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.
Fostering sustainable behavior at Eckerd College
Working towards solving environmental problems on campus through the Office of Sustainability.
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.
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.
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.