Students call students to action with UF Sustainability Hut

(Originally posted on March 17, 2015 in Prism, the UF honors magazine)

There is a mean, green, sustainability machine roaming around the University of Florida, educating the campus community on environmental issues.

The Sustainability Hut, a student-run environmental outreach program at UF, is planning activities to help students learn how to make a difference in sustainable living for Earth Day.

“UF really functions like a small city,” said Allison Vitt, the outreach and communications coordinator for UF’s Office of Sustainability. “We have the same kind of sustainability issues that a small city might have.”

The hut provides a way to inform UF’s community about issues and help students make a difference for the environment in small ways every day, Vitt said.

“Behavior change is really a big part of sustainability,” Vitt said. “It’s important that every student does his or her part.”

The Office of Sustainability is holding a campus Earth Day on Arpil 8, Vitt said. The program will host presentations, awards and speeches discussing the importance of environmental issues.

“Every day is Earth Day for me,” said Jeremy Toms, an environmental studies graduate student and intern at the hut for the past three years. “The Sustainability Hut will definitely be there.”

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