OMAHA – Sustainability efforts at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) are officially making campus an even more environmentally-friendly place to be.
This March, UNO earned a STARS Silver Rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), an improvement from UNO’s 2014 Bronze rating.
STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education.
UNO earned high marks on community partnerships and sustainability planning, both of which are major components of the campus Sustainability Master Plan.
UNO Sustainability Coordinator Sarah Burke calls the rating an encouraging sign of progress as campus gears up for Earth Month, a month of sustainability themed events.
“From food to transportation, sustainability touches every part of our lives, and with our Earth Month events we hope to show how small changes can make a big difference,” Burke said. “Many members of the UNO community are eager to help make UNO a more sustainable campus, and I look forward to seeing those efforts grow for years to come.”
STARS is a sustainability-focused rating, assessing not just environmental program, but also social and economic factors.
UNO defines sustainability as using resources wisely to engage in actions that are environmentally friendly, socially responsible and financially feasible, to benefit present and future generations.
About the University of Nebraska at Omaha
Located in one of America’s best cities to live, work and learn, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is Nebraska’s premier metropolitan university. With more than 15,000 students enrolled in 200-plus programs of study, UNO is recognized nationally for its online education, graduate education, military friendliness and community engagement efforts. Founded in 1908, UNO has served learners of all backgrounds for more than 100 years and is dedicated to another century of excellence both in the classroom and in the community.