Live Sustainably & Support Sustainable
What is sustainability?
The UF Office of Sustainability defines “Sustainability” as: “… meeting contemporary needs without compromising the ability of future generations to satisfy their needs. More comprehensively, it means looking at the issues and problems facing our world with a new perspective – one that focuses on three interdependent areas of concern: ecological preservation, economic viability, and social justice. To be sustainable, a practice must preserve rather than destroy its ecological base, ensure rather than undermine long-term economic benefits, and advance rather than retard matters of fairness, equity, and diversity.”
What are sustainable food choices?
“Sustainable Eating” or “Sustainable Food Choices” are choices regarding: types of food you buy, where you buy from, original food sources, practices/energy used in producing foods, packaging used, food disposal/waste, and social equity (ex. how employees are paid).
What can you do to be an advocate for sustainable eating?
Build Awareness: Educate yourself and others about sustainable eating practices like:
- Buying local, organic, or fair trade foods
- Eating fresh, less processed, in season foods
- Buying bulk foods to reduce packaging and waste
Lead By Example: Make sustainable eating choices in your daily life and encourage others to do the same. Talk to your friends and roommates about:
Get Involved: Get involved through volunteering and working for campus and local organizations that promote sustainable practices.
- Volunteer with UF’s Office of Sustainability
- Join a student organization that promotes sustainable practices, like the UF Agronomy and Soils Club. They manage the Student Agricultural Gardens on Museum Road. Or check out Gators Going Green, a student organization that works with sustainability initiatives and policies on campus. For more information on other groups to join, check out Student Activities and Involvement.
Policy Work: Support sustainability policies around campus and in the community.
For more information on buying fresh and buying local: /Local-and-Sustainable-Food.aspx