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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Looking Back and Moving Forward

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Hello, my name is Evan Hutchison; I’m an environmental studies and German major, and I have been working with the Office of Sustainability since March. While this past year has thrown me some curveballs, there have certainly been some great things to come out of it. A lot of my work is focused on STARS, a sustainability rating system to gauge how sustainable schools are overall. In our prior submission we were very close to receiving a gold rating, so achieving that gold for this submission has been a priority for all involved.

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What to Expect at the Water for Food Global Forum

Thursday, October 7, 2021

The Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute will hold the Water for Food Global Forum this October, a virtual series of events throughout the month that will convene leading international experts, growers and organizations to work towards achieving global water and food security. This event is free and open to the public and will focus on integrating knowledge and practice.

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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.