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For my Urban Resilience project, I chose to research "Sustainable UF." The mission of this program is to make the University of Florida a "model of sustainability, integrating the goals of ecological restoration, economic development, and social equity." I shared some of my favorite pieces of information with my classmates...
1. Gator Dining serves locally-grown food including locally-made ice cream, cage-free eggs and locally roasted coffee beans. I knew that Gator Dining was steering towards creating more "green" meals, but I did not realize how much they were actually doing. Neither did my friend Amelia, who was very surprised (and pleased!) that Gator Dining was keeping food local.
2. UF has also been working hard to promote sustainable energy. In Spring 2012, they installed solar energy panels to the Beta Theta Pi house. My roommate, Claire, thought it was a good idea that should be carried out through the rest of campus.
3. Despite it's progress, UF still uses 14.26% of wasteful paper (as opposed to the 10.50% of recycled paper). My classmate, Lesly, agrees that this is too high. In fact, many of our professors continue to hand out huge packets for class that just end up in the trash. Lesly suggested making the paperwork digital and available online.