MG 6127During the Earth Week Festival, held Tuesday, April 11, UAB Sustainability recognized individuals and groups for their leadership in support of sustainability efforts at UAB.

“Sustainability is an institutional priority and it takes all of us to create a culture of sustainability at UAB, from academic programs to building operations and maintenance to dining and more,” said Julie Price, Manager of UAB Sustainability. “So, we hope by recognizing those who are going above and beyond, it will encourage others to do what they can.”

Road closure map 032717Beginning Monday, April 3, and continuing through the end of June, 7th Avenue South between 14th and 16th Streets South will be closed to traffic for installation of underground utility lines. The closure is part of an ongoing project to expand the District Steam and Chilled Water System campuswide.

170316 hammock renderA new hammock park, located near Rast Hall, will open just in time for students returning from Spring Break. The park, opening March 29, is a solution to the ever-growing use of portable hammocks around campus, which can damage young trees.

“With increasing enrollment more students are enjoying the greenspaces on campus. The Facilities Division noticed the use of hammocks on light poles and small trees,” said Julie Price, Manager of UAB Sustainability. Attaching hammocks to these surfaces is not only damaging, but can be dangerous if the trees and light poles cannot sustain the additional weight and fall.

IMG 5415As UAB continues to enhance its campus facilities, the UAB Facilities Division has created a Tree Evaluation, Preservation and Mitigation Procedure to ensure the preservation of legacy and valuable trees on campus.

“As we continue to densify the campus with more intentional and purposeful open spaces, it is important to understand the many contributing factors trees play in our urban environment,” said Geoff Boyd, Project Manager for Facilities Planning, Design and Construction. “This procedure provides a mechanism which allows us to further communicate that vision.” 

EVSE charging stationsStarting this week, drivers will be able to charge their electric vehicles on UAB’s campus. The Electric Vehicle Service Equipment (EVSEs) will be open to anyone, including those not affiliated with UAB.

“The idea for this project came from a student through an application to the UAB Sustainability Investment Fund,” said Julie Price, Manager of UAB Sustainability. The fund is a shared program between UAB Sustainability and the Division of Student Affairs. “UAB Sustainability then provided additional funds to make the idea a reality. Our program is here to support investments that further cultivate our campus as a living lab, where we have new technologies that engage and educate the campus and community. It’s also a great service for EV drivers—EV charging stations are quickly becoming an amenity for staff at large, forward-thinking employers.”