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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


Beekeeping club aims to engage students in alternative and unique forms of Environmental Stewardship.

Yellow bike on Hough Quad


A small group of selected students that work on sustainability issues around campus.

Trees and tiki hut near Fox Pond


A student group that works towards solving environmental problems on campus through the Office of Sustainability.

Students sitting down to meal outside


A student-run organic vegetable garden growing a mix of herbs, greens, and vegetables along with a young orchard, which includes bananas, mangoes and guava.


Twice a week we collect the food that Bon Appetit doesn’t serve and donate it to a local organization called FEED St Pete run by the Pinellas Community Church.


We are an organization built to pursue conservation awareness and conduct independent research throughout Florida.


We try to get students out and active off campus, through skydiving, kayaking, camping trips, hikes, snorkel trips, surf trips, rock climbing as well as a variety of other activities.


Scubi Jew is dedicated to 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.



There are a variety of strategies that Eckerd College employs to promote waste reduction. These include the recycling and composting programs, water bottle filling stations, reusable Eco-Clamshells at the cafeteria, and the Trash to Treasure project. The college population is encouraged to conserve materials and recycle.

Eco-Clamshell food container


In 2007, President Eastman signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. Since then, we track greenhouse gas emissions and reduce energy use. 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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