Plastic Free July Roundup

It's no secret that we waste a lot of plastic. About 8.8 million tons of it enter our oceans annually, and that number is growing (Parker, 2018). Last month, our student assistants Dani and Michelle joined the 3.4 million people that participated in the Plastic Free July challenge, and here's what they experienced:

Plastic Free July Survival Guide

It’s that time of year again. Better than Christmas or even your birthday….It’s Plastic Free July! Each year, millions of participants across the world “choose to refuse” plastic items with this month-long challenge. If you’ve been looking for a way to cut down on plastic and reduce your impact on the environment this is the opportunity for you!

UCF Celebrates National Pollinator Week

What's the Buzz?

UCF hosts a variety of events to celebrate pollinators

The bees are on the move. In the heat of June they launch into the air, their tiny bodies kept afloat by translucent wings fluttering in rapid succession. They fly with invisible instructions, to music unheard, searching for the fragrant blooms of summertime.

UCF Guide to Starting a Monarch Butterfly Garden

Monarch Butterflies have always been a staple in North America. For generations, classroom children have watched in wonder as tiny stripped caterpillars transformed before their eyes into magnificent winged giants. Draped in orange, veined in black, and speckled with white, these Monarch Butterflies are stewards of nature and symbols of summer

UCF Stormwater Ponds Combat Runoff

In undeveloped areas, rainwater is usually soaked up by grasses and plants. When sidewalks, buildings, and roads are added to the landscape, this water cycle changes. Instead of being absorbed into the soil, the water flows across streets and parking lots. Here it collects sediments, pollutants, fertilizers, and oils—a toxic blend known as stormwater runoff.

UCF Kicks of Recycle Mania

On February 4th, The University of Central Florida will kick off with “RecycleMania”, a friendly recycling competition taking place at universities all across the nation

10 Tips For a Sustainable Holiday Season: UCF Edition

Tip #1 Get creative with your wrapping
Wrapping paper is a major source of waste. This holiday season try using newspaper (comics are great!), magazines, reusable cloth, or recycled paper. Leave out the ribbons and bows- these frills aren’t recyclable and end up in landfills.

Watts up with Electric Vehicles?

On Tuesday October 24th, Sustainability Initiatives hosted its 2nd annual Electric Vehicle Display in front of the Student Union. Here, Student Government Association, Parking and Transportation Services, and various community members partnered together to bring awareness to sustainable modes of transportation available to students.

Follow the Green Brick Road: Campus Sustainability Month

Every year, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) hosts Campus Sustainability Month. During this time, universities across the nation engage in different events, activities, and initiatives in order to foster communication and increase awareness towards the sustainability challenges that face our planet.