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Students conduct digital inventory of campus trees to document environmental benefits

For nearly 150 years, people have observed Arbor Day by coming together to plant trees. On USF’s St. Petersburg campus, students are celebrating trees by counting them.

April 30, 2021Student Life, Sustainability

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

New native landscaping brings monarch butterflies to campus

New landscaping featuring native Florida plants lured a host of unique visitors to campus: monarch butterflies. In caterpillar form, nearly 60 individuals of this imperiled species appeared one morning outside of the Peter Rudy Wallace building, attracted by milkweed planted by the groundskeeping crew at USF’s St. Petersburg campus.

April 22, 2021Sustainability

The grant from Second Nature will allow USF to unify and streamline efforts to address climate change while creating a more sustainable environment.

USF advances action on climate planning with new grant funding

The University of South Florida is one of 10 colleges and universities nationwide that will receive pro bono consulting to help advance climate action planning and projects on campus.

March 29, 2021Campus News, Sustainability

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USF St. Petersburg campus awarded a $25,000 grant from Ford Motor Company Fund to fight food insecurity through urban farming

USF’s St. Petersburg campus received a $25,000 grant through the 2020 Ford College Community Challenge to go towards a project that will promote food security in South St. Petersburg by producing up to 150 pounds of fresh vegetables for the community each month.

November 17, 2020Campus News, Sustainability

Image of campus with text that says iCar Phase VI, November 12 and 13

Workshop to target vital role of technology in addressing local impacts of climate change

For the sixth year, USF’s St. Petersburg campus Initiative on Coastal Adaptation and Resilience (iCAR) is bringing together scientists, policymakers and the local community to focus on preparing and becoming more resilient to present and future climatic changes.

November 10, 2020Research and Innovation, Sustainability

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From cutting waste to counting trees, sustainability initiatives launch across campus

With many public and private institutions vowing to scale back their carbon footprint, USF’s St. Petersburg campus is accelerating its commitment to sustainability through a series of initiatives designed to decrease emissions, grow green infrastructure and continue its stewardship of the environment.

October 19, 2020Student Life, Sustainability

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Crowdsource platform lets residents inform policymakers on climate change solutions

After six months of production, professors Barnali Dixon and Rebecca Johns have launched an interactive platform that allows citizens from across St. Petersburg to track and monitor the impacts of climate change in their neighborhoods.

October 8, 2020Research and Innovation, Sustainability

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Mercury concentrations in Yukon River fish could surpass EPA Criterion by 2050 due to thawing permafrost

The new report, co-authored by USF Assistant Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate Change Yasin Elshorbany, estimates potential releases of mercury from thawing permafrost in high and low emissions scenarios.

September 16, 2020Research and Innovation, Sustainability

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Live oaks get new life as reclaimed lumber on campus

When new buildings go up, the USF St. Petersburg campus works with a local cooperative to turn the wood from trees that have to be removed into sustainably produced furniture and other key components of the architecture.

September 9, 2020Student Life, Sustainability

Booker Creek stream

‘Voices of Booker Creek’ explores the ecological and cultural significance of a local urban stream

A collection of writings and photographs chronicling a storied urban stream has been published by English professor Thomas Hallock and three graduate research assistants.

July 14, 2020Research and Innovation, Sustainability

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AT&T Awards USF St. Petersburg a Climate Resiliency Grant for Crowdsourced Community Project

USF St. Petersburg was one of just five universities in the southeastern U.S. to be awarded an AT&T Climate Resiliency Community Challenge grant.

February 27, 2020Research and Innovation, Sustainability

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Student Competition to Encourage Energy Reduction in Residence Hall

To encourage sustainable habits, Nicolas Gonzalez, an environmental science and policy senior at USF St. Petersburg, has created a competition that will see residents of Pelican Hall, formerly known as Residence Hall One, compete to see which floor can use the least amount of energy over a three-week span.

February 20, 2020Student Life, Sustainability

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