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Building a Sustainable Framework for Our Future

THE 2023 NU System Sustainability summit

Introducing the 2023 Sustainability Summit

The second annual NU System Sustainability Summit will bring together University of Nebraska sustainability leaders and stakeholders to share with and listen to one another—in the hopes of prompting growth and understanding in our sustainable initiatives and visions.

This annual gathering elevates effective, efficient, economic, equitable, and responsible use of our resources in order to meet our current needs—while considering the long-term implications of our choices on future generations.

"At the University of Nebraska, we've articulated a vision for sustainability built on the common-sense beliefs and values of the people of our state. We are proud to work together with students, faculty, and staff and all Nebraskans to be the best possible stewards of the resources entrusted to us. I'm especially grateful for the leadership, vision and engagement our students have brought to this work."

Ted Carter
President, University of Nebraska System

Sustainability Summit Event Information

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

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1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center

University of Nebraska at Omaha

Keynote Speaker: Verdis Group's Craig Moody

The summit’s keynote speaker will be Craig Moody, managing partner of Verdis Group. Based in Omaha, Nebraska, Verdis Group provides customized, long-term climate action plans and regenerative environmental consulting. Moody holds an MBA from the University of South Dakota and serves on the board of directors for the Omaha Public Power District and other Omaha-area organizations.

More about Craig Moody

Questions about the 2023 Sustainability Summit?

Concurrent Session Tracks:

  • Welcome Session
  • Keynote Sessions
  • Morning Speed Sessions
  • Afternoon Speed Sessions
  • Workshops

1:00 PM

Welcome and Remarks

Chris Kabourek, Chief Sustainability Officer, University of Nebraska System
Joanne Li, Chancellor, University of Nebraska at Omaha

1:35 PM

Keynote: Building a More Resilient Future

Craig Moody, Managing Partner, Verdis Group

2:20 PM


2:35 PM

Small Group Breakout Session - Option A: "Recycling the Un-recyclable in Omaha, NE."

2:35 PM

Small Group Breakout Session - Option B: "Diverting Waste to Ensure a Healthy Community."

3:05 PM


3:15 PM

Small Group Breakout Session - Option A: "Creating Omaha's First Climate Action Plan"

3:15 PM

Small Group Breakout Session - Option B: "Fusing Agriculture and Technology to Promote Sustainability"

3:45 PM


3:50 PM

Closing Remarks

Chris Kabourek, Chief Sustainability Officer, University of Nebraska System

President's Sustainability Council

"Whether it's through agricultural research that helps conserve our land and water resources, or designing energy-efficient buildings that keep our costs down, we're working hard across campuses to build a more sustainable future. One of our highest goals is to be responsible and transparent about how we use our resources. All Nebraskans deserve a voice in that effort."

Chris Kabourek
Chief Sustainability Officer, University of Nebraska System

The purpose of the President's Sustainability Council is to:

  • Develop a Sustainability Comprehensive Plan - a priority in the University of Nebraska System's Five-Year Strategy - in connection with relevant international standards and
  • Provide ongoing strategic recommendations to the President related to the environment and social responsibility

The Council produced a plan that was approved and released in April 2023.

Sustainability on Our Campuses

Learn more about sustainability efforts across the University of Nebraska System.

University of Nebraska at Kearney

Sustainability at UNK

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Sustainability at UNL

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University of Nebraska Medical Center

Sustainability at UNMC
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University of Nebraska at Omaha

Sustainability at UNO


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