The Sustainability Institute supports Florida A&M University's vision to be a living laboratory of innovations and learning experiences that generate global solutions.  Capitalizing on the strengths and capabilities across the full spectrum of the university, the Sustainability Institute works with university and external partners to converge, cultivate, and inspire action and leadership for healthier, more prosperous communities.



We bring people together to spark collaboration and accelerate innovation.


We build capacity for transformational research and learning by using the campus and community as a living laboratory.


We communicate our collective impact, and inspire action on campus and beyond.


To build capacity for thought and action leadership among faculty, students and staff.

To elevate the university's overarching sustainability mission, integrate it across all core areas and make it a source of institutional pride.



Collaboration - Working together works. Our ideas, discoveries and results are better through partnerships where everyone can contribute.

Innovation - There is always room to improve our work and our environment by reimagining possibilities and testing alternative approaches.

Experiential Learning - We thrive on learning by doing, taking stock of and being accountable for outcomes.

Service - Everyone deserves a decent livelihood. Our work must reach beyond the lab and classroom to address society's most pressing issues. 

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Future ecoLab Site: Osceola St., east of the campus recreational center.

The campus community is coming together to beautify Osceola Street, a special corridor that cuts through the heart of campus, and co-create a sustainability demonstration center.  The 'ecoLab' will be designed as an outdoor space that will be used for hands-on workshops from urban gardening, to community health, environmental conservation, and solar power system demonstration.  It is also envisioned an outdoor meeting place for classes and community events, as well as a study area and gathering place for students in between classes.  A painted mural is also planned to honor the Marching 100 in its 70th year anniversary.

The EcoLab is proposed to be located at the Old Dairy Barn site, directly east of the campus recreation center, on South Osceola St.  The EcoLab onstruction would consist of a shaded structure, seating, and solar powered lighting, writing walls and charging ports that create an outdoor ‘classroom.’  In addition, an edible teaching garden, rainwater collection and composting station will provide a hands-on learning lab. 

As a hands-on engagement project, the ecoLab would not only serve as a non-traditional learning center but would also

  • Provide educational demonstrations for the community on health, environmental conservation, food security, and other sustainability related initiatives,
  • Serve as a place for positive community social interactions,
  • Serve as a seedbed for entrepreneurial possibilities related to compost and produce (herbs), and
  • Generate opportunities for student engagement activities for every discipline.



  • College of Agriculture & Food Sciences - Coorperative Extension Office
  • School of Architecture Design Studio
  • College of Engineering - Senior Capstone Class
  • Facilities, Planning and Construction
  • Green Coalition Student Organization
  • Leon County Chapter of the FAMU National Alumni Association
  • Student Health Services
  • Campus Recreation
  • Marching 100


As the FAMU Eco-classroom comes to life over the semester, it will provide a space for organized hands-on activities as well as a great place to just chill out. The possibilities for this flexible space will expand as it becomes part of campus life. Updates will be provided here as the project comes to fruition.

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In May of 2016, Florida A&M University was announced as a grant recipient in the annual Home Depot Retool Your School Competition. Through a proposal submitted by the Sustainability Institute and supported by countless students, alumni and friends around the nation, FAMU won the $30,000 Campus Pride Award. The funding will pay for Home Depot supplies for the campus beautification and ecoLab project. 



Retool Your School Competition Gets Rattlers Pumped Up.
April 20, 2016. FAMU News



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...and the generous support of FAMU alumni and friends to the Campus Retool Matching Campaign. You can still make an impact with a contribution of any amount online here.



















President Elmira Mangum has identified sustainability as one of the strategic priorities for Florida A&M University, with goals of promoting innovations in teaching and research, saving money and resources, and positioning FAMU as a best-in-class university engaged with addressing urgent challenges. As a campus community, we are embarking on a journey to become a model insitution: one that promotes stewardship of economic, social, and ecological resources while growing a green economy and preparing our students with essential 21st century skills. 

The FAMU Sustainability Action Plan will be the primary guiding document for realizing the university's broad sustainability priority.

The strategic plan will be a result of a campus-wide, collaborative process of benchmarking, visioning and ideation beginning with focus teams in Fall 2015 and the first Sustainabilit Indaba Summit in February 2016. A preliminary draft is posted here and further input on the draft plan is solicited from the entire campus community.

FAMU will implement its sustainability initiatives through a distributed network and a collaborative governance structure. Borrowing from the Zulu/Xhosa word for a gathering of concerned community members, the Indaba Council is the university’s primary network of campus champions who develop recommendations, advocate for policies and programs, and spearhead implementation of prioritized actions in partnership with academic and administrative units. The Indaba council consists of faculty, staff and students who lead topic-based Focus Teams and includes representation from the university’s academic and operations functions. The Indaba council, with administrative support from the Sustainability Institute, will continue to host an annual summit in the Spring (Sustainability Indaba), bringing the campus together to report on progress, share ideas and collaborate on new initiatives. 

We invite you to submit your feedback on the overarching goals and objectives of the draft Sustainability Action Plan using the online form below. A more detailed plan, with specific recommendations, metrics and strategic plan / master plan alignment will be added.

Sustainability Action Plan Feedback Form

Sustainability Action Plan



FAMU students whom are enrolled in the Spring 2017 semester are eligible to participate. The competition is divided into two categories – Individuals and Teams (groups of 2 or more). This year we are accepting works of visual art (two or three-dimensional), architecture (drawings, models or built structures), music, performance, theatre and literary arts. Mixed media works are welcomed.

Two-dimensional works can be any size and unframed, however it must be ready-to-hang on the wall with our using a nail or two. Three-dimensional works need to stand upright on the floor or be ready-to-hang on the wall with our using a nail or two.

For works of music, performance and theatrical nature, entrants must submit a video of MP4 format and no more than 5 minutes in length. Entries in the incorrect format or of more than 5 minutes in length will be disqualified. For works of a literary nature, a maximum of 5 typed pages (double-spaced with 12-point Arial or Times New Roman font and one-inch margins) will be accepted. The entry must be submitted in a final form suitable for exhibition.

Awards will be presented to students who best convey the theme of Sustainability with Global Connections through their polished artistic expression.

1ST PLACE:  $200 $300
2ND PLACE:  $100 $200
3RD PLACE:  $50 $100

Important Dates

  • Submit Entry Application – Anytime between November 1, 2016 to February 17, 2017 (online link)
  • Deliver Art Works – Thursday, March 16, 8:00am-12:00pm or Friday, March 17, 8:00am-12:00pm, in the Architecture Gallery






Sustainability @ FAMU

Sustainability at Florida A&M University is about the teaching, research and application of environmental and resource stewardship so people and planet prosper. The Sustainability Institute serves as the hub of all sustainability-related efforts at the university, bringing students, staff, faculty and the community together around creative collaborations.

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