UAF Sustainability Mission Statement
UAF will strive to be a model of environmental stewardship and social justice by incorporating the ideals of sustainability into every facet of campus life providing a safe, healthy and sustainable environment for students, faculty and staff to work, play and live.
The University of Alaska Fairbanks will take into account the nine focus areas set forth by the Chancellor’s Sustainability Transition Team in order to strive for a zero waste, zero CO2 environmentally aware community.
The time is now, and you have a role to play; please do your part in making this campus community into a better place, because after all, it’s YOUR community, too.
In 2008, Chancellor Brian Rogers had the insight to enact a thorough investigation of UAF’s state regarding sustainability. The transition team was created with the expressed goal of creating a framework for a Plan for Sustainability that will continue the development necessary to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability to meet the needs of the future.
The final report, UAF Campus Sustainability Transition Team Final Report, was published in July of 2008, providing long term goals in nine areas as well as basic ideas on how to start making a difference in each area. The nine areas are: Energy, Transportation, Purchasing, Waste Management, Sustainable Building, Sustainable Education and Curriculum, Food Systems, and Institutions.
The Over-Arching Sustainability Goals of UAF
Become a leader in sustainable energy use and generation in the north by reducing our CO2 Emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 and creating the infrastructure to be CO2 Free (0 net carbon emissions) by 2060.
Provide sustainable transportation systems for students, faculty members and staff by increasing fuel efficiency, reducing emissions of the intra-campus transportation system with a long term goal of no net carbon emissions. Transform UAF from a car-dependent commuter campus into a more compact and environmentally friendly, live-work community.
Education and Curriculum
Make UAF a global leader in education, research, and dissemination of information on sustainability, as well as a community leader in outreach, especially focusing on younger generations.
Change purchasing habits by pursuing environmentally and socially preferable products whenever possible, made easier by a set of clear guidelines as well as a list of resources that support a sustainable work style (a jump start list was created by the Transition Team in 2008).
Reduce waste on campus with the ultimate goal of a net zero waste campus, which can be accomplished through repurposing/recycling as well as composting organic matter and reducing dependance on disposables.
Create superior places to work, study and live that enhance the health of building occupants and are environmentally responsible. Minimize the use of resources while reducing impacts on human health and the environment. Strive to meet the US Department of Energy’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ as much as applicable to building in sub-arctic conditions.
Reduce the environmental and social impact of UAF’s food supply and dining services by increasing awareness of the impacts of food production, reducing the energy-intensity of our campus food supply, reducing food waste and supporting the local and state economy by purchasing Alaska-grown foods.
This area is very complicated and somewhat open ended. It was proposed that a separate committee be formed to discuss this topic in greater detail. UAF will work on outreach as well as focusing heavily on spreading information regarding social sustainability, particularly in regards to ramifications of consumerism.
Processes and Institutions
Establish a permanent sustainability committee and office. Create new as well as revise existing administrative and governance institutions and processes to make environmental sustainability a fundamental consideration in decision-making.