Sustainability Blog

We can all use new sources of inspiration when it comes to working toward greater sustainability. You can find them in this blog, where we profile some of the many people in the UNL community who make smart choices about the resources they use where they live, work and play.

Earthstock provides fun ways for students to learn about sustainability

Thursday, April 6, 2017

A student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln might not think he or she has much in common with a student studying a different major or is involved with different organizations. But Shelby Janke, a junior global studies major, said students at UNL all have one thing in common: the planet they live on.

The Big Event strives to be zero-waste this year

Friday, March 31, 2017

The amount of trash more than 3,000 people produce can add up to a lot. If you factor in two provided meals for each volunteer, it’s even more. For those reasons, The Big Event at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has made a goal of wiping out that problem and going zero-waste this year.

“People don’t take it seriously all the time when it’s just one piece of trash,” said Hannah Hundley, senior hospitality, restaurant and tourism management major and co-chair of The Big Event, “but [if] you look at it with 3,000 students throwing things away, it really does make a difference.”

Brodersen: Applying Business Principles to Social Sustainability Abroad

Monday, April 3, 2017

Last winter break, a study abroad class in the College of Business Administration traveled to Panama to help a teak tree plantation owner implement sustainable strategies for her future operations. Our team included 12 students from varying disciplines, our instructor, and our client, Carolyn. Our task: how can we cut down and sell the teak trees on Carolyn’s plantation to maximize profit, while minimizing the negative impacts that the process will have on the environment?


Senior Advocates for Environmental Policy at State, National Level

Monday, April 3, 2017

When Adam Fenton began college, he didn’t know that memories of his grandparents farm from over a decade ago would be so influential on his academic and personal values. Spending his summers as a young boy on their rural Nebraska property are the foundation for his environmental advocacy.

Facilities Planning to Divert Tons of Waste during Move-Out

Monday, April 3, 2017

After an entire school year of new accumulations, thousands of students are preparing to move out of the residence halls when the school year ends, and they will take thousands of pounds of items out with them. Each year, University facilities staff does extensive work planning to divert a majority of this waste from the landfill.