UAF Office of Sustainability Newsletter

Vol 13, April–June 2012

Learn to install Solar Photovoltaic Panels

UAF CTC will be offering TTCH 282: Solar Photovolatic Design and Installation, a 4 credit course, beginning June 4, 2012 and ending July 19. The course will be offered Wednesday and Friday nights from 5:30–9:30 p.m. Dayne Ellanna will be the instructor.

Please register online; class space is limited! For information, contact Michele Hebert at or call 907-388-6085.

Recycling Tip

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

You can now recycle old clothes at UAF! 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.

Second Water Bottle Filling Station Installed at UAF

Water bottle filling stations are becoming a popular trend at UAF. During the summer of 2011, the first water bottle filling station was set up in Wood Center. That fall another was installed in the MBS complex. Monitors track how much water is used and how many plastic bottles are “saved.”

Students worked with plumbers from Facilities Services to design the systems. The stations have activated charcoal filtration to ensure that the water tastes good and is free of pollutants.

The largest benefit to UAF is the lower amount of plastic bottles being used. “If the program continues to be a success, students hope to eventually have stations spread across campus and have access to clean drinking water everywhere,” says student Sambit Misra.

photo of water bottle filling station at UAF

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, organizations and businesses can adopt a dumpster for $1000.

Donor names will be displayed on the fronts of the bins. So far, we have received seven donations to support the program. If you are interested in contributing, contact Michele Hebert at or 907-388-6085.

photo of orange glass only dumpsters for recycling

Keep up the great work, UAF recyclers!

The first annual Christmas tree round-up at UAF brought in 200+ trees. Thanks for your participation, and keep this on your radar for next holiday season. Recycling totals for January 2012 at UAF are below.

Cardboard/paper: 78,200 lbs (39.1tons)
Plastic: 10,580 lbs (5.2tons)
Glass: 35,320 lbs (17.6tons)
Tin: 1,320 lbs
Aluminum: 2,040 lbs
TOTAL = 125,980 lbs (62.9 tons) of material

Funding available for student sustainability ideas

The RISE Board and Office of Sustainability are accepting proposals for the Summer 2012 semester. The timeline is as follows:

a. RFP announcement: April 11, 2012

b. Proposal presentations/writing workshop: May 16, 2012

c. Submission deadline: June 6, 2012

Please review the guidelines for proposals. Preference will be given to projects or programs which reduce UAF’s non-renewable energy consumption.

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

Green Talk TV

The Sustainability Office is now on television! Filming for Green Talk TV started in February, with episodes scheduled to begin airing in April on KSUA TV. Shows will focus on UAF Sustainability topics such as recycling, energy, food systems, student projects, and more. Guests from UAF and the community will be on to share their knowledge and expertise.

UAF Sustainability Art Show

Watch for more details coming about the 2012 Spring Sustainability Art Show! Students, start creating artwork from recycled materials to be exhibited. The Office of Sustainability, student RISE Board and UAF Art Department partner to bring you this bi-annual exhibition. Click to find out more and see past entries.

Learn to grow your own mushrooms

Interested in growing mushrooms for commercial production in your own backyard? Come learn from expert Glenn Coville of Craftsbury, Vermont. Coville was born and raised in Ketchikan and now runs Wild Branch Valley Farm in Vermont, where he grows a large variety of specialty mushrooms and mushroom products, including spawn, and a line of medicinal mushroom teas, mixed vegetables, flowers and grass-fed beef.

The workshop will begin with a short presentation on Coville’s commercial mushroom operation followed by a hands-on segment on cultivating mushrooms in straw. The workshop will be held March 13, 2012 at the Princess Riverside Lodge from 1:00-4:30 pm. The cost of the workshop is $35. To register or to find out more information visit, call 907-474-2422 or e-mail Taylor Maida at

Looking to tune up your Green Bike?

The Green Bike Program is holding office hours every week, accepting walk-ins to teach folks how to maintain and tune up their bicycles. If you have a problem, question, or just want to learn a few tricks of the trade, do not hesitate to come by. Office hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at the Outdoor Adventures office located in the Wood Center.

Tools are also available during all normal Outdoor Adventures hours, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Visit the Green Bike website for more details or e-mail the program at

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