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-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.83 / 4.00 Patrick Wheeler
Environmental Advocate/Sustainability Champion
EHS
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Does the institution have current and formal plans to advance sustainability in the following areas? Do the plans include measurable objectives?:
Current and Formal Plans (Yes or No) Measurable Objectives (Yes or No)
Curriculum Yes Yes
Research (or other scholarship) Yes No
Campus Engagement Yes Yes
Public Engagement Yes Yes
Air and Climate No No
Buildings Yes Yes
Dining Services/Food No No
Energy Yes No
Grounds Yes No
Purchasing Yes No
Transportation Yes No
Waste No No
Water No No
Diversity and Affordability Yes Yes
Health, Wellbeing and Work Yes Yes
Investment No No
Other No No

A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Curriculum:

Recently created undergraduate concentration and minor, working on a graduate certificate.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Curriculum plan(s):

Creation of programs and inclusion in program descriptions and course listings


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Curriculum plan(s):

Sustainability Curriculum Task Force


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Research (or other scholarship):

Creation of and activity by the Center for Urban Sustainability


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Research plan(s):

Create and measure funded projects involving sustainability and industry partners


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Research plan(s):

Interim Director, Center for Urban Sustainability


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance Campus Engagement around sustainability:

Sustainability Committee has contracted with Verdis Group to create a Sustainability Master Plan


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Campus Engagement plan:

Creation and release of plan in October, 2014.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Campus Engagement plan(s):

Sustainability Committee and Project Liaisons.


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance Public Engagement around sustainability:

Sustainability Partners have secured space in the Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center with the explicit goal of working with community members and other building occupants to advance sustainability in our community.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Public Engagement plan(s):

Identify all points of contact and preliminary partnerships by the end of calendar year 2014.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Public Engagement plan(s):

Environmental Advocate/Sustainability Champion


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Air and Climate:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Air and Climate plan(s):
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Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Air and Climate plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Buildings:

Continuously evaluate energy savings projects on campus and implement when prudent.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Buildings plan(s):

Energy reduction and lowering of energy density in all university buildings.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Buildings plan(s):

Assistant Director, Facilities Management & Planning


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Dining Services/Food:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Dining Services/Food plan(s):
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Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Dining Services/Food plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Energy:

Reduce overall campus energy use and help evaluate opportunities for alternative energy use.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Energy plan(s):

Create a renewable energy demonstration project within the next year.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Energy plan(s):

Facilities Management & Planning


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Grounds:

Improve sustainability of campus landscape


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Grounds plan(s):

Reduce chemical use, water for irrigation and expand use of diverse and native plants on campus.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Grounds plan(s):

Sustainability Committee, Manager, Landscape Services


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Purchasing:

Improve sustainability purchasing practices of campus


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Purchasing plan(s):

Create green purchasing guidelines with the assistance of the Nebraska Business Development Center


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Purchasing plan(s):

Jean Waters, NBDC, Ken Hultman, Purchasing


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Transportation:

Reduce single occupant vehicle dependency on campus


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Transportation plan(s):

Create sustainability transportation options for campus as part of the Sustainability Master Plan by October, 2014.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Transportation plan(s):

Sustainability Committee, Project Liaisons


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Waste:

Reduce waste production and increase landfill diversion


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Waste plan(s):

Create better tracking mechanisms for solid waste, recycling, diversion and building recycling report cards.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Waste plan(s):

Sustainability Committee, project liaisons


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Water:

Reduce water use while maintaining high quality of living on campus


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Water plan(s):

Develop plan for water reduction using low flow fixtures and further reducing landscape irrigation in 2014.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Water plan(s):

Sustainability Committee, Manager, Landscape Services


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance Diversity and Affordability:

Follow the Diversity Action Plan


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Diversity and Affordability plan(s):
Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Diversity and Affordability plan(s):

Office of Equity, Access & Diversity


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Health, Wellbeing and Work:
The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Health, Wellbeing and Work plan(s):

Improve wellness, reduce sickness and disease and promote healthy and sustainable living.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Health, Wellbeing and Work plan(s):

Wellness Committee.


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Investment:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Investment plan(s):
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Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Investment plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in other areas:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the other plan(s):
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Accountable parties, offices or departments for the other plan(s):
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The institution’s definition of sustainability:

Sustainability is the careful and efficient stewardship of resources by businesses, communities, and citizens. It is the practice of meeting our needs in ways that are respectful of future generations and restorative of natural, cultural and financial assets.
Sustainable management is a whole systems approach to achieving superior performance in delivering desired outcomes to all stakeholders by business, government, and civil society.


Does the institution’s strategic plan or equivalent guiding document include sustainability at a high level?:
Yes

A brief description of how the institution’s strategic plan or equivalent guiding document addresses sustainability:

Sustainability is one of five identified campus priorities.

http://www.unomaha.edu/plan/documents/campus_priorities_022012.pdf


The website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability planning is available:

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