Academy of Sustainable Environments & Renewable Energy




Academy of Sustainable Environments & Renewable Resources

2018 dates TBD


This academy focuses on the growing need to promote green building practices, technologies, policies and standards to build an environmentally responsible, economically profitable, and healthy future for the region.  The 2017 academy will feature a theme of biomimicry.  

Students will experience interactive workshops, hands-on demonstrations in our state-of-the-art labs, and tours of high performance buildings.  The final day of the academy will feature a panel session in which experts from the leading sustainable companies and organizations will share their expertise, personal experiences and answer questions along with a student competition.  Students will leave with a better understanding of biomimicry and how it fits into sustainability and is applied in the real world as well as what career opportunities they can pursue.

During this four day academy, students will stay in UNO residence halls with meals provided as well as extracurricular activities such as movie night and bowling.  This year's academy is limited to 40 participants.  High school students are selected based upon academic achievement as well as extracurricular involvement and leadership experience.   

In addition to completing an online application, the following items will also need to be submitted:

The application is closed for 2017

In addition to submitting an online applications, students must also submit a Recommendation Form and an Academic Verification Form.

Fees and Deposit Information

There is a $10.00 nonrefundable administration fee plus a $40.00 deposit to register. 

Cancellation requests must be sent in writing to by June 15, 2017.  Cancellation requests after this deadline will forfeit their deposits.

Tuition Assistance Information

A limited amount of tuition assistance is available for this academy.  Parents should register and pay the $10.00 adminstration fee followed by a letter submitted to exlaining the need for assistance.  No financial disclosures are necessary.  You will be notified if your student was selected for tuition assistance.  If a student is not awarded the tuition assistance, you may:

1.  Pay the balance due, or

2.  Cancel the camp and the deposit and any payment paid towards the camp will be reimbursed.  

This academy would not be possible without the financial support of the Peter Kiewit Institue and Omaha Public Power District.  Special thanks to UNO's Office of Sustainability and the Center for Urban Sustainability.

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For additional information please contact the event coordinator, Leah Ellis at 402.554.2158 or