There are corral areas set up outside of the residence halls and al-aldea apartments.
Recycle Mania is an inter-hall competition encouraging each hall to increase their recycling and environmental programming.
Earth Hour is an event put on by UA Eco-Reps each year. This event brings awareness to energy consumption and encourages residents on-campus to turn off all electric powered electronics and attend an environmentally friendly event on the UA Mall.
Battle of the Utilities is a competition between residence halls to reduce energy and water consumption.
Students for Sustainability has been awarded $62,000 to design, install and research novel water harvesting from water collected on Highland Garage. This is the first cistern collection system that we know of to collect water from atop a parking garage and it could provide the U of A with a unique research opportunity for water collection. This project could conserve precious groundwater while drastically reducing UACG irrigation bills and inundation of Tucson roads.
Arizona AISES has installed and set up Aquaponics Systems on campus and in local high schools. They have incorporated it into their annual AISES Geoscience Project, which allows Native American high school students to conduct university-level research and incorporate traditional ecological knowledge. In other times of the year, AISES members and high school students work up to 5 hours a week to maintain the systems.
This project involves marking the bike lanes along Mountain Avenue, from Helen to 2nd Street, to provide greater visual separation for cyclists. Plans for this project also include teaching a Planning Course on transportation and conducting a study to assess the success of the project in increasing safety.
This project through the Department of Agricultural Education involves building four new photovoltaic teaching stations. In the process, UA students are getting hands-on experience hooking up solar panels and exploring ways these mini-power generating systems might be used to overcome technological challenges in agriculture.
Students and faculty in CAPLA have launched an initiative to shade their building’s exposed ductwork with a total of 44 photovoltaic solar panels—a solution that will make its heating and cooling system 2%-5% more efficient. With these solar panels in place students will see theory put into practice in a real-world setting. A highly visible energy solution like this raises student awareness about energy consumption, energy generation, building design and solar technology—while setting an example for other departments around campus.
The Department of Agricultural Education at the UA is purchasing a VRTEX® virtual reality system to teach welding in a more eco-friendly manner—lowering energy consumption and saving on expensive training materials. In addition to conserving resources, by allowing students to learn real-world skills in a virtual environment this system is expected help students get comfortable with the welding process before turning up the heat—a boon for classroom safety. Through its use in a variety of UA courses, this virtual welding system will provide training for graduate students and undergrads.
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