Patel College of Global Sustainability


Student Profiles highlight commitment to sustainability

The Patel College of Global Sustainability has a vibrant student community with diverse backgrounds, each bringing unique perspectives to sustainability challenges. These students engage in innovative projects and research, showcasing their commitment to sustainable development. With that in mind, we are compiling a series of profiles that can be read by linking here to a special webpage featuring our PCGS students. To kick off the series, read insights into the educational journeys of three of our students in their own words. Featured are Lisa Leseigneur of France, Jirayu Saengthawee of Thailand and Tyrek Royal of Tampa.


Lifetime Achievement in Sustainability Award: Sylvia Earle

The USF Patel College of Global Sustainability celebrated its 10th Year Anniversary Celebration and All-Class Reunion and Alumni Conference with honored guests that included Tampa Mayor Jane Castor; PCGS founders Drs. Kiran C. and Pallavi Patel, who received the Global Sustainability Award for Decades of Service to Humanity; oceanographer and explorer Dr. Sylvia Earle, shown here, who received the Lifetime Achievement in Sustainability award; and Maryann and Sonny Bishop of Rosebud Continuum, who received the Esteemed Sustainability Partner Award. The anniversary sustainability conference included alumni and current student keynotes, as well as panels featuring PCGS alumni working in various sustainability fields. For more photos from the conference, awards dinner and picnic.

Noteworthy articles and ACE Projects

TPA Airport signs MOU

TPA MOU

The University of South Florida and Tampa International Airport have ties that date back decades, and in more recent months, the two Tampa Bay institutions have collaborated on various projects, trainings and think-tank exchanges of ideas..

Local recycling lowdown

Thomas Henry Culhane

In a wide-ranging TV news report on local recycling, landfill space, contamination, and "wish-cycling," PCGS' Dr. T.H. Culhane advocates for county-wide recycling.

Student ACE projects

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Laura Castillo's academic journey at USF Patel College of Global Sustainability led her to an internship at Fat Beet Farm in Tampa, Florida. This farm operates with a commitment to sustainable agriculture.

PCGS Spotlight

SSS: Lauren Monti

Lauren Monti

Lauren Monti, Senior Marketing Coordinator at Iconenergy will speak in person at 4 p.m. in CGS 136; this event will also be livestreamed.

PCGS Open House

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Join us for an exclusive Open House event at the Patel College of Global Sustainability, where future leaders in sustainability are nurtured. This is a prime opportunity for prospective students to delve into the world of global sustainability education.

PCGS INFO SESSION Feb 21

Info Session

Join us for an online information session hosted by the USF Patel College of Global Sustainability at 12 p.m. Feb. 21. Learn about our master's programs and ask faculty and students your questions.

What's Happening at PCGS

Climate Action Plan

TB Clean Air

PCGS is partnering with an inter-agency team to help create the first regional Climate Action Plan for the Tampa Bay area, named “Clean Air Tampa Bay.” PCGS Professors Dr. Pradeep Haldar and Dr. Kebreab Ghebremichael and graduate students Daniel Bianco and Katia Aldana Campos are working on the project.