Who We Are
Our Mission and Vision
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We believe in doing all we can with what we have.
New Problems will Arise
We believe in the power of human innovation to solve problems.
Neither Nebraska nor the World will Wait
We believe that we must lead first and foremost by example but also through advocacy.
The Office of Sustainability develops strategies and action plans, and provides support for sustainability initiatives within the UNL campuses and community. These initiatives are developed in order to create a culture of faculty, staff and students who are socially, economically and environmentally responsible.
We strive to integrate sustainability into the core mission of the university through teaching, research, service and extension. We are committed to projects that make efficient use of our resources in order to create a more sustainable campus and community.
Morgan Hartman currently leads UNL's Office of Sustainability as the Sustainability Coordinator. In this role, Morgan is focused on developing a comprehensive and efficient recycling operation in campus buildings through the current recycling pilot project, engaging with the UNL community through Sustainability on Wheels and other educational initiatives, and managing the process of data collection and submission to AASHE STARS. Morgan graduated from UNL in 2017 and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resource and Environmental Economics with a focus in Eco-Business and Sustainability and a minor in Leadership and Communication. She previously served as the Campus Recycling Coordinator and Waste Management and Recycling Manager for UNL.
Communications Specialist, GA
Anna is a master’s student in School of Natural Resources. Her role in the office is overseeing communities for the office. This includes posting in social media, writing press releases, providing a newsletter, and promoting sustainable events and programs. Sustainability is an important topic in Anna’s life so she looks forward to growing in her knowledge on the topic and spreading that knowledge with the University of Nebraska community.
Sustainability Specialist, GA
Ritu works as a Graduate Assistant at the Office of Sustainability and assists in planning various sustainability programs for the UNL community. Her role is to build relationships with campus departments, coordinate outreach activities and promote sustainability on campus. Ritu is pursuing her PhD in Fashion Merchandising at the College of Education and Human Sciences. Ritu is particularly interested in cultural sustainability, where one can bring in region specific traditional practices of recycling/re-using/conserving to the modern world to support the global community and generate cross cultural collaborations. Sustainability in traditional textile and handloom practices is her focus area, as she works with traditional craftsmen and physically disabled women in India to create one of a kind sustainable fashion textile products through her initiative Namaste NYC.
Graphic Designer, Undergraduate
Breanna is a junior undergrad double majoring in Graphic Design and Art History & Criticism. The main work that she does for the office is creating graphics for social media, advertising, and signage to hang around campus. She also designs reports and brochures to create professional and eye-catching documents. Breanna is excited to work for the Office of Sustainability to help promote the work the office is doing and getting more people excited about sustainability.
Sustainability Specialist, Undergraduate
Kjersten is Junior studying Environmental Studies major with a Law and Policy focus. She is specifically interested in the area of Indigenous Resource Rights. Kjersten’s main role in the office is helping collect and analyze STARS data. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, any type of outdoor traveling, and paddle boarding. After graduating she is hoping to continue her education and work towards a master degree.
Sustainability Specialist, Undergraduate
Rachel is a first-year Environmental Studies major. Rachel is currently studying to go into Environmental Law where she hopes to eventually write environmental legislature, putting a focus on the need for sustainable practices and social justice issues within current policies. Rachel’s main focus in the office is working with the data from the STARS program and figuring out ways to improve the university’s scores and overall sustainability. She is excited for the opportunity to explore sustainability policies and practices.