Florida Institute of Technology

Why Host a Sustainable Event?

Any gathering can be successful and sustainable. Even if you can only implement a few “best practices” into event, any organization or business can make a difference.

Our Mission: To bring best practices in sustainability to on-campus and community events through implementing initiatives in:

  • Waste Diversion:  Recycling & Composting
  • Organic and Local Food Choices
  • Energy & Water Conservation
  • Public Education & Awareness

Current Student Projects Include:

Smooth Running, Inc.:  Marathons & Surf Festivals 
Smooth Running sponsor’s athletic endurance events on land and water. Several students worked with the company since 2012 to help make their events more sustainable.  At two Melbourne Music Marathons, trash cans were replaced by separate recycling and composting bins. Students worked on pre-event site planning and worked race day to ensure no cross-contamination occurred. At the 2013 Ron Jon Beach and Boards Fest, Florida Tech students worked with Smooth Running and Keep Brevard Beautiful on site planning, recycling, and dune restoration. Florida Tech students also managed an information table on the beach to educate visitors on sustainable best practices.

Keep Brevard Beautiful 
Florida Tech is working with Keep Brevard Beautiful (KBB) in their non-profit mission to motivate and educated business, school group and individual partnerships to reduce litter, recycle, landscape and beautify the enviroment and economic benefit of Brevard County. Volunteer efforts between K.B.B and Florida Tech students have involved several major events including the Ron Jon’s Beach N’ Boards Fest, Trash Bash 2012, Runaway Country and various beach cleanup's. 
Beneath the Waves Film Festival
Beneath the Waves, Inc. is a non-profit organization that is run completely by graduate students and post-doctoral researchers dedicated to raising public awareness about marine conservation using film as a media platform. In 2013–2014 we launched the Youth Making Ripples program which is an opportunity for K–12 students to serve as a voice for our oceans. Mini festivals are held on campus at the beginning of each year and are a great way to get involved and engage the community about the broader impacts of scientific research.

Florida Tech’s Women’s Business Center
Students are working with the Women’s Business Center at Florida Tech to make the events they produce more sustainable. We are currently co-developing guidelines for planning and executing a near zero-waste event at this year’s upcoming Space Coast Women’s Business Expo in August 2013.  This is the WBC ‘s larger fuundraiser and year annually. A partnership has been formed with the Florida Tech Recycling Team to expand recycling practices and initiatives throughout the Women’s Business Center and the adjacent areas of the Florida Tech Commons facility.

Annual International Festival at Florida Tech 
The I.S.S.S. conducted it’s annual International Festival in celebration of Florida Tech’s cultural diversity and international community. This year, the Sustainable Events team worked with I.S.S.S. to improve sustainable practices af their annual international festival. This was done by providing recycling for the event and by assistting local sustainable food vendors. Florida Tech students also held a sustanability booth at the festival to educate people about the different sustainable programs being offered on campus. A fun children’s activity area, focusing on recycling, was also developed to educate the next generation of responsible and environmentally conscious leaders.

For more information on Green Events or to volunteer at these events, please contact:

Stephen Kies