Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.35
Liaison Peter Stiling
Submission Date Feb. 19, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of South Florida
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Jason Richardson
Research Associate
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have one or more active student groups focused on sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of active student groups focused on sustainability:

1) Net Impact at USF: The mission of Net Impact at USF is to inspire, educate, and equip individuals to use the power of business to create a sustainable world. Please see: http://studentorgs.usf.edu/netimpact/ https://www.facebook.com/NetImpactatUSF/

2) International Health Service Collaborative: The International Health Service Collaborative is a group of USF Health Students, Faculty and Professionals focused on promoting Sustainable Health in underserved communities within the U.S. and developing nations. IHSC traveled to remote communities in Ecuador, Dominican Republic and Panama working to make a difference in the world. During those trips we performed community need assessments, health education activities, water and solid waste management, held health fairs for thousands of people. Please see: http://health.usf.edu/student_orgs/IHSC/index.htm

3) American Water Works Association (AWWA) - Provide a bridge between the students of the University of South Florida, the Florida Section of the AWWA, and the public and private entities related to drinking water, through education, networking, and professional development.
http://usfstudentorganizations.orgsync.com/show_profile/86895-american-water-works-association

4) Student Environmental Association - SEA is an active student organization at the University of South Florida in Tampa. It engages students in volunteer activities, educates the community about the environment, and works towards making USF more environmentally-friendly. Please see https://www.facebook.com/seausf

5) American Society of Civil Engineers: The mission of the USF student chapter of ASCE is to enhance the personal and professional development of Civil Engineering students, to promote the College of Engineering, and to serve the community. The mission is accomplished through technical, professional, and civic activities by active participation in professional meetings, technical presentations and tours, community service, and competition in the annual Southeast Regional Conference to get students more involved with society issues such as infrastructure development. Please see: http://asce.eng.usf.edu/

6) College Progressives at USF: College Progressives at USF is a coalition of progressive USF students seeking to build a sustainable and prosperous world through sustainable economics, grassroots democracy, social justice, and environmentalism. An emphasis is placed on the discussion of political issues and concepts, and action goals carried out via activism. https://www.facebook.com/CPUSF/

7) Botanical Gardens Club: To provide a link between the USF Botanical Gardens and the student body. Members provide tours of the gardens, help maintain the grounds, and foster the learning of green and sustainable practices such as vegetable gardening, bee keeping and upcycling. https://www.facebook.com/people/Usf-Botanical-Gardens-Club/

8) Engineers Without Borders: To improve the quality of living in international developing communities through the planning and completion of engineering projects. Please see: https://www.facebook.com/EWBUSF

9) Student Planning Association at USF: The USF Student Planning Association fosters civic and professional enrichment within a community of urban planning students and planning-advocates. It provides opportunities for community involvement, cultivate relationships with local planning agencies and professional planning organizations, and generate pride and comrodery for the USF URP program. Please see: https://twitter.com/spausf


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Does the institution have gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and/or urban agriculture projects where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems?:
Yes

A brief description of the gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and/or urban agriculture projects:

USF Community Gardens is a group dedicated to creating and managing a large scale student-run community garden and farmers' market on campus. This community garden will provide fresh organic fruits and vegetables for students and faculty.

In addition, there are two smaller student community gardens; (one organic, one medicinal) located at the USF Botanical Gardens and a few other groups supporting these efforts:
http://gardens.usf.edu/

1) Food Activists Revolutionizing Meals (FARM) promotes eating lifestyles that are more ecologically sound, local/community-based, and nutritionally balanced. See: https://www.facebook.com/farmusf

2) Green Living and Learning Community (GLLC) is located at the Maple B residence hall.
http://www.usf.edu/student-affairs/housing/living-learning-communities/green.aspx


The website URL where information about the gardens, farms or agriculture projects is available (optional):
Does the institution have student-run enterprises that include sustainability as part of their mission statements or stated purposes (e.g. cafés through which students gain sustainable business skills)?:
Yes

A brief description of the student-run enterprises:

1) Advocates for World Health at USF: AWH collects medical supplies, that would otherwise be thrown out by Hospitals, and ships them to Guatemala and Haiti. Furthermore, AWH gets in contact with physicians in the local area and has them give speeches on what they do. Please see: http://awhealth.org/

2) Net Impact at USF: The mission of Net Impact at USF is to inspire, educate, and equip individuals to use the power of business to create a sustainable world. Please see: http://studentorgs.usf.edu/netimpact/ https://www.facebook.com/NetImpactatUSF/

3) Student Innovation Incubator helps turn students' business ideas into reality. Student ventures with scalable, commercial potential are given access to high-tech, collaborative office space, paired with industry mentors, subject matter experts, and community corporate partners to develop scalable business plans, and market-test products and services.


The website URL where information about the student-run enterprises is available (optional):
Does the institution have sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives through which students can develop socially, environmentally and fiscally responsible investment and financial skills?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives:

The Student Managed Investment Fund is an educational 'business' housed in the Muma College of Business. The investment fund offers motivated, well-prepared students the opportunity to participate in simulated financial management strategies and decisions as well as to manage 'real money in real time.'

The investment fund is governed by an advisory board comprised of financial services industry professionals. These business leaders share expertise and interact with students during their presentations. These corporate partners may also extend internship opportunities to students enrolled in the fund. The student managed fund benefits the business community by providing access to outstanding students as well as access to research reports and other investment fund materials.

http://www.usf.edu/business/departments/finance/smif/


The website URL where information about the sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives is available (optional):
Does the institution have conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience?:
Yes

A brief description of the conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability:

1) PCGS organizes a seminar series for industry speakers and college alumni on sustainability topics. Seminar topics include: Key Sustainability initiatives, challenges and career opportunities. Examples of industry speakers include private sector leaders such as Mosaic, Algenol, NextEraClean Energy, while public sector speakers include TECO (Tampa Electric Company), Department of Environmental Protection, The City of Tampa, and NGOs such as Tampa Bay Watch, The Network to End Hunger and others including our alumni are business leaders, sustainability consultants, and project managers within the field of sustainability. Fall 2016 schedule:
http://www.usf.edu/pcgs/student-resources/fall-2016-series.aspx

2) The Patel College of Global Sustainability and the Tampa Bay Clean Cities Coalitions (TBCCC) host a series of workshops, events and webinars annually. Since its inception, over the past three years, 7-8 workshops have been organized annually in several locations in the region that bring together the different stakeholders from the Tampa Bay Region. The workshops discuss mainly on renewable energy options for transportation to achieve a significant reduction of fossil fuel usage in the region. These workshops, events and webinars are open to students and the various stakeholders in the transportation industry. Some examples of workshops and events in 2016 are listed here: http://www.usf.edu/pcgs/initiatives/tampa-bay-clean-cities-coalition/story-page3.aspx

3) The University of South Florida’s Patel College of Global Sustainability working through the Office of Sustainability in partnership with Learning Gate Community School and the City of Tampa celebrated Earth Day (Ecofest) every year. The event attracts more than 4000 people from the Tampa Bay area and includes an Eco-speak program featuring experts on sustainability practices. The mayor of Tampa and /or the City of Tampa’s Green Officer deliver the City’s Green declaration during this event.
https://www.813area.com/tampa/north-tampa/events/239159/ecofest-2016.htm

4) On Monday, May 23rd the Patel College of Global Sustainability in partnership with the Institute for Urban Forest and University of Florida IFAS hosted the annual Urban Forestry Conference. The conference brought together hundreds of experts in the field of urban forestry to present new and existing technologies to state coordinators from across the nation.
https://sites.google.com/a/mail.usf.edu/sustainabilitynews/articles/urbanforestryconference

5) PCGS collaborates with the Tampa based “Network to End Hunger” to host a food conference. The conference on Oct 21, 2016 was the second year that this conference was hosted at the Patel Center. See last years Event: http://www.usf.edu/pcgs/news/sustainable-food-conference.aspx


The website URL where information about the conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability is available (optional):
Does the institution have cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience?:
Yes

A brief description of the cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability:

Art2Action Inc., a non-profit performing arts organization based in Tampa and New York, is working closely with the USF Theatre Department, and USF Project Director Dora Arreola, to create a broadly interdisciplinary, two-year program that aims to broaden awareness and understanding of Muslim and Arab cultures through the arts. The project, which engages partnerships with various USF academic departments, student associations and community partners. For the presenting series, beginning this semester and continuing through the 2014-15 academic year, Art2Action will co-curate a series of guest artist residencies, focusing on (mostly) Arab & Muslim women artists, who demonstrate artistic excellence across a variety of aesthetics and disciplines. The goals of this series are to educate, provoke, surprise, move, and inspire. The inclusion of artists with both traditional and complex identities will work to dispel stereotypes, counter mainstream media images and Arab-Muslim conflation, and stimulate transformation of attitudes, views and relationships across communities. In alignment with Art2Action's mission, artistic presentations will followed by opportunities for academic discourse and intra-community dialogue about gender, including contemporary Arab and Muslim feminisms, identity, and U.S. policy.


The website URL where information about the cultural arts events, installations or performances is available (optional):
Does the institution have wilderness or outdoors programs (e.g. that organize hiking, backpacking, kayaking, or other outings for students) that follow Leave No Trace principles?:
Yes

A brief description of the wilderness or outdoors programs that follow Leave No Trace principles:

The Campus Recreation Department provides affordable outdoor recreation, education, adventure, and leadership opportunities to USF and the surrounding communities. The Campus Recreation Program is designed to provide opportunities for participation in a wide variety of sports and recreational activities. The Outdoor Recreation Division offers students the opportunity to become involved in adventure trips (sailing, hiking canoeing, skiing, etc.) as participants or as group leaders. The division also administers a fully equipped outdoor rental center and resource center. In addition, the division is responsible for the USF Riverfront Park, a complete riverfront recreational site located on the Hillsborough River.


The website URL where information about the wilderness or outdoors programs is available (optional):
Does the institution have sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences (e.g. choosing a sustainability-related book for common reading)?:
No

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Does the institution have programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills?:
Yes

A brief description of the programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills:

The Green Living Learning Community (Green LLC) is a vibrant, dynamic student community focused on living an actively sustainable lifestyle. Community members lead the way by advocating the positive effects of being socially responsible and actively engaged in the community. While creating an atmosphere of awareness for their peers, students in this community have the opportunity to make a difference by pursuing their own initiatives and working with faculty and administrators on a variety of campus green projects. Located in Maple Hall, the community is open to both first-year and returning students from all majors. Past activities have included helping host an annual Swap Shop, creating hydroponic gardens in the hall, planting a butterfly garden, composting, engaging with a film series, mixing organic products (e.g. hair gel, cleaning products, etc.), and visiting green sites, like a hydroponic farm.


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Does the institution offer sustainability-focused student employment opportunities?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability-focused student employment opportunities offered by the institution:

The Office of Sustainability has student fellows and student scholars program that attracts students who are interested in participating in activities related to the work of the Office of Sustainability.

Sustainability Fellows Program
In collaboration with the Office of the Provost, the Office of Sustainability offers the Sustainability Fellows Program. This service-learning program provides talented USF graduate students with the opportunity to work closely with the Office of Sustainability staff to make USF a Green University. Sustainability Fellows serve as 0.25 FTE Graduate Research Assistants, working 10 hours per week to help coordinate sustainability activities on campus, educational and community-based initiatives on sustainability, and other tasks integral to the mission of the Office of Sustainability. Two Sustainability Fellows are selected each semester. Reappointment for a second semester is contingent upon satisfactory performance of assigned duties. Each fellow receives a stipend of $3750 (for Ph.D. students) or $2500 (for MA students) per semester along with the rights afforded to graduate assistants as outlined in the USF/BOT-UFF/GAU Collective Bargaining Agreement. Questions and applications are directed to sustainability@usf.edu.

Sustainability Scholars Program
In collaboration with the Office of Undergraduate Research, the Office of Sustainability offers the Sustainability Scholars Program. This service-learning program provides talented USF undergraduate students with the opportunity to work closely with the Office of Sustainability staff to make USF a Green University. Sustainability Scholars work collaboratively with stakeholder groups on a range of sustainability projects on campus, examining and assessing coupled social, economic, and environmental practices that promote or impede sustainability. The greater goal of the research effort is to help the USF community become a cleaner, greener place to live and work. Throughout the experience, Scholars learn how to construct and implement a formal research design, receive training in research ethics and relevant methods for data collection and analysis, and use their results to help create and evaluate policies and programs for sustainability initiatives at USF. Two Sustainability Scholars are selected each fall and spring semester. Each scholar is awarded $1000 (applied to their OASIS account) and receives up to three credit hours of mentored ‘Undergraduate Research’ (IDH 4910). The time commitment for this program is roughly 10 hours per week for one semester. Questions and applications are directed to sustainability@usf.edu.


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Does the institution have graduation pledges through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions?:
No

A brief description of the graduation pledges:

N/A


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Does the institution have other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives?:
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