Greek houses at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have a great amount of influence and involvement at the University, but the prevalence of materials like styrofoam and lack of recycling in the houses is telling of the necessity that remains to tackle sustainability initiatives. One student lead project is making immense strides this year to create the link between Greek organizations and sustainable efforts.
Slowly but surely, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is making large strides to become a more sustainable campus. One of the most intensive programs is UNL’s composting initiative, or Big Red Worms. The Big Red Worms program is sponsored in part by the Nebraska Farmers Union and was launched in August 2016.
It isn’t a secret that the University of Nebraska-Lincoln hasn’t been the most green or environmentally friendly school in the country. From 2007-2011 the College Sustainability Report Card handed out grades varying from a C to D+. However, in the past few years UNL has taken many steps to make campus environmentally friendly in a variety of ways.
UNL hired Prabhakar Shrestha in September 2014 as its first sustainability coordinator with the hope he’d find ways to make campus more green.
The Environmental Leadership Program brought students and community members together to learn about and contribute to improving Lincoln’s environment at the Sustainability Roundtable Wednesday.
For the past five years, this event at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has gathered environmental experts to discuss sustainability’s importance and needs in many aspects of everyday life.
Midlanders are no strangers to drought. It was only four years ago that drought- afflicted Lake McConaughy shrank to only 54 percent full. In 2013, it fell further, to 46 percent, although it has since recovered.
Drought is currently hitting parts of the American Southeast and Southern California, and the National Drought Mitigation Center in Lincoln reports that abnormally dry conditions are affecting the mountain West and creeping into western and central Nebraska.