Programs

Chomp Down on Energy
UF’s energy efficiency campaign, Chomp Down on Energy, encourages faculty, staff, and students throughout campus to conserve energy. To capture all potential energy savings, UF needs everyone to do their part.

One Less Car
The One Less Car Campaign educates and motivates UF students, faculty, and staff to utilize alternatives to single-occupancy vehicle transportation including walking, biking, taking the bus, and carpooling. Since 2008, nearly 5,000 people have participated, avoiding more than 100,000 trips and keeping 800 tons of carbon dioxide emissions from entering the atmosphere.

TailGator Game Day Recycling
Founded in 2006, the TailGator Green Team Game Day Recycling Program is now an integral part of tailgating culture on campus. The purpose is to encourage fans to recycle when tailgating before home football games, helping the university work toward its goal of zero-waste while also educating and empowering fans on the importance of sustainability. Check out this video to learn more!

Gator Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
The Gator CSA provides an opportunity for our faculty, staff, and students to buy locally grown food through a CSA with partnering farms. A CSA is essentially a membership to a farm. You pay up front (or in installments) for your food from the farmer, and each week you receive a box of vegetables and fruits (and sometimes other goodies) from their farm.

Green Teams
UF’s Green Team Network is an effort to involve members of the campus community, at all levels, to help realize the goals present in the Vision for a Sustainable UF. The Office of Sustainability works directly with Green Teams to develop strategies for sustainability that are a good fit for their colleges or departments. The office offers support and resources, and works to connect teams and facilitate dialogue and cooperation on sustainable efforts across campus.

Past Events
Read about past events and campaigns hosted by the Office of Sustainability.

Prairie Project
The Prairie Project at UF draws together cohorts of faculty from diverse fields across the university to learn about environmental issues and sustainability. It provides a training opportunity for faculty to learn more about incorporating sustainability concepts into their curriculum regardless of discipline.  Additionally, this project connects fellows from the program for ongoing learning and collaborative opportunities. In 2011, the program expanded to include a Prairie Project for Graduate Fellows workshop that focuses on skills for teaching critical thinking and enabling behavior change through curriculum and interactive activities related to project development.

REthink
The Office of Sustainability is expanding the campaign to focus on paper waste reduction throughout the 2012-2013 school year, with more targeted waste streams to come!

Speakers Series
Since its inception, our Speakers Series has featured the leading speakers on sustainability issues, from political leaders to opinion-shapers, artists and entrepreneurs.

Champions for Change Awards
Since 2009, the Office of Sustainability has hosted the Sustainable Solutions Awards. In 2013, we are pleased to partner with Healthy Gators and announce our Champions for Change Awards program. The awards recognize individuals or groups in the UF community who have made significant contributions in the areas of sustainability and health. For the Sustainable Solutions Awards, categories are Waste Reduction, Water Conservation, Energy Conservation, Academics, Engagement, and Social Equity, as well as Green Team and Student Organization of the year. The Healthy Gators Awards include individual and group leaders in Physical, Social, Spiritual, and Emotional achievement categories. Nominations open every spring.

Sustainability Hut
A moveable education tool, the hut travels around campus and aims to educate the university community on sustainability. Volunteers are trained to staff the hut and provide engaging and outreach on a variety of topics.

Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System
The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS®) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to gauge relative progress toward sustainability. STARS was developed by Education (AASHE) with broad participation from the higher education community.