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IDEAS For Us - UCF

Projects To Be Funded

Project 1: UCF Campus Fruit Tree Planting

Objective 1: Plant fruit trees on the UCF campus

  • Goal 1A:  Help spread awareness on food insecurity on campus as well as the proper information needed to glean and care for fruit trees in Florida.
  • Goal 1B: Bring access produce to the UCF Pantry to help support produce accessibility to low income students.

Project 3: Solar Competition

Objective 1: Recently, 100 photovoltaic panels were donated to this branch for an action project

  • Goal 1A:  Engage students on campus to learn about renewable, and clean alternatives to  energy.
  • Goal 1B: Connect the engineering students and general audiences looking to engage  in a competitive project with materials funded through this project proposal below.

Project 3: Waste Audit On Campus

Objective 1: Dumpster dive and complete a waste audit to turn in to UCF to see a full scope of their waste management and recycling practices.

  • Goal 1A:  Spread awareness on proper recycling protocol on campus.
  • Goal 1B: Submit the audit paired with proper signage and social media promotion to alter behavior on campus.

About IDEAS For Us - University of Central Florida

IDEAS For UCF is an integral part of IDEAS For Us serving on the largest college campus in the nation. Our branch is a registered club of UCF that seeks to make our campus sustainable as we educate, engage, and empower our students to become better stewards to the earth.

We welcome you to join the organizing team which meets twice a month or attend an on campus monthly meeting called the IDEAS Hive which takes place every First Thursday of the month from 5 pm – 7 pm . For more information, please email: [email protected].

Go Knights!

Top Environmental Challenges

  • Nutrient run off on fertilized lawns
  • Lack of awareness on campus about climate change
  • Lack of recycling awareness on campus
  • Need for sustainability focused discussions to engage students
  • Decrease in species conservation and deforestation

Get Involved

Please reach out to [email protected] to learn more about our upcoming events and see if you can get active by joining our organizing team! 

Branch Leader

Kristin Anderson is the leader of the IDEAS For Us – UCF branch and with her organizing team, they are able to create monthly action projects in Energy, Water, Food, Waste and Ecology. Contact her directly: [email protected].

Previous Projects

IDEAS For Us – UCF focuses on environmental advocacy through education, action and awareness. First, we work on environmental education by seeking to guide our fellow students on ways to live a wholesome and sustainable lifestyle. We also strive to engage students in environmental action through projects that are based on achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Finally, we wish to create a space for students and teachers to collaborate and discuss on campus action  projects that will bring us closer to our Carbon Neutral and Zero Waste goals.

Events

Meal Prep Workshop – January 22nd

Start the school year off right with plan on how to eat healthy, sustainably, and financially well. We will be bringing some examples (with taste tests) of meals that were cheap, easy and sustainable, with directions and prices. There will also be a demonstration on how to make your favorite stir fry! Don’t miss a great opportunity to learn life hacks that will make your year great! Vegan options will be suggested.

Where/When: Jan 22nd, 5-6 in the UCF SU Pegasus Rooms ABC

Toxic Tour with Sierra Club- February 1st

Join us for an eye opening experience with Sierra Club as we journey around Apopka viewing some real life and local examples of environmental injustice. We will be holding a debrief to discuss and go over what we saw, as well as speak on how we can work to change these injustices.

Where/When: Feb 1st 9am-3pm (see facebook for location)

Hive with Jeff Trapani – February 6th

Orlando Permaculture’s Executive Director, Jeff Trapani, is discussing the art of sustainable permaculture in urban and forest settings. This type of food growth could change our food production for the better, so we will hold the discussion on how we can develop more permaculture in our community.

Where/When: Feb 6th 5pmin the UCF Live Oak Ballroom

Sustainable Valentines Workshop – February 11th

Valentines Day can be hard to ethically shop for, so we are making it cheap and easy for you to give those you love sustainable gifts. Join us for home made gift making of sustainable crafts while learning about and discussing the harmful industry behind importing flowers and chocolates. Donations accepted.

Where/When: February 11th 5-6:30 UCF Live Oak Ballroom

Composting Workshop with O-Town Composting – February 26th

Composting doesn’t have to be hard and inconvenient. O-Town Composting is a new local program that will collect your composting from you and deliver fresh fertilizer. Charlie Pioli will be speaking on the different styles of composting, the proper techniques, and how you can incorporate it in your life. We will be raffling off a composting bin so don’t miss this great opportunity to make sustainable changes in your life!

Where/When: February 26th 5pm UCF Garden Room (Live Oak)

 

Partnerships

IDEAS For Us initiates a collaborative relationship between many like minded clubs and organization that work towards achieving sustainability. We have so far obtained symbiotic connections with UCF RSO’s such as Knights for Marine and Wildlife Conservation, Knights for Animal Rights, Pride Student Alliance, Campus Peace Action, and Global Economic and Environmental Opportunity. We also have connections with outside organization such as U-Konserve and ReGrained. IDEAS For Us is open to building a relationship with any group wishing to promote environmental advocacy.

Thank you to our donors, Earth Easy.

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