Graduate Student Handbook

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Go Green


  • Sales and Events Manager - Jacki Loomis:,  121a HARH, EC 0961   Phone: 402-472-7550

Environmental stewardship, preservation, and sustainability are important in SNR. We participate in recycling and energy conservation programs.


Unwanted equipment, books, etc., are to be reused within the department whenever possible. If we cannot find a new use and the item was purchased with University funds, it must be sent to Inventory. Complete the Surplus Equipment Pickup form, and send to Inventory Coordinator.


Recyclables are collected in Hardin Hall, Recycle bins are serviced on an as-needed-basis. The collection locations are:

1st Floor Lobbies North and South
2nd Floor Lobby North and South
138 Dock Area
9th Floor Lobby

Self-Serve Recycle bins are located in the Tower floors 3-9 and in the graduate student areas in the 2nd floor north and the Tower basement.

We do single-stream recycling; meaning, all recyclables we collect may go in the same container. We collect non-food paper products, non-food plastics (plastic drink bottles are acceptable, but not plastic food wrapping), glass bottles, and metals (aluminum, tin, and steel cans). No Styrofoam.

Corrugated cardboard boxes should not be put in the SNR Recycling Bins. Write "Trash" on them and set them in the hallway for Custodial Staff to pick-up and take to the outside cardboard recycling bin or take them directly to that outside bin yourself.

Contact the Sales and Events Manager with questions.


SNR makes every effort to reduce consumables and waste. We use print-on-demand printing to generate all letterhead and envelopes.

Energy Conservation

Within Hardin Hall, SNR has worked with Facilities to reduce energy usage by removing one light bulb from each overhead light. Occupants in the tower have agreed to use only the "after hours" mode for day-to-day lighting, which reduces the number of overhead lights that are in use.

Occupancy sensors were installed in Hardin Hall in 2009, with additional sensors being installed in 2010. Occupancy sensors are located in tower offices, conference rooms, lobbies, and labs with fume hoods. These sensors control the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) and lighting for each room. Lighting for offices is optional, based on whether the occupant turns on the lights when he/she enters the room. Because the conference rooms have dimmer switches for lighting during presentations, the occupancy sensors were set to control only the HVAC system, so lighting in conference rooms continues to be controlled manually. Most rooms are set on a 10 minute timer, but lobbies and tower restrooms are set at 5 minutes. After 5 or 10 minutes of motion not being detected, the HVAC and lights, if set, will be turned off. When the occupant returns, the HVAC system and lights will turn on. Generally, HVAC sensors recover costs in 3 years and light sensors in 5 years.

SNR employees have the opportunity to participate in the energy conservation program by turning off their computer at night. This is not an option for employees who use remote access to connect to their work computer outside of regular work hours.