A sycamore that traveled to the moon as a seed, and a cork oak tree that was used for scavenger hunts are just two of the 21 “heritage trees” on the University of Arizona campus. There’s the strange Mexican boojum and a date palm from Abu Ghraib. The trees hold our history, says Campus Arboretum director Tanya Quist, and they also inspire us to appreciate the present moment.
Old Main, the first building that defined the UA campus, was designed using the most environmentally-sound principles of its day, 125 years ago. Today the Green Fund Committee is taking that same bold vision forward, inspiring and implementing efforts across the University to ensure a better world for generations to come.
No, it’s not time to check your blood pressure or cholesterol. When the House Energy Doctor comes to make one of its free visits, Tucson community residents get structural and engineering health-and-wellness checkups for their houses, and architecture students benefit from real-world experience while helping solve energy woes.
While teaching a class on natural resource policy law, Ed de Steiguer, professor in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment, came across the Wild, Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. The more he read, the more intrigued he became. Now, he has written a book, "Wild Horses of the West: History and Politics of America’s Mustangs," which he presented on March 12 at the Tucson Festival of Books.
Mops made from recycled soda bottles; a free Bike Share program; Smart Cars and Priuses available on campus for only eight dollars an hour. The University of Arizona is committed to sustainability, and its green initiatives are reducing the campus’s carbon footprint while improving the quality of life for students, faculty and staff.
Archaeologist Pearce Paul Creasman has a passion for trees and the stories they tell. As curator of the UA’s Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research , he is archiving the world’s largest collection of tree ring samples – over 2 million specimens – spanning 8,000 years of history.
A team of scholars at the University of Arizona’s Southwest Center are studying the future of ranching in the region. Folklorist Maribel Alvarez and ethnobotanist Gary Paul Nabhan are documenting new techniques that could lower the carbon footprint of beef production, stimulate the local food economy and nourish the desert ecosystem.
How will a warmer climate affect tree growth? What will happen to Earth’s ecology as more trees die? Grad students Henry Adams and Daniel Griffin are pursuing answers to big questions that face our planet. Questions like these have earned Adams and Griffin prestigious EPA fellowships to help them pursue the answers.
Community, Collaboration and Composting: Engaging the Border Region to Save Water and Turn Waste into a Resource
The UA’s Bureau for Applied Research in Anthropology (BARA) performs research, teaches, and reaches out to educate and improve the quality of life across Arizona, the nation and the world. Anthropologist Diane Austin and her students are leading an effort to bring technology and communities on both sides of the border together to save water, protect precious rivers and turn waste into a resource.
UA researchers are combining a centuries old practice of growing fish and aquatic plants together (aquaculture) with our successful hydroponics program. The result is called aquaponics. It produces more and better crops and saves water. Waste from the fish fertilizes the vegetables and the water is recycled over and over. This new technology can be used in places where water is scarce and may change the future of crop production.
Earlier this year, UA students with the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture became one of 20 teams from around the world to earn a spot in the Solar Decathlon sponsored by the U.S. Dept of Energy, culminating with building a home on the National Mall. Project manager Matt Gindlesparger shares their story and that of SEED[pod], the inspired, inventive sustainable-living home they built from the ground up.
A UA-led research team has found that as the climate warms, plants are flowering at higher elevations in the Santa Catalina Mountains. Their work was made possible by a volunteer naturalist who hiked the same trail one to two times per week for more than 20 years, collecting information about flowering plants.