Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 58.49
Liaison Sarah Burke
Submission Date Feb. 13, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Nebraska at Omaha
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.33 / 2.00 Sarah Burke
Sustainability Coordinator
Student Affairs
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Does the institution advocate for public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance sustainability at the municipal/local level?:
Yes

A brief description of how the institution engages in public policy advocacy for sustainability at the municipal/local level, including the issues, legislation, and ordinances for or against which the institution has advocated:

UNO's Center for Urban Sustainability is a partner organization with the Green Omaha Coalition. The Green Omaha Coalition works to inform community decision-makers and voters on the importance of environmental sustainability by providing accurate information, advocating before city governance and public officials, and lending their name to written correspondence in order to mobilize change.


Does the institution advocate for public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance sustainability at the state/provincial/regional level?:
Yes

A brief description of how the institution engages in public policy advocacy for sustainability at the state/provincial/regional level, including the issues, legislation, and ordinances for or against which the institution has advocated:

The Nebraska Community Energy Alliance (NCEA) is organized by and for Nebraska's communities to promote transportation and housing choices that include lifecycle cost of ownership, retained energy value, and economic competitiveness by coordinating and leveraging federal and state policies and investments to community project demonstrating direct high impact. UNO's Center for Urban Sustainability is an member.

NCEA meets monthly. Routinely during the meeting state legislators are invited to present on their proposed legislations so the member of NCEA are aware of the upcoming bills and how they can leverage the organization on either advancing the legislations or how the legislations may be utilized by NCEA in the future. For example, at the April 2016 meeting state legislators presented on the following legislation: Property Assessed Clean Energy Act, State Low Income Housing Tax Credit, and Private Renewable Energy.


Does the institution advocate for public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance sustainability at the national level?:
No

A brief description of how the institution engages in public policy advocacy for sustainability at the national level, including the issues, legislation, and ordinances for or against which the institution has advocated:
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Does the institution advocate for public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance sustainability at the international level?:
No

A brief description of how the institution engages in public policy advocacy for sustainability at the international level, including the issues, legislation, and ordinances for or against which the institution has advocated:
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A brief description of other political positions the institution has taken during the previous three years (if applicable):
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A brief description of political donations the institution made during the previous three years (if applicable):
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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