Paula Williams, Director of the Office of Sustainability at the University of Alaska Anchorage, shared information about the history of environmental sustainability at UAA; efforts by UAA Facilitites, Planning and Construction in creating a Master Plan that includes sustainability; actions that UAA students, staff and faculty can take to help the environment; and opportunities for students to get involved in sustainability efforts on campus.
OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY
The Office of Sustainability was introduced in 2009 thanks to the efforts of a faculty-driven council on sustainability. According to their web site, an ad hoc committe on sustainability was first established in 2003, the year that Faculty Senate and USUAA approved the Talloires Declaration University Leaders for a Sustainable Future. For more information about the Talloires Declaration, go to http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/sustainability/talloires.cfm. Read more about the history of the Office of Sustainability at: http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/sustainability/About/history.cfm
Information, in general, about the Office of Sustainability can be found at http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/sustainability/
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN TAKING A COURSE ABOUT SUSTAINABILITY?
Students interested in taking sustainability-minded courses can find a list at: http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/sustainability/upload/Sustainability-Courses.pdf
GREEN FEE Grants
A three dollar Green Fee per student was voted on and approved by the Union of Students (see referenda #12-01 at http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/unionofstudents/structure/upload/Referandum-12-1.pdf )
The Green Fee money will be used to fund projects that are sustainability-focused. More information to come…
WHAT ARE UAA DEPARTMENTS DOING TO HELP THE ENVIRONMENT?
Learn about what different UAA Departments are doing to improve sustainability: http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/sustainability/What-is-UAA-Doing/index.cfm