Green Initiatives

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USF St. Petersburg is committed to environmental stewardship and sustainability. As one of the university’s six core strategic goals, environmental stewardship helps frame our objectives.

LEED certifications

Our Science and Technology building (STG) is the first LEED Certified Gold building in the USF System and the University Student Center has also received LEED Gold Certification in Fall of 2014.

Environmentally friendly computing

We strive to offer an environmentally friendly computing experience and have several initiatives and partnerships, including:

  • Battery disposal at local battery recycling centers.
  • Disposal of our computer parts at local recycling centers.
  • Automatically powering off idle lab and classroom computers.
  • Mobile phone, battery and print cartridge recycling.
  • Promoting, purchasing RoHS compliant low-power computer hardware and peripherals.
  • Purchasing recycled paper and recycling used paper for all Campus Computing needs, including computer lab printers.

Priority parking for low-emission vehicles

Low-emission vehicles have dedicated parking spaces at central parking lots.

Student initiatives

We are proud of the key role students play in green initiatives. The Student Government Department of Sustainability envisions a sustainable campus in which an integrated community of students, faculty, and staff collaborate to make USFSP more environmentally conscious, economically competitive, and socially engaged.

Green Energy Fund

Started in Fall 2011, our Student Green Energy Fund will accrue approximately $300,000 for renewable energy and efficiency projects on campus over the course of three years. Led by Student Government, USFSP established a committee comprised of 50% students to ensure that students have a major voice in the renewable energy dialogue.

Students may submit proposals to the Student Green Energy Fund committee for projects such as solar panel procurement and installation.

Native Trees & Plants

The Student Environmental Awareness Society conducts beach plantings and clean-ups along Bayboro Harbor. Each Earth Eay, about 200 native plants, such as sea purslane, are added to the beach strand to promote sustainable and educational ecosystem that reduces erosion.

Native trees on our Bayboro Harbor lawn behind Davis Hall were planted by students and non-profit organizations.