2017 News Archive

Dr. Culhane's Solar CITIES Biodigester Projects
April 25th 2017
Dr. Culhane from The Patel College of Global Sustainability (PCGS) is the co-founder of Solar CITIES. The organization has a collective goal of the emergence of true Solar Cities, places where human and non-human beings can co-evolve without the threats posed by fossil carbon and radioactive materials.

IKEA Announces DIY Garden Sphere
April 10th, 2017
IKEA launched an open source design plan for a spherical garden. This Do-It-Yourself structure was developed by IKEA's innovation lab, Space10, to enable people to gain access to locally grown sustainable food by giving them the power to do it themselves.

Alumna Trista Brophy Presents Her Research
April 10th, 2017
PCGS Class of 2013 Alumna, Trista Brophy, presented her research at the 2017 Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting on April 8th! Her research is titled "Environmental and Community Health in South San Diego County: A Behavior Analysis of Recreational Ocean Users Along Imperial Beach, California."

33rd Space Symposium
April 10th, 2017
The Space Symposium, held at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA, has brought together space leaders from around the world to discuss, address and plan for the future of space since the inaugural event in 1984. It has become widely known as the premier U.S. space policy and program forum and as the "must attend" opportunity for information on and interaction among all sectors of space.

Student Spotlight: Charles Grisafi
April 7th, 2017
Charles Grisafi is a Master of Global Sustainability student with a concentration in Coastal Sustainability. He has acquired a new position as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Marine Debris Regional Coordinator for Florida and the Caribbean.

PCGS Announces Summer 2017 Courses
March 9th, 2017
The Patel College of Global Sustainability is excited to announce that it will be offering all core courses for the Summer 2017 semester. PCGS will also be offering summer courses for the Climate Change, Energy, Water, Tourism, and Coastal Sustainability concentrations.

Transportation's Green Revolution
March 9th, 2017
The next green revolution is public transportation. Technologies are advancing the movement with self-driving taxis, wifi-enabled traffic control, eco-conscious freeways, and electric light rail trains.

Sustainability Certification Programs
March 6th, 2017
The Patel College of Global Sustainability will be hosting several spring workshops for sustainability certification programs. The first workshop will be for the LEED Green Associate exam preparation in PCGS Room 136 on March 24th and March 31st . The LEED Green Associate credential denotes basic knowledge of green design, construction, and operations.

Student Spotlight: Jihye Jeong
March 6th, 2017
Jihye Jeong will be graduating this spring with an MA in Global Sustainability from the Patel College. Her undergraduate degree was in business administration which lead to her declaring the Entrepreneurship concentration. Jihye plans on working in management and marketing fields and is currently a marketing intern at Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful.

Student Spotlight: Morgan Eastman
March 6th, 2017
Morgan Eastman is a Master of Global Sustainability student in the Entrepreneurship concentration, who is currently interning at Clearwater Marine Aquarium. As part of her role on the Scuba Dive Operation Team, she is responsible for maintaining the dive locker room, equipment, and assisting the supervisor with safety protocols.

Student Spotlight: Steffanie Agerkop
February 21st, 2017
Master of Global Sustainability student Steffanie Agerkop is pursuing four concentrations offered by PCGS, Energy, Water, Sustainable Tourism, and Building Sustainable Enterprise. Steffanie understands that most businesses are making efforts toward becoming more sustainable to save money, reduce negative environmental impacts, satisfy stakeholders as well as shareholders, and create social equity within their business.

PCGS Spring 2017 Open House
February 21st, 2017
The Patel College of Global Sustainability Spring Open House is around the corner! Join us on March 31st, 2017 from 9 am to 12 pm at the Patel Center for Global Solutions. PCGS works to foster sustainable living in harmony with the environment and currently offers a Master's of Arts in Global Sustainability with nine different concentrations as well as eleven graduate certificates. Join us to learn more about our programs, global internships, scholarships, and jobs in sustainability.

Student Development Series: LinkedIn or Left Out
February 21st, 2017
Are you graduating soon? Become more competitive in the job market utilizing LinkedIn. This Mandatory Career Workshop for all incoming students is the next event for the Student Development Series.

Faculty News: Dr. Dorsey's Cuba at the Crossroads Presentation
February 21st, 2017
Patel College of Global Sustainability Professor Joseph Dorsey gave a presentation on February 10th, 2017 for Cuba: At The Crossroads, a symposium organized by the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program at Rollins College. Dr. Dorsey's panel discussion was on The Rise of Urban Agriculture in Cuba: Sustainabilitism in an Emergent Caribbean Nation.

Student Spotlight: Andrew Glazier
February 21st, 2017
Andrew Glazier is preparing for graduation this May with a Masters in Global Sustainability from PCGS. He is currently working with Hillsborough Community College on the Beyond Sustainability Conference. Andrew collaborates with the project manager, Sheila McNamara, to organize and host the EXPO this April.

Patel College of Global Sustainability is the Newest Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows Partner
February 21st, 2017
The University of South Florida is now officially a Coverdell Fellows Partner University. The Patel College of Global Sustainability (PCGS), is one of four USF Colleges selected to offer the program and will begin accepting students in March for the Fellowship starting Fall 2017!

Alumni Highlight: Trista Brophy
February 10th, 2017
Trista Brophy graduated from PCGS in 2013 with a concentration in Water Sustainability. Since graduating from PCGS, she has completed an MS in Environmental Science in Policy (Water Resource Management concentration) and graduated August 2016. Trista spent almost a year in San Diego researching perceptions of environmental health and water quality issues for her thesis research.

Student Spotlight: Margaret Rodriguez Vasquez
February 10th, 2017
Margaret Rodriguez Vasquez is a PCGS student in the Food Security & Sustainability concentration. Margaret joined Dr. Theresa Gilbertson on her return trip to the Uros Islands in Peru.

Student Spotlight: Angela El-Fayez
February 10th, 2017
Angela El-Fayez is a PCGS student in the entrepreneurship concentration. We would like to highlight her recent sustainability efforts that combine entrepreneurship with food waste.

Hospitality Industry Workshop
February 10th, 2017
As part of the 2017 Leon County Sustainable Communities Summit, Leon County hosted a Hospitality Industry Workshop on Wednesday, February 8th, to engage local tourism partners in a discussion about sustainable tourism.

PCGS Expands Its Global Partners
February 10th, 2017
As part of the United Nations' International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, the Patel College kicked off a series of guest lectures on this topic.

Rosebud Continuum Science Education Center
February 10th, 2017
We are excited to share one of TH Culhane's sustainability projects. As a Patel College instructor, Dr. Culhane is always seeking to apply what he learns in the real world to set an example for his students.

College Football Playoff Green Team
January 25th, 2017
Earlier this month, the National Football Championship came to Tampa Bay. Sports games are known for creating waste and this year, our students and others in the community wanted to help combat that.

Urban Oasis Farm Tour
January 25th, 2017
Our fellow alumn and ambassador Trista Brophy recently hosted the Urban Oasis Farm Patel College Field Trip. This is an urban hydroponic farm located in the heart of Tampa Bay that offers locally grown, fresh and organic vegetables that are high in nutrition and value.

Student Spotlight: Katie Murray Internships in Sustainable Tourism
January 25th, 2017
Katie is currently working to earn her Master's degree in Global Sustainability with a concentration in Sustainable Tourism. Participating in two separate internship programs gives her the opportunity to gain experience and learn about different aspects of the tourism industry.

Welcome Class of Spring 2017!
January 12th, 2017
It's the start of a new semester once again. We have over 60 new students in the program this spring, making it our largest class yet! The Patel College of Global Sustainability has come a long way since we were first established back in 2009, we have more than doubled in size.

Student Spotlight: Arnel Joins Yara North America
January 11th, 2017
M.A. student, Arnel Garcesa, recently joined Yara North America as a Commercial Sales and Marketing Intern!
Through this position he will work within the Industrial segment and assist with developing programs/policies which supply nutrients for agricultural animals Arnel's goal is to help develop programs which allow livestock or poultry to be properly dieted while using less overall feed materials.

Patel Faculty Getting Active
January 6th, 2017
Surely you've heard us talking about the Active City Conference for a while now. This conference is happening here in Tampa, FL. It will be a two day conference that will start on January 26th at 12pm and go through the 27th until 7pm.

Student Spotlight: Travis has a Seat at the Department of State
January 6th, 2017
A congratulations is in order for Travis Malott, who just accepted an internship at the Department of State in Washington DC! Travis is studying to earn his Master's of Arts in Global Sustainability; with his concentration in Sustainable Energy. Travis has been working closely with Dr.Philippidis and he often stops by the office to do work and say hello.