Student leaders, in collaboration with the Office of Sustainability, have identified the following priorities for development this year. To support the work behind these priorities or to suggest ideas for future priorities, connect with UNL's student government, the Association of Students of the University of Nebraska (ASUN).
In March 2015, students had the opportunity to vote on a proposed Green Fund that would provide up to $50,000 per semester dedicated to sustainable, student-led initiatives. The fund received 78% approval, making it one of the most highly supported programs ever on the ASUN ballot. UNL is not alone in this regard - students at universities nationwide have pledged a portion of their student fees to enhance campus sustainability.
The ASUN Environmental Sustainability Committee led an education campaign on how a Green Fund might be operated and projects it could be used to support. Potential projects include additional water bottle refill stations, expansion of the student organic farm, improvements to biking infrastructure, and educational opportunities through conferences, speakers, and workshops. Read more about the Green Fund on ASUN.
ASUN passed a resolution in spring 2014 supporting the exploration of a bike share program in Lincoln. Students then presented on bike share program components to university and community stakeholders and laid the groundwork for a program that will be implemented in summer 2016.
Bike Share is a system in which members can access a bike from any Bike Share station, travel to their desired location, and drop the bike off at another station. The program extends the public transit system, supports tourism and local business, and encourages healthy and sustainable lifestyles. Learn more about Bike Share system on ASUN.
Greeks Going Green
A partnership between student government and Greek Affairs, Greeks Going Green is a peer-to-peer education and outreach program that seeks to foster sustainability habits among Greek organization members. Each chapter house designates Green Reps who are trained and given resources to encourage energy and water conservation, recycling, sustainable sourcing, and other initiatives in their fraternities and sororities.
Foam Free UNL
Student Senators unanimously passed a resolution encouraging the Nebraska Board of Regents to ban the purchase of Styrofoam food packaging products across the four universities in the NU system. The student government also passed a bill banning any purchase of Styrofoam food packaging products by ASUN.
For more information about Foam Free UNL or to take the pledge, visit the site here.