Student organizations at UNL offer opportunities to explore the principles of sustainability, develop knowledge, talents, and passions, and positively impact both campus and community.
Our students pioneer initiatives like Bike Share, challenge their peers to adopt sustainable habits through EcoReps, express their passions through discussions and art shows, compete nationally to conserve energy, and express that we all can be stewards of our planet.
The Association of Students of the University of Nebraska (ASUN) is the official student government of UNL students. ASUN is comprised of various committees addressing diverse topics affecting students. Students interested in sustainability and student government can participate in the Environmental Sustainability Committee (ESC) or the Environmental Leadership Program (ELP). Visit ASUN to learn more and get involved.
Environmental Sustainability Committee
ESC is the student government’s main outlet for sustainability initiatives. The Committee presents new opportunities and facilitates continuing projects every year that foster environmental stewardship, knowledge in sustainability, and community outreach. ESC has been highly active since its inception in 2011, and continues to engage UNL in improving campus sustainability. Committee members also develop young leaders through their mentor role with the Environmental Leadership Program.
- Students can apply every spring to serve on ESC. The ESC Appointments Board conducts interviews with candidates and selects 15 members before the summer to serve during the next academic year.
- Committee members can present student government bills to the committee to present to the Student Senate.
- The ESC Chair serves on the ASUN executive committee.
Environmental Leadership Program
ELP is a program targeted at developing Freshmen and Sophomores into leaders in sustainability on campus. Twenty students are paired with an ESC member and assist on their projects. The ELP class facilitates the Sustainability Roundtable every Fall, bringing together local experts in areas such as waste, food, water, policy, transportation, energy, and more. In the Spring, ELP implements their own project original to that year’s class.
- Freshmen and Sophomore students can apply every Fall to participate in ELP. The ELP Appointments Board interviews each candidate in the Fall and selects 20 students to engage in the program.
- ELP members learn about campus sustainability, event organization, drafting legislation, community outreach, and much more by working with an ESC member.
- ELP also hosts one event each semester to promote campus sustainability.
- The ELP Director and Associate Director are appointed by the ASUN President and approved by the Senate.
Sustain UNL is an aggregate of students from diverse backgrounds coming together to create a sustainable world through activism, education, and service-engagement. We work to promote environmental sustainability on campus and in the Lincoln community through workshops, community service events, fundraisers, socials, and weekly meetings. Our campaigns this last year included replacing the balloon release tradition at football games, encouraging the University of Nebraska system to divest from the fossil fuel industry, “Code Red” which is designed to educated students on sustainable period products, and many others. We stand with open arms to anyone who is looking for a place on campus where they can be surrounded by wonderful, passionate people that have a dream to ensure a livable future for everyone on Earth. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @SustainUNL
- Sustain UNL meets weekly in the City Campus Union. Interested students are welcome to join and attend meetings throughout the year.
- Sustain UNL offers students opportunities to organize community service events and fundraisers, recruit new members, and work with members of the Student Government as well as the Office of Sustainability.
New to campus this year, this organization empower students to advocate for science-based, equitable solutions to the climate crisis to ensure a safe and healthy future for everyone. They believe in democracy, evidence, and justice for all, and believe legislators need to hear a wave of voices speaking up on behalf of the planet. This RSO proudly partners closely with Our Climate (https://www.ourclimate.us/). For more information reach out to email@example.com.
Emerging Green Builders
The club is a means of gathering all students interested in Green/Sustainable design from different colleges that may not be in contact otherwise. Together, the group will attend lectures and workshops put on by the United States Green Building Council, learn the policies and procedures of LEED design and professional certification, promote and support the Universities in becoming more environmentally friendly, and create contacts within Engineering and Architecture forms which support these building standards. This will be a chapter of the University of Nebraska Lincoln of the national organization of Emerging Green Builders. Please see www.USGBC.org for more information or contact Avery Schwer.
Environmental and Agricultural Law Society
Environmental and Agricultural Law Society facilitates awareness and discussion of the law concerning the use of natural resources and the protection of the environment. The society provides a vehicle for its members to work cooperatively on research projects, legislation, and other activities of interest. Sign-up to participate or reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Greeks Go Green
Latins for Natural Resources
UNL Thirst Project
Soil and Water Resources Club
- provide educational and leadership opportunities and training outside of the conventional classroom
- stimulate interests in soil and water resources, environmental restoration, and ecological engineering among UN-L students
- foster a spirit of cooperation and mutual helpfulness among students and faculty in order to advance the science and art of good land and water use
- promote a more conductive relationship between the school and the local community; and
- establish relationships with other SWCS and AEES student chapters.
Student Organic Farm
UNL Ducks Unlimited Chapter
The purpose of the University of Nebraska Lincoln (UNL) Chapter of Ducks Unlimited is to inform students about North American wetlands and the many important ways each person can help in preservation, restoration, and protection. The major goals shall be,
- Increase student body membership with Ducks Unlimited Incorporated.
- Raise funds for Ducks Unlimited Incorporated.
- The ultimate goal is to put habitat on the ground.
Civil and Environmental Engineering Graduate Student Association
Is your organization interested in collaborating with the Office of Sustainability? Below are questions for you to consider and use to start the conversation with the office.
1. Have you ever heard of the Office of Sustainability?
2. Do you know what Sustainability means? If no, what do you think it means?
3. What Projects are you currently working on that are Sustainability related?
4. a. What ideas do you have to advance Sustainability?
b. What are those projects?
c. Do you want to participate in E.N Thompson Competition with your sustainability idea?
5. How can we work with you all to advance those idea?
6. What can we do to promote your initiatives at the OS?