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Environmental Health and Safety

Environmental Health and Safety

Centers, Institutes and Programs



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The Center for Environmental & Sustainability Education

The Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education works toward realizing the dream of a sustainable and peaceful future for Earth through scholarship, education, and action. The Center advances understanding and achievement of the goals of environmental and sustainability education through innovative educational research methods, emergent eco-pedagogies, and educational philosophy and practice based on an ethics of care and sustainability. The Center seeks to elevate the environmental mission of Florida Gulf Coast University and serve the University community, the local community of the Western Everglades and Barrier Islands, and the wider community of scholars.


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The Small Business Development Center

The Small Business Development Center at Florida Gulf Coast University is a dynamic community-based resource, which helps small business owners take advantage of new opportunities to grow their business through a diverse collection of programs and services. 

The SBDC is located in FGCU’s Center for Leadership & Innovation, the external administrative unit of the Lutgert College of Business, providing a unique collaboration between the College of Business faculty, students, and small business owners. The Center serves a five-county area and provides business assistance through various partner locations in Southwest Florida.

We are a customer driven organization of business professionals, dedicated to helping small businesses succeed by enthusiastically providing creative solutions which exceed customer, employee, and stakeholder expectations.


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Emergent Technologies Institute 

Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) proudly presents the opportunity for qualified students to earn a degree and gain employment in areas of existing and developing disciplines with a focus on emerging technologies while contributing to the diversification of Southwest Florida's economy. 

The FGCU Emergent Technologies Institute (ETI) links these two mission-critical elements of an emerging technologies marketplace with applied research focused on real-world commercial and residential applications.


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The Coastal Watershed Institute

The Coastal Watershed Institute, through research and coastal monitoring, applies an integrated watershed approach to issues of local and regional concern to develop an improved understanding of resources for their conservation and sustainable use; The Coastal Watershed Institute builds the capacity to address existing and emerging environmental issues through collaboration and the recruitment of new faculty and Graduate students; The Coastal Watershed Institute synthesizes data into useful information to encourage the greater understanding, protection, and sustainable use of resources to support and inform decision makers and the general public; The Coastal Watershed provides continuity of learning and discovery by training the next generation of scientists and managers through student engagement in all Coastal Watershed Institute goals and functions.


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Whitaker Center for STEM Education

The Whitaker Center’s mission is to become a comprehensive model of inquiry and innovation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education, serving as a nexus of expertise and leadership for Southwest Florida.  The Whitaker Center takes a systemic approach to enhancing and reforming STEM education by conducting research in STEM teaching and learning; developing innovative curricula, resources, and materials; providing professional development opportunities for educators; developing and supporting programs for students; and building strong community partnerships.



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Wings of Hope

The “Wings of Hope” program is an integral part of the FGCU Environmental Humanities curriculum and service learning requirement. University students are introduced to native Southwest Florida wildlife, their habitats, and water conservation. They bring this knowledge to students in 4th & 5th grade with science-based environmental education programs. Elementary school students are bussed to FGCU for the program - both public and private schools in Collier and Lee Counties.

The “Wings of Hope” program focuses on bringing back a sense of place within our family, community, and the natural world. Working with small groups (one on one) promotes and enhances self-esteem and confidence in the student’s abilities, and assists them in better understanding and respecting our natural world. After the programs are completed, the college and young students continue their mission of environmental awareness by educating their families, friends, and the community with their knowledge.