Energy Knights goes beyond theory

A student organization at UCF has recently revamped to provide those passionate about energy with opportunities to bring theory to practice. Originally known as IDEAS for Solar (a branch off of IDEAS for UCF) or Solar Knights, the RSO found that innovative energy goes beyond just solar.

UF IFAS Extension offers resources galore to Orange County

Whether you are looking for ideas for your butterfly garden, need guidance to grow your own produce, wonder how a plant species can sustain the Florida "winter," or think you are over watering your lawn, there is an educational resource available for you.

The lowdown on solar petitioning in the Sunshine State

Petitioners are a common sight around UCF campus. Their tireless attempts to grab one's attention during the 10 second pass-by window has left some students to steer clear. When it comes to solar petitioning, hearsay has circulated on one versus the other, fostering confusion in voters. Fear no more -- below is a nonbiased solar petition explanation to eradicate any confusion and open the doors to allow you to decipher which you wish to petition for, if you choose.

Why choose solar power?

Knights stand for climate change during 24 Hours of Reality

"The reality is this: our climate is changing, and it’s changing fast. But all around us, there is hope. Every movement has its moment. This is ours." Climate change resides at the forefront of today's recognizable global issues, making it difficult to ignore. If it isn't the mid-November dire heat in Orlando, the flooding in Miami, the record breaking hurricane in Mexico, or the water drought in California serve as reminders of the current situation we are facing.

Lake Claire brings sustainability to the forefront

"How green are you? Show your love for the Earth and get Green Room Certified!"

UCF's clean energy projects featured on solar tour

The University of Central Florida’s sustainability efforts will take center stage Friday and Saturday when clean-energy enthusiasts will tour solar power installations around Orlando.

UCF’s main campus is a featured stop on a tour of residential and commercial sites from noon to 4 p.m. both days. The local tour was organized by the Florida Renewable Energy Association as part of the 20th Annual National Solar Tour conducted by its parent organization, the American Solar Energy Society.

Nearby farm brings organic produce to the community table

Imagine you are socializing amongst friends and other community members at a rustic table setting on a picturesque natural landscape flourishing with vegetables and herbs. The chef, who you’ve read about in the magazines, is cooking an all-organic meal in the background beneath twinkling string lights. On the table is the chef’s choice of organic wine, along with fresh hor d’oeuvres that were made from similar items you saw in this week’s share pickup. You think on the concept of farm-to-table and consider your ubiquitous desire for its growth.

The Creative School for Children is growing its outdoor classroom

The UCF Creative School for Children, typically known for its unique learning environment, can also be recognized for its support of the natural environment. In recognition of nature’s splendor, the school recently expanded its outdoor-based curriculum. Its emergent “outdoor classroom” follows their usual no-worksheet learning style and instead encourages sensory, play-based developmental programs.

FAQs: UCF's Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

In spirit of National Drive Electric Week (September 12-20), Sustainable UCF met with Krishna Singh, Director of Parking Services, and Andy Rampersad, Assistant Director, to pinpoint answers to common questions on the Electric Vehicle charging stations around campus. Check out what we found:

1) Where are the Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations located?

UCF Fills Reflecting Pond With Thousands of Water Bottles to Celebrate Earth Day

Spirit Splash is typically the only time during the year when students are allowed to enter the UCF Reflecting Pond. But on Wednesday, more than 250,000 plastic water bottles filled the pond in an attempt to show waste and promote sustainability.

With the help of David Norvell, assistant vice president of sustainability, and UCF Recycles, event coordinators were able to successfully calculate and collect the number of plastic bottles it would take to fill the pond.