University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)


Challenge Commitment
6.5Million Square Feet
Goals Progress
20%Reduction in Energy Intensity10%Cumulative (vs. Baseline)
10%Reduction in Water Intensity

The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) is one of the four campuses of the University of Nebraska and the only publicly supported health sciences center in the state of Nebraska.  Founded in 1881 as the Omaha Medical College, the college became affiliated with the University of Nebraska in 1902. UNMC, with its clinical partner Nebraska Medicine, is committed to enhancing the quality of life for everyone through cutting edge research, education and world class health care.  Situated on 165 acres in Omaha, NE with an enrollment of 3,790 students, nearly half of Nebraska’s physicians, dental professionals, pharmacists, bachelor-prepared nurses and allied health professionals have graduated from UNMC. 

In addition to their Better Buildings Challenge goal, UNMC has also committed to reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions 30% by the end of 2023 and achieve climate neutrality (zero net emissions) by 2050. UNMC maintains similar goals for improvements in recycling, waste reduction, transportation and parking. UNMC has already reduced annual building energy consumption and annual peak electricity demand 25% between 2010 and 2015.