UA Sustainability Council Meeting

The UA Sustainability Council will have its quarterly meeting tomorrow. Students, faculty, staff, and community stakeholders are welcome to attend as observers as well as to ask questions and provide input.

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. They do this through coordination of ideas, information and resources among the university’s student body, academic departments and administrative units to develop and execute projects, using the four systems that are the basis of sustainability curriculum on the U of A campus.

Tuesday, January 13th, 3:30 – 5:00 PM
Arkansas Union, Room 503

Free Electronics Recycling

Washington County Environmental Affairs and Boston Mountain Solid Waste District will be accepting electronics for free recycling from Monday, December 29 to Friday, January 16.  This will be available for schools, non-profits, businesses, and residents.  There is a 10 item limit per customer. Accepted items include:

  • Computers
  • Printers
  • Copiers
  • Phones
  • Stereos
  • Televisions
  • Fax Machines
  • Cables
  • Shredders
  • Microwaves
  • DVD & VCR players
  • Video Game Consoles
  • Satellite Receivers
  • Handheld Devices

More Information

Monday, December 29 to Friday, January 16, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
2615 S Brink Drive
Fayetteville, AR

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Highway 412 Adopt-a-Highway Cleanup Today

Trash along the roadside on the section of highway directly adjacent to the bridge over the White River can wash into the White River and Beaver Lake. Help us keep the drinking water source for 1 in 7 Arkansans clean by preventing trash from entering the river! Volunteers will meet at the Valero gas station, located at 17410 E Hwy 412, Springdale. Supplies, such as vests, trash bags, and trash grabbers, will be provided for volunteers.

Contact us at or 479-750-8007 for more information.

January 12th, 1:00 PM
17410 E Hwy 412, Springdale

Feed Fayetteville Workday

It’s the New Year, and Feed Fayetteville wants to start it out right.  We need YOUR help to organize our project room.  This room will help us plan all the wonderful programs and incubate the ideas that help feed our communities. We will also set up a recycling center, and possibly do some work out in the garden. With that new fitness regime fresh in your mind, use this as an opportunity to move and give back to the community at the same time.  We’ll have water and small snacks up for grabs.

Please sign up for this opportunity here

Thursday, January 15th, 12:00 – 4:00 PM
221 S. Locust St. Fayetteville, AR 72701

Holt Middle School Community Garden Workday

Come join us to help prep the Holt Middle School Community Garden for spring on Saturday, January 17th. Weather permitting, we’ll be out in the garden from 1-4 p.m. moving stones, shoveling dirt, pulling weeds, and having a blast! Please wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. No gardening experience is required, but we do ask that all children be accompanied by an adult. Snacks will be provided by Ozark Natural Foods. Holt Middle School is located at 2635 N Rupple Rd. The garden is behind the school next to the playground. Contact Meagan Metts at with any questions. Hope to see you there!

Saturday, January 17th, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
2635 N Rupple Road, Fayetteville, AR 72704

MLK Day of Service Door-to-Door Home Energy Kit Distribution

Volunteers will meet at the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce building at 9am for a short presentation/training about the energy kits and will proceed to the South Garland Area in groups of two.  There will be a break for lunch with food provided.  Volunteers need to dress warm!

The volunteers will go door-to-door in the target area, briefly explaining what the energy kits are and that they are free for Fayetteville residents who fall within certain income restrictions.  If the resident would like a kit, the volunteers will have them fill out an application. We have someone driving around with a city car to distribute kits so residents can get them that day.  We will also have volunteers tell the residents that they will be getting a call with a survey regarding the energy kits within a few weeks.

To volunteer or for more information, contact Kate Barnes, Energy Corps member at the City of Fayetteville  479-575-8270

Monday, January 19th, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce Building
123 W Mountain, Fayetteville, AR, 72701

Job & Internship Opportunities

Second Nature Spring 2015 Internship

Second Nature is a Boston-based non-profit organization working to create a sustainable society by transforming higher education. Accomplished through a variety of initiatives including the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) a program with over 680 colleges and universities where the presidents have committed to carbon neutrality and climate action on their campuses.

Second Nature is seeking applicants for paid internships that may focus on any of the following tasks based on the applicant’s area of interest:

  • Support member institutions with meeting their sustainability and resilience goals, with a focus on programs with minority-serving institutions
  • Assist with recruitment activities for new and existing members
  • Perform research and analysis of current programs to optimize member services and develop new resources for member institutions, utilizing our unique datasets
  • Assist with communications and outreach
  • Provide support for grant submission and corporate engagement initiatives
  • CRM database management and data entry

Click here for full position listing and application.

New England Wild Flower Society Internships

The New England Wild Flower Society has several paid internship positions, located in Massachusetts, available for 2015. Topic areas include Marleting, Native Plant Curation, Native Plant Horticulture, and Native Plant Nurseries. Applications are due February 1, 2015.

Click here for more information

Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce Internship

The Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce is looking for one or two interns for the Spring 2015 semester to assist in “revamping” its GreeNWAy Initiative, a voluntary certification system for Fayetteville businesses. Interns will conduct surveys of current GreeNWAy businesses and develop new materials tailored to the needs of different businesses.

Click here for more information

Cobblestone Farms Hiring Farm Manager and Assistant Farm Manager Positions

The Cobblestone Farms Project is currently looking to hire a full-time Farm Manager and part-time Assistant Farm Manager. The Cobblestone Farm is located in Fayetteville and focuses on “hunger relief, education, economic development, community, and sustainability.”

Click here to view full position listings and application instructions.

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

Fayetteville Public Library

They Fayetteville Public Library is inviting UA sustainability students to get involved by volunteering at the library. Volunteers can set their own hours and choose from a variety of programs and departments.

Volunteer Application

Margaret Burdette, Manager of Volunteer Services
Fayetteville Public Library
401 W. Mountain St., Fayetteville, AR  72701
direct phone – 479.856.7104 | library phone – 479.856.7000   

TriCycle Farms

Tri Cycle Farms, located at the corner of Sycamore and Garland Avenue, is a centrally located urban farm on the blue and red bus routes (free parking is also available at the Trinity United Methodist Church). The mission of Tri Cycle Farms is to “build community through soil,” and the nonprofit (via fiscal partnership with the OMNI Center for Peace, Justice and Ecology) is working broadly with other like-minded organizations in the region to strengthen food security. Tri Cycle Farms has ongoing “Farm to Table” programs, gardening classes, volunteer opportunities, chicken husbandry, herb walks, a composting system, and new plans to develop a farmer’s market with the Trinity United Methodist Church, which is directly across the street from Tri Cycle.

Contact Don Bennett at or 479-966-0572, or Joanna Pollock at or 708-828-5695 for more information about how to get involved or tour Tri Cycle. You can also find Tri Cycle Farms on Facebook.

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