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Earth Week 2012 -- A year of livin' green

The UNMC LiveGreen initiative recently celebrated its first anniversary.

picture disc.As part of the initiative, which supports UNMC's goal to reduce energy consumption by 25 percent in five years, scores of UNMC employees:

  • Pledged to take energy efficient action at work;
  • Recycled used electronics last Earth Day;
  • Turned off unneeded lights as part of the "Flip the Switch" campaign; and
  • Learned about environmental issues in LiveGreen Scene sessions.

All of this helped UNMC:

  • Save or cost avoid almost $400,000 in energy expenditures;
  • Keep 1,357 metric tons of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. This is the equivalent of taking 266 cars of the road, not consuming 152,132 gallons of gasoline or the energy required to run 169 houses; and
  • Collect 2.3 tons of electronic material to be recycled.

"It's been an exciting first year for the UNMC LiveGreen initiative and the biggest reason for that is employee response," said UNMC LiveGreen director Melanie Stewart. "We have big plans and goals for the upcoming year and it should be fun to see what we accomplish going forward."

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Friday's events

Friday’s Earth Week events serve as the highlights of week's festivities at UNMC.

The first event -- a “Household Electronics Recycling and Household Confidential Paper Shredding Event” -- runs from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the west parking lot of The Recovery Room Bar & Grill at 4016 Leavenworth St.

Bring your old household electronic equipment and any old confidential papers you wish to shred to campus and drop them off. The electronic items and paper will be ecologically recycled. There is a small fee associated with each electronic item. See more online.

Friday at noon, the UNMC LINK-sponsored campus clean-up gets underway in the Ruth and Bill Scott Student Plaza.

To participate in the clean up, RSVP to unmclink@unmc.edu. Lunches will be provided to the first 25 people who register.