2010 UNL Sustainability Initiatives

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University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Sustainability Initiatives
October 2010

Chancellor’s Commission on Environmental Sustainability
             A faculty, staff, and student commission was formed in Fall 2008 to develop and
             recommend to the Chancellor, and to other members of the administration where
             appropriate, environmentally responsible practices and policies, to communicate
             the environmental and ecological implications of University policies and decisions,
             and to develop and recommend programs designed to educate the UNL community
             about environmentally and ecologically responsible practices. (10/2008)
             The Commission worked with individuals across campus to develop new policies
             or support existing efforts in such areas as limiting smoking on campus,
             encouraging the use of alternative work sites, telecommuting and
             videoconferencing; recycling at athletic events; purchasing and procurement,
             research, and information services. A review of sustainability efforts in the CIC
             was completed to serve as a benchmark for additional work. (9/2010)

Walking &    Enhancement of City of Lincoln Trail System through Antelope Valley Project trail
Biking       connections. (4/2008)

             To encourage bicycle use on campus and funded by a grant to UNL, trail
             extensions were constructed along the City’s Huntington-Leighton Trail on East
             Campus and along the X Street railroad right-of-way within the City Campus.

             Constructed larger sidewalks on campus to accommodate pedestrians and
             bicyclists. Also makes snow removal more economical. (4/2008)

             Providing bike parking areas for each campus building to encourage bicycle use on
             campus. (4/2008)

Parking      Conversion of surface lots to parking decks opens up green spaces or locations for
             new educational facilities. (4/2008)

             Implemented reserved parking spaces to encourage carpooling by faculty, staff, and
             students. (4/2008)

             17th and R Parking Garage Project included a pervious pavement parking area the
                 garage captures rain water from the top roof deck to water the adjacent turf and
                 planting areas. The garage is lit with efficient LED lighting. (9/2009)

Discounted Bus   To encourage the use of public transportation, faculty and staff may purchase local
Pass             bus monthly passes for $10/month, amounting to almost 70% discount off the
                 general public price. Faculty, staff, and students with a UNL parking permit are
                 eligible for a free bus pass during the period of their permit. (4/2008)

Bio-Diesel &     In 2006 UNL switched its transit buses and diesel-powered work vehicles to bio-
E10 Gasohol      diesel (5% soy diesel), and gasoline-powered vehicles to E10 gasohol. (4/2008)

Other Fuel       Passenger vehicle selection and procurement includes a life cycle cost analysis,
Savings and      which preferences more economical and fuel efficient vehicles. (9/2008)
                 Anti-idling policy implemented to reduce fuel waste. (5/2008)
                 To extend the life of tires and to improve vehicle efficiency, nitrogen is used to
                 better maintain tire pressure. (4/2008)
                 Beginning in model year 2011, vehicle replacement bid criteria specifically targets
                 the most fuel efficient model/engine combinations in RFP selection process

Facilities Management and Planning
LEED             Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a branch of the U.S.
Standards for    Green Building Council and provides standards and a rating system for the design
Building         and construction of sustainable buildings. (4/2008)
                 NU campuses have adopted the LEED building standards for new construction.
                 The International Quilt Studies Center and Museum and the Jackie Gaughan
                 Multicultural Center will be UNL’s first buildings have been constructed using
                 LEED standards. In addition, the following buildings are in the planning and
                 design stage and will also be constructed or renovated to meet LEED standards:
                 Physical Sciences Building, Keim Hall Renovation, Whittier Renovation,
                 NanoScience Facility, 17th and R Residence Hall. (4/2008)
                 The International Quilt Study Center and Museum was honored April 19, 2009 as
                 UNL’s first building to meet LEED Silver rating from the U.S. Green Building
                 Council. (9/2009)

Storm Water      Projects are now designed to contain storm water with rain gardens, bioswales, etc.
Management       The water is returned to the ground more slowly this way and reduces erosion.
                 A Rain Exchange system was installed as part of the Keim Hall Courtyard
                 renovation, capturing water from the roof drains for use in a teaching pond and as a
                 source of irrigation. (9/2010)

              UNL has a SMS4 NPDES permit which requires the University to implement an
              effective Storm Water Management Plan/Program (SWMP). UNL’s plans cover
              everything from landscape to building construction operations in the UNL SWMP.
              Each project that disturbs greater than one acre has to have individual SWMPs.

Custodial     Chemicals - Custodial Services uses Green Seal approved or low volatile
Services      environmentally preferred cleaning chemicals dispensed through metered chemical
              management systems. (9/2008)
              Paper and recycling - All restroom paper products meet the EPA standards for post-
              consumer recycled content. All cardboard packaging and plastic product containers
              used by Custodial Services are recycled after use. (9/2008)
              Microfiber - The extensive use of reusable microfiber cleaning clothes, wet mops
              and dust mops eliminates waste, minimizes the use of chemicals, and increases the
              effectiveness of the cleaning procedures. (9/2008)
              Matting - High-performance matting systems trap dirt, moisture, and pollutants
              before they get into the buildings. (9/2008)
              Equipment - HEPA filtered upright vacuum cleaners carry the Carpet and Rug
              Institutes Seal of Approval. Low moisture carpet extractors decrease drying time,
              discouraging mold and mildew. Powered floor scrubbing machines use metered
              solution systems to optimize the use of water and chemical. Electrical powered
              cleaning equipment is on a set preventive maintenance schedule. Properly
              maintained equipment is safe and efficient to operate and has a prolonged working
              life. (9/2008)
              Bio-renewable products – Foaming hand soap and graffiti remover made from bio-
              renewable materials. (9/2009)
              Custodial Services Adopted an Environment Responsibility Statement

Landscape Services
Tree Campus   As one of nine universities, UNL was designated a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor
USA           Day Foundation in November 2009. Maintained our status in 2010. (9/2010)
              As part of a Tree Campus Tour 2009 grant, Landscape Services planted 100 trees
              around the City and East Campuses’ parking lots. (9/2009)

Watering      UNL has adopted an Irrigation Management Plan that complies (and conserves
              water in many places) with the City of Lincoln’s water use restrictions
              (http://www.unl.edu/landscape/watermgtplan). (4/2008)
              Installed and testing a sub-surface turf irrigation system that has 97% efficiency.

Snow Removal      Ice melt used during snow and ice removal is environmentally friendly to plants,
                  turf, and natural water systems. (4/2008)

Landscape         UNL plants trees on campus around buildings to reduce cooling costs. (4/2008)
                  UNL planted a 0.75 acre site with trees and shrubs to create a carbon sink
                  demonstration area on east campus. (4/2008)
                  Design efforts underway to utilize low maintenance (low water) plants in many
                  areas of the campus. (9/2009)
                  The landscape (green spaces and trees) is designed to reduce urban heat-island
                  effects. Utilizing low maintenance and low-water use plants in planting areas with
                  no automatic irrigation and drought tolerant fescue turf grass. (9/2009)
                  UNL uses native and adaptive species on all campus landscape projects. (9/2010)

Integrated Pest   UNL uses an Integrated Pest Management Strategy for campus landscape.
Management        http://www.unl.edu/landscape/mstandards/index.shtml#pest. (4/2008)

Mulching          Landscape services uses mulching mowers which puts nutrients back into the soil
Mowers            and no grass clippings yard waste is collected. (4/2008)

Leaf Collection   Leaves are collected and taken to the City of Lincoln to make compost. Landscape
                  Services is given mulch in return. (4/2008)

Green Roof        Investigating an environmental demonstration project on campus for a 750 SF
Demonstration     green roof at Whittier Research Center. (9/2010)

Solar Trash       Landscape Services has purchased and is testing the feasibility of a solar trash
Container         container in a high traffic area on campus that compacts the trash and therefore
                  allows staff to make fewer trips to empty the trash container. (9/2009)

Trash Liners      Landscape Services has begun replacing trash liners used in campus containers
                  with a liner that is made from 70% post consumer recycled content. (9/2010)

Vehicles          Landscape Services has purchased a biodiesel truck, for hauling recycling, that can
                  be converted to using cooking oil as the primary fuel source. (Fall 2009)
                  Landscape Services is looking into purchasing an electric trickster to haul
                  equipment and materials on campus. (9/2010)

Recycling and Waste Management
Recycling         Reducing amount of refuse going to landfill (35% in FY 2009) and reducing our
                  fees for the landfill. Recycling program is also applying for grants to boost the
                  campus recycling efforts with more containers of all sizes to meet increased
                  demand. Recycling at UNL includes:
                          Aerosol cans                   Pallets
                          Batteries                      Plastic
                          Cardboard                      Scrap Metal
                          Computers                      Smoke Detectors
                          Cooking Oil                    Tin Cans
                          Engine Oils                    Tires
                          Fluorescent and HID Lamps      Toner Ink Cartridges
                          Newspaper                      Wood
                          Office paper

                         Aluminum (9/2010)

Yard Waste        Trees and shrubs removed or pruned on campus due to construction and
                  maintenance are chipped and reused as mulch on campus.
                  Pallets from department deliveries are collected and either recycled at a recycling
                  center or chipped up for mulch paths on campus.
                  Recycled concrete and asphalt grindings are recycled as surface material in gravel
                  parking lots and storage areas. (4/2008)

Dining Services   All University Dining Service Centers recycle cardboard, tin cans, aluminum cans,
                  Number 1-5 plastic containers, plastic milk containers, and spray cans.
                  Used cooking oil is sold to KCI Restaurant Services d/b/a Kruger Commodities for
                  .07 per lb. (4/2008)
                  University Dining Services is pursuing the purchase of sustainable seafood as
                  outlined by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program. (9/2010)

Electronics       Environmental Health and Safety recycled almost 72 tons of e—waste in calendar
Recycling         year 2009. (9/2010)

Use of Recycled   UNL purchases paper towels containing 40% post consumer waste and toilet paper
Materials         containing 20% post consumer waste.
                  UNL’s Printing and Copy Services program uses several types of recycled paper
                  made with a percentage of post consumer content, uses soy/vegetable based inks,
                  uses Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI)
                  paper vendors, recycles all paper waste including office paper, recycles all metal
                  plates, and oversees a toner cartridge pickup and return program.
                  UNL recycles building materials that are still in good shape during building
                  Waste Oil from Landscape Services equipment is collected in 200-250 gallon
                  storage tanks and picked up by a vendor that recycles the oil as a heating medium
                  for their storage tanks, and as burner fuel for a portable asphalt hot mix plant.
                  Used tires are collected from department equipment. A local vendor picks up the
                  tires and grinds them up to be re-used as the material under playground equipment,
                  rubberized asphalt for highways and roads, and athletic fields when installing field
                  turf. (4/2008)
                  UNL Inventory recycled approximately 125,000 pounds of scrap metal from
                  surplus equipment and devices not acquired by departments or auction patrons in
                  FY 2010. The local recycler paid UNL approximately $8,000 for this material.

Double Sided      UNL encourages all copiers to be set to make double-sided copies as the default.
Copies            (9/2009)

DEQ Grant         Landscape Services received a $6,000 grant for the Department of Environmental
                  Quality to purchase 200 new recycling containers for use on campus. (9/2009)
                  Landscape Services received a $6,000 grant for the Department of Environmental
                  Quality to purchase a bio-diesel truck for hauling recycling. (9/2010)

Construction      UNL supports recycling of all construction demolition materials including
Demolition        concrete, 1. Concrete, brick and concrete masonry units, asphaltic concrete paving,
Recycling         concrete reinforcing steel, wood studs, wood joists, plywood, oriented strand board,
                  paneling and trim, casework and cabinetry, structural steel, miscellaneous steel and
                  rough hardware, roofing, insulation, doors, door frames and door hardware,
                  windows and glazing, metal studs, gypsum board, ceiling panels, acoustical tile and
                  panels, carpet and carpet pad, demountable partitions, equipment, plumbing
                  fixtures, piping, supports, hangers, valves and sprinklers, mechanical equipment
                  and refrigerants, electrical conduit, copper wiring, lighting fixtures, lamps, and
                  ballasts, electrical devices, switchgear, panel boards and transformers, trees and
                  other landscaping materials. (9/2010)

Energy & Utility Plant Operations
Source of         Hydro                   60%
UNL’s Utilities   Coal                    37%
                  Natural Gas              1%
Oct 2010          Wind                     0%
                  Solar                    0%
                  Other (Purchase)         3%
                  Total                  100%

Ground Source     The Whittier Building’s renovation includes the use of ground source heat pumps
Heat Pump         for heating/cooling the building. (9/2009)
                  The Christenson Building on the Ag Research and Development Center has 15
                  years of experience using ground source heat pumps for heating/cooling the
                  building. (4/1995)
                  Water source heat pumps have been installed at several buildings at agricultural
                  research sites across the state. (9/2010)

Power Plant       UNL Central Utility Plants have insulated steam piping, valves and expansion
                  joints. Boilers and chillers are loaded and operated for maximum efficiency and
Upgrades           minimum pollution. Virtually all steam condensate is returned to the plants. (Pipe
                   insulation extends to steam, chilled water, and heating water piping in mechanical
                   rooms). (4/2008)

Replace 3-way      We have replaced 3-way valves with 2-way valves to reduce energy required to
CHW valves         circulate chilled water around campus.

Power Plant        UNL Utilities has a water treatment process that limits the amount of chlorine
Water              discharged to the waste water stream. Utilizing a RO two pass system which
Treatment          increases boiler blow down cycles from 30 to 100, saving water, chemicals and
                   energy. Water from the RO system flushing cycle is reused for tower water
                   makeup. (4/2008)

Lighting           UNL Facilities has upgraded most fluorescent light fixtures with more efficient T8
Fixture Retrofit   lamps and electronic ballasts. Almost all incandescent lamps have been replaced
                   by low-mercury fluorescent or LED lamps (except special-purpose fixtures).
                   LEDs are installed in new parking garage and all exit signs. (9/2010)

Hallway            UNL reduced lighting in buildings’ hallways by 75% to reduce utility consumption.
Lighting           (9/2009)

Room HVAC          UNL’s Energy Management Control System provides independent room
Controls           temperature control in new buildings and all major building renovations. These
                   digital thermostats allow facilities management to reduce energy consumption on
                   weekends, nights and holidays. Where occupancy detectors have been installed,
                   energy consumption is reduced whenever the space is unoccupied. Whenever
                   possible, air handling systems are shutdown completely during unoccupied periods.

Laboratory         UNL’s Control Systems Group is installing switches which allow fume hoods and
Exhaust and        laboratory exhaust to be turned down or off when not in use. A typical fume hood
Fume Hood          can easily consume the same energy in a year as a small house. Once this
Controls           technology is deployed across campus this initiative will reduce UNL’s utility costs
                   significantly as it reduces our carbon footprint. (4/2008).
                   Fume hoods tested and recertified to reduce exhaust volume by about 20%, while
                   still providing safe capture of contaminants during operation. (9/2010)

Removed            Steam-fired distillers were replaced with reverse-osmosis water treatment systems,
Steam-fired        which provide pure laboratory water at a fraction of the energy cost. (9/2010)

Roof Insulation    When UNL roofs are replaced, additional insulation is installed to improve the R-
                   factor rating. This saves energy and reduces carbon by reducing the amount of
                   energy required to heat and cool UNL buildings. (4/2008)
                   UNL utilizes more highly reflective materials (white roof membrane) which also
                   reduce the heat island effect of a darker roof. (9/2009)

Free Cooling       UNL’s Energy Management Control System is programmed to maximize outside
Economizer         air for cooling whenever conditions are right. This economizer cycle reduces the
                   use of fossil fuels for cooling during those times when the outside air is cool
                   enough to help meet the cooling load in building with large heat loads (people,
                   lights, computers, laboratory equipment). (4/2008)

Room and Air-      UNL’s Energy Management Control System is programmed to reset the
Handler            temperature and volume of air supplied for cooling. This reset program provides
Controls           the required cooling using the least expensive combination of electricity and chilled
Optimization       water. (4/2008).
                   UNL has programmed its Energy Management Control System to reset the
                   temperature and volume of air supplied for heating When reheat is not needed for
                   humidity control, HVAC systems become cooling-only in summer. Fan schedules
                   changed to automatically determine the optimum time to turn on in order to have
                   buildings comfortable by the start of the business day. (9/2010)

Fan Wall           UNL has recently chosen to use fan walls (arrays of small fans) for cooling and
Technology         heating instead of the traditional large single fan systems. These smaller fans can
                   be staged (using only as many as necessary for the current load) and operate at a
                   sweeter point (most efficient) on the fan curve. This means reduced electrical
                   consumption compared to the traditional single large fans designs. (4/2008)

Backdraft          Dampers are being installed on multiple fan air-handlers so that some fans can be
Dampers            turned off when not all are needed to supply building ventilation loads. (9/2010)

Low VOC            UNL’s Building Systems Maintenance uses only low VOC paints, varnishes and
Paints             chemicals. (4/2008)

Low                All new refrigeration equipment uses ozone-friendly refrigerant gases and
Fluorocarbon       whenever existing equipment requires service, it is converted to use a non-CFC
Refrigerants       refrigerant. (4/2008)

HVAC Retrofits Several large campus buildings have been completely retrofitted with more
               efficient variable volume air conditioning systems and most of the older fans have
               had variable-speed drives installed. These systems are significantly more efficient
               than the earlier constant volume systems. All new buildings are designed with
               more efficient systems. (4/2008)

Chiller            UNL replaced an old chiller that served the Animal Science Meat Lab with a
Replacement        modular rack mounted scroll system. This system is significantly more efficient
                   than the old chiller. (4/2008)

Windows            UNL has replaced old inefficient single pane windows in several buildings with
                   new thermal pane systems. In addition to reducing our carbon footprint, the new
                   windows provide significantly better comfort during extremes of hot or cold, or
                   windy Nebraska weather. All new buildings are designed using energy efficient
                   thermal pane windows. (4/2008)

Replaced        Local building water heaters and/or air compressors have been installed to replace
Leaking Water the leaking systems which used to supply compressed air or water from the central
Systems and Air utility plants. (9/2010)

Active Energy      UNL’s BSM (Building Systems Maintenance) employs two full-time energy
Conservation       engineers to actively pursue energy conservation initiatives and to develop and
Program            monitor efficient operations of all UNL’s HVAC systems. With over 300 heating
Management         and cooling systems between the two Lincoln campuses this is necessary to keep
                   everything tuned up for optimum performance at the least cost and lowest carbon
                   footprint. (4/2008)

Preventive         Preventive Maintenance program is being instituted in major buildings to identify
Maintenance to     and correct problems before building system components fail. This includes
Extend Life of     balancing of fans, motor alignment, filter changes based on hours of use, and
Building           inspection of rotating equipment and control devices. (9/2010)

Tracking Run       Motor run hours are being tracked on rotating equipment in UNL’s JEMS Program.
Hours              Service is being scheduled based on recommended O&M schedules in order to
                   prevent under maintaining or over maintain equipment. This will extend the life of
                   pumps & motors and keep them running at peak efficiency. (9/2010)

Motor              BSM has implemented a program for laser aligning of motors in order to extend the
Alignment to       life of these assets. Implementation began July 2010 with purchase of the laser tool
Extend Life of     and will be part the preventative maintenance planning and scheduling. (9/2010)

Timely             Water, air, and steam leaks are identified and fixed as quickly as possible to
Maintenance        minimize waste. (4/2008).
                   Pneumatic controls are being replaced with more accurate electronic controls which
                   can be controlled by computer. (9/2010)

Construction of    This project will design and construct a 2.8 million gallon Thermal Energy Storage
a Thermal          Tank, (TES) operating pumps and valves, connections to existing electrical and
Energy Storage     chilled water distribution systems, and required site work to construct and maintain
Tank               the system. This project uses energy generated at non-peak times to generate
                   chilled water with existing equipment and stores the energy in the form of chilled
                   water for use during peak demand times when the cost of energy is higher.
                   The project will increase needed chilled water capacity on East Campus and will
                   integrate seamlessly into the existing campus chilled water system and minimize
                   both operating and maintenance costs associated with the chilled water needs of the
                   UNL East Campus.

Reduced Air       FMP has installed devices to measure pressure drops in our air handlers; therefore,
Handling Filter   filters are only replaced when the pressure drops, not on 6-month intervals. Given
Waste             that some air handlers are used more frequently than others, this operational change
                  will reduce the number of air filters used by UNL annually. (9/2010)

Institute of Agriculture and Natural Sciences
School of         SNR’s sustainability initiatives were launched in 2008. SRN continues to be
Natural           aggressive in pursuing sustainability programs, including partnerships with the
Resources         Mayor’s environmental and sustainability task force. SNR holds listening sessions
                  to capture additional ideas from faculty, staff, and students. The installation of
                  HVAC occupancy sensors in most of Hardin Hall has continued to show significant
                  reductions in energy use.

Grain Drying      UNL’s agriculture research sites have completely eliminated gas powered (heated)
                  grain drying systems with natural air drying systems significantly reducing the
                  energy required to dry grain. (9/2010)

Irrigation        Since the early 1990’s UNL’s irrigated crop research sites have switched from high
Systems           pressure systems to low pressure/low evaporation systems reducing energy and
                  water use per unit of crop production. (9/2010)
                  Underground drip irrigations systems have been deployed at several agriculture
                  research sites to further improve irrigation efficiencies. (9/2010)

Office of Graduate Studies
Graduate          The Office of Graduate Studies implemented a paperless graduate admissions and
Admission         application plan. Began scanning application documents in 2008. Ceased printing
Management        non-degree applications in early 2009 and ceased printing all domestic applications
Evaluation        in Summer 2010. Paper domestic application files are now non-existent until the
System            student enrolls. Electronically archived over 9,000 student files, reducing
(GAMES)           paper/file storage.

College of Law
Recycling         The recycling program at the College of Law is a cooperative program among the
                  faculty and students. Faculty members collect and recycle materials from the
                  faculty, administrative, and library offices. Members of the Environmental-
                  Agricultural Law Society (EALS) collect recyclables from the student lounge and
                  classroom areas, and each year an award is given to the EALS member who excels
                  in recycling. The Law College purchased all of the recycling containers.
                  EALS placed signs on the wastebaskets in the classrooms remind students to
                  The Law College recycles all of its office paper.

Law College    The College’s newly renovated, large classrooms have adjustable lights are needed
Renovations    are the lights used only when needed. In addition, the newly remodeled unisex
               restrooms have light sensors. (9/2010)

Information Services
Computer       Initiated service to refill B&W and color ink cartridges for most major printers
Stores         (9/2009)
               Started collecting batteries, old cell phones, and ink cartridges for recycling
               Began carrying more products in the stores which contain recycled materials &
               have minimal packaging. Products containing recycled material are noted with a
               recycling symbol in the Computer Store’s on-line catalog (8/2009)

               Over 2,000 reusable cloth bags were handed out to incoming students at the Big
               Red welcome. Bags are sold at cost to customers or given to them with the
               purchase of a system (8/2010)
               When the Computer Store was remodeled in 2009, the concrete floor was painted
               rather than re-carpeted to make cleaning easier and to avoid future disposal of the
               carpet in a landfill (7/2009)
               Campus cell phone bills are now distributed electronically rather than by paper
               copy (6/2010)

University Dining Operations
Dining         In March 2009 University Dining Services converted to a trayless system to reduce
Operations     food waste, improve environmental impact, and reduce costs. (9/2009)

Good, Fresh,   University Dining Service (UDS) continually encourages student involvement in
Local (GFL)    the GFL (Good, Fresh, Local) University of Nebraska-Lincoln Sustainable Food
Initiative     Project. The GFL Project is designed to serve traditional meals and individual
               menu items where the menu ingredients:
               Come mostly from small LOCAL (Nebraska) farmers and producers
               Are produced using sustainable agriculture practices
               Are seasonal
               Include organic products
               In January 2008 a group of UNL students planned the events for Focus The Nation,
               A Collaborative Discussion on Global Warming. Students worked with University
               Dining Service staff members who work with the GFL project to plan a dinner that
               presented information about the carbon footprint impact for that dinner. This
                dinner kicked off a week of student-planned activities related to global warming.

Food Surplus    During close downs and summer conferences overproduction items are donated to
Donation        “Second Harvest,” a program administered by the Lincoln Food Bank which
                provides food to several agencies including Matt Talbot Kitchen and Peoples City
                Mission. Second Harvest provides containers for the food and picks it up.

Community       In September 2005, University Dining Services/University Housing initiated the
Supported       GFL (Good, Fresh, Local), the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Sustainable Food
Agriculture     Project. This project began at Cather/Pound/Neihardt Dining Services and in 2007
                expanded to the East Campus Union Dining Services and University Dining
                Services’ Catering Department. The project is designed to serve traditional meals
                and individual menu items where the menu ingredients come mostly from Nebraska
                farmers and producers that use sustainable agricultural practices. Products
                purchased include meat, poultry, fish, eggs, grains, produce, nuts, jams/
                jellies/honey, salad dressings, and sauces. (4/2008)

Vending         Soda and snack machines are controlled by occupancy sensors that turn the units
Machines        off when no potential customers are nearby. (4/2008)

UNL Housing
Ground Source   The Robert E. Knoll Residence Center’s construction includes the use of ground
Heat Pump       source heat pumps for heating/cooling the new residence building. (9/2009)

Housing         Unused paint, wood scraps, etc. are given to the UNL Theater Department.
                UNL’s residence hall residents also recycle their mixed office paper, newspapers,
                plastics, cans, and glass. (4/2008)
                Students are offered a recycling bin in every room. (9/2010)

Eco-Chic        In Summer 2008 students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln showed that it is
Residential     chic to show their environmental awareness by decking out their residence hall
Living Unit     rooms with recycled, green and sustainable furnishings and décor at a specially
                outfitted "eco-chic" room at Smith Hall.
                The hall room was sponsored by the Association of Students of the University of
                Nebraska, Housing, Admissions and University Communications. Its décor mixes
                secondhand accessories and dishware, eco-friendly personal care and cleaning
                products, and a few new items that reflect environmentally responsible
                manufacturing practices. The project’s goal is to show students that it can be
                simple, affordable and stylish to care for the environment. (10/2008)

Campus Recreation
Low Flow        Installed lower flow shower heads to save on water consumption at the East
Shower Head       Campus Activities Building. (9/2009)

D.E.Q. Grant      Campus Recreation was awarded a grant of $44,000 from the Nebraska Department
                  of Environmental Quality for recycling, sustainability, and environmental
                  awareness. (9/2009)

Water Bottle      Campus Recreation installed additional water bottle stations to minimize the impact
Stations          of plastic water bottles on local landfills. When hosting events and activities,
                  recognized student organizations and student service departments are encouraged to
                  provide water using cambros available through the Recreation Center, Member
                  Services Desk in lieu of offering bottled water. (9/2009)

Recycle Stations Purchased and placed recycling containers throughout city and east campus indoor
                 recreational facilities. (9/2009)

Volleyball     Implemented recycling at all UNL volleyball matches in the Nebraska Coliseum.
Game Recycling We worked in conjunction with the Athletic Department to coordinate this project.

Nebraska          Utilized recycled Nebraska crumb rubber in its installation of synthetic turf
Crumb Rubber      recreation fields at Mabel Lee Hall. (9/2008)

Capture Energy    Installed an innovative mechanical system that captures kinetic energy from
from              applicable cardiovascular equipment, converts it to electricity, and sends it into the
Cardiovascular    University’s electrical grid. (6/2009)

Bike Shop         Campus Recreation offers a Bike shop with bike rental and bike repair. The Bike
Rental            Shop also provides free air for bike tires when the Outdoor Adventure Center is
                  open. (9/2010)

                  The Purchasing Department pursues the promotion, development and procurement
                  of environmentally preferred goods and services whenever possible. The
                  Purchasing Department will work with departments, employees, contractors and
                  vendors alike to seek out and provide resources and information that will enable
                  our customers to make informed purchasing decisions, while promoting
                  environmental stewardship.

                  The Purchasing Department is committed to buying more environmentally
                  preferable goods and services as long as they meet our performance needs and they
                  are available within a reasonable period of time at a reasonable cost. By including
                  environmental considerations in our procurement decisions, along with our
                  traditional concerns with price, performance and availability, we will remain
                  fiscally responsible while promoting products and services that have a reduced
                  effect on human health and the environment. (4/2008)
             Procurement Services Strategy:
              Our “Green Purchasing” strategy is to develop policies consistent with the
             1. Minimize the consumption of natural resources by reviewing current and
             proposed future usage and evaluating the pros and cons of alternatives
             2. Seek alternatives to products and processes that are detrimental to the
             environment by using more “environmentally friendly” products and processes
             3. Minimize waste, including any packaging, waste produced by the product (or
             service) in questions, and waste generated by the eventual disposal of the product
             4. Maximize the reuse and recycling of materials
             5. Stimulate demand for “environmentally friendly” products by letting
             manufacturers and suppliers know the environmental performance we are looking
             for in products

Printing Services
             University Printing Services uses soy/vegetable inks and paper supplied from
             Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certified suppliers. UNL utilizes chemical-free
             plating process and advanced press software saves set-up sheets and decreases
             waste. University Printing Services received a Certificate of Recycling Excellence
             from Midland Recycling for its on-going recycling efforts. (4/2008)

Recycling    The Athletic Department is partnering with Recycling Enterprises of Nebraska,
             Inc., in an effort to cut down on waste at athletic events. Beginning with the 2008
             season, a recycling bin was placed next to each trash receptacle at all athletic
             venues. These bins are used to collect plastic bottles and cups which are recycled.
             Fans are asked to pick up the area surrounding their seats during and after games
             and events, and dispose of the materials accordingly, placing their plastic bottles
             and cups in the recycling bins, and all other trash in the trash bins.
             Last season, approximately 60 percent of the trash hauled out of Memorial Stadium
             was plastic. With five home games to begin the season in what has historically
             been hot weather in Lincoln, beverages will likely figure largely into concession
             sales, making the new recycling initiative a timely endeavor. (10/2008)
             In partnership with the City of Lincoln Recycling, UNL and volunteers began a
             program “Go Green for Big Red” to educate and recycle at pre-game tailgate
             parking areas. (9/2010)

University of Nebraska Press (UNP)

Hardcover       All book dust jackets are made from 10% post consumer recycled paper.
Book Publishing
                Boards—the cardboard underneath the book cloth that gives the books their hard
                structure—are 100% recycled product. The internal pages are printed on paper that
                is 30% post consumer recycled, is FSC-Certified Mixed Sources, and is processed
                chlorine-free. The ink used consists of 30% vegetable oil and 70% petroleum.

Paperback       UNL uses a non-petroleum-based solvent in its printing process that is derived
Book Publishing from crops. This solvent allows the printer to lower oven temperatures by 30%
                (thus conserving energy use) and reduces water and ink usage by 25% to 40%.
                Nearly all book manufacturing plants these days recycle approximately 99% of all
                of their paper waste. (10/2008)

Journal           UNP's twenty journals, each of which includes one to four issues annually, are
Publishing        being published more sustainably than ever. Copyeditors return manuscripts to
                  UNP electronically rather than as hard copies, and journal editors receive page
                  proofs from UNP in the same way. Where we once sent manuscripts, covers, and
                  other files to the printer on compact discs, we now transfer these over the Internet.
                  (Materials for the books we publish are also handled in this way). Besides reducing
                  paper, packaging, and CD use, we have also cut days out of the time required to
                  bring a journal to print and saved significant dollars in overnight shipping costs.

Operations        UNP has adopted the increased use of digital media kits, direct mail, and
                  promotional flyers, all of which are e-mailed to the media and potential customers
                  instead of being printed and sent via post. We maintain an active Web site and Web
                  blog for taking orders and promoting our books electronically. We reprint a select
                  number of titles digitally each year. (10/2008)
                  As part of our strategic plan UNP has formed a document management committee
                  whose goals are to determine what needs to be stored as hard copy and what can be
                  digitized, and then to have appropriate paper documents digitized. The long-term
                  goal is to create a sustainability plan to make the UNP as "green" as possible. UNP
                  has already begun scanning its contract files and its IT department uses an
                  electronic help request and tracking system.
                  For the fall of 2010 UNP launched its first electronic seasonal catalog which
                  enables it to print fewer copies and reach customers in a new format. The electronic
                  catalog is quick-loading and allows the user to flip through the pages in a
                  traditional manner or jump to a section or book with a few clicks. In addition, UNP
                  will begin producing subject catalogs in an electronic format to further reduce
                  printing. (9/2010)

Student Organizations & Programs
Partners in       The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s (UNL) Partners in Pollution Prevention (P3)
Pollution         program has helped both area college students and Nebraska businesses since 1997.
Prevention        P3 is an outreach assistance program operated by the University of Nebraska
                  Extension and College of Engineering and funded by the USEPA Region VII, the
                  Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, and a wide variety of industrial
                  Undergraduate student interns provide one-to-one Pollution Prevention assistance
                  to Nebraska businesses by performing waste assessments or other waste reduction
                  projects, and providing each client with a written report detailing waste
                  minimization suggestions. Clients who have participated in this program over the
                  years include dry cleaners and auto body shops, as well as large pharmaceutical and
                  other large manufacturing plants.
                  http://www.p3.unl.edu/ (10/2008)

Emerging          The Emerging Green Builders – Nebraska Chapter was organized in April 2006 for
Green Builders    two purposes: to inspire and empower young leaders in the “green” building
                  movement and to promote environmentally responsible design on our campus and
                  in our community
                  http://www.unl.edu/emerginggreen/Main.html (10/2008)

Roots ‘n Shoots   See University Dining Operations’ Good, Fresh, Local (GFL) initiative above
Student           under “University Dining Operations. (10/2008)

2008 E. N.        As part of the 2007-2008 EN Thompson Forum on World Issues Lecture Series
Thompson          dedicated to environmental issues, UNL students joined a nationwide effort to
Forum on          engage in an interdisciplinary discussion on global warming. The national dialogue
World Issues      entitled "Focus the Nation" included low carbon foot print meals, professor
Lecture Series    lectures, webcasts, and political roundtable discussions with elected officials. The
                  Emerging Green Builders recognized student organization replicated a residence
                  hall room in the NE Union furnished/stocked with environment friendly durable
                  goods and products. (10/2008)

Graduate          The GSA has two major sustainability projects:
                  (1) Book Drive: GSA urges students to recycle books and, in particular, raise
                  money for charities around the world.
                  (2) They strive to hold paperless business meetings, that is, we e-mail all important
                  documents to the representatives prior to each meeting and use a projector to
                  display the documents being addressed throughout our meetings.

Environmental     The Environmental Resource Center focuses on making UNL a more green
Resource          conscious campus. We affiliate our organization as a keystone for other
Center            environmental clubs such as Ecology Now, Student Progressive Coalition, and
                  Nature Clubs. They host recycling competitions like Recyclemania to reduce the
                  amount of waste produced at UNL. By taking part in these recycling initiatives we
                  hope to promote better recycling habits across campus. We work with UNL
                 Recycling Program to undertake Go Green for Big Red project. Together with
                 volunteer students and community members go around parking lots at the
                 Memorial Stadium to hand deliver green bags to recycle and collect them
                 immediately after the kick-off during Husker Football Home Games. We also
                 partner with other UNL student organizations to organize events such as Earth Day,
                 Banding for Health, etc.
                 Environmental Resource Center, Ecology Now, and other student organizations
                 participated in Earth Day demonstrations and events. (9/2010)

School of        The SNRGSA encourages graduate students to recycle and have recycling bins in
Natural          the student lounge to recycle different recyclables. The SNRGSA also encourages
Resources        graduate students to recycle and re-use paper that comes off the printer and is not
Graduate         used. (9/2010)

College of       In Fall 2009, the CEHS Ambassadors put universal recycling cans in almost all the
Education and    classrooms in Henzlik, Teacher’s College, and Mable Lee Halls. These cans could
Human Sciences   be used for newspaper, cardboard, office paper, aluminum, and plastic. It was
Ambassadors      CEHS Ambassadors’ service to the college, the University, and the environment to
                 pick up the recyclables and hand sort them on a weekly basis. Through few
                 posters, the Ambassadors were able to educate students about what could be
                 recycled and what could not, and to encourage the students to do their part and find
                 the blue recycling can in their classrooms. (9/2010)

Ecology Now      Ecology Now is an environmental group at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.
                 Ecology Now does a variety of activities around campus and Lincoln that focus on
                 improving the environment, informing people about good ecological practices, and
                 simply enjoying the outdoors. They have accomplished this by hosting movie
                 nights and talks, participating in Go Green for Big Red, clean up events with
                 organizations such as Keep Nebraska Beautiful, and partaking in the Lincoln Earth
                 Day Festival every spring.

UNL Academic Programs in Environmental/Sustainability Emphasis
Graduate         PhD - Agricultural & Biological Systems Engineering as specialization in the
Programs         unified Engineering PhD
                 PhD & MS - Environmental Studies Specialization
                 PhD & MS - Natural Resource Sciences
                 MS - Agricultural and Biological Systems Engineering
                 MS - Environmental engineering
                 MS - Mechanized Systems Management
                  MS - Water Resources Planning and Management
                  Certificate - Food Safety & Defense Graduate
                  PhD and MS – Horticulture
                  MS-Community and Regional Planning

Undergraduate     Environmental Programs
                      Environmental Restoration Science
                      Environmental Studies
                      Fisheries and Wildlife
                      Grassland Ecology and Management
                      Natural Resource and Environmental Economics
                      Turfgrass and Landscape Management
                      Water Science
                      Landscape Architecture
                  Sustainability Programs
                      Agronomy - Agroecology and Soil Science Options
                       International Agriculture and Natural Resources Minor
                      Agricultural Economics –Livestock Industries and Public Policy Options
                      Agricultural Education - Environmental Education Minor
                      Energy Sciences - energy sustainability including wind, solar and biofuel
                      energy minor
                      Insect Science - Integrated Pest Management Option
                      Plant Protection Sciences
                      Pre-Forestry Program


UNL Research Initiatives and Programs/Events
Water Law,        http://watercenter.unl.edu/
Policy and

Nebraska          http://ncesr.unl.edu/
Center for
Energy Sciences

Center for        Center for Applied Rural Innovation (cari.unl.edu), which focuses on sustainable
Applied Rural     agriculture, leadership, and economic development. Some of their programs
Innovation        include:
                     "Buy Fresh, Buy Local"- marketing/outreach initiative for locally grown food
                      products (http://www.buylocalnebraska.org).
                  Nebraska Cooperative Development Center - cooperative based business
                   development (http://ncdc.unl.edu/ncdcj/pages/index.jsp).
                  Extension workshops on organic farming and sustainable agriculture (8
                   workshops in 2007-2008).
                  Organic farming initiative.
                  Various publications related to agricultural sustainability and diversity
                  ReTree Nebraska which is a partnership between the Nebraska Forest Service,
                   the University of Nebraska Rural Initiative, Agronomy and Horticulture and the
                   Nebraska Statewide Arboretum. The goal is to encourage and educate
                   Nebraskans to reach a goal of planting and maintain one million long lived trees
                   in Nebraska communities by 2017. (9/2010)
                  Nebraska Local Foods Network: a program organized and coordinated by the
                   Rural Initiative in partnership with producers, processors, distributors, and
                   other partners on and off campus. (9/2010)

UNL            Greater Platte River Basin Symposium
Conferences    Green Schools Summit
               Climate Change Workshop

UNL Publications
               Landscape Sustainability
               "Crisis and Opportunity: Sustainability in American Agriculture," published by the
               University of Nebraska Press (http://nebraskapress.unl.edu/product/Crisis-and-
               "Changing the Way American Farms: Knowledge and Community in the
               Sustainable Agriculture Movement," published by the University of Nebraska Press
               "Impact of Sustainable Agriculture Programs on U.S. Land Grant Universities," by
               UNL professor Charles Francis, et al
               Enhancing Rural Sustainability project, University of Nebraska Public Policy
               Center (http://ppc.unl.edu/program_areas/documents/ers.htm)

Cooperative    Contacts for Environmental Issues Affecting Residences: Web Site and Toll Free
Extension      and Other Numbers, G1590 http://www.ianrpubs.unl.edu/sendIt/g1590.pdf
Publications   Get a Head Start on Energy Curriculum 7 modules with DVD, English/Spanish
               Easy on Energy: Tips for Conserving -- Participant's Manual, HEF565
El Ahorro de Energía: Sugerencias para ahorrar energía y dinero en el hogar,
Energy Actions for Renters to Save Dollars and Increase Comfort, G1949
Energy Resources: Toll-Free Numbers and Addresses for Organizations and
Agencies, G1639 http://www.ianrpubs.unl.edu/sendIt/g1639.pdf
Purchasing "Green" — What Does it Really Mean? HEF593
"Green" terms are confusing. This lesson explains what green products and services
are and how you can evaluate them before purchasing.
Questions to Ask When Considering a Small Wind Turbine, G2022
 Weatherizing Your Home: Caulking, G1642
Weatherizing Your Home: Weatherstripping, G1681
Energy Savers: Tips on Saving Energy and Money at Home, EC463
Design Decisions 4H1600 – 4-H project for youth.. Section 4: The Environmental
Touch. National Silver Award winner.
Make Every Drop Count in the Home -- Participant Manual, HEF577
Identifying Moisture and Mold Sources in Houses, G1832
Contaminantes Peligrosos del Aire Que Cada Dueño De Hogar Debe Conocer…,
EC461S http://www.ianrpubs.unl.edu/sendIt/ec461s.html
Contribuya a tener un Hogar Sano, EC462S
 From Moisture and Mold to Healthy Homes - Basics for Consumers, DVD249
From Moisture and Mold to Healthy Homes - Basics for Housing Professionals ,
 Healthy Homes: Should I Test for Mold, G1819
Help Yourself to a Healthy Home, EC462
Indoor Air Hazards Every Homeowner Should Know About..., EC461

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