Florida Institute of Technology

Excellence in Academic Sustainability

Whether the focus is science, engineering, business, or their interconnections, Florida Tech has advanced Bachelor of Science and minor programs in Sustainability with systems-centric courses, capstone projects, and diverse research opportunities. Sustainability opportunities continue to expand and graduates build applied skills for business, government, non-profit, and other 21st century career fields.

Applied Projects for Campus & Community

All major and minor students in Sustainability Studies take a final capstone project course. Many projects involve student teams working on campus projects with other students and staff (e.g., student teams partnering with Facilities Operations to achieve LEED sustainable building ratings).  Other projects include applied community internships with off-campus business partners. 

Global Interactions and Expertise

Sustainability is immensely international. Globalized markets and the internet require skills that can be applied from local through international scales. With over 35% of undergraduate students from outside of the U.S., Florida Tech's campus is rich with students from Asia, the Middle East, Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America. There are also diverse academic travel programs and courses to gain international experience.

Space Coast Ecosystems include Florida Tech and NASA

As a leading global high-tech university and NASA’s partner since the early Space Age, Florida Tech advances sustainability in the intellectual ecosystem of the Space Coast, east-central Florida. With coastal barrier islands, major estuaries, and a high-diversity of subtropical and warm temperate ecosystems, leading-edge sustainability is part of our DNA.

April 18-22 is Earth Week: we have an exciting lineup of  events (2016 flyer), see below:  

Monday April 18:  Welcome to Earth Week: tables on sustainability projects at the Panther Plaza from 11-2 pm 

Tuesday April 19:  Recycling focus: tables on the Crawford Green from 11-2 pm

Wednesday April 20:  Renewable Energy focus: tables on the Crawford Green from 11-2 pm

Wednesday evening:  Innovation for a Sustainable Planet in the Evans Library DSL from 5-7 pm

Thursday April 21: Water focus: tables on the Panther Plaza from 11-2 pm

Thursday evening:  A special panel on Sustainability on the Space Coast, featuring Dr. Spencer Fire, Dr. Steven Lazarus, Dr. Mike Slotkin and Dr. Ken Lindeman in the Evans Library Auditorium from 6:30-8 pm with FREE PIZZA AND DRINKS.

Friday April 22:  Earth Day!:  Diverse tables on the Crawford Green from 11-2 pm

Saturday April 23:  Botanical Garden Clean-up: 9 AM show at the entrance. 

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Sustainability professionals manage and create linked environmental, economic, and social systems using interdisciplinary skills across a wide array of careers. Of 750 global CEOs, 91% report their company will employ new sustainability technologies within 5 years (UNGC, 2010).

As campus members of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, Florida Tech students, faculty and staff have access to many benefits to advance career tracks in sustainability studies through courses, campus projects, and research. 

Sustainable systems can be created and maintained with well-designed best practices - management routines that improve resiliency and long-term production. As an international leader in education and research, Florida Tech is itself an engine of sustainability.  Every day, the university serves to inform, propel and sustain:  

  • Best practices in sustainability studies  and associated initiatives through capstone research projects that connect and multiply Academic, Campus, and Research programs,
  • The discovery and application of new information and tools through the innovative work of our student body, faculty, staff, and centers of excellence,