The 2020 Environment, Sustainability and Resilience Master Plan


The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS) is the national standard for sustainability reporting in higher education developed by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. UNL completed its first STARS report in January 2014 and earned a Bronze rating. Since then, out team has been working diligently to improve our rating and update our STARS report every two years.

AASHE silver rating for sustainability, awarded to UNL

Summary of UNL's 2020 submission of STARS

Provisional Score: 62.46

Provisional Rating: Silver

Read more about STARS and UNL's rating on the AASHE website

Breakdown of Scoring

Academics: 65.9%

  • Curriculum: 24.19/40 points
  • Research: 14.05/18 points
  • Total: 38.24/58 points

Engagement: 93.2%

  • Campus engagement: 24.19/21 points
  • Public Engagement: 14.05/20 points
  • Total: 38.24/41 points

Planning and Administration: 47.3%

  • Coordination, Planning & Governance: 5.75/8 points
  • Diversity & Affordability: 7.7/10 points
  • Health, Well-being, & Work: 1.69/7 points
  • Investment: 0/7 points
  • Total: 12.8/32 points

Operations: 42.4%

  • Air & Climate: 5.59/11 points
  • Buildings: 1.58/8 points
  • Energy: 3.25/10 points
  • Food and Drinking: 1.60/8 points
  • Grounds: 3/4 points
  • Purchasing: 2.92/6 points
  • Transportation: 2.73/7 points
  • Waste: 5.62/10 points
  • Water: 3.43/6 points
  • Total: 29.72/70 points

UNL STARS 2018 Report

Breakdown by Category

UNL STARS 2016 Report

Breakdown by Category

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A Succesful Stustainabilty Summit

Friday, September 18, 2020

Hello everyone, my name is Anna, and I will be serving as the OS’s Communication Specialist. I started working at the Office of Sustainability on the 14th of August. What a time to join! Not only was it the start of new semester and version of attending school, but our office was also planning and preparing for our kickoff event, the fourth Sustainability Summit.

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Meet UNL's New Recycling Coordinator!

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Hello, all! My name is Morgan Hartman and I am excited to serve the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as your new, full-time Recycling Coordinator! As a proud alumna of UNL, it brings me great joy to be able to utilize my degree in Natural Resource and Environmental Economics and experiences as a student leader to now positively impact the campus we all know and love through positive environmental behaviors like recycling!

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The University has earned recognition for its comprehensive sustainability efforts, its commitment to constructing and renovating existing buildings sustainably and its efforts to establish and sustain healthy community forests.