Earth Month a success

The med center held a variety of events this year to commemorate Earth Month.

All month, med center team members participated in the online Drawdown Ecochallenge, where they earned points for individual actions. As a team, colleagues consumed 21 meatless or vegan meals, saved 116 pounds of carbon dioxide and conserved 780 gallons of water.

On April 6, local organizations including Hillside Solutions, City Sprouts, MAPA, Metro transit, Omaha Permaculture and OPPD came together to talk about their programs and how higher education students across the Omaha area can take action and get involved.

Then on April 12, presenters Peter Pellerito from the UNMC Center for Healthy Living and Lauren Monroe-Neal of Prepped by Lauren offered a virtual cooking demonstration focused on eating healthy and sustainably.

The annual personal document shredding and electronic recycling event took place April 19-20. It collected:

  • 189 pounds of assorted media (VHS tapes, DVDs, CDs and floppy disks)
  • 3,727 pounds of electronic waste
  • 3,893 pounds of paper for shredding
  • 198 pounds of alkaline batteries (approximately 3,000 batteries)
  • 10 pounds of rechargeable/button batteries

That’s a total of 8,025 total pounds diverted from the landfill. That impact equates to approximately an estimated:  

  • 450 gallons of gasoline not consumed
  • 4,426 pounds of coal not burned
  • 4.7 acres of U.S. forests conserved in one year
  • 152 incandescent lamps switched to LEDs

People also donated:

  • $563 and a carload of food to the Maverick Food Pantry
  • 38 pairs of eyeglasses to the Truhlsen Eye Clinic
  • Three bags of pop tabs to Ronald McDonald House

The month ended with a tree planting to celebrate Arbor Day’s 150th Anniversary and the med center’s achievement of Tree Campus USA certification. A Ginkgo biloba tree was planted in the green space near 42nd and Farnam Streets.


Photo: A Ginkgo biloba tree was planted in the green space near 42nd and Farnam Streets to celebrate Arbor Day and the med center’s Tree Campus USA certification.

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