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Local Solutions

Fairbanks is an active community that supports citizen engagement. The Northern Center educates the local community about conservation efforts and engages citizens to create local solutions that protect the environment while improving our quality of life. We work with our community to address public health concerns; maintain clean air and water; and preserve public lands.

Local Air Quality

Our Air Quality section provides information and education on various initiatives and projects within the Fairbanks North Star Borough.

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Don't Be Fuelish

Don’t Be Fuelish Fairbanks! Are gas prices stressing you out? This summer organizations around Fairbanks will compete in the 6th annual “Don’t Be Fuelish Competition.” To save fuel for your organization you can car pool, take the bus, bike, walk, or run to work. Since 2007, the Don’t Be Fuelish Competition has conserved 18,757 gallons of gas, and saved its participants $71,762! So join us in the effort to save fuel this summer and keep your cash in your wallet!! For more information about the Don’t Be Fuelish Competition call 452-5021, visit, or sign up at the Noel Wien Library on March 29th from 5:30-6:30PM.

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Fugitive Dust Workshop

Fugitive Dust Workshop

Alaska Department of Conservation (ADEC) is revising its fugitive dust law and will be hosting a Fugitive Dust Workshop in Fairbanks on March 31st at the Alpine Lodge from 5:30-7:30PM. This will be Fairbanks’ first big opportunity to comment on fugitive dust as it pertains to coal ash.

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Bike To Work Week - Fairbanks

Burn Calories, Not Gas Bike to Work Week is a national event intended to incentivize biking as an alternative form of commute that burns calories rather than gas. The week's events, prizes and local support will generate enthusiasm that will ideally carry over into the participants every day routine throughout the summer. These changes in individual habit translate into cost savings, air pollution reduction and a happier, healthier community.

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Energy Efficiency - NAEC's Retrofit

Please watch our video from our very successful retrofit of the Northern Center on College Road in Fairbanks, Alaska.

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Practical Advice for outdoor adventures

Education and advocacy is in our mission. We often have speakers give fantastic presentations in our community, with practical tips and advice for all kinds of adventures in Interior and Arctic Alaska. When possible, we try to capture information and/or handouts to post for your use and education. Be safe and enjoy northern Alaska!

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