Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.27
Liaison Prabhakar Shrestha
Submission Date Feb. 20, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Nebraska - Lincoln
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Vivian Nguyen
Graduate Assistant
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have a central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution's sustainability efforts?:
Yes

A brief description of the central sustainability website (optional):

The site highlights a number of case studies relating to sustainability on campus. It also enables individuals to get in contact and leave suggestions or concerns. It also links to monthly campus energy consumption levels.


The website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

Starting in April 2017, the Office of Sustainability released its inaugural monthly newsletter. The newsletter covers the four main pillars of sustainability: academics, engagement, facilities, and operations. The newsletter also features an individual highlight of a student, alumni, faculty, or staff who is doing something inspiring or innovative in the field of sustainability. The monthly newsletter also encourages people to get involved and attend sustainability related events on campus and in the community.


The website URL for the sustainability newsletter:
Does the institution have social media platforms (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, interactive blogs) that focus specifically on campus sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of the social media platforms that focus on sustainability:

In August 2016, the Office of Sustainability launched a twitter account, highlighting current projects, research, and events happening on campus, the city of Lincoln, or the state of Nebraska. The twitter also provides tips and encourages sustainability on campus.

GreenUNL is a student led social media platform and campaign that highlights initiatives in campus sustainability. Though there are multiple organizations dedicated to sustainability at UNL, GreenUNL is the main outlet for all groups to gather support for their programs.


The website URL of the primary social media platform focused on sustainability:
Does the institution have regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat?:
Yes

A brief description of the regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:

In August 2017, the Office of Sustainability developed a partnership with the Daily Nebraskan, the student-led newspaper, to assign specific student reporters to cover sustainability news on campus and the community. The Daily Nebraskan assigned the Office of Sustainability two reporters to cover sustainability news.


The website URL for regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:
Does the institution produce a vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability?:
No

A brief description of the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:
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The website URL for the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:
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Does the institution have building signage that highlights green building features?:
Yes

A brief description of building signage that highlights green building features :

The "Smart Choice" campaign seeks to expose the campus community to all the sustainable features of the University. The signage employs positive feedback strategies to show students, faculty, and staff how their university is working to enhance campus sustainability. Smart Choice also shows the community how their actions are helping and reinforces good habits.


The website URL for building signage that highlights green building features :
Does the institution have signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems?:
Yes

A brief description of the signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:

Posters, online content, and informational pamphlets showcase the Good, Fresh, Local food program.


The website URL for food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:
Does the institution have signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed?:
No

A brief description of the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed:
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The website URL for the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed:
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Does the institution produce a sustainability walking map or tour?:
No

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:
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The website URL of the sustainability walking map or tour:
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Does the institution produce a guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation?:
Yes

A brief description of the guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation:

There are a variety of options for commuters to get in and around campus. Every year, students who are enrolled at UNL receive a bus pass, with information on how to use Lincoln's public bus system.

The Office of Sustainability also offers information on alternative modes of transportation on their website.


The website URL for the guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation:
Does the institution produce navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians (e.g. covering routes, inter-modal connections, policies, services, and safety)? :
Yes

A brief description of the navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:

At the start of each semester Bike UNL posts signage and distributes information for safe cycling on campus. Bike UNL also offers bike safety classes throughout the year.


The website URL for navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:
Does the institution produce a guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:
Yes

A brief description of the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:

University Housing and University Dining Services are implementing new sustainability practices that will reduce paper consumption when communicating with students. The new practices include moving promotional messaging from table tents onto digital signs. The policy went into effect August 1, 2016.

A strategic communications plan to install digital signs was developed in 2014 and the first phase of installation in dining centers was completed last year. Phase two of the project identified additional key locations and installation has been ongoing throughout the 2016 academic year. Phase three will expand signs into residence hall traffic ways.

University Housing also supported sustainability efforts during move-out. University Housing has partnered with Goodwill, UNL Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) and the Student Affairs Huskers Helping Huskers Pantry+ to collect items as students leave their residence hall rooms. Students see information in residence halls in mid-April on how they can support sustainability efforts as they move out of the residence halls.


The website URL for the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:
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Does the institution produce other sustainability outreach materials or publications not covered above?:
Yes

A brief description of these materials or publications:

The Environmental Sustainability Committee with Student Government released a "Green Guide to Lincoln" this year which shows students all things sustainability in Lincoln, Nebraska. The guide provides multi-modal travel time data for popular locations on campus, educational material, features sustainable businesses and restaurants, and much more.


The website URL for these materials or publications:
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