E-Newsletter: The Latest from Sustainable UF!

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

April 18, 2018


If you have not completed your Green Cord Application, today is the day! The Green Gator Graduation Cord Challenge is a program run by Gators Going Green at the University of Florida. Students graduating this summer who successfully earn at least 10 points and complete the required application form will be eligible to receive a green cord to wear during the commencement ceremony. Find out more by visiting the info page here!

A partnership of the Office of Sustainability and Healthy Gators, the Champions for Change Awards recognize individuals or groups in the UF community who have made significant contributions in the areas of sustainability and health during their time at UF. Learn more about the 2018 award recipients here.

The Cupanion program is a chance for students to earn discounts and rewards on campus for refilling and using a reusable water bottle! Scan during the month of April and earn a chance to win a pair of Snapchat Spectacles. Learn more about how you can get a Cupanion Tag and start scanning here.

The Neutral UF Coalition is allows faculty and staff employees of the University of Florida to voluntarily offset the carbon impact of their commutes to and from campus. By enrolling in a voluntary payroll deduction of just $1 per pay period, you can reduce the environmental impact of your daily commute! As part of the Spring Commuter Challenge, if you enroll between now and April 30, 2018, you will have a chance to win a brand new copy of Drawdown. See our step-by-step guide on how to enroll.

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.


Sustainable UF’s Collection Day Event is your one stop drop! Leading up to the event, students, faculty and staff are encouraged to consider putting aside unwanted items such as gently used household items, non-perishable food, school supplies, gently used clothing & toiletries, and hazardous & electronic waste. These items can be brought to Collection Day to be recycled or disposed of responsibly! Learn more here or check out the Facebook Event.

The third annual Spring Plant Sale at Wilmot Gardens will take place in the greenhouse and surrounding grounds on Friday, April 20 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, April 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Proceeds from the sale support the Wilmot Gardens and the Therapeutic Horticulture Program. Shoppers will find a wide variety of options, including herbs, vegetables, succulents, annuals, perennials, and much more! A variety of decorative garden containers, plant terrariums, and plant-related crafts will also be offered.
Celebrate Earth Day with us this Friday night at the Reitz Union for Save the Swamp GatorNights! Learn more about the event here.
Celebrate Earth Day with us! Join a ranger to experience the early morning wildlife at Sweetwater Wetlands Park! Sightings may include horses, deer, alligators, birds, and maybe even a bobcat. Binoculars and cameras are encouraged. The tour is free with regular park admission ($5 per vehicle/$2 per bike or pedestrian). The hike will start at the park restrooms at 7:15am.

Come to the Museum on Earth Day to learn about and explore your natural world. Spend a few minutes at our Notes from Nature table to help our scientists identify whether or not plant specimens have flowers. This simple activity provides important clues about climate change. But there are so many plant specimens, we can’t do it without your help. Pitch in and get a Notes from Nature sticker! Can’t make it to the museum? You can submit a Note from Nature online here!

“All proceeds of the event will benefit We Are Neutral, a local non-profit organization. We Are Neutral believes that we are too damn creative, resourceful, and competent to accept the current state of this planet. That’s why we seek to connect everyone to a better way of doing things. We do this by establishing industry leaders with our meaningful community-based carbon offsets, carbon reduction projects, education and messaging.” Find out more and purchase tickets here.

Food for Thought is a video and discussion series intended for UF’s Green Team network as an opportunity to share information and engage with each other towards a more sustainable future. The series will cover a variety of sustainability topics, including: Energy, Water, Waste, Sustainability, Climate Change. Open to all UF Green teams, as well as those interested in joining or starting a Green Team. Learn more about the first session.

Join the University of Florida team in the University bioQuest! Help UF claim victory over other teams and you might even win a prize! While you have fun exploring nature, both on and off campus, you’ll also be contributing to research that helps protect life on Earth.

Get involved – Download ‘QuestaGame’ for free from the Apple or Google app store, then join our team here -> https://questagame.com/university-bioquest
How to win – Throughout the month of April, submit sightings, on or off campus, of ‘wild’ animals, fungi and plants. The rarer your find, the higher your score. Your efforts could help us claim the Champion Spotters Team Trophy! There are also points for providing correct identifications through QuestaGame’s Bio-Expertise Engine (bee.questagame.com). If you already know nature, jump in there and help us claim the Champion Identifiers Team Trophy.
There’s plenty prizes – US$250 in Amazon gift cards! Can you claim the Best Photo or the Best Find? Anyone can be in the running for the Active Adventurer Prize Draw.



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