Eckerd Reduce Single-Use

Our Project:

In 2018, Eckerd College was awarded a $115,124 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Marine Debris Program to reduce single-use plastic on campus. This grant allows Eckerd College students to conduct research on campus-wide plastic consumption by analyzing and collecting observational data to facilitate single-use plastic reduction at Eckerd.

Our goal is to educate the community about the harmful results of using single-use plastics, and how students, faculty, and staff can reduce their plastic consumption by choosing to refuse.

In 2020, Eckerd and the University of North Florida secured a new NOAA Grant, receiving almost $150,000 for a single-use plastic reduction study. This project will expand the previous grant as we continue to research behaviors regarding single-use plastic usage. Our new grant, titled "Toward Sustainable Campuses - Individual Accountability in Single-Use Plastic Reduction Campaigns" will use data collected from our app and surveys to further the understanding of single-use plastics on college campuses.

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Click the link above to learn more about the Reduce Single-Use Team and how to get in contact with us.

Interested in how to reduce your single-use plastic consumption? Check out this page to learn more about how you can help!

From installing water bottle filling stations to eliminating plastic bags at the campus bookstore, this page details some of our most notable accomplishments.

Click the link above to learn more about our projects initiatives, including beach cleanups, plastic-centric courses, and plastic reduction challenges.

Data was collected from coastal and campus cleanups, water bottle filling stations, and plastic reduction challenges, as well as observations of single-use plastic and alternative item use.

Take a look at our calendar for a complete list of previous and upcoming events! Stay tuned for exciting new opportunities.

We encourage you to flip through our photo gallery to look at some of the highlights from the past two years!

This page contains a detailed list of DIY reusable alternative projects as well as minimal waste recipes!

Water Bottle Filling Stations Map

Please check out the map of the water bottle filling station's on Eckerd's Campus! Click each point to learn more about the exact location of each station.