Promoting Student Leadership in Sustainability Education on Campus and in the Community

Through the UA Community and School Garden Program, UA interns use garden-based lessons to help K-12 students understand abstract ideas like the carbon cycle and photosynthesis, and larger topics ranging from nutrition to food security and social justice. In the summer of 2013 eight interns attended a sustainability-in-education summer institute in New York.

Compost Cats Internship Program

The Compost Cats have created an internship program for the members within the club. The goal is to give interns the ability to get more invovled with the community. Some interns work at the Food Bank, the Community Water Coalition, Trees with Tucson, Hydrocats, Casa Marie Soup Kitchen, etc. The Compost Cats want to make more change in the community.

Tumamoc Hill: Sustaining Ecosystem Health Within The Urban Landscape

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.

Assessing a Tree’s Value: UA Campus Arboretum

The UA Campus Arboretum consists of 7,810 mature trees spread across 387 acres. Using i-Trees software, which accounts for the location, species, size, and age of each tree, students are assessing the value of campus trees both in economic terms—maintenance expenses and energy cost savings—as well as environmental—atmospheric carbon reduction and air quality benefits.

2011 Monument Fire in southern Arizona

Studying Resilience in Southwestern Forests

Friday, April 17, 2015

by Paulina Jenney

University of Arizona researcher Donald Falk and his students are studying hundreds of plots in southwestern mountain ranges to understand why some forests bounce back from devastating wildfires while others give way to grassland and shrubs.

The goal of his project, he said, is to provide guidance to park and forest managers faced with restoring post-fire landscapes, or allowing other species to move in.


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