Consumer Energy Code Resources

The Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC) and Cold Climate Housing Research Center partnered with the Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP) to create energy efficiency consumer materials and we would like to share them with you. These are helpful resources as energy efficient homes reduce energy demand, save consumers money, improve comfort, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  These resources support the broader goal of sustainability and decreasing resource consumption through efficient homes.
The first resource is an energy code checklist that can be brought through a new home (or large renovation) to help ensure consumers receive efficient homes, which, as you know, is important in Alaska’s climate.  The checklist has an accompanying guide that provides more details and photos. These materials are housed within the new consumer portal:


UAA Sustainability Club


The purpose of the club is bring students together for social events and projects to promote sustainability at UAA and in the local community.

Click here to visit the clubs Facebook Page


Click the photo to download a copy of the recycling guide!

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Top 20 actions

Small actions make a big difference. Pick a couple below to get started

1. Buy only when you need it, not when you want it!
2. Turn off lights,TV,radio, Wii, and coffee maker each time you leave the room.
3. Take the PeopleMover (FREE with your Wolfcard) 1 day per week or more instead of driving your   car.
4. Walk, ride your bike, or take the Seawolf shuttle to main campus.
5. Sign up for UAA’s ride sharing program “ZimRide”. Click here.
6. Join UAA’s car cooperative. “Connect by Hertz”.
7. Use a reusable coffee mug and get a 10¢ discount on campus!
8. Drink from the water fountain or tap to reduce plastic bottle waste and use a reusable water bottle.
9. Purchase furniture, clothing, school supplies and books through Craig’s List Anchorage.
10.Buy 100% recycled paper and print double-sided. (Available at Costco & Office Max)
11. Buy 100% biodegradable and non-toxic cleaning products and toiletries. Click here
12. Use energy efficient light bulbs in your  room. (CFL’s MUST BE RECYCLED)
13. Plug anything that has a display light or a power adapter/converter into a power strip and turn it off when you are not using it.
14. Eat meat-free meals at least once a week. For your health and the planet.
15. Buy local and in season food whenever possible. (Check out the UC in the summer and fall for the farmers market)
16. Ask for local, organic and fair trade food on campus.
17. Bring your own cutlery/chopsticks/cup/tupperware to UAA.
18. Join the UAA Sustainability Club. Click here for more information.
19. Support local businesses and US made products.
20. Wash your clothes in cold water.

 Don’t forget to share what you learn with family and friends.

Click here to download "Green Living: Incorporating Sustainability Into Your Residential Hall Experience"

Share-A-Ride Program


Zimride is here!

Zimride is the largest online social rideshare community in North America with over 350,000 users.  Zimride has implemented private rideshare communities for over 75 of the nation's leading universities and companies including Stanford, UCLA, University of Michigan, Cornell University, Jet Blue and CIGNA.

Zimride embraces ridesharing as a social activity and integrates with Facebook and Twitter to make it fun and easy for users to share the seats in their car or find a ride.  On Zimride, participants create profiles that show their favorite in-car music, radio stations and even smoking preferences to ensure an enjoyable ride.

Zimride's customized UAA site,  empowers individuals to create social, sustainable and convenient transportation.