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Sustainability is the capacity to meet the needs of today’s present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

 student recycling

Oh Beautiful for smoggy skies, insecticided grain,
For strip-mined mountain's majesty above the asphalt plain.
America, America, man sheds his waste on thee,
And hides the pines with billboard signs, from sea to oily sea.
~George Carlin 

Change a lightbulb day


There would be very little point in my exhausting myself and other conservationist themselves in trying to protect animals and habitats if we weren't at the same time raising young people to be better stewards. 

- Dr. Jane Goodall

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Eco Festival

Campus and Community Events

America Recycles Day

America Recycles Day has been celebrated every November 15th since 1997.

  • National holiday to increase awareness of the importance of recycling and buying products made from recycled materials
  • Eco-Rollins and the Sustainability Program host a campus-wide event educating the Rollins community about the importance of the credo “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rethink”
  • Past events have included vendors of sustainable and recycled goods, organic cotton t-shirt giveaways, and the construction of a trash mountain, or Mt. Trashmore, demonstrating the large number of recyclable items that are thrown away as trash on campus on a weekly basis 

Earth Hour

Earth Hour has been held on the last Saturday of March since 2007.

  • Global event sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund for the purpose of turning off all non-essential lights and electrical appliances for one hour in order to fight against climate change
  • Eco-Rollins and the Sustainability Program host a campus-wide event during which students and faculty are encouraged to turn off all nonessential lightsfor one hour and participate in a range of event-related activities
  • Past events have included t-shirt decorating with glow-in-the-dark paint, a drum circle, and stargazing hosted by the Society of Physics Students    

Earth Day

Earth Day has been celebrated annually on April 22nd since 1970

  • International holiday celebrated by over 175 countries each year for the appreciation of the natural environment and the importance of its preservation
  • Eco-Rollins and the Sustainability Program partner up with other student organizations, including ROC, to host a campus-wide event promoting environmental conservation
  • Past events have included informational tables on environmental issues including live animals from Back to Nature and Journey’s End, free t-shirts and tie-dying, a drum circle, raffle prizes from eco-vendors such as Sigg waterbottles, and tons of free giveaways including frisbees, tote bags and organic snacks
  • Proceeds from raffle tickets for prizes go to an environmental organization of the program’s choice; past recipients have included Back to Nature and Journey’s End animal sanctuaries

   Earth Day tshirts



Earth Day poster


We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.
  ~Native American Proverb 


earth hour 


I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.  

- John Muir

trip to Back to Nature


"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtfully committed citizens can change
the world.
Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."

Margaret Mead