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Earth Month 2024

SustainableUF invites you to celebrate UF Earth Month 2024 during the entire month of April! Join us and our campus partners as we highlight UF’s sustainability wins through engaging events, experiences, and a sense of community.

Green Gator of the Month: Danny Coenen

UF faculty member Danny Coenen, Environmental Science.

Dr. Danny Coenen is heavily involved in educating, promoting, and supporting sustainability at UF through his work. He is an Instructional Associate Professor of Environment Science and the Undergraduate Coordinator for the School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE). He teaches EVR2001, Intro to Environmental Science, and impacts hundreds of students each year who otherwise may never engage with sustainability in their lives.

Tabling Request Open for 2024 Sustainability-in-Action Showcase

Cinema Verde students tabling for the sustainability showcase.

It’s back! Submit your tabling request to participate in the 2024 Sustainability-in-Action Showcase, the headline event of UF Campus Earth Month.

Green Gator of the Month: Maddie Kowalewski

Maddie Kowalewski, Sustainability Manager for Florida Fresh Dining at the University of Florida.

Get to know Maddie Kowalewski, the Sustainability Manager for Florida Fresh Dining at UF! She talks to us about salvageable food, local businesses, and climate anxiety. Maddie shares her journey into sustainable living and provides important insights into easy ways to change the things that you can control.

Collaboration and Growth As Key To Success

Looking back at the Office of Sustainability’s accomplishments in the second half of 2023. From conservation events to intern support to book clubs, the team stayed involved with sustainability in a variety of ways.

Green Gator of the Month: Chris Landaeta

UF student Chris Landaeta.

Chris Landaeta, a nearly lifelong resident of Gainesville, is super active in the local environmental scene. He finds joy in bringing people from UF and beyond together to work on the common goal of protecting the environment. Chris defines sustainability as a Venn diagram where environmentally friendly, economically feasible, and socially just actions overlap.

Green Gator of the Month: Valentina Padron-Rasines

Valentina Padron-Rasines, UF student and Green Gator of the Month, headshot outdoors.

Valentina Padron-Rasines is a Sustainability Studies major who has a passion for social justice and preserving the environment. We talk to her about her internships as a LEED for Cities Intern and a Sustainability Intern with Alachua County. Her experiences have given her a positive outlook and an understanding of how to implement successful public policy!

Green Gator of the Month: Jess Mercier

Jess Mercier is the Assistant Director of Outreach and Marketing for UF Study Abroad. She’s dedicated to sustainable event processes, committed to exploring the intersection of sustainability and international travel, AND she’s running her own vintage and secondhand thrift resale business!

Green Gator of the Month: Mayssa Shalhoub

Mayssa Shalhoub having fun with sustainability underwater.

Mayssa Shalhoub hopes to serve as an example of how living sustainably can allow a person to tap into their personal creativity and connect with their community – and she’s doing a great job! Learn more and read her unofficial guide to sustainability at UF.

Biodiversity Internship Opportunity: Join the UF Office of Sustainability’s Internship Team

A UF student participating in a green and clean on campus in a conservation area.

Are you passionate about conservation and ready to be a change agent on campus? Look no further than the Biodiversity Internship with the UF Office of Sustainability! We’re thrilled to offer a paid internship starting in Fall 2023 that provides hands-on experience and a chance to engage the campus community in our conservation areas.