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2012.10.29 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

Regents Approve New Center for Urban Sustainability at UNO

Omaha - With approval from the University of Nebraska Board of Regents, the University of Nebraska at Omaha is now set to introduce a new Center for Urban Sustainability that will provide education, research and partnerships across the community, the region and globally.

The new center, which will be coordinated by UNO’s Office of Academic and Student Affairs, will incorporate each of UNO’s six colleges.

With the exploding world population, increasing global competition and growing demand for natural resources, finding solutions to these challenges will require an emphasis on innovative thinking and bold action. Through collaboration between education, business and the community, the new Center will establish strong research partnerships at UNO, engage in fundamental research, attract talented faculty from across the globe and appeal to both college-bound and non-traditional students interested in the ‘green’ economy.

“The Center for Urban Sustainability will move UNO to the forefront nationally in both research and education in an area of great importance to our community and the nation,” said Professor Mike McGinnis, executive director of the Peter Kiewit Institute.

Private donors, corporate sponsors and foundations will finance the Center for Urban Sustainability at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. The Center will also aggressively compete for federal, state and private grants to assist in research funding. The Center’s long-term financial goal is to be completely self-supporting within three to five years.

“This new Center for Urban Sustainability positions UNO to offer curricula and degrees that will prove to be very popular over the next several decades,” said Jay Noddle, president and CEO of Noddle Companies. “It puts the university farther in front.”

In addition to fostering collaboration on University campuses and in the community, the Center for Urban Sustainability at the University of Nebraska at Omaha will foster partnerships with other educational partners and peers in Nebraska and across the nation; this includes colleges like Creighton University and Metropolitan Community College. It is also a key component of the new sustainability academic priority identified by the campus last year.

Student-centeredness is also an important part of the new Center for Urban Sustainability. According to the 2011 Princeton Review, 69 percent of surveyed students indicated a college’s commitment to environmental issues was important to them.

Along with Mammel Hall’s LEED Gold Certification, UNO’s partnership with B-Cycle, the UNO Service Learning Academy and Aquatic Toxicology Laboratory, among many others, the Center for Urban Sustainability will provide students will educational and practical opportunities to expand their knowledge of how the environment and urban areas can coexist.

The Center for Urban Sustainability at the University of Nebraska at Omaha is scheduled to begin operation in the Spring 2013 semester.

For more information contact the UNO Office of Academic and Student Affairs at 402.554.2262.

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