A NEW LEAF
the green team
UF UNIVERSITY of
The mission of the Office of Sustainability
is to make the University of Florida in
its operations, education, research, and
outreach a model of sustainability,
integrating the goals of ecological
restoration, economic development, and
Green Teams work with the office to support this
mission, and encourage the collaborative efforts of faculty,
students, and staff to generate knowledge, acquire skills,
develop values, and initiate practices that contribute to a
sustainable, high quality of life on campus, in the state of
Florida, and across the globe.
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THE GREEN TEAM NETWORK
The Green Team Network (http://www.sustainable.ufl.edu/
greenteam/) is an effort to involve members of the campus
community, at all levels, in achieving a more sustainable
university. Participants in the network act as representatives on
campus for the university's ongoing efforts to reduce unnecessary
resource use and waste generation. The Office of Sustainability
works directly with Green Teams to develop strategies for
sustainability that are a good fit for colleges, departments, or
organizations. We hope the teams will help generate new ideas
and offer feedback on existing programs, as well as provide a
mechanism for sharing information and best practices so that we
can all learn from one another.
Establish a Green Team with your supervisor's approval, and
designate a Captain as a primary point ofcontact with the
Office of Sustainability.
We ask each Green Team, once they have gained the approval
of their supervisor, to nominate a "captain" (or co-captains)
who will act as the primary liaison between the rest of his/her
unit and the Office of Sustainability. Captains provide us with
feedback from their teams, assist us in creating, promoting, and
implementing programs within their units, and help facilitate
information exchange and cooperation within their teams and
In order to successfully promote strategies for
sustainability, the UF Office of Sustainability utilizes
a strategic framework known as Community
Based Social Marketing (CBSM). CBSM is based
upon research in social psychology and has
demonstrated impressive results for changing a
target audience's behavior, offering an attractive
alternative to information-based campaigns. For
more details on CBSM, take part in one of the
Office of Sustainability's CBSM training offered
through HRS and visit: http://cbsm.com/.
Green Teams help foster understanding of and buy-in for
sustainability across departments through:
Actively participating in campus-wide sustainability
initiatives, as well as developing new initiatives
appropriate to their departments.
Incorporating sustainability goals into departmental
orientation processes for new employees/students to
ensure that these practices become institutionalized.
Identifying how their department, and UF as a whole, is
moving towards or away from sustainability.
As part of new hire training, all Gator
Dining Services employees now go through
sustainability training which includes education
on water and energy conservation at home
and on the job. (http://www.bsd.ufl.edu/dining/
Each Green Team is unique, and should reflect the culture of the
department that hosts it.
What follows are some key areas of concern for our campus
community, and several recommendations for how we can
improve our performance in these areas. Not all of the
recommendations will apply to every department, and we
welcome your creativity and insight in helping us to develop
new approaches and best practices. Please contact the Office of
Sustainability if you have feedback or questions on any of these
Office of Sustain,
ENERGY CONSERVATION AND
The main campus of the University of Florida uses approximately
75 megawatts of power, and spent roughly $38 million for
electricity alone in 2008. Because the majority of our energy
comes from fossil fuel sources, such as coal and natural gas,
energy use in our buildings is the primary contributor to UF's
carbon footprint. All of us use energy at work from lights
to computers, photocopiers and printers. There are lots of ways
that you and members of your department can help reduce our
carbon footprint and reduce the budget deficit that the high cost
of energy creates each year.
Some university-wide efforts are already underway. In 2007,
President J. Bernard Machen was the first to sign the American
College and University President's Climate Commitment. A
working group at UF is creating an action plan for carbon
neutrality by 2025. A complete audit of our carbon footprint can
be viewed at: http://acupcc.aashe.org/ghg-report.php?id=199.
A majority of UF's buildings are dehumidified and cooled
through a very efficient chilled water utility produced
by UF's Physical Plant Division (PPD). This system cools
the air coming into buildings to 55 degrees the optimal
temperature to remove humidity. Building systems then
reheat the air to the desired temperature set for each
space. Cooler temperature settings in buildings actually
save energy because they do not require as much re-heat.
Currently, in our humid climate, this is the best way to
keep our buildings cool, healthy, and free from mold and
mildew. UF is continuously trying to improve the comfort
and efficiency of our buildings. You can provide feedback
on your building's comfort level to PPD by calling the Work
Management Center at 392-1121.
In December 2008, the Office of Sustainability
coordinated a lightbulb exchange during which Green
Team members could trade incandescent lightbulbs
for more energy efficient Compact Fluorescent
Lightbulbs, or CFLs. Altogether, the campaign
distributed nearly 1,700 bulbs, with the International
Center Green Team, alone, exchanging
150 and the Finance & Accounting
Green Team more than 2501
Collaborate with colleagues to identify energy conservation
measures that are appropriate to your department.
1. For computers and peripherals, initiate an end-of-day
shut-off program that minimizes unnecessary energy
2. Employ energy-saving settings for your computers and
peripherals (e.g., copy machines) so that they hibernate
or shut-off automatically during periods of inactivity.
3. Use a power strip to cut power to all electronics/
appliances (e.g., personal and shared printers) at the
end of the day.
4. Unplug other devices (e.g., battery chargers) when they
are not in use.
5. Shut off lights in copy rooms, kitchens, conference
rooms, and closets when the spaces are unoccupied.
6. Use day-lighting when it is available.
7. Replace old lightbulbs with energy efficient bulbs
8. Initiate a "last to leave" policy which insures that lights
are shut off at the end of the work day.
9. Contact Environmental Health and Safety for
information about task lighting that will save energy
and increase your health and wellbeing.
10. For laboratories, enforce proper management of fume
hoods and other energy-intensive research equipment.
The IT staff at Operations Analysis has implemented power management capabilities that are helping staff in Business Affairs
to reduce their energy consumption. These settings include shutting down computers that have been left on inadvertently
afterhours (those who need access to a VPN* can opt out), and a step-down set of energy saving modes when people leave
their desks for extended periods of time (security login after 15 minutes, monitor to sleep after 20 minutes, and full hibernation
after 25 minutes of inactivity). Green Teams in other locations around campus, such as the International Center and the
Veterinary Medical Center, have been collaborating with their IT staff to achieve similar savings.
Virtual Private Networking
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Our water supply, the Floridan Aquifer, is refilled/recharged by
rainwater. Most of the rain that falls on the main University
of Florida campus eventually flows into Lake Alice, one of the
campus' largest and most central natural areas. On the outskirts
of campus, rainfall that doesn't soak into the ground finds its
way into Hogtown Creek, Tumblin Creek, or Bivens Arm. All
three of these areas move surface water into the aquifer below.
What ends up on the ground around campus, from litter to
leaky car oil, drains into creeks, streams and lakes and can have a
significant impact on the quality our drinking water.
UF's water is pumped from the Murphree Well Fields owned
by Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU). After being pumped
from below ground, GRU treats the water before distributing
it through pipes. GRU supplies potable water to UF through
16 locations around campus. UF is home to its own three
million gallon a day Water Treatment Plant. The UF Physical
Plant Division has a number of departments that are working
to ensure all our water systems work properly, and that we are
implementing best practices for protecting our watershed.
Almost 100% of UF's irrigation water is reclaimed from our
on-campus waste water treatment facility. Because we,
the users of potable water at UF, consume a great deal,
the campus creates thousands of gallons of reclaimed
water a day. Our storage capacity for treated water
is surpassed by our generation of water that needs to
be treated. It's an unfortunate reality that we can, and
sometimes need to, irrigate at all times of the day and
night to distribute the reclaimed water. The sustainability
concern is on the front end of this equation. We all need
to treat water as a precious resource.
Collaborate with colleagues to identify water conservation and
pollution prevention measures that are appropriate to your
1. Make sure that faucets are turned off all the way and
promptly report leaky faucets and toilets to the PPD
2. Also report irrigation related problems, e.g., broken
sprinklers, lines, or sprinkler systems running for an
excessive amount of time to PPD Work Management.
3. Use a water filter and a reusable container or cup rather
than purchasing bottled water.
4. Contact PPD about retrofitting your water fountain
with a fixture for filling cups and containers more
5. Purchase a reusable pitcher and cups for your office
space to use at meetings.
6. For laboratory experiments where potable water is
required to support research/experiments the UF
Utilities Policy mandates that: "...use will not exceed
30 minutes duration and must be under constant
observation by qualified personnel. Research/
experiments requiring more than 30 minutes of
pass through water must use self-contained recycle
cooling equipment. The Director, Physical Plant
Division, must approve exceptions to this policy in
writing in advance." (http://www.ppd.ufl.edu/pdf/
7. If your department is planning a new landscape,
encourage the use of native plants, and work with
UF's Grounds staff to ensure that Florida-Friendly
landscaping practices are implemented.
8. Don't throw anything into storm drains. These lead
directly to creeks or to Lake Alice, and ultimately our
9. If you commute to UF by car, be sure to check for fluid
leaks regularly. Leaking fluids, such as oil or coolant,
can contaminate surface and ground water.
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Through waste reduction and recycling initiatives, UF achieves a
waste recovery rate of nearly 35%, and recycles over 5,500 tons
of material annually. To help UF reach its goal of Zero Waste by
2015, it is important that divisions do their part to divert waste
streams. You can help reduce waste by remembering that all four
"R's" in the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Re-buy chain are important.
All of us need not only to recycle, but also to think about how
we can lower our consumption of disposable goods, reuse or
share items, and purchase items with recycled content.
Identify waste streams, and institute reduction/recycling
efforts that are appropriate to your department.
Request to be removed from mailing lists for any
unwanted catalogs, newsletters, magazines, and junk mail.
Avoid overproduction of marketing and publicity material
by reviewing distribution lists and regularly updating
Think Before You Ink: http://ufcn.urel.ufl.edu/ink/
Use email and publish electronically, rather than printing,
when feasible. Edit drafts electronically rather than
printing. Use digital filing and imaging systems when
Print double-sided and Change the Margins on all printed
documents to no more than three quarters (.75) of an
inch on all sides.
Adjust fax machines to minimize paper waste (e.g.,
eliminate cover pages, unwanted headers, and report
sheets) and use scrap paper for sending/receiving faxes.
Some fax machines can even be set to fax to email and
vice-versa, eliminating paper altogether.
"Zero Waste is a philosophy and a design
principle for the 21st Century. It includes
recycling' but goes beyond recycling by taking
a 'whole system' approach to the vast flow of
resources and waste through human society. Zero
Waste maximizes recycling, minimizes waste,
reduces consumption and ensures that products
are made to be reused, repaired or recycled
back into nature or the marketplace."
Gator Dining Services has demonstrated their
commitment to waste reduction by eliminating
food trays, making reusable to-go containers
available, and asking customers to pledge to
take only what they will consume,
among other strategies promoted in
their "Erase the Waste" campaign.
Use scrap paper for drafts and re-use envelopes to circulate
Recycle. Paper recycling is offered across campus;
every building should have a paper collection area for
newspaper, office paper, and junk mail. If you do not
have a bin, call the PPD Solid Waste Department at 392-
7396 to request a bin.
2. Cans and bottles
Work with the Office of Sustainability and the Physical
Plant Building Services Department to assure that your
department has indoor recycling bins. Working with
these departments will ensure that your recycling bins are
appropriately placed and regularly serviced.
You can view all the current recycling locations on the
campus map under the sustainable campus link:
3. Ink & toner cartridges
Refill/recycle printer toner cartridges and buy
All printer cartridges (Inkjet and laser) can be recycled
through our contract vendor, Mr. Paper. When you have
cartridges to recycle, simply contact Mr. Paper (http://www.
they will arrange to have your cartridges picked up.
4. Hazardous Waste
Reduce your production of electronic waste through
preventative maintenance on existing equipment and
recirculation of used equipment via UF's "Surplus
Property" program (http://www.surplus.ufl.edu/
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You can recycle your shipping peanuts and bubble wrap
by bringing them to Do It Reitz.
available/). Share printers where practical in order to
reduce the need for personal printers and encourage
* For electronic equipment which has reached the
end of its useful life (i.e., even smaller items such as
jump drives, phones, and rechargeable batteries), use
Asset Management Services (http://fa.ufl.edu/uco/
handbook/handbook.asp?doc=220.127.116.11) for safe disposal.
Familiarize yourself with UF's Electronic-Waste Directive
and the list of electronic items collected and recycled
by the university: http://fa.ufl.edu/uco/handbook/
* Work with Environmental Health and Safety to track
and safely dispose of all hazardous waste created by your
department. The UF ChemSwap (http://swap.ehs.ufl.
edu/) provides a list of free research chemicals currently
available to laboratories on the UF main campus and at
PK Yonge School. The free chemicals are delivered with an
MSDS by an EH&S staff member directly to your lab. All
the chemicals are in the original, unopened container.
Many of our departments generate significant
yet unique waste streams and we must work
diligently and creatively to help turn our waste
into inputs for other processes. Here are a few
great examples from different departments
The O'Connell Center generates a large number
of wooden pallets, which previously went to
the recycling bullpen. Recently, they began
contracting with a local pallet company that
was interested in reusing the pallets. Reuse is
always a better, less energy-intensive option than
recycling, and through this effort the O'Connell
Center reduced their waste footprint and saved
the university money. Along these same lines, the
O'Connell Employee Relations Office
also turns stacks of scrap paper into pij
scratch pads for office staff to use.
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Another great example of taking a creative
and unique approach to tackling UF's waste
reduction goals comes from the Student Health
Care Center's "Medication Disposal Program.
Anyone (students, faculty, staff and community
members) can bring in their expired or unused
medications and deposit them into a waste drum.
Thus far, the Health Care Center has collected
50 pounds of medication. In order to assure
anonymity, there are no questions about where
the medications came from or who is doing
the dumping. For more information about the
program, visit: http://www.shcc.ufl.edu/medical/
pdf/pharmacygreen.pdf. The SHCC is located in
the Infirmary Building on campus and
the Pharmacy is on the first floor, lust i:
past the elevators.
5. Other waste streams :
* For assistance with planning sustainable departmental
events, read the Office ofSustainability's "Sustainable
Event Planning Guide" (http://www.sustainable.ufl.edu/
* Use reusable containers for your personal food and
* Donate unneeded, reusable supplies to non-profit
organizations like Alachua County Tools for Schools
The 2006 Gators Championship Basketball floor
is gone. After selling a little over a third to an
avid Gator fan in the Jacksonville area, the UAA
was looking to get rid of the rest of the old planks
to free up the storage space they occupied. With
the help of the Office of Sustainability, the UAA
found Bearded Brothers Demolition and Salvage
Services. With their help, 100% of the floor will
be re-used -some as flooring, some as souvenirs,
and some will be used by local carpenters
here in the Gainesville community. Overall,
approximately 27 tons of wood were diverted
from the landfill. The memories of
those historic national championship
seasons will live on. il
Try reducing the number of personal trash cans in shared
work spaces. Instead, strategically place larger trash cans
in a convenient location and pair these with recycling bins.
This arrangement not only encourages recycling, it also
reduces the workload for cleaning staff and reduces the
number of plastic garbage bags being sent to the landfill.
Gator Dining Services offers a $0.50 discount on
refills for soda and a $0.25 discount
for refills on tall coffee purchases
campus-wide when you bring in a j
For two years running the Health Science
Center has used biocompostable dinnerware
for their annual holiday party. Last year they
did a 50/50 combination to see if there were
any issues or complaints, but all was well. This
year the department uses 100% bio-cutlery.
They purchase their biocompostables through
WorldCentric but there are several suppliers
available and the local store Indigo (http://www.
indigogreenstore.com/) carries a supply. It
seems for about $0.40/seat you can purchase
the biocompostables. Using recycled content
paper products is another great option when
disposables are necessary.
UF, not including auxiliaries or Shands, used over
1.6 million trash bags in 2008. Last year, Building
Services was able to switch to thinner bags for some
applications, saving almost 14 tons of waste every year.
FACILITIES & PROCUREMENT
As individual entities, and as an aggregate industry, universities
purchase high volumes of products such as paper, computers,
printers, copiers, office supplies, research supplies, cleaning
supplies, building materials, furniture, paint, carpet, food and
more. As an institution with large purchasing requirements,
the University of Florida can influence and drive the type,
availability and price of products offered in the marketplace.
We can leverage purchasing practices to educate our students,
improve human health conditions on campus, and lead the way
as stewards of the Earth's resources by making environmentally
and socially preferable purchasing choices.
Purchasing and Disbursement Services has done much in the past
few years to ensure that the vendors contracted by the university
are aligned with UF's sustainability goals. In 2003, department
leaders drafted purchasing guidelines designed to lessen UF's
environmental impact by directing purchasers to environmentally
preferable products whenever they perform satisfactorily and are
available at a reasonable price. These guidelines were enhanced
and revised in 2007 as the Sustainable Purchasing Directive
In order to leverage the incredible purchasingpower of UF
to drive sustainable choices, it is important that all members
of the UF community remember to take advantage of the
Purchasing Department's services whenever possible. If
you do decide to make a purchase on your own, remember
to reference the Sustainable Purchasing Directive and to
consider the tips listed below.
1. Always consider sharing, renting, or leasing as an alternative
to buying new equipment.
2. Use a life-cycle cost analysis, rather than automatically choosing
goods with the lowest purchase price, to help your department
identify the best long-term value. Consider the following
characteristics when purchasing new materials or equipment:
Energy efficiency (e.g., Energy Star: http://www.
Recycled content (pre and post-consumer),
remanufactured goods, and/or use of refurbishing
services. For information on environmentally-friendly
paper, visit: http://www.conservatree.org/
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In keeping with the university's commitment to
green building, The new UF Student Health Care
Center facility will achieve a minimum of LEED
Silver certification, with a goal of attaining LEED
Gold (www.facilities.ufl.edu/sustain). Certification
will be achieved through the use of recycled,
rapidly renewable, and local and regional materials,
renewable energy in the form of solar water
heating, landscaping with native plants that do not
require irrigation, and many other green building
design and construction practices.
SUF's Reitz Union Hotel has applied for
designation by the Florida Dept. of
Environmental Protection's "Green Lodging
SDiamond Village Graduate and Family
Housing Community was chosen by Housing
and Residence Life as the pilot project for
a campus-wide campaign to increase the
sustainability of the university's living areas.
Diamond Village has already incorporated
some sustainable design features, such as
the rain barrels and herb gardens that are
now commonplace in the community. The
next step in the project is to redevelop the
community's common area into a place that
will educate the residents, get them involved,
and allow them to practice day-to-day
applications of sustainable
* Minimized packaging (e.g., buying in bulk or
* Minimized toxic ingredients or components, e.g.,
chlorine-free paper (http://www.chlorinefreeproducts.
org/), and volatile organic compounds (VOC)
* Sustainable harvesting and third-party certification
> Forest Stewardship Council (FSC http://www.
fsc.org/) for paper
> Certified Organic and Fresh from Florida
> Certified Fair Trade for coffee and other goods
> Multi-sector certification and other resources for
environmentally preferable purchasing: http://
org/, http://www.scscertified.com/, http://www.
3. For electronics, ensure they are Electronic Product
Environmental Assessment Certified (EPEAT).
4. Seek vendors who offer a take-back program ("Extended
Product Responsibility Program") to ensure that equipment
and products are disposed of properly. http://www.
5. Use environment and worker-friendly non-toxic cleaning
products (e.g., Green Seal Environmental Standard: http://
6. Make purchases from local and minority vendors when
feasible. Visit UF's Division of Small Business and Vendor
Diversity Relations website (www.sbvdr.admin.ufl.edu).
7. Consider the rights of workers. For resources on purchasing
products which are produced humanely, visit: http://www.
verite.org/, http://www.workersrights.org/, http://svtc.igc.
8. For departments considering purchasing or leasing a vehicle,
think about using Zipcar (http://www.zipcar.com/ufl/)
as an alternative. If you must buy a vehicle, seek out the
most fuel-efficient options available (see UF's "Purchasing
Directive for Departmental Vehicles": http://www.
9. Make sure the printing of major publications are as cost-
effective and environmentally-friendly as possible. Visit
the Think Before You Ink website (http://ufcn.urel.
ufl.edu/ink/), and read "How to Go Green with Print
Design," compiled by one of our Green Team captains
Gator Dining Services offers Fair Trade,
Rainforest Alliance & USDA Certified Organic
coffees campus-wide, and has also begun
sourcing local/regional produce for its two dining
halls-look for the "Locally Grown"
tags to help identify these items.
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The commutes that each of us make to, from, and around
campus contribute significantly to UF's carbon footprint.
However, UF has made great strides in reducing the need for
single occupancy vehicle travel. There are many affordable
alternative transportation options for students, staff, and faculty.
Foster awareness ofand use more sustainable transportation
options (i.e., higher occupancy or non-motorized vehicles) where
possible, to andfrom campus as well as on campus. http://www.
sustainable. ufl. edu/onelesscar/
UF provides bicycle lanes on heavily traveled roads and
many bike racks for parking throughout campus. UPD
offers bicycle registration (http://www.parking.ufl.edu/
pages/albic.htm) in order to aid in recovery in the case
of bicycle theft. Student Government offers free bike
repair (http://sg.ufl.edu/sginfo/bikerepair.aspx) on
campus. Another option for bike repair is the Gainesville
Community Bicycle Project, aka The Kickstand (http://
www.thekickstand.org/index.php). At this collective
bicycle shop, you will gain access to tools, parts, and
knowledgeable volunteers who will help you learn to
build, fix, and maintain your bicycle. Check out the
campus map (http://campusmap.ufl.edu/) for bike rack
More than one quarter of US car trips are one mile or less,
and 13.7 percent are a half mile or less. For most of us,
these are walkable distances. Your good health is a gift -
if you can, walk Find a backpack or briefcase on wheels
to help you tote your work items and laptop. For shopping
trips, invest in a sturdy shopping cart or collapsible crate
UF's Physical Plant Department runs all of its
trucks and equipment on a 20% biodiesel blend.
Some of this fuel comes from used
campus fryer oil at the Reitz Union
UF students, faculty, and staff can ride RTS (http://www.
go-rts.com/) fare-free with a UF ID. Buses run 7 days a
week with routes on campus and throughout the City of
Gainesville. Many routes serving campus have buses that
come every ten minutes or less. Several bus routes offer
service after 5:00 PM, and "Later Gator" routes provide
service in select areas beyond midnight. Many buses have
bicycle racks so riders can take their bikes with them.
RTS now has a trip planner and a Gator Locator GPS
system, which allows you to track the busses' locations in
real time, from your computer or hand-held web enabled
Since 1998, when the pre-paid bus pass for UF students
became available, RTS ridership has risen from less than
a million per year to 8.6 million. Ridership continues to
grow, and is up 5% from the record 2006 level. The RTS
system is the third largest in Florida, based on annual
ridership levels. UF students make up 75 percent of the
riding population, and this makes the partnership with
UF worthwhile. The operational budget this year is $17.6
million, approximately 41% of which comes from UF
funding. In support of sustainability, many students ride
the bus, resulting in decreased driving and decreased
environmental and health impacts of car exhaust. RTS is
now also running its on-campus buses on 20% biodiesel.
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UF GreenRide (http://portal.greenride.com/UFL/
home.aspx) helps you find carpool partners by searching
for other employees who live near you and have similar
schedules and lifestyle preferences. It's fast, friendly and
offers anonymity until you decide to make your contacts
formal. You can use your UF or Shands email address to
create an account, but for even more anonymity, simply
use a private email service, such as Yahoo or Hotmail.
You'll even get to see a map of the general area showing
potential carpoolers near you and on your route to
Eight low-emission vehicles, including 3 hybrids, are
available for use by anyone in the UF community. ZipCar
(http://www.zipcar.com/ufl/) members pay $7 an hour
for the vehicle, gas, insurance, maintenance, a reserved
parking space, 180 free miles per trip, roadside assistance
and 24-hour customer service. ZipCar memberships are
also a great option for departments who do not want the
hassle and expense of owning a vehicle.
SUF Campus Cab Service
PPD will provide point-to-point transportation on the
Main campus, Bridges/Eastside Campus, and to Human
Resource Services on University Avenue. The taxi service
is available at no cost to UF faculty and staff, Monday-
Friday, 7:45 AM- 4:45 PM. Reservations are taken from
7:15 AM- 4:15 PM, at least 60 minutes before requested
pick-up time. Call PPD Work Management at 392-1121
to reserve your ride. For more information visit http://
The Chemistry Department Team, winners
of the 2008 One Less Car Challenge (http://
www.sustainable.ufl.edu/onelesscar/), had 66
participants and offset more than 17 tons of C02
by using alternative transit throughout the fall
HUMAN HEALTH & WELLBEING
In addition to sound environmental and economic stewardship,
the third interdependent element of sustainability is human
wellbeing. The university is a living community, and the health
and wellbeing of all its members is a fundamental component of
the community's prosperity. All of us must do our part to ensure
that our departments are safe and healthy.
Participate in the wide variety of athletic and recreational
activities, as well as other healthy living resources, such as
Healthy Gators 2010 (http://healthygators.hhp.ufl.edu/),
offered at UF. Encourage your co-workers to do so as well,
and use these activities as a way to build community.
Be sure that you and your co-workers are working safely.
Use the workplace safety resources provided by UF
Environmental Health & Safety, such as the information
on ergonomics (http://www.ehs.ufl.edu/General/ergo.
htm), and other workplace safety information from the
Office of Risk Management (http://www.ehs.ufl.edul
Smoking is prohibited within 50 feet of campus buildings
(http://www.ehs.ufl.edu/RiskMgmt/Smoking.htm). If you
are interested in quitting smoking, the Student Health
Care Center, the University's Employee Assistance
Program, the Florida Department of Health, and the
University of Florida Area Health Education Centers
run smoking cessation programs for UF students and
If you'd like to host a discussion group focused
on sustainability, the Office of Sustainability has
several discussion course study guides published
by the Northwest Earth Institute (http://nwei.org/
discussion_courses). These programs emphasize
individual responsibility, the importance of a
supportive community, and the dual need to
walk lightly on and to take action on behalf of
the Earth. They include topics such as "Healthy
Children, Healthy Planet," "Global Warming,"
and "Discovering a Sense of Place."
Contact us if you'd like to arrange a
discussion group. i
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Make sure that dietary preferences of participants are
available at departmental events.
Take advantage of the healthy food choices that are
available on campus (http://www.bsd.ufl.edu/dining/
Help foster a cultural climate that supports a full range of
creative expression, artistic experience, and recreational
opportunity in our community.
Take advantage of the varied cultural destinations
on campus, such as the UF Cultural Plaza (http://
culturalplaza.ufl.edu/) and the campus galleries
(http://www.arts.ufl.edu/galleries/). Help orient new
colleagues so that they are aware of these resources as
Start a sustainability reading/discussion group in your
department, or join an already existing group.
Work with your supervisor and other members of your
Ensure that an established method to raise complaints
and concerns without fear of reprisal exists for your
Share information with staff about flexible schedules
and alternate arrangements, such as telecommuting, as
Each of us can also contribute to a healthy social and cultural
environment on campus. Diversity within the university
community enriches the professional and educational experience
for staff, faculty, and students. We learn from those whose
experiences, beliefs, and perspectives are different from our own,
and these opportunities are most accessible in a richly diverse and
dynamic intellectual and social environment.
Work with the Council on Diversity (http://www.hr.ufl.
edu/eeo/diversity.htm#council) to help develop and
implement policies and programs related to diversity on
The UF Organic Garden is located on SW 23rd Terrace.
The cost of a 12-foot x 25-foot plot is $10 per half year,
plus a $5 deposit. Members of the cooperative plant
vegetables and flowers of their choice on their plots,
and are responsible for up-keep. They are expected to
practice organic gardening methods and to participate
in community workdays several times each semester.
Water, manure, and some seeds are provided, and various
tools are available onsite. For more information, and to
rent a plot, please call or email Ginny Campbell, the plot
coordinator (378-6103; epaulc bellsouth.net).
* Foster awareness of and support programs which serve
under-represented groups on campus. Human Resources
offers a wide array of training which you may find useful
in this regard (http://www.hr.ufl.edu/training/default.
asp). Our campus also hosts a wealth of educational and
cultural events which we encourage you to participate in.
For TEAMS employees, take part in the Academic
and Professional Assembly (APA, http://apassembly.
ufl.edu/) in order to be part of UF's commitment to
shared governance. The APA consists of administrative
employees classified as "TEAMS employees and all
career faculty who are not members of the University
of Florida Faculty Senate." The purpose of the APA is
to promote representation, recognition, professional
networking, and university and community service
opportunities for its members.
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UF offers health insurance to domestic partners of all
benefits-eligible faculty and staff. These benefits are
available to both same and opposite-sex partners, as well
as children of the employee and partner, http://www.hr.ufl.
STake part in periodic faculty (http://www.president.ufl.
edu/facultysurvey/) and staff (http://www.president.ufl.
edu/staffsurvey/faq.html) surveys administered by the
university in order to measure employee satisfaction and
improve the work environment.
Finally, as stated in the university's Leadership Values
Statement: "Choosing to be a member of the University of
Florida community involves supporting the land grant mission
to develop leaders and citizens. Community members are
integral components in leadership for positive change through
meaningful, reciprocal contributions within the campus, local,
and global communities." Accordingly, UF staff, faculty,
and students should seek out opportunities to serve the
wider community. The UF Office of Community Relations
offers numerous resources to gators who would like to get
more involved in the community: http://www.urel.ufl.edu/
Useful Websites and Frequently
Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in
Higher Education: http://www.aashe.org/
Campus Map: www.campusmap.ufl.edu
Office of Community Relations:
Environmental Health & Safety:
Green Team Google Group:
Office of Human Resource Services:
Physical Plant Division:
Purchasing: http://purchasing.ufl.edu/ 392-1331
Surplus Property Program:
Office of Sustainability:
Office of Sustain