Eckerd keeps getting greener
The website, www.eckerd.edu/green, highlights the private liberal arts college's environmental initiatives -- from the student-run recycling program and environmental film festival to the campus food program that seeks out locally grown ingredients and healthy eating. Campus eateries have switched from Styrofoam to biodegradable containers.
"Many in the Eckerd community believe that the most pressing social, economic, political, and moral issues of the 21st century have to do with the environment, and our particular location here on the Gulf of Mexico especially enriches that dimension of the College," said Dr. Donald R. Eastman III, Eckerd President.
He is one of more than 400 public and private college presidents, including UCF's John Hitt and UF's Bernie Machen, who have signed the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment. Colleges like Eckerd and UF are placing increasing emphasis on conservation and environmental responsbility, and it shows in campus life and academic programs.
USF trustees this afternoon are expected to approve two new master's programs in real estate and community planning, both with an emphasis on sustainability.
Eckerd already offers an Environmental Studies degree that explores relationships between humans and the natural world.
Next up for Eckerd: Getting its Iota residence hall certified as a "green" building by the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for New Construction program.