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USF Patel Colleg of Global Sustainability Partners with Muma College of Business For Coca-Cola World without Waste Recycling Challenge

Our college partnered with the College of Business to host a Sustain-A-Bull Challenge to USF with judges from the Coca-Cola Beverage Company. Undergraduate and Graduate students alike entered the challenge. They were tasked to come up with new ways the Coca-Cola company could achieve their World without Waste Recycling Goals.

Completion of Preliminary Research on PACE Program Benefits in Florida

Faculty from the Patel College of Global Sustainability, Professors T.H. Culhane, and Pradeep Haldar, as well as graduate student Zachary Oliphant, recently released a report on the benefits of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing program in Florida.

PCGS Food-Energy-Water-Nexus Course Student Plastics Project

Graduate students enrolled in Dr. TH Culhane‘s Navigating the Food-EnergyWater-Nexus classes and Research Methodology classes with Dr. Brooke Hansen, are working on a new plastics project this semester. PCGS students Tom Camacho and Folorunso Tosin Esther have been working with Dr. Culhane at the Rosebud Continuum Sustainability Education Center, located in Land O’Lakes, FL.

Student Highlights

Franklin Dureke is an international graduate student majoring in Global Sustainability with a concentration in Sustainable Energy. Along with his graduate studies and research, Franklin is a Patel College of Global Sustainability (PCGS) Graduate Assistant (GA).

Alumni Highlights

Winnie Mulamba is a 2018 PCGS grad from Kenya. She became interested in sustainability because she wanted to help people get the resources that they needed. She saw that the small scale farmers weren’t flourishing.

PCGS Students Conduct Plastic Waste Recycling Project

PCGS students have been exploring the usability of technologies such as 3D printing, robotics, and pyrolysis to recycle plastic waste. Conducted under the supervision of Dr. TH Culhane, their primary starting point was plastic bottle caps usage for 3D printing.

PCGS partners with the Stavros Center to deliver sustainability education to K-12 teachers

In close partnership with USF’s Stavros Center (College of Education), PCGS has been involved in the project “Sustainability Superheroes: Developing Global Citizens for a Sustainable Future”, which is funded by the Coca-Cola Foundation and supported by a USDA grant to the “Southeastern Partnership for Advanced Renewables from Carinata” (SPARC).

USF Patel College of Global Sustainability & Community Partnerships

In addition to partnerships with local cities, counties and municipalities, PCGS also works with corporate partners to help develop new sustainability solutions for businesses.


Welcome Spring 2020 Students

I am delighted to welcome our new students to the Patel College of Global Sustainability at the University of South Florida. At PCGS, we encourage our students to be innovative and to have a thirst for knowledge to become leaders of sustainability.

New Courses at PCGS!

Six Sigma for Sustainability is a new course our college started offering last semester. Six Sigma is a methodology that provides a framework for businesses and organizations..

PCGS & Community Partnerships

After the appointment of the first Sustainability & Resilience director, the State of Florida has been focused on Climate Change’s effects on our coastal communities. Patel College of Global Sustainability at USF is involved in this effort through our partnerships with Florida communities.

Upcoming Events

Please Come & Join Us At Our Upcoming Events!!

Alumni Highlights

Congratulations to Sam Harris, Class of 2020, at his new job with the Green Business Bureau as a Green Ambassador. Harris's position will allow him to take on various roles in areas such as sales, new client engagement, and content creation..

Faculty Highlights

The Center for Urban Transportation Research saw a great deal of success this past year, thanks to Dr. Bertini and his students. In October, he took part in the ITS World Congress in Singapore. During his time there, Bertini was invited to give a guest lecture at TUMCREATE and moderated a discussion entitled..


GLOBE has a busy semester ahead of themselves. They will be tabling with PCGS at the upcoming Florida State Fair. There they plan on showcasing projects and research conducted by PCGS faculty & students. During the event there will be a live crafting and up-cycling session that those in the..

Congratulations to Dr. Philippidis and Dr. Ghebremichael

At a ceremony organized by USF World on November 21, 2019, Dr. George Philippidis was recognized as a Fulbright Scholar and was awarded a Fulbright medal. His Fulbright project consisted of a visit and subsequent partnership with..

Global Sustainability Conference

The Patel College hosted the first Global Sustainability Conference on the Circular Economy at the USF Tampa campus on October 17 & 18, 2019. The conference brought together global sustainability thought leaders and practitioners from academia, industry, government and non-governmental sectors. Keynote speakers from Tesla, Coca-Cola, Mosaic, Bristol Myers..

Congratulations Fall 2019 Graduates!

Please join us in congratulating the graduating class of Fall 2019. This fall, PCGS will graduate 31 students, who will receive their Master of Arts degree in Global Sustainability. Graduates specialize in one of nine concentrations: energy, food, water, transportation, tourism, sustainable business, climate change, entrepreneurship, and sustainable policy.

Faculty Highlights Fall 2019

In September, Dr. Joseph W. Dorsey and PCGS alumna Marian E. Davidove published a research paper titled "Breastfeeding: A Cornerstone of Healthy Sustainable Diets," in the peer-reviewed Journal of Sustainability. The paper focused on breastfeeding’s cultural impact on health and its impact on the environment..

Community Engagement

Global Leaders Outreach for a Better Environment (GLOBE) is a PCGS student organization that brings together environmentally minded individuals to discuss and develop sustainable practices at USF and our community, according to Kiana Sladicki, GLOBE President. GLOBE performs outreach in the Tampa Bay community through..

PCGS presents at the Florida Energy & Climate Summit

Dr. George Philippidis, PCGS Associate Dean of Research and Associate Professor, was invited by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) to speak at the Florida Energy & Climate Summit on Oct. 1-3, 2019 in Tampa. Dr. Philippidis participated....

PCGS Student Organization Spotlight

New PCGS student organization, GLOBE, to host Earth Day event at USF!
GLOBE (Global Leaders Outreach for a Better Environment) is a new organization oncampus and this Earth Day event will be their first event!

New Sustainability Courses

New Maymester Workshop & Course: IDS 6938 Applied Heritage & Sustainability Researchat Egmont Key . This 3 credit online course is integrated with the professional development workshopsponsored by the Patel College of Global Sustainability, the Access 3D Lab

Internship Expo Spring 2019

On Thursday March 21st, PCGS held an Internship Expo where students could come andlearn about possible opportunities in their field of interest.

Faculty Research

PCGS and Stavros Center receive grant from the Coca Cola Foundation to help educatorsintegrate sustainability into K-12 curriculum.The Patel College has teamed up with USF’s Stavros Center for Free Enterprise andEconomic Education to win a two-year $200,000 grant from the Coca Cola Foundation.

Dr. George Philippidis Receives USF Award                                                                                                                         

On March 26, PCGS faculty Dr. George Philippidis was honored with an Outstanding FacultyAward for 2019 from the University of South Florida. He was recognized for his Fulbrightaward from the US State Department.

Alum- Career Highlights

Join us in congratulating our alum Rinika Pulupudi on her career success post graduationfrom PCGS. As the Energy & Sustainability Analyst at Sonoma State University, Ranikaserves as the project lead for the implementation and operation of a campus energyinformation system

5th Annual- Spring 2019 Open House

Join us Friday, March 29th @ 11am
Patel Center for Global Solutions
Interested in a career field that challenges you and prepares you for a career insustainability? Join us to learn more about our masters program in global sustainabilityand nine concentration areas at our Spring 2019 open house!

PCGS Students Earn Career Certifications 

One of the Patel College of Global Sustainability's main focuses is student success.PCGS, in conjunction with community partners, is offering workshops sponsored by thecollege. These are to help students earn certifications, which will support theirfuture career success. 

PCGS students co-author peer reviewed article in high-impact journal                                                                         

Two PCGS students, Jeffrey Cox and Bethany Loya, have achieved the high distinction of being co-authors of a peer-reviewed publication. The article is entitled “Study of landfill leachate as a sustainable source of water and nutrients for algal biofuels and bioproducts using the microalga Picochlorum oculatum in a novel scalable bioreactor” and was just published in “Bioresource Technology”, a high-impact journal of renewable energy and biotechnology.

Professor Yen, Visiting PCGS on sabbatical

Dr. Yen is oneof the visiting professors at PCGS from Taiwan. He is currently here on sabbatical from January through July. He is working with faculty on 2019 educational and research topics in sustainability.

Fat Beet Farm

PCGS students and faculty member Dr. Culhane have been working at Fat Beet Farm and many other locations to create hands on food energy, water, nexus education centers. This includes creating the first restaurant scale biodigester and solar hot water canopies for year round operation.

Egmont Key Project

Dr. Hansen teamed up with Dr. Laura Harrison, Director of the Access 3D Lab, and Dr. Antoinette Jackson, Director of the USF Heritage Research Lab, to work with the THPO on innovative and engaging ways to highlight the Seminole experience at Egmont Key through virtual reality and 3D interpretive platforms.

Tabling At Florida State Fair

Dr. Brooke Hansen, Director of Sustainable Tourism, organized a project for PCGS to have an educational booth about sustainability at the Florida State Fair. The fair is one of the biggest tourism events in Tampa, drawing over 500,000 people each year. Over twenty five PCGS students signed up for mini-internships as Sustainability Outreach Educators

PCGS Dean speaks at mayoral forum

Dean Parayil spoke at the Mayoral forum put together by Sierra Club on Wednesday February 20th. Dean Parayil started his opening remarks by letting community members know how important the forum was to him and to the community. "As responsible members of the community, our participation in this forum is an important aspect of our educational and community engagement missions."

Student Feature-Adriana Broome

I'm Adriana Broome, a graduate student at USF Patel College of Global Sustainability. I am completing my MA with a concentration in Coastal Sustainability. I'm currently in Vietnam completing my ACE (Academic Capstone Experience) as an intern here in Ho Chi Minh City and Ninh Thuan, Vietnam.

PCGS represents USF at the European Biomass Conference

Dr. George Philippidis and his graduate student Enlin Lo represented USF-PCGS at the European Biomass Conference & Exhibition (EUBCE) on May 14-18 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The EUBCE is a prestigious annual event that attracts biomass and bioenergy industry and academia leaders from around the world. It is also one of the largest renewable energy conferences globally

Congratulations to our Spring 2018 graduates

The Patel College of Global Sustainability is delighted to announce that 40 students will be graduating this spring semester. This will be the ninth PCGS graduating class. On behalf of the Patel College of Global Sustainability, we wish our graduating class of 2018 the best in their future endeavors! PCGS would like to share highlights of four of our graduating class-Marian Davidove, Morgan Eastman, Victor Rodriguez and Li Zhu.

PCGS Alumni Members Volunteer for Day of Service

January 25, 2018
The newly formed PCGS Alumni Network organized day of volunteer service on January 13, where they put to use what they had learned during their time at PCGS to help their community. On the First Annual PCGS Alumni Network Day of Service, network members collaborated with more than 20 individuals from Temple Terrace Farm2School and USF students at Turner Bartels K-8 School in New Tampa.

Sustainable Organization Spotlight: Temple Terrace Farm 2 School
January 25, 2017
Despite the expansion of gardening in the city of Temple Terrace, there was a noticeable lack of any organization that could dedicate their services and support to building school gardens. Temple Terrace Farm 2 School was formed to fill this gap and empower youth for health and success through hands-on agricultural experiences.

Sustainable Organization Spotlight: Sea Turtle Conservancy
December 7th, 2017
The Sea Turtle Conservancy (STC) is a nonprofit organization based in Gainesville, Florida. Since its founding in 1959, STC has become the most recognized and accomplished sea turtle organization in the world. The organization, having over 50 years of experience in sea turtle conservation, research, and education, raises awareness and advocates for the protection of sea turtles.

USF Partners with City of Dunedin
December 7th, 2017
Starting in Spring of 2018, the USF Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships and the USF Patel College of Global Sustainability (PCGS) will begin a partnership with the City of Dunedin.

USF Federal Credit Union Tree Planting
December 7th, 2017
On November 7, the Patel College of Global Sustainability took part in a tree planting on the University of South Florida Tampa Campus. This tree planting was made possible by a donation from the USF Federal Credit Union to the PCGS Green Initiatives fund. PCGS was pleased to have the opportunity to continue our efforts to green the campus as a part of the Tree Campus USA program.