After an entire school year of new accumulations, thousands of students are preparing to move out of the residence halls when the school year ends, and they will take thousands of pounds of items out with them. Each year, University facilities staff does extensive work planning to divert a majority of this waste from the landfill.
The ASUN Green Fund provides grant funds for student-led projects directed toward improving overall environmental sustainability on the university campus. The fund and its grant reviewing committee empowers students and enables student-driven projects in sustainability by providing a source of funding, guidance, hands-on experience, and networking.
Find out more information at our website: http://asun.unl.edu/green-fund
Many of the aluminum cans that society’s favorite beverages come in don’t always make it to the recycling bin; often, aluminum cans are put in the landfill.
Alumin8, a nonprofit organization at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, hopes to reduce this waste while giving back to the Lincoln community.
Alumin8 is a project created by UNL alumnus Dominic Nguyen; junior chemical engineering majors Julian Davis, Ernesto Bravo, Austin Osborne and Ali Al Ghaithi; and freshman chemical engineering major Reid Wagner.
Freshman Jana Malene uses her Schwinn bike to get to some of her classes on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus. On warmer days she prefers a stroll when she knows she has enough time to make it from her dorm Abel Hall to the next class.
Even though Malene does both, she prefers biking much more than walking.
“I ride a bike because I like the combination of getting exercise while also getting to class quickly,” she said. “It is better than walking, but it does has negative aspects to it. Some people really get annoyed on campus.”
Nebraska scored a Top 10 finish nationally in the 2016 GameDay Recycling Challenge, diverting 27,426 pounds of materials from the landfill.
The friendly competition challenges universities nationwide to boost recycling and composting efforts during home football games. The challenge requires participating universities to track and report recycling, compost and attendance data for at least one home football game.