Other Topics

The following strategies are not directly related to a specific UNK sustainability goal category, but are nevertheless relevant to helping UNK achieve its sustainability aspirations.

Public Engagement

Establish formal partnerships with the local community

Establish one or more formal partnerships with the local community, including school districts, government agencies, non-profit organizations, businesses, and/or other entities, to work together to advance sustainability within the community.

Advocate for sustainability public policy

Institutionally advocate for local, state, and/or national public policies that support campus sustainability or otherwise advance sustainability

Collaborate with other institutions

Pilot collaborative programs or practices with other colleges and universities (including UNO, UNMC, and UNL) to advance campus sustainability.

Join the Fair Labor Association and/or the Worker Rights Consortium

Join the Fair Labor Association and/or the Worker Rights Consortium to help ensure that UNK apparel is produced under fair conditions.

Establish community stakeholder policies for campus development efforts

Establish policies and procedures that ensure community stakeholder engagement is applied systematically and regularly across UNK’s planning and development efforts, capital investment projects, and/or other activities and decisions that affect the broader community. Also establish practices to identify and engage relevant community stakeholders, including vulnerable and underrepresented groups.

Measure community service

Establish a methodology for measuring the percentage of students who participate in community service and the average hours contributed per full-time student per year.

Wellness

Measure and potentially reduce animal food products

Dining Services should measure the percentage of food purchases that are conventionally produced animal products, i.e. products that contain meat, fish, egg, or dairy ingredients that have not been verified to be sustainably produced. If the percentage is above 30%, Dining Services should phase-in a purchasing plan to reduce the percentage to below 30% within the next year.

Become a tobacco-free campus

According to the Tobacco Free College Campus Initiative, 1,577 campuses are smoke-free and 1,077 are fully tobacco-free as of July 2015 (including University of Nebraska Medical Center and Creighton University). UNK should follow suit in order to promote student and employee wellness, improve air quality, and reduce litter.

Grounds

Install graphics on stormwater drains

Label all stormwater drains with a visually-appealing, weatherproof graphic that communicates the drain drains into a local stream.

Become a Tree Campus USA institution

Grounds Services and other partners should complete the standards required to become a Tree Campus USA institution: establish a Campus Tree Advisory Committee, develop a Campus Tree Care Plan, allocate finances for a campus tree program, observe Arbor Day, and develop a service learning project. The latter two items on that list provide opportunities to engage students and other stakeholders in tree stewardship.

Identify vulnerable species and habitats

Conduct an assessment to identify endangered and vulnerable species (including migratory species) within habitats on UNK-owned or -managed land and/or environmentally sensitive areas.

Create an Emerald Ash Borer plan

Develop a plan to prepare for responding to the arrival of the Emerald Ash Borer.