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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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.