UAF Office of Sustainability Newsletter

Vol 5, February 2011

Recycling at the Blue and Gold


black plastic trash bin with sustainability logo

Students working for the Office of Sustainability craft recycling bins out of trash cans (made from recycled plastic) to save some money. Look for these bins soon in all UAF dorm buildings!


Recycling tip of the month:

HELP MAKE THE RECYCLING PROGRAM VIABLE BY FLATTENING ALL CARDBOARD BOXES. IT ONLY TAKES A MINUTE BUT HELPS A LOT! THANKS.

Master Gardener Class starts February 22, 2011

The Cooperative Extension Service will be offering its popular Master Gardener Class. The class consists of 40 hours of instruction on different areas of horticulture and pest management. The payback of volunteer time is set at 40 hours, which equals the hours of training received. You become a Master Gardener by attending 40 hours of the Master Gardener Class and then giving back 40 hours of volunteer time.

Some of the class topics include: botany, entomology, flower gardening,fruit and vegetable gardening, lawn care, organic gardening, pesticide use and safety, plant pathology, soils and fertilizers, tree and shrub care, and volunteerism. You can view the class schedule at the link provided. A fee is charged to cover the cost of the supplies and literature used in training. Class and registration information can be found at http://fairbanksmastergardenerclass.wikispaces.com/.

The 2011 class will be held February 22–April 5 every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. AND 6–9pm (except the week of March 21)at theUAF University Park Building, 1000 University Ave, Room 158.

If you are unable to attend the Master Gardener Class you can take it through an online correspondence course. For more information on the correspondence class visit www.uaf.edu/ces/mastergardeners/online/.

Funding available for student sustainability ideas

The RISE Board and Office of Sustainability are accepting proposals for the spring 2011 semester. The deadline for submission is March 1, 2011. The guidelines for proposals can be found at www.uaf.edu/sustainability/rise/currentproposals/.


Projects and programs must address the SIREN purpose of “investing in energy efficiency programs and renewable energy projects,” or address one of the 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.

Free Renewable Energy Class

ABS ALASKAN INC. TO OFFER FREE CLASSES IN RENEWABLE ENERGY AND NATIONAL ELECTRIC CODE®

Classes for Commercial and Residential Contractors, Homeowners and Interested Governmental/Private Sector Parties to Focus on Safety and Industry Best Practices

ABS Alaskan Inc. will be offering a series of classes covering various topics related to renewable energy with a focus on safety and code compliance. Specific technologies addressed will be solar electric (photovoltaic or PV), small wind and small hydro-electric systems. Renewable energy systems both ’on-grid’ and ‘off-grid’ will be addressed.

FAIRBANKS – 2130 Van Horn Road

For Commercial Interests:

Thursday February 3, 2011 - 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday February 9, 2011 - 9:00 a.m.

For Residential Interests:

Saturday February 5, 2011 - 9:00 a.m.

Thursday February 10, 2011 - 7:00 p.m.

For more information and to sign up for a class, please contact Nathan Stumpff at 907-452-2002 or via email: nathan@absak.com. For more information on ABS Alaskan Inc., please visit www.absak.com.

UAF Continues to Go Green

THE UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA NO LONGER SENDS OUT PAPER BILLING STATEMENTS.

An electronic bill will be generated for you on the 15th of each month and made available via UAOnline. An e-mail reminder will be sent to your UA-assigned e-mail address each time a new bill is generated. Every student who enrolls in UAF classes has an email address. if you do not know your UA generated address, we can help.

A link on the UAOnline Statement and Payment History page will take you to the page where you can pay with a credit card or electronic check. To view your electronic bill, go to UAOnline and choose Student from the main menu, then Student Account, then Statement and Payment History.

Contact the UAF Business Office at 907-474-7384 Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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