A Gator's Guide to Sustainable Living
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FUN AND HELPFUL RESOURCES
SUSTAINABLE STUDENTS ARE
RESTAURANTS AND BUSINESSES
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 partly
GREEN THINGS TO DO
OPPORTUNITIES ON CAMPUS AND
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 3d floor of the Reitz Union.
Many cleaning products have
chemicals in them that are not
only dangerous for humans but
can also get into and pollute
our water. 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
and/or look for the Green Seal
label. Common brands include
Method, Seventh 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
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* BUY LOCAL FOOD. The average meals travels 1,500
miles from farm to fork. Buy groceries at the
farmers market of Ward's where local farmers
sell their goods. The closest market is downtown
every Wednesday from 4-7 pm. To find other
farmers markets in the area see page 14 or check
* GROW YOUR OWN FOOD. UF has garden plots on
campus and at the organic garden on 23rd
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 amto 2 pm.You can 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 paper or plastic bags,
egg cartons and clean foam produce trays 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
grown produce. Take food to go by checking
out a reusable to-go container using your
Gator 1 ID.
* PURCHASE SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD. Carry the Marine
Stewardship Council sustainable seafood
pocket guide when shopping or dining out
to make sure your seafood was acquired in a
sustainable way. Visit msc.org for more info.
* 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 catalogchoice.org to stop receiving
unwanted, excessive catalogs.
* BUY RECYCLED PRODUCTS and those sold in bulk, to
* LOOK FOR PRODUCTS MADE IN THE U.S. or North
America. This helps reduce the carbon
footprint of your goods while also keeping
dollars in our own economy.
* SHOP SECOND HAND. Buying items used helps divert
waste going to a landfill, and can often save
* BE SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS. Look for products that are
Fair Trade certified meaning that specific
economic, social health and safety criteria were
met in the production and trade of the product.
* PURCHASE PRODUCTS MADE OF SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS and
ones that can be recycled at the end of their life.
By buying products that source sustainable
and renewable materials, consumers can help
create the demand for these goods, and close
the loop on the take-make-waste cycle.
For more green shopping tips and sustainable
business options, check pages 14-15.
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CITY OF GAINESVILLE AND ON CAMPUS
We recycle all plastic with a #1 #7 on the bottom,
aluminum and tin cans, glass jars and bottles, junk
mail, office paper, newspaper, magazines, phone
books, pasteboard 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. Roughly 25% of UF
waste is paper! There are paper recycling bins in
Among other things, the Inter-Residence Hall
Association (IRHA) and the Department of Housing
are placing blue recycling bins in each room 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.
Gainesville offers blue and orange bins for residents
that are collected every week along with regular
trash. Visit this website for more information:
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.
Plastic, Glass, Aluminum
All plastics 1-7 are accepted, with a few caveats...
no brittle or hard plastics. Glass bottles andjars
and aluminum cans can also be recycled. When in
doubt, remember bottles,jars,jugs and tubs is the
rule of thumb.
Old Corrugated Cardboard (OCC)
Corrugated layer of "flutng"between 2 sheets of cardboard
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.
Intern with the Office of Sustainability.
Applications are available at sustainable.ufl.edu.
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) or Bisphenol A (BPA) chemicals found in
TAKE SHORTER SHOWERS. In 2010, Weaver Hall residents
saved 23.26 gallons of water per resident, per
day, in January, compared with average water
usage from last year. These savings were a result
of the Eco-Challenge competition and a water
conservation campaign and shower timer pilot,
"Shower Coach Challenge: Can You Take a Five
Minute Shower," developed by the Department
of Housing and Residence Education.
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
ONLY WASH FULL LOADS of laundry and dishes.
THE BATTLE OF THE HALLS:
In 2010, 15 out of 23 residence halls (65%) used
less energy per resident, per day. The savings
were moderate and ranged from .07 1.81 KWHs
less. Additionally, 18 out of 24 residence halls
(75%) used less water during the competition.
The water savings ranged from 1.52 to 23.26 less
gallons of water per resident, per day. Be on
the lookout for this annual spring competition
between residence halls. However, you don't have
to wait until spring to start saving!
IN CASE YOU WERE WONDERING...
Yulee Residence Hall won the 2010 challenge,
* JOIN A STUDENT ORGANIZATION. See page 12 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 email@example.com
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. Look for the pledge table at
the UF Bookstore during graduation gown pick
up. You can also choose to join the Sustainable
Alumni Network. www.sustainable.ufl.edu
WALK, BIKE, TAKE A BUS, OR CARPOOL. If you need a
car for personal use, rent a Zipcar (for more
information, see page 21).
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 carpool instead.
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 Neutral Gator for
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.
4 The designers who created this guide graduated from the University of Florida's Graphic Design program in Spring 2009 and took this pledge.
* Because this guide includes only 2 inks (just green, black, and mixtures of those colors), the energy for printing was decreased. 5
The process only required the creation and usage of 2 plates (versus 4) to transfer ink onto the paper.
AMERICAN COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT'S CLIMATE COMMITMENT
UF's president Bernie Machen was the first to sign this pledge, and we have set
a goal to reach carbon neutrality on campus by 2025. Visit the ACUPCC website to
learn more about the commitment:
UF uses roughly 460,000
megawatt hours (mWh) of
power annually, which costs
roughly $43 million a year.
UF Solid Waste (% by weight)
A MSW (Landfill)
Hazardous and Medical Waste
(estimated weight reported by
Stericycle & EH&S)
UF GHG Inventory (MtCO2e)
Chilled Water and Steam
(UF Fleet, Air, Commuter travel)
UF's main campus generated
18,874 tons of solid waste in 2009.
We recycled 8,070 tons, or 43%.
One of the ambitious goals set for UF is to be Zero Waste by 2015. Toward this
goal, the Office is developing a Zero Waste Plan with key stakeholders from
6 To learn more- check out UFs full waste audit and CarbonAction Plan online atsustainable.ufiledu.
Did you know? Paper makes up nearly 25% of UF waste's stream, and less than half is recycled.
There are many opportunities to learn about Sustainability
through the University of Florida.
UF has offered a Minor in Sustainability Studies
since fall 2008. It is an interdisciplinary minor,
consisting of 18 credits.
"FACETS OF SUSTAINABILITY" (IDS 2935)
'Liberal Arts and Sciences
"Facets of Sustainability" is the core course,
with the additional four 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:
The UF Bookstore now offers textbook rentals
and a new website that allows students to sell
books to each other with Classified Ads (textbook
listing) and/or by receiving Buyback Alerts from
the 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
r Design, Construction and Pianning
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.
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
Specializations include Food and Agribusiness
Marketing and Management; International
Food and Resources Economics; Environmental
Economics and Policy.
FOREST RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION
"Agricultural 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.
HORTICULTURAL SCIENCES ORGANIC AGRICULTURE
This major prepares students for careers in organic
agriculture, 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
S' I Sciences
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.
ENVIRONMENTAL AND LAND USE LAW
Levin 'Law (Graduate Degree)
The Environmental and Land Use Law Program
educates future lawyers by combining the study
of land use law with traditional environmental
law. Since Florida especially is an ecologically
sensitive landscape teeming with biodiversity,
students have the opportunity to understand
the environmental issues that arise as a result
of inappropriate land use, and how to balance
public health and environmental values against
the protection of private property rights.
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All sorts of media with a sustainable message
or focus, personally recommended by the
Office ofSustainability interns...
SUSTAINABILITY TIPS AND
IFAS SOLUTIONS FOR YOUR LIFE
WORLD WATCH INSTITUTE
THE NATURE CONSERVANCY
CENTER FOR A NEW
DISCOVERY CHANNEL'S PLANET
EARTH AND LIFE SERIES
Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution
PaulHawken, AmoryLovins, and L. Hunter Lovins
The Sustainability Revolution
Andres R. Edwards
Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization
Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things
William McDonough, Michael Braungart
Living Green: A Practical Guide to Simple Sustainability
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto
The Sustainability Advantage
Revolution in a Bottle: How TerraCycle Is Redefining Green Busines
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace ...
One School at a Time
Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
Garbageland: On the Secret Trail of Trash
Mirage: Florida and the Vanishing Water of the Eastern U.S.
Ecological Intelligence: How Knowing the Hidden Impacts of
What We Buy Can Change Everything
* 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
s spoils are sparsely shared with the farmers who
make it all possible.
Afilm by: Mari-Lynn Evans & Phylis Geller
A dramatic film documenting modern coal
mining and MTR (Mountain Top Removal) in
the Appalachia area. The viewer gets to hear
firsthand from working miners and activists who
are battling coal companies, along with miners
and coal company officials who stand by their
work. Both perspectives are laid bare as the film
explores economic, environmental, public health
and emotional impacts of the coal industry on
this community and for America at large.
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: Andrew Stanton
Not far in the future, a small waste-compacting
robot is the sole thing left on a trash-filled,
abandoned Earth. This animated Pixar flick helps
bring to light what could happen if we continue
our wasteful habits.
NO IMPACT MAN
Directed by: Laura Gabbert and Justin Schein
Documentary of a Manhattan-based family
who chooses to abandon their wasteful New
York lifestyle and attempt to live an entire year
making no net environmental impact.
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?
THE AGE OF STUPID
Directed by: Franny Armstrong
This hybrid drama/animation/documentary
follows the work of an archivist in the future
trying to answer the question: "Why didn't
we stop climate change when we still had the
Directed by: Robert Kenner
A documentary about the industrial food system,
how we got to where we are and what might be
done to redirect our trajectory.
GATORS FOR A SUSTAINABLE CAMPUS
Facebook: search "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
HUMAN RIGHTS AWARENESS ON CAMPUS
Facebook: search "Human Rights Awareness on Campus"
Promotes awareness and activism concerning hu-
man rights abuses around the world, particularly
in cases of genocide.
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Facebook: search "enVeg"
A group that encourages people to reduce their
industrial-raised meat, dairy and egg consumption
in order to help slow climate change. By promoting
and increasing the ease of cooking without meat,
enVeg shows people that you don't have to sacrifice
the environment to eat well.
ROOTS AND SHOOTS
Shares ideas and inspirations to create positive
changes for the community, animals, and the
environment, implements community service
projects and special events, and promotes
awareness about social, political, and economic
issues as they relate to environmental issues.
ORGANIC AND SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE CLUB
Main purpose is to inform and teach the UF and
local Gainesville community, through hands-on
experience, about organic farming, alternative
agriculture techniques, and sustainable food systems.
Information on all student organizations at UF,
including officers and meeting times, can be found
on the Center for Student Involvement website:
G E T union.ufl.edu/involvement
UP UNITED WORLD ORGANIZATION
Facebook: search "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
Facebook: search "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.
UP 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"
GATORS GOING GREEN,
STUDENT GOVERNMENT AGENCY
Works towards implementing policies and
programming which brings about sustainable
improvements to the University of Florida.
JOINT STANDING UP
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 aa.ufl.edu/Committees/sust.asp
UP 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
UP MODEL UNITED NATIONS
UF chapter of Model UN which travels around
the country competing at conferences to debate
THE CAMPUS KITCHEN AT UF
Facebook: search "Campus Kitchen at the University
The UF Campus Kitchens Project (CKP) work to
reduce food waste while alleviating hunger in
Gainesville. CKP collects food donated from on-
campus food providers, local restaurants, Greek
houses, the Krishna society and other locations,
and then cooks, package and delivers wholesome
meals to those in need across the community.
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. ufgau.org
CHOMP THE VOTE
Student Government's agency responsible for
registering UF students to vote and increasing
student voter turnout. Volunteers are welcome!
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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By supporting sustainability-minded business you can build a
stronger market for responsible business growth, strengthen our
local economy, and find some tasty treats or one-of-a-kind items
along the way.
CLOTHING & MORE
There are a number of thrift stores and second-hand shops in
Gainesville. Whether you're looking for clothes, furniture and
housewares, books, bikes or athletic gear or other unique goods,
being thrifty can be fun, save you money and reduce your impact
on the environment.
Also check out garage sales, craigslist.com,freecycle.org, or Facebook
marketplace. If you have to buy new, look for products at 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).
And, don't throw your stuff away when you move into and out of
residence halls and apartments sell or donate it.
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
These are just afew of the restaurants in Gainesville that have varied
commitments to sustainability. Some serve organic, locally grown foods, others
have great vegetarian or vegan options, pay living wages, and/or use products
made of sustainable or recyclable materials. Check them out and ask more about
Book Lover's Cafe
505 NW 13th Street, 32601
1511 Northwest 2nd Street
Dragonfly Rolls 'n Bowls
3117 SW 34th Street, Suite 1
Dragonfly Sushi and Sake Co.
201 SE 2dAve.
The Jones Eastside
401 Northeast 23rd Avenue
1025 West University Ave.
706 W University Ave.
Leonardo's By the Slice
1245 W University Ave.
607 W University Ave.
Mildred's Big City Food
3445 W University Ave.
New Deal Caf4
3445 W University Ave.
1800 NE 23rd Ave.
12 SE 2nd Ave.
48 SW 2nd Street
3345 Southwest 34th Street
12 SW 1st Ave
515 NW 23rd Ave.
Saturday, 8:30 AM 12 PM, seasonal
SW 91st Terrace
Know of a sustainable business
that should be included in this
guide? Contact us at
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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
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
Thursday for UFstudents.
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 UFstudents 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 available for only $10!
Union Road and Newell Drive
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
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
Poe Springs Park
Poe Springs Park borders the Sante Fe River and
contains 202 acres of scenic space, including a
covered forest and trails, softballfield, volleyball
courts, and its own crystal clearspring. A great
place for canoeing, kayaking, swimming,
picnicking orfloating on a tube.
28800 Northwest 182d Avenue
High Springs, FL 32643-2711
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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.
The Bat House is down Museum Road towards Fraternity Row, and they leave their house at sundown. 17
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. Check out
the Center for Leadership and Service for more opportunities to get
Volunteer to work our campus outreach hut. Engage with students,
staff and faculty about efforts on campus, trivia, and how to get be a
part of the movement at UF.
Tailgators Game Day Recycling
Join the student green team and help distribute bags and collect
recyclables before and after home football games.
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.
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.
352-392-1900, ext. 315
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.
Sor contact SG's Community
Political Affairs Cabinet.
(352) 392-1665 ':' .
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.
Florida Museum of Natural History
Whether they're with a curator
behind-the-scenes or with
youngsters in the Butterfly Rain-
forest, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Center for Student Involvement on the 3rd floor of the Reitz Union and the Centerfor Leadership 19
and Service in the Dean ofStudents there to help you find 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.
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.
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.
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
Riding the bus makes it easy to study before class,
listen to your ipod, and reduce pollution and
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, try one of the weekly
bus services to/from Gainesville and Miami,
Ft. Lauderdale, Pompano, West Palm Beach, Ft.
Pierce, or Orlando for only $35 to $45. UF doesn't
endorse any particular service, but here are a few:
For transportation to Orlando and Jacksonville
airports, check out Runways Transportation.
Forget the hassle of trying to park on campus.
Students who don't bring their cars to school can
get 24/7 access to Zipcars that are parked right on
campus! Sign up for a membership and reserve
online. Your membership covers gas, insurance
and roadside assistance, and you can choose to
rent and pay by the hour or by the day.
UF GreenRide helps you find carpool partners by
searching for other employees/students who live
near you and have similar schedules and lifestyle
preferences. Enter your info and you'll get to see
a map of your area showing potential carpoolers
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.
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ONE LESS CAR CAMPAIGN
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Pledge to commute by an
alternative to single-occupancy
vehicle travel on One Less Car Day,
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UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
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."
Ariella Mostkoff l
Morgan Slans Office of SuIT
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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
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