Campus & Community Engagement

UF is committed to creating meaningful, reciprocal contributions within the campus and local communities through programs that provide experiential learning, service opportunities and recognition for sustainability champions.

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Champions for Change Awards

A partnership of the Office of Sustainability and Healthy Gators, the Champions for Change Awards recognize individuals or groups who have made significant contributions in the areas of sustainability and/or health during their time at UF.

Award Categories
  • Sustainability (which can encompass efforts made in the areas of waste reduction, water/energy conservation, social equity, outreach/engagement, academics, green teams, etc.)
  • Health and Well-being (which includes efforts made in the areas of physical, social, spiritual, or emotional well-being.)

Read more about past winners

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Volunteer with the Office of Sustainability

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UF/IFAS Extension Programs

As a state land grant university, UF also has a special obligation to meet the demand for sustainable living practices for the residents of Florida’s 67 counties. IFAS/Extension has many award winning resources that facilitate sustainable living.

Resources for Sustainable Living

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Volunteer Opportunities at UF

The Office of Community Relations and the Center for Leadership and Service offer numerous resources to Gators who would like to get more involved in the community.

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Student Organizations

Student organizations are a great way to get involved with sustainability on campus. These organizations address sustainability topics in a variety of fields including health, environment, engineering, animals, community and much more. LEARN MORE

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Gainesville Volunteer Resources

Getting involved in the Gainesville community is easy too:

The City of Gainesville Sustainability Portal is provided as a resource to learn about and make it easier to get involved with the efforts to make this a more livable and sustainable city. [/expand]

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Green Team Network

The Green Team Network serves as a supportive community for sustainable change at the department and unit level at UF. By actively participating in the meetings, trainings, and gatherings, individuals have the opportunity to learn and share experiences with fellow Green Team members and help UF realize its vision for a sustainable UF.

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