GROW Resources

11/8/2016 – UNDER CONSTRUCTION – Check back for updated information soon!

Energy

  • Consider using Smart Power Strips to turn off power to peripherals when you’re away from your desk. These can help reduce 5-10% of the energy usage of your office.
  • Consider using a radiant panel heater instead of a traditional space heater. According to Energy.gov, radiant heating is more efficient than many other types of heating.
  • Complete an electronics inventory to determine the plug load (i.e. how much power the appliances and electronics in your office use) in your office

Transportation

  • There are numerous Sustainable Transportation options available at UF, including the bus, bicycling, Campus Cab, Zipcar, and Carpooling.
  • The Neutral UF Coalition program is designed to allow faculty and staff employees of the University of Florida to voluntarily offset the carbon impact of their commutes to and from campus, and is specifically targeted toward those employees who drive to and from campus, but wish to lessen their footprint and environmental impact. Those employees may enroll in voluntary post-tax payroll deductions to offset their commute. Just one dollar per pay period – or $26 a year for 12-month employees – can completely offset the average UF commute.
  • For meetings on campus, consider using a bicycle. UF offers a Departmental Bicycle Program to encourage faculty and staff to use alternative modes of transportation on and around campus.
  • Another option for on-campus meetings is to use Campus Cab – a point-to-point transportation service provided by Transportation and Parking Services.
  • For off-campus meetings, consider using one of the 3 hybrid vehicles available through Zipcar.
  • Gainesville’s Regional Transit System offers a variety of bus routes on- and off-campus to help you get around. You can now use Google Maps to find the bus stop closest to you and the bus routes that go to your destination.

Waste

  • UF has “dual stream” recycling. This means that paper is recycled separately from cans and bottles. We actually use the same system as the City of Gainesville and Alachua County. We expect ALL Green Offices to recycle cans, bottles and office paper. We can work with you to see if there is a way to recycle other items.
  • UF is composting paper towels from restrooms in many academic buildings across campus.
  • Copier & Printer Cartridges are recyclable on campus thanks to partnerships with Xerox through the PrintSmart program and with Laser Action Plus. Instructions on how to recycle used toner cartridges are available HERE.
  • The UF Surplus Warehouse offers the ability transfer assets to and from each department, and – through My Assets – transfers between departments. Please consider using the UF Surplus Warehouse when you need to get rid UF furniture and office equipment.
  • UF Mail and Document Services is working hard to reduce the amount of junk mail that arrives on campus by contacting the mailers directly in order to terminate the mail. You can contact Mail Services at mail.sustainability@ufl.edu for assistance in reducing unwanted mail. You can also do your part by unsubscribing from unwanted catalogs and junk mail through the following ways:
    • Telephone Books: www.yellowpagesoptout.com
    • Junk Mail: Many companies now provide the ability to unsubscribe or remove yourself from their mailing list on their website. The Office of Sustainability has had some success by using the “Contact Us” form on company websites as well
    • Junk Mail: Catalog Choice is a free service used to cancel specific catalogs and other types of paper mail you no longer wish to receive.
    • Junk Mail: DMAchoice™ is an online tool developed by the Direct Marketing Association to help you manage your mail. DMAchoice divides direct mail into four categories: Credit Offers, Catalogs, Magazine Offers and Other Mail Offers. You can request to start or stop receiving mail from individual companies within each category—or from an entire category at once.

Purchasing

  • UF has a Sustainable Purchasing Directive that is designed to support campus sustainability at the University of Florida and to provide guidelines, information, and resources in procuring products that will minimize negative impacts on society and the environment to the greatest extent practicable.
  • The UF Surplus Warehouse offers the ability transfer assets to and from each department, and – through My Assets – transfers between departments. Consider using the UF Surplus Warehouse when you need new items for your office such as desk furniture.
  • Additionally, property can be swapped between departments on the Property Swap Listserv (uf-property-swap-L@lists.ufl.edu) – The UF community uses this listserv to find a home for unneeded UF furniture and office equipment. This listserv is open to all staff. Postings on this web site should include a description of the items and a picture if possible. Any furniture acquired through this web site must continue to serve the UF community and is not available for personal or private use.
  • All electronic equipment purchased should have an EPEAT Silver or Energy Star rating.

Paper

  • The UF PrintSmart Program helps reduce the number of individual desktop printers and replace them with energy efficient networked printers while also reducing total cost of ownership of printers and copiers. Duplex printing is enabled as default for most PrintSmart machines.
  • Minimizing print margins can reduce the amount of paper used for printed materials without affecting the readability of documents. Consider using “Narrow” margins in Microsoft Word

Water

Communication

  • The Office of Sustainability sends out an E-newsletter with information about upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, and sustainability information. Please click HERE to sign-up to receive the newsletters directly in your inbox.

Events & Meetings

  • The University of Florida maintains an Approved Caterers program to ensure various regulations, policies, procedures and best practices are followed in order to provide a safe and responsible dining experience on campus. Any function on campus where food and/or beverages is offered and purchased with University funds must use a University of Florida approved caterer.
  • The Office of Sustainability offers Sustainable Event Certification for events of any size on campus.

Innovation

  • Please let us know if your office or department does something out of the ordinary or above and beyond. Examples include a staff member collecting food waste and bringing it home to compost or hosting a campus clean-up event. Please be creative! We will keep a list of innovations to help inspire other offices and departments.