Student coalition brings local and global sustainability solutions into discussion

In Spring of 2017, the Student Sustainability Coalition brought students from all academic disciplines and standings together on the first Thursday of each month to discuss the pressing issue we all face and care for: sustainability. In the midst of a evolving political climate, especially in light of climate change science skepticism, coalition meetings fell far from having a short discussion list. Every meeting had something exciting in-store, with the end goal to provide a new understanding, opportunity, or skill set for those who attended.

UCF engineers secure $2 million federal grant to advance energy grid

A team of UCF engineers and their private partners have been awarded $2 million by the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative to develop the next generation of grid planning and operational tools to integrate solar power into the power grid.

The team, five faculty members in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering led by Professor Zhihua Qu, will work on algorithms that improve the digital distribution of energy from the source, such as solar, to the end users.

UCF Arboretum labels campus plants and trees with QR readers

65 interactive plaques with QR readers currently adorn the University of Central Florida as part of an Arboretum project intended to increase plant education on campus.

Campus-grown herbs support student stress relief during finals week

The week before finals, students lined up in the Student Union atrium in search of some stress relief. Campus partners, the Student Government Association, UCF Arboretum, and Wellness and Health Promotion Services, looked towards a holistic way of managing stress by utilizing herbs grown in good ol' main campus soil.

Students were invited to create their own personalized tea using these fresh herbs from the Arboretum’s community garden, the Creative School for Children’s community garden, and Fresh U's tower gardens. Herbs included:

UCF greenhouse to include urban garden features

Sing it to the Taylor Swift tune or to a drum roll... The greenhouse has a blank space baby and it's going to be a tower garden!

While the back of the greenhouse currently houses a handful of tables, the front is an empty space awaiting to be filled. The empty space has gone unnoticed in recent months, as Wellness & Health Promotion Services drafted a proposal to UCF Landscape and Natural Resources to bring more fresh, on-site herbs and produce to campus in an innovative way.

Campus sustainability month celebration wraps up at UCF

Sustainability Initiatives invited UCF Knights to join them in celebrating Campus Sustainability Month throughout October! Hosted by The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), this month provides an unparalleled series of opportunities to engage and inspire incoming students and other campus stakeholders to become leaders for sustainability. It’s also a great opportunity to raise awareness of the value of sustainability in higher education.

UCF featured in The Princeton Review's Guide to 361 Green Colleges: 2016 Edition

The University of Central Florida was featured amongst other top universities in the 2016 edition of The Princeton Review Guide to 361 Green Colleges as one of the most environmentally responsible colleges. The Princeton Review chose the schools for this seventh annual edition of its "green guide" based on data from the company's 2015-16 survey of hundreds of four-year colleges concerning the schools' commitments to the environment and sustainability.

Faculty and staff invited to join Orange County solar co-op

Sustainability Initiatives paired with Orange County and FL SUN to bring the exciting opportunity to faculty and staff to join a Solar Co-Op. The team hosted an informational assembly on the University of Central Florida campus on September 27th.

UCF community engages with electric vehicles galore for NDEW

Early Tuesday morning, a handful of vehicles made their way to the Student Union patio for the first annual Charge On! Electric Vehicle Display. Community partners from all over Orlando and beyond drove to the University of Central Florida campus, each emitting zero carbon in the trek. As campus activity began to rise and morning classes were released, student crowds began to stop in awe, whip out their phones to snap a photo, and ask, "what are these cars about?"

Windermere Prep visits UCF to see sustainability in motion

Windermere Preparatory High School of Orlando was welcomed to the University of Central Florida campus on Friday. Eighty high school seniors began learning about green initiatives in their classroom and were eager to see the same concepts in real-time fruition.