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.
Gamer 4 Good
The OFS is engaged with a local organization that seeks to encourage students to recycle by creating a competition between various clubs and groups. The second recycling competition at the U of A was held in the month of April, and the results will demonstrate important recycling behavior of students.
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.
Sustainability Video Series
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
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.
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.
Urban Forestry Project
A team of student interns analyzed the estimated annual carbon sequestration potential of our campus urban forest. Read the project report.
Zero Client Systems
The OFS partnered with the Walton College of Business to conduct a pilot study of server based computing that provides universal access to students, reduces electrical consumption and defers replacement costs by 2.5 times.
The results of this pilot study were presented at the 2014 AASHE conference (you will need to create a member account on AASHE using your @uark.edu email address in order to view the presentation).