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2008.04.29 > For Immediate Release
contact: Jaime Ishii - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2358 - email: ishii@mail.unomaha.edu

UNO Launches Web Site of the Green Variety

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha's (UNO) Environmental Health and Safety department has launched a sustainability Web site that displays UNO's sustainability efforts for public view.

The site, www.unomaha.edu/green, offers information about UNO's contribution to bettering the present to save the future by going beyond recycling and environmental study.

The site shows how sustainability encompasses different practices, from building structures that emphasize good energy use and conservation, to using recycled or environmentally friendly materials in home and construction.  Also available on the Web site are personal how-to contributions like turning off lights in rooms or emphasizing the use of natural daylight in architectural design. 

"The idea that conservation and becoming green is up to one group or individual is foolish and overwhelming," said Patrick Wheeler, UNO environmental health and safety senior specialist.  "As an institution of higher education, it is incumbent upon us to demonstrate good stewardship.  Though our own operations, research and curricula we demonstrate our commitment to our stakeholders and the education of tomorrow's leaders.   Everyone can contribute in unique ways.  We want to help you learn how.  This Web site describes what UNO is doing while offering suggestions and links to specific Web sites to help you learn what you can do, on campus and at home."

In the words of Debra Rowe, "To be given a higher education degree and not be sustainability literate and effectively engaged in solutions to the problems we face is inappropriate."  According to Wheeler, what Debra does not say is that students learn a great deal by observation outside of the taught curricula.  "We all contribute to their education.  Let's work together to ensure that the most desirable message is delivered," Wheeler said.   "We have many resources on campus and as Nebraska's first member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), we have access to boundless others."  To register, participants need only have a UNO e-mail address.

For more information contact Wheeler at (402) 554.3921 or pwheeler@mail.unomaha.edu.

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UNO will celebrate its 100th anniversary beginning October 8, 2008. This celebration will recognize the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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