WHAT YOU CAN DO
HUMANITY THE ENVIRONMENT
•The ecosystem is the foundation of civilization
Our current way of thinking is a product of the Industrial
Revolution, when our activities had a negligible impact
on the ecosystem.
Today, we are having such a profound effect on the
ecosystem, sustainability is no longer a matter of saving
“the environment”. It is a responsibility we owe to our
BUSINESS AS USUAL
LIMITS TO GROWTH
•A sustainable society meets the needs of the
present generation without compromising the
ability of future generations to meet their needs.
•Take our effect on the ecosystem into account.
•Use our resources efficiently and effectively.
We need to re-design our society to make it sustainable
for an indefinite period
•New forms of energy
•Lower consumption and population
Ethanol- alternative fuel derived from corn and grain
Biodiesel- alternative fuel for diesel engines derived from
animal fats and vegetable oils
Wind- harnessing natural winds to power turbine engines
Solar- conversion of sun radiation to electricity via solar
How is UF using renewable energy?
Ethanol- tank on campus, specifically for campus vehicles
Biodiesel- Ann Wilke and research on cow manure
Wind- Not as relevant to Florida, renewable energy
Solar- GSC implementation of solar panels
Green Buildings- energy efficient buildings
Compact Flourescent Light Bulbs- uses 2/3 the energy
and lasts 10 times longer
Fuel Efficient/Hybrid Cars- automobiles that run off a
combined battery/gas powered engine, 50-60 mpg
Local Foods- eliminates extraneous energy used in
How is UF using super-efficient
Green Buildings- LEED certification for all new buildings
on campus, Rinker Hall
Compact Flourescent Light Bulbs- light bulb handouts by
Fuel Efficient/Hybrid Cars- added to UF fleet
Local Foods- featured foods in Gator Dining- local or
Recycling- reusing waste in new systems
Re-use of food waste/cooking oils- cooking oils can be
used as the source of biodiesel, food waste can be used as
compost or in biogas process
Reclaimed water- waste water that has been treated or
purified for reuse instead of put back into a body of water
How is UF moving toward zero-waste?
Recycling- General campus recycling, residence hall
recycling, game-day recycling by GSC
Re-use of food/cooking oils- starting to be addressed
with Aramark, Campus Kitchens
Reclaimed water- used to irrigate plants on UF campus
Driving Less- great bus system, bike paths, car share
Eating lower on the food chain- crop-based food requires
0.78 hectares per ton of food, while animal-based food
requires 2.1 hectares
Motion Sensors- lighting is only in use when it is
Natural vegetation- vegetation indigenous to an area
requires less irrigation than introduced plants
STUDENT-RUN GROUPS PROMOTING
American Solar Energy Society at UF – speakers and
demonstrations on renewable energies
Environment, Science, and Policy Society- networking
and advice for those interested in environmental policy
Bioenergy and Sustainable Technology Society- forums
and educational trips to discuss and research sustainable
•The economy is the driving force
behind consumption patterns, social
•While people can make a huge
difference on an individual basis,
industry must also recognize the need
for more sustainable practices.
•Business must recognize the natural
capital they use as well.
can be both beneficial
to society AND
profitable to a
Interface- largest commercial carpet
producer in the world, uses carpet tiles
rather than area carpeting
Seventh Generation- nontoxic and
environmentally safe household products
Sweetwater Organic Coffee – local Fair
Trade Certified roasting company
STUDENT-RUN GROUPS PROMOTING
Universities Allied for Essential Medicines- check on
medical research, ensures university research is
addressing low and middle income people
US Green Building Council- Student Chapter at UF-
encourage building construction majors to graduate with
understanding of green principles
Students in Free Enterprise- Nicaragua project to award
micro-loans on the basis of need
Sustainability supports equal access
rather than equal distribution.
When people have better access to
that which can fulfill their needs,
they can begin to evaluate their
behavior toward the
environment/economy as well.
Channel waste into socially
Provide environmental education for
Better utilize resources so that
those of lower socioeconomic status
will not suffer from environmental
Use recycling profits to benefit local
Reuse old computers/laptops in schools
with great need.
Cell phone recycling charities.
STUDENT-RUN GROUPS PROMOTING
Campus Kitchens- reuse unserved food in dining halls to
provide meals for those who need them.
Students Making Trade Fair- speakers/events to create
awareness of trade-related issues.
Student World Assembly- GED Tutoring for Homeless
Human Rights Awareness on Campus- awareness of
infringement upon human rights, especially international
Change the World UF- educates students to think
innovative about social problems in the local community.
10 Easy Steps To Change
UF and Gainesville
1. Write to your senator/governor expressing that you want
renewable energy on campus.
2. Replace burned out light bulbs with CFLs.
3. Turn off your computer when you leave for class and at
4. Recycle faithfully.
5. Replace 3 meals a week with vegetarian meals.
6. Walk/bike to class.
7. Buy your produce at the farmer’s market downtown on
8. Shop at thrift stores or American Apparel.
9. Give your old clothes to Goodwill or another charity
instead of throwing them out.
10. Use reusable containers as often as possible.
What else can you do?
Keep Alachua County Beautiful
Business Alliance of Greater Gainesville
What else will you do?
COOL STUFF at UF
UF Urban Planning in Curitiba, Brazil
Powell Center for Construction & the Environment
Office of Sustainability
IFAS Bioenergy Research Summer Internship
Gators for a Sustainable Campus firstname.lastname@example.org