Before the Wildcats face off, paid student workers engage fans in tailgating games designed to teach recycling tips. Later, they work with concessions to encourage fans to buy reusable items, and to maximize recycling during the match. Finally, post-game, volunteer student organizations scour the stands, making sure leftover bottles and cans end up in blue bins. During the 2012 football season, Greening the Game helped collect 25 tons of recyclable waste, averaging more than 3.5 tons per game. Since the fall of 2013, this project has been making efforts to expand to include other sports, too.
The idea behind this project is to show students that there is a way to pursue sustainability in any career. The Green Career Guide (career.arizona.edu) provides students with information on employers, job titles and salaries; internship and job search resources; and descriptions of graduate programs. It also gives students tips on how to gain the hands-on experience employers look for while still in school. Everything is helpfully organized into 16 “career clusters,” such as Retail, Health Care, Manufacturing, and Administration. Each cluster includes an overview of the field, followed by 5-6 pages of job leads.
Twenty-four UA students enrolled in the spring 2013 AGTM 330 course were engaged in the construction and installation of a rainwater harvesting collection system. The rainwater harvesting collection system equipped with a solar-powered submersible direct current pump was installed and connected to an irrigation distribution system to provide irrigation water to multiple planters in front of the AGTM laboratory facility.This project has reduced rainwater runoff, soil erosion, and the use of potable water. This project has also enhanced AGTM laboratory instruction on electrical wiring, photovoltaic systems, and rainwater harvesting systems.
Two rainwater harvesting tanks with a total capacity of 577 gallons, concrete pads, gutters and down spouts were installed at the front of the Water Resources Research Center building on Campbell Ave. Low water use plants replaced high water use plantings and granite mulch was added. Signage at the entry door of the WRRC provides basic information on rainwater harvesting, native plants and urban watersheds. The tanks have filled up many times with rainfall events and are providing water for the surrounding planting beds.
The overall purpose of this project is to promote sustainable biodiversity through research, education, and outreach. This research project consists of quantifying herpetofaunal (reptile and amphibian) biodiversity at Tumamoc Hill and other fragmented areas of Sonoran Desert habitat throughout Tucson. Because snakes, lizards, frogs, and toads are among the most important consumers and prey in Sonoran desert ecosystems, sustaining herpetofaunal biodiversity is vital to the health of desert ecosystems.
The BIO5 Institute shows the steps to begin composting in the workplace with a short, student-produced video funded by the Green Fund. This three-minute video addresses the key task of persuading the Keating building’s 425 occupants to participate by promoting food composting as a simple and cost-effective way to green the UA and reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills, and serves as a model for other office’s looking for ways to go green.
Utility dashboard software installed in residence halls allows students to track energy and water consumption, encouraging awareness on energy issues, competition between halls, and overall reduction in consumption. As part of LEED certification for Arbol de la Vida and Likins Hall, the Lucid Designs Utility Dashboard system was incorporated into the heart of the buildings. This innovative utility dashboard system has also been installed in Navajo-Pinal, La Paz, Hopi Graham-Greenlee, and Yuma Hall.
The College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (CALA) initiated a project to install occupancy light sensors in the college’s new building, CALA East. The Sustainability Committee worked with the electrical shop of the University of Arizona’s Facilities Management Department to test various types of sensors for lighting control to determine which design made the most sense for the University, and the light sensors were installed on May 14.
A new solar-powered high tunnel greenhouse examines the nexus of resource use and sustainable food production strategies in hot, arid climates or challenged regions where access to food production resources may be limited. The greenhouses will contribute to the sustainability of CEA (Controlled Environment Agriculture) technology by using an alternative energy source and utilizing recirculating nutrient systems, as researchers manage a composting system to reuse biomass, providing quality compost and, ultimately, CO2 and heat for the greenhouse system.
Originally built as a model Earth to support life on other planets, UA’s Biosphere 2 now bridges the gap between laboratory experimentation and real-world observation. Now, new photovoltaic panels installed at this “model city” allow researchers to study how to incorporate and distribute renewable energy on the municipal level.
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