UAF Office of Sustainability Newsletter

Vol 8, May 2011

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 Friday June 3, 2011, by 5 p.m.

The guidelines for proposals can be found at Preference will be given to projects or programs which reduce UAF’s non-renewable energy consumption.

UAF Green Carpet Awards for Leadership in Sustainability

Chancellor Brian Rogers recognized three students this year for their efforts to encourage sustainability on campus. The Green Carpet Awards are given to dedicated and hardworking students who have been involved in changing the culture at UAF and advancing the cause of sustainability. It is students such as these three who are making a difference. Following the photo is a brief description on each selected student's efforts.

Heather Currey, though only a sophomore, is already a leader on campus. She is the chair of the board that oversees the sustainability fund, serves as the president of the Sustainable Campus Task Force and is a past ASUAF senator. She organized sustainability events on campus such as the Earth Day Fair, bike fest and Sustainable Living Conference. One of her special interests is increasing locals fresh foods on campus.

Ryan Good is a senior in Psychology and the current ASUAF Recycling Director, a position that he has held for two years. Ryan has helped to develop a campuswide program through daily communications with students, staff, and faculty. This year Ryan was successful in obtaining a RISE award to purchase energy efficiency devices for vending machines on campus. He is a committed individual who is always looking for ways to improve sustainability on campus.

Jessie Huff is working towards an Interdisciplinary B.S. degree in Renewable Energy for Alaska’s Rural Communities as well as currently working for the Office of Sustainability. She has worked on many sustainability projects this year but is most recognized for her work in developing a proposal for the first large scale solar PV projects on UAF’s campus. She also was successful in receiving funds for developing a carbon footprint and energy dashboard for over 20 buildings across campus. Her biggest talent is her ability to get broad scale participation in the projects she leads.

Bike to Work Fairbanks Program

Mayors Luke Hopkins, Terry Strle and Doug Isaacson have signed a proclamation declaring

May 17 –21 is BIKE TO WORK WEEK in the Fairbanks North Star Borough!

Bike to Work Week is a national event intended to incentivize biking as an alternative form of commute that burns calories rather than gas. The week’s events, prizes and local support will generate enthusiasm that will ideally carry over into the participants every day routine throughout the summer. These changes in individual habit translate into cost savings, air pollution reduction and a happier, healthier community.

Earn ONE CHANCE to win prizes FOR EACH ROUND TRIP bicycle commute during BIKE TO WORK WEEK. Entry is simple: Record your level of participation using the online form (coming soon). Prizes will be awarded the following week thanks to our generous sponsors.

NOTE: Only one prize per participant.Visit the site each time you participate, or tally at the end. Regardless, ALL ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY SUNDAY, MAY 23, 2010. Entries are limited to Sunday through Sunday, and assume a 5 day work week.

The coordinator is Laura illingsworth with Volunteers in Policing, or 388-9696.

Sustainability Grants Available

Western SARE is pleased to announce the release of the following Calls for Proposals:

  • Research and Education
  • Producer
  • Professional + Producer
  • Graduate Student
  • Professional Development

Details for each grant program can be found at Each description section links to the specific Call for Proposal and application process.

If you require a hard copy of any Call for Proposal, please call 435-797- 2257 .

Western Sustainable Ag Research and Education logo

Taking Charge and Powering Down

green arrow pointing downward

From April 1 to May 31, 2011, the UAF coal-fired boilers will be offline for maintenance. This eight-week period is expected to cost UAF more than $1 million in purchased electricity.

We are asking the campus community to work with us to identify ways to conserve energy during this time frame. You can make a difference by “Taking Charge and Powering Down” with some simple actions.

Let’s work together to do what we can to conserve energy and to make a difference, not just during these two months, but throughout the year. Download the flyer from our home page to post in your area as a reminder how you can make a difference.

UAF Sustainable Art Show

The Wood Center Mall turned into an art gallery in early April with the UAF Sustainability Art Show. Twenty-eight students from Professor Wendy Croskrey’s sculpture and 3D classes created fine works of art made from recycled materials.

The Best in Show winner, shown below, was Joel Isaak’s ‘Headdress’ created from firewood, beer and wine bottles, copper pile, tarp fabric, stove wire and potato stain.

Isaak's "Headdress"
Isaak's "Headdress." Photo by Brandon Drucker.

All of the pieces can be viewed online at .

The Office of Sustainability and student RISE Board partnered with the UAF Art Department to organize this exhibition.

Chancellor Approves Nine Sustainability Student Projects

Twice annually the Student RISE Board and Office of Sustainability accept proposals to support UAF’s sustainability initiatives. Preference is given to projects that invest in energy efficiency programs and renewable energy projects. RISE is an associated student board. The goal of the grant program is to endorse promising student ideas for a more sustainable future.

This spring, 9 student-led projects, totaling $128,140 were chosen. One of the projects enthusiastically supported was Glass Pulverizer. Glass recycling just started in December with UAF collecting over 10,000 pounds weekly. Crushed glass can be used on campus as an aggregate for use in concrete, fill material, traction control, as a decorative landscape material and mixed in potting mixes to replace sand.

Spring 2011 Sustainability Student Projects Funded

  • Glass Pulverizer $13,000
  • Fairbanks Local Shopping/Restaurant Guide $750
  • Student Generated Sustainability $300
  • UAF Student CSA Share Plan $9000
  • SCTF Initiative for Efficient Vending $295
  • Interactive Dashboard $84,000
  • Honor’s Program Energy Saving Sustainable Appliances $4145
  • Carbon Emissions Inventory $10,650
  • Phase 2: SRC Solar PV Project $5000

Funded projects can be viewed in more detail at

Sustainability Green Bike Program Kick Off

stack of bikes for program on campus

The Green Bike rental program kickoff was 10 a.m. April 23 at the Earth Day Fair events. One student was waiting since 7:30 a.m. just to be sure to get a bike. University Students may rent bikes for an extended period of time at no cost with verification of enrollment.

The Green Bike Program is a joint Office of Sustainability and Outdoors Adventures program funded through the student sustainability fee. For more information on the SIREN fee, visit our FAQs page.

For more information on the bike program, please visit the UAF Green Bikes Program webpage at or reach Outdoor Adventures at 907-474-6027, .

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