While going green may be a relatively new calling card for many American universities, the University of Arizona has been going green since its inception in 1885. UANews is showcasing the connection that our long and proud legacy of environmental stewardship has with our growing status as a global leader in advancing environmental sustainability.
Sustainability at the UA is grassroots movement embraced by our students, employees, alumni and supporters.
University climate research involves scholars in fields ranging from Earth science to engineering, law and social sciences to public health, and agriculture to the humanities and art. Collaboration has improved the University's public outreach efforts.
Student and faculty interest in sustainability courses is growing, helping to make the University of Arizona a hotbed for study and implementation. The UA currently offers more than 160 courses with a focus on sustainability
Long before there was a green movement, the UA was making extraordinary advances in sustainability. For more than a century, the UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has been conducting innovative research, developing new technology and educating the public on how to preserve the planet's precious natural resources.
Engineering students and faculty are developing innovative methods to reduce the environmental footprint of semiconductor manufacturing, copper mining and solar power generation. Their efforts have already had extraordinary impacts on industry.
Desert dwellers can look to innovative UA architecture students and faculty for a more energy-and-water efficient built environment. They design, construct and test affordable dwellings and landscapes suited to the beauty – and the limitations – of our arid land.