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Sustainability

Awards

As one of the top 20% of green universities in the country (Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges), Florida Tech has achieved various awards and recognitions for its continuous sustainability efforts.  Below we summarize some of these:

STARS Campus Sustainability Rating:  We are only one of approx. ten colleges/universities in Florida to achieve a STARS rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.  Our Bronze rating is based on achieving large amounts of measured credits within these diverse campus performance categories:  Academics, Engagement, Operations, Planning, and Innovation.  Details of these of our performance measures are at STARS Campus Sustainability Rating

LEED Building Certification:  Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification is the premier certification for sustainable buildings in the U.S.  Florida Tech currently has two LEED certified buildings with two more pending.  These include the Florida Tech Aquatic Center and the Scott Center for Autism treatment, Silver and Certified, respectively.  More information is at Campus Sustainable Buildings.

Tree Campus USA:  Sponsored by the U.S. Arbor Day Foundation, Florida Tech has been a Tree Campus USA university for over eight years.  This recognition is based on meeting multiple standards for best practices in the sustainable use of trees and associated landscaping features on university campuses.

Bicycle Friendly University:  The League of American Bicyclists, the oldest grassroots advocacy organization for bicyclists, has honored Florida Tech with a Bronze-level Bicycle Friendly University award in recognition of our achievements in promoting safe and accessible bicycling on campus as a component of our Sustainability Program.  

 All of these products involved a strong partnership between the Academic Sustainability Program and the campus Facilities Operations Department, often with sustainability students doing much of the work.  Visit the above Academics, Campus & Community, or Research links to learn more or send us an email at sustainability@fit.edu.