- As the effects of climate change become more prevalent, it is more important than ever to have access to reliable resources on climate change. George Washington University's Milken Institute School of Public Health "53 Sources for Climate Change News" is an excellent place to start. This resource shares 53 reputable outlets that provide breaking news, research, and expert analysis on topics related to climate change.
Consider joining a group on campus or attending green events. Want to see more green options on campus? Contact us! We’d be pleased to hear from you.
Dress for the Weather
Dress appropriately for the weather so you don’t have to adjust the thermostat or use a space heater. Keep a sweater or jacket in the office to keep warm for unpredictable temperature changes.
Do not use portable heaters without the expressed consent of the
UtilitiesManager. Request permission by contacting Larry Morgan at email@example.com or 4-2500.
Take Advantage of Natural Light
Do you need your office/room light on when it is sunny outside? Research supports natural light has positive effects on human health.
Beware of Energy Vampires
Electronic appliances are constantly using energy; even when you think they are off! They instead go on “standby” mode and suck energy when you are not using them. Only plug in small appliances - such as cell phone chargers, coffee makers - when you need them. Also, plug in all computer equipment into a power saving strip that can be shut off with a switch.
Energy and Water Efficient Purchases
Walk or Bike to Campus
This is an excellent way to get in shape and you don’t have to worry about finding a parking spot.
Use Public Transportation
Cut down on the money you spend on gas and parking by using Omaha's public transportation services.
When possible teleconference instead of traveling by vehicle. A one-hour meeting in Lincoln usually requires three hours (best case) when commuting from UNO.
Find Carpooling Solutions - Metro RideShare
Not only does carpooling save on gas but also provides you with travel companions to keep you company.
Send Electronic Documents
Reduce the amount of paper being used by sending documents electronically. If
paperis a must, buy 100% recycled paper and make sure you recycle it when finished.
Bring Your Own Container
Bring your own water bottles and take advantage of the water bottle filling stations located throughout campus. Bring your own mugs and meal containers to reduce the amount of waste produced from paper or Styrofoam cups and containers.
Recycling is the 3rd “R”
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! The best way to manage waste is to reduce (and ideally not generate) it in the first place. Also, before you recycle an item, think if there is a way to reuse the item for another purpose.
Do Not Use Screensavers
Screensavers still use a large amount of energy, instead use power management settings for your monitors (and computers) to automatically shut off after a short time if unused.
Links to Additional Tips and Guides