Green Team

Food for Thought is a pilot film & discussion series around sustainability subjects hosted by various Green Teams across the campus.

Each series contains:

  • Short films that impress the needs of sustainability on campus
  • Guest speakers including faculty and other subject experts
  • Resources, pledges, and other action items to bring to your Green Team, your department, as well as your home

Food for Thought is hosted at the Mathews Suite on the fourth Tuesday of every month and goes until June 26, 2018.  UF Facilities Services Green Team started the pilot project by sponsoring the first three discussion topics. Of which can be found below.

Upcoming Food for thought discussion:

Topic TBD

4-24-2018 @ Reitz Union, Mathews Suite 12-1pm

Past Discussion topics:


3-27-2018 @ Reitz Union, Mathews Suite 12-1pm
Donna Bloomfield, Facilities Services Grounds Superintendant,
Tom Wichman, Facilities Services Assistant Director

    • Basic Irrigation System Maintenance – Seal leaks, base breaks, clogged filters . . . all common maintenance problems you encounter with an irrigation system over time. Overwhelming? Not if you know what to look for and how to look for it, easier with the help of a learned friend.
    • Your Irrigation System: Piece By Piece – Many of us have in-ground, automated irrigation to sustain landscaping and green space, but who knows all the parts that make these systems work? Sometimes circumstances force us to step outside our comfort zone and we learn new things (or the universe lends us a hand). We’ll get to know our irrigation system piece by piece.


Marie Steinwachs, Facilities Services Waste Diversion Technical Manager,
Amanda Waddle, Zero Waste and Policy Advisor

    •  Take 5, Recycling – Where does UF waste and recycling go?
      • In this brief video, Alachua County Recycling Program Coordinator Jeff Klugh tours the Leveda Brown Environmental Park and Transfer Station to explain how recycling works in Alachua County.
    • China’s “National Sword” – Deep cuts in recycling
      • Learn how the Chinese government, overseeing the world’s largest market for recycled material, will try to implement an import ban on mixed paper, plastics, textiles and other materials that fail to meet rigorous quality standards.
    • Story of Solutions – Game-changing ideas on building a more sustainable future
      • In the current “Game of More”, we’re told to cheer a growing economy – more roads, more malls, more Stuff! – even though our health indicators are worsening, income inequality is growing and polar icecaps are melting. But what if we changed the point of the game? What if the goal of our economy wasn’t more, but better? Better health, better jobs and a better chance to survive on the planet. Shouldn’t that be what winning is?
    • Amanda Waddle (guest speaker) –Amanda can help you find opportunities and information to help Gainesville reach its zero waste goal
    • City Commissioners – This linked address sends one e-mail all current city commissioners
  • Waste Pledge
    • Office of Sustainability:
      • CHAMPIONS FOR CHANGE – Annual event recognizing UF individuals and groups with significant contributions in sustainability and health (event partner is Healthy Gators)
      • UF BIKE MONTH (MARCH) – Many events, including “Intro to Commuter Bicycle Maintenance., a class with limited seating, so please register ASAP.
      • RECYCLEMANIA – National recycling competition that runs the entire month of March and featuring possible recognition for UF
      • SAVE THE DATE! CAMPUS EARTH WEEK 2018: April 9-14
        • April 9 – Keynote speaker: 6pm @ University Auditorium
        • April 11 – Sustainability Showcase from 10am to 2pm @ Reitz Union Breezeway
        • April 12 – UF Health Campus Earth Day @ UF Shands Atrium
        • Campus Earth Week Details


John Lawson, Facilities Services Energy Manager
Hal Knowles, Change Agent with Program for Resource Efficient Communities


special thanks to: