Campus Sustainability

Looking Ahead

The University of Nevada, Reno is committed to reducing its carbon footprint in the years ahead. We recognize the value of environmental sustainability and are aware of our responsibility to the community and the world at large. By establishing a culture of sustainability and environmental sensitivity, we can create a positive model for students, faculty, and the community and enhance our reputation. Our goal as an institution of higher learning is to put that awareness into practice. It is vital that sustainability initiatives be undertaken hand-in-hand with our students as universities are ultimately about education. We want to provide our campus community with the proper tools so they can make educated decisions and in turn, pass this knowledge along. The influence of one student goes only so far in his or her direct action, but the effect of such action can be infinitely large.

Energy, economic and environmental issues represent the greatest challenges of this century. Closely coupled to these are the social impacts any move in policy and approach will take. The University, in due recognition of its land-grant status, calls to action and will marshal its human and physical resources to meet these grand challenges. Many of the world’s most talented students and academic leaders are poised to assure a brighter, sustainable future. We call on the University community—and beyond—to join us in this vital effort to secure this future.

Incorporating Sustainability into the Strategic Planning Process

In addition to the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, the University has developed an institutional strategic plan. This plan identifies sustainability as one of eight goals established to meet the mission of the University of Nevada, Reno.

  • Education: Offer broad-based undergraduate degrees and coordinated, multi-disciplinary graduate degrees in the environmental sciences. Provide service learning experiences in sustainable community development and environmental remediation.
  • Research: The Academy for the Environment will work with a campus-wide consortium of colleges and departments to facilitate multi-disciplinary approaches to basic and applied research in natural sciences, engineering, social sciences and the policy and behavioral aspects of sustainable practices. The consortium will work together within the University and with other Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) institutions to garner competitive research and educational grants to support expansion in the area of sustainable development.
  • Community Outreach: Work with state and regional industries to identify industry-university partnerships that promote technology transfer to enhance sustainable economic and business development in the region and share sustainable business practices with the community through the University’s Business Services Group and Cooperative Extension.
  • Climate Commitment: Continue involvement with the Presidents’ Climate Commitment to construct and operate university facilities to reduce environmental impacts.

Energy, economic and environmental issues represent the greatest challenges of this century. Closely coupled to this are the social impacts any move in policy and approach will take. The University of Nevada, Reno, in due recognition of its land-grant status, calls to action and will marshal its human and physical resources to meet these grand challenges. Many of the world's most talented students and academic leaders are poised to assure a brighter, sustainable future. We call on all segments of society to join us in this vital effort to secure this future.

Please join us in this effort. If you know of activities at the University of Nevada, Reno that help move these goals forward, please let us know, also please let us know if you have ideas of what the University can do. Email us at sustainability@unr.edu.