Initiatives

Eckerd Beach Cleanups

Since August of 2018, The Reduce Single-Use Project has hosted many beach cleanups, and has plans to continue these cleanups throughout the year.

Each cleanup targets both Eckerd's coastline and inland areas. Litter around campus is easily transported to the Bay via storm drain discharge. By comparing results from both areas, we can begin to assess the magnitude of direct impact that the Eckerd College community has on the surrounding water.

These beach cleanups are a fun way to engage with the ocean environment, witness first-hand the amount of debris that accumulates around campus, and gain community service hours.

A detailed description of the items collected can be found on our Beach Cleanups Page.

Plastic Reduction Challenge

Our project is challenging the Eckerd community to reduce their single-use plastic consumption. Challenges vary in length from a week to a month, and are very effective! They are a fun way to engage our students and faculty in our plastic reduction initiatives.

Quantifying Plastic Use on Campus

Observations at Tritons Pub, the campus bookstore, the cafeteria, and the campus Starbucks are being conducted to collect data on campus plastic consumption. The types and amounts of plastic are being recorded in hopes of finding reusable alternatives that can be implemented in these spaces.


* Photo represents the amount of waste collected from the 2018 Autumn Term beach cleanup.

Water Bottle Filling Stations




10 BRAND NEW water bottle filling stations have been purchased and are being installed around Eckerd's beautiful campus. A map of all campus filling stations will be published once the installations are done.

Reusable Giveaways





Utensils, bamboo plates, cups, and other reusable alternatives are being given out by the Reduce Single-Use project through giveaways that involve and engage the Eckerd community.