Sustainability has been defined as “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Rollins’ actions toward that goal are the result of a convergence of institutional commitment, student activism, and vendor participation. And they’re changing the College in perceptible ways.
It’s hard to miss the influence of “green” practices on everyday campus life. You might start the day with buying a cup of Fair Trade coffee in the dining hall—served either in a “Reuse, Reduce, and Recycle” mug from Sodexo (the contractor that operates Rollins Dining Services) or in a biodegradable, non-Styrofoam container. Continue reading this article, discover more ways Rollins is working toward a more sustainable campus, or scroll down for more updates on campus initiatives.
Efforts for Rollins to acquire 'Fair Trade University/College' status have been underway since summer '12. If all fair trade components are met, the college will achieve that declaration during spring '13 semester.
For purchasing on campus, a new sustainable purchasing policy has been created and is in the process of receiving approval. This policy includes strong efforts to purchase fairly traded items if possible and if economically sound. Purchasing Fair Trade products will not be mandatory, but recommendations and examples are given to help in decisions. It may be noted that if fairly traded items are not available, it is suggested to look to sustainable and/or recycled items. And if not economically sound for fair trade, to at least make the effort for the sustainable and/or recycled items.
At this time, Sodexo [dining services] have fair trade coffee, decaf coffee, tea and sugar. Ben and Jerry's ice cream, which includes fair trade ingredients in most of their flavors, also qualifies as fair trade. For areas like Sodexo, they must have and offer at least 3 food items at all times that are certified fair trade. This includes what is offered in all dining service areas, in the Cstore and for all catered events!
Management at Rollins Sodexo are looking into bringing more fair trade items to be available such as bananas and other various fruits and vegetables. Sodexo has in place a Fair Food Program and a zero tolerance policy for forced labor.
The Rice Family Bookstore, run by Follett, has multiple fair trade items available starting this spring semester. They already carried Dr. Bronner's hand soap and over the 2012 holidays received multiple clothing items from Alta Gracia, a company that is exclusively fair trade. These items were available for sale at the start of the 2013 spring semester. [it should be noted that Follett has a strong purchasing policy in force and is a Fair Labor Organization]
The gift shop in the Cornell Fine Arts Museum is already a fair trade certified vendor! They have carried various items from multiple fair trade vendors since 2006 and are listed as a fair trade vendor for the City of Winter Park!
Under the Committee on Environmental and Sustainable Initiative [CESI], a sub-committee has been created that includes faculty, staff and students. Their charge will be keeping up to date on what the above areas are doing to follow the fair trade requirements. The committee will also have the opportunity to make policy suggestions to it's parent committee, the Finance and Services Committee, on purchasing and any other areas that could include fair trade products throughout the campus.
The Fair Trade Campaign at Rollins College will be monitored and progression of events and products will be part of the Rollins College Student-run Sustainability Program's initiatives, supported by the Committee on Environmental and Sustainable Issues. The student sustainability coordinators and the program coordinator of the Sustainability Program will make all efforts to ensure Fair Trade continues to be out in the forefront on campus.
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During the fall 2008 semester, the Finance and Services Committee endorsed the proposal for a new standing committee to address environmental and sustainability issues on campus. The Committee on Environmental and Sustainable Issues [CESI] membership consists of students, faculty and staff.
The Committee on Environment and Sustainability Issues (CESI) will advise the administration on a wide variety of issues related to sustainable development, environmental impact, biodiversity and environmental justice. The range of issues will include curricular and educational issues, facility and business issues, programmatic issues and policy-related choices concerning the environment. Some initiatives that CESI have endorsed and help push through on campus are:
Other initiatives being researched: