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Experiential Learning

Sustainability Studies promotes UF’s Active Learning Program, and can provide students with Cluster Course credit for most of the internship opportunities this program offers.  Students are also encouraged to consider a wide array of Study Abroad programs.

All Sustainability Studies Majors enroll in the experiential Capstone Course, Sustainability in Action.

Student Drawing - Turbine
Student Drawing – Renewable Energy

Sustainability in Action (IDS 4942) enables students to blend theory and practice by putting their knowledge of sustainability to work. It provides classroom instruction with experiential learning and research opportunities. As individuals or in teams, students create and implement practical means to foster social, ecological, and economic sustainability.

Students in Sustainability in Action have created non-profit organizations,  developed a Sustainability Pledge for graduating seniors, and have gained hands-on experience in a wide array of projects and organizations, including:

  • Abundant Edible Landscapes
  • ACT (Alachua Conservation Trust)
  • Action Network
  • Active Streets
  • Alachua County Commission
  • Alachua County Cultural Arts Coalition
  • Alachua County Environmental Protection Dept.
  • Alachua County Partners for a Productive Community
  • Alachua County Facilities Management Department
  • Bearded Brothers Deconstruction
  • Bishop Study Center (Harn)
  • Blue Oven
  • Camp McConnell
  • Cinema Verde
  • Citizens for Social Justice
  • City of Gainesville Parks and Recreation
  • CMC (Civic Media Center)
  • WGOT 94.7
  • Conservation Burial (Prairie Creek)
  • Conservation Initiative for the Asian Elephant
  • Conservation Florida
  • Crones Cradle
  • Community Weatherization Coalition (CWC)
  • Neutral Gator
  • DOT bike
  • Florida Earth Action Resources
  • Edible Plant Project
  • Environment Florida
  • Field and Fork Gardens
  • Florida Climate Institute
  • Defenders of the Environment
  • Florida Institute of Sustainable
  • Florida Museum of Natural History
  • Florida Organic Growers
  • Florida Springs Institute
  • Florida’s Eden
  • Forage Farm
  • Friends of Paynes Prairie
  • Gainesville City Commission
  • Compost Gainesville
  • Interfaith Alliance & Immigrant Justice
  • Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU)
  • Gainesville Sun
  • Gator Dining
  • Gainesville Environmental Citizens Organization (GECO)
  • Great American Cleanup
  • Harn Museum Hodge Farms
  • HealthStreet
  • Howard Bishop School Garden
  • International Carbon Bank and Exchange
  • 10,000 homes project IDEAS
  • Indigo Green Store
  • Keep Alachua County Beautiful
  • Kickstand, Gainesville community bike project
  • LiveGreen
  • Mentoring and Gardening Program at Lake Forest Elementary School
  • Morningside Nature Center
  • PACE Center for Girls
  • PIRG (Public Interest Research Group)
  • Power Production Management
  • Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery
  • Prometheon Pharma
  • Pure Energy Solar
  • Rainforest Action Network
  • Rebuilding Together
  • Recycle Across America
  • Repurpose Project
  • Resilience Charter School
  • River Phoenix Center for Peace-Building
  • Rwanda Sustainable Families
  • SAC (Sustainable Alachua County)
  • Save Our Suwannee
  • Sea Turtle Conservancy
  • Siembra Farms
  • Sierra Club
  • Smathers Library
  • Solar Impact
  • Study Edge
  • Swallowtail Farms
  • Taccachale
  • The Tuscawilla Learning Center
  • Transition Micanopy
  • U.S. Green Building Council’s Heart of Florida Chapter
  • UF CAIRES (Center for Adaptive Innovation, Resilience, Ethics and Science)
  • UF Ethnoecology Garden
  • UF Greeks Going Green
  • UF Habitat for Humanity
  • UF Office of Sustainability
  • UF TRIP
  • UF Roots and Shoots
  • UF Water Institute
  • We are Neutral
  • YouthBuild