The College of Central Florida not only strives to be good stewards of the environment, but also personal health. CF’s Sustainability & Tree Advisory Committee works to reduce CF’s environmental footprint. The group of faculty, students, staff and administrators works to promote sustainability on campus and beyond. Recycling and increasing sustainability awareness education efforts continue at CF.
For more than 10 years, CF has earned the Tree Campus USA recognition for its dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship.
Tree Campus USA is a national program that honors colleges, universities and their leaders for promoting healthy management of their campus forests and for engaging the community in environmental stewardship. Tree Campus USA is a program of the Arbor Day Foundation.
CF meets the five core standards of tree care and community engagement in order to receive Tree Campus USA status. The standards are establishing a campus tree advisory committee; providing a campus tree-care plan; dedicating annual expenditures on the campus tree-care plan; participating in an Arbor Day observance; and instituting a service-learning project to engage students.
The College of Central Florida’s sustainability practices include single-stream recycling, use of LED site lighting and interior lighting, use of room motion sensors to control lighting based on room occupancy, use of a Building Automated System to schedule HVAC systems when buildings are occupied, as well as LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and FGBC (Florida Green Building Coalition) projects. The college has two LEED Silver Certified buildings, a renovation/addition at Founders Hall on the Ocala Campus completed in 2009, and a LEED for New Construction building, the Citrus Learning and Conference Center, also completed in 2009.
The college has one FGBC building, the St. John Educational Center, completed in 2017 and located on our Levy Campus. The college has entered into an Energy Performance Contract with Siemens Industry to add a new West campus chilled water plant, and plans to create a virtual plant and update underground chilled water infrastructure, perform collegewide LED lighting retrofits, add O2 Prime Air Handler Unit improvements at several buildings, perform upgrades to the Citrus Campus HVAC systems, and perform automation improvements to the Appleton Museum HVAC system.
College of Central Florida strives to promote the health and wellness of its students and employees as well as a safe, comfortable environment for all who work, study, conduct business, or visit the college. Therefore, it is the policy of the Board that the College of Central Florida shall be a “Tobacco Free College.” (CF Policy 3.28)
In January 2014, CF prohibited tobacco of any kind, in any form. This includes but is not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipes, inhalers, vaporizers and electronic smoking-simulated instruments. Snuff, chewing tobacco and other tobacco products are also prohibited.
All CF employees, students and visitors will be asked to adhere to the tobacco-free policy while on CF property in Marion, Citrus and Levy counties. The policy includes students living and visiting College Square residence center as well as individuals working or visiting organizations leasing space on CF property. Parking areas are included in the tobacco-free ban.
Student violators of this policy will be referred to the Student Conduct Administrator for possible disciplinary action per the Student Code of Conduct. Employee violators will be referred the appropriate supervisor; repeated violations will be reported to Human Resources and managed through normal disciplinary procedures. Visitors to the college will be provided a copy of the tobacco-free information card and asked to extinguish or dispose of tobacco products. If a visitor refuses to comply, Public Safety staff may ask the individual to leave the property and/or involve law enforcement.