Reports

The Office for Sustainability works on a number of projects each month. As projects are completed, they are stored here for public display.

Our most up to date and comprehensive publications are the annual reports. Click on the cover sheets to view the entire document.

OFS 2016 Annual Report OFS 2015 Annual Report

The Office for Sustainability Publication Series is divided into four categories:

Annual reports provide an overview of the Office for Sustainability's activities and accomplishments on an annual basis.

OFS 2016 Annual Report OFS 2015 Annual Report
Title Date Download Text Link
2016 Office for Sustainability Annual Report January 2017 pdf icon text
2015 Office for Sustainability Annual Report January 2016 pdf icon text
2014 Office for Sustainability Annual Report January 2015 pdf icon text

Major reports have been reviewed and adopted by the UA Sustainability Council.

Title Date Download
University of Arkansas Climate Action Plan V2.0 November 2014 pdf icon
Integrated Pest Management Plan September 2014 pdf icon
University of Arkansas Sustainability Plan October 2013 pdf icon
University of Arkansas Climate Action Plan V1.0 September 2009 pdf icon

Tree Mitigation Alternatives for the City of Fayetteville

The OFS is assisting the City of Fayetteville in developing a policy to allow for the implementation of green roofs or green façades as optional alternatives to tree mitigation in development, particularly urban infill sites. This involves research of existing systems, determination of a ratio based on the ecosystem services provided by green infrastructure to that of a tree, and implementation into city code. Projects like these highlight the opportunity to use thoughtful policy to nurture a more resilient community.

Project Clean Plate

Project Clean Plate takes place over a five-week span each year. In 2016, they had a big kickoff event with a chef takeover and film screening. During the first two weeks, Chartwells measures existing food waste to know exactly where the numbers stand for food waste on campus. Then, the publicity starts in the third week. Chartwells volunteers begin measuring total food waste each week in the same dining halls, comparing the average of those three weeks back to the original benchmark. This process shows the decrease in food waste that resulted from Project Clean Plate.

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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.

EcoREU Program

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.

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.

Project reports include key performance indicators, research papers, and student intern project reports. These reports are often reviewed by the UA Sustainability Council Workgroups

Title Category Year Download
University of Arkansas Watershed Management Plan Natural 2017 pdf icon
Sustainable U of A Landscape Management Managed 2017 pdf icon
Virtual Desktop White Paper Managed 2014 pdf icon
Athletics — Electricity Use and Carbon Emissions KPIs Managed 2014 pdf icon
University of Arkansas Green Buildings — FY'14 Built 2014 pdf icon
Physical and Virtual Desktop Cost Comparison Built 2014 pdf icon
Physical and Virtual Desktop Greenhouse Gas Emission Comparison Built 2014 pdf icon
Physical and Virtual Desktop Energy Use Comparison Built 2014 pdf icon
Fuel Source Consumption and Economic Costs of Razorback Transit Among Alternative Fuel Sources Built 2014 pdf icon
Greenhouse Gas KPI 2013 Managed 2014 pdf icon
Urban Forestry Project Natural 2014 pdf icon
University of Arkansas Sustainability Research KPI 2011-2013 Academic 2014 pdf icon
University of Arkansas Recycling KPI 2009-2013 Managed 2014 pdf icon
University of Arkansas Academic KPI 2011-2013 Academic 2014 pdf icon
University of Arkansas Green Buildings Built 2014 pdf icon
Water, 2002-2013 Natural 2014 pdf icon
Plug Load Research Built 2014 pdf icon
Electricity Benchmark Report, 2005-2013 Managed 2013 pdf icon
Water Benchmark Report 2002-2013 Managed 2013 pdf icon
Electricity, 2005-2013 Managed 2013 pdf icon