Academics & Research

Education about sustainability gives students the opportunity to learn and develop solutions to complex environmental, social and economic issues affecting today’s world. A number of UF colleges offer majors, certificates and other curricular opportunities in sustainability. There are also several centers and institutes on campus and around the state of Florida that collaborate with the UF on research related to sustainability.

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Sustainability Degree Programs

Several colleges offer majors and concentrations that focus heavily on sustainability in their respective fields.

Majors & Concentrations in Sustainability

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Sustainability Courses

UF efforts to incorporate sustainability into curriculum have included a new position for Provost Faculty Fellow for Sustainability, a mini-grant program, and the development of a Minor in Sustainability, resulting in the development of dozens of undergraduate and graduate courses related to sustainability across colleges.

Sustainability Focused courses

Courses in which the primary and explicit focus is sustainability and/or on understanding or solving one or more major sustainability challenge.

Sustainability Related courses

Courses that include sustainability but primarily focused on a topic other than sustainability, yet incorporates a unit or module on sustainability or a sustainability challenge, includes one or more sustainability-focused activity, or integrates sustainability issues throughout the course.

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Green Graduation Cord Challenge

The Green Gator Graduation Cord Challenge is a program run by Gators Going Green at the University of Florida. Students 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.

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Research Centers & Institutes

There are dozens of centers and institutes connected to the UF community that focus all or some research on issues of environmental, social and/or economic sustainability. Institutes such as the Florida Climate Institute, the UF Water Institute and the Florida Energy Systems Consortium connect the UF with research networks across Florida.

See a more detailed list here.

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Curriculum Development

From 2010 to 2016, UF hosted the Prairie Project – an annual training workshop and mentor-ship program to support colleges and faculty to develop curriculum for sustainability.

Goals of the Prairie Project

  • “Green the Curriculum” to introduce and reinforce the theme of environmental and social sustainability throughout students’ educational experiences
  • Support and assist faculty in curricular innovation, and promote interaction that enables faculty to collaborate around issues of sustainability
  • Integrate environmental issues with campus stewardship to gain an understanding that the classroom extends to the entire campus—including facilities, grounds, and the built environment
  • Encourage service learning experiences that extend academic studies of environmental sustainability into the community

For more information on how to get involved with the Prairie Project, contact our office.

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