Integrated Sustainability Initiative

This site summarizes the efforts of the University of Nevada, Reno’s Sustainability Committee toward fulfilling the requirements of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). University of Nevada, Reno President Milton Glick signed the ACUPCC in 2007 and initial compliance and reporting was done under the auspices of the University’s Energy and Environment Committee. In June 2008, President Glick chartered the Sustainability Committee charging it with ACUPCC activities. The Committee organized itself into four working groups around the four major areas of the ACUPCC: energy, transportation, campus life and curriculum.

As part of the outreach and education effort, videos were produced to highlight some of the key areas in which the University has been successful over the years in being environmentally conscious and supportive of sustainability on campus:





Summer of Sustainability:

This past summer the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center joined forces with the Office of Undergraduate and Interdisciplinary Research: Academy for the Environment to spark interest, awareness, conversation and action around sustainability in the community and on the University of Nevada, Reno campus. A series of events were held July – September including:

  • - Reused + Recycled = Art,” an exhibit of more than 100 local artworks made from at least 80 percent reused or recycled materials
  • - Truckee River cleanup
  • - Screening of “Bag It,” a thought-provoking movie about single-use disposables, waste and recycling, oceans and human health
  • - Bus tour for University, City of Reno and Regional Transportation Commission officials and legislators to showcase key Reno and campus sustainability efforts
  • - Presentation and panel discussion by speaker Beth Terry, author of Plastic Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too, a practical guide to ridding one’s life of plastic | Event Flyer (PDF) | Photos from the event

Sustainability in Action: Solar panel installations at UNR

Solar Panels on the Crowley Student Union
Total Kilowatt Hours Generated Since Installation: 190.09 MWh

Valley Road Greenhouse Solar Panels
Live Deck Monitoring
System Size: 30.0 kW DC
Generating since September 20, 2010