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“Sourcing renewable power and reducing our greenhouse gas emissions is good for local air quality, economic development, human health, ecosystem health, and combating climate change,” stated Julie Price, manager of UAB’s Sustainability Program. “UAB is one of the largest electricity users in the state of Alabama, and this goal is reflective of energy purchasing among large users – public and private – around the world.” Food waste reduction (Food & Dining) UAB Hospital. electricity symbols Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now.

“Approximately 40 percent of food in the US is wasted,” added Price. “Through the strategies outlined in our Food & Dining objective, we hope to purchase more locally and sustainably produced food, reduce the incidence of excess food, establish better mechanisms for getting leftover food safely to people who need it, and composting what remains. Food waste wastes everything: water, energy, labor, fuel, money and wildlands.” Transportation UAB plans to increase alternative modes of transportation on campus. Photo courtesy of UAB

“Parking is a hot topic at UAB because there are so many cars coming to campus every day,” said Brian Atkinson, program manager for UAB Transportation. “The average spot in a parking deck costs the university $30K to build so finding other options is financially important. The transportation sector is also a top source of climate change emissions globally, and human health can be negatively impacted by commuting – stress, sedentary lifestyles, etc. We hope to work with key partners like metro area municipalities, the Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham, and the BJCTA (Max bus board) to offer better options, infrastructure and incentives for biking, carpooling and riding the bus.” Waste UAB supports recycling and waste reduction initiatives in the new UAB Sustainability Strategic Plan. Photo courtesy of UAB

According to UAB Sustainability, waste and recycling is the most popular topic on campus. la gasolina letra Everyone wants better recycling programs and composting, and they want the university to find alternatives to using Styrofoam and disposable plastics. The plan’s waste initiatives will look broadly at everything coming onto campus to start reducing waste from the front end, then work to build efficiencies in the way that UAB handles waste so that more can be diverted from the landfill.

Fun fact: A 2011 report from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management found that we spend $25 million per year in Alabama to throw away $190 million in commodities, simply because we don’t have the collection streams and business to handle the commodities. UAB’s purchasing power and waste production can help shift the entire sector. electricity load shedding Purchasing

“With our economic impact topping $7 billion, we have the opportunity to do a lot of good. We can spur inclusive economic growth through local and diverse suppliers. We can drive more suppliers to sustainable products and processes through our contracts and specifications,” concluded Price. quadcopter gas engine Strategic planning process The Blazer Express bus system at UAB. f gas regulations r22 Photo via uab.edu.

Assisted by the Center for Educational Accountability in guiding the UAB Sustainability Strategic planning process, 13 working groups comprised of 67 members developed the plan. Two public listening sessions were held, one on campus and one at UAB Hospital, and UAB Sustainability made presentations to institutional shared governance groups including the Faculty Senate, Staff Council, and Undergraduate Student Government Association. An online survey was distributed to all hospital and campus email addresses, including students, faculty, and staff, and more than 4,000 individuals responded to the survey.

UAB’s Sustainability Strategic Plan for 2025 is the result of the entirety of these meetings, conversations, listening sessions, presentations, and broader dialogue on campus and in the community. The resulting Sustainability Strategic Plan reflects a vision that aligns with the university’s shared values and concisely outlines the goals and strategies the institution will pursue over the course of the next six years. Photo courtesy of UAB News