The 2020 Environment, Sustainability and Resilience Master Plan


The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. STARS is a program of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

UNL completed its first STARS report in 2014 and has increased its score with each subsequent rating, officially earning a gold rating with the 2022 report.

STARS was created by and for higher education and designed to ensure that participation has multiple benefits:

  • Gain international recognition for sustainability efforts
  • Engage campus community members in building a culture of sustainability on campus and beyond
  • Create a baseline for continuous sustainability improvement
AASHE Gold Seal

Summary of UNL's 2022 submission of STARS

Score: 65.84

Rating: Gold

Explore UNL’s full STARS report on the AASHE website

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UNL Students Talk About UNL Intercampus Bus System

Friday, September 30, 2022
Bus in front of building and bus stop

Students utilize the bus system to get to, from, and around City and East campuses every day. When asked about the campus bus system, UNL students shared their thoughts about the availability of this sustainable transportation option. Using public transportation has many sustainability benefits, including saving money on gas and reducing carbon emissions.

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UNL is a Host Institution for AASHE Conference

Thursday, September 29, 2022
AASHE Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education flyer with dates information

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is excited to be a Host Institution for this year’s Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education, a virtual conference taking place on three separate dates - Oct. 18, Oct. 26, and Nov. 3, 2022.

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Sustainability Achievements

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.