A Gator's Guide to Sustainable Living
UF I FLORIDA
This Green Guide was created by students, for students, to let you know all
about sustainable living at the University of Florida. But what does that
mean? Sustainability is commonly defined as meeting the needs of the
present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their
own needs. Simply put, sustainability means not using up our resources faster
than the Earth can replace them. It means environmental, economic, and
And why are we reaching out to you? We already know some of UF and
Gainesville's secrets to sustainable living and we're happy to share. More
importantly, we've prepared this guide because everyone is affected by the
decisions each of us makes every day. And whether this guide encourages
you to change a few light bulbs in your house or inspires you to join the
sustainability movement at UF, we want you to have the resources to get
This guide contains information that will be useful to you during your
entire stay at UF, so check it out and keep it handy. Enjoy!
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OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of the Office of Sustainability is to In the Office of Sustainability
make the University of Florida in its operations, and facilitate the collaborative efforts
education, research, and outreach a model of of faculty, students, and staff to generate knowledge,
the goals of ecological acquire skills, develop values, and initiate practices
restoration, economic development, & social equity that contribute to a sustainable, high quality of life
on campus, in the state of Florida, and across the globe.
1 Check out UFs strategic plan for campus www.sustainable. ufledu. Click on Resources, then Reports
TABLE OP: AND STRATEGIC PLAN
ONTfNTS 3 GO GREEN
CONTENT SUSTAINABLE LIVING
9 FLORIDA GOES GREEN
'Sustninabilty explores meeting THE UNIVERSITY'S EFFORTS
the needs of the present without 1 1 GREEN EDUCATION
compromising the ability of future COURSES AND READING
generations to meet their needs."
13 GREEN MEDIA
COURSES AND READING
15 GET INVOLVED
SUSTAINABLE STUDENTS ARE
17 GREEN MARKET
RESTAURANTS AND BUSINESSES
19 GREEN ACTIVITIES
GREEN THINGS TO DO
121 VOLUNTEER RESOURCES
23 GREEN TRANSPORTATION
* Look for this asterisk to find out how the production of this publication is sustainable! 2
If everyone in the world used as many
resources as the average American...
We would need 5 planet Earths!
The problem is, we only have one. We must consume fewer resources if
future generations are to survive. Try out some of the ideas listed below to
reduce your footprint on the Earth, and make your life more sustainable.
Every little action counts, so do your part!
By voting, everyone can have
a say in the direction the city,
state, and country is headed,
and elected officials can be held
accountable for the decisions
Register to vote in Alachua
County at the Supervisor of
Elections Office, or pick up a
registration form at the Post
Office, Public Library, or the
Student Government Office on
the 3rd floor of the Reitz Union.
Many cleaning products have
all sorts of chemicals in them
that are not only dangerous for
humans but can also get into
and pollute the water system.
However, there are alternatives.
"Green" cleaning products are
usually made from non-toxic
and biodegradable materials,
and often come in recycled
packaging. Read the label to
make sure that they are not
made with toxic or petroleum-
based ingredients and/or look
for the Green Seal label. Common
brands include 7th Generation
and Simply Clean.
You can compost anything that
was ever a plant (no meat and
no dairy!). Regardless of where
you live, there is a composting
option for you. If you live in a
house, you can put your scraps
in a backyard bin. If you live in
an apartment, you can either
have a small compost bin on
your balcony or put a worm
composer under your sink.
For more information, check
out compostinfo.com or call
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CITY OF GAINESVILLE AND ON CAMPUS
We recycle all plastic with a #1 or #2 on the bottom,
aluminum and tin cans, glass jars and bottles, junk
mail, office paper, newspaper, magazines, phone
books, and corrugated cardboard. Make sure to
rinse out cans, jars, and bottles and remove lids.
Remember, do not throw any non-recyclables into
the bins. UF even has places to recycle batteries,
ink cartridges, and Styrofoam packaging peanuts!
Check out Campus Copy, Fax & Pack on the ground
floor of the Union. And see the Sustainable Campus
map at campusmap.ufl.edu for on-campus recycling
locations. Almost 50% of UF waste is paper! There
are paper recycling bins in every building.
Among other things, the Inter-Residence Hall
Association (IRHA) and the Department of Housing
are placing blue recycling bins in each room of
many of the residence halls on campus. You can
recycle office paper in most residence hall lobby
areas. During move-out at the end of the semester
look for collection boxes in the lobby areas to
donate your old clothes, nonperishable goods,
and even furniture to local charities.
FRATERNITY OR SORORITY HOUSE:
Greeks Going Green is an organization on campus
dedicated to making it easier for Greeks to recycle
and become more sustainable. Visit this website
for more information:
Gainesville offers blue and orange bins for residents
that are collected every week along with regular
trash. Visit this website for more information:
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Polyethylene Terephthalate (PETE)
Soda, water, beer bottles; salad dressing bottles;
peanut butter containers; jam jars
High-density Polyethylene (HDPE)
Milk,juice & water bottles; trash and retail
bags; laundry detergent; bleach containers
Old Corrugated Cardboard (OCC)
Widely used for packaging and shipping; toy boxes
Indicates recycled content. A percentage within
the logo may show amount recycled.
Forest Stewardship Council Certified
Indicates the producer is complying with
sustainable forestry practices.
IN AN APARTMENT
Apartment buildings in Gainesville are required
to have recycling bins. Recycling bins are often
around the back of complexes by the dumpsters.
If your apartment does not provide them, call this
number to report it: 352-334-2130.
Mixing two types of materials complicates the recycling process, requiring more energy for separation or even jamming processing equipment 4
EAT AND SHOP GREEN
* BUY LOCAL FOOD.The average meal travels 1500
miles from farm to fork.
* BUY GROCERIES AT THE FARMERS MARKET or Ward's
Supermarket where local farmers sell their
goods. (See page 17)
* VISIT FARMERS MARKETS. Located downtown every
Wednesday from 4 pm to 7 pm. Saturday at the
intersection of Highway 441 and 34t Street.
Tuesday from 2:00 pm to dusk in Butler Plaza
(seasonally). Other farmers markets in our
area are listed here:
* GROW YOUR OWN FOOD. UF has garden plots on
campus and at the organic garden on 231d
Terrace. For information on how to rent a plot,
* EAT LESS MEAT. It takes 5000 gallons of water to
create a pound of meat. It takes 30 gallons to
create a pound of fruits, vegetables or grains.
By consuming less meat and more fruits and
vegetables, you will be using fewer resources
and eating healthier.
* GET A VEGETARIAN KRISHNA LUNCH for a $4 donation
every weekday in the Plaza of the Americas
from 11 am to 2 pm. You can even save 25 cents
if you bring your own plate, cup, and utensils.
* BUY ORGANIC PRODUCTS. Not only can your apples
and oranges be certified organic, but your
cotton t-shirts can too!
* BRING YOUR OWN BAG TO THE GROCERY STORE OR MARKET.
Be sure to return used plastic bags and egg
cartons to the bins in front of Publix.
* LOOK FOR THE GREEN LEAF SIGNS at Fresh Food Co. and
Gator Corner dining halls on campus for locally
* BUY RECYCLED and products sold in bulk, to reduce
* RECONSIDER WHETHER YOU REALLY NEED TO PRINT all of
your documents, and if you do, conserve paper
by printing double-sided.
* RECYCLE NEWSPAPERS by returning them to the bin.
* USE FEWER PAPER TOWELS; try a cloth napkin or dish
* BUY PRODUCTS MADE WITH RECYCLED PAPER to reduce the
destruction of forests. If you must use virgin
paper, look for the FSC-certified label and try
chlorine free paper to cut down on pollution.
* BRING YOUR OWN MUG to the coffee shop to reduce
waste and get a discount! Gator Dining now
offers reusable cups and mugs.
* REDUCE JUNK MAIL by asking that your name and
address be removed from mailing lists. Check
out Stop the Junk Mail Monster to find out how.
* VISIT www.catalogchoice.org to stop receiving
unwanted, excessive catalogs.
REDUCE WATER USE
* GET A FILTER and reusable water bottle so you can
stop buying bottled water -tap water is usually
as clean as or cleaner than bottled water, and a
filter will make it taste great! Make sure your
water bottle does not contain Polyvinylchloride
(PVC) and Bisphenol (BP) chemicals found in
* TAKE SHORTER SHOWERS.
* TURN OFF WATER when brushing teeth and shaving.
* LET RAIN WATER YOUR YARD, not sprinklers. If you
must water, be sure to follow all local watering
restrictions; more info on those can be found
SONLY WASH FULL LOADS of laundry and dishes.
5 In printing the Green Guide, caution was taken to ensure that the maximum amountof each sheet be used, minimizing waste. The paper
chosen is FSC certified, has 10% recycled content, and is uncoated (to make recycling this guide possible in the future).
SOLAR POWER IS THE CONVERSION OF SUNLIGHT INTO ELECTRICITY,
IT IS BY FAR THE EARTH'S MOST AVAILABLE ENERGY SOURCE.
WIND POWER IS THE CONVERSION OF WIND ENERGY INTO A USEFUL
FORM, SUCH AS ELECTRICITY, USING WIND TURBINES.
* Because this guide includes only 2 inks (just green, black, and mixtures of those colors), the energy for printing was decreased. 6
The process only required the creation and usage of 2 plates (versus 4) to transfer ink onto the paper.
JOIN A STUDENT ORGANIZATION. See page 15 for
sustainability related groups.
GET INTO THE COMMUNITY by teaching students
about solar energy and recycling with Gators
for a Sustainable Campus Outreach team.
ROUND UP SOME AIR POTATOES every spring in
Gainesville area parks at the Great Air Potato
PARTICIPATE IN A DUMPSTER DIVE or a creek clean-
up with Gators for a Sustainable Campus or
another sustainability-related group.
HELP TAILGATORS AT FOOTBALL GAMES RECYCLE their cans
and bottles email gatorgreenteam@gmail.
cor or join the Gator Green Team Facebook
group for more information.
GREEN GRADUATION PLEDGE
UF has a Graduation Pledge that all students are
encouraged to make. When you graduate, you can
sign the pledge, which states:
"I pledge to explore and take into account
the social and ecological consequences of
my decisions. Furthermore, I pledge to use
the knowledge I gain at UF to improve the
sustainability of the communities in which
I live, learn, and work."
Look for the pledge table at the UF Bookstore
during graduation gown pick up. You can also
choose to join the Sustainable Alumni Network.
Intern with the Office of Sustainability.
Applications are available at sustainable.ufl.edu.
Don't throw away all your stuff when you move
into and out of residence halls or apartments -
sell or donate it. Also, get what you need from
garage sales, second-hand stores, Craigslist.com,
freecycle.org, or Facebook marketplace. Chances
are, you can find it at those places instead of going
to the store and paying full price! If you have to
buy new, shop local, buying products from locally-
owned businesses. If the products are made locally,
it helps support the local economy, and can also
mean shorter transport distances for your goods
(which equals less carbon emissions).
See page 17 for great local stores.
THE BATTLE OF THE HALLS:
In 2008, UF saw residence halls reduce their
energy usage by more than 14,500 KWHs, or
the equivalent of 340 tons of carbon. Be on the
lookout for this annual spring competition
between the residence halls. However, you don't
have to wait until spring to start saving.
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* WALK, BIKE, TAKE A BUS, OR CARPOOL
(for more information, see
page 23). If you need a car for
personal use, rent a Zipcar.
* COMBINE TRIPS AND ERRANDS, take
it easy on the gas and brake
pedals, and go slower on the
highway (you will improve
your gas mileage!).Also, don't
idle your engine for more
than 10 seconds -it takes less
gas to turn it off and back on.
* FLY LESS; take the train or
* PURCHASE CARBON OFFSETS, if you
have to fly or drive long
distances. For not too much
money, you can offset the
carbon your travel releases
into the atmosphere. Visit
Live Neutral for information:
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responsibility to reduce our impact.
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of our energy comes from non-renewable
resources such as natural gas and coal.
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in 2008. We recycled 5,199 tons, or 32%. UF
recycles urban yard waste, concrete, wooden
pallets, cardboard shipping boxes, and scrap
metal. Cans and bottles are just one small part
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UF has offered a Minor in Sustainability Studies since fall 2008.
It is an interdiscliplinary minor, consisting of 18 credits.
"Facets of Sustainability" (IDS 2935) is the core
course, with the additionalfour classes coming from
a wide variety of class options. It also includes an
internship or service learning component. For more
information, talk to your advisor or visit:
A new major is also now available in The College
of Design, Construction and Planning. You can find
information about this major in Sustainability and
the Built Environment at this website:
This new website allows students to sell books
to each other with the Classified Ads (textbook
listing) and/or by receiving Buyback Alerts from
the University of Florida Bookstore. These two
options are designed to increase the availability
of used books on campus and to lower the costs
associated with textbook purchases. This effort
will help make us a more sustainable campus by
recycling your textbooks.
O SUSTAINABILITY MAJORS
SUSTAINABILITY AND THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT
College ofDesign, Construction and Planning
The Bachelor of Science in Sustainability and the
Built Environment (BSSBE) will allow students
to explore creative solutions for the planning,
design and construction of human structures and
settlements. Whether it is the rehabilitation and
redesign of existing structures or innovative new
design, students will be provided a theoretical
foundation for seeking sustainable solutions to
problems in the built environment.
College ofAgricultural and Life Sciences
Environmental science is the science of people's
role in natural systems, the basis of our economy.
This program accesses courses university-wide
and provides many opportunities for international
study. This degree approaches numerous complex
environmental issues with reliable knowledge and
interdisciplinary perspectives, and provides the
full range of knowledge relevant to complex
ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING STUDIES
Environmental engineering applies engineering
and scientific principles to protect and preserve
human health and the environment. It embraces
broad environmental concerns, including air
and water quality, solid and hazardous wastes,
FOOD AND RESOURCE ECONOMICS
College ofAgricultural and Life Sciences
Specializations include Food and Agribusiness
Marketing and Management; International
Food and Resources Economics; Environmental
Economics and Policy.
FOREST RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION
College ofAgricultural and Life Sciences
The forest resources and conservation major
provides students an extensive understanding
of ecology, while developing expertise in the
management of ecosystems to meet society's
demands for a vast array of economic, ecological
and social products and services.
College ofAgricultural and Life Sciences
This major prepares students for careers in plant
science, including management, production,
applied research, molecular biology research,
marketing, sales and a number of other areas.
Students can receive training ranging from
commodity production/cropping systems to basic
plant science/molecular biology.
SOIL AND WATER SCIENCE
Students majoring in soil and water science
complete core requirements that stress a balance
between the fundamentals of science and a
foundation in the humanities, social sciences,
business and natural science.
WILDLIFE ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION
This major provides training for a variety of
wildlife careers, as well as a solid foundation for
professional employment or advanced graduate
study. This degree enhances knowledge of the
conservation and management of wildlife and
their habitats for the greatest aesthetic, ecological,
economic and recreational values.
For information about sustainability in academics and research, visit the :' Sustainability's webpage:
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Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution
PaulHawken, AmoryLovins, and L Hunter Lovins
TV SHOWS The Sustainability Revolution
Andres R. Edwards
WASTED Plan B 3.0, Mobilizing to Save Civilization
Discovery Home Lester Brown
THE MANIC ORGANIC Ishmael
DiscoveryHome Daniel Quinn
WORLD'S GREENEST HOMES Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things
Discovery Home William McDonough, Michael Braungart
PLANET EARTH Living Green: A Practical Guide to Simple Sustainability
Discovery Channel Greg Horn
Available on DVD
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
BUILDING GREEN Jared Diamond
PBS The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
SCIENTIFIC AMERICA FRONTIERS MichaelPollan
PBS The Sustainability Advantage
BIG IDEAS FOR A SMALL PLANET Bob Wllard
Sundance The Lazy Environmentalist
National Geographic Channel It's Easy Being Green: A Handbook for Earth Friendly Living
The Live Earth Global Warming Survival Handbook
David De Rothschild
The Green Book
Eliza beth Rogers
Stirring It Up: How to Make Money and Save the World
AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH
Directed by: Davis Guggenheim
Starring: Al Gore
Humanity is sitting on a time bomb. If the vast
majority of the world's scientists are right, we
have just ten years to avert a major catastrophe
that could send our entire planet into a tail-spin
of epic destruction involving extreme weather,
floods, droughts, epidemics and killer heat waves
beyond anything we have ever experienced.
THE 11TH HOUR
Directed by: Leila Conners Petersen, Nadia Conners
Starring: Mikhail Gorbachev, Stephen Hawking,
Environmental documentary that firmly
confronts viewers about the indelible human
footprint that humans have left on this planet,
and the catastrophic effects of environmental
neglect and abuse.
Directed by: Isaac Brown, Eric Flagg
Starring: Gary Bradshaw
A humorous look at the American obsession with
the residential lawn and the effects it has on our
environment, our wallets and our outlook on life.
It investigates the $40 billion industry that fuels
our nation's largest irrigated crop-lawns.
Directed by: Mark Francis, Nick Francis
Black Gold is a moving and eye-opening look into
the 80 billion-dollar global coffee industry, whose
spoils are sparsely shared with the farmers who
make it all possible.
OVER THE HEDGE
Directed by: Ron Mann
Starring: Bruce Willis, Steve Carell
Spring has sprung, and Verne and his woodland
friends awaken from their long winter's nap to
discover that a tall, green "thing" has mysteriously
cropped up right through the middle of their home.
PLANET IN PERIL
Starring: Jeff Corwin, Anderson Cooper
From the respected and thorough news team of
CNN comes this look at our changing planet as
seen through a variety of habitats that have felt
the harsh imprint of human behavior.
Directed by: Tim Johnson, KareyKirkpatrick
Starring: Robin Williams, Elijah Wood
This is the story of a little penguin named
Mumble who has a terrible singing voice and
later discovers he has no Heartsong.
Directed by: Ron Mann
SHarrelson, Steve Clark
A documentary that charts the progress of an
environmental activism bus tour from Seattle to
Santa Barbara. In a biofuel bus burning hempseed
oil as gas, painted with scenic and symbolic murals
depicting the tour's goals, Harrelson and his crew
set out to educate people on Simple Organic Living.
WHO KILLED THE ELECTRIC CAR?
Directed by: Chris Paine
Starring: Mel Gibson, Tom Hanks
It was among the fastest, most efficient production
cars ever built. It ran on electricity, produced no
emissions and catapulted American technology
to the forefront of the automotive industry. The
lucky few who drove it never wanted to give it up.
So... who killed the car?
Directed by: Michael Moore
Starring: Michael Moore
Documentary look at healthcare in the United
States as provided by profit-oriented health
maintenance organizations (HMOs) compared to
free, universal care in Canada, the U.K., and France.
Information on all student organizations at
UF, including officers and meeting times, can be
found on the Center for Student Involvement
GATORS FOR A SUSTAINABLE CAMPUS
Aims to increase awareness of sustainability on
campus and encourages students to lead more
sustainable lives. GSC is affiliated with the UF
Office of Sustainability and leads the Renewable
Energy Fee initiative.
BIOENERGY AND SUSTAINABLE
Provides a forum within which to discuss and
educate the members and the public at-large about
the technological realities, politics and economics
of bioenergy and renewable resources, energy
conversion and distribution, and sustainable
SOCIETY FOR CONSERVATION BIOLOGY
An International professional organization
dedicated to promoting the scientific study of the
phenomena that affect the maintenance, loss,
and restoration of biological diversity.
HUMAN RIGHTS AWARENESS ON CAMPUS
Promotes awareness and activism concern
human rights abuses around the world, par
in cases of genocide.
A group that encourages people to reduce
industrial-raised meat, dairy and egg consul
in order to help slow climate change. By pr
and increasing the ease of cooking without
enVeg shows people that you don't have to
the environment to eat well.
ROOTS AND SHOOTS
Shares ideas and inspirations to create poi
changes for the community, animals, and
environment, implements community ser
projects and special events, and promote:
awareness about social, political, and econ
issues as they relate to environmental issi
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GRADUATE ASSISTANTS UNITED
Represents graduate students in forming
contracts with the University and fighting for
benefits such as health care and pay-raises for
grad students. www.ufgau.org
CHOMP THE VOTE
Student Government's agency responsible for
registering UF students to vote and increasing
student voter turnout. Volunteers are always
STUDENT GOVERNMENT STUDENTS
TAKING ACTION AGAINST RACISM
STAAR has a mission to encourage a diverse
atmosphere for UF students to grow and learn
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STUDENT GOVERNMENT AGENCY FOR JOINT
STANDING UF SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE
Seeks to enhance the university's standing
as a global leader in sustainability. Student
Government appoints two student
representatives to the committee each year.
Apply at www.dso.ufl.edu/vpsa
Works towards implementing policies and
programming which brings about sustainable
improvements to the University of Florida. Email
Bailey Kilbourne at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 561-
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U.S. GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL,
UF STUDENT CHAPTER
Works to raise awareness of green building
principles and practices among the design,
construction, planning, engineering, and real
CHANGE THE WORLD:
STUDENT SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS AT UP
Mission is to educate students to think innovatively
about social problems in the local community and
around the world and empower them to create
positive social change.
UF UNITED WORLD ORGANIZATION
Aims to enable young people to become
responsible citizens, environmentally and
politically aware, and committed to the ideals
of peace and justice, understanding and
cooperation, through international education,
experience and community service.
CHILDREN BEYOND OUR BORDERS
Primary purpose is to provide support for
impoverished children in Latin American
countries and the world through social projects
that stress, above all, education.
UF STUDENTS IN FREE ENTERPRISE (SIFE)
Facilitates student teams to take what they are
learning in the classroom and use that knowledge
to create and implement educational outreach
projects in their community. One of SIFE's "pillars"
UF GREEKS GOING GREEN
Promotes environmental awareness and eco-
friendliness within the UF Greek community.
THE STUDENT CHAPTER OF THE WILDLIFE SOCIETY
Affiliated with The Wildlife Society, which is part
of the network for the professional society for
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By patronizing these sustainability-minded businesses you can
build a stronger market for responsible business growth, support
our local economy, and find some pretty tasty treats along the way.
CLOTHING & MORE
15 SW 1st Ave.
Flashback's Recycled Fashions
(352) 375- 3752
509 NW 10th Ave.
Humane Society Thrift Shop
2029 NW 6th Street
Indigo Green Home Products
322 SW 4th Ave.
Peaceful Paths Thrift Shop
608 N Main Street
The Second Hand Rose
710 N Main Street
Waldo Flea Market
Saturday and Sundays
Highway 301, Waldo
Play It Again Sports
3425 W University Ave.
3333 SW 34th Street
Habitat for Humanity
2317 SW 13th Street
2624 NW 13t Street
3520 SW 34th Street
Alachua County Farmers
Saturday, 8:30 AM to 1 PM
Corner of U.S. Highway 441 and
County Road 121
Downtown Farmer's Market
Wednesday, 4 PM to 7PM
Downtown Community Plaza
515 NW 23rd Ave.
Saturday, 8:30 AM 12 PM, seasonal
SW 91st Terrace
Mother Earth Market
521 NW 13th Street
17 0 What does it mean to be "Certified Organic" and who checks to make sure these claims are correct?
These are just afew of the restaurants in Gainesville that serve organic, locally
grown foods, have great vegetarian and vegan options, pay living wages, and/or
use recycled materials.
1245 W University Ave.
Book Lover's Cafe
505 NW 13th Street, 32601
25 NW 16t Ave.
Burrito Bros. Taco Co.
1402 W University Ave.
1643 NW 1st Ave.
1432 W University Ave.
2020 NW 13th Street
Dragonfly Rolls 'n Bowls
3117 SW 34th Street, Suite 1
Dragonfly Sushi and Sake Co.
201 SE 2nd Ave.
7 SE 1st Ave.
407 NW 13th Street
2 W University Ave.
3303 W University Ave.
401 NE 23rd Ave.
706 W University Ave.
Leonardo's By the Slice
1245 W University Ave.
607 W University Ave.
101 SE 2nd Place
Mildred's Big City Food
3445 W University Ave.
New Deal Caf4
3445 W University Ave.
12 SW 1st Ave
Reggae Shack Caf4
619 W University Ave.
1800 NE 23rd Ave.
1614 NW 1st Ave.
Sweet Dreams Ice Cream
3437 W University Ave.
Sweetwater Organic Coffee
1331 S Main Street
12 SE 2nd Ave.
Tim & Terry's Music & More
1417 NW 1st Ave.
30 N Main Street
48 SW 2nd Street
These products comply with strict standards verified by private or state organizations; the USDA oversees a program to regulate these claims. 18
ENTERTAINMENT AND CULTURE
The Civic Media Center
The Civic Media Center (CMC) hosts meetings and
concerts, shows movies and plays, and offers an
alternative library with 10,000 items.
433 S Main Street
Gainesville Rock Gym
Try rock climbing sometime or take a whole class
and become an expert. Get a group offriends
together for afun and active climb.
704 S Main Street
The Hippodrome State Theatre
This beautiful building in downtown Gainesville is
a performing arts theatre and independent movie
theatre. They also offer student discount tickets.
25 SE 2nd Place
Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
The Phillips Center hosts local and national
touring theater productions. There are some
student tickets available for only $10!
SW 34th Street and Hull Road
Samuel P Harn Museum of Art
Commonly known as the Harn, this art museum
is on campus, is FREE, and hosts Museum Nights
along with the Museum of Natural History certain
Thursdaysfor UF students.
SW 34th Street and Hull Road
Florida Museum of Natural History
Check out the Megalodon Shark Exhibit, the
Butterfly Rainforest, and the Museum Nights
activities. Admission is free and UF students get
discounts on ticketed exhibits!
SW 34th Street and Hull Road
The Galleryfeatures artwork by students, faculty,
staff, and alumni. Exhibits rotate during the year.
2nd floor of the Reitz Union
The University Auditorium hosts a wide variety
of musical performances. There are some student
tickets availablefor only $10!
Union Road and Newell Drive
19 0 Where is the BatHouse and at what time do the bats fly?
O THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Gainesville and its surrounding areas are teeming with state parks with great
activities such as hiking, sightseeing, tubing and swimming. There are many great
places right on campus, like Lake Alice, the Bat House, and nature trails to enjoy.
Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park
A 120ft. sinkhole that leads down to a miniature
4732 Millhopper Road, 32653
Ichetucknee Springs State Park
A six mile river thatflows through shaded
hammocks and wetlands -great for tubing,
canoeing, swimming, and hiking.
12087 SW US Hwy 27
Fort White, 32038
Payne's Prairie Preserve State Park
Opportunities for hiking, horseback riding,
bicycling, and viewing wildlife.
100 Savannah Blvd.
Alfred A. Ring Park
A system of nature trails and boardwalks leads
visitors along Hogtown Creek and through Upland
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
62 diverse acres of plants and flowers make up this
year round garden.
4700 SW 58th Drive
UF owns its own lake and park! Everything here is
free with your Gator 1 ID card, including canoeing,
water skiing, paddle boats, a ropes course, and more!
Highway 441 (8 miles south of campus)
Gainesville-Hawthorne Trail State Park
A 16 mile recreational trailfor walking, cycling,
and horseback riding.
3400 SE 15th Street, 32641
Ginnie Springs Outdoors
Picturesque springs for tubing, swimming, and
7300 NE Ginnie Springs Road
High Springs, FL 32643
The Bat House is down Museum Road towards Fraternity Row, and they leave their house at sundown. 20
There are thousands of ways to volunteer during your time
here at UF. Find something you like and go for it. We've
listed a few places to get you started. You can also scan
over the "Gator Times" in your email. Different ways to get
involved are listed each week.
Cultural Arts Coalition
Work with at-risk youth and volunteer to help out
with the annual 5th Avenue Arts Festival.
Ushers for the University of Florida Performing Arts
Contribute to the arts and see shows for free.
352-392-1900, ext. 315
Florida Museum of Natural History
Whether they're with a curator behind-the-scenes
or with youngsters in the Butterfly Rainforest,
volunteers are a vital part of the mission of the
Florida Museum of Natural History. For more
information, contact Julie Crosby.
(352) 846-2000, ext. 210
Civic Media Center
Non-profit alternative media venue.
(352) 373-0010 or email@example.com.
Student Adjunct for City Advisory Board
The city offers a spot specifically to a student on
18 of its advisory boards. To be eligible to apply, a
student must attend a meeting of the board of his
or her choice in August or September. See www.
SG's Community Political Affairs Cabinet.
Women for Wise Growth
An organization of women dedicated to preserving
quality of life in Alachua County that enhances the
social and environmental fabric of our community.
League of Women Voters (not just for ladies!)
A nonpartisan political organization, the League
of Women Voters (LWV) encourages the informed
and active participation of citizens in government,
works to increase understanding of major public
policy issues, and influences public policy through
education and advocacy.
21 Check the Gainesvile for volunteers needed here: www.volunteermatch.org/bymsa/m29oo/c/oppi.htm
Alachua County Crisis Center
24-hour telephone crisis intervention and
counseling service offered by trained volunteers
under the supervision of the Crisis Center Staff.
Call to volunteer.
Gainesville Community Weatherization Coalition
A community coalition focused on improving
weatherization and energy efficiency for low-
income households through education and
volunteer work projects.
Shands at the University of Florida
Assist with patient and visitor escort, patient
transportation, childcare, adult visitation, tours,
and patient mail service. They provide pet therapy
visits and raise funds that support patient services
and provide scholarships.
UF Habitat For Humanity
UF students coming together with residents of
Gainesville to build homes in the Gainesville
There are many ways to get involved with
Rebuild's home repair efforts year round.
St. Francis House
A homeless shelter and soup kitchen, volunteer
with individuals, work in the kitchen or volunteer
in their library.
This organization is an innovative solution to
hunger in Gainesville that gives food companies
a convenient, reliable and safe way to channel
surplus food to hungry people.
Gainesville Pet Rescue
There are many ways to help our
furry friends in need.
Alachua County Humane Society
From dog walking, dog bathing,
cat grooming, cleaning, delivery
drivers, to administrative help
and photographers... they need
Friends of Paynes Prairie
Provide support through
fundraising, outreach, and
Keep Alachua County Beautiful
Beautify, conserve resources,
recycle, educate and preserve
Alachua's environmental legacy
through beautification activities,
environmental action, small and
large restoration projects, and
by promoting recycling and
reducing waste products.
Watershed Action Volunteers
Clean up a creek or help teach
kids about water conservation.
UF Clean Water Campaign
Work with passionate Florida
students about clean water ways.
Gainesville's Nature Operations Div.
As a volunteer you might find
yourself roaming the trails
assisting biologists with a
variety of environmental
projects. Apply online.
Visit the Centerfor Student Involvement on the 3rd floor of the Reitz Union and the Centerfor Leadership 22
and Service in the Dean ofStudents there to help youfind something rightfor you.
Save money, avoid traffic and parking hassles, and prevent pollution by leaving
your car at home. With all the modes of transportation UF and Gainesville have
to offer, traveling alone by car may soon be a thing of the past.
The main part of campus is not that large, so
walking is always an option! Many restaurants
and shops on University Ave are within walking
distance from campus.
If you need a vehicle for a specific errand or trip,
you still don't need to have your own car. The
Zipcar program offers 8 low-emission vehicles on
campus to choose from, including 3 hybrids, and
several trucks. Zipcar members just pay $7 per
hour for all vehicles, including fuel.
UF GreenRide helps you find carpool partners by
searching for other employees or students who
live near you and have similar schedules and
lifestyle preferences. You'll even get to see a map
of the general area showing potential carpoolers
Riding the bus is good for people watching,
listening to your iPod, and reducing pollution
REGIONAL TRANSIT SYSTEM (RTS)
UF students, faculty, and staff enjoy unlimited
access to all RTS services anytime. It's FREE with
your Gator 1 ID card. RTS has routes throughout
the UF campus and Gainesville. For your nights
out, there are three Later Gator bus routes that
take students downtown at night. You can find
RTS bus schedules all over campus and online.
With the new Gator Locator you can see where
your bus is in real time. Busses enabled with the
GPS system can be tracked online through your
computer or web-enabled phone.
Homesick? If you don't bring your car, how can
you go home for the weekend or holidays? If
carpooling is not an option, GMG Transport and
the Miami Bus Service provide weekly service
to/from Gainesville and Miami, Ft. Lauderdale,
Pompano, West Palm Beach, Ft. Pierce, and
Orlando for only $35 to $45. UF doesn't endorse
any particular service.
Bicycling is an excellent way to minimize car use
and get exercise at the same time. It will also
get you to class faster than walking! Because
more people at UF are turning to bicycles as a
transportation alternative to cars, bike lanes have
been designated for bicyclists on campus roads
that get the most traffic.
Worried about bike theft or maintenance? The
University Police Department (UPD) offers bicycle
registration in order to aid in recovery in the case
of bicycle theft. To register your bicycle, simply stop
by UPD's office on Museum Drive or stop any UPD
patrol person and ask them to register your bicycle.
Student Government offers FREE bike repair
outside the Reitz Union from 10 am to 4 pm
Monday through Friday. The Kickstand, a bicycle
community center, offers free or low-cost bicycle
repair, as well as tools and instructions to fix
722 S Main Street
WHERE CAN I GET A BIKE?
Graduating students sell their bikes all the time
on Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist.com.
Gainesville has a lot of used and new bicycle
shops as well.
NW 43'd Street and Highway 441
Chain Reaction Bicycles
1630 W University Ave.
3321 SW Archer Road
425 NW 13th Street
424 W University Ave.
534 SW 4th Ave.
633 NW 13th Street
Please join our Sustainable Gator Pledge Facebook group to demonstrate your commitment.
As a member of the UF community, I will do my best to minimize my
environmental impacts by pledging to practice the following:
Wash my clothes in cold water.
Use compact fluorescent light bulbs.
Use items with recycled content.
Buy local when it's an option.
Recycle all plastic, glass, and aluminum
Make sure that my computer is set to go into
Hold my representatives responsible for their
actions by voting.
"The ultimate test of a moral
society is the kind of world it
leaves to its children."
Think twice before printing, print double-sided,
and recycle all paper.
Use reusable coffee cups and glasses so I can
stop using paper ones.
Take shorter showers and turn off the water
when brushing my teeth.
Walk, bus, bike, and carpool when I can, and
combine errands to reduce driving distances.
Turn off computers, lights, and other
equipment, and unplug electronics.
Have any questions?
Check out our FAQ section on the sustainability
website at sustainable.ufl.edu/questions
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