Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: April 25, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963893 | Print ISBN: 9781412958783 | Online ISBN: 9781412963893| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
University of Florida
Joshua Chad Gellers
ORIGINALLY FOUNDED IN 1853 as the East Florida Seminary, the institution later renamed the University of Florida (UF) moved to its current location in Gainesville in 1906. The largest and oldest university in the state, UF resides on 2,000 acres and provides educational opportunities for over 46,000 students. As the flagship institution of higher learning in the state, UF has acted as a steward in addressing global warming and climate change issues through its sustainability initiatives. In 1994, UF president Charles Young signed the Talloires Declaration in an effort to convey support for actions to reduce environmental degradation and the depletion of natural resources. Three years later, members of the UF community initiated a grassroots campaign called Greening UF to engender a sense of environmental stewardship on campus. During 2000, the need for an administrative presence to develop sustainability initiatives was realized in the creation of an Office of ...