Department of Environmental Studies


At Rollins, there are no shortage of environmentally friendly events.

An Environmental and Sustainable Community

Rollins students are involved even at local community Earth Day Festivities.  Here students are participating in the Winter Park Earth Day event tie-dying T-shirts with children.

Rollins is a Fair Trade designated campus

Rollins College became a Fair Trade designated campus in 2013.  Students can find fair trade products at the campus dining facilities, bookstore and museum gift shop.

Tree Planting

Students participate in planting and replanting trees all over the campus!

Student-Organized Events

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

  • Earth Month Wellness Street Fair
  • Clothing Swap and Shopss open to the campus community and local community
  • Valentine's Day Fair Trade Chocolate sale! 
  • America Recycles Day
  • E-Waste Day - proper electronic recycling event
  • Guest speakers on various environmental and sustainable subjects

Find your Anchor

From Orientation day to the end of the first week of classes, students involved with the Sustainability Program and EcoRollins participate in events and programming set to encourage incoming and returning students, faculty, and staff to be active members of both the Rollins and Central Florida communities from the start. Formerly known as Be a Part From the Start, the initiative is now known as Find Your Anchor. Offices from across campus collaborate to organize a variety of different events that engage the campus and promote global citizenship, environmental stewardship and responsible leadership. The events range from academic discussions to awareness and active service in the community. Each year is inspired by the theme of the first year reading book.

Some of the events and programming that students are involved with include:

  • Orientation Day where the first year and transfer students will receive their Rollins EcoBundles!!  This includes a reusable bag, reusable bottle and a fair trade friendship bracelet
  • Community Common Hour on the Lawn!  Get your 'Find your Anchor' tank top OR bring your own white T-shirt and join in with a tradition on Rollins campus - Tie Dying!
  • Urban Farm workday!  In spring 2015, a student initiative for a campus urban farm came to fruition!!  This workday consists of removing the summer crops, weeding, re-mulching, filling beds with compost, and seeding for the fall crops.