Sustainability @USF


USF Sustainability in the News


The 50 Greenest Universities in America by

15 of the Greenest College Campuses in the U.S. by College Raptor

5 Green Living Lessons We Can Learn from Universities by HomeTalk

17 Amazing Green College Campuses by Mother Nature Network

Princeton Review’s Guide to 353 Green Colleges 2015


America’s Green Colleges: The Top 10 by Sierra Club

Sustainability Initiatives

LEED Certification
In January 2011, USF opened the doors to its first LEED Gold building—the Patel Center for Global Solutions, which houses the university’s new School of Global Sustainability among other related departments.
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Rainwater Harvesting
USF’s new LEED Gold building, the Patel Center for Global Solutions, is hiding something unique—a 30,000 gallon storage tank that collects rain water and air conditioning condensate, which are recycled throughout the building’s restrooms.
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Eco-Friendly Residence Halls
USF’s dorm rooms are getting a green makeover. Several model show rooms have been outfitted completely with environmentally friendly products, showing existing and prospective students how to live sustainably all year long.
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Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
With four stations installed in 2012, USF joined the country’s largest regional network of electric vehicle charging stations to promote the use of alternative vehicles.
Photo courtesy of Suchi Daniels

Water Bottle Filling Stations
USF students and staff worked together to install over 30 water bottle filling stations throughout the campus, complete with counters showing how many disposable plastic bottles have been saved from landfills through use of the filling stations.
Photo courtesy of Nainan Desai

Volunteer Efforts
Together with Sierra Club of Tampa Bay volunteers, USF students took to the stands at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa after the big homecoming game in 2011, collecting over 4,000 pounds of recyclables.
Photo courtesy of Nina Biermann

Recycling Efforts
USF’s new solar powered, electric mail delivery truck proudly displays its green pride.
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Solar Powered Mail Truck
USF’s new recycling truck proudly displays its green pride, reminding students and staff to reduce, reuse, and recycle.
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Solar Powered Utility Truck
With a solar powered utility truck from Physical Plant, USF students from the Office of Sustainability and the Student Environmental Association prepare their entry in the annual ‘Running of the Bulls’ homecoming parade in 2010.
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Community Recycling Center
USF operates the largest community recycling center in the Tampa Bay region, making it easier than ever for local residents to recycle.
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Tree Campus USA
USF planted over 1300 trees in 2011, helping to earn the university a “Tree Campus USA” designation from the Arbor Day Foundation.
Photo courtesy of Barbara Donerly

Reusable Dining Boxes
USF Dining removed all Styrofoam from the dining halls on campus in 2010, replacing the popular ‘to-go’ containers with BPA-free, reusable plastic containers, which saves 200,000 Styrofoam containers from landfills annually.
Photo courtesy of Jenna Burns

Green Buildings
Featuring shared labs and large communal spaces to foster interaction among sustainability scientists, the new Interdisciplinary Science Teaching and Research facility at USF is the school’s second LEED Gold building and largest structure on campus.
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