Research On Sustainability Issues Abounds At USF. Below Is A Growing List of Recent Publications Issued by USF Faculty, Centers And Committees.

A 2011 Report by Karla Davis-Salazar and Christian Wells on Sustainability Curriculum Initiatives at USF in Anthropology News 52(4): 13

Anthropologists are uniquely equipped to reorient teaching and learning in higher education due to our holistic approaches for understanding human behavior in diverse social and natural environments. As faculty members and administrators at the University of South Florida, we have acted on this potential by leading two recent efforts in curriculum design and development that emphasize citizenship and sustainability as essential learning for undergraduate and graduate students…. Read more »

Green Local Governments In Florida: Assessment of Sustainability Performance The sustainability performance of local governments that adopted the Florida Green Building Coalition’s Green Local Government standard was evaluated using a web-based review and survey of 26 local governments within the context of the Three Es of environment, equity, and economic development. The results indicate that while many local governments exhibit a broad commitment to sustainability as evidenced by the inclusion of sustainability in formal documents, such efforts are not present across all government functions or departments. In addition, while local issues are often addressed, interrelated sustainability goals of equity and economic development are not clearly articulated. Most local governments in the state instead tend to focus on environmental protection through initiatives such as storm-water management improvements…. Read more »

Thew New Space Race: Global Sustainability In 1957, the dawn of the Soviet-American Space Race, no one knew whether our nation would succeed in its quest to be the first to send a man to the moon. What was certain, however, was that inaction would mean a demise of life as we knew it. The nation turned to its scientists, engineers, and mathematicians for the technical solutions. At its very foundation, our educational system shifted to meet the call to action. A half century later, the challenge is not in the domination of space but in the unsustainable trajectory of our planet’s health and the demise of its natural resources. If you spend time with university researchers who study such issues, there is a genuine sense that we’ve come to Sputnik-era crossroads once again…. Read more »

Biodiesel Bull Runner A presentation on the USF Bull Runner shuttle service from Parking and Transportation Services…. Read more »

Climate Action Plan To reach our goal and benchmarks along the way, USF will emphasize certain strategies to reduce carbon dioxide emissions over time. These strategies are aligned with specific scopes of greenhouse gas emissions to better leverage and focus institutional strengths and to set periodic (five-year) priorities for resource allocations. Between 2010 and 2015, for example, to mitigate Scope 1 emissions we will concentrate on strategies that promote and enhance efficiency for energy produced and used on-campus. We will also address, though with proportionally less emphasis, increasing fleet fuel efficiency (such as through the use of biodiesel and solar cells to improve MPG or MPkWh) and additional xeriscaping (to reduce water use and to mitigate the use of fertilizers)…. Read more »

USF Signature Research Doctoral Fellowship The proposed research must be in one of the USF signature research areas: Sustainability of populations and/or environment. $18,000/year stipend plus full tuition (9 credits Fall, 9 credits Spring, 6 credits, Summer), fees and health insurance. Recipients will receive up to $600 each year of the fellowship to support attendance at a state, regional, national or international discipline-related academic conference in which the Fellow is presenting…. Read more »

The 2009-2010 Graduate Student challenge Grants: Building Research PArtnerships Across Disciplines We are pleased to announce the second year of the Graduate Student Challenge Grants: Building Research Partnerships Across Disciplines. These awards are up to $5000 per research team and are being made available through the USF Graduate School and the Office of Research & Innovation…. Read more »

Waxman-Markey Bill Summary Regulation of national climate impacts and energy policy in the United States has gained momentum with the passage of the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES) of 2009 (also known as the Waxman Markey Bill) in the House of Representatives in June 2009. The Bills stated purpose is to create clean energy jobs, achieve energy independence, reduce global warming pollution, and transition to a clean energy economy. Due to growing pressure, the Senate is expected to debate and potentially pass comprehensive climate and energy legislation in time for international climate talks scheduled for December 2009. The Waxman Markey Bill will likely form the basis for this discussion and language for the Senate version…. Read more »

A Proposal For A Student Office For Sustainability And Awareness “Politicians use the term creeping normalcy to refer to such slow trends concealed within noisy fluctuations. If the economy, schools, traffic congestion or anything else is deteriorating only slowly, it is difficult to recognize that each successive year is on the average worse than the year before, so one’s baseline standard for what constitutes normalcy shifts gradually and imperceptibly. It may take a few decades of a long sequence of such slight year-to-year before people realize, with a jolt, that conditions used to be much better several decades ago, and that what is accepted as normalcy has crept downwards. I The environment has been neglected for too much of the history of industrialized society. Only now, after much damage has occurred, are nations beginning to support environmentally friendly policies and initiatives. Despite the effort, the need for change has not hit the all of the population with a Jolt. One of the best places to develop a sustainability mind set is at the University level. Universities must lead the example as the focal points of their respective communities and as the training grounds for the leaders of tomorrow. Currently, the University of South Florida falls short in the endeavor…. Read more »

USF Physical Plant Recycling Presentation A PowerPoint presentation on the USF recycling program from Physical Plant… Read more »

WATERS Network SBE Science Agenda Workshop Report The goal of this NSF-sponsored workshop was to help set an agenda for advancing the social, behavioral, and economic sciences through large-scale interdisciplinary studies of our nation’s water resources and their sustainability, and to outline the kinds of research infrastructure needed to support these advances…. Read more »

The Role of Universities for a Sustainable World The values that unite us are greater than the borders, or language barriers or culture differences which separate us. I hope it makes you feel as optimistic as I do to see so many dedicated individuals from around the world come together in a spirit of cooperation and common purpose. In our increasingly interconnected world, it takes a multitude of voices and ideas to tackle the challenges of the global recession, of international security and of creating a shared prosperity. Yet we live in an era when it is possible to maximize the best of all our cultures, traditions, talents and brainpower to confront the issues that know no geographic boundary. Most importantly, we live in a time in which it is truly possible for people of many nations to come together to protect the common heritage of mankind – and that is the health of our planet. It is a cause that is near to my heart, as I know it is to yours…. Read more »

Towards Regenerative Development: A Methodology For University Campuses to Become More Sustainable, With a Focus on the University of South Florida The administrations of several universities have developed strategies to reduce the negative environmental effects created by their institutions. Because no single, comprehensive methodology to guide institutions to sustainability exists, these strategies range widely in scope. As well, the definition of sustainability differs for these various institutions, resulting in strategies ranging from small-scale recycling programs to major initiatives to incorporate green building and revamping curricula. This study attempts to create the first comprehensive methodology to guide university campuses and processes to become regenerative. Regenerative systems produce more resources than needed, provide resources for other projects, and enhance the environment, and are synonymous with the triple top line of sustainability presented by Braungart and McDonough. Sustainability plans of other universities were reviewed to determine what strategies have been successful for these institutions. These data were synthesized to create the comprehensive methodology…. Read more »

USF LEED Case Study An overview of the new LEED-designed building for the Dr. Kiran C. Patel Center for Global Solutions on the USF-Tampa campus… Read more »

CERC Publications A list of publications (available by request) created by researchers at the USF Clean Energy Research Center…. Read more »