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Professional Writing, Dr. Francis Tobienne, Jr.

USF Green Machine

June 16, 2015

Contributors:
Yinong Bai
Michael Baker
Austin Bottie
Alexis Dangar
Shi Chen

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The Green Movement:


The Participation of USF in the
Community

Contents:
Executive Summary Pg. 2
The Green Movement and USF: An Introduction Pg. 3
USFs Individual Role and Achievements within the
Community Pg. 4
Interview: Eric RR Weaver - Pg. 6
USF Compared to Other Universities Pg. 8
An Overview Pg. 9
Glossary of Terms Pg. 10
Sources Cited Pg. 11
Annotated Bibliography Pg. 12
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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The University of South Florida has gone to great lengths to involve itself in sustainabilitydriven, environmentally friendly activities and policies. The word activity is key here; through
the actions of the university, the community of the Tampa Bay area has been positively
impacted in many ways.
USF has engaged in research, in coordination with private entities such as Duke Energy and
Albert Whitted Airport, in an attempt to create new sustainable energy sources. The outcome
of these efforts include a $1 million grant to USF to fund the construction of solar panels on the
USFSP campus, and a program at the Albert Whitted Airport to acquire energy from the sun and
use it in place of conventionally obtained energy at peak-use times.
In addition to these coordinated efforts of technological development by USF and private
businesses in the community, the university has also engaged in programs that directly benefit
members of the community. Examples of such advantageous plans are the initiation of a car
sharing program, the investment into equipment that helps lower energy use related to
computer and lighting infrastructure around campus, and the countless events and activities
hosted by the University of South Florida.
In this report is an interview with Eric RR Weaver, a teaching assistant at the Patel College of
Global Sustainability. He gives further valuable insight into the engagement of USF in the green
movement within the community. His personal perspective is unique due to his close work with
students across various fields in association with the Patel College.
Finally, this report takes into consideration the involvement of the University of South Florida in
the green movement as compared to other universities in the United States and even abroad.
This comparison includes the University of Cambridge, which according to QS World University
Rankings in 2011 and 20012 is the greenest university in the world.

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The Green
Movement and
USF: An
Introduction
When sustainability is viewed as
being a matter of survival for your
business, I believe you can create
massive change.
-Cameron Sinclair

A broad term with several definitions, the Green Movement can be used in many applications. This
report focuses on the green movement as related to environmentalism and sustainability, and even more
specifically on the individual events and projects that the University of South Florida has involved itself in.
Many of the events or programs described within this report were in fact organized and carried out by the
colleges, staff and faculty, and students of the university.

Nowadays the term green movement is used so commonly that it often goes without its political
undertones, instead standing purely for newly developing green technologies and/or infrastructure
within a community.
These technologies and/or infrastructure may include solar panels and advanced battery systems for the
storage of solar energy, electric cars and car-charging stations, the replacement of common wasteful or
harmful materials with more environmentally
friendly ones, new city wide programs
providing alternatives conventional
transportation, and even simple events to
raise community awareness of subjects such
as recycling.
In this report of the University of South
Floridas participation in the green movement
within the community at large, all of the
above programs and technologies (and more)
will be covered in detail.

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Thank God
men cannot
fly, and lay
waste the sky
as well as the
earth.
-Henry David
Thoreau

USFs Individual Role and


Achievements within the Community
Article by Michael Baker

The role played by the University of Florida in its own community


influences the position of the larger municipality in its
participation in the green movement. As such, the university
must prove its dedication by both deed and word.
In February 2013, USF Saint Petersburg launched its first carsharing program in an effort to create an affordable
transportation alternative. This program was opened to not only
students and staff, but also the community at large.
This car-sharing program follows a similar one previously
launched in Tampa, and both programs are operated by WeCar, a
company run by Enterprise.
Saint Petersburg Mayor, Bill Foster, was quoted as saying As the
first green city in Florida, St. Petersburg is committed to being a
good steward of the environment. This program will enhance St.
Petersburgs reputation as a livable city.
But USFs dedication does not stop so shortly. The university has
also partnered with facilities in the community to help with the
environmentally safe disposal of batteries and computer parts.
Other green initiatives include the purchasing of special
equipment that allows the remote powering off of idling lab and

computer gear, and the promoting and purchasing of RoHS


(Restriction of Hazardous Substance) compliant low-power
computer hardware and peripherals.
In 2010, Dr. Wells, the Director of the Office of Sustainability at
the Tampa campus of USF, worked with the Marketing Manager
of USF Dining, Jenna Burns, to eliminate all Styrofoam takeout
containers; this step not only helped make USF more
environmentally conscious, but also resulted in a savings for the
university of $6,000 per year. USF was able to decrease the
amount of garbage produced by 30% annually just by switching

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to reusable containers.
USFSP has a 2.0-kW solar energy system
located at its Central Facilities Plant. This
solar energy system was constructed in
partnership with Duke Energy and the USF
Tampa School of Engineering.
Other sustainability driven installations on
campus include a series of solar panels
that provide power for decorative lights.
As of spring 2015, Duke Energy Florida
and USFSP have shown to the public a
new solar battery project located on the
roof of the parking center. This solar
battery is meant to in part to explore solar
energy storage options as well as possible
uses on and around campus. The project
is funded by a $1 million grant from Duke
Energy.
As part of this same grant, USFSP was able
to procure two new NovaCharge electric
car-charging stations from Nissan. These
two stations are located in the universitys
parking lot.
At USF, a considerable measure is being
done in the College of Engineering's
Power Center for Utility Explorations.
Namely, a system called SEEDS
(Sustainable Electric Energy Delivery
Systems) is being developed as part of a

progressive approach to advance the


framework of Saint Petersburgs power
grid into the developing, sustainabilitycentered 21st century standards. SEEDS is
a renewable energy system that combines
several energy sources with solar power
to aid in powering the grid at peak times.
One key to this system is its incorporation
of advanced battery systems. Two SEEDS
units were recently installed on the USF
St. Petersburg grounds and the close-by
Albert Whitted Park. These units are
continually collecting solar energy and
storing it in the advanced battery systems
to be released back into the conventional
power grid when the grids demand
reaches high levels, thus lowering the
demand for fossil fuel-based power
sources.

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An Interview with Eric RR Weaver:


-Teaching assistant for grading and updating the
core courses offered at the Patel College of Global
Sustainability.
Interview conducted by Shi Chen and Yinong Bai

A critical environmental fact about


USF is that we have 735 acres of forest
preserve next to our campus.
Eric RR Weaver

Eric RR Weaver
Teaching assistant for grading
and updating the core courses
offered at the Patel College of
Global Sustainability
Civil Engineering Doctoral
Candidate at the University of
South Florida
Supports graduate and
undergraduate students in their
scholarly development
Support provided for students
in areas of engineering, urban
agriculture, public health, and
entrepreneurship

What is your name and position at


USF?
I am the teaching assistant for grading
and updating the core courses we
offer here at the Patel College of
Global Sustainability. I also help the
office of sustainability with their
projects and reports.
Would you briefly describe your
organization? What is its goal?
The colleges seek to educate people
about becoming more sustainable by
reducing their impact on the
environment. The Office of
Sustainability is charged with advising
the university on matters pertaining
to the campus environment,
sustainability, and energy efficiency.
Through this mission, the office will
encourage and facilitate the
collaborative efforts of faculty,
students, and staff to generate
knowledge, acquire skills, develop
values, and initiate practices that
contribute to a sustainable campus.
In what events and activities does
the organization participate that are
associated with the green
movement?
Most or all of our activities are part of
the GREEN MOVEMENT. Detailed in
the colleges website are some

previous events that held in USFSP.


For example, we have Race for the
Watts held on November 3-7 2014.
In what programs does the
organization participate? What is
the importance of these
programs?
We keep close with the Student Green
Energy Fund, which was initiated as a
collaborative, state-wide, student-led
campaign in 2007. With support from
our office of sustainability, other key
faculty and staff, and various student
organizations, students from USF
Tampa and USF St. Petersburg
championed the SGEF proposal
through the USF Board of Trustees
and the Florida Board of Governors
(BOG). At USF St. Petersburg, SGEF is
financed through a nominal student
fee of $1.00 per credit hour. Students
at each campus within the University
of South Florida (USF) System has the
right to vote, via a student body
referendum, to approve initiation of
the fee and affirm any subsequent
modifications to it on their respective
campuses. Every three years, students
will have the opportunity to reaffirm
support of the fee via referendum.
The SGEF have three ongoing projects
right now. Mike Leggett is the
investigator of project LED LightingUSFSP Soccer Field

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USFSP Soccer Field which is to
provide sustainable efficient LED
Lighting for the renovated USFSP
soccer field. It will cost about $55,150
to SGEF, and estimated use for 600
hour per year. Mike Leggett also
proposes another project named
Recycle Stations Phase 2 which
would add four outdoor recycle
stations to the USFSP campus. Cost for
4 stations will be $5,700. The recycle
stations are made of recycled
components, they are water resistant,
weather durable, and made by heavy
and durable plastic which will ensure
its longevity. Each station consists of
two sections, which will be for trash
and recyclable co-mingles. Stations
are the ideal choice of the USFSP
Operations and Maintenance of
Facilities Staff because their studies
and research have shown recycle bins
actually collect more trash when they
are free standing. Kaitlin McKeever
investigates the project Keeping Our
Environment Fit The goals of project
are Retrofitting the entire gym with
LED lights to require less energy
throughout the hours of operation,
and replacing older less sustainable
cardio equipment downstairs with
ones made of recycled material that
use less energy.
In your opinion, what program/event
is the most helpful? Why?
The LED Lighting program might be the
most helpful one. It is efficient in that
29.5 foot-candles are guaranteed. We
use an annually average of 9,456kW;
with the installation of LED, annual
energy savings compared to metal
halide or similar non-LED design will
be 9,311.99kW. Annual savings
compared to metal halide or other
similar non-LED designs will be
$1,992.77. 25-year energy savings
compared to metal halide or similar
non-LED designs add up to $49,819.20.

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What do you think about the
environment pertaining to USF?
A critical environmental fact about USF
is that we have 735 acres of forest
preserve next to our campus. We have
the Science and Technology building
(STG) in USFSP is the first LEED
Certified Gold building in the USF
System. The Science and Technology
building (STG) is an energy efficient
building which can reduce construction
pollution. Also, its low-emitting
materials can reduce the quantity of
indoor air contaminants; its roof can
reduces urban heat island effect. STG
preferred parking for low-emitting and
fuel-efficient vehicles, and it provides
an electric vehicle charging stations.
STG has a storm water runoff
management plan that limits pollution
of natural water flows, and a roof that
reduces urban heat island effect. In the
area of transportation, USFSP is
committed to sustainability and there
are four related programs:
transportation enterprise car share
program, bike-a-bull bike share
program, PSTA U-PASS program, and
electric vehicle charging stations.
USFSP concerns itself with climate and
energy in several ways. USFSP DUKE
ENERGY PV SOLAR ARRAY focuses on
the storage of solar energy. The garden
was designed to promote the
interaction and appreciation of nature
in an urban setting. The garden gives a
quieting natural setting to everybody.

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The University of South Florida


Compared to Other Universities
Article by Alexis Dangar and Austin Bottie

USF is considered one of the greenest universities in the US, but other universities in Florida also are becoming more involved in the green movement. For
example, the University of Florida created Gators Going Green for any student interested sustainability.
Similarly, Florida State University has a Garnett and Gold Goes Green campaign that encourages recycling in an attempt to decrease litter around the
stadium.

Another university located in Florida that encourages students to be green is Florida Gulf Coast University. They have an environmental education program
called Wings of Hope, which provides multiple ways by which their students can protect the natural environment.
These examples show how schools all around Florida want to improve our environment and make a positive impact for the future. It is important that
universities promote these programs to their students because many do not understand the simple efforts that could truly make a difference in the community.

According to the QS World University Rankings of 2011 and 2012, the University of Cambridge (located in the UK), is rated number one in the world for being
green. According to the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, there were 84 new solar energy installations on university campuses, not including
the 29 that were already completed. Those 114 solar energy installations are supposed to save $50 million over the next ten years.

The University of Texas has created a building that stays naturally cool and light, saving a great sum of money through reduced air conditioning and lighting.
At the University of Copenhagen, the Green Lighthouse building produces its own energy from solar cells and panels.
The University of Lausanne in Switzerland sends all of their food waste to local farms, which then use the
waste to produce fertilizers and biogas fuel.
Last but not least, some universities such as Duke University allow students to show their student
identifications to borrow bicycles and even bring in their own bicycles for free repairs.
The University of South Florida runs comparable programs to the universities mentioned above, but as
detailed in this report, USF sponsors and attends myriad green events, explaining why it is widely
considered one of the greenest universities in the nation.

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Overview of USFs Participation in the Green Movement


at a Local Level
As detailed in this report, the University of Florida has undisputedly demonstrated is dedication to the
Green Movement, environmentalism, and sustainability. USF, at several campuses and within multiple
departments and colleges, sponsors and runs programs for the purpose of promoting sustainability within
the community at large.
These efforts run from simple, individual based participation in programs to new research funds totaling in
the millions of dollars. The car-sharing program instituted by the University of South Florida Saint
Petersburg is one such example of a simple plan to allow individual students, staff, and faculty members
reduce the negative impact they personally have on the environment.
The state-of-the-art solar panel installation on the roof of the universitys Saint Petersburg campus parking
garage is a prime example of the extent to which USF is dedicated to the green movement. This solar power
panel gives not only energy efficient and sustainable power, but also hope to the community for a future
where such technology may see widespread use, benefitting the entire municipality.
The University of South Florida, through its programs, research, and engagement in the community, is
helping to create a greener, more sustainable and environmentally friendly city, state, and beyond into the
world over.

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Glossary of Terms
Green Movement newly developing green technologies and/or infrastructure.
LED Lighting Program program by USF to replace old, less sustainable lighting systems.
NovaCharge electric car-charging station provided by Nissan. Two such stations are available for use at the
USFSP campus.
PSTA U-Pass Pinellas System Transit Authority in agreement with USF, giving students free admission to
public transportation systems.
Race for the WATTS an event organized by The Patel College of Global Sustainability
RoHS Compliance Restriction of Hazardous Substances, adherence to the certain guidelines for the safe
treatment of restricted, potentially harmful substances.
SEEDS Sustainable Electric Energy Delivery Systems. Technology developed by USFs College of
Engineering's Power Center for Utility Explorations.
Sustainable pertaining to efficient and/or renewable use of resources.
Student Green Energy Fund (SGEF) a collaborative, state-wide, student-led campaign focused on green
energy.
WeCar a company owned by Enterprise (a car rental company) that works in cooperation with the
University of South Florida in the universities car-sharing program.

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Works Cited

Scherberger, Tom. USF St. Petersburg Introduces Car - Sharing Program. USFSP News Center. 2013
http://www.usfsp.edu/blog/2013/02/12/usf-st-petersburg-introduces-car-sharing-program/

Wilma. Going Green and Saving Green: University of South Florida Celebrates One-Year All Ecos
Anniversary. 2011.
http://ecotakeouts.com/reusable-to-go-blog/?p=136

Member of the USF System. USF St. Petersburg, Duke Energy Unveil Solar Battery Project. 2015.
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/duke-energy-university-of-south-florida-st-petersburg-unveilsolar-battery-project-300086606.html

Davis, RaeChelle. USF named one of nations greenest universities. Bay News 9. 2014.
http://www.baynews9.com/content/news/baynews9/news/article.html/content/news/articles/bn9/2014/4/22/us
f_named_one_of_nat.html

Member of the USF System. Green Initiatives. 2013.


http://www.usfsp.edu/undergrad/green/

Lauren Reilly. Student Green Energy Fund is a great opportunity for USFSP. The Crows Nest. 2012.
http://crowsneststpete.com/tag/student-green-energy-fund/

Member of the USF System. Clubs. Sustainability. 2013.


http://psgs.usf.edu/usf-office-of-sustainability/sustainability-at-usf/

WUSF Channel. The future of green energy research with USFSPs GELS. YouTube. 2012. MP4.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEjdxB0TtRc

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Annotated Bibliography
Scherberger, Tom. USF St. Petersburg Introduces Car. Scherberger, Tom. USF St. Petersburg Introduces Car- Sharing Program. USFSP News Center. 2013
As of February 2013, USF has launched its first car-sharing program, which is an affordable transportation alternative for students, staff, and even the general
public. This program provides membership-based and computerized car rental program and offers an environmentally sustainable, efficient and cost-effective
alternative to driving individual cars.

Wilma. Going Green and Saving Green: University of South Florida Celebrates One-Year All Ecos Anniversary. 2011.
In 2010, Dr. Wells, the Director of the Office of Sustainability at the Tampa campus of USF, worked with the Marketing Manager of USF Dining, Jenna Burns, to
eliminate all Styrofoam takeout containers. This was a big step for USF and really made a difference. For instance, USF was able to decrease by 30% the amount of
garbage produced just by switching to reusable containers. Not only does this help the environment, but it also saves USF approximately $6,000 a year.

Member of the USF System. USF St. Petersburg, Duke Energy Unveil Solar Battery Project. 2015.
USFSP has a 2.0-kW solar energy system located at its Central Facilities Plant that was constructed in partnership with Duke Energy and the USF Tampa School of
Engineering. Additionally, a series of solar panels provides power for decorative lights on campus. Duke Energy Florida and USFSP unveiled a new solar battery
project that will explore how to store and use energy from the sun, funded by a $1 million grant from Duke Energy.

Davis, RaeChelle. USF named one of nations greenest universities. Bay News 9. 2014.
This article explains how USF is considered one of the greenest universities in the nation. USF was the first university in the United States to have a College of
Global Sustainability. The materials used in the building are efficient and/or recycled. The campus also has solar panels and car-charging stations. The steps that
USF has taken on campus are expanding out into the local community. For the past four years, USF has been in charge of Earth Day Tampa Bay.

Member of the USF System. Green Initiatives. 2013.


Every year on Earth Day, the Student Environmental Awareness Society helps with beach plantings and beach cleanups around the Bayboro Harbor. On Earth Day,
there are about 200 plants, along with sea purslane (which according to Dictionary.com is a small chenopodiaceous shrub) that are added to the Bayboro Harbor.
The sea purslane is added for its beneficial influence on the ecosystem, including the reduction of erosion.

Lauren Reilly. Student Green Energy Fund is a great opportunity for USFSP. The Crows Nest. 2012.
For the year 2012, the Student Green Energy Fund was expected to raise $116,000. It is up to the students to have the Student Green Energy Fund. The fund
allowed for the contribution of $1 dollar per credit hour. There are only two other schools in the state of Florida that have this special program, USF Tampa and
New College. Many other Florida universities are trying to implement this fund into their programs, such as FIU, FAMU, FSU, UF, UWF.

Member of the USF System. Clubs. Sustainability. 2013.


Two clubs at USFSP participate heavily in the Going Green movement and are available for students to join as members: the SEAS (Student Environmental
Awareness Society) and The Garden Club. The SEAS promotes awareness of environmental issues, outdoor activities, and a green world. The Garden Club educates
students on urban farming techniques while promoting connection with the local community and its land.

WUSF Channel. The future of green energy research with USFSPs GELS. YouTube. 2012. MP4.
GELS is the acronym for Green Energy Living Systems, a subject being researched at USFSP by the club of the same name. The main foci of the group are
sustainability and the environment. They are involved in food production, green energy, and sustainability education. This particular video features Dr. Joseph
Dorsey explaining the goals and direction of GELS.

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Member of the USF System. USF St. Petersburg, Duke Energy Unveil Solar Battery Project. 2015.
USFSP has a 2.0-kW solar energy system located at its Central Facilities Plant that was constructed in partnership with Duke Energy and the USF Tampa School of