We can all use new sources of inspiration when it comes to working toward greater sustainability. You can find them in this blog, where we profile some of the many people in the UNL community who make smart choices about the resources they use where they live, work and play.

Stay Green this St. Patrick's Day

Friday, March 13, 2020

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated by many people across the world. There are many things you can do to make this celebration as green as possible. By green, I mean sustainable of course.

  1. Bike or walk to your St. Patrick’s Day outings

Instead of using a car, reduce your carbon footprint by finding alternative transportation to a St. Patrick’s Day get-together. Walking to the bars or biking to your nearest Irish Pub are a few ideas.

Be My Sustainable Valentine

Monday, February 10, 2020

Valentine’s Day is a great day to express your love to the ones around you. Flowers, chocolates and countless paper Valentines are the traditional Valentine’s Day gifts- but are not the most sustainable. If you are on the hunt for something more environmentally friendly, you’ve come to the right place. Check out our 5 tips below to be a more sustainable valentine this year! 

1. Digital Valentines

Sustainable Christmas & Happy New Year

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

The holidays can be expensive and you can be left with a ton of waste to throw out. Here are some tips to avoid the wastefulness and make the best of this holiday season.

1. Use Recycled Christmas Cards or Scrap Ribbons to Make Decorations

Christmas cards are often made of beautiful paper. They can be cut into different shapes to make various decorations. Strips of the cards can be looped to create a paper chain garland. By cutting the cards into holly leaves, you can glue them together to form a Christmas wreath.

Sustainable Travel Tips

Monday, November 25, 2019

  1. Bring your own reusable water bottle. In many places, you will have a hard time finding a water fountain or will have to continuously purchase water bottles. To save money and time, bring your own bottle.
  2. Choose to travel by train, bus, or ship over flying. Flying is the worst form of transportation for the climate. It takes a lot of energy to get a multi-ton object in the air and to keep it there. Although traveling by train or bus isn't perfect, it reduces you emissions by more than you would think.  

Waste Less this Thanksgiving

Friday, November 22, 2019

Thanksgiving dinner is shared once a year. There is always so much food to go around, but what is the best way to deal with all of the leftovers? These are a few options you have when sifting through this year’s extra food.

1. Compost Your Scraps

Composting is the most obvious way to eliminate food waste, however not everyone has access or the means to this form of recycling. If you are able to get started with composting, take any food scraps that you do not have a use for and place them in your composter.

2. Leftover Turkey Sandwich