife. Quite simply: Throwing confetti and leaving it behind is littering. We take pride in the appearance of our campus, and we ask that you please help us keep the UNA campus beautiful and environmentally sustainable as well as safe for birds and other wildlife.