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The student-initiative Urban Farm has been in full swing during this past year despite a pandemic!  Spring 2021 saw beds with lettuce mix, kale, beans and papaya that were enjoyed by students, faculty and staff.  The spring harvest produced 94 lbs. of produce that Rollins Dining Services offered at their dining facilities.

Rollins Urban Farm - Fall 2021 workday hours will be posted soon!

The student-initiative Urban Farm has been in full swing during this past year despite a pandemic!  Spring 2021 saw beds with lettuce mix, kale, beans and papaya that were enjoyed by students, faculty and staff.  The spring harvest produced 94 lbs. of produce that Rollins Dining Services offered at their dining facilities.


Rollins College Sustainability Program was selected for the third time to receive the Keep Winter Park Beautiful and Sustainable Green School Grant!

This years' proposal is for a Shoreline Restoration project on Lake Virginia with native plants that will include volunteers and student participation from such spring classes as Springs, Swamps and Sinkholes.

Past Green School Grant proposals included the support for a Bike Shop for maintenance and repair of bikes, both personal and bike program, and for support of a bike safety manual and workshop for the campus community.


Recycling Pilot Program - suspended during Covid 19

Initiated by the lead sustainability coordinator 2018, Rollins is working towards eliminating plastic liners in small recycling and landfill bins by removing these small bins and replacing them with one large bin in academic and administrative areas.  Using a large reusable bag for the recycling bin, this initiative could successfully eliminate the bulk of small plastic liners used on the campus.  This pilot program is currently suspended during this academic year due to Covid 19.

October is Fair Trade month!  Don't know what fair trade is all about?  Presented by Fair Trade USA.....

Fair Trade 

Rollins College became a fair trade-designated college in spring 2013 and the announcement was made during the Earth Day celebration. With the City of Winter Park as a designated fair trade town, this community is becoming greener and, as stated in the college’s mission statement, committed to social responsibility and environmental stewardship.

Fair Trade Campaigns - Colleges and Universities

Rollins College won the Winter Park Commute Challenge in 2017!

Rollins participants logged the most commute trips during this challenge by biking, carpooling, walking and riding SunRail. Rollins faculty, staff and students continue to participate in local efforts to reduce their carbon footprint.

Rollins College and the Florida Chapter of the US Green Chamber of Commerce

What is the mission?  What are the values?  What can being a member of FGCC do for the Rollins Community?
Connect students who are interested in moving into the green business world after graduation.
Networking opportunities with local green companies that include solar, schools and banking.

Urban Farm

The first urban farm is up and running! Started as a student independent study that grew into a proposal to the college, this farm is used educationally by professors, classes, and campus groups. The farm also has a production component to provide produce to the campus dining areas.

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Habitat for Humanity textbook drive:

The Rollins Sustainability Program has partnered with Habitat for Humanity for almost a decade reducing the amount of textbooks that wind up in the landfill instead of on bookshelves!  Textbooks that can not be returned to the Rollins Bookstore are collected at the end of each semester and are either sold locally or recycled.

LEED buildings on campus

Rollins College has been moving forward with LEED certification. The student residential hall, Strong Hall, has been LEED certified. The 2015 renovated Bush Science Center has been awarded LEED Gold Certification!!


SunRail is our local commuter rail system in the Greater Orlando area. Service began on May 1, 2014. Phase 1 comprises 31 miles (50 km) with 12 stations along the former CSX Transportation "A" Line, connecting Volusia County and Orange County through downtown Orlando. Phase 2, opening in 2017, added a new northern terminus at DeLand and four more stations southward, terminating at Poinciana in Osceola County. Formerly known as "Central Florida Commuter Rail", the SunRail system is financed by the state and federal governments and the counties it serves. SunRail is Florida's second commuter rail system after Miami's Tri-Rail.

Sunrail Winter Park Station Schedule


Upcoming events

Fall 2021

Sustainability Symposium

  • Wednesday, November 3, 7-8:30pm - Equity: the Key to Sustainability
  • Tuesday, November 16, 7-8:30pm - Keynote Speaker: Cat Goughnour

Holiday Gift Fair

  • Friday, December 3, 4-7:30pm on Mills Lawn
    • Enjoy a gift fair, music, raffles, and sustainable gift wrapping for $5

Spring - 2022

Past recent events hosted and/or collaborated with by the Department of Environmental Studies and the Rollins Sustainability Program included:

  • Advancing Sustainability - Portland's Lessons Learned in Orlando

    Local Food with John Rife of East End Market.  
    Transportation & Livability with Rick Geller, attorney and Board Member Bike, Walk Central Florida.  
    Energy with Chris Castro, Director of Sustainability and Resilience, Orlando. 

  • Environmental Justice Transforming Learning Summit: Dr. Robert Bullard, Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy at Texas Southern University , is often described as the father of environmental justice.  
  • Paul Owens, 1000 Friends of Florida Director
  • Carlton Ward, National Geographic Explorer and Photographer
  • The Swamp Documentary, discussion with Maggie Hurchalla, winner of the National Wetlands Award & Dr. Leslie Poole, Asst. Professor of Environmental Studies, Rollins College
  • Majora Carter, urban revitalization strategist and social-enterprise pioneer 
  • Cynthia Barnett, environmental journalist and author of Rain: A Natural and Cultural History
  • Jack Davis, 2018 Pulitzer Prize Winner in History and author of The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea
  • Rob Greenfield, environmental activist, entrepreneur, adventurer and humanitarian 

Swap and Shop

For the past 10 years, the Sustainability Program and the student organization, EcoRollins, have hosted 2 Swap and Shops a year on campus!  These successful events promote recycling, reusing and repurposing clothing.

The latest SWAP AND SHOP (Pop-up thrift store!) was in April, 2021 on Mills Lawn. This event collaborated with the Social Impact Hub's Rethinking Fashion show.  

A Fall 2021 Swap and Shop pop-up thrift store date will be posted soon!

Please see the EcoRollins Facebook page for more information on these and other news and events!

Urban Farm Workdays with Co-Farm Managers Becky Bailey Panlilio and Jason Makris:

New hours for Fall 2021 will be posted shortly.

For more information on any of these events, please email us at or call the Sustainability Program Coordinator, Ann Francis, at 407-646-2392.