The UNO Sustainability Committee is the re-organized UNO Green Task Force that was orignianlly created in fall 2008, that strives for sustainability on the UNO campus. Sustainability is simply living in such a way that future generations can do the same. This means we must practice stewardship of our resources so that we, and those that follow after us, may continue to enjoy good health, prosperity and a healthy planet. UNO is dedicated to exploring ways of introducing sustainability to our campus.
Sustanability Committee Members
Angie Eikenberry, Associate Professor, School of Public Administration
John Amend, Asst V/C and Director of Facilities Management and Planning
Patrick Wheeler, Senior Chemical and Radiation Specialist, Environmental Health and Safety
Olivia Whittaker, Student Government Sustainability Committee Chair
Marcia Adler, Director, Health Services
Emily Poeschl, Associate Director of Marketing, University Communications
Raechel Meyer, Graphic Designer, Student Affairs
Jessie Combs, Senior Accountant, Controller
Ethan Anderson, Operations Coordinator, Intercollegiate Athletics
Mary Ferdig, President and CEO, Sustainability Leadership Institute
In the fall of 2005, Patrick Wheeler , an environmental advocate working at UNO’s Environmental Health and Safety, attended a College & University Hazardous waste conference in Portland Oregon. While there, he was introduced was introduced to how sustainability can be integrated into campus operations and curriculum.. Realizing its importance, Wheeler approached Stan Schleifer of Support Services and John Amend of Facilities, and asked to begin exploring sustainability on campus. With their approval, interviews were conducted with managers from facilities to figure out how to introduce sustainability to our campus.
A sustainability site was created to present information to the campus community, and to promote the continuation of sustainability improvement. 2006 also marked the first year that UNO was represented at the AASHE conference.
Wheeler, along with Dr. Rich Lomneth, created a sustainability ad hoc committee. They held several brown bag sessions to share information with the campus community about activities and opportunities related to sustainability. The committee also worked with the student run Environmental Club to initiate several activities, including an evaluation of our solid waste stream, a speaker series, and a movie series.
2008 saw the creation of the GreenUNO Task Force on Sustainability. The accomplishments of the GreenUNO Task Force include introducing a single stream recycling program to campus and the creation and enforcement of a building temperature policy.
In an effort to encourage physical activity, to protect the environment and to provide an easier way to get around campus, a bike share program was started in September! To start with, eight bicycles will be provided and any UNO student or employee can use one for free, upon availability. The bikes can be picked up or left off at any campus bike rack.
EC UNO continued the speaker and movie series, featuring presentations by Stephanie Ahlschwede (Big Garden Project) and Christine Jacobsen (Papio-Missouri NRD) and the first run film, "Tapped," which featured a discussion led by the film's Producer and Director, Sarah Gibson and Stephanie Soechtig.