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The Sustainability Council Workgroups are composed of faculty, staff, and students who volunteer their time to assist the Office for Sustainability in developing and implementing sustainability initiatives across the UA community. The workgroups provide critical leadership through expertise and representation; they are the backbone of the UA sustainability strategy.

The UA Office for Sustainability invites all Sustainability Council Members to identify at least one of these Workgroups to work with each year. Workgroups are called upon when the OFS identifies specific projects that require more intensive input.

There are currently five workgroups based on the following concepts:

The Built Systems Workgroup explores sustainability initiatives focused on structures across the UA system, including classrooms, laboratories, and offices.

Students, staff and faculty have identified as the following built systems projects as priorities for the 2013-14 academic year.  If you're interested in learning more or helping on a particular project, please see the form below to join the workgroup.

  • Zero Client Systems - Server based computing that provides universal access to students, reduces electrical consumption and defers replacement costs by 2.5 times.View the Zero Client project reports.
  • Campus Map - An interactive map that outlines all sustainability features of our campus.
  • Energy Dashboards - The in-house development of a web-based application that provides real time analysis of energy use in buildings on campus.
  • Hydration Stations - The Student Sustainability Council and the Residential Interhall Congress are aggressively pursuing the installation of modern water fountains in residence halls and across campus.
  • Data Closet Space Temperature Policy - A general consensus among Facility managers is that an agreed upon temperature should be agreed upon for cooling data server closets across campus.

The Natural Systems Workgroup explores sustainability initiatives for ecosystem services provided by non-human focused systems across the UA system, including urban and rural landscapes and waterways.

Students, staff and faculty have identified the following natural systems projects as priorities for the 2014-15 academic year. If you are interested in learning more or helping on a particular project, please see the form below to join the workgroup.

  • Bird Strike Prevention - This is an ongoing project to identify and address areas on our campus where birds striking glass windows may be a problem. During the fall migration season, from mid-September to the end of October, the Natural Systems workgroup solicited data from the campus community in the form of reporting sightings of dead or stunned birds on campus. The information that was gathered is now being analyzed.
  • Dark Sky Project - This is a project to map Fayetteville, Arkansas' dark sky.  More information here.
  • Urban Forestry Project - A team of student interns are analyzing the estimated annual carbon sequestration potential of our campus urban forest.

The Managed Systems Workgroup works to explore and initiate human-focused endeavors in sustainability, including business and agriculture.

Students, staff and faculty have identified the following managed systems projects as priorities for the 2014-15 academic year. If you're interested in learning more or helping on a particular project, please see the form below to join the workgroup.

  • Green Revolving Fund - A green revolving fund to support sustainability projects on campus. For more information click here.
  • Wasteful Thinking - A project initiated by ENACTUS, a Registered Student Organization, is actively composting coffee grounds from Starbucks at the Sustainability House.
  • Earth Tubs - A food composting program that diverts partial food waste from the NW Quad Dining facilities to be composted at the Agricultural Research Farm.
  • Razorbucks at Farmers' Markets - The Residential Interhall Congress is exploring student interest in the use of Razorbucks at Farmers' Markets.
  • Secure Print Policy - This policy proposed that all major printers and copiers use secure print as a means of reducing paper waste associated with forgotten print jobs. This is being examined for campus wide adoption.
 

The Social Systems Workgroup explores sustainability initiatives within and between social communities across the UA system.

Students, staff and faculty have identified the following social systems projects as priorities for the 2013-14 academic year. If you're interested in learning more or helping on a particular project, please see the form below to join this workgroup.

  • Sustainability Internship Alumni Network - A network for alumni of sustainability internships.
  • Sustainability Graduation Pledge - Encouraging graduates to pledge to consider sustainability and the environment in future choices.
  • Sustainability in New Employee Orientation - Sustainability concepts will be added into new employee orientation.
  • HEAL Program - Partnership with Home Energy Assistance Loans program
  • Virtual Green Dorm - Students will create a virtual tour of a sustainable dorm room as an example for residents.
  • Sustainability Content in University Perspectives - The University Perspectives course, required for all incoming freshmen, now includes sustainability content in its curriculum.

The Academic Systems Workgroup is formally known as the Sustainability Technical Advisory Committee. All other workgroups accept new members on an ongoing basis. Please use the form below to request to join one.

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