Raising awareness, conducting science, encouraging alternatives
Eckerd College was awarded two consecutive grants from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Marine Debris Program to reduce single-use plastic consumption on campus.
The first project, which was funded through August 2020, established Reduce Single-Use @ Eckerd and raised awareness among students, faculty and staff about the negative environmental impacts of plastic waste, particularly in the ocean habitat that borders our campus, and encouraged use of alternatives to single-use plastic items.
The follow-up project, funded through February 2023, is a collaboration with the University of North Florida to Reduce Single-Use on a public university campus.
In 2019, Eckerd College signed a sweeping pledge that prohibits the purchase of most nonessential single-use plastics using College funds, the first of its kind to be enacted in the nation.Reduce Single-Use Project Website
Reducing single-use plastics at Eckerd College
We offer reusable water bottles and umbrellas on Admission tours. Our Fill It Forward initiative rewards students for using their own beverage containers for refills at our pub and café. We now offer boxed water at major events.
We’re quantifying plastic consumption data across campus to determine the need for reusables. For example, we are able to show that water bottle filling stations (85 installed so far!) are indeed reducing consumption.