Research Initiatives

Sustainability is a significant area of interdisciplinary research at UNL. Faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students from various colleges and departments frequently collaborate to explore the social, ecological, design, and economic aspects of sustainable practices.

Library Resources

Here are some of the resources available through UNL Libraries to help with sustainability-related research:

Ongoing Research Initiatives

Some of the UNL units dedicated to promoting sustainability across several disciplines are the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR), the Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Initiative (SBSRI), and the Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Experience (UCARE) program. Units with a narrower focus include the following:

Nebraska Center for Energy Sciences Research (NCESR)

The Nebraska Center for Energy Sciences Research (NCESR) is a collaboration between the Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) and UNL to conduct research on renewable energy sources, energy efficiency and energy conservation; and to expand economic opportunities and improve quality of life for Nebraska and the nation.


Center for Advanced Land Management Information Technologies (CALMIT)

The Center for Advanced Land Management Information Technologies (CALMIT) is a center-of-excellence for education and research, focusing on:

  1. Remote Sensing
  2. Geographic Information Systems
  3. Global Positioning Systems

National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC)

The National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC) helps people and institutions develop and implement measures to reduce societal vulnerability to drought, stressing preparedness and risk management rather than crisis management.


Nebraska Water Center

The Nebraska Water Center, established by Congressional mandate as one of 54 Water Resources Research Institutes in 1964, facilitates programs are helping UNL become a premier institution in the study of agricultural and domestic water use.


High Plains Regional Climate Center

The High Plains Regional Climate Center seeks to increase the use and availability of climate date in the High Plains region. HPRCC works closely with scientists from other regional and federal climate centers to develop and implement services and programs that provide a regional structure for climate applications.


Nebraska Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit

The Nebraska Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit is a unique collaborative relationship between the Federal government, universities, states, and a non-profit organization.


Conservation and Survey Division (CSD)

The Conservation and Survey Division (CSD) investigates and records information about Nebraska's geologic history, its rock and mineral resources, the quantity and quality of its water resources, land cover and other aspects of its geography, as well as the nature, distribution and uses of its soils.