Department of Environmental Studies

News and Announcements

Stay up to the minute on all of the latest environmental studies news.

Mr. Green

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

Read more on Rollins360

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

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

  • 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, Bieberbach/Reed conference room, Campus Center
    • Thursday February 7 - Urbanism: How Real Estate Developers Think wth Craig Ustler and Peter Hendee-Brown, SunTrust Auditorium, Crummer Hall
    • Tuesday February 19 - Transportation and Livability with Rick Geller and Katie Shannon, Bieberbach/Reed conference room, Campus Center
  • Dr. Joanne Kong - Wednesday, February 20 - Food for Thought: How a Greener Diet Can Transform You and the Planet, Olin Library Bib Lab

Past events - Fall 2018

  • Majora Carter, urban revitalization strategist and social-enterprise pioneer – Tuesday, August 28th at 7:30pm in the Bush Auditorium, Bush Science Center.
  • Cynthia Barnett, environmental journalist and author of Rain: A Natural and Cultural History – Tuesday, September 11 at 7pm in the SunTrust Auditorium, Crummer Graduate School
  • 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 in the Bush Auditorium
  • Rob Greenfield, environmental activist, entrepreneur, adventurer and humanitarian – Wednesday, November 14th at 7pm in the SunTrust Auditorium

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.