E-Newsletter: The Latest from Sustainable UF!

The Latest News, Events and More from the Office of Sustainability

September 25, 2017


Join our TailGator Recycling program before the Gators’ home football game on Saturday, Sept.30!  This is a fun, easy way to get involved with Sustainable UF and earn points toward the Green Graduation Cord Challenge! Sign up here.

Join the Gator Community Supported Agriculture Program and get fresh, local produce all season long! This year there are two local, organic farms to choose from – The Family Garden and Frog Song Organics​.  Choose your favorite to join, and get a share of their harvest each week, October -June.  Each farm has unique offerings and pricing. Pick up location is at the UF Cultural Plaza each Thursday, 4:30pm-6:30pm.  For more info on the program and farms, visit http://www.fieldandfork.ufl.edu/programs/gator-csa.

“The University of Florida recently received recognition through an award, rebate and certification for its sustainability efforts in three projects on campus.” Read more in the article from UF at Work.

We’ve developed an easy online guide and application to help students, faculty, and staff make any event more sustainable! Whether it’s as small scale as a staff meeting or party, or as complex as a conference, we have the tools you’ll need to help minimize your negative impact on the environment, and maximize your ability to be an engaging change agent for a wide audience. Check out all the information and the guide here.

Congratulations to our recent Certified Sustainable Events:

The Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience – Under the Sea Soiree Fundraiser (Blue-level certification)
George A. Smathers Libraries – Convocation (Green-level certification)


UF’s fall Science Writer in Residence is energy/environment journalist David Biello, science curator for TED Ideas, contributing editor at Scientific American and author of The Unnatural World: The Race to Remake Civilization in Earth’s Newest Age. Biello will speak on where he sees environmental innovations, including climate change solutions, emerging, and what it’s like being a solutions-oriented reporter in the Trump era. Learn more or follow the event on Facebook.

  • NEW: Race Matters in the News
    Oct. 9 | 12pm – 1pm | 345 Holland Hall

Join the Center for the Study of Race and Relations for lunch and discussion about current events related to race. Facilitated by Professor Mary Jane Angelo, the topic will be “Clean Water and Environmental Justice: Lessons from the Flint Water Crisis.”

Diving Deeper: Immersive Storytelling for Climate Science, the third-annual climate communications summit, will explore virtual reality and other types of immersive storytelling that hold promise for helping people visualize the climate-changed future. Please register here (free!) to reserve your seat: https://www.jou.ufl.edu/home/about/climate-change-summit-2017/

Join SustainableUF to learn more about the sustainable transportation options on campus and in the community through interactive booths, eco-friendly and electric vehicle exhibits, activities, and more. This event is free and open to all UF staff, faculty, and students. Join our Facebook event for more details and updates!

  • NEW: Endangered Species, Endangered Truth: A Park Ranger’s Perspective
    Nov. 7 | 6pm | Smathers 100

Western park ranger turned environmental journalist Jordan Fisher Smith, author of Engineering Eden: The True Story of Violent Death, a Trial and the Fight Over Controlling Nature, will share his perspective in his talk “Endangered Species, Endangered Truth: A Park Ranger’s Perspective”. Join Jordan for his talk on how we share scientific knowledge in an era of alternative facts, when even park rangers are constrained in their campfire talks.


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