Rollins College

Student Involvement

students in Mowbray backyard             SSREC

Rollins College students have been engaged in local and global communities for years.  As the Rollins College Office of Community Engagement states, this college is deeply committed to fostering a lifelong commitment to social justice, civic engagement, and social responsibility in every member of the Rollins Community.

Student-run Sustainability Program:sustainability coordinator
The student-run Sustainability Program, formerly known as the Recycling Program, began in 1999 through the efforts of 2 Environmental Studies majors.  The program mission has evolved over the years from promoting the single-stream recycling system throughout the campus to more recently promoting through their events and initiatives the education of all members of our community on how to reduce, reuse and recycle. 

In fall 2009, the program also became the coordinators of the new Rollins College Bicycle Library Program.  The program has been such a success, plans are in the works to acquire more bicycles to fulfill the need.

With the efforts on sustainability locally and globally, the coordinators are becoming more and more involved with many environmental and sustainable initiatives.  Through the encouragement of the Committee on Environmental and Sustainability Issues and the Environmental Studies Department, the program became the Student-run Sustainability Program, thereby renaming the students as Sustainability Coordinators. 

Student organizations are involved with many initiatives.  The following sampling of events have been scheduled over the past couple of years:

  • Organic Gardeners of Rollins -- Street Market Party.  Local business owners, artists, vendors, and all-around amazing people setup shop on campus to sell their wares. Donations collected were for the “Rollins Helps Haiti” fundraiser, as well as donating all vendor fees to the cause.

  • EcoRollins and the Sustainability Program -- "Seeing Through the Fence" film and discussion.  

    "Seeing through the Fence" explores the role of food in modern society and our connection, or lack of connection, with both the processes and animals from which our food originates. In addition to global concerns such as the environment and sustainability of modern agriculture, the film asks the question: 'What prevents ethical principles from being advanced into action?'

  • EcoRollins -- Valentine's Day plants.  Students sold live flowering plants just before Valentine's Day campuswide.  These gift plants could then be planted instead of thrown away!

  • Office of Community Engagement -- Rollins students, staff and faculty came together to organize a three hour festival to raise funds to assist the relief efforts in Haiti. The festival included music, food, and various fund-raising efforts.

Please visit the Community Engagement website for a full list of events and projects.

student painting in Mowbray
Mowbray Sustainability House

In spring 2010, a group of students from EcoRollins and the Sustainability Program applied for and were granted their own residence! 

The Mowbray House houses 7 students that are all passionate and compassionate environmentalists.  The house was transformed over summer 2010 to follow the mission statement of the program:

~~ organic vegetable gardens after removal of cemented parking pad
~~ native plant walk after removing cemented driveway
~~ above ground garden boxes for herb and medicinal plants
~~ mulched with melaleuca and pine needles
~~ CFL lightbulbs throughout the house
~~ no-VOC interior paint
~~ solar lighted walk path
~~ rainbarrels

MowbrayMowbray back yard

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 There is a sufficiency in the world for man's need but not for man's greed.  ~Mohandas K. Gandhi

Mowbray House gardening


We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.  ~Native American Proverb

 garden boxes