Sustainability 101: Commitment to Sustainability
To provide an introduction to the policies, plans and agreements that specify UAA's commitment to sustainability.
UAA is committed to assure the long-term health and vitality
of our cultural, economic, environmental and social systems in our city, state,
the nation and the world through our own actions as well as through ensuring
our graduates are citizens capable of meeting this challenge.
University of Alaska Anchorage has entered into the following agreements demonstrating its commitment to sustainability.
and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC)
Internal Plans and Policy
The University has also implemented several internal policies committing the institution to sustainability.Strategic Plan 2017 www.uaa.alaska.edu/strategicplan/
The Strategic Plan envisions UAA as "a university of first choice distinguished for its commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility" and listing sustainability and stewardship as two of its core values.
Facilities Master Plan www.uaa.alaska.edu/masterplan/
The Facilities Master Plan envisions a pedestrian, bicycle, and transit-friendly campus with fewer parking lots. It advocates construction of taller buildings built to accommodate change and to as high a LEED standard as is economically feasible, with an emphasis on reducing impact on our natural environment. This plan also emphasizes use of life-cycle costs in preference to initial capital costs to assess the value of systems and materials.
Academic Plan www.uaa.alaska.edu/academicaffairs/academic-plan-final.cfm
Our Academic Plan requires accountability, ". . . for good stewardship of the resources entrusted to us, and for accountability to the public for the performance of our missions." The purpose of the plan includes the statement, ". . . to use our resources to serve society, most especially to assure a socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable future."
Energy Policy www.uaa.alaska.edu/chancellor/upload/UAA_energy_policy_dec2007.pdf
Finally, our Energy Policy commits UAA to responsible energy and resource management as a part of an overall environmental strategy. This policy is helping us take steps to minimize energy use, minimize energy costs, reduce the environmental impact of harmful emissions and limit the depletion of non-renewable resources. The energy policy states that it "is just one part of a comprehensive sustainability program, including new building designs and retrofits, designed to reduce UAA's carbon footprint."