Welcome Knights

to UCF Sustainability Initiative's website!

Join us in building relationships on campus and beyond to advance sustainability in our community and meet our campus sustainability goals. 

UCF’s sustainability goals include:

1
Reach Carbon
Neutrality by
100
Become a Zero Waste Campus
1 %
Integrate Sustainability Across All Disciplines

Some of our most notable

Events

Together with our campus partners, we offer students opportunitiess to learn about sustainability while having fun and giving back to our community. Check out our calendar of events!

Charge On!
Electric Vehicle Display

Join us in celebration of National Drive Electric Week. Participants will get an up-close and personal view of plug-in vehicles and learn the benefits of all-electric and hybrid-electric vehicles.

Campus Sustainability Month:
Sustainability in Motion

October is Campus Sustainability Month, and you can celebrate on the UCF campus all month long as we bring guest speakers, workshops, film screenings, and more. This year’s theme is Sustainability In Motion, and we will focus on the policy involved with tackling climate change and what we can do to combat the crisis.

World Water Day

Each March, Sustainability Initiatives brings together a variety of departments, registered student organizations, and individuals to educate, conserve, and celebrate water in all of its forms.

Campus Swap Shop

At the end of spring and fall semesters, students, faculty, and staff have the opportunity to donate their clean clothes and used goods! By bringing in donatable items, you’ll be able to swap them out for other gifted goods! All leftovers go to the Knight’s Pantry.

Student Scholarships and Research Grants

Climate Correction Artist Award

Want to flex your artistic side for a chance to win a scholarship? At this year’s Climate Correction conference, we are presenting our Art Walk expo to illustrate the visuals that inspire change. Submit your piece highlighting community or technology-based solutions, real or imagined. Submissions are due September 14. 

VoLo VISTA Award – $10,000

Do you have a solution to the climate crisis? Enter VoLo’s VISTA Award competition for an opportunity to win $10,000 for research. Finalist student individuals or teams will receive an invite to present their ideas at the conference. 

Come to our annual conference

Climate Correction

Get your early bird ticket to our annual conference dedicated to sharing and collaborating on climate change solutions. Early bird student tickets are just $10! Check out this year’s speakers and footage from 2018.

Our CC Engagement and Art Expo will be open to the public free of charge. Discover where your skills are needed and sign up to participate and accelerate real-world climate solutions. The expo will feature an Art Walk with student’s art pieces on display following the theme “Present Issues, Future Solutions.”

Get Involved

Our “Get Involved” page has student opportunities to get involved with sustainability, including RSO’s and workshops that are held throughout the year hosted by Sustainability Initiatives.

RSO's on Campus

Get involved with other students on campus who share like minded goals and focus on sustainability. Some notable RSO’s are Campus Peace Action, Knights for Animal Rights, and Knights for Marine Wildlife Conservation. 

Student Sustainability Advisory Committee

Learn more about our Student Sustainability Advisory Committee and some of the past projects that students have worked on to make our campus more sustainable. Students work on initiatives with the office to form scalable projects that are proposed and piloted for one year.

Here's how to improve

Sustainability in Your Life

Browse our How-To’s for adding sustainability to every aspect of your life, from moving to how you decorate your home. Want to learn something we don’t have a guide on? Submit a suggestion in our contact us form!

On Campus

A quick look at some of our tips:

  • FDOT’s Rethink Your Commute app or UCF’s Zimride page for opportunities to ride-share your commute.
  • The UCF Barnes & Noble Starbucks will give you a discount when you bring your reusable mug.
  • At UCF, you can recycle plastics 1-7, paper, cardboard, aluminum, batteries and lightbulbs. If you’re not sure, go to recycle.ucf.edu for more information.

At Home

A quick look at some of our tips:

  • Unplugging your electronics when they’re not in use will cut down on vampire electricity.
  • Bring your reusable utensils and cups wherever you go to avoid single-use plastics.
  • The City of Orlando has a website to see what can be picked up at curb-side recycling. Check out https://www.orlando.gov/Trash-Recycling

Follow Us

Keep up with our Social Media and sign up for our student newsletter! Our newsletter features a variety of community events, the office’s upcoming events, and relevant news articles. We feature bi-weekly vegan recipes and Did-You-Knows in each addition.