FAQ

 

What is a sustainable campus?

A sustainable campus improves economic efficiency, protects and restores natural systems, and enhances the well-being of students, faculty and staff. It is not the work of one office, one department or one initiative, but the collaboration across disciplines that makes Florida State University a sustainable campus.

What is sustainability?

“Sustainability” is a buzzword that’s made its way into our daily vernacular; yet it’s rare that we stop to ask what it truly means. The traditional definition is "development that meets the needs of today without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs", but how does this look on a campus as large and diverse as ours? Sustainability at Florida State University is about balancing societal, economic and environmental aspects for our current and future health. Responsible resource management of these three areas ensures that future generations of Noles will have what they need to drive innovation and have a high quality of life. 

As a student, how can I get involved with FSU Sustainable Campus?

Students can get involved by volunteering with our programs, fellowships, initiatives and events! Information pertaining to each program, fellowship, initiative or event can be found on the individual pages. You can contact student-run programs by messaging their program page on Facebook or by e-mailing sustainablecampus@fsu.edu. Students can also connect with us on social media via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat (add fsusustainable)!

As a faculty/staff member, how can I get involved with FSU Sustainable Campus?

As a faculty/staff member, please consider making your office a “Green Office”! Find out how here. You can also form a sustainable committee within your department. E-mail sustainablecampus@fsu.edu to get started!

As an alumni/FSU fan, how can I support FSU Sustainable Campus?

Alumni and FSU fans can get involved by making contributions to FSU Sustainable Campus at different points throughout the year. We participate in the Great Give at the end of March, as well as Giving Tuesday in the Fall. 

Alumni and FSU fans can also help keep Doak Campbell Stadium beautiful during home games by recycling their cans, bottles and Solo cups. Be on the lookout for our Garnet and Gold Goes Green volunteers in the gold tanks. They will be collecting recyclables at tailgates and at the stadium gates. Also, look for recycling bins near the stadium and in the parking lots.

Are there FSU courses related to sustainability?

Check out our Sustainable Course Guide!

After I graduate, how can I continue to live sustainably?

If you’re a senior and want to live sustainably, think about signing the Green Graduation pledge during Senior Week or online. This pledge has grown to include thousands of graduates from more than 100 colleges and universities around the world who are pledging to make positive environmental and social career decisions and lifestyle choices.

Continue to look for ways to make sustainable actions a part of your routine, such as recycling, using a reusable water bottle or coffee mug, shutting off the lights when you leave a room, turning off the tap while brushing your teeth or washing your hands, walking, biking or taking the bus, using eco-friendly products and voting!

How can I submit a Green Fund proposal?

To submit a Green Fund proposal, please visit our Green Fund page.

Where can I find information about recycling?

You can find information about recycling at recycle.fsu.edu. FSU Solid Waste & Recycling recycles cans and bottles, Solo cups, paper, cardboard, glass, metal, construction materials, electronics, and  ink and toner cartridges. Cans, plastic bottles, glass bottles, emptied Starbucks cups and lids (no straws!) and emptied plastic to-go containers can all be recycled in the black bins labeled “Cans & Bottles”. Cardboard (broken down and flattened) can be stacked next to the bin. Paper recycling bins can be found inside FSU’s buildings. Thank you for recycling!