Dr. J. Bernard Machen, president of the University of Florida, is serious about sustainability, and, in 2006, was among the first to sign the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, which laid the groundwork for plans to educate the campus community about climate change and to measurable reduce the university’s carbon emissions, with a goal of carbon neutrality by 2025. UF has set an aggressive goal of becoming a zero-waste campus. In pursuit of this goal, comprehensive recycling programs have been established across campus and even at Gator games, where volunteers help keep 26,000 pounds of recyclable material from entering the landfill annually. In 2013, due to the collection of compostable materials during home football games, Ben Hill Griffin Stadium achieved a single-game diversion rate of 78 percent during the 2013 football season. The athletics program was the first carbon-neutral program of its kind in the country, and was recognized as one of ten case studies on how campus sports are going green in the 2013 Collegiate Game Changers report, published by the Natural Resources Defense Council. More recently, UF established pre- and post-consumer compost collection in its two dining halls and pre-consumer compost collection in the J. Wayne Reitz Union. UF has seventy-four LEED-certified buildings on campus and the first LEED Platinum building in Florida. All new buildings must seek LEED Gold or better. UF offers more than 1,000 sustainability-related courses and academic programs, including both a major and minor in Sustainability Studies, and a major in Sustainability and the Built Environment. UF is in the process of expanding its efforts to include a Green Office Certification Program, as well as a revised Climate Action Plan and Green house Gas Inventory to help shape the future of sustainability initiatives on campus.
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Sustainability-focused degree available
School employs a sustainability officer
Public GHG inventory plan
% food budget spent on local/organic food
Available Transportation Alternatives
Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2016.