Cool Stuff: Campus Sustainability

Florida Tech has always been on the forefront of exciting change. Dining hall composting and electronics recycling are just a few of the many student-run initiatives to promote sustainability on the Florida Tech campus.

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Lily Buth '15 | Biological Sciences
Student | Melbourne, FL

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Testimonials

Ali Boddy '15
Sustainability & Civil Engineering
Katy, TX
Current Student
I love Civil Engineering and the fact that I was able to start engineering classes in my freshman year. I recently added a double major in Sustainability Studies, and this has allowed me to see what I want truly want to do for the rest of my life. With these two degrees, I will be able to pursue Sustainable Engineering.
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Jacob Zehnder '11
Sustainability Minor
Fund of Public Interest
Alumni
"I chose to go to Florida Tech because I knew that you get what you pay for, and by attending FIT I would get a higher quality education. I believe that if you're going to pursue a degree in the math and science then attending a private research school where you can work hands on with professors will give you a better education and more practical experience than you would be able to get at a state university where you’d be just one student in a ocean of hundreds of students in each class. I joined the Sustainability minor in the first semester it was offered and finished it that same year. Aside from getting some great experience working as a project manager on the LEED Certification of FIT's new Aquatic Center, I had a whole career field opened up to me. I am currently working for the Fund for the Public Interest in California. The Fund is a national non-profit organization that runs grassroots campaigns for the some of our country's leading progressive groups on issues ranging from social justice, consumer protection, and protecting the environment. I run the San Diego office for the Fund, which is one of our two regional offices in Southern California. We work to engage and mobilize citizens to build public support for important policy changes (in general this means legislation). We've passed plastic grocery bag bans in over 90 municipalities across the state to reduce the amount of single-use plastics ending up in the ocean and on our beaches. And we're working now to get new tax incentives for clean cars in California to get more electrics and hybrids on the roads to reduce air pollution and lessen our contributions to global climate change."
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Gregg Legters '13
Sustainability Minor
Grad Student
Alumni
There are quite a few reasons why Florida Tech was attractive. For one, it offered Interdisciplinary Science Program. The DEIS administrative staff (particularly Dr. Lazlo Baksay, Elaine Carlisle, and Dr. Kenyon Lindeman) were absolutely excellent working with me. I felt that they all sincerely cared for me as a person and for my academic and career goals, and they spent a great deal of personal attention in helping me do what I wanted to do with the program. They're also a lot of fun to work with. The interdisciplinary science degree itself allowed me tailor my degree to my own needs. It's one of the main reasons why I got into my current graduate programs on such good terms. My education is also fantastic. There are people that go to college and don't get an education. Also, it will likely give me an edge since industry jobs are becoming more interdisciplinary by the moment (cross-field collaboration). From a financial perspective, Florida Tech was at least on par with the other schools I applied to with financial aid. The Space Coast is also a nice area to live while in school. From a practical perspective, the sustainability minor gives me something on my resume that sets me apart. I also gained project management expertise while working to 'green' FIT's campus infrastructure. I feel I have a much stronger edge for leadership ability as a result of the experience. In terms of a long-term career outlook, not only is there a growing public and private sector demand for workers and leaders in sustainability, but there is also a growing *need* for more time, money, and human effort in the practical pursuit of sustainable development. It's really nice to be qualified to earn a living in something that helps other human beings and is personally fulfilling.
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Break New Ground with a Sustainability Degree

Whether you want to construct and promote new sustainable science and engineering innovations, build sustainability consulting business, research new ideas in environmental communication and climate change, create technology solutions for social justice, or embark upon related interdisciplinary careers, you can get there with a bachelor's degree in Sustainability Studies from Florida Tech. On the way, you'll develop strong systems-thinking skills, build hands-on experience through campus and community research projects, and prepare for a field in the early decades of a remarkable emergence.

Begin Specializing in Your Freshman Year

Our sustainability degree is dynamic and focused. You'll get started right away, taking core courses like Introduction to Sustainability and the Whole Earth Course. Guided by highly experienced faculty who care about your success, you'll obtain core biology, chemistry and math skills while specializing in your strengths, with self-customized concentration courses by the junior year.

Build Professional Relationships

Beyond the classroom, sustainability majors can build leadership and professional experience through exciting internships with on- and off-campus partners and participation in organizations like the Student Organization for Sustainability Action, Florida Tech Environmental Club, Student Government Association, Alpha Phi Omega and over 100 other student organizations.

Gain Practical Experience

As a junior and senior, you'll refine fundamental skills with specialized sustainability concentration courses that include many project opportunities. You'll also undertake an exciting applied capstone sustainability project sequence in a topic of your choosing that can leads to major exposure (e.g., the Northrup-Grumman Design Showcase). Students gain practical experience, an enhanced resume, and a stronger sense of scholarship – the perfect preparation for employment or graduate school.

Earn an Advanced Sustainability Degree

After receiving their sustainability degree, students are highly prepared to pursue a graduate research degree of their personal choice – either at Florida Tech or a number of other prestigious universities.

Envision yourself at Florida Tech–a university already operating in the future–and imagine how far a world-class sustainability degree will take you.