University of Arkansas at Little Rock
2019 – 2020
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is dedicated to maintaining a sustainable institute of higher education. The university is located in an urban environment that provides a unique opportunity to decrease our impact on the environment while maintaining a standard of educational services.
For the last ten years, all major building renovations and new construction are built to achieve LEED accreditation from the US Green Building Council. Additionally, the mechanical and electrical systems in the existing buildings have been upgraded to reduce the use of electricity and natural gas. This year the university introduced a plan to replace the valves on plumbing fixtures in all of the campus’s restrooms with water reducing controls.
The university has continued operating a recycling program. This year the campus recycled tons of paper and cardboard, tons of aluminum, and tons of plastic. We also began accepting batteries for recycling. To decrease the contamination of the recycling trash, receptacles have been placed adjacent to the recycling containers. The university has also been able to replace several large waste dumpsters with units dedicated to cardboard collection.
During the fall semester, the university had a Sustainability Day event. Local vendors of environmentally friendly products were able to set up tables on the university plaza to interact with the students, faculty and staff. The event also provided a station for the collection of electronic and other items that cannot be placed in the municipal trash collection containers. The Spring 2020 Earth Day celebration was cancelled due the COVID-19 pandemic.
The campus has continued to operate a student lead campus garden. Members of the UA Little Rock campus can use raised beds in this area for growing produce for their consumption. Several large community plantings provide produce for the school’s Food Pantry and offers some items for sale to the campus. The garden also operates a composting program that includes coffee grounds from campus offices.
The Sustainability Committee introduced a monthly newsletter “Sustainability Tips” that is distributed to the campus to provide information about concepts, events and activities related to sustainability.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic nightly interior fogging are being done with a pine-based product that has minimal health issues. The provided classroom wipes use hydrogen peroxide as the active ingredient.
Sustainability Committee Chair,
Jim Carr AC, GMB, CGP