With more than 1,000 restrooms on campus, the UA uses a small mountain of paper towels and toilet paper. To reduce the impact on the environment, only paper products made from 80 percent recycled fibers are used.
That isn't just any old wooden handle pushing those mops around campus. Bamboo handles are all the rage. The highly sustainable wood is harvested every 3 to 5 years instead of 10 to 20, like most soft woods. It is also among the strongest natural materials, possessing antioxidant properties that prevent bacterial growth.
A switch to microfiber cleaning cloths and dust mops is resulting in cleaner surfaces using fewer chemicals and less water. The super-absorbent material makes it more effective at cleaning and removing soils and contaminants, allowing staff to use just enough cleaning agents to make the campus sparkle.
Waterless urinals have been effective in saving millions of gallons of water annually at UA. But one complaint: they can get pretty stinky. The Ecoblue Cube, created in Tucson, is a small, dissolvable block that when placed in a urinal, uses the power of natural bacteria to alleviate offending odor. The friendly bacteria migrate through the urinal, dissolving uric scale and keeping things fresh.
UA has gone clean and green, trading harsh chemicals for environmentally friendly cleaning products. Three-fourths of traditional cleaning supplies have been replaced with products developed for high performance, reduced environmental impact and enhanced safety. Staff has been trained in the best practices when it comes to cleaning and maintaining sustainable buildings.
"Produce on Wheels Without Waste" (POW-WOW) disperses fresh produce to communities at churches, schools and other entities throughout Southern Arizona and the metro Tucson and Phoenix areas. The Nutritional Sciences department helps coordinate distributions with POW-WOW, formerly known as MOM (Market on the Move).
To partner with Cooking on Campus and teach students how to cook a sustainable meal and why it’s important to incorporate sustainability into food choices
Establishing a Farmers Market on campus
A Food Day event is organized and celebrated by the Food for All Committee, which has invited the Garden Committee and Compost Cats to participate in a ‘food cycle’ themed event. Each group would have a stall to demonstrate the growth, harvest and decomposition of food. This task may be delegated to a single intern or manager and would require communication and co-planning with the FFA Committee and Compost Cats.
United UA Researchers Battle Germs to Improve Public Health
By Shahrazad Encinias, Institute of the Environment
You can’t see them, but they are there. Microbial pathogens—a fancy way of saying germs—lurk on everything from elevator buttons to salad bar tongs, often finding their way into an unsuspecting host and wreaking health havoc.