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The Office of Sustainability Manages Four Funded Programs To Encourage Participation In Sustainable Efforts

Sustainability Champions Program

The Office of Sustainability is pleased to announce the Sustainability Champions Program. This program highlights outstanding faculty and staff who demonstrate a strong commitment to making the USF campus and community a cleaner, greener place to live and work. Sustainability Champions are selected based on their commitment to conserving resources, reducing waste, recycling and reusing materials, increasing energy efficiency, and other behaviors that will help make USF a more sustainable campus. Two Champions will be selected each semester. Each Champion will receive an award and be featured on the website of the Office of Sustainability. Questions and applications should be directed to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Applications, consisting of a nomination letter explaining the nature of the sustainability activity and the faculty or staff member’s role in developing it along with at least two letters of recommendation from co-workers, must be received via email by July 1 for the fall semester program or December 1 for the spring semester program.

Fall 2011

  • Jenna Burns, Marketing Manager, Dining Services
  • Barbara Donerly, Assistant Director, Facilities Planning and Construction

Spring 2011

  • Sarah Connelly, Office Manager, Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President
  • Nainan Desai, Assistant Director, Physical Plant

Sustainability Mentors Program

The Office of Sustainability is pleased to announce the Sustainability Mentors Program. This program highlights outstanding faculty and staff who mentor undergraduate or graduate students in sustainability activities on campus, with the dual goals of celebrating faculty/staff mentoring excellence and encouraging others to serve as mentors. Sustainability Mentors are selected based on their commitment to working with USF students on sustainability issues as well as the social, economic, and environmental impact of these efforts. Two Mentors will be selected each semester. Each Mentor will receive an award and be featured on the website of the Office of Sustainability. Questions and applications should be directed to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Applications, consisting of a nomination letter explaining the nature of the sustainability activity and the faculty or staff member’s role in mentoring USF students along with at least two letters of recommendation from students, must be received via email by July 1 for the fall semester program or December 1 for the spring semester program.

Fall 2011

  • Lelia Proctor, Director, Facilities Planning and Construction
  • Linda Whiteford, Professor, Department of Anthropology

Spring 2011

  • Colleen Mulcahey, Human Resources Assistant, INTO USF
  • Mark Stewart, Professor, Department of Geology

Fall 2010

  • Elizabeth Kaplon, Assistant Director, Housing and Residential Education
  • Laurie Walker, Director, Botanical Garden

Spring 2010

  • Daniel Yeh, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Dameion Lovett, Assistant Director, University Scholarships and Financial Aid Services

Fall 2009

  • Robert Brinkmann, Professor, Department of Geography, Environment, and Planning
  • Sharon Hanna-West, Exide Distinguished Lecturer, Department of Management and Organization

Sustainability Fellows Program

In collaboration with the Office of the Provost, the Office of Sustainability is pleased to announce 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 will 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 will be selected each semester. Reappointment for a second semester is contingent upon satisfactory performance of assigned duties. Each fellow will receive 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 should be directed to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Applications, consisting of a letter of interest and a resume, must be received via email by July 1 for the fall semester program or December 1 for the spring semester program.

Spring 2011

  • Melanie Coughlin, M.A. student in Applied Anthropology
  • Alejandro Figueroa, M.A. student in Applied Anthropology
  • Ken Getty, M.B.A. student in Business Administration
  • Whitney Goodwin, M.A. student in Applied Anthropology

Fall 2010

  • Melanie Coughlin, M.A. student in Applied Anthropology
  • Ken Getty, M.B.A. student in Business Administration

Spring 2010

  • Suellen Regonini, Ph.D. student in Applied Anthropology
  • Cindy Schafer, M.S. student in Civil and Environmental Engineering

Fall 2009

  • Suellen Regonini, Ph.D. student in Applied Anthropology
  • Cindy Schafer, M.S. student in Civil and Environmental Engineering

Sustainability Scholars Program

In collaboration with the Office of Undergraduate Research, the Office of Sustainability is pleased to announce 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 will 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 will 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 will be selected each fall and spring semester. Each scholar will be awarded $1000 (applied to their OASIS account) and will receive 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 should be directed to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Applications, consisting of a letter of interest and a resume, must be received via email by July 1 for the fall semester program or December 1 for the spring semester program.

Spring 2012

  • Matthew Butner, B.S. student in Economics and Environmental Policy
  • Olivia Means, B.S. student in Biology

Fall 2011

  • Eleanor Ayers, B.S. student in Environmental Science and Policy

Spring 2011

  • Susana Alvarado, B.S. student in Environmental Science and Policy
  • Karissa Gerhke, B.S. student in Biology

Fall 2010

  • Johnathan Houston, B.A. student in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences
  • Joseph Michalsky, B.S. student in Computer Science and Civil Engineering

Spring 2010

  • Kristen Corpion, B.A. student in Political Science
  • Jeanelle Mencias, B.S. student in Environmental Science and Policy

Fall 2009

  • David Pendry, B.S. student in Environmental Science and Policy
  • Alex Rios, B.A./M.A. student in Architecture

Sustainability Interns Program

The Office of Sustainability welcomes two sustainability interns per semester. These students apply their experience and education to assist in the implementation of USF sustainability goals. Under the direction of the Office of Sustainability, students assist in designing and executing sustainability themed campaigns and events, assist in campus wide sustainability data collection efforts and represent the Office of Sustainability at campus events. Students from all majors and backgrounds, both undergrads and graduates are welcome. Interns work five hours per week and are compensated $250.