Contributing to UAF's Sustainability Program
There are a number of ways to contribute to making UAF a more sustainable campus.
You can donate 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.
Sponsor a Solar Panel - Partner with Students
With your generous donation to the UAF Giving Green Fund you will be partnering with students to support their latest initiative — installing solar panels on the new UAF power plant to reduce our carbon footprint.
In 2010, a student-initiated annual fee of $40 per student was created to support the Student Sustainability Fund. In 2009 a student-initiated annual fee of $40 per student was created to support sustainability at UAF. This money has been used to fund 87 student-selected projects. More than 70 percent of these funds have been spent on projects focused on energy efficiency and renewable energy. In 2014, students funded the installation of LED lighting in the UAF CTC Barnette parking garage, resulting in an average savings of $2,500 per month.
The figures below are general pricing estimates for our current solar panel initiative. After you select the “Give Green” button you will be taken to the UAF giving page where you may choose an amount you would like to donate. Choose “other” under “gift designation” and type “Giving Green Fund.” All donations are tax deductible and you will receive a 501c3 donation receipt from the University of Alaska Foundation. If you have questions about donating, please email Michele Mouton at firstname.lastname@example.org
|1/10 Solar Panel||$25|
|1/2 Solar Panel||$125|
|Whole Solar Panel||$250|
|Two Solar Panels||$500|
|One Solar Panel w/ Installation||$1,000|
Give the gift of your time
Volunteers are involved in several ways including:
- Help put away items at the UAF FreeStore
- Work one-on-one with students involved in sustainability projects
- Assist in other ways with our programs, projects and events
Contact Michele Mouton, 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.