The Beal Maltbie Center which houses the Department of Environmental Studies underwent a LEED renovation during the summer of 2011. When the certification from the United States Green Building Counsel is complete, Beal Maltbie will be the first LEED certified building on the Rollins College campus.
Inherent in the concept of progress is the certainty of change. In order to ensure the former, Rollins has initiated several major construction projects. Their aim is to enhance a campus long-recognized for its beauty. Yes, this will mean more trees and green space and more buildings reflecting Rollins’ signature Mediterranean-style architecture. But these changes are more than cosmetic: They strive to reflect Rollins’ already robust commitment to engaged learning and responsible living. More.....
Rollins offers an interdisciplinary minor in sustainable development and the environment that includes a set of courses that examine the concept of sustainable development in an increasingly global economy. Courses are based on the premise that sustainable development means reconciling the need for economic growth, particularly in developing nations, with the need to protect both natural resources and the quality of life. More...
Be a Part from the Start provided a 2-week service-based program to engage the Rollins community in events offering community-building opportunities and lessening our carbon footprints.
Members of the Rollins community were encouraged to use their Rollins aluminum bottles at all of the events involving food or drinks, and only biodegradable plates and silverware will be used.
Events included in the service-based programming included:
To coincide with the RCC reading of Colin Beavan's book, "No Impact Man", the campus conducted a one-week carbon cleanse!
The experiment gave the campus community a chance to see what a difference no-impact living can have on your quality of life.
The experiment focused on one issue each day which culminated with a debrief on what impact the week made on individuals.
The issues were consumption, trash, transportation, food, energy, and water.
On Thursday, April 21, EcoRollins and the Sustainability Program hosted an Earth Day celebration that offered many delicious treats, including an organic popcorn bar, and organic mint iced tea. They brought in informational and local vendors, including the Journey's End Animal Sanctuary, Ten Thousand Villages, Bajalia and the Florida School of Holistic Living/Homegrown Coop. WPRK provided the music. And, in honor of Earth Day, Dining Services offered organic and vegetarian meals throughout the week, and turned out the lights and offered no to-go containers for the entire day.
Rollins Cares about our students and our community and collaborated with the Earth Day festivities. Not only could you sign up to receive a Rollins Cares tshirt, but also enjoy an organic trail mix.
America Recycles Day was a collaborative effort hosted by EcoRollins, Recycling Program, ROC, Ultimate Frisbee, Rollins Organic Gardening Club, Rollins Bike Club, SPECTRUM, Nourish Int'l, INB Club and the Environmental Studies Department.