Get involved in our campus sustainability program
Our campus is a living, breathing classroom that teaches and inspires us every day. It’s only natural for us to nurture and protect it through campus-wide conservation efforts like these:
- A Yellow Bike program recognized by the National Wildlife Federation that reduces auto use on campus. A White Bike program lets students reserve a bike to take off campus for up to five hours.
- Cooling the new James Center with wastewater rather than toxic coolants. The Center holds LEED Platinum certification.
- A solar array on top of the Environmental Studies building that produces enough energy to power two buildings during peak sunshine hours.
- Iota Residence Hall, also a LEED-certified building, was built using environmentally sound materials and methods.
What You Can Do
- Sign up for a daily shift with our campus recycling program
- Buy an eco-clamshell for your to-go meals and help keep Styrofoam out of our landfills
- Commit to a sustainable lifestyle by living in Gamma Freeman residence hall
- Grow and harvest edible plants through our community garden club
- Help plan the annual Environmental Film Festival
Eckerd College is one of the 322 most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada, according to the Princeton Review. First recognized in the guide’s inaugural edition in 2010, Eckerd is one of the nine Florida Schools to be noted for its green efforts.
Eckerd College is committed to fostering sustainable behavior on the college campus.
Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to participate in a variety of sustainable activities. From the Earth Fest held each spring to the annual Environmental Film Festival, the college community is engaged through environmental awareness and education.
Scubi Jew is dedicated to educating students and actively doing our part to repair the damage done to our oceans, rivers and lakes, and the creatures that live in them.
A student-run and managed organic vegetable garden growing a mix of perennial and annual herbs, greens, and vegetables along with a young orchard, which includes bananas, mangoes, citrus, mulberries, guavas, and more.
There are a variety of strategies that Eckerd College employs to promote waste reduction. These include the recycling and composting programs, water bottle filling stations, reusable EcoClamshells at the cafeteria, and the Trash to Treasure project. The college population is encouraged to conserve materials and recycle.
Eckerd College promotes sustainable transportation through a few methods. The UhaulCarShare program offers four vehicles for rent by the hour or day. All vehicles are parked on campus when not in use. The college also promotes bike sharing by offering yellow bikes to be used on campus every year.
In May, 2007, President Eastman signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. Since then, Eckerd has tracked the greenhouse gas emissions and created a campus-wide action plan for reducing energy use. In October 2013, 2016 solar panels were installed as part of the 50 kilowatt solar photovoltaic array on top of the Environmental Studies building.
Meet the Sustainability Director
As an undergraduate Evan conducted Eckerd’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory for two fiscal years for his Ford Scholar research project. He graduated from USF St. Petersburg with his M.B.A. in May 2015. Evan also sat on several committees to advise and implement sustainable initiatives on campus.