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Environmental Health and Safety

Environmental Health and Safety

Sustainability Achievements





Florida Gulf Coast University was recognized by AASHE as a top performer in the following areas on their 2015 Sustainable Campus Index:

  • Increasing overall sustainability performance over time
  • The amount of faculty, staff, students, and departments engaged in sustainability research
  • Efforts to increase energy efficiencies and clean and renewable energy
  • Sustainability coordination and planning




AASHE Top Performers, Best Practices & Trends 2015




Florida Gulf Coast University was recognized as one of the 25 Greenest Colleges in 2015!                



Top 25 Greenest Schools


FGCU earned a Gold Rating in July 2014 on the Sustainability, Tracking, Rating, & Assessment System (STARS) report.   STARS is a program of AASHE and it helps higher education institutions measure their progress in four categories: operations, academics, engagement, and planning and administration.  Ratings are based on quantitative values, such as the percentage of energy produced from renewable sources, as well as qualitative indicators including healthy community partnerships, and participation in public policy.

STARS Gold Rating


Florida Gulf Coast University's exceptional environmental stewardship has been recognized with a national award.

Second Nature and the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment selected FGCU as one of 10 academic institutions around the country to receive the third annual Climate Leadership Award. 

The honor is presented to Climate Commitment signatory schools that demonstrate unparalleled innovation and leadership in promoting a sustainable future.

FGCU wins national award for sustainability efforts


Florida Gulf Coast University's received the Arbor Day Foundation’s Celebration Award in 2009.  FGCU was the first University in the country to receive this honor.

Please watch this video and see the Physical Plant's Tree Campus USA webpage to learn more. 


Arbor Day Foundation Logo