Welcome to the official website of the UAF Office of Sustainability.

We are working to create a campus wide network and engage the community in a sustainable future. Stop by, call or e-mail us to get involved today!

UAF is Listed as One of the Top 50 Greenest Universities in America!

Read the article here. 

Plastics Recycling

UAF is no longer to accept plastics for recycling at this time. K & K Recycling, the company that processes recycling for UAF, has stopped accepting plastic. The company has stated that they cannot handle the volume of plastics recycling produced in the Fairbanks area.  

Until a solution can be found there is an option for those that wish to recycle some plastics. The Fairbanks Rescue Mission has a limited plastic recycling program and can accept No. 1 and No. 2 plastics that have been cleaned. No. 1 and No. 2 plastics include soda/water bottles, milk jugs, some juice containers and laundry detergent bottles. 
Here at UAF we are still able to accept aluminum, glass, cardboard, paper and tin. Plastic bins are being pulled across campus; please do not place your plastics in other bins! Plastic bins that are part of all-in-one units are still in place and the contents are being weighed for tracking only. These bins are labeled with signage explaining the situation. We hope to have a solution soon. Thank you!  

Project Green Challenge

Each year, Teens Turning Green hosts Project Green Challenge (PGC) during the month of October. In its first three years, PGC has engaged over 10,000 students in all 50 states and 45 countries with simple, fun and relevant daily challenges. The program is free, it’s a great way to learn how to cultivate a healthy and just planet, and participants are eligible to win fabulous eco prizes each day. As a part of this year’s Challenge, we are offering:

  • Up to 20 Eco Prize packages awarded to the best submissions daily
  • A chance to win the Eco Trip of your dreams
  • A Grand Prize package valued at over $12,000 (including $5000 in PGC prize money)

For more information click here.

To sign up click here.

UAF students claim contest win with apps

Screenshot of winning app

Fairbanks Daily News Miner

Read the article here.

UAF is developing its first ever Sustainability Master Plan (SMP)!

UAF is starting the process of developing its first ever Sustainability Master Plan (SMP). The SMP will outline a detailed path for sustainability goals, strategies, action steps, and ways to measure progress across a variety of topic areas.  To find out more go to the Sustainailbity Master Plan page, and Join the SMP Discussion. We are looking for input from anyone who is interested in sustainability.

Save the UAF Greenhouse Petition!

Stop the sale of the Facilities Services Greenhouse to outside parties by signing the petition.

Due to budget cuts and a deficit estimated at 12-14 Million USD, UAF has decided to discontinue its use of the Facilities Services Greenhouse in favor of selling it at auction and using its former footprint as a staging area for the upcoming powerplant renovation. Instead, due to its considerably greater value outside of the standard economic model, we propose to relocate it within the campus to increase student access to locally-grown produce and educational opportunities.

Here is the link to the petition if you think saving the UAF Greenhouse is a good idea:


R.I.S.E. Board now accepting applications for student representatives. Apply now to have a voice in how your $20 / semester sustainability fee is spent!

View & compare real-time energy & water use information of buildings across campus. How does YOUR building measure up? Click on the image to the left to check out the Energy Dashboard.    

Are you interested in growing your own food, but don't have the space? Do you want to have a garden of your own, but need a little guidance to get started? Check out the UAF Campus Community Garden

Don't forget to take the Sustainability Pledge!

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