UAF Office of Sustainability Newsletter

Vol 12, January–March 2012

photo of first place winner for sustainable art show 2011, piece named peacock
Jeannine Haney, "Peacock"

UAF Sustainability Art Show

Wood Center turned into a recycle art gallery in December with the third UAF Sustainability Art Show. Over twenty students from Professor Wendy Croskrey’s sculpture and 3D classes created fine works of art made from recycled materials. The Best in Show winner was by Jeannine Haney for "Peacock." The piece was a combination of recycled bronze, aluminum cans and glass. The Office of Sustainability and student RISE Board partnered with the UAF Art Department to organize this exhibition.

Recycling Tip

sign warning please remove all labels from cans or cans will not be recycled

Help make UAF’s recycling center a success.

Be sure to remove all paper and plastic labels from food cans before recycling.

More paper can be put in the cardboard dumpsters if all boxes are flattened.

Adopt a dumpster program

Initiating a recycling program, even with used equipment, costs a lot. To help provide supporting funds, an "adopt a dumpster" program was created. Individuals, organization and businesses can adopt a dumpster for $1000. Their name will be displayed on the front. So far we have received seven donations to support the program. If you are interested, contact Michele Hebert at mahebert@alaska.edu or 907-388-6085.

photo of orange glass only dumpsters for recycling

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 isFebruary 29 by 5 p.m.

The guidelines for proposals can be found at www.uaf.edu/sustainability/rise/currentproposals/. Preference will be given to projects or programs proposing to reduce UAF’s non-renewable energy consumption.

Master Gardener Class starts February 20, 2012

Update: The Spring class is FULL.

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 www.uaf.edu/ces/districts/tanana/mg/.

The 2012 class will be held February 20–April 11 every Monday and Wednesday from 6-9 pm. The classes will be held in the Tanana District Offices conference room, 724 27th Ave., Suites 2 and 3  (on the back side of the Food Bank).

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

2012 Theme Contest

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

The Office of Sustainability is holding a contest to determine the 2012 sustainability theme for UAF. An example could be Reduce, Reuse, Recycle –but we're looking for some originality and creativity. If you have an idea, please submit a theme online by March 1.

definition of word sustainable: capable of being continued with minimal long term effect on the environment

Intro to Sustainable Energy Course

The UAF Bristol Bay Campus will be offering ENVI 220: Intro to Sustainable Energy, a 3-credit, 100 percent online course beginning Jan. 19, 2012. Some scholarships are available and registration is now open. 

This course focuses on energy use and production in society. Problems discussed are mainly related to the extent of the sustainability of current practices. The emphasis of the course is on solutions, which revolve around energy efficiency and specific renewable energy technologies. Call 907-842-5109 to register.

Clothing Recycling Bin Added on Campus

You can now recycle clothing on campus. A new dumpster has been added to the UAF recycling center in the Nenana Parking lot. The bright blue dumpster was provided by the Fairbanks Resource Agency. Visit the Office of Sustainability website for more information about recycling on campus.

photo of blue clothing recycling bins on UAF campus

Wanted: UAF Recycling and Zero Waste Committee Members

The Office of Sustainability is looking for recycling enthusiasts to serve on the UAF Recycling and Zero Waste Committee. The committee meets weekly on Tuesdays from 5 p.m.–6 p.m. We are looking for motivated individuals to help UAF reduce waste on campus now and work towards a zero waste campus. Our long-term environmental sustainability vision includes purchasing and using renewable and recycled materials.

“What would it take for UAF to be a Zero Waste campus? We would have to analyze our waste stream -- trash, used equipment and vehicles, coal ash, etc. -- and then determine what to do with each component. Institution-wide would be challenging, but we could start with the Fairbanks campus. Wouldn't this be an exciting project?” --Chancellor Rogers

The recycling committee is currently focusing on designing a program to get broad participation in paper recycling. If you are interested, contact Ruby Bynum, rabynum@alaska.edu. You can also check us out on Facebook. –UAF Recycling and Zero Waste Committee.

NEEDED: Faculty Interested in Sustainability

The Office of Sustainability is seeking applications from faculty interested in serving on the RISE Board, aka UAF Campus Sustainability Board. The RISE Board is a group of dedicated and passionate individuals contributing to making UAF a more sustainable campus. A detailed explanation of the board and its activities is at www.uaf.edu/sustainability/rise/.

Interested individuals should submit via e-mail a RISE Board Application Form or letter of interest to Michele Hebert, mahebert@alaska.edu, Director for the Office of Sustainability. Please direct questions to Michele Hebert. Applications are due by February 1, 2012.

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