Sustainability

Climate change is at the heart of much of SNAP’s work. We are keenly aware of its impacts on our lives, homes, and organization and recognize our 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 know the job is never done, and SNAP will continue to promote the wellbeing of the planet and people through environmentally conscientious behaviors.

Waste management

The SNAP office recycles mixed paper, aluminum, tin, plastic, cardboard, glass, and electronics.

In collaboration with UAF, SNAP recycles paper, tin, aluminum, glass, and cardboard. We also recycle 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.

Transportation

To date, SNAP employees have commuted more than 2,500 miles by bicycle and other non-motorized means.

SNAP participates annually in the Northern Alaska Environmental Center's Don't Be Fuelish campaign, a community-wide effort to reduce fuel consumption by promoting biking, walking, or running to work, riding the bus, and car pooling.

In their daily transportation choices, SNAP employees prevent thousands of pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere. To date, SNAP employees have bicycle-commuted ~1,000 miles (April–September). Even during Fairbanks' winter darkness and subzero temperatures, SNAP employees commute more than 140 miles per week by means that don't include driving a car.

SNAP gives back

SNAP employees contribute their talents and efforts to local environmental organizations:

Visit the UAF Office of Sustainability to learn more about these initiatives in the UA system.