Florida Institute of Technology

Land and Water Team

Mission: To help implement sustainable practices in all land and water related management systems at Florida Tech.

Current projects Include:

Composting 

Composting systems divert waste from landfills, reduce fertilizer use and costs, benefit campus landscaping, and reduce nutrient runoff problems on campus surface waters.  We are using worm-based (vermifirm) composting at Florida Tech when student volunteers are available to operate the project using worm houses (see top figure).  F.I.T. Dining Services provides waste from Panther Dining Hall and the S.U.B. 

We selling the soil and fertilizer products back to the Facilities Dept. of F.I.T. in a closed loop sustainability business model that is a win-win for all.  This is a solid opportunity for those interested in vermiform composting, permaculture, or just looking to play with worms and make excellent soil! For more information, contact: Seth Steward at: seth1889@gmail.com

Removal of Invasive Species – Botanical Garden

The Florida Tech Botanical Garden (the Jungle) is a beautiful place to visit on campus but portions are covered by two species of invasive plant species: the Air Potato, Dioscorea bulbifera, and the Golden Pothos, Epipremnum aureum. These species grow on top of native plant species and choke out and smother other species and eliminate space to grow; thus the native plants die while these species thrive. This decreases the canopy that animals depend on. 

The invasive species spread very quickly and cover all - especially the air potato whose fruit falls off easily and can sprout hundreds of new vines to further encase any nearby plant. The Facilities Dept. and students are reducing the damage of these invasive plants and volunteers are often needed. For more information, contact Sarah Mohler at: smohler@fit.edu.

Sustainable Garden at West Melbourne School for Science

SOSA is partnering with several off-campus or community projects that involve sustainability and best practices. The West Melbourne School for Science offers a great opportunity for Florida Tech students interested in organic gardening, composting, and other green garden activities.

There are many systems within the WMSS Millennial Garden that F.I.T. students can participate in, while helping mentor a new generation of sustainability leaders. For more info, contact Jessica Fulford at:  jfulford2011@my.fit.edu