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Eckerd Featured in Roundtable on Sustainability Efforts of Bay Area Campuses
posted on 09/15/2009
How are Tampa Bay's colleges and universities meeting the challenge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce their carbon footprint? What are the strategies that they are using to become more 'green', less wasteful and more energy efficient?
Sustainability leaders from five Tampa Bay area campuses (Eckerd College, St. Petersburg College, Stetson University College of Law, USF St. Petersburg and USF Tampa) will address these questions in a free, public roundtable discsussion:
Sustainability Efforts on Bay Area Campuses: A roundtable discussion with sustainability leaders from Tampa Bay's academic community
Wednesday, September 23, 7 p.m.
The Studio@620 (620 1st Avenue North, St. Petersburg)
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact David Hastings, Associate Professor of Marine Science and Chemistry at Eckerd College at 727.864.7884.
Nationwide, higher education institutions are exercising leadership in their communities by modeling ways to eliminate global warming emissions, and by producing graduates educated in environmental issues and concerns. Some campuses are making an effort to become climate neutral, which means net zero emissions of greenhouse gases. Is this a realistic objective, or an environmentalist's dream? What alternative energy sources could lead to climate neutrality? How can current energy needs be reduced by conservation and increased efficiency?
Panelists will give brief presentations on current and future plans for sustainability on their campus, followed by a roundtable discussion amongst all participants:
Joseph Dorsey, Assistant Professor of Environmental Policy at USF St. Peterburg
Jason E. Green, Sustainability Coordinator from St Petersburg College
David Hastings, Associate Professor of Marine Science and Chemistry at Eckerd College
Leah Ellington, Student Bar Association "Go Green" Committee at Stetson University College of Law
Alison Ormsby, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at Eckerd College
Henry V. Valenti, Director of Facilities at Stetson University College of Law
E. Christian Wells, Director of the Office of Sustainability and Associate Professor of Anthropology at USF Tampa
About Sustainability at Eckerd College, www.eckerd.edu/green
When Eckerd College President Donald R. Eastman signed the College and University Presidents Climate Commitment that addresses climate change, the College committed to make its plan available to the public. Click here to read the 2009 Eckerd College Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Action Plan: In Pursuit of Climate Neutrality.
More examples of Eckerd's many sustainable projects include:
Zipride.com provides ridesharing opportunities for the campus community; the Edible Peace Patch garden project at Lakewood Elementary School; the reusable EcoClamshell to-go container, the Yellow Community Bike program designed five years ago to increase bicycle use on campus and decrease automobile traffic; the hands-on, student-run recycling program; the Visions of Nature / Voices of Nature Environmental Film Festival; Iota Complex, a residence hall for which Eckerd is seeking LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification; facilities vendor UNICCO's GreenClean green products approach; Bon Appetit's Circle of Responsibility and Eat Local Challenge programs that aptly match Eckerd's environmental ambitions; and the popular Environmental Studies major that consistently graduates enough students to qualify as one of the College's top three majors.