USF-SM is Going Green

SARASOTA, Fla. (May 19, 2010) – The Student Government Association (SGA) at the USF Sarasota-Manatee has always been concerned about the environment, but the new members plan to “Go Green and Gold.”


At USF Sarasota-Manatee, green is more than one of the school colors. USF’s efforts to “go green” have been recognized through inclusion in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 286 Green Colleges, the first comprehensive guidebook solely focused on colleges and universities that have demonstrated an above average commitment to sustainability in terms of campus infrastructure, activities and initiatives.


On Thursday, May 20, the group will be honored at a dinner at the Venice Convention Center hosted by Keep Sarasota County Beautiful for their work with the “Adopt-A-Road” program. Four times a year, SGA participates in a clean-up of their adopted road, University Parkway, as a way to give back to the community.


“We picked University Parkway because it’s a road that our faculty and students use a lot, and it just seems appropriate that we are involved with a road that leads to the Education Corridor,” said Alyssa Anderson, current secretary and past president of the SGA. “This is our way of taking responsibility for the environment in our community and making a difference.”


SGA provides gloves and orange vests for the clean-ups, which typically include 8-10 students and faculty members volunteering for the mission.


“I think it’s a great opportunity to help clean up our own community and give back,” said Dr. Stephen Graves, a professor of Education at USF Sarasota-Manatee who volunteered to help with the cleanup. “University Parkway is a busy area so it was a big job, but I think that helping with the clean-up shows the community that people who live here care enough about our area to help protect the environment.”


The Adopt-a-Road project is just one of the ways that the student body is going Green and Gold.  Students are working with facilities to explore more ways to help USFSM be more environmentally friendly. Their ideas and efforts include providing recycling bins on campus, switching to LED light bulbs for increased efficiency and energy savings, evaluating USFSM for LEED certification, using recycled pens, paper, and notebooks, using email instead of printed documents and providing reusable water bottles for students. The SGA even plans to designate an officer who will be in charge of Green initiatives to make sure that future students continue the effort.


“The environment is affected by everything we do,” said Anderson. “It’s our responsibility as the student body to reduce our carbon footprint and preserve our community for future generations of students.”

For more information contact Alyssa Anderson at (941) 359-4253.