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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 a yellow bike share program recognized by the National Wildlife Federation that reduces auto use on campus and a white bike share program that lets students venture off campus.

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.
Tree Campus USA designation
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What You Can Do

  • Sign up for a daily shift with our campus recycling program
  • Help plan the annual Environmental Film Festival
  • Submit an environmental story to Planet Forward
  • Join one of the groups below to foster sustainable behavior

Campus Groups

Fostering sustainable behavior at Eckerd College


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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.


Dedicated to helping students in marine science, policy, or environmental studies develop professional skills and learn what job opportunities are available for people in these fields.


Work with local and national environmental campaigns and educate students through volunteer work and field trips.


Promote a lifetime of outdoor stewardship and cause the Eckerd Community to think critically about their role as environmentally conscious citizens.



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 EcoClamshells at the cafeteria, and the Trash to Treasure project. The college population is encouraged to conserve materials and recycle.


Eckerd College promotes sustainable transportation. The UhaulCarShare program offers four vehicles for rent by the hour or day. Vehicles are parked on campus in the Beta lot near the Waterfront. Bike sharing includes 100 yellow bikes for on-campus use and six white bikes to go off campus.

Students walking out of car onto beach


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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