Tree Planting

On Sept. 23 more than 20 UAA volunteers traveled to the Palmer Experimental Farm to plant over 250 trees.
The UAA Office of Sustainability and Facilities and Campus Services would like to extend our thanks to this great group for taking the time to dig homes for these trees. (The trees were very grateful as well.)
Thanks to all for the great display of Seawolf spirit!

 

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Bike to Work Day 2011

On May 20th 2011 UAA participated in the annual Bike Day event which spans across the nation.  This year UAA had over 189 registered "cycling seawolves" who said no to driving their fossil fuel burning vehicles to work and instead rode their bikes! 

Click here to watch an interview with UAA's Office of Sustainability Administrative Assistant who talks about the success of this years bike to work day.

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U-Med Free Electronics Recycling Event

The recycling event on Saturday, April 23 2011 was a big success thanks to Total Reclaim. Total Reclaim crew and UAA Recycling crew worked from about 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. collecting 29,114 pounds of electronics, batteries and other materials. That's almost 15 TONS! Total Reclaim did this event at no cost to the community. Just the cost of the recycling alone would have been $10,190, and that does not include the cost of labor to Total Reclaim for having their crew work that day.
Please join me in a big thank you to Total Reclaim for offering the opportunity to recycle electronics for free to the UAA community, ASD employees, students and family and Providence employees. This company provides a valuable service to Anchorage by ensuring that our electronics are responsibly disposed of.

Pictured below is Bynum Jackson, former assistant sustainability director, holding what was called "the oldest laptop ever made." Evidence? It still used a floppy disc drive!

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Pictures below is Jackson with UAA Chancellor Tom Case.
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oneSHIRT Collegiate Clothing Drive

On Feb21st 2011 UAA's Office of Sustainability kicked off the first annual oneSHIRT National Collegiate Clothing Drive.  The clothing drive collected used clothing throughout the Anchorage area and donated it to our local Big Brothers Big Sisters organization.  This first year kick-off was a huge success.  A total of 867 pounds of used clothing was collected.  A huge thanks to the many volunteers!! 

Check out our article in "The Northern Lights" click here

 

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U-Med Green District

UAA has partnered with several close-by institutions to form Alaska’s first Green District. District members work to leverage geographic proximity and combined purchasing power to reduce the environmental impacts of their operations. The District’s efforts focus on four work groups: Active Transportation, Green Purchasing, Infrastructure and Energy Use, and Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. The nine partners represent over 9,000 employees, thousands of students and over 1,130 acres of land. They include Alaska Pacific University, Anchorage School District, Providence Hospital, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, McLaughlin Youth Center, United States Geologic Survey, Alaska Psychiatric Institute and Southcentral Foundation.

Click here to download UAA's U-Med Agreement

Click here to visit the U Med Green District Website