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History

Throughout its history, CF has served as a leader in encouraging civic responsibility, and in the last few decades that responsibility has focused on sustainability. As public awareness of environmental issues has grown, the college has stepped up its efforts.

The United Nations declared a Decade of Education for Sustainable Development from 2005-2015. The American Association of Community Colleges’ Board of Directors passed a resolution supporting the UN declaration and encouraged member institutions to engage in the topic. In 2005, Dr. Charles Dassance, president of CF, established a task force of faculty, students, staff and administrators to explore ways of reducing CF’s environmental footprint. The group was assigned the task of researching organizational best practices on sustainability and proposing specific initiatives to initiate an ongoing, collegewide program to implement the college vision on sustainability. CF has identified sustainability as one of the “strategic emphasis” areas.

The concept of sustainable development is simple; you cannot spend more environment capital than is available.

CF has taken several steps toward sustainability:

2012-2013

  • Sustainability Task Force combined effort with Cycle Club at Club Rush.
  • Worked with B & T Metal to design new Bike Rack
  • Sustainability Task Force combined effort to support Silver Springs Arbor Day and Earth Day events.
  • Established additional blue Single stream recycling bins around Ocala campus
  • Established new campus Arborist Sherri Burch
  • Established Sustainability Task Force "Friday Facts" with Marketing Department
  • Students take on Recyclemania challenge 2013
  • CF recognized as Tree Campus fourth year 2013
  • Sustainability Task Force combined effort to support Silver Springs Arbor Day and Earth Day events.

2011-2012

  • Hosted Educational Alliance for a Sustainable Florida (EASF) summit.
  • First year participation in RECYLEMANIA
  • Sustainability joined forces with Cycle club.
  • Installed motion sensor light switches in 60% of common areas and bathrooms.
  • Worked with Auto Tech to supply Ford Hybrid for teaching
  • President appoints two student representatives to Sustainability Task force
  • CF recognized as Tree Campus third year 2012
  • Silver River park initiative with 74 students.
  • Updated CF Sustainability Task Force website and added links to main page.
  • Recyclemania results for 2012 ): Single Stream=1560 lbs.; Cardboard= 1160 lbs, 9 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent, or 5 cars off the road, or the energy consumption of 2 households

2010-2011

  • Kevin Justice named chairperson of CF Sustainability committee.
  • Started Single Steam Recycle program.
  • Named “Tree Campus USA” 3rd Award
  • Sustainability web link on main CF page
  • Developed new monthly sustainability challenges
  • Saved an additional 3% energy usage.
  • Participated in Arbor Day volunteer at Tuscawilla Park
  • Participated in Tree Campus and Tree Day at Silver River State Park
  • Sustainability web link on Friday Facts

2009 -10

  • To eliminate printing from all college libraries and labs.
  • Sustainability One, by Verne AyersTo apply for the Tree Campus designation given by the Arbor Day Foundation for the Ocala campus.                                                
  • To utilize the local waste management company Florida Express Environmental for all the Ocala campus waste services.
  • Obtained LEED Silver Certification for Founders Hall
  • Went paperless on paycheck – pay stubs
  • Placed stickers on all light switches to remind people to turn off the lights.
  • Deployed Hand Sanitizer stations college-wide and provided all staff with individual sanitizer.
  • Switch all printers, copiers and computers to energy savings mode.
  • Set a college-wide goal to reduce energy consumption by 5%.  (Actual savings was over 7%)
  • Began the “We Use Less” Campaign.

2008 - 09

  • Developed a sustainability webpage
  • Set up a visit by Eric Flagg and Isaac Brown – showed the video Gimme Green to 6 classes and the general public – discussed the sustainability with task force as well as students and the public.
  • Purchased new recycling bins and strategically placed them around campus.
  • Developed sustainability curriculum dealing with water, poverty and energy – to be used in Social Sciences, Math, Psychology, Education, Communications, Art/Humanities & Science
  • Promoted & Supported the Learning Theme – Service: Time for Change with monthly Take Back Your Time Breaks  
  • Sustainability PosterSupported the College Planning showing of “An Inconvenient Truth”
  • Identified the categories for indicators of sustainability : People, Water, Transportation, Energy, Health, Resource use, Environment (Will follow paper usage, electricity usage, water usage)
  • Applied for a Sustainable Florida – Best Practices Award
  • Named the wildflower garden as the Native Plant Garden
  • LEEP program at Citrus campus provided workshops on the environment and sustainability.
  • Citrus campus held “Green Week” and provided participants with sustainability starter kits.
  • To eliminate printing from all college libraries and labs.
  • To apply for the Tree Campus designation given by the Arbor Day Foundation for the Ocala campus.
  • To utilize the local waste management company Florida Express Environmental for all the Ocala campus waste services.
  • To Apply for the FACC Sustainable Campus award
  • Set up a campus visit by Cynthia Barnett author of “Mirage: Florida and the Vanishing Water of the Eastern U.S.” The presentation was made in the Webber Center and was attended by 142 students, faculty, staff and the general public.
  • Developed monthly sustainability challenges

January – Engage in a health activity
February – Volunteer 5 hours
March – Go paperless for a day
April – Plant a tree
May – Save 100 gallons of water
June – Recycle at home and work
July – Switch a light bulb to a compact fluorescent light
August – Car pool one day
September – Save 10 kilowatts
October – Eat Vegetarian for a day
November – Project backpack (donate 1 bag of groceries)
December – Shop locally

  • Citrus Campus Green Week -
  • Conducted 5 workshops attended by over 100 college employees on saving energy.
  • Participated in the Ocala campus Earth Day / Arbor Day event
  • Purchased new recycling bins and strategically placed them around campus.
  • Developed sustainability curriculum dealing with water, poverty and energy – to be used in Social Sciences, Math, Psychology, Education, Communications, Art/Humanities & Science
  • Promoted & Supported the Learning Theme – Responsibility: Sustainability with spring semester group discussions dealing with Walden and simplifying life.  
  • Conducted a workshop on saving water – guest speaker Ellie Falbo of the St. Johns Water Management District.
  • Gave 11 rain barrels to faculty and staff.
  • Marketing produced a cloth shopping bag with the sustainability logo. Bags were given to students, faculty and community members.

2007-08

  • Recycling CenterRefrigerators in individual offices should be turned off for the summer. In an effort to reduce energy consumption. Also for faculty who are off for any part of the summer to unplug all electrical devices in their offices.
  • Recommended student activities dates and times  be posted on the CFCC web-portal This could be a way to reduce the paper postings all over campus.
  • Use USB drives for all handouts, employee handbooks and other essential information for all new hires.
  • Add a statement to college committee assignments under Sustainability Task Force * “This committee is open to all interested employees, students and community members. Contact chair for meeting times and dates.”
  • Add the following questions to the Annual  Employee Satisfaction:
    • Are you aware of the campus sustainability efforts?
    • Are you satisfied with CFCC efforts to promote sustainability?
    • Have you contributed or participated in any campus sustainability effort on an individual basis or as part of a group?

2006-07

  • Working in the Garden“We will promote the concept of sustainability by preserving the natural environment and conserving our resources for future generations.” Was added to the Guiding Principles of the College Mission (Vision).
  • Began a sustainability webpage.   http://www.cf.edu/about/sustainability
  • Created a Sustainability Garden and planted wildflowers it a water retention area on the main campus and the Citrus campus. (Articles appeared in school paper and Ocala Star Banner about the projects as well as an editorial about CFCC’s leadership in sustainability.)
  • Produced a Pledge of Sustainability to be used next school year to promote greater individual involvement.
  • Produce the start of “Best Practices for Campus Sustainability” 
  • Began a pilot program for recycling aluminum cans and plastic bottles.
  • Promoted Sustainability as part of the learning
  • Conducted two Faculty discussions about sustainability
  • Author/producer of affluenza, John DeGraaf came to the Ocala Campus for discussions with faculty, staff and students
  • Collected hundreds of pounds of food for “Operation Backpack” (Specific value will be given at end of the school year)
  • Closed building 4 over the summer to save energy
  • Working toward metering electricity use for every building on campus in an effort to identify high consumptive buildings

2005-06 

  •  “Tree PlantingLights Out” program to reduce electricity consumption
  • Reduce paper usage – reduce fonts, expand margins, duplex
  • Established targets for reduction in paper usage of 3% in three years,10% in five years, and 15% in ten years
  • Developed a sustainability vision statement - “The College of Central Florida is dedicated to preserving the natural environment and conserving our resources for future generations.  Through leading by example we encourage participation of all members of our community to put sustainability principles into practice.”
  • Sustainability will be part of the 2006-2007 learning theme “Integrity: Sustainability – A value for life”
  • Produced a poster – Sustainability is everyone’s responsibility
  • Participated in campus Earth Day event – produced an exhibit
  • Accessed some of the resource usage on campus – electricity, paper, solid waste and presentation by Ocala utilities
  • Began a “Office Supplies Swap Shop”
  • Began a Sustainability Task Force to make recommendations to on policy and to research best practices to the president. 
  • Initiated an across campus lighting level survey
  • Began a discussion of a wildflowers project on campus
  • Suggested an award program for outstanding or innovative sustainability ideas
  • Suggested as a long-term goal of building a campus cooling plant
  • Recycling pilot program
  • Began a more efficient use of space during summer terms – consolidating classes into efficient buildings and closing less efficient building.
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