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Student Sustainability Advisory Committee members selected to focus on six encompassing initiatives come fall

The inaugural Student Sustainability Advisory Committee (SSAC) open positions have been filled for the 2016-2017 academic year. The chosen individuals, comprised of both undergraduate and graduate students, are equipped with varied educational backgrounds and project ideas, substantial prior extracurricular involvement, and most importantly, a passion to create a legacy of sustainability at UCF.

The Student Sustainability Advisory Committee
members are as follows:

Walt Disney shares plan for environmentality

A peer giant of Central Florida, serving millions of guests a year and employing over 70,000 individuals, brought its insight to the University of Central Florida on how to go about lessening this large footprint. Tammy Kaleel, Environmental Integration Director of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, spoke with a select group of Faculty and Staff on how the Walt Disney Company is essentially "building a culture of sustainability."

Conceptual energy plant design acknowledges climate action

In support of UCF’s commitment to climate action, and pursuant to UCF’s utility master plan for an ever-growing campus, the new 8000RT District Energy Plant IV will incorporate both energy and environmentally conscious design features. The new plant will simultaneously provide centralized cooling and heating campus-wide.

International delegates visit UCF with focus on climate change adaptation

The World Affairs Council of Central Florida comprised of leaders from around the world visited the University of Central Florida on Wednesday, taking special interest in climate change adaptation and renewable energy within. The roster held an assortment of impressive professionals, traveling from Botswana, Ecuador, and the Dominican Republic to Croatia, Malaysia, and Slovakia to the States, many having no preview U.S. travel.

Newly approved strategic plan incorporates health and sustainability

The Collective Impact Strategic Plan was approved on May 31, 2016 by the UCF Board of Trustees and the UCF President and Provost's offices under the dimensions of philosophy, value, and distinctive impact. As a leader in higher education, the University of Central Florida is said to be entering a new phase focused on innovation and meeting the growing demand. The Strategic Plan maps out the avenues to accomplish this, which now incorporates health and sustainability into its metrics.

GEARED student takes a glimpse at the future visiting NREL

The Grid Engineering for Accelerated Renewable Energy Deployment (GEARED) program works to educate aspiring professionals in the future of energy utility by hosting various university representatives in Student Innovation Board charters.

New course offering utilizes campus as a living laboratory

In Spring of 2016, UCF’s College of Engineering and Computer Science offered a new honors-level course titled Systems Analysis for Sustainability in Engineered Systems (CCE 3930H), instructed by Dr. Omer Tatari, Ph.D., LEED AP. The 14-week course introduces principles of sustainable engineering, systems and life-cycle thinking, and the development of sustainability metrics and indicators. The course uses dynamic modeling as an experimental platform to study and analyze the dynamics of socio-technical and environmental problems.

STEAM researchers use art and music as communication outlet

Earlier this month, Dr. Debra Reinhart and Catherine Ninah collaborated with the UCF Percussion Studio to host the ICubed STEAM Percussion Recital inspired by the pair's research and modeling of the Food, Energy, and Water (FEW) nexus. While the acronym STEAM may not sound immediately familiar, in fact, it stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. It is demonstrating STEM through the arts.

Biodegradable seagulls wins 1st national environmental playwright award

Alex Hehr, University of Central Florida student, was awarded the first National Planet Earth Arts Award for the American College Theatre Festival for his original piece Biodegradable Seagulls. The play addressed the environment, climate change, or society’s impact on sustainability, and was presented at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

“I was ecstatic to find out I had won the award. Trash, litter, and the mistreatment of animals were huge themes for my piece, so I am very happy it was recognized,” said Hehr.

Resident Assistants compete for the "Greenest RA" title

Congratulations to RA Chelsea Claverie from the Hercules Community, as she has been dubbed the 2016 Greenest RA!

In co-occurrence with the Kill-A-Watt Energy Conservation Competition, UCF Resident Assistants are given an opportunity to compete for "Greenest RA." This title wins the individual a two semester, all-access meal plan provided by UCF Business Services.

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