Robert Bullard, a noted scholar and author, often described as “The Father of Environmental Justice,” visited Florida State University Wednesday, March 6, to discuss environmental justice issues taking place around the world.
Did you know that a person’s zip code is the most potent predictor of an individual’s health and well-being? Skin color determines the amount of pollution that an individual lives around, drinks, and breathes. Communities of color are, by far, burdened with more environmental hazards than white communities, making people of color disproportionately the victims of environmental pollution and negative health consequences, without acknowledgement or support from corporations or government.
The campus of Florida State University will soon be cleaner, greener and quieter as a fleet of zero-emission electric buses rolls into Tallahassee and makes the university a national model for campus transportation systems.
Florida State has signed a 10-year contract with StarMetro, the city of Tallahassee’s public bus system, to operate an all-electric university bus fleet. The plan is to replace 15 diesel-powered buses with revolutionary battery-electric models that are more environmentally friendly and cheaper to operate.
Nearly 10 years after its inception, Sustainable Campus continues to expand sustainability at Florida State University. This past Saturday, Jan. 12, the Seminole Organic Garden added eight new beds, and recently, Food Recovery Network expanded to include recoveries from the C-Stores, The Grid and Garnet & Go.
Florida State University’s Elizabeth Swiman is one of 100 individuals from across the country recognized as a Difference Maker by the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America.
Swiman is the director for Campus Sustainability at Florida State. The TIAA Difference Maker Award honors people who have devoted their lives to improving the world and shaping a brighter future for humanity.
I love being the “Sustainability Person.” You know, the person you turn to after you finish your Starbucks drink and ask, “Can this be recycled?” To which I will give an elaborate response that you never asked for, but you’ll listen because you can see the joy it brings me to share my knowledge with you.
Yeah, that’s me!
Most of us try our hands at saving the planet when we can. We’re getting on board with the anti-straw movement, we opt out of getting cutlery with our food delivery orders when possible and we try to remember to bring canvas bags with us to the grocery store. But some people take reduce, reuse, recycle to a whole new level, taking what’s right in front of them and repurposing it to address the often dire needs of people in their communities.
Students who have stopped by the Integration Statue recently may have seen the newest addition to the Florida State University reCycle Bike program: a mobile bike repair trailer. This trailer will serve as a way to help students with basic bike repairs, such as balancing tires, oiling chains, adjusting bolts and adding more air to the tires.
At the end of each academic year, the FSU campus is a flurry of activity with students wrapping up finals and moving out of the residence halls. The 6,500 students who live on campus pack up their rooms and try to figure how to fit all the stuff they came to school with back into the car, and sometimes, there isn’t enough space.
Over the past decade, ‘Chuck It For Charity’ has collected more than 100 tons of unwanted items such as furnishings, microwaves, school supplies, food and housewares and given them a second life, rather than dumping them in a landfill.