A new, student-powered fund is designed to expand sustainability programming at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
With 25,260 students, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus needs a lot of electricity to keep everything running.
To help make the university more sustainable and decrease energy costs, UNL is opening a new Thermal Energy Storage facility on City Campus. There’s been an operational TES facility on East Campus since 2012, but the City Campus addition will help further decrease costs and increase energy efficiency, Charlie Gibbs, technical manager at UNL, said. Planning for the new City Campus facility began in 2011, and facility construction is now underway.
When Dave Gosselin met with five other University of Nebraska-Lincoln colleagues a little more than a year ago to discuss creating a sustainability-related minor, one thing was clear: It had been a long time coming.
“There was a quote in one of the minutes of the meeting that basically said, ‘It’s been a long-awaited action,’” Gosselin, the director of Environmental Studies at UNL, said. “For quite some time, the word ‘sustainable’ or ‘sustainability’ wasn’t being used much here at UNL.”
Shelby has had an interest in environmental sustainability since she was a young girl. She enjoys being outdoors, traveling, and knitting. When she is not working with the Environmental Leadership Program, she also volunteers her time for Launch Leadership.
Morgan Battes, a Junior in the Natural Resources and Environmental Economics, will be the chairperson of Environmental Sustainability Committee this year. In the past, Battes has been involved in ASUN’s sustainability efforts through her project “Greeks Going Green.”