The Associated Students of the University of Nevada or ASUN created the University Sustainability Committee in 2008 with a focus of creating a more sustainable campus. According to the Nevada Sagebrush (University of Nevada, Reno student newspaper) this year “ASUN President Caden Fabbi allocated $10,000 to the new Sustainable Nevada Initiative Fund, an environmental grant program through which students can propose projects that promote campus sustainability” and hosted their first Green Week September 10, 2015 – September 17, 2015 where ASUN bought a “Water Monster”, a sustainable outdoor water tank that holds 125 gallons, eliminating the use of 1,000 plastic bottles. ASUN plans to ban plastic bottles at the campus, and further efforts from the University Sustainability Committee will promote ASUN’s promise of campus sustainability.
The sustainability coordinator at University of Nevada, John Sagebiel focused the campus on the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s (AASHE) STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System) program, which as stated on the STARS website “is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance”. The University of Nevada and ASUN have the intent of empowering their faculty, staff, and students to use sustainable practices and effective performance measures. This can be done at the university through constant information sharing in the Nevada higher education system, more education on sustainability and the impact on the earth, and creating incentives for university employees and students to share in the success of sustainability.
There are current attempts to craft a campus club oriented on sustainability and the campus environment, and that will be able to work with ASUN and the University Sustainability Committee towards more sustainable goals. The University’s Sustainable Nevada Initiative Fund or SNIF initiative will support creative ideas from all disciplines that possess the most chance for positive realization throughout the campus. Projects and plans, along with clubs promoting sustainability will be funded by this university grant, and as Ryan Suppe, ASUN director of campus and public relations stated, “The ultimate goal is saving the earth.”