Department of Environmental Studies

News and Announcements

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Mr. Green

By land, air, and water, environmental studies major Matt Bengston ’15 MBA'16 helped to create a greener Rollins.

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No-plastic campaign

Plastic bags were eliminated on campus starting spring 2017 and plastic straws since August 2018.  Coming spring 2019, plastic water bottles will no longer be sold in dining service areas.  50+ Hydration stations have been installed all over campus for refillable and reusable bottles.

Upcoming distinguished speakers

Fall 2019 speaking events.  All events are open to the public and free of charge:

  • Tuesday September 24 - 4pm, Faculty Club -  “Storytelling for Impact: Path of the Panther" student workshop with National Geographic Explorer and Photographer, Carlton Ward Jr. and Path of the Panther project director, Tori Linder (14'.) Students will be provided a behind the scenes glimpse of the production of a documentary and impact campaign. 

  • Tuesday September 24 - 7pm, Bush Auditorium - National Geographic Explorer and Photographer, Carlton Ward Jr.   "Wild Florida: Hidden in Plain Sight", 60 min evening public lecture followed by 20 min Q&A

  • Monday October 7 - 7pm, SunTrust Auditorium - "The Swamp" film showingThe Swamp tells the dramatic history of humanity's attempts to conquer the Florida Everglades, one of nature's most mysterius and unique ecosystems.  Discussion afterwards with Maggie Hurchalla, winner of the Natinal Wetlands Award and our very own Dr. Leslie Poole.

  • Tuesday October 22 - 7pm, SunTrust Auditorium - A New Governor and Growth Management in Florida.  Join speakers from 1000 Friends of Florida; Director Paul Owens and Policy & planning Director Thomas Hawkins.

  • Thursday October 24 - 7:30pm, SunTrust Auditorium - Guest speaker Catherine Edouard of Himane Sustainable Designs and New York City Fair Trade will speak on the importance of recycling and upcycling clothes and accessories.  

Past events:

Spring 2019

  • Advancing Sustainability - Portland's Lessions Learned in Orlando
    • Thursday January 24 - Local  Food and Energy with John Rife, East End Market, and Brittany Seller, City of Orlando Sustainability Program.
    • Thursday February 7 - Urbanism: How Real Estate Developers Think wth Craig Ustler and Peter Hendee-Brown.
    • Tuesday February 19 - Transportation and Livability with Rick Geller and Katie Shannon.
  • Dr. Joanne Kong - Wednesday, February 20 - Food for Thought: How a Greener Diet Can Transform You and the Planet.

Fall 2018

  • Majora Carter, urban revitalization strategist and social-enterprise pioneer – Tuesday, August 28th at 7:30pm.
  • Cynthia Barnett, environmental journalist and author of Rain: A Natural and Cultural History – Tuesday, September 11 at 7pm.
  • Jack Davis, 2018 Pulitzer Prize Winner in History and author of The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea – Wednesday, October 3 at 7:30 pm.
  • Rob Greenfield, environmental activist, entrepreneur, adventurer and humanitarian – Wednesday, November 14th at 7pm.

Rollins Earns Environmentally Responsible Distinction-Green Colleges

Rollins College is one of the 332 most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company profiles Rollins in the fifth annual edition of its free downloadable book, “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges.”

The Princeton Review chose to include Rollins for this guide based on a survey it conducted in 2013 of administrators at hundreds of four-year colleges to measure the schools’ commitment to the environment and to sustainability. The institutional survey included questions on the schools’ course offerings, campus infrastructure, activities, and career preparation.