Contributing to UAF's Sustainability Program
There are a number of ways to contribute to making UAF a more sustainable campus. You can give the gift of your time and talents through volunteering. You can also help specific campus initiatives by donating to the UAF Sustainability fund. The fund will be used to support sustainability initiatives such as recycling, alternative energy, student grants, sustainable landscaping and local foods. Lastly, you can also give your two cents by sharing your ideas for making campus more sustainable.
Give the gift of your time
Volunteers are involved in several ways including:
- Provide feedback for new projects
- Work one-on-one with students involved in sustainability projects
- Help with developing event flyers and similar on-campus projects
Contact Michele Hèbert, Office of Sustainability Director, to learn about how you can get involved.
Funding Sustainability Initiatives
Recycling Initiative. This initiative supports the recycling effort for all waste on campus including glass, plastic, paper, food, electronics and aluminum. Funds received are used for supplies such as recycle dumpsters, bins, signage, educational flyers and the building of recycling transfer stations. This program also has an emphasis on developing ways to reduce and reuse.
RISE Award Fund Initiative. This initiative helps support a twice-annual grant program of the Student RISE Board and Office of Sustainability to fund innovative student projects. Projects must address issues and visions recommended in the document UAF Campus Sustainability: Recommendations from the Chancellor’s Sustainability Transitions Team, July 2008 . Issues include energy, transportation, purchasing, waste management, sustainable design, education and curriculum, food systems, social sustainability, and processes and institutions. Preference will be given to projects or programs which reduce UAF’s non-renewable energy consumption.
Alternative Energy Initiative. The University of Alaska Fairbanks has committed to energy conservation on campus. The 2008 UAF Campus Sustainability Report listed energy as the number one issue and recommended that UAF strive to become a leader in sustainable energy use and generation in the north. In 2010 students began working on a Solar PV Project on the Student Recreation Center. If supported by the student body, this will be the first large-scale renewable energy project on UAF’s campus. This fund will support this and other future alternative energy projects, which reduce the university's reliance on nonrenewable fuels.
ECO Art Show Initiative. In 2010,Sustainability Office students worked with Art Department faculty to develop the first annual sustainability art show. The goal of the program was to promote a recycled materials industry and create a venue for artists and inventors. The show was so well received the student sustainability board has made this a twice-yearly event. You can view pictures from the art show archives.
Sustainable Landscape and Local Food Initiative. This initiative focuses on developing a sustainable landscape and maintenance program that includes an attractive environment in balance with the local climate and native plants, requiring minimal resource inputs such as fertilizer, pesticides and water. There are short-term as well as long-term goals for a sustainable landscape. For example, a short-term goal may include rainwater catchment or composting. A long-term goal may be to create a more self-sustaining garden utilizing native plants. This includes all aspects of total plant health care, proper plant selection, reduced inputs and maintainability.