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Green Gator of the Month: Jim Vignola

UF staff member Jim Vignola.

Jim Vignola, Project Manager for Planning, Design & Construction, is leading the way on new building projects at UF. Find out more about the awards his team won on the new Special Collections building and about the priority he puts on repurposing!

Green Gator of the Month: David Flores

David Flores has it all – impressive internships, robust student involvement, experience in exciting sustainability courses as a dual degree student majoring in both Environmental Engineering and Sustainability Studies. You don’t want to miss his recommendations and advice for other sustainable Gators!

Celebrate 10 Years of Tree Campus Recognition at UF

Large tree on the UF campus in Gainesville, Florida.

Join us in celebrating everyone who plays a part in receiving and maintaining the Tree Campus designation from the Arbor Day Foundation year after year.

The Sustainable UF Intern Experience

UF student interns holding buttons.

The Sustainable UF interns contribute to day-to-day tasks and projects for the Office of Sustainability. From social media posts to new ideas to research projects, they all help make UF a more sustainable place!

Life Unplastic: “Reduce, Reuse, Refill, Rethink”

Office of Sustainability Intern Kendall Brockelman takes a visit to local zero waste refillery Life Unplastic to see what it is all about.

Congratulations to the 2023 Champions for Change!

Florida Home Energy Efficiency and Equity Coalition, 2023 Champions for Change Awards Recipients

Seven outstanding individuals/groups were recognized this year for their contributions to sustainability and/or health and well-being at UF. Keep reading to earn more about each recipient!

Green Gator of the Month: Elizabeth Walker

UF student and Green Gator of the Month Rocket Walker

Elizabeth “Rocket” Walker is all in on supporting the local community here in Gainesville. Whether she’s trying to save the springs, fighting gentrification, teaching science to the next generation, or simply working on conservation projects – she’s ready to do whatever it takes to make an impact.

Green Gator of the Month: Dustin Stephany

Dusty Stephany Staff Green Gator of the Month for Sustainable UF.

Dustin Stephany, Sustainable Building Coordinator, has done so much to help improve green building certification standards at UF. He also has tons of wisdom to share about how he approaches sustainability. Keep reading to hear more about the influence of his Native American identity.

Green Gator of the Month: Chloe Schwab

UF student Chloe Schwab, Green Gator of the Month due to her research with her Marine Sciences major.

UF Marine Sciences major Chloe Schwab looks back on her incredible experiential learning opportunities to perform research across the world! She also reminds us that there is always time for small actions that can improve sustainability.

Green Gator of the Month: Anna Mavrodieva

UF student and Green Gator of the Month Anna Mavrodieva holding an orange snake.

When Anna learned the different ways you can be an environmentalist besides being a scientist, she really appreciated the lesson. “You can be a teacher, an artist, or a communicator. Anything can be tied back to protecting our planet,” Anna explains.