Senior design students bring floating solar to UCF retention pond

“Geoff meet Rubin, Rubin meet Geoff. You’re working together for your Senior Design project.”

It all started with an interest in the glamorous solar panel. Initially, Rubin York had the idea to heat water using the waste heat generated from solar panels. Geoffrey Gregory had the idea to create a novel solar phone charger. Professor Stresau, the Senior Design Coordinator, recognized the shared interest and introduced the two, and the team expanded thereafter.

Record number of UCF students attend Clinton Global Initiative University

The University of Central Florida achieved a university record of seventeen admittances to Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U). The distinguished few included one of Sustainability Initiatives' own, Hannah Hollinger, who attended in representation of the Composting Cycling project with IDEAS for UCF. Now equipped with CGI U knowledge, we sat down and asked her some questions about her experience.

Q: What is the mission of Clinton Global Initiative University?

UCF students love all the things that climate can't change

Film director and environmental activist, Josh Fox, visited the University of Central Florida on Tuesday as part of the Let Go and Love Tour: A Road To Climate Justice.

Bill Nye challenges Knights to "change the world"

Whether it brings about fond memories of science class or haunts you of your adolescence, everyone knows that an important message is soon to follow the all too familiar "Bill! Bill! Bill! Bill Nye, the Science Guy" introduction jingle. The man himself spoke at UCF on Tuesday, attracting a large crowd to the Student Union's Key West Ballroom for An Afternoon with Bill Nye. Little had changed of his quirky humor as an engaging science educator, and nevertheless had the importance of his message.

Breaking wasteful habits through campus-wide competitions

Reaching climate neutrality by 2050 at UCF involves more than improving how campus is run, but also how campus is used. What better way to promote this mindfulness than with a little friendly competition? With that, March 1st marks Month #2 of 3 of the campus-wide competitions, Kill-A-Watt Energy Conservation Competition and Recycle Mania. The goal? To reduce in-house waste production between February and April in hopes to extend these waste mindful practices into the future.

Crossroads project quartet joins student sustainability workshop

Taking action is not always simple. One may know that it is morally right to recycle, but its inconvenience leaves the individual throwing plastic bottles into the trash day and day again. What many of us have come to realize is that availability of information does not always lead to action. A discussion-based workshop this morning focused on this concept involving our knowledge of complex environmental issues, sponsored by the Department of Philosophy Ethics Center Initiative and the Office of Interdisciplinary Studies.

International guests tour UCF's Combined Heat and Power Plant

As part of the ASHRAE 2016 Winter Conference, UCF Department of Utilities & Energy Services hosted a Combined Heat and Power Plant tour last week. Fifty-seven were in attendance including HVAC consultants, designers, owners, operators, presidents, doctors, and professional engineers from the United States, Dubai, India, China, Japan, Canada, and South America.

Pursuing sustainable coastal systems research under new faculty cluster initiative

Coastal systems research will soon evolve beyond its typical limits by integrating an interdisciplinary focus in a new collective opportunity. To no surprise, coastal systems research is vital to the state of Florida, given that its wellbeing maintains the economy and environment.

The UCF Alumni Association takes on GreenUp UCF campaign

The UCF Alumni Association Staff pledged to "green" their workspace at the GreenUp UCF Lunch & Learn on Friday, the kickoff date of the "GreenUp UCF" campaign. In partnership with Sustainability Initiatives and UCF Utilities & Energy Services, the Alumni Association dedicated the UCF FAIRWINDS Alumni Center building to carry out the Green Office Certification initiative. Ann Allen, Assistant Director of Marketing & Events, was motivated to lead this task.

"Smartening up" on climate change with Susan Hassol

Skeptics are becoming few and far between as climate change impacts become more apparent. The floods in Miami, the drought in California, and this week's East Coast blizzard warnings are just a few examples of these changes. Despite these events and the overwhelming scientific evidence confirming the presence of climate change and its accompanied human-induced amplification, pushback is still present.