Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 37.45
Liaison Kristina Hughes
Submission Date May 10, 2014
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University of Nebraska at Omaha
EN-9: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Patrick Wheeler
Environmental Advocate/Sustainability Champion
EHS
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Does the institution have at least one formal sustainability partnership with the local community that meets the criteria as “supportive”?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s supportive sustainability partnership(s) with the local community:

UNO has cosponsored and has many of its faculty/staff participating in creation of the Omaha by Design initiative, the Environmental Element. The Environmental Element is: a planning tool that establishes a comprehensive new environmental vision for the city. It consists of more than 600 recommendations and was unanimously approved by the Omaha City Council and incorporated into the City of Omaha’s Master Plan in December 2010. Although first completed during the 2008-2010 time frame, these efforts are ongoing and iterative.


Does the institution have at least one formal sustainability partnership with the local community that meets the criteria as “collaborative”?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution's collaborative sustainability partnership(s):

UNO partners with the Omaha Public Power District to host an Academy of Sustainable Environments & Renewable Energy for students each summer. This Academy focuses on the growing need to promote green building practices, technologies, policies and standards to build an environmentally responsible, economically profitable, and healthy future for the region.


Does the institution have at least one formal sustainability partnership with the local community that meets the criteria as “transformative”?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution's transformative sustainability partnership(s) with the local community:

UNO is a long-standing partner with the Green Omaha Coalition, with faculty and staff having served on its Board of Directors and as a regular host site for meetings and events. UNO also co-sponsors events with GOC like the Reel-to-Real film festival and the Green Home Tour and Expo each year. The GOC's mission is to " Promote a greener Omaha through collaboration, education and advocacy." Through each of four councils (Neighborhood, Education, Green Design & Construction and Business), the GOC (and UNO) work to expand sustainability in our city by engaging those in need, those with interest, those with influence and to our broader community through outreach and event efforts each year. Systemic change will only come about through education, collaboration and advocacy with community-wide partners in all locations and Socioeconomic classes.


A brief description of the institution’s sustainability partnerships with distant (i.e. non-local) communities:

We endeavor to share our good works, lessons learned and engage in partnerships world-wide. Our Center for Urban Sustainability will be most effective if we translate our research, education and outreach in a way that is replicable across the country at a minimum.


The website URL where information about sustainability partnerships is available:

Some partnerships are listed on the web site above. For more complete information, see the Sustainability Web Site under each category. http://www.unomaha.edu/green/index.php

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