Water & Sustainable Sites
Water is efficiently used within buildings and prudently used in landscaping. Rainfall is managed so as to meet a portion of campus needs.
Our Goal and Progress
General Water & Landscaping Programs
- Building renovations and retrofits utilize current code prescribed water saving fixtures (low flow toilets, urinals, shower heads, and faucets).
- Rainfall sensitive irrigation controllers are being retrofitted to campus irrigation systems.
- Tree branches and yard waste is collected and taken to Terry Hughes Tree Service, where it is mulched and returned to UNO for landscaping use.
- Corn-derived de-icer has replaced salt for use on circulation roads in winter.
- Glacier Creek Preserve
- This 320 acre preserve is dedicated to the study and appreciation of the tallgrass prairie and associated ecosystems of eastern Nebraska.
- T.L. Davis Prairie
- This 25 acre preserve is managed to provide habitat for loess bluff prairie biota and to support teaching and research efforts.
- Turkey Creek Preserve
- This 595 acre preserve supports a diverse mix of restored tallgrass prairie and savanna, woodland, lake, and creek habitats.
- Fescue and Buffalograss have replaced Bluegrass as the turfgrass of choice.
- Native tallgrass planting have been added in place of traditional turfgrass.
- Ornamental grasses, rockscapes, and perennial plantings have replaced turfgrass in many places.
Sustainable Site Features
- Bioretention Garden (Welcome Center)
- Captures stormwater collected from rooftops, paved areas, and lanscaping after each storm event and infiltrates the runoff into the soil within 12-24 hours.
- UNO Native Garden
- Located between Kayser Hall & Roskens Hall, this Indigenous Garden is home to native and food producing plants.
- CEC Rain Garden
- Located between the CEC and CPACS, this rain garden represents the best of community partnerships and campus engagement while creating a beautiful biodiverse habitat for butterflies and people.
- UNO has achieved 'Tree Campus USA' recognition each year since 2010.
- To be eligible, a school must meet the following requirements:
- Tree Campus Advisory Team
- Campus Tree Care Plan
- Campus Tree Program with dedicated annual expenditures
- An annual Arbor Day Observance
- Service Learning Opportunities
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