The Office for Sustainability staff, interns, and workgroups engage year-round in a variety of projects to further our mission and promote sustainability both on the University of Arkansas campus and in the community. Below are some of our projects both past and present.
Tree Mitigation Alternatives for the City of Fayetteville
Project Clean Plate
Gamer 4 Good
For the past eight years, the U of A has hosted an Ecological Research Experience for Undergraduates (EcoREU) program. The program focuses on sustainable agricultural systems, funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and sustainable management and assessment of ecosystem services, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
This summer, the EcoREU undertook a project in partnership with the University of Arkansas Community Design Center (UACDC) to meet the Hawaii Department of Agriculture's Agribusiness Development Corporation (ADC)'s request for help in their Whitmore Food Hub. The agricultural facility in Whitmore, Oahu aims to transform the former Dole plantation facility into a high-tech facility to support local farmers. The EcoREU students laid a foundation which the UACDC has used to develop a Master Plan for the transformation of the Whitmore facility.
Sustainability Research Portfolio
The OFS is assembling a compilation of research projects across the entire University of Arkansas that is related to issues of sustainability. Please contact Eric Boles if you know of a research project that would qualify.
Hawaii Aquaculture Project
We are studying the animal agriculture in Hawaii and creating possible indicators for the Hawaii Department of Agriculture to use when making their system more sustainable. We are also creating a life cycle assessment for aquaculture, aquaponics, and hydroponics so that these systems can be proposed to the Department of Agriculture in Hawaii
Residence Hall Recycling Pilot
The OFS is planning a pilot to test methods of increasing the recycling rates in resident halls. Convenience, bin placement, and incentives are some of the factors that will be examined. The pilot will be implemented in Fall 2016.
Greek Life Recycling Initiative
We are engaged with fraternities and sororities to make recycling the standard at events and in the houses. Each Panhellenic house now has a designated Sustainability Liason who coordinates recycling for their house. Questions on this project can be directed to Madeline Meier.
Bird Strike Prevention
The OFS worked with Dr. Kim Smith (Biological Sciences) in conducting a survey to identify and address areas on our campus where birds striking glass windows may be a problem. During the fall 2014 and spring 2015 migration seasons, 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 was analyzed and used to make recommendations to Facilities Management for preventative actions that could be taken.
Game Day Challenge
Green Revolving Fund
The Office for Sustainability, in partner with Associated Student Government, Facilities Management, and the Built Systems Workgroup, established a Green Revolving Fund to facilitate campus-wide engagement, inter-disciplinary collaboration and student-led initiatives that demonstrate environmental leadership and economic benefit. The GRF provides financing for implementing energy efficiency, sustainability, and other cost-savings projects. These savings are tracked and used to replenish the fund and help finance additional projects.