The JAMS Green Initiative was formed in thesummer of 2012 to give the people of not onlyUniversity of South Florida, but also the communitya better understanding of what the campus is doingto better their going green efforts. Throughout our webzine we will discuss many activities that theUniversity is apart of and the effect it has oneveryone who comes into contact it.The U.S. Green Building Council created LEEDin 2000. LEED is a rating system that providescertifications for buildings that attain certainspecifications. The LEED system is usedinternationally and more business and schools arereaching for LEED certification. The University of South Florida has two buildings that have beenLEED certified,Dr. Kiran C. Patel Center for GlobalSolutions and Interdisciplinary Science Teaching andResearch Building. Other buildings, such as the SunDome, are working towards LEED certification.The Student Green Energy Fund was brought tothe USFSP campus in the fall semester of 2011. TheSGEF is supported by the students on campusthrough a $1.00 per credit hour charge, this fee iscalled the Student Green Energy Fee and was votedon by students. The SGEF is run by the StudentGreen Energy Fund Committee, this Committee isresponsible for deciding where the money goes andvoting on proposals sent in my the public. Proposalsare sent in from the public by way of an online formon the SGEF website.Environmental friendly programs have been being created at USF for over 30 years. As time has progressed, so have the programs and ideas. USF isinvolved in technological programs that cater to thegoing green initiative. These programs focus oneverything from planting trees, installing energysaving lights and sensors, single stream recycling,and even charging stations for the brand new electricvehicles. The idea of converting traditional textbooks toEBooks is one that could be beneficial to not onlythe universities strides for going green
but also tothe environment as well as students. In today’s worldtechnological advancements in portal devices such assmart-phones, iPad/tablets, laptops, and E-readersgives anyone let alone students the access to justabout any information they desire. So why not putthese devices that are used daily for gamingapplications and social media to use for thetextbooks students need? The benefit alone of having textbook information and accessibility aregreat but to reduce the number of trees being cut andgas emissions due to shipping of textbooks could play a role in the movement.We hope that this webzine gives a better insighton what exactly is going on in the University of South Florida community.