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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

Eco Action – Beach Cleanup: Kick off the school year with a splash of sustainability and come clean up the beach with us! We will be cleaning up Lori Wilson Park and enjoying a day at the beach, so pack a lunch, towel and sunscreen! There are carpooling opportunities, if you’re interested please reach out to [email protected]

When/Where: September 7th 9-1pm at Lori Wilson Park (Cocoa Beach)

Hive – Water: Representatives from the volunteer program SERV will be coming to speak on their efforts to restore habitats and how it impacts the community. We will also be holding a discussion on ways to incorporate their efforts into our own lives.

When/Where: September 12th 5-6:30pm at the UCF Trevor Colbourn Hall 226

Eco Action – Water Way Cleanup: We will be partnering with SERV to clean up dirty water ways in Seminole County and help restore habitats.

When/Where: September 21st 9-12, 3070 W. Seminole Blvd (17-92), Sanford, FL 32771, near the intersection of 17-92 and Walnut Crest Run. Email [email protected] for carpooling.

Eco Workshop – Water Crisis Explained: Did you know that many places in North America are at risk of running out of water? Did you know some places already have? Come learn about the water crisis and watch a video so you can be better prepared to face our worlds issues. We will then host a discussion on how we can do something to combat this issue with local solutions.

When/Where: September 26th 5-6pm, in  the UCF Student Union Room 223

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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