After 11 months of emailing, meeting, and data collecting, our office is proud to announce that we are STARS Silver! The Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS) is a framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance across the areas of academics, engagement, operations, and planning & administration. With a score of 62.46, we are thankful for our campus partners who worked to help us receive this achievement.
The university's commitment to sustainability remains an important part of our mission toward creating a more educated, resource-efficient, and socially inclusive community. The efforts resulting from the coordination of the Office of Sustainability and key campus stakeholders are reaching new and impactful heights within our university and the community. This report reflects our continued progress in developing effective sustainability strategies through innovation, problem-solving, and environmental stewardship.
A few highlights from the report include:
- The Chancellor's Environment, Sustainability and Resilience Commission that provided a strategic recommendation for campus sustainability to university leadership.
- Reducing our total waste sent to the landfill by 10% and waste per campus user by 28% since 2005.
- Creating a faculty workshop focused on integrating sustainability, resilience, and systems thinking into UNL's curriculum
- Having 58% of academic departments and 34% of our employees conducting sustainability-related research.
- UNL signing on to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to promote practical solutions for sustainable development.
While we are proud of our achievment this year, we want to be Gold next time around. We were only 2.5 points away from getting Gold!