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Just how green are Gators?

August 09, 2012
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GAINESVILLE, FL — Beginning in the fall 2012 semester, the University of Florida will be asking Gators just how "green" they are in their everyday lives, according to The Independent Florida Alligator.

The university''s Office of Sustainability is implementing a Green Audit that consists of a checklist recording the amount of energy, water, waste and food consumed and conserved by students, faculty and staffs, the story stated.

The benchmark assessment will begin with the College of Design, Construction and Planning before it is rolled out to other colleges on campus to gather data on what conservation efforts should focus on, the story noted.

According to the article, the Office of Sustainability hopes that, by gathering this information, the University of Florida will be more likely to attain its goal of zero waste by 2015.

In speaking of how saving energy and resources is cost-effective and attainable, Robert Ries, interim director of the Rinker School of Building Construction, said, "We want to generally show people how easy it is, inspire people to incorporate it into their lives."

The Green Audit is funded by Progress Energy, a power company that recently awarded the Office of Sustainability and the College of Design, Construction and Planning with a grant, the story added.

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