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
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Patrick Wheeler
Environmental Advocate/Sustainability Champion
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee, office, and/or officer that focuses on sustainability broadly and covers the entire institution?:

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the committee(s), office(s), and/or officer(s) during the previous three years:

The UNO Sustainability Committee is the re-organized UNO Green Task Force that was orignianlly created in fall 2008, that strives for sustainability on the UNO campus. Sustainability is simply living in such a way that future generations can do the same. This means we must practice stewardship of our resources so that we, and those that follow after us, may continue to enjoy good health, prosperity and a healthy planet. UNO is dedicated to exploring ways of introducing sustainability to our campus.

Created vision for sustainability
Helped craft IS green guidelines
provided energy saving and sustainability tips to the campus
Established green thumbs programs
Helped campus obtain Tree Campus USA Campus status
Helped conduct a Renewable Energy Overlay for campus

Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee?:

The charter or mission statement of the committee(s) or a brief description of each committee's purview and activities:

The Sustainability Committee is charged with advising UNO administration on specific recommendations and actions pertaining to sustainability as they directly relate to UNO.

The mission of the committee shall be composed of three central goals:
• To identify sustainability opportunities and to develop a recommended action plan for each;
• To integrate sustainability with campus operations, education and outreach, wherever and whenever prudence dictates;
• To engage the campus in an ongoing dialogue about sustainability;

The Committee shall choose projects and subcommittees related to these three goals, as appropriate.

Members of each committee, including affiliations and role (e.g. staff, student, or faculty):

Angie Eikenberry, Associate Professor, School of Public Administration

John Amend, Asst V/C and Director of Facilities Management and Planning

Patrick Wheeler, Senior Chemical and Radiation Specialist, Environmental Health and Safety

Tim Hemsath or James Taylor, Center for Urban Sustainability
themsath3@unl.edu or jtaylor@nebraska.edu

Olivia Whittaker, Student Government Sustainability Committee Chair

Marcia Adler, Director, Health Services

Emily Poeschl, Associate Director of Marketing, University Communications

Raechel Meyer, Graphic Designer, Student Affairs

Jessie Combs, Senior Accountant, Controller

Ethan Anderson, Operations Coordinator, Intercollegiate Athletics

Jonna Holland, Associate Professor of Marketing, College of Business Administration

Mary Ferdig, President and CEO, Sustainability Leadership Institute

The website URL where information about the sustainability committee(s) is available:
Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent (FTE) employee?:

A brief description of each sustainability office:

Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):

The website URL where information about the sustainability office(s) is available:
Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Patrick G. Wheeler, Environmental Advocate/Sustainability Champion

A brief description of each sustainability officer position:

Serve as primary sustainability contact for university. Develop/coordinate/initiate programs to establish and strengthen sustainable practices, by working with a committee of campus volunteers to advise the administration on sustainability-related matters. Foster collaboration and communication campus-wide to promote and communicate sustainability and establish and information clearinghouse for sustainability actions, activities and plans.

The website URL where information about the sustainability officer(s) is available:

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