Patel College of Global Sustainability News


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Global Sustainability Conference on the Circular Economy

What is Circular Economy
The linear ‘take, make, dispose’ model of consumption assumes unlimited quantities of easily accessible resources (i.e., virgin materials and energy), and is not sustainable in the long run. Improving efficiency....


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Recent News

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.