This year, I had the privilege of serving as the Environmental Sustainability Committee Chair. I got to do so many great initiatives, but Earthstock was definitely the cherry on top. I am not going to put it lightly. Trying to plan a series of events during a pandemic is not easy. However, I am really proud of how everything turned out. The combination of both zoom and in-person programming allowed us to reach out to as many students as possible and allowed people to attend events in their comfort zones.
This spring students in Environmental Studies Orientation (ENVR 101) participated in the first ever waste audit of East Campus buildings. The waste audit was part of UNL’s recycling pilot program designed to make campus waste diversion efforts more efficient and accessible. When instructor Hillary Mason first heard about the program, she immediately reached out to Recycling Program Director Morgan Hartman to learn how she and her ENVR 101 students could help.
Dr. Katherine Nashleanas is a lecturer for the school of Global Integrative Studies and teaches a variety of classes including Quality of the Environment, Human Geography, Economic Geography, and the Geography of the United States. Last semester, Dr. Nashleanas developed a special poster activity for her students to apply their knowledge of sustainability and contribute to the UNL community. Read more about Dr. Nashleanas and her students’ contribution below.
How would you define sustainability?
Hello! My name is Evan and I’m the newest member of the OS, and wanted to introduce myself. I am a freshman majoring in environmental studies and german, and am very passionate about ethics and human rights in sustainability. In my free time I enjoy doing art like photography and drawing, and studying languages (German, Russian, and Icelandic for 5, 3, and 3 years respectively)