Sustainability Fellows

The Sustainability Fellows program provides an opportunity for students of any discipline to participate in furthering sustainability efforts on the FSU campus and in the Tallahassee community. Sustainability Fellows can be selected from any major or field of study. Fellows work in collaboration with campus and community partners to actively engage in research, propose strategies, and identify opportunities for sustainability issues.

benefits of being a fellow

  • Tackle real-world sustainability challenges
  • Join a network of campus and community change agents
  • Receive support and professional development from Sustainable Campus
  • Fulfill FSU’s experiential learning graduation requirement through the Experience Recognition Program (ERP)

fellowship process

Fellows will be selected based on their academic background, professional experience, and personal statements. Individually or in small working groups, Fellows address a challenge related to environmental, social, and/or economic sustainability at FSU or in Tallahassee with a campus/community partnering organization.

The duration of the Fellows program is one academic semester. There will be opportunities for Fellows whose projects are ongoing to continue with the program for multiple semesters. Fellows are expected to work on their projects over the course of the semester. At the end of the fellowship, Fellows must submit a deliverable demonstrating their learning, for example, a research paper, poster, audio/visual presentation, etc.

requirements

  • Be a current FSU student throughout the fellowship period
  • Commit 60 hours per semester (or 5 hours per week) to project research
  • Attend orientation, mid-term check-in, and final presentations
  • Complete the Experiential Recognition Program Sustainability Fellows Canvas 0-credit course
  • Submit a deliverable to the project partner
  • Provide and receive feedback at multiple stages

Apply today

Students interested joining the Fall 2020 Sustainability Fellows cohort are invited to apply and submit a resume through the online Qualtrics form which includes the following essay questions.

ESSAY QUESTIONS

2750 character maximum

  1. Why are you interested in the Sustainability Fellows program? (Share a brief description of your background, experience, and strengths)
  2. What does sustainability mean to you? (Describe your personal understanding or definition of sustainability)
  3. How does this fellowship relate to your professional goals and/or field of study? (Explain what you hope to gain in terms of knowledge, skills, or other experiences while a Sustainability Fellow)
  4. Describe an experience managing multiple projects or commitments. (How did you organize tasks, stay ahead of deadlines, and manage your schedule? What was challenging, and how did you learn from your experience?)
  5. For each selected project, describe your skills, experience, and interest in the topic and how you would approach the sustainability challenge.
application timeline

Date

Event

February 17, 2020

Application opens

February 25 & 26, 2020

Information sessions, Mendenhall A, Room 101, 6pm

March 13, 2020

Application closes

March 24 & 25, 2020

Interviews

March 30, 2020

Notifications

 

Fall 2020 Sustainability Fellows Projects

Fall 2020 PROJECTS

As part of the application process, students should identify a Fall 2020 project (listed below) that they’re interested in and describe any skills, interests, and experience relevant to the project.

Each project has several preferred disciplines, but students from any background are still eligible to apply.

  • Students DO NOT have to be enrolled in a specific major or program to be considered for a project.
  •  Students DO need to communicate how their background and previous experience will make them successful as a Sustainability Fellow working on their chosen project.

Partner

Project Description

Preferred Disciplines

Apalachee Audubon Society

Create Bat Habitats at Lake Elberta
The Apalachee Audubon Society strives to protect the environment through education, appreciation, and conservation. This project will involve the design, construction, and monitoring of bat houses at Lake Elberta.

Biology, Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Science, Environment & Society

Compost Community

Communicate Composting and Farm Share Opportunities
Compost Community collects organic waste materials and offers a Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) produce bucket program with fresh produce from the Frenchtown Urban Farm. This project will develop a new marketing and communication campaign that highlights these two services in the Tallahassee community.

Media/Communications, Advertising, Public Relations, Marketing, Environment and Society

Food for Thought Pantry

Market Student Food Resources
The Food for Thought Pantry provides nourishment to students experiencing food insecurity. This project will promote available resources through social media and other communication channels, developing a multi-faceted campaign for student outreach.

Media/Communications, Advertising, Public Relations, Marketing, Environment and Society

FSU Facilities

Provide Recommendations for a Sustainable Supply Chain
Universities have a lot of purchasing power and require a myriad of goods and services to run successful institutions. This project will evaluate Higher Education Institutions to (1) examine how sustainable procurement policies are addressing social responsibility effectively and (2) recommend best practices that can be implemented at Florida State.

Business Analytics, Information Systems & Supply Chain, Management Environment and Society, Geography, Social Science

Grounds and Landscape Operations

Promote FSU's Campus History and Landscaping
Florida State University's campus is rich with historical, architectural, and natural beauty. This project will involve a multidisciplinary team of researchers, designers, and artists working together with Grounds and Landscapes Operations to create a promotional booklet highlighting the University's unique historical, landscaping, and sustainability features.

History, Environment and Society, Environmental Science, Geography, Biology, Social Science, Media/Communications, Advertising, Public Relations, Marketing, English

Leon County Office of Sustainability

Advocate for Sustainable Business Practices
Leon County is launching a Sustainable Business Recognition Program in 2020, which will recognize businesses that have already implemented sustainability practices, help amplify their practices, and assist other businesses just getting started. This project will involve program facilitation, working with multiple businesses and helping them conduct research and analysis relevant to the sustainability criteria in the program. 

Environment and Society, Social Science, Management, Business Administration, Entrepreneurship

Leon County Office of Sustainability

Identify Opportunities to Expand Community Composting
Leon County’s Integrated Sustainability Action Plan (ISAP) sets an action item to explore opportunities to expand composting practice in the community. This research project will (1) evaluate various options that the County could implement and (2) provide recommendations for composting at multiple scales, timelines, and budgets.

Environment and Society, Social Science, Entrepreneurship, Business Administration, Economics, Urban and Regional Planning, Public Administration

Second Harvest of the Big Bend

Evaluate Efficient Routes for Food Bank Deliveries
Second Harvest food bank delivers resources to 17 Big Bend counties, however the cost of fuel and truck maintenance is expensive. This project will (1) critically assess current routes and (2) provide recommendations for alternative routes that maximize delivery efficiency.

Engineering, Urban and Regional Planning, Geography, GIS

Sustainable Campus

Measure Student Sustainability Literacy
Sustainability literacy is the knowledge, skills, and mindsets that allow individuals to become committed to building a sustainable future. This project will create and implement a research instrument to measure student sustainability literacy at FSU to enhance Sustainable Campus' communications, programs, and initiatives.

Environment and Society, Environmental Science, Social Science, Interdisciplinary Studies

The Sharing Tree

Develop Recycled Art Curriculum
The Sharing Tree is a Tallahassee nonprofit that provides educational opportunities for children focusing on healthy values and practices that best sustain people and our planet. This project will develop a curriculum program for interactive art projects using recycled materials that can be implemented at The Sharing Tree's classes and open creative play sessions.

Environment and Society, FSU Teach/Education, Art Education, Studio Art

Spring 2020 Sustainability Fellows

Alejandro Suarez

Program: First Year Undergraduate in Digital Media and Production

Campus/Community Partner: Sustainable Campus.

Alejandro is a freshman from Miami, Florida pursuing digital media and production at FSU.  Having an interest in media production and sustainable living, he is excited to be involved with this organization.  

 

Alexis Chavez

Program: Fourth Year Undergraduate in Environmental Science and Policy

Campus/Community Partner: Apalachee Audubon Society

Alexis’s interest in sustainability increased due to the classes he took at FSU and his internship program at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Alexis joined the Sustainability Fellows program because wanted to contribute to sustainability research in Tallahassee and become more prepared for his career after graduation.

 

Andrea Zang

Program: Second Year Graduate Student in Urban and Regional Planning

Campus/Community Partner: FSU Grounds and Landscaping Operations

Andrea is a second-year master's student in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning (Go DURP!) focusing on sustainable affordable housing policy, asset-based community development, and the impact of gender and sexuality on the urban experience. She's excited to leverage her background in project management, public participation, and GIS to understand and map recycling facility access across FSU's campus - you'll find her biking around campus with a GPS all of spring 2020!

Dani Proffitt

Program: Fourth Year Undergraduate in Advertising and Studio Art

Campus/Community Partner: Leon County Office of Sustainability 

Dani is a double major in Advertising and Studio Art focusing on creative, social, and business issues alike. She has a growing passion for the environment that she wanted to apply to her current professional life as well as further grow her knowledge in the field of sustainability. She saw a post on social media about the Fellows program and it seemed like the perfect fit! 

David Krijgsman

Program: Fourth Year Undergraduate in Environment & Society and Political Science

Campus/Community Partner: Leon County Office of Sustainability

David grew up throughout Europe and South Florida, where he developed a passion for the outdoors early on in life. After graduation, he plans to pursue a career in environmental law and public policy.

Jacob Doty

Program: Four Year Undergraduate in Geography and Economics

Campus/Community Partner: FSU Grounds and Landscaping Operations

Jacob is a senior studying Geography and looking towards a future career in GIS. He is looking forward to working with the Sustainability Fellows to map recycling availability on campus, make the data more accessible, and improve the recycling on campus.

Katie (Shiqian) Wang

Program: Ph.D. Student in Geography

Campus/Community Partner: Apalachee Audubon Society 

Katie is a Ph.D. student in the department of geography. She’s interested in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Remote Sensing (RS), and human-environment interactions.

Spring 2020 Sustainability Fellows Projects

 

SPRING 2020 PROJECTS

As part of the application process, students should identify a Spring 2020 project (listed below) that they’re interested in and describe any skills, interests, and experience relevant to the project.

Each project has several preferred disciplines, but students from any background are still eligible to apply.

  • Students DO NOT have to be enrolled in a specific major or program to be considered for a project.
  •  Students DO need to communicate how their background and previous experience will make them successful as a Sustainability Fellow working on their chosen project.

Partner

Project Description

Preferred Disciplines

Apalachee Audubon Society

Where is the trash in Lake Elberta coming from?

Lake Elberta Park is a Tallahassee bird watching oasis and ranks #4 in bird species observed at a given place in Leon County. The Apalachee Audubon Society wants to know how waste is entering Lake Elberta. The project will involve mapping trash flows, which can inform city staff as well as local volunteer organizations tasked with restoring the park for wildlife habitat.

Geography, Urban and Regional Planning, Interdisciplinary Social Sciences

Florida Disabled Outdoors Association

What are the economic benefits of investing in recreational opportunities for people with disabilities?

The Florida Disabled Outdoors Association's mission is to enrich lives through accessible, inclusive recreation for all. The organization is looking to supplement national-level data with a local study into the economic benefits of investing in recreational opportunities for people with disabilities in the Tallahassee area. The project will involve research, data collection, and analysis of the economic impacts of local investments in recreation.

Economics, Sports Management

FSU Grounds

Where can FSU students, employees, and visitors find recycling on campus?

Florida State University offers recycling services at many locations across campus. However, the recycling infrastructure has not been inventoried and included in the Sustainability section of the interactive campus map. The project will involve using GPS technology and ArcGIS software to gather information about recycling on campus.

Geography, Urban and Regional Planning, Interdisciplinary Social Sciences

FSU Libraries

How can FSU Libraries celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on campus?

April 22, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. FSU Libraries is creating a museum exhibition highlighting Earth Day and the environmental movement at FSU and in the Tallahassee community. The project will involve archival research and museum exhibition installation.

Museum Education and Visitor-Centered Curation, History

Leon County Office of Sustainability

How can Leon County better educate community members about sustainability?

The Leon County Office of Sustainability works to enhance environmental, economic, and social resilience by promoting adoption of sustainability practices within the community. The office is developing a Sustainability Ambassadors Program to educate a diverse range of stakeholders about sustainability. The project will involve sustainability education and curriculum development for community members with different demographic backgrounds and knowledge levels.

Environment & Society, Environmental Science, FSU-Teach/Education

Second Harvest of the Big Bend

How can Second Harvest Food Bank market its services?

The Second Harvest Food Bank is a food bank in the 11-county region of the Big Bend. The organization has a need for a new marketing campaign highlighting the updated Second Harvest website and volunteer portal, milestones and reductions in hunger, and hiring of the new CEO in order to increase visibility and information to stakeholders in the service area. The project will involve creating a marketing campaign and informational brochure.

Media/Communications, Advertising, Public Relations

Second Harvest of the Big Bend & Food for Thought Pantry

How can Second Harvest Food Bank measure student hunger and food insecurity on campus?

Second Harvest of the Big Bend is interested in doing more communications related to student hunger and food insecurity on university and college campuses in the Tallahassee area. To create a public relations campaign, the organization first needs local data analyzing the scope of the issue, awareness of the issue, and stakeholders affected by the issue. The project will involve research, data collection, and analysis of student hunger in Tallahassee.

Environment & Society, Public Health

Sustainable Campus

How can Sustainable Campus utilize digital media and film to reach a wider audience?

Sustainable Campus is the Office of Sustainability at Florida State University. The mission of the office is to promote a culture of sustainable living at FSU and within the campus community. Sustainable Campus is interested in utilizing digital media and film to reach a wider audience. The project will involve the creation of promotional videos for Sustainable Campus and its programs. 

Digital Media Production, Motion Picture Arts

 

questions

For any questions, contact the Sustainable Campus Academics & Partnerships Coordinator, Laurelin Haas, at lhaas@fsu.edu. 

 

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