Students as Innovators
Diverse student, staff, faculty, and community partners have started new sustainability initiatives. Some programs combine academic courses and student capstone projects to produce innovations on and off campus.
Sustainability capstone projects use a campus classroom model: students develop and manage real-world sustainability projects to generate solid learning experiences and sharpen marketable skills. These efforts include student-staff-faculty teams working on issues such as:
- Recycling: Projects include electronics, dormitory, and workspace recycling. Best practices are re-inforced by e-mail, social, and print media products with the communications team and Facilities Operations - Recycling. Corporate donors include Siemens Engineering and Waste Management.
- Sustainable Buildings: Students assist implementation of best practices in building management systems. Students have worked on diverse LEED and FGBC credits on energy, indoor air, water management, and other systems with buildings staff in Facilities Operations.
- Dining Services: Sourcing of food waste for the composting project, expansion of certified sustainable coffee options, and cooking oil to power university vehicles are among the projects scoped or implemented for on-campus dining options.
- Land & Water: Students and staff maintains a vermiform composting system using waste from two campus dining halls (SUB and Panther Dining Hall). Both soil and liquid tea super-fertilizer is harvested from wormhouses in our 16 acre Botanical Gardens and wetland. Invasive plant removal is managed by Facilities Operations and aided by on- and off-campus organizations.
- Sustainable Events: Best practices in sustainability are increasingly used in event management. Students have worked to bring sustainable pracitces to many events on- and off-campus including the Florida Tech International Festival, Woman's Business Center events, Melbourne Music Marathon, and Ron-Jon's Beach and Board Fest.
- Sustainability Communications: Messaging and education are fundamental to locking in best practices. This team works with student groups, SGA, and diverse university staff offices across campus to coordinate messaging needs (and to tell some of the interesting stories that underlie making new sustainability projects sustainable).