UNMC will join campuses across Omaha and nationwide in celebrating Campus Sustainability Month this October.
Hosting Campus Sustainability Month is a nice juxtaposition to Earth Month events in April, and the month often serves as a catalyst for student involvement on campus.
Academic campuses are essential drivers to the environmental movement. In large part, colleges and universities’ interests in sustainability stem from student interests; UNESCO reports that 91% of students agree that their higher education institution should actively pursue and promote sustainable development. Academic institutions pursuing environmental sustainability and climate change resiliency often partner with their local communities, which has positive effects on not just the campus, but the residents, municipalities and land surrounding the institution as well.
Campus Sustainability Month will look different this year as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Last week, we celebrated by planting a tree as part of the Free Trees for Fall Planting grant. You can get involved by participating in the other activities we have planned for this month: