Happy Earth month fellow Huskers! I hope you all are having a great Spring semester and are staying safe and healthy!
I recently served as one of the selection committee members for the E. N. Thompson Best Sustainability Idea Award! Many of you probably did not know, but starting this year the E.N. Thompson Lecture Series on Word Issues started a students’ idea contest to see which student group has the best idea to move our university forward. Resonating with this year’s theme the call was to provide the best ideas in four categories – waste, energy, transportation, and Sustainability during COVID times.
I was so impressed by the quality of work our students put into carefully researching and submitting their ideas to make our community better. What was even more remarkable was how these ideas came from non-traditional sustainability groups like the Bosnian American Student Alliance, Define American, Public Relations Student Society of America, Society of Women Engineers, just to name a few. Though we could only select one winner per category, I think we all are winners in that we have an active and engaged student body that thinks about how climate change impacts UNL and are willing to work with us to provide solutions towards it.
This brings me to the central focus of this blog today – our students are the main inspiration that drives our passion in our daily tasks here at the University. Nothing is as satisfying as working with them to turn their passion and ideas into an activity, policy, or event on campus. I take this opportunity to thank so many of you for your contribution to the university’s mission and for making sure students continue to be the center of our activity.
Please join us by participating in different events on campus this month as we celebrate Earth month through Earthstock. For details on the four winners please go to: https://go.unl.edu/rsowinners