Sustainability Announcements

Weekly Sustainability Announcements

January 19, 2016




From the Newswire

  • Welcome Back Students!
  • UA Sustainability Council Meeting
  • A Walk through 25 Million Years on Kessler Mountain
  • Full Circle Food Pantry Special Hours
  • New Summer Advanced Composite Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) Internships Available at Multiple Locations
  • Field to Market Agricultural Sustainability Science Internship
  • Tri Cycle Farms Garden Workday
  • Tri Cycle Farms’ Food Recovery/ Compost Crew
  • Habitat for Humanity ReStore Assistant
  • Feed the Hungry and Homeless — House of Hope Rescue Mission

Retention Ponds Can Significantly Decrease Runoff, Study Shows

Microfiche Recycling Project Keeps 240 Pounds of Plastic from the Landfill

Transportation Research at U of A Looks at Roads, Rail and Waterways

On WWOOFing, Beekeeping and Blackberries: Five Questions for Olivia Caillouet

Mantooth Elected President of IEEE Power Electronics Society

Bumpers College Students Receive Research Grants



Welcome Back Students!


We hope you had a joyful holiday season and a restful break. We are thrilled to be kicking off a new year and a new semester with you! If you or someone you know is interested in taking aa sustainability class this semester, there are still open seats in all of the following:

  • SUST 1103 Foundations of Sustainability (M/W/F 11:50–12:40
  • WCOB 3023/5023 Sustainability in Business (Th 6:00–8:45)
  • BIOL 4153/4252 Biology of Global Change (T/Th 9:30–10:45)
  • BIOL 4174/5174 Conservation Genetics (T/Th 9:30–10:45)
  • SUST 4693 Environmental Justice (M/W/F 9:40–10:30)
  • SCMT 4853/WCOB 5843 Cross-Sector Collaboration for Sustainability (T 6:00–8:45)
  • COMM 5513 Sustainability and Communication (M 5:15–8:05)
  • BIOL 480V/580V Landscape Ecology (M 10:45–12:00)
  • GEOS 410V/510V Ancient Forests: Science and Sustainability (T/Th 12:30–1:45)





UA Sustainability Council Meeting


The UA Sustainability Council will meet today at 3:30 Pm in the Arkansas Union 503. Students and interested stakeholders are invited to attend.

The University of Arkansas Sustainability Council, comprising faculty, staff, students and representatives from the Fayetteville community, seeks to support the University of Arkansas environmental stewardship mission.


3:30–5:00 Pm

Tuesday, January 19th

ARKU 503



A Walk through 25 Million Years on Kessler Mountain


Come on out on Sunday, January 24 from 1-4pm for “A Walk through 25 Million Years on Kessler Mountain.” Geologist Walt Manger and Joe Neal will lead an easy and informative hike on Kessler Mountain in Fayetteville. We will hike from the Rock City trailhead to the Shale Barrens with Dr Manger providing geology of Kessler Mountain and the surrounding Ozark Mountains. Joe Neal will point out information about local birds and plants. This fairly easy, roughly 3-mile hike will take approximately 3 hours. There are no steep climbs. Comfortable shoes or boots with a hard sole work well. The program is free and open to the public. You don’t want to miss this unique opportunity to learn about our local geology from a UA-Fayetteville professor who has studied it throughout his career. Hot cider and hot chocolate will be provided after the hike.


1:00–4:00 Pm

Sunday, January 24th

Meet at 1 PM at Ozark Smokehouse parking lot (1725 S. Smokehouse Trail Fayetteville, AR 72701). From there we will carpool nearby to Frank Sharp’s house.


Volunteer Opportunities


Full Circle Food Pantry Special Hours


The Full Circle Food Pantry is looking for volunteers to staff the pantry during special hours for the first week of classes.


Multiple Shifts

Wednesday and Thursday, January 20th and 21st

WAHR C204, Bud Walton Hall Stadium Drive, Fayetteville, AR 72701


Internship Opportunities


New Summer Advanced Composite Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) Internships Available at Multiple Locations


The Institute for Advanced Composite Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) has launched a new summer internship program for undergraduate and graduate students interested in learning more about advanced composites technologies to aid in the creation of low-cost and energy-efficient manufacturing. Summer 2016 IACMI internship participants will have the opportunity to use state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment and interact with scientists and engineers who are at the top of the advanced composites and manufacturing fields. Program participants will receive a weekly stipend ($600 for undergraduates, and $750 for graduate students) for the duration of the program, a housing allowance up to $175 weekly, and travel limited expenses to-and-from the internship site.




Field to Market Agricultural Sustainability Science Internship


Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture seeks an Agricultural Sustainability Science Intern to contribute to development and application of our sustainability metrics, benchmarks and tools. This is a 3-4 month graduate student level position for summer of 2016. Field to Market is a 501(c)(3) organization that brings together a diverse alliance of grower groups; agribusiness companies; food, beverage, restaurant and retail companies; conservation groups; universities and public sector partners to focus on promoting, defining and measuring the sustainability of row crops for food, fiber and fuel production (

The Agricultural Sustainability Science Intern will work directly with technical staff in the main Washington, DC office on revisions to the Field to Market sustainability metrics, benchmarks, and online Fieldprint Platform. Projects may include one or more of the following based on skills and interest: analysis of USDA data and model outputs; testing and evaluation of the Fieldprint Platform tool; sensitivity testing of individual metrics and user supplied data inputs; evaluation of related sustainable agriculture metrics and models.

To apply: Please submit a cover letter that explains your interest in the position and a resume to no later than February 15, 2016. A monthly stipend will be provided.


Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities


Tri Cycle Farms Garden Workday


Join us at Tri Cycle Farms every Tuesday from 3-6pm for a volunteer workday in the garden! As fall arrives we will be working in the fall garden, winterizing the summer garden and doing various other farm and garden related chores and activities. See you at the farm!


3:00 – 6:00 Pm

Every Tuesday

1705 N Garland Ave




Tri Cycle Farms’ Food Recovery/ Compost Crew


Every Thursday, we gather at Tri Cycle to sort through boxes of expired produce from Ozark Natural Foods, a local health food coop. We sort and weigh the food, feed some to our sweet chickens, and then add the rest to the compost. There is also usually plenty of still-good-looking, organic produce to share amongst ourselves! If you like veggies, chickens, or compost, come join us for a chill, fun volunteer opportunity while helping to prevent food waste in our community. Just meet outside the community house at the farm (1705 N Garland Ave) at 3:30pm on Thursdays!


3:30 Pm

Every Thursday

1705 N Garland Ave



Habitat for Humanity ReStore Assistant


Customer service is the primary focus for our ReStore Volunteers. Our ReStore staff will assign jobs as needed. Below are examples of the types of jobs you will be asked to do. Greet and assist customers as needed. Assist in cleaning, pricing, and organizing merchandise. Arrange items on display shelves and sales floor. Hang pictures and create decorative displays when needed. Rearrange furniture and other merchandise in all departments to ensure displays remain visually stimulating. Arrange special promotion displays as needed. Help keep aisles clean and safe. Assist with donation pickups if necessary. Light cleaning. Please dress appropriately for the weather. This is a warehouse environment with limited climate control. All volunteers must wear closed toed shoes. The Habitat ReStore is family friendly so please no short, shorts or inappropriate t-shirts.


Multiple Shifts Available

1421 E. 15th St., Fayetteville, AR 72701



Feed the Hungry and Homeless — House of Hope Rescue Mission


The House of Hope Rescue Mission is a “Day Center” for the homeless and needy. Our goal is to provide a place where people can come for shelter from the cold or heat, receive snacks, water and a hot meal while at our facility, get help with life skills and job searches. We provide showers, a place for clients to do their laundry free of charge, and a place they can receive mail. Clients can receive clothing and food from our pantry monthly.

There are multiple ways to volunteer at the House of Hope:

  • Be a Greeter
  • Work in the Food Pantry: Stock shelves, prepare food bags
  • Help clients with laundry
  • Prepare meals to serve
  • Serve meals to clients
  • Clean up after lunch
  • Assist clients in finding needed clothing for day to day wear or job interviews
  • Assist clients on computers (as available) to search for jobs
  • Come to socialize with clients and be a friendly face
  • Offer to assist with Bible studies
  • Be available in the children’s room to play and read



Multiple Shifts Available

Every Wednesday and Friday

505 E. Emma Ave., Springdale, AR 72764



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