Hello everyone, my name is Anna, and I will be serving as the OS’s Communication Specialist. I started working at the Office of Sustainability on the 14th of August. What a time to join! Not only was it the start of new semester and version of attending school, but our office was also planning and preparing for our kickoff event, the fourth Sustainability Summit.
Hello, all! My name is Morgan Hartman and I am excited to serve the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as your new, full-time Recycling Coordinator! As a proud alumna of UNL, it brings me great joy to be able to utilize my degree in Natural Resource and Environmental Economics and experiences as a student leader to now positively impact the campus we all know and love through positive environmental behaviors like recycling!
After 11 months of emailing, meeting, and data collecting, our office is proud to announce that we are STARS Silver! The Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS) is a framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance across the areas of academics, engagement, operations, and planning & administration. With a score of 62.46, we are thankful for our campus partners who worked to help us receive this achievement.
One of our goals, as the Office of Sustainability, has been to make sustainable behavior the easy choice. Through surveys, student engagement, and waste audits we were able to see that sometimes making the sustainable choice is not that simple. Overall, the UNL community wants to increase the recycling rate, unfortunately, it is hard to keep up with the ever changing recycling world.
Almost two years ago, I had a meeting with Prabs and Cale at the union to talk about the work I was doing with Sustain UNL. I remember this meeting for a few reasons, one of them being the campus cat that was chilling outside the window next to the booth we were sitting at. I didn’t have any expectations for the meeting and I surely didn’t think it would be one of the defining moments of my college career. But looking back now, I see how being offered a job at the Office of Sustainability (OS) truly changed my life and helped me grow into the student and activist I am today.