E-Newsletter: The Latest from Sustainable UF!

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

October 9, 2018


The University of Florida has launched an initiative to help low-income families in Alachua County through a new strategic partnership with the Community Weatherization Coalition, a local non-profit organization focused on improving home weatherization and energy efficiency.

  • UF Receives “Groundbreaker” Award for Plastic Diversion

Thanks to the efforts of hundreds of students on campus, UF reached 10,000 bottles diverted through the Cupanion Fill It Forward program. By using the app, students can track reuse and earn the chance to win prizes from campus partners such as the UF Bookstore, RecSports and more. Don’t have a Cupanion tag? Visit our webpage to learn how you can help UF reach the 25,000 mark!

The UF Office of Sustainability is proud to announce that several UF Offices have been awarded various levels of certification through the Green Recognition for Offices & Workplaces (GROW). These offices have worked closely with the Office of Sustainability to address sustainability concerns in the workplace and take steps to create solutions. See the full list of GROW certified offices here.


Help your community and planet in a hands-on way! Volunteers are trained during a three-part, 12-hour workshop how to perform a home energy tune-up for local families. Learn how to inspect homes, review utility bills, and install items such as water-saving shower heads and LED bulbs, to save energy, water and $ for low-income residents throughout Alachua County. Reserve your spot in the training today or find more information at the Facebook Event.
See the schedule for the three-day workshop below (you MUST attend all three days).
Thursday, October 25…….5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Thursday, November 1st…….5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Saturday, November 10th…….9:00 am – 2:30 pm

The 2018 Sustainable Transportation Fair will take place on Wednesday, October 31 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm on the NE corner of the Reitz Union Lawn behind Marston Science Library and the Hub. Learn more about the sustainable transportation options on campus and in the community through interactive booths, eco-friendly vehicle exhibits and demos, activities, and more. This event is free and open to all UF staff, faculty and students! Join our Facebook event for more updates and announcements.

The Florida Museum of Natural History will display “The Lost Bird Project,” which includes five cast-bronze sculptures of the extinct Carolina Parakeet, Great Auk, Heath Hen, Labrador Duck and Passenger Pigeon, starting Nov. 1. Artist Todd McGrain created the statues as a tribute to endangered and extinct species. Ranging from 4 to 6 feet in height, the sculptures were permanently placed where each bird was last seen in the wild, ranging from Fogo Island, Newfoundland, to Okeechobee, Florida, with traveling exhibits of the same figures touring nationally. For more information visit www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/event/lost-bird or call 352-846-2000.

UF’s 4th annual climate communications summit, “The Forecast Calls for Change: Telling the Story of Climate Science Through Weather,” will feature keynote speaker atmospheric scientist Dr. Marshall Shepherd followed by discussion panel of expert meteorologists. Following the talks, enjoy food and drink and the opportunity to discuss best practices for communicating climate science across campus and around the world. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Register today to save your spot!

  • NEW: Intro to Commuter Bicycle Maintenance
    Nov. 7 & 14 | 6-9pm | FreeWheel Project

In partnership with The Freewheel Project, Gainesville’s non-profit bicycle co-op, Intro to Commuter Bicycle Maintenance will introduce bicycle basics from proper bike fitting to on-road maintenance skills to give riders confidence to hit the road and commute to campus. Classes for the inaugural session will be held at the Freewheel Project on Wednesday, November 7th & 14th from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. This course is sponsored by the UF Office of Sustainability and offered to UF students, faculty and staff at no cost. It is valued at $50 and participants will receive a free bicycle helmet and flat repair kit at the end of the course. UF students, faculty and staff may sign-up using the form located here.

  • NEW: Bike to Campus Day
    Nov. 28 | 7:30-8:30am | Plaza of Americas

Join us for Bike to Campus Day as we celebrate students and UF employees who cycle-commute to campus. We’ll be set up on the Plaza of the Americas from 7:30 – 9:30 am to welcome bike commuters with a free breakfast and information about how Gator Go: Bikes will keep working throughout the year to improve cycling accessibility and programming at UF. Look for the tent with the bike racks next to it for a convenient place to stop and refuel for the day!

  • NEW: Cycling Savvy – Bicycle Safety Class
    Nov. 30 & Dec. 1

Cycling Savvy is a cycling safety curriculum for all levels of riders from beginner to advanced. The three part course involves safe cycling techniques, riding skills and an experiential ride with course instructors. To encourage safe cycling on campus and in Gainesville, the Office of Sustainability will cover the registration expense for current and active UF students, faculty and staff. Please email jacobadams@ufl.edu before registering for your discount code or to request additional information.

Join us for an interdisciplinary symposium fostering dialogue around artistic experimental practices, scientific fieldwork, and anthropological research in response to the greatest planetary crisis of our era. The symposium is presented in conjunction with the exhibition The World to Come: Art in the Age of the Anthropocene (on view through March 3, 2019). Lively conversations between guest speakers, UF faculty and attendees will confront the challenges of artistic, political and personal practice in the late Anthropocene, in search of ways forward to a more vibrant, compassionate and just future. This program is presented by the Harn Museum of Art and UF Imagining Climate Change. Speakers, schedule and more details here.  Help spread the word via the Facebook event.


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