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Sustainability Calendar of Events

April 22, 2013
Earth Day

This year CF’s Cycle Environmental Club is planning an Earth Day observance which will take place in Bedford plaza during the activity hour (4/22 – Noon until 1:45 pm). We have invited community organizations to display information about recycling, water use, Florida’s aquifers, storm water and even a table about the importance of bees in agriculture. SAB will have games for students. Pizza and drinks will be provided by SAB and Cycle Environmental Club. It will be a fun afternoon with lots of useful information.


April 10, 2013, 12:00 pm. -1:30 pm.
The Mathematics of Sustainability

The Math Department has scheduled an open house. Humanity continually faces the challenge of how to balance human needs against the world's resources while operating within the constraints imposed by the laws of nature. Mathematics helps us better understand these complex issues and is used by mathematicians and practitioners in a wide range of fields to seek creative solutions for a sustainable way of life. Society and individuals will need to make difficult choices; mathematics provides us with tools to make informed decisions.
For more information, contact Selestine Poole.


March 19, 2013
Alternative Spring Break 2013

Join Steve MacKenzie at Silver River State Park and help clear the Silver Leaf Pine areas. Two crews are needed:
     8:30 – 11:00 (20 volunteers max.)
     10:30-1:00 (20 volunteers max. )
Contact Professor MacKenzie for more information!


Speak Up logoJune 23, 2012
Join Senator Bob Graham and Senator Lee Constantine at "Speak Up: Silver Springs", a call to action to protect and restore Silver Springs and Florida's imperiled waterways. This educational event will include public statements from Senator Graham, Senator Constantine and Florida Conservation Coalition leaders as well as displays, presentations and music.


April 19, 2012, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Appleton Art for Arbor Day

In celebration of Arbor Day, docents at the Appleton Museum of Art, will present "Appleton Art for Arbor Day." Docents in the various galleries will meet guests and explain the importance and symbolism of the trees, flowers and botanical gardens depicted in the museum's artwork. For more information call 352-291-4455 or visit http://www.AppletonMuseum.org.


April 15, 2012
Recycle Mania concludes
Competition ended March 30, 2012 and final results are in.

We recycled Single Stream=1560 lbs.; Cardboard= 1160 lbs.

We competed with:
618 Colleges and Universities from around the world
607 schools in United States
17 schools in Florida

Cumulative GHG Reductions:
• 9 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent, or
• 5 cars off the road, or
• the energy consumption of 2 households


February 5, 2012
Recycle Mania Kicks off!
RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. Over an 8-week period each spring, colleges across the United States and Canada report the amount of recycling and trash collected each week and are in turn ranked in various categories based on who recycles the most on a per capita basis, as well as which schools have the best recycling rate as a percentage of total waste and which schools generate the least amount of combined trash and recycling.  With each week’s updated ranking, participating schools follow their performance against other colleges and use the results to rally their campus to reduce and recycle more.


United Way Online Auction
You can support the United Way campaign by volunteering your time, talent and energy. Consider handyman services, gift-wrapping services, handcrafted items or other in-kind donations that can raise funds for United Way and keep you within your budget. If you have time or talent to share, email Cara Bennett at bennettc@cf.edu by Monday, Oct. 17, 2011, with your name, what you plan to donate with a complete description (unless it is self-explanatory), and any photographs available. The auction will be held Oct. 24 through Nov. 3. Your support is appreciated.


 

Responsible Bathroom Water Conservation Tour Shows Americans How to Reduce the Use
Who: The public is invited.                                                                                        
What: The Responsible Bathroom Water Conservation Tour, joining Ocala’s Smart Aqua Exhibits.   
Where: The Discovery Center, 701 NE Sanchez Ave., Ocala, FL. 34470.
When: Noon to 8 p.m., Friday, June 10, 2011. 
OCALA, FL. –  Managing local water supplies – drop by drop – is now a mainstream concern across the United States.  Many communities already are experiencing a tighter water supply, while 78% of consumers are looking for ways to cut household utility bills and energy costs.
The Responsible Bathroom Water Conservation Tour is hitting the road to bring water-saving solutions to consumers and plumbers. The national mobile marketing campaign will be featured in Ocala on June 10. The event is free and open to the public. 
At this event, residents can learn about Marion County’s toilet rebate program and other water conservation programs. Also, Smart Aqua Exhibits will be offered at the Discovery Center starting at noon. Come and learn how you can save water. And -- be sure to see the Aqua Soup Softball Game at 6:30 p.m. at the park!
The compelling forecasts include:

  • Water shortages are predicted to hit 36 states in the U.S. by 2013, according to a federal report. This includes Florida.
  • One-third of all counties in the lower 48 states now face higher risks of water shortages by 2050, with more than 400 of these 1,100 counties at extremely high risk for water shortages, based on new research.
  • Ten cities in the U.S. have been identified in a new analysis as having the most acute exposure to problems that could cause an imbalance in water supply and demand as soon as 2013. The ten are (in ascending order): Orlando, FL.; Atlanta, Ga.; Tucson, AZ; Las Vegas, NV.; Fort Worth, TX; San Francisco Bay area; San Antonio, TX; Phoenix, AZ.; Houston, TX; and Los Angeles, CA.

It’s time for solutions; it’s time for The Responsible Bathroom Water Conservation Tour.
The Tour, sponsored by American Standard®, has economic and ecological points on tap, including:

  • Hands-on demonstrations of the newest water and energy-saving showerheads, faucets, and toilets, as well as safety-oriented solutions like walk-in baths and hospital sinks. See how well WaterSense® toilets and powerful FloWise® showerheads perform.
  • Calculations of how much water, money, and energy consumers can save with efficient bathroom products. For instance, based on an average four-person household, using water-efficient products could amount to an annual savings of 36,456 gallons of water and $211.
  • The Tour’s partnerships with The Nature Conservancy and the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense® program.
  • Interactive games onboard the mobile showroom allow visitors to test their water knowledge in our Jeopardy-style quiz; play “Will It Flush?”; take the SpeedConnect® Challenge, and try out the EverClean® Pencil Test.

“At American Standard, our goal is to educate consumers that they can have it all great style and performance while saving water and energy. Our water-efficient toilets, faucets, and showerheads combine exceptional performance and superior style,” says Don Devine, American Standard president and chief executive officer.
Imagine the impact if every family of four:

  • Replaced an old faucet with a water-efficient model to save over 8,000 gallons of water per year.
  • Turned off the water while brushing teeth to conserve over 11,000 gallons of water per year.
  • Upgraded to a water-saving showerhead to save nearly 12,000 gallons of water per year.

By traveling the United States with this novel tour that is flush with ideas, the Tour is bringing water conservation information to the local level. To view the national Tour itinerary, go to www.theresponsiblebathroomtour.com.  At some locations, the Tour is partnering with local water utilities and municipalities that offer rebates for the purchase and installation of water-efficient plumbing products. For details, visit www.responsiblebathroom.com and click on “Connection” and then “Water Saving Rebates.”



Tuesday, May 24, 2011, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Alternative Energy Conference - Featured guest speaker, Dr. James Fenton, Director of the Florida Solar Energy Center will deliver the keynote address entitled "The Cost of Doing Nothing."  
Exhibits open at 7:30 a.m. and a Career Exploration session immediately follows the Conference.

 

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