Knight's Earth

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"Preserving the natural beauty of our nation and conserving our precious resources must be priorities for us all" - President Hitt

UCF's Land Management program is to provide UCF students, faculty, staff, and the greater community of Central Florida a comprehensive environmental and outdoor living laboratory for education, research, recreation, and human interaction with ecosystem functions. Teaching and research conducted within UCF's natural lands is encouraged. Visit to learn more.

Campus Landscapes

Demonstration landscapes have been added to the campus core and showcase a variety of landscapes from around the world. You may click on each landscape to bring up directions to it.

Educational Trail Tours

An important addition to the mission on goals of Landscape and Natural Resources. By establishing a peer to peer educational program based around the local native Florida ecology, LNR can further promote, sustain, and instill the important historic and present value of our natural lands that makes up 44% of the UCF campus.

Green Roof Experimentation and Application

In an effort to reduce energy usage and rain water runoff from a building, UCF Landscape and Natural Resources has teamed up with the Sustainability and Energy Management Department on campus to create and maintain a native plant species green roof. The departments use high tech monitoring systems that record and evaluate the data being collected on the roof to show that the building is actually saving money and reducing untreated rain water run-off.

Historic UCF Arboretum Community Garden

1.5 acre Garden
The Garden's ground-breaking took place on February 21, 2009, and it's a collaborative effort between the UCF Arboretum and the Student Sustainability Alliance (SSA). During its first semesters of existence, over 600 volunteers donated over 1,500 hours of their time.
Portions of the produce currently go to Student and Community volunteers.

Restoration (Alafaya Frontage Native Shrub Seeding)

In an effort to restore a diverse plant species community, Landscape and Natural Resources performs a yearly, native grass and shrub seeding. By spreading native shrub and grass seed among the understory of a restoration site, other nonnative plant species will have a harder time at successfully establishing on restored area, which can further promote these native plant species and eventually help increase the native plant and animal biodiversity, around the UCF community.

Map - Africa Landscape

Map - UCF Arboretum

Map - Sago Palms Landscape

Map - Bonsai House

Map - Organic Community Garden

Map - Cypress Dome

Map - Mediterranean Landscape

Map - Nature Pavillion

Map - Reflections

Map - Skunk Vine

Map - Nature Trails

Map - Xeric Landscape


UCF has been making strides to advance a more sustainable campus through conservation, efficiencies, and renewable energy. UCF seeks to obtain energy efficient operation of building systems through education, optimization, and verification while providing professional leadership and fostering sustainable growth. Be a part of the campus population which is informed and actively participating in the facilitation of sustainable growth by learning about our renewable energy, conservation initiatives, and new developments which are helping us become climate neutral by 2050!

Map - Solar PV

Map - Solar Charge Station

Map - Solar Hot Water

Map - Thermal Energy Storage

Map - Harris Corps

Map - Green Roof

Map - Physical Sciences


With more than 60,000 faculty, staff, and students, the University of Central Florida has the opportunity to make a significant and positive impact on the environment and on our communities--and the chance to protect that environment for future generations.


UCF has been making strides to advance a more sustainable campus through conservation, efficiencies, and renewable energy. Please learn more about how UCF is going green and how you can help UCF's sustainability initiatives by visiting the various department websites(i.e.resources, scholarship, and internship information)!

Student Organizations

One person can make a difference! The collective efforts of individuals like you and constant attention to detail will greatly impact today's energy crisis. By getting involved in various organizations and events, one person becomes a group with a common interest and goal. This not only is an opportunity to meet new people but to also get more involved in sustainable efforts therefore making a lasting difference at UCF, the community and the world.

Map - Student Sustainability Alliance

I.D.E.A.S. (Intellectual Decisions on Environmental Awareness Solutions)

Map - Eco-Advocates

Map - UCF Green Team

Map - Volunteer UCF

Map - Sustainability and Energy Management

Map - Landscapes and Natural Resources

Map - Spokes Council

Map - B.A.R.C.

Map - UCF Dining Services

Map - SGA Environment & Sustainability Specialists


This map app, named Knight's Earth, was inspired by the Unifying Theme of UCF focused on the environmental and global climate change:Our Planet. Our Education. Our Future. It became apparent how necessary it is to connect the everyday person with UCF's energy conservation, sustainability, and environmental research, initiatives, and facilities on campus. This app will allow you to access most up to date and location specific information available at your fingertips by putting the information in your hands if you are walking around campus with your mobile device or allowing remote exploration through the map web site. In collaboration with UCF Departments such as Sustainability & Energy Management, faculty, staff, and student organizations we were able to compile the latest statistics and photographs which enhances your UCF experience. New, exciting developments in our environmental programs and easy ways that students can make a positive impact on their environment are easily lost when the information is hard to find. However modern technology has the power to transform small hand-held smart devices and websites into interactive learning tools that can be used to guide yourself around UCF's campus and to greater environmental awareness.

We hope our research will equip you, the everyday user and visitor with relevant environmental knowledge enhanced with a visual map. Similar technology and dedicated interdisciplinary research can help us to manage and monitor our environmental impact at a large metropolitan university such as UCF. This in turn will reduce the risks associated with waste, global climate change, air and water quality, chemical health hazards that plague our environment and our daily lives. This will highlight UCF's commitment to becoming a leader in energy and environmental sustainability, thus bringing together the UCF community centered on our pledge to be climate-neutral by 2050. Go Knights!

Cool Facts


Did you know that those that utilize the shuttles and public transportation reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 690 pounds per year? Did you know that you can easily cut your carbon dioxide emissions by 500 pounds per year when carpooling? One might also consider a more physical alternative to the routine drive to campus. Biking, skateboarding, and walking will not only reduce your carbon emission by 2,220 pounds per year but also give you an excellent, daily work-out at the same time!

On Campus Shuttles

In order to give UCF students, faculty, and staff members a viable, alternate means by which to get around campus in a safe and convenient way, Parking & Transportation Services provides an on-campus shuttle system called The Black & Gold Line.

The Black & Gold Line operates 12 hours per day (7:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.) each class day during the fall and spring semesters, and on every class day during the summer terms, it runs 9 hours per day (7:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.).

Black Route

The Black Line runs clockwise to the following locations: Click here to view a map of the route.

  • Burnett Honors College
  • Lake Claire Apartments
  • Arena/Tower
  • COHPA/Engineering/CREOL
  • AV1/Nike Community
  • Marketplace/Student Resource Center (SRC)
  • Welcome Center/Millican Hall
  • Teaching Academy/Welcome Center
  • Transit Center/Education Bldg

Gold Route

The Gold Line runs counterclockwise to the following locations: Click here to view a map of the route.

  • Burnett Honors College
  • Lake Claire Apartments
  • Arena/Tower
  • COHPA/Engineering/CREOL
  • AV1/Nike Community
  • Marketplace/Student Resource Center (SRC)
  • Welcome Center/Millican Hall
  • Teaching Academy/Welcome Center

Off-Campus Shuttles

Housing Shuttles

  • Route #1 Knights Circle
  • Route #2 College Station/Boardwalk
  • Route #3 The Edge/Arbour Apartments
  • Route #4 Alafaya Club/Campus Crossings/The Pointe at Central
  • Route #5 Village At Science Dr./Human Resources
  • Route #6 Northgate Lakes//Tivoli Apartments
  • Route #7 Collegiate Village Inn
  • Route #8 Riverwind Apartments
  • Route #9 Research Park, Orlando Tech Center (Park n Ride) , Knights Landing
  • Route #10 The Lofts and Jefferson Village
  • Route #11 Sterling University Central

Rosen College Shuttle

Shuttle services, which consist of five (5) round trips each day, are provided to the Rosen College of Hospitality Management, Monday through Thursday during the regular class day with no service on Fridays.

The shuttle bus departs and returns on the main campus at the convergence of Pegasus Circle and Aquarius Agora Drive near the Student Union and Classroom Building I. Drop off at RCHM is at the front of the main entrance, and return trips to UCF commence from the RCHM main parking lot.

Spring and Fall semester

Depart Rosen

  • 6:45 AM
  • 8:45 AM
  • 10:30 AM
  • 12:00 PM
  • 1:30 PM
  • 3:00 PM
  • 4:30 PM
  • 6:00 PM
  • 7:45 PM

Depart Main UCF Campus

  • 8:00 AM
  • 9:45 AM
  • 11:15 AM
  • 12:45 PM
  • 2:15 PM
  • 3:45 PM
  • 5:15 PM
  • 6:45 PM
  • 9:00 PM

Summer semester

Depart Rosen

  • 8:00 AM
  • 10:00 AM
  • 12:00 PM
  • 2:00 PM
  • 4:00 PM
  • 6:00 PM
  • N/A

Depart Main UCF Campus

  • 7:00 AM
  • 9:00 AM
  • 11:00 AM
  • 1:00 PM
  • 3:00 PM
  • 5:00 PM
  • 7:00 PM

Health Sciences Campus Shuttle

Knight Lynx

In the Spring 2011 semester, SGA will be launching KnightLynx, UCF's first late night bus service. The bus will be operating from 8pm to 3am on Friday and Saturday nights and will travel throughout the UCF community. This bus service will be free for all UCF students with a valid UCF ID Card. KnightLynx is separated into 2 different routes that run throughout the university community.

Green Line

The Green Line stays within the vicinity of campus and begins at Knights Plaza (UCF Arena) and exits the back end of campus and onto McCulloch and goes through Alafaya Trail up until Central Florida Blvd., where it makes its way back onto campus.

  • Knights Plaza (UCF Arena)
  • Northgate Lakes
  • Tivoli Apartments
  • University Palms Shopping Center
  • Pegasus Landing
  • University Commons Shopping Center
  • University Shoppes
  • Sterling Central Apartments
  • UCF Recreation & Wellness Center

Blue Line

The Blue Line extends further out into East Orlando traveling down Alafaya Trail, passing Colonial Drive and riding along Waterford Lakes Town Center and back onto campus.

  • Knights Plaza (UCF Arena)
  • UCF Recreation & Wellness Center
  • The Edge Apartments
  • Campus Crossings (Alafaya)
  • Pegasus Pointe
  • Alafaya Village Shopping Center
  • Waterford Lakes Town Center (Stop 1)
  • Waterford Lakes Town Center (Stop 2)
  • Waterford Lakes Pkwy/Woodbury Rd.
  • Alafaya Commons Shopping Center (Colonial Dr. Stop)
  • Alafaya Commons Shopping Center (Alafaya Trl. Stop)
  • Campus Crossings (College Station)
  • Boardwalk Apartments


UCF's Zimride community is a simple way to find friends and colleagues who are going the same way you are. Zimride is a private community that makes it easy to share the seats in your car or catch a ride.

It's simple. Have a car? Split the costs by driving fellow UCF community members. Don't have a car? Sign up, post your ride and Zimride does the matching! You save money, reduce traffic, protect the environment and have more fun when you ride!

Membership is free! All UCF staff, faculty, and students with a UCF email are eligible to sign-up for our private Zimride Rideshare Community here:

Map - Black Route

Map - Gold Route

Map - Pegasus Route