Whether it’s modeling changing ecosystems, developing scenarios, or providing information for stakeholders and decision makers, climate change is at the heart of much of SNAP’s work. Being keenly aware of the impacts of climate change on our lives, homes, and organization, SNAP recognizes its responsibility to environmentally sustainable and ethical business practices. SNAP works with its employees, collaborators, and the University of Alaska System to develop, implement, and engage in actions that conserve natural resources. We recognize that the job is never done, and SNAP will continue to promote the wellbeing of the planet and people through environmentally conscientious behaviors.
The SNAP office recycles mixed paper, aluminum, tin, plastic, cardboard, glass, and electronics.
In collaboration with the University of Alaska Fairbanks, SNAP actively participates in recycling paper, tin, aluminum, plastic, glass and cardboard. SNAP also regularly recycles electronics, such as batteries, cell phones, and printer cartridges. Some of the food waste generated in the office is taken home and composted. SNAP tries to use as many environmentally friendly office supplies as possible, including printer paper made with recycled materials.
Last year, SNAP employees commuted more than 9,000 miles by bicycle!
In their daily transportation choices, SNAP employees save almost 10,000 pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere. On overage, SNAP employees’ commute by bike 257 miles per week in the summer. Even during the subzero temperatures of winter in Fairbanks, SNAP employees continue to commute by means other than car approximately 142 miles per week.
SNAP employees contribute their talents and efforts to several local environmental organizations.
Our staff also contributes time to volunteering for green organizations, including the Arctic Audubon Society, the Denali Center “Green Thumb” Horticultural Therapy Program, the Northern Alaska Environmental Center, and Calypso Farm and Ecology Center.
You can learn more about sustainability initiatives in the University of Alaska System by visiting the University of Alaska Anchorage Office of Sustainability or the University of Alaska Fairbanks Office of Sustainability online.