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Keep Eckerd green with our sustainability programs

Our campus is a living, breathing classroom that teaches and inspires us every day. It’s only natural for us to nurture it through conservation efforts like the first enacted “Break Free from Plastics” pledge signed by a college president in the nation, a federal grant to reduce single-use plastics and two bike share programs for on- and off-campus use.

In our cafeterias, seasonal ingredients come from local, owner-operated farms and ranches. Meat and dairy from animals raised with artificial hormones or routine antibiotics are avoided.

Our Green College ranking also factors how we build:

  • The Center for Visual Arts is oriented to minimize heat load created by intense sunlight and uses fritted glass for its south-facing windows.
  • We cool the James Center with wastewater rather than toxic coolants; it holds a coveted LEED Platinum certification.
  • The Environmental Science building is powered by a solar array.
  • Iota residence hall is LEED-certified.

What You Can Do

Campus Groups

Fostering sustainable behavior at Eckerd College

Student beekeeping club


Engaging students in alternative forms of environmental stewardship. Honey bee research is big at Eckerd.

Trees and chickee hut near Fox Pond


Working towards solving environmental problems on campus through the Office of Sustainability.

Yellow bike on Hough Quad


Working on sustainability issues around campus.

Students sitting down to meal outside


Running an organic vegetable garden of herbs, greens, and vegetables along with a young orchard, which includes bananas, mangoes and guava.

Eckerd birder looking through binoculars


An official Audubon Campus Chapter that introduces students to the world of birding. Eckerd has the highest bird diversity of any college in the continental U.S.!

Students swinging on rope on outdoor adventure


Getting students out and active off campus, through skydiving, kayaking, camping trips, hikes, snorkel trips, surf trips, rock climbing and more!

Scubi doo dog with scuba gear on


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.

Drawing of a student riding sharks


Pursuing shark conservation awareness and conducting independent research throughout Florida.

Eckerd student saving a brown pelican from entanglement


Protecting and understanding our local seabirds and other wildlife through rescue and education.



Eckerd College promotes waste reduction with recycling and composting programs, water bottle filling stations, reusable Eco-Clamshells at the cafeteria, fishing line recycling containers and an annual Trash to Treasure project.

Fishing line collection receptacle on Eckerd College campus


In 2007, our president signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. In 2013, solar panels were installed as part of the 50 kilowatt solar photovoltaic array on top of our Environmental Studies building.

Solar panel array

In their own words

“Eckerd solidified my direction. Since graduating, I’ve worked at Egmont Key alongside the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and at the Florida DEP as a Bio-technician Intern and Park Manager Assistant. After earning my Master’s degree in Environmental Management and Sustainable Development, I served as the Sustainability Assistant for the City of Oldsmar, Florida. For the City of St. Petersburg, I co-led a project which secured $130,000 for a 42 kW parking lot solar installation and worked on policy development, solar power economics and energy efficiency programs that launched a successful solar co-op. Currently I serve on the Suncoast Sierra Club Executive Committee.”
— Peter Killeen ’11
Sustainability & conservation management professional, Two Trails Inc.

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