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2010.05.03> For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@unomaha.edu

UNO Food Services Announces 'Go Green – Fall 2010'

Omaha - Food Services staff at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) today announced plans to "Go Green – Fall 2010" with an eco-friendly change. The containers and serving receptacles (including all flatware and paper goods) the department uses will all be compostable and bio-degradable PLA (polylactic acid), cornstarch-based and recycled paper materials starting in August.

"This change in the UNO Food Services operation is a pro-active and responsible step, and very much in keeping with UNO's mission to be student focused and community engaged," said Bill Conley, vice chancellor for Business and Finance at UNO. "This change had very strong support throughout campus with students, faculty and staff, and it demonstrates our campus concern for sustainability and the environment."

Converting to the new materials in the Food Court and other campus Food Service operations is another step in the process of making UNO a greener, more sustainable campus, and is supported by the GreenUNO Task Force and UNO Student Government.

Other recent "green" efforts on campus:

* The new College of Business building, Mammel Hall, will be UNO's first Leadership in Energy and Design (LEED) registered project (pursuing Silver certification) when it opens next fall;

* An active campus-wide single stream recycling effort;

* Ongoing building energy audits; and

* A campus-wide building temperature policy.

"Several student president/regents before me have wanted and advocated for more recyclable and biodegradable materials in UNO Food Services," said Michael Crabb, UNO student president/regent "I'm happy this will take place during my term. This is an initiative that has been important to UNO students, and I know it will be received well."

The Milo Bail Student Center Food Court, the Library Café at Criss Library and the soon to be opened Mav-Rec Café in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building will all stop using petroleum based Styrofoam and plastic materials and start using the new eco-friendly food containers, drink cups, flatware and paper goods at the beginning of the fall semester.

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