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TABLE OF CONTENTS INTRODUCTION.........................................................................................................................................................................................................................2 O UR P EOP L E. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .................................................................. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 - 4 Y E A R I N R E VI E W. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .................................................................. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 - 6 I NV E S T I N OU R M I S S I ON . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .................................................................. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

ABOUT THE INSTITUTE T he S u s t a i n a b i l i t y I ns t i t ut e (S I ) w as c reate d in Au g u st 2 0 1 4 to b e a h u b fo r a ll su sta in ab i l i t y r e l a t e d a c t i v i t i e s o n c a mp u s a n d t o f a c i l i t a t e i t s d e e p e r i n t e g r a t i o n a c r o s s t h e uni ve r s i t y a n d b ey ond. The S I f oc us es o n th e fo llo win g co re a re a s o f wo rk: (1 ) a cce ler a t i n g c r e a t i v e i n t e r d i s c i p l i n a r y r e s e a r c h a n d t e a c h i n g c o l l a b o r a t i o n s t h r o u g h g r a n t s w r i t i n g , c o - s p o n s ors hips and c apac it y build in g , (2 ) p ro mo tin g e fficie n cie s a n d re so u rce s t e wa r d s h i p i n c a mp u s o p e r a t i o n s i n p a r t n e r s h i p wi t h a d mi n i s t r a t i v e u n i t s , a n d ( 3 ) engag i n g t h e U n iv ers it y and broader c ommu n ity th ro u g h se rvice le a rn in g a n d o u tre a ch a c t i v i t i e s .

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T he changin g l a n d sc a p e a n d te r res tr ia l s c o p e o f h ig h e r e duc ation neces sitates t h e k i n d o f le a d e r s h ip th a t b a la n c e s fis cal re s pons ibility, environmen t a l st e w a rd sh ip a n d in n o v a tio n . A s w e continue to build a 21st centur y i n st i t u t i o n , o u r in te lle c tu a l p u r s u its , o u r ope r ations and our leader sh i p w i l l b e ma r ke d b y a d e e p in teg r a tio n o f s us tainability. — Presiden t E l mi ra M a n g u m

FROM THE DIRECTORS S i n ce i ts c r e a t i o n in A ugus t 2014, t he S u sta in a b ility In stitu te (SI) h a s ma d e g re a t stride s i n b u i l d i n g a f o u n d a t i o n f o r enhan c i n g t h e u niv ers it y ’s ac ademi c , ope ra tio n a l a n d o u tre a ch missio n . To g e th e r, th e se a c t i v i t i e s h a v e b r o a d e n e d FA M U ’s i n te r n a t i o nal reac h, generat ed an in cre a se in p o sitive me d ia co ve ra g e , o p e n e d u p i n v i t a t i o n s t o me mb e r s h i p s i n l o c a l a n d n a t i o nal organiz at i ons and ga rn e re d re co g n itio n fro m a s h ig h u p a s th e Wh i t e Ho u s e . T hi s r e p o r t s u m mariz es our ac t iv i t ies durin g th e co u rse o f o u r in a u g u ra l ye a r, Au g u st 20 1 4 t o J u n e 2 0 1 5 . I t i s e x c i t i n g t o see m a n y k e y init iat i v es i m plement ed in ju st a fe w mo n th s. It is a stro n g te sta me n t of t h e e n t h u s i a s m o f o u r ca m pu s c o m m u n it y and t he c omm i t ment fro m o u r le a d e rsh ip . We sh a re th e b e lie f th a t a p p l i e d r e s e a r c h , t o g e t h e r wi t h i m pr o v e d r e s o u r c e management not onl y yie ld a h ig h re tu rn o n in ve stme n ts, it imp ro ve s c o mp e t i t i v e p o s i t i o n a n d opens u p n e w f u ndi ng opport uni t ies . I n ju st a fe w sh o rt mo n th s, so mu ch g ro u n d wo rk h a s b e e n l a i d , t h a n k s t o t h e t re m e n d o u s e ff o rt of our s t aff , adv is ory co u n cil a n d n e two rk o f ca mp u s ch a mp io n s. We a r e j u s t b e g i n n i n g a n d we a r e co unt i n g o n t h e c ol l ec t i v e ex pert i s e, enth u sia sm a n d in ve stme n t fro m a ll sta ke h o ld e rs t o ma k e t h i s i n i t i a t i v e a su cce s s . We l o o k f orw ard t o ev en m ore imp a ctfu l ye a rs a h e a d .

Abena Ojetayo

Chief Sustainability Officer

Odemari Mbuya, Ph. D. Faculty Director

Clayton Clark II, Ph. D.

Associate Faculty Director

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ADVISORY COUNCIL T he S I Ad v i s o r y C ounc i l c ons is t s of s t aff with e xp e rtise in th e a re a s w i t h w h i c h t h e S I is engaged. The P rov o st, th e VP fo r Fin a n ce & Ad m i ni s tr a t i o n , Vi c e P res i dent of R es earc h a n d th e Ch ie f Su sta in a b ility O ff i ce r s e r v e a s ex -off ic i o m embers . A pp o in te d b y th e p re sid e n t, me m ber s o f t h e AC a re c harged w i t h: • S u p p o r t i n g t h e I ns t i t ut e’s goal of c re a tin g a n e n viro n me n t th a t pr o m o te s s t e w ards hip and s us t ainability e d u ca tio n a mo n g th e f a c u l ty, s t a ff , s t udent s and c omm uni ty-a t-la rg e ; • A d v i s i n g t h e S I on w ay s t o es t abl i s h co lla b o ra tio n a mo n g in te rn a l an d e x t e r n a l ent i t ies t o addres s s us t a in a b ility; a n d • R e c o m m e n d i n g approac hes , poli c y an d p ro ce d u re ch a n g e s th a t ad v a n c e s u s t ainabil i t y part ic ularly in a ca d e mic, op e r a t i o n s a nd out reac h ac t i v i t ies .

RANDALL ABATE, J.D.

Professor of Environmental, International, Comparative, and Constitutional Law

MICHAEL ABAZINGE, PH.D.

Professor and Director of NOAA Environmental Cooperative Science Center

ROBERT ABRAMS, J.D.

Professor, Water and Environmental Law

CLINTON SMITH

Assistant Director for Plant Operations & Maintenance

ASHVINI CHAUHAN, PH.D.

Associate Professor, Environmental Biotechnology and Genomics

OLIVIER CHAMEL, PH.D.

Assistant Professor, School of Architecture and Engineering Technology

FRAN CLOSE, PH.D.

Professor, Behavioral Science and Health Education

ANGELA SUTTON

Director of Environmental Health and Safety

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STAFF S t a ff e d wi t h a Ch i e f S u s t a i n a b i l i t y O ff i c e r / E x e c u t i v e Di r e c t o r, F a c u l t y Di r e c t o r s , a n d s u p p o r t s t a ff , t h e S I e n g a g e s a l l c o l l e g e s , s c h o o l s a n d a d mi n i s t r a t i v e u n i t s a n d p r o v i d e s l e a d e r s h i p a n d c o o r d i n a t i o n f o r u n i v e r s i t y - wi d e s u s t a i n a b i l i t y i n i t i a t i v e s wi t h g l o b a l i mp a c t .

ABENA OJETAYO Executive Director

ODEMARI MBUYA, PH.D. Faculty Director

CLAYTON CLARK, PH.D., P.E. Associate Faculty Director

KATHRYN ZIEWITZ Program Coordinator

KAYANA GAINES Administrative Coordinator

INTERNS S t u d e n t s ma k e s i g n i f i c a n t c o n t r i b u t i o n s t o t h e S I , h e l p i n g t o d e v e l o p a n d i mp l e me n t i d e a s f o r t h e c a mp u s c o mmu n i t y wh i l e g a i n i n g p r o f e s s i o n a l e x p e r i e n c e a n d f i r s t h a n d k n o wl e d g e o f s u s t a i n a b i l i t y p r i n c i p l e s . • • • • • • • • • • 4

A l i c i a O l i v e r, Ma s t e r s S t u d e n t s i n E n v i r o n me n t a l S c i e n c e A n t h o n y Co o p e r, S o p h o mo r e i n E n v i r o n me n t a l S t u d i e s Ca r l y J a c k s o n , S e n i o r i n G r a p h i c Co mmu n i c a t i o n s Ch e l s e a G r a n t , S e n i o r i n P u b l i c Re l a t i o n s Ch r i s t i a n a h O y e n u g a , P h D c a n d i d a t e i n E n v i r o n me n t a l P o l i c y & Ri s k Ma n a g e me n t G r a c i e Ce s a i r e , J u n i o r i n Ci v i l & E n v i r o n me n t a l E n g i n e e r i n g J a mi l a Tu l l , S e n i o r i n E n v i r o n me n t a l S c i e n c e Ni c h o l a s Mi l l e r, S e n i o r i n A g r i b u s i n e s s a n d MB A Ca n d i d a t e S i mo n e E n g l i s h , P h D Ca n d i d a t e i n E n v i r o n me n t a l P o l i c y & Ri s k Ma n a g e me n t Thalika Saintil, Graduate of Agricultural Science


INNOVATIVE RESEARCH

ENGAGED LEARNING

CAPACITY BUILDING

I n p ar t n e r s h i p s w it h s ev eral ac ademi c un its, th e S I h el p e d l a u n c h new res earc h ent erpri se s th a t w i l l l e a d t o i n c r e a s ed grant pros pec t s and exci t in g n e w d i s cov eries : • E s ta b l i s h e d a FA M U branc h of t he Fl o rid a C l i m a te I n s t i tut e t o promot e c l i m at e scie n ce r es e a r c h a n d t eac hing. • C o - s p o n s o r e d t he inaugural I nt ernat i o n a l E n e r g y Wa te r Food N ex us S um m i t w it h th e S c h o o l o f E n vi ronm ent t hat c onv erged o ve r 30 0 a t t e n d e e s f rom ov er 10 c ount ries. • Co-sponsored the International Workshop on Biologically Enabled Self Assembly with the College of Science & Technology and UC Davis's Institute for Complex Adaptive Matters.

Th e SI h e lp e d to b ro a d e n s t u d e n t s ' l e a r n i n g h o rizo n b y in ve stin g in ini t i a t i v e s t h a t b r i d g e co n ce p ts fro m th e cla ssr o o m wi t h t r a n s f o r ma t i v e h a n d s-o n p ro je cts a n d fiel d e x p e r i e n c e s : • Co -sp o n so re d stu d e n t p a r t i c i p a t i o n i n t h e n a tio n a l Clima te Action Ma r c h i n NY C t o a d vo ca te fo r clima te ju s t i c e f o r u n d e r s e r v e d co mmu n itie s. • Pro vid e d min i g ra n ts f o r s t u d e n t - l e d c a mp u s su sta in a b ility p ro je cts wi t h f i n a n c i a l s u p p o r t fro m Sie me n s In c. • Co -sp o n so re d a su stai n a b l e l a n d s c a p e d e s i g n wo rksh o p with th e Scho o l o f A r c h i t e c t u r e .

F o c u s e d t r a i n i n g f o r f a c u l t y, s t a ff a n d s t u d e n t s helped to increase sustainability teaching, research and application: • Hi r i n g o f 1 5 s t u d e n t s f r o m v a r i o u s d i s c i p l i n e s t h r o u g h i n t e r n s h i p p l a c e me n t a t t h e S I . • Participation in the 2014 Faculty Planning Conference and presentation at the Teaching & Learning Conference on how to incorporate sustainability learning outcomes across disciplines. • Training sessions with administrative divisions including Human Resources and Finance division.

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CAMPUS ENGAGEMENT

RESOURCE STEWARDSHIP

STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS

Through SI's leadership, and for the first time ever, FAMU experienced a centralized campaign of sus-

In co lla b o ra tio n with va ri o u s c a mp u s c h a mp i o n s , th e SI h e lp e d to imp le men t i n i t i a t i v e s t h a t r e d u ce wa ste a n d in cre a se r e s o u r c e e ff i c i e n c y o n ca mp u s: • Launched first-ever Recycling Center and roll out of recycling infrastructure across campus with the Environmental Health & Safety department. • Committed to 20% energy use reduction within 10 years in partnership with US Department of Energy's Better Buildings Challenge. • Completed the university's first Greenhouse Gas inventory as signatories of American Colleges & University President's Climate Commitme n t.

Re c o g n i z i n g t h e p o we r o f a s t r o n g n e t wo r k , t h e S I e s t a b l i s h e d s t r a t e g i c r e l a t i o n s h i p s wi t h l o c a l , national and international entities to elevate our wo r k a n d e x p a n d o u r i mp a c t : • Advancing Climate Smart Agriculture through an MOU with India's National Council for Climate Change and Sustainable Development. • Partnering with Second Nature to provide climate leadership capacity building for senior administration and a platform for engaging in national policy making. • Serving on the Sustainable Tallahassee’s Capital Area Sustainability Council with other local area lesaders to improve our surrounding community.

tainability related efforts that brought the campus community together and spread our message: • F o o tb a l l & B a s k et bal l game day rec y clin g ca m p a i g n s a nd c om pet it ions generat ed p rid e am o n g f a n s • Campuswide Earth Week celebration in partnership with several student organizations, university departments and community organizations • La u n c h o f n e w s us t ai nabil i t y w eb porta l a n d pu b l i c a t i o n o f s ev eral art ic l es i n l oc al a n d st u d e n t m e d i a about FA M U s us t ainab ility i ni t i a ti v e s a n d ev ent s

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MISSION We a r e o n a mi s s i o n t o a d v a n c e t h e r e s e a r c h , t e a c h i n g a n d a p p l i c a t i o n o f s o l u t i o n s f o r s o c i o - e c o n o mi c a n d e c o l o g i c a l r e s i l i e n c e a t t h e c a mp u s , r e g i o n a l , a n d g l o b a l l e v e l . O u r v i s i o n i s f o r F l o r i d a A & M t o e me r g e a s a mo d e l , living laboratory of state-of the art technologies and learning experiences that p r o mo t e e n v i r o n me n t a l r e s o u r c e s t e wa r d s h i p a n d g e n e r a t e s s o l u t i o n s t o c r i t i c a l i s s u e s a r o u n d t h e wo r l d .

INVEST WITH US Co n t r i b u t i o n s f r o m a l u mn i , f r i e n d s a n d c o r p o r a t e p a r t n e r s f u e l r e s e a r c h , i n n o v a t i o n , p r o g r a m e n h a n c e me n t s , s c h o l a r s h i p s a n d mu c h mo r e . W h e n y o u i n v e s t i n FA MU’s s u s t a i n a b i l i t y i n i t i a t i v e , y o u a r e i n v e s t i n g i n t h e t r a i n i n g u p o f a f u t u r e g e n e r a t i o n o f c h a n g e a g e n t s a n d t h e i n f r a s t r u c t u r e t h a t ma k e s i t p o s s i b l e . Yo u c a n i n v e s t d i r e c t l y i n • Student internships and service learning projects • Re s e a r c h s e e d f u n d s f o r f a c u l t y • G r e e n r e v o l v i n g f u n d s f o r s t u d e n t - l e d p r o j e c t s • Co n t r i b u t e t o t h e I n s t i t u t e e n d o wme n t t o e n s u r e f i n a n c i a l s u s t a i n a b i l i t y f o r life Vi s i t u s o n l i n e a t s u s t a i n a b i l i t y. f a mu . e d u / g e t - i n v o l v e d / i n v e s t t o l e a r n a b o u t h o w y o u c a n ma k e y o u r i mp a c t .

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Florida A&M University | Sustainability Institute 2015 Annual Report  

A review of activities in the inaugural year (2014-2015) of the Sustainability Institute at FAMU.

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