Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 58.49
Liaison Sarah Burke
Submission Date Feb. 13, 2017
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STARS v2.1

University of Nebraska at Omaha
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.75 / 2.00 Sarah Burke
Sustainability Coordinator
Student Affairs
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Does the institution have one or more active student groups focused on sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of active student groups focused on sustainability:

Every Bite Counts: Focused on food recovery. They collect unserved food from catering events and deliver the food to a local non-profit that works with homeless and at-risk youth in Omaha. The organization formed in the Spring 2016 and became operational in the Fall 2016.


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Does the institution have gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and/or urban agriculture projects where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems?:
Yes

A brief description of the gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and/or urban agriculture projects:

UNO has partnered with a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program to provide fresh produce, breads, and dairy to students, faculty, and staff.


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Does the institution have student-run enterprises that include sustainability as part of their mission statements or stated purposes (e.g. cafés through which students gain sustainable business skills)?:
Yes

A brief description of the student-run enterprises:

UNO's Maverick Food Pantry (MFP) serves all currently enrolled UNO students as well as faculty and staff. The mission of MFP is to contribute to UNO's culture of caring by providing food to those in immediate need and connecting them with resources in the greater Omaha area for long-term support. They are dedicated to eliminating hunger in the UNO community and increasing awareness of food insecurity and nutrition.

The MFP Program Manager (student position) sees to the day-to-day operations of the MFP. They recruit, coordinate, orient, and train pantry volunteers to complete tasks within the pantry. Additionally, they attend campus events representing the food pantry and coordinate food drives with campus/off-campus organizations.

Since its inception, they have distributed 5280 pounds of non-perishable food items to 575 members of the UNO community.


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Does the institution have sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives through which students can develop socially, environmentally and fiscally responsible investment and financial skills?:
No

A brief description of the sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives:
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Does the institution have conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience?:
Yes

A brief description of the conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability:

Conscious College Road Tour 2016 - UNO was selected as one of the stops of the CCRT, a unique, interactive, hands-on opportunity for students to become informed about conscious living. http://www.unomaha.edu/news/2016/03/conscious-college-road-tour-coming-to-omaha.php

Eban Goodstein Presentation (2016) - UNO hosted economist, author, and public educator Dr. Eban Goodstein. He had two presentations: Climate Policy Post Paris & How to Get Jobs Saving the Planet. http://www.unomaha.edu/news/events/2016/02/distinguished-economist-author-and-public-educator-visits-uno-to-speak-about-sustainability.php

Urban Livability and Sustainability Colloquium (2015) - In recognition of UNO's commitment to urban sustainability and engagement, the Urban Studies community of practice presented the first annual Urban Livability & Sustainability Colloquium. Over the course of the fall semester, the colloquium featured 5 speakers representing distinct areas of urban sustainability research and practice. http://www.unomaha.edu/news/maverick-daily/2015/08/article/urban-livability-and-sustainability-colloquium.php

The Center for Urban Sustainability hosts an annual Sustainability Launchpad which focuses on different topic s each year. It features keynote speakers, panel discussions, and networking opportunities. http://www.unomaha.edu/news/events/2016/04/img/sustainability-launchpad.pdf

The Low-Impact Development Research and Innovation Symposium is a biennial event that focuses on low impact development in the great plains region. It featured presentations and a design competition with $20,000 in prizes. UNO hosted the 2015 Symposium. http://www.greatplainslid.org


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Does the institution have cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience?:
Yes

A brief description of the cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability:

WATER explored the issues impacting water quality and sustainability both within the midwestern region and globally. These concepts were highlighted through the combination of scientific data and fine art, while encouraging visitors to consider their own relationship with water - how water impacts our community, our health, and our perspectives. UNO's Center for Urban Sustainability was one of the supporters that brought WATER to Kaneko.


The website URL where information about the cultural arts events, installations or performances is available (optional):
Does the institution have wilderness or outdoors programs (e.g. that organize hiking, backpacking, kayaking, or other outings for students) that follow Leave No Trace principles?:
Yes

A brief description of the wilderness or outdoors programs that follow Leave No Trace principles:

UNO's Outdoor Venture Center (OVC) continues to operate under LNT principles on all outdoor trips. Trips is fall included rock climbing, stand-up paddleboarding, hiking, backpacking, and cross country skiing. The Assistant Director for OVC is certified as an LNT Master Educator through the National Outdoor Leadership School. Additionally, the OVC ran an Outdoor Leadership class that included an LNT trainer course. 10 students received their LNT trainer certification.


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Does the institution have sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences (e.g. choosing a sustainability-related book for common reading)?:
No

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Does the institution have programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills?:
No

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Does the institution offer sustainability-focused student employment opportunities?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability-focused student employment opportunities offered by the institution:

In partnership with The Collaborative (Office of Civic and Social Responsibility), the Office of Sustainability has on paid Collaborative Program Manager. The student works 10 hours a week on projects for the office.


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Does the institution have graduation pledges through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions?:
No

A brief description of the graduation pledges:
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Does the institution have other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives?:
No

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Estimated percentage of students (full-time and part-time) that participate annually in sustainability-focused co-curricular education and outreach programs (0-100):
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