UAF Office of Sustainability Newsletter

Vol 2, November 2010

Recycling at the Blue and Gold

student recycling plastics in front of Wood Center
Recycling at UAF now includes paper, plastics, and more. UAF photo by Maureen McCombs.

A total of 25,100 pounds of mixed paper and 1,360 pounds of plastics were diverted from the Landfill for the month of October.   Thanks for all your efforts. Every person should have an individual blue bin for paper recycling under their desk if there is room.   If you need a bin, stop by the ASUAF office to pick one up or send an email request to  

An Agreement Partnership was signed with Interior Green Star to develop a program for electronic recycling.  The Office of Sustainability is working with Interior Green Star Executive Director Andrea Miller to develop a partnership to look at community-wide generation of electronics and how UAF can work together to increase the amount recycled and reused.

First Sustainability ECO Art Show was October 28-29

giraffe art made of recycled materials on display in Wood Center

Jasmyne Johnson's Giraffe American, made from recycled soda cans at UAF and discarded shelf hangers from the UAF Bookstore.

UAF photo by Brandon Drucker.

Sustainability Office Student Sam Mirma worked with Wendy Croskrey from the Art Department to develop the first annual sustainability ECO art show. More pieces from the show can be viewed online at either the UAF Sustainability facebook page or

2011 Theme Contest

green arrows recycling logo

Create a new theme for UAF Sustainability and win UAF Apparel!

The Office of Sustainability is holding a contest to determine the 2011 sustainability theme for UAF.  A theme example could be Reduce, Reuse, Recycle - but we're looking for some originality and creativity.  If you have an idea, please submit it online by December 3. 

image of Student Recreation Center with solar panels
A sketch of what SRC might look like with solar panels. Photo by Jessie Huff.

Solar panels on SRC Project

The ASUAF RISE board has received a proposal to install a 30kW Solar PV system on either the wall or roof (or both) of the Student Recreation Center. They are gathering the public and student body opinion before committing the Student Initiative for Renewable Energy Now (SIREN) funds to the project. The survey and additional information about the project can be found online at:

Green Tips of the month:

Thanksgiving pilgrim image

How to make your Thanksgiving Greener

Here are three ways that you can make your Thanksgiving greener:

1)     Think local when shopping for food. Buying local not only helps you enjoy fresh vegetables, but it also supports the local agriculture community. Alaska foods you can find this time of year include Alaska potatoes, carrots, onions, cabbage, milk, meats, fish and cheese. The Home Grown Market, specializes in Alaska foods.

2)     Recycling can be a group activity. Have clearly marked containers for glass, plastic, aluminum and compost. Ask your family and guest to pitch in.

3)     Set the table with china and cloth napkins. If you must use disposables, choose biodegradables. Fill the dishwasher to capacity before running to save water and energy.

Funding Opportunity:

The RISE Board and Office of Sustainability received 20 proposals for fall 2010. Proposals are currently under review.  Additional opportunities for funding will be announed in spring 2011.  

Sustainable Student of the Month

picture of Sambit Misra
Sambit Misra. Photo by Don Derosier.

Sambit Misra was born in Minneapolis Minnesota but has been living in Alaska for the past 9 years. He went to West Valley High school and graduated with honors and then chose to come to the University of Alaska Fairbanks to finish his degree. He has been working with the Office of Sustainability since July and has many projects and aspirations that he would like to see fulfilled. One of them is making sure the water is drinkable on campus. He most recently proctored an art show called Art Show Eco that was displayed in the Wood Center and was so well received that it may be displayed all over Fairbanks.

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