UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA -LINCOLN

The 2020 Environment, Sustainability and Resilience Master Plan

STARS at UNL

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: 87.8%

  • Campus engagement: 17.34/21 points
  • Public Engagement: 18.65/20 points
  • Total: 35.99/41 points

Planning and Administration: 55.0%

  • Coordination, Planning & Governance: 5.75/9 points
  • Diversity & Affordability: 7.7/10 points
  • Health, Well-being, & Work: 1.69/7 points
  • Investment: 0/7 points
  • Total: 18.14/33 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

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UNL STARS 2016 Report

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A Reflection on Earthstock 2021

Thursday, April 29, 2021

This year, I had the privilege of serving as the Environmental Sustainability Committee Chair. I got to do so many great initiatives, but Earthstock was definitely the cherry on top. I am not going to put it lightly. Trying to plan a series of events during a pandemic is not easy. However, I am really proud of how everything turned out. The combination of both zoom and in-person programming allowed us to reach out to as many students as possible and allowed people to attend events in their comfort zones.

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Sustainability in the Classroom - ENVR 101

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

This spring students in Environmental Studies Orientation (ENVR 101) participated in the first ever waste audit of East Campus buildings. The waste audit was part of UNL’s recycling pilot program designed to make campus waste diversion efforts more efficient and accessible. When instructor Hillary Mason first heard about the program, she immediately reached out to Recycling Program Director Morgan Hartman to learn how she and her ENVR 101 students could help.

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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.