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Sustainability Efforts on Bay Area Campuses

A roundtable discussion with sustainability leaders from Tampa Bay’s academic community

The Studio@620 welcomes a variety of representatives from local colleges and universities to discuss sustainability efforts and green practices on area campuses.  This event is free and open to the public and will take place on Wednesday September 23, 2009 from 7 - 9 pm.

About the discussion

How are academic institutions meeting the challenge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce their carbon footprint? What are the strategies that they are using to become more “green,” less wasteful, and more energy efficient? Colleges and universities across the country are exercising leadership in their communities by modeling ways to eliminate global warming emissions, and by producing graduates educated in environmental issues and concerns.

Some campuses are making an effort to become climate neutral, which means net zero emissions of greenhouse gases. Is this a realistic objective, or an environmentalist’s dream? What alternative energy sources could lead to climate neutrality? How can current energy needs be reduced by conservation and increased efficiency?

Panelists will give brief presentations on current and future plans for sustainability on their campus, followed by a roundtable discussion amongst all participants.






Who will be on the panel?  Sustainability leaders from:

  • Eckerd College,
  • St Petersburg College,
  • Stetson University,
  • USF- St. Petersburg
  • USF-Tampa

The general public and students are welcome to attend.

Panel members include:

Joseph Dorsey, Dept of Environmental Science Policy and Geography, USF St. Petersburg.

Jason E Green, Sustainability coordinator, St Petersburg College

David Hastings, Associate Professor of Marine Science and Chemistry, Eckerd College

Leah Ellington, Stetson University Student Bar Association "Go Green" Committee

Alison Ormsby, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, Eckerd College,

Diana Wright , Energy Coordinator, St. Petersburg College

E. Christian Wells, Director, Office of Sustainability and Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of South Florida, Tampa


For more information contact: David Hastings,, 727.864.7884

Patron Sponsors

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Al May Central Art Supply Company Bank of AmericaBella Brava City of St. Petersburg Creative Loafing Eckerd CollegeHermanHOME Florida Humanities Council i love the 'burg Gobioff Foundation Florida Arts and Culture - Florida Division  of Cultural Affairs Kahwa Coffee Roasting Law Offices of  Diane Bailey, P.C.Progress Energy Renaissance Vinoy Hotel Rouson & Associates Sembler Company Stetson University College of Law St. Pete Brasserie St Petersburg/Clearwater  Convention and Visitor’s Bureau St. Petersburg Times SunTrust Bank TradeWinds Island Resorts on St. Pete Beach Trust for Public Land Tyrone Frame & Mirror USF St. Petersburg Watermark