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.
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.
For Florida State University junior Abdullah Derosier, an Unconquered Scholar who came to FSU his freshman year with only a suitcase and 15 cents to his name, getting the basics for college was a challenge.
Thanks to Chuck It For Charity, a partnership between FSU Sustainable Campus and University Housing, Derosier and other students facing hardships are able to get the necessities for college at no cost.
Earth Day, celebrated on April 22, promotes healthy activities that individuals or organizations can do to help the planet. Often, this means planting trees, creating more opportunities for recycling or encouraging people to use reusable products.
For many FSU faculty, sustainability is an important question that often drives their research. FSU researchers are tackling a variety of problems related to the environment, examining the fate of the Gulf of Mexico years after the BP oil spill, how peatlands respond to warming temperatures and more.
Florida State University students participated in this ritual for the fifth time this year. FSU’s World Water Day event was put on by Take Back the Tap (TBTT).
On Feb. 13, 2018 in the nearly empty Tallahassee Mall, a registered student organization, Food Recovery Network at FSU, won a local community project competition. The competition, called SOUP, is an innovative concept that first began in Detroit five years ago and is now active in many cities around the country.