Sustainable Project Ideas

If you're interested in starting a green project but you're not sure where to start, this list might help you get going. For more ideas, try this excellent report on sustainability in universities by the National Wildlife Foundation.  

  • Efficient Lighting - Pick a building to convert to LED lightbulbs.
  • Local Foods - Connect local businesses to UAA to support the community and provide healthier options.
  • Solar Panels or Wind Microturbines - Install small sources of alternative energy on campus.
  • Carpooling Projects - Set up a carpooling network to help students save money and time, and to reduce CO2 emissions. 
  • Vegetable Bus - Convert a shuttle's engine to run on organic waste like used vegetable oil. 
  • Dorm Garage Sales - Run a garage sale at the beginning or the end of the semester to help students reuse. 
  • Greenhouses - Build a greenhouse to supply UAA with fresh, locally grown food. 
  • Green Products - Help UAA change over to recycled and environmentally responsible office and cleaning products. 
  • Water Bottles - Facilitate a shift from throwaway plastic bottles to reusable containers. 
  • Lecture Series - Bring experts on sustainability to UAA for public lectures.