Environmental Sustainability Committee

Environmental Sustainability Committee

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Environmental Sustainability Committee

The ASUN Environmental Sustainability Committee (ESC) was created in 2010 to increase student input on environmental issues throughout UNL’s campus. Since then, the committee has taken a leading role in transforming UNL into a more sustainable university through policy change, various projects, education and community involvement.

The committee's responsibilities are:

  • To reduce the impact of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on the environment.

  • To improve the quality of campus life and the well being of the University community: student body, faculty and staff.

  • To encourage environmental stewardship and education among the students and staff of the University.

  • To reduce operation costs of the University.

  • To encourage collaboration among various entities both on campus and in Lincoln with the goal of enhancing environmental preservation.

  • To represent the students’ ideals regarding the environment at large.

  • To recommend areas for policy change to the Chancellor’s Commission on Environmental Sustainability.

Each year, ESC contracts several projects to work on throughout the following semester. Some have taken on an annual role on campus, and others are innovated each year to meet UNL’s sustainability needs. Some projects that have taken on a major role in the transformation of campus sustainability include the following:

Environmental Leadership Program (ELP): ELP is a committee under ASUN that fosters leadership skills while enhancing environmental education to freshmen and sophomores at UNL. ESC creates a mentorship program by assigning 1-5 ELP members to each individual ESC project. ELP students play a vital role in executing these projects, while learning the processes and connections needed in order to plan a successful sustainability project.

Sustainability Roundtable: The Sustainability Roundtable is an event held annually during the fall semester. The roundtable is open to UNL students and the Lincoln community to learn about major environmental issues. ESC brings local experts to speak on topics such as climate change, environmental activism, energy and transportation.

Green Fund: In 2014, ESC worked to promote and educate the UNL community of potential for a green fund. This was done initially through a survey and a ballot question about the Green Fund. This fund would work to support sustainability initiatives campus wide through a small increase in student fees. The fee was overwhelming supported with 78% approval during the 2015 ASUN election. With such strong support, the committee plans to move forward by proposing the necessary bylaw changes to bring the fee increase to a vote in the spring of 2016.

Earthstock: Earthstock, “Four Weeks to Learn and Grow,” is a movement modeled after the iconic Woodstock Music and Arts Festival to engage UNL students in sustainability efforts while building an understanding in the community about the urgency and feasibility of environmentalism. Earthstock takes place throughout the month of April with programming to engage every facet of the student body on UNL’s campus to demonstrate how the environment relates to every student.

Greeks Going Green: The Greek community at UNL comprises nearly 20 percent of the student body, with nearly 30 housed chapters on campus. “Greeks Going Green” is a collaborative project with ASUN, which aims to show people that through simple actions, they have the power to make an impact. The project began by identifying volunteer representatives in each Greek organization who demonstrate a passion for sustainability. The chapter houses were evaluated and the results later analyzed and shared with each representative to increase sustainability efforts within chapters. Making sustainability a reality for Greek houses requires education and an advocate to spread knowledge of environmental issues and solutions.

Foam Free UNL: Foam Free UNL began simply as a movement to increase awareness of the detriments of Styrofoam products to human and environmental health. In its first year, Foam Free UNL has garnered over 400 signatures from UNL students. Numerous student organizations, including ASUN, have also signed the pledge.

For information on how to live sustainably in Lincoln and on UNL’s campus, read through ESC’s Green Guide with information on everything from public transportation, sustainable local businesses and how you can get involved: [Link to Green Guide]

Membership

 

 Anna Ripa
Chair

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 Taylor Anderson
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 Corrin Bemis
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 Alyssa Converse
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 Maddie Eckstrom
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 Alyssa Ehler
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 Eric Garcia
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 Dillon Hanson
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 Cameron Holmes
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 Shelby Janke
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 Veronica Parish
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 John Pfeifer
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 Lauren Taylor
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