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Eckerd's Yellow Bikes Program Receives Campus Ecology Recognition by National Wildlife Federation

posted on 12/06/2005

Eckerd College is one of 12 colleges and universities to be granted special Campus Ecology Recognition by the National Wildlife Federation, the nation's leading conservation education and advocacy group. Campus Ecology Recognition is granted to exemplary colleges and universities with measurable positive achievements and commitment to restoring wildlife habitat and slowing global warming during the 2004-05 academic year and for the future.

Campus Ecology Recognition and Yearbook
Eckerd's Yellow Bikes and Community Native Plants Garden programs are two of 56 case studies from more than 40 higher education institutions in the U.S. and Canada documented in NWF's 16th edition of the Campus Ecology Yearbook. Campuses featured in the Yearbook focus on conservation and sustainability projects and are enrolled in the Campus Ecology program at NWF. Eckerd achieved its goal of increasing bike use on campus by students, faculty and staff, resulting in the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions on campus. Environmental Studies professors Beth Forys and Alison Ormsby spearheaded the effort to submit Eckerd's Yellow Bikes case study for consideration.

Greening Eckerd College
The Yellow Bikes program is one component of the larger effort to green Eckerd's campus. Recent examples include: Eckerd's Sustainable Campus Task Force established Pledge for Sustainability Week in mid-November; environmentalist guru Lester Brown was a featured speaker on the Presidential Events Series in October; Eckerd established an environmental policy for higher education with the signing of the Talloires Declaration in April; and Eckerd junior Samantha "Sam" Symon '07 was designated as a NWF Campus Ecology Fellow in February for her work with the Eckerd College Community Native Plants garden.

College and University Efforts
Among the 56 projects highlighted in the new edition of the Yearbook, NWF awarded special recognition to 12 of the colleges and universities for setting and achieving especially ambitious conservation goals:
- Eckerd College, FL (increase bicycle transportation campus-wide);
- Arizona State University, AZ (campus-wide comprehensive development plan);
- Ball State University, IN (daylighting building studies, mercury use, and hybrid-electric buses);
- Berkshire School, MA (increased recycled products on campus);
- College of the Atlantic, ME (decreased waste accumulation at graduation events);
- Daemen College, NY (establishment of container recycling program);
- Manhattanville College, NY (used funds generated by recycling to purchase food for the underprivileged);
- University of British Columbia, BC (ECOTrek infrastructure installation, campus education for organic and non-recyclables, and publication of sustainability goals);
- University of Central Florida, FL (controlled burn plan to restore native species);
- University of Oregon, OR (elected for alternative energy source);
- University of West Alabama, AL (invasive species removal via controlled burn);
- Villanova University, PA (approval of environmental sustainability policy draft and audit to implement Energy Star Purchasing Policy).

National Wildlife Federation
The nation's largest member-supported conservation education and advocacy group, the National Wildlife Federation, unites people from all walks of life to protect nature, wildlife and the world we all share. The Federation has educated and inspired families to uphold America's conservation tradition since 1936.

Eckerd's Yellow Bikes
For past coverage of Eckerd's Yellow Bikes in the news, click here.

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