Do you seek a different style of on-campus life? Do you want to know how to grow your own food? Are you excited about monitoring and reducing your energy consumption? Are you aware of your personal carbon footprint? If you answered yes to these questions, consider applying for residency for the 2014-2015 academic year at the UAF Sustainable Village!
“A dynamic and evolving community at the University of Alaska Fairbanks – committed to the tenets of sustainability – demonstrating what can be achieved to ensure an enduring future for the people of the circumpolar north.” (Jack Hebert, CEO CCHRC).
The UAF Sustainable Village will be a demonstration for environmentally sustainable technologies in a residential setting and provide hands-on experiential learning opportunities. Students will collect and disseminate information about sustainable building techniques and help others live in a more sustainable ways. To achieve its mission the village will:
Provide a safe living environment involving students in a sustainable building and community approach to living.
Create a living laboratory for students and faculty to conduct experiments with sustainable design, alternative energy sources, new technologies, and ways of living.
Serve as a location to provide outreach to the public by providing tours of the house and monitoring its energy use.
Create a “home” and enhance sense of identity for UAF students involved in environmental or sustainability programs.
Provide a location for workshops, seminars, and demonstrations on how to live and play sustainably.
The UAF Sustainable Village is located on the UAF lower campus, east and adjacent to the Cold Climate Housing Research Center, which is located at 1000 Fairbanks Street. See a map of the location here.
This is a new program and we are looking for highly motivated and committed students to be the pioneers of this program. These are general guidelines and may not be inclusive of all requirements. We reserve the right to add additional requirements as the project develops.
I will minimize the waste I generate by using or making available to others for reuse items I no longer need, and by recycling as much as can be done properly (mixed paper, plastic, glass, food waste, batteries etc.).
I will promote indoor air quality and limit environmental degradation by using "green" cleaning supplies (www.goodguide.com).
I will consume local and/or organic produce whenever possible.
I will reduce my personal carbon footprint by carpooling and using alternative transportation and mass transit whenever possible.
I will conserve water and energy (electricity and heat).
I will participate in the studies and experiments ongoing within the Village, such as the energy and water market (see below for description of energy and water market). The UAF bookstore will be asked to order clothes drying racks upon request.
I will enroll in the Sustainable Living Seminar during my first semester living in the Village.
I will participate in mandatory community meetings (could be weekly or bi-weekly).
I will participate in one of the community committees and complete an annual service-learning component (see list of potential committee and service learning opportunities below).
I understand that violating UAF and Residence Life policies and procedures and the UAF Sustainable Village Agreement could result in penalties, sanctions and relocation from the Sustainability Village or loss of housing eligibility.
Please follow the UAF Residence Life housing application process, which can be found on the Residence Life Homepage. Indicate that you want to live in the Sustainable Village on these forms. Residents of the Sustainable Village will not have to be on the UAF Meal Plan. Semester residency is $2,840).
Selection is based on application and an interview with the Sustainable Village Committee. Sustainable Village residents will be active participants in the development of the project’s goals and objectives.
Be prepared to join and participate in this evolving community. You will have your own bedroom, live in a home with 4 people total. Each home has one shared bathroom. There are a total of four homes in the Village; each has the same configuration as yours.
You will be expected to participate in community activities such as house meetings, Village meetings, a community garden, community rideshare, and other sustainability programs. The details of these expectations are explained in the Sustainable Village Agreement document that is part of the application packet. Be prepared to reflect on and talk about your experiences; be open to change.