"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 www.green.ucf.edu to learn more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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)!
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.
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!
Did you know that UCF spends over $1 million a month for electricity? So educating and encouraging students, faculty, and staff members to save energy can have a significant impact on the University's finances and will reduce its environmental impact.
All new construction at UCF will meet or exceed the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) system's Silver certification.
The University aims to get all major educational buildings ENERGY STAR certified and then Leadership in Energy & Envrironmental Design (LEED) Existing Building: Operations and Maintenance certified by 2045, at the latest.
UCF's goal is to reach a 75% recycling rate by 2020.
The University of Central Florida (UCF) may be the only university in the U.S. with a quirky, solar-electric fleet vehicle in daily use that runs solely on solar energy. The department of Sustainability & Energy Management purchased an electric vehicle in 2008 and retrofitted it with solar panels. The rooftop solar panels have successfully maintained the vehicle charge to date. This means no fuel, no plugging in, and no emissions for close to 3,000 miles so far; a nearly carbon neutral mode of transportation for UCF! Keep an eye out for "Sunny" as it drives by!
Green roofs have multiple benefits including: reducing heat loss; decreasing stormwater pollutants; lessening stormwater runoff volume; absorbing carbon dioxide; and providing habitat for wildlife.
Since 2007, UCF has participated in Recyclemania, an inter-collegiate competition for university recycling programs.
UCF is committed to reducing its use of harmful chemicals and using environmentally friendly cleaning products.
Many departments have encouraged their faculty and staff members to reduce their paper consumption. For example, the College of Business Administration's faculty have placed their exams online and its advising office does on-screen graduation audits. As such, during the 2008-2009 academic year, more than 130,000 exams were taken online which saved approximately 2,700 reams of paper.
The first university Senior Design Symposium on renewable and sustainable energy in America was held at UCF in 2009. Undergraduate seniors in engineering and computer science showcased design projects that involved renewable & sustainable energy.
UCF has more than 82 acres of natural lands, 3 miles of hiking trails, and a community garden for all to enjoy.
UCF was the first university in Florida to install a green roof, one that makes as much as an 80-degree difference in the roof's temperature. Source: UCF Today
LED (light-emitting diode) lighting uses 90% less energy. LED lighting is resistant to shock and vibration and the useful life span of an LED obstruction light is approximately 10-12 years before fading and dimming occur. Source: UCF Center for Energy and Sustainability
You can get a live update on the electricity and chilled water usage at UCF. Source: Visit the Open Energy Information System Website
176 Residence Hall Associates are working to support sustainable living on campus, impacting over 9,000 students.
UCF has over 800-acres of natural lands on campus that protect native plants and animals. Source: UCF Arboreturm
UCF constructed thermal solar panels on Tower 2 of the Towers Residence Halls, providing hot water for the 500 residents. Source: UCF Dept. of Sustainability and Energy Management
David Norvell, the director for the UCF Office of Sustainability and Energy Management, converted a ZENN electric vehicle to operate via solar-power and uses the vehicle to get around campus. Source: UCF Newsroom
College of Business Administration is paperless! In 2008-2009, over 133,000 examps were administered via the computer lab, saving 2,700 reams of paper. UCF College of Business Administration
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!
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.).
The Black Line runs clockwise to the following locations: Click here to view a map of the route.
The Gold Line runs counterclockwise to the following locations: Click here to view a map of the route.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: http://zimride.ucf.edu/