News & Events

Stay up to the minute on all Sustainability Program news and events.

Rollins Sustainability Program Facebook page.

Rollins Urban Farm - Spring 2019 workday hours coming soon!

The student-initiative Urban Farm was in full swing Fall 2018 with lettuce mix, kale, beans and papaya that were enjoyed by students, faculty, staff AND Rollins Dining Services. Spring weekly workday hour - Tuesday's 10am-11am


Recycling Pilot Program 

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 being experimented in approximately 10 areas on campus.

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 wins the Winter Park Commute Challenge!

Rollins participants logged the most commute trips during this challenge by biking, carpooling, walking and riding SunRail.

Rollins College is a member of 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 will be used educationally by professors, classes, and campus groups. The farm will also have a production component to provide produce to the campus dining areas and the Rollins Alfond Inn.

Read More on Sandspur

AND on Rollins 360 > 

LEED buildings on campus

Rollins College has been moving forward with LEED certification. To date, the 2 phase project of the student residential hall, Strong Hall, has been LEED certified. The newly 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. The extensions proposed for Phase 2 would add a new northern termius at DeLand and four more stations southward, terminating at Poinciana in Osceola County. It is expected to be fully completed sometime in 2017. 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


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

Fall 2018 speaking events.  

  • 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

Swap and Shop

For the past 6 years, EcoRollins and the Sustainability Program have hosted 2-3 Swap and Shops a year on campus!  These successful events promote recycling, reusing and repurposing clothing.

Latest SWAP AND SHOP in collaboration with Ben and Jerry's, was Monday, November 5, 2018 in the campus Faculty Club!  

Spring 2019 Swap and Shop - Wednesday, April 10, 2019, Faculty Club.


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

Urban Farm Workdays with Co-Farm Managers Annie Baumm and Alec Stanley:

New hours for Spring 2019 will be posted shortly.

For more information on any of these events, please contact Ann Francis, Program Coordinator, or any of the Sustainability Coordinators listed on our staff page! Or call the Environmental Studies Department at 407-646-2392.