Environmental Initiatives

Eckerd College Environmental Initiatives
Current AccomplishmentsDescription
Environmental Dorm Starting Fall 2009, students can choose to live in an environmentally focused traditional dorm. The residents of Gamma Freeman will be students committed to a sustainable lifestyle and who are interested in connecting with other like-minded individuals.
LEED Certification of Iota Dorm LEED certification signifies that the building in question is built using environmental sound materials and methods.
Energy Star Purchasing Policy As of Spring 2007, it is recommended that all purchases of appliances be Energy Star rated. This standard is set by the EPA and means that the appliances use less energy, thereby decreasing our total environmental footprint. 
Paper purchasing policy Increase from 10% post-consumer content to 35% in 2006-2007.
Talloires Declaration This declaration requires that the institution make a commitment to sustainability in all facets of campus life and was signed by President Eastman in Spring 2005.
American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment Climate change is a pressing issue and one where colleges and universities must step up and be the leaders. This commitment requires that the institution create an action plan for becoming climate neutral.
National Wildlife Federation grant for native plants garden This grant, secured by alumna Samantha Symon and Professor Alison Ormsby in 2005, assisted in the development of Eckerd's native plant garden.
Environmental Research and Education Foundation grant to fund innovative reusable container system This grant was awarded to Eckerd College in 2007 to develop the first ever reusable to-go system in the United States. This innovative system utilizes a durable plastic container that is "checked out" by students to take food to go. Once the container is returned, it goes through the industrial strength dishwasher and then back into circulation. This is a closed loop method for taking food to go that models the convenience of the current disposable system.
Yellow bike program This program promotes the use of sustainable transportation on campus. In 2005, the National Wildlife Federation gave Eckerd a Campus Ecology Award of campus recognition for this program.
Environmental film festival Each spring Eckerd holds an environmental film festival to create greater community awareness of pressing environmental issues.
Food waste Campaign 2007 This campaign targeted the huge amount of food wasted by students. For three weeks in 2007, Eckerd students got the opportunity to reduce waste by 30% in order to donate $1,500 to the Darfur cause. In the end Eckerd students came close to this goal and $1,200 was donated to the International Rescue Committee.
Recycling program Eckerd College's recycling program is run by students and diverts a substantial amount of waste from the landfill every year.
Alumni grove The Alumni Grove, planted by the class of 1967, is a natural habitat on campus adjacent to Forever Wild.
Eat Local Challenge This is Bon Appetit's initiative to show how possible it is to obtain food within a 130 mile radius of campus. It also brings awareness of this issue to students and campus community members who often do not stop to think where their food comes from.
Community service trips to local areas for habitat restoration Each year the office of Service Learning, campus organizations, and students doing their Quest for Meaning project, donate valuable hours for the restoration and preservation of Florida natural areas.
Green house gas emissions inventory This inventory, mandated by the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment, details Eckerd's green house gas emissions over the last five fiscal years. The goal is to use this data as a base rate and then reduce emissions from the current levels.
Sustainable Campus Task Force, Garden club, Earth Society, Recycling These are the key environmental groups on campus.
Earth Fest Each year the Earth Society holds an Earth Day celebration showcasing local environmental organizations
Palm Hammock The Palm Hammock Nature Area is a five acre coastal hardwood hammock on the western edge of campus. Many environmentally related classes use this wild natural area as a "living laboratory."
Multi-function Copiers In Spring 2009, 49 of energy efficient copiers were installed across campus. Double-sided copying is encouraged and the copiers are networked to eliminate the need for individual printers in every office. These copiers also have a scanning function to avoid making paper copies, and have an extremely efficient power save mode.