UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA -LINCOLN

The 2020 Environment, Sustainability and Resilience Master Plan

STARS at UNL

The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS) is the national standard for sustainability reporting in higher education developed by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. UNL completed its first STARS report in January 2014 and earned a Bronze rating. Since then, out team has been working diligently to improve our rating and update our STARS report every two years.

AASHE silver rating for sustainability, awarded to UNL

Summary of UNL's 2020 submission of STARS

Provisional Score: 62.46

Provisional Rating: Silver

Read more about STARS and UNL's rating on the AASHE website

Breakdown of Scoring

Academics: 65.9%

  • Curriculum: 24.19/40 points
  • Research: 14.05/18 points
  • Total: 38.24/58 points

Engagement: 87.8%

  • Campus engagement: 17.34/21 points
  • Public Engagement: 18.65/20 points
  • Total: 35.99/41 points

Planning and Administration: 55.0%

  • Coordination, Planning & Governance: 5.75/9 points
  • Diversity & Affordability: 7.7/10 points
  • Health, Well-being, & Work: 1.69/7 points
  • Investment: 0/7 points
  • Total: 18.14/33 points

Operations: 42.4%

  • Air & Climate: 5.59/11 points
  • Buildings: 1.58/8 points
  • Energy: 3.25/10 points
  • Food and Drinking: 1.60/8 points
  • Grounds: 3/4 points
  • Purchasing: 2.92/6 points
  • Transportation: 2.73/7 points
  • Waste: 5.62/10 points
  • Water: 3.43/6 points
  • Total: 29.72/70 points

UNL STARS 2018 Report

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UNL STARS 2016 Report

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Sustain UNL: A Group of Environmentally Minded Students

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Sustain UNL is an environmental RSO that started in 2011 with a handful of dedicated environmentally-minded students.Today, it holds strong as a pillar on campus and a way for students to get involved in several different environmental projects each year.

Sustain works to create a more sustainable world through activism, education and service engagement. We try to keep this in mind with everything we do including our general meetings, volunteer opportunities and protests. Whatever it is you want to do, Sustain has an outlet for it.

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Planning for the Sustainability Summit

Thursday, September 16, 2021

My name is Rachel Summers and I am a second-year Environmental Studies and Political Science major. I have also been an intern at the Office of Sustainability since January.

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The University has earned recognition for its comprehensive sustainability efforts, its commitment to constructing and renovating existing buildings sustainably and its efforts to establish and sustain healthy community forests.