Campus Sustainability Month

We invite you to “follow the green brick road” for the month of October by using your brain, heart, and courage to discover new ways to reduce your impact.

October is Campus Sustainability Month (CSM), supported by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. Through AASHE, institutions around the world transform students and other campus stakeholders into effective change agents and drivers of sustainability innovation.

CSM is an international celebration of sustainability in higher education. We hope you'll join us and others partners in engaging and inspiring faculty, staff, and students in a month of sustainability activities. So get ready, and Follow the Green Brick Road.

Take the Green Pledge

Event Calendar
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WEEK ONE: NO PLACE LIKE HOME
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Monday the 2nd
  • 10:00am-1:00pm
    World Vegetarian Day
    @ Free Speech Zone

Wednesday the 4th
  • 9:00am-2:00pm
    Healthy Knight Expo
    @ Pegasus Ballroom

Thursday the 5th
  • 10:00am-1:00pm
    Food Waste Awareness
    @ Student Union Front Patio

WEEK TWO: HAVE HEART
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Wednesday the 11th
  • 10:00am-1:00pm
    Sign the Sustainability Pledge
    @ Student Union Patio

Thursday the 12th
  • 11:00am-2:00pm
    WHPS Fresh-U Kitchen Day
    @ Memory Mall

  • 6:30pm-9:00pm
    Film Screening
    @ UCF Arboretum

WEEK THREE: TAKE ACTION
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Tuesday the 17th
  • 4:30pm-6:15pm
    Coalition Meeting: Composting Workshop
    @ Student Union Sand Key Room 200

Thursday the 19th
  • 10:00am-1:00pm
    Life in a Landfill
    @ Student Union Patio


  • 6:00pm-7:00pm
    DIY Sustainability Reminders
    @ Gazebo by the Breezeway

WEEK FOUR: THINK BIG
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Tuesday the 24th
  • 10:00am-2:00pm
    Electric Vehicle Display
    @ Student Union Front Patio

Thursday the 26th
  • 6:00pm-7:30pm
    Think GREEN, Think BIG: Guest Speaker & Discussion Panel
    @ Global UCF Room 101

Saturday the 28th
  • 12:00pm-5:00pm /6:00pm-10:00pm
    Knights Go Green Recycling Events
    @ Memory Mall/Spectrum Stadium

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Think GREEN, Think BIG


Guest Speaker and Panelists

US Green Chamber of Commerce CEO: Michelle Thatcher

As CEO, Michelle Thatcher utilizes her 20+ years of non-profit conservation leadership experience in building a comprehensive national advocacy, networking, and education platform for businesses around the nation. She served as National Director for three years before being selected to lead the organization in 2013. Prior to her role as National Director, Michelle served as Executive Director of the Association of Florida Conservation Districts, a non-profit organization for the state’s 63 Soil and Water Districts, from 2006-2010. Earlier, she served as Executive Director of Seminole Soil and Water District. In addition to several current board positions, Michelle also serves on the advisory board of the International Green Energy Council, Recycle Across America/Recycle Across the World, World CSR Congress, and Ideas for Us, a United Nations accredited Non-Profit Organization. Michelle is an internationally recognized expert on sustainable businesses and is a guest lecturer at conferences around the globe.

Clean the World Founder & CEO: Shawn Seipler

As a social entrepreneur, Shawn Seipler is committed to focusing his business, management and leadership skills on advancing humanitarian, social and environmental causes. His commitment to excellence and passion for corporate social responsibility led to the creation of Clean the World in 2009. With impact results in 100 countries, Clean the World is a social enterprise that offers sustainable, socially impactful programs to a global marketplace. Clean the World has a goal of preventing millions of deaths caused by acute respiratory infection and diarrheal disease, while diverting hundreds of tons of landfill waste. Clean the World’s Hygiene Kit Build program engages corporations, meetings, and universities to produce “green” events that offer impactful, socially responsible activities to thousands of attendees, employees and students which positively impact local and global communities with improved hygiene.

Shawn has been featured on CBS Evening News, CNN, Fox News, National Geographic, Yahoo Finance, The Washington Post and NPR. He is a board member for the Orlando Chamber of Commerce and served on the City of Orlando’s Sustainability Task Force and Project DTO Task Force.

City of Orlando Director of Sustainability: Chris Castro

Chris Castro is an eco-entrepreneur, community organizer and sustainability professional with a passion for accelerating the transition to a clean energy economy. He’s the Founder and President of IDEAS For Us, and over the last 10 years has consulted for governments, academia, chambers, corporations, nonprofits and community groups to implement sustainability solutions that include a wide variety of social and environmental issues. He’s recently been appointed as the Director of Sustainability for Mayor Buddy Dyer and the City of Orlando, administering the Green Works Orlando. In his role at the City, Chris works to develop cross-sector policies, programs, and initiatives that support the sustainability, energy, and climate-related goals of the “Green Works Orlando” municipal and community action plans.

In 2012, Chris co-founded a clean energy consulting and development firm called Citizen Energy, specializing in custom energy efficiency solutions for small and mid-sized commercial and multifamily buildings in Florida and the Greater Washington DC-area. He also sits on several nonprofit boards, including the US Green Building Council of Florida (USGBC-FL), Florida Green Chamber of Commerce (FGCC), Florida Renewable Energy Association (FREA), and the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community in Orlando. In his spare time, you can find Chris organizing environmental action projects in the Central Florida community through his nonprofit IDEAS For Us, leading an urban farming program called Fleet Farming in Orlando neighborhoods, and surfing with friends on the East coast of Florida.

Former SGA Health & Sustainability Coordinator: Emily Dovydaitis

Check back soon for Emily's bio.