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Congratulations to the 2024 Champions for Change!

Students doing the Gator Chomp at the Champions for Change Ceremony.

12 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: Madeline Stewart

Madeline Stewart, UF student, enjoying some free time hiking in the mountains.

Madeline Stewart talks with us about her job at the Butterfly Rainforest, Manatee County Natural Resources Department Internship, and her thesis covering the connections between hunting and Fish and Wildlife Department funding nationally. You also don’t want to miss her poetic explanation of what drives her commitment to sustainability!

Green Gator of the Month: Anusha Chaudhary

Anusha Chaudhary, March Green Gator of the Month, PhD student in Geography.

Anusha Chaudhary, PhD student of Medical Geography and instructor for Conservation of Resources, is the Green Gator of the Month! She says her favorite thing about teaching is meeting new students every semester and having a cross-learning environment. Whether it be conservation updates, fun facts, or new slang, she enjoys the opportunity to learn from students while they learn from her. 

Sustainability-in-Action Showcase: UF Earth Month 2024

Sustainability-in-Action Showcase flyer for UF Earth Month 2024

UF Earth Month’s main event is the Sustainability-in-Action Showcase! On Tuesday, April 16th, everyone will gather to celebrate sustainability on campus at this engaging and interactive tabling fair.

UF Earth Month 2024

UF Earth Month 2024 graphic.

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.

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!