Sustainability Announcements

Weekly Sustainability Announcements

January 25, 2016




From the Newswire

  • Study Abroad in Northeast Thailand
  • Belize Study Abroad Information Session
  • Net Impact Info Session
  • Forest Management Workshop
  • Food Programs Seek Semester Long Volunteers
  • Adopt-a-Highway Cleanup of Highway 412
  • 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

Eric Boles Selected as Director of Office for Sustainability

U of A Students Receive Beaver Water District Scholarships



Study Abroad in Northeast Thailand


This is a course for independent research on tropical ecology with a service learning component. The majority of the trip will be spent at the Sakaerat Environmental Research Station/and Sakaerat Biosphere Reserve. This is a UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Reserve (MAB) in a 78 square kilometer tropical forest reserve. Students will be paired with Thai students to conduct outreach projects at local schools or within the Biosphere Reserve. Students will also conduct research in tropical ecology according to their areas of interest (mammalogy, botany, ornithology, herpetology, or other).

This course has been approved as a Tier 2 elective in the Foundations of Sustainability Minor.





Belize Study Abroad Information Session


This unique program is an international service learning project for 6 credit hours in Belize during Summer Session 1. University of Arkansas faculty project leaders will instruct students in a practicum in their specific fields of study where they have the opportunity to consult with community partners to prepare and develop the projects that will take place each summer in Dangriga and throughout the year and implement service learning projects during the first UA summer session in the community of Dangriga, a city of about 10,000 on the Caribbean coast. Culturally and linguistically, the city is a fascinating mixture of Creoles, Mestizos, and Mayans, though it is dominated by the Garifunas, a Caribbean people descended from African slaves and indigenous groups, with English being the official language. Projects are currently being planned for Business, Engineering, Agriculture, Literacy and Health Professions. All projects will be open to
students from all majors who will be looking for elective credit in the humanities.


3:30–4:30 Pm

Wednesday, January 27th

Kimpel Hall 207



Net Impact Info Session


The campus community is invited to attend a Net Impact information session on Wednesday, January 27th at 6 p.m. in Willard J. Walker Hall 427, with Guest Speaker Jeff Rice, Sr. Director, Responsible Sourcing Governance at Walmart, to learn about the launch of a dynamic interdisciplinary organization open to the campus community, all levels, all majors. Net Impact empowers a new generation of leaders to make a positive impact throughout their careers. We are looking for motivated and entrepreneurial student leaders ready to kick start the first U of A chapter, as well as for our core membership.

Net Impact is a national organization, with chapters at all of the top universities, that aims to inspire a generation to create positive social and environmental change on campus, in the workplace, and around the world as we face intractable global problems from poverty to climate change.

For More Information contact faculty advisors Jon Johnson ( or David Hyatt ( OR organization sponsors Meredith Adkins ( or Eric Boles (


6:00 Pm

Wednesday, January 27th

Willard J. Walker Hall 427



Forest Management Workshop


Join us for a FREE workshop on Forest Management at Hobbs State Park! This workshop will provide a general overview of forest management techniques for landowners and a prescribed burn demonstration will take place, weather permitting. Landowners with any size forest will benefit from this workshop. Prescribed burns can help prevent timber loss from disease, reduce understory brush, and control invasive plants. Experts from Hobbs State Park, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC), and Arkansas Forestry Commission (AFC) will speak about forest best management practices such as management plans, financial assistance, timber sales, contract considerations for harvesting, and management for wildlife and recreation. The workshop will take place from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm in the Visitor Center at Hobbs State Park, 20201 AR-12, Rogers, AR 72756. The workshop is free and lunch and will be provided. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by contacting Bryant Baker at 479-769-4266 or


9:00 Am – 1:00 Pm

Saturday, January 30th

Hobbs State Park / Conservation Management Area, 20201 AR-12, Rogers, AR 72756, United States



Volunteer Opportunities


UA Food Programs Seek Semester Long Volunteers


The food programs in the volunteer action center are looking for students to apply to be semester long volunteers.

Razorback Food Recovery works to recover unused, wholesome food that would otherwise be wasted and donates it to hungry people in the NWA community. Razorback Food Recovery Volunteers work with Chartwells Dining employees to recover surplus food daily.

The Full Circle Food Pantry is a student led, donation based program which strives to eliminate food insecurity on the University of Arkansas campus by providing food to students, staff, and faculty.


Food Recovery



Adopt-a-Highway Cleanup of Highway 412


Help keep our roadside clean and prevent trash from running off into the White River, before it flows into Beaver Lake by coming out for the BWA Adopt-a-Highway Cleanup on Highway 412! Check-in will begin at 2 pm on Wednesday, January 27th, at the Valero gas station at 17410 E Highway 412 in Springdale. This program is held in conjunction with the Arkansas Highway Transportation Department Adopt-a-Highway program. Cleanup supplies, such as vests, trash bags, and trash grabbers, will be provided for volunteers, along with snacks and refreshments.


2:00–4:00 Pm

Wednesday, January 27th

17410 E Highway 412, Springdale, AR 72764


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



9:00 Am – 1:00 Pm

Every Wednesday

505 E. Emma Ave., Springdale, AR 72764



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