This 4 That (T4T) Thrift Center is a project and online platform created by student Patricia Ruiz that provides MDC students a way to exchange clothes they don't use and develop other more sustainable clothing habits. Look for drop-off points on Padrón Campus (Honors College Lounge, etc.).
UrbanaSpace (Pine Rocklands Habitat)
Located at the corner of SW 6th Street and SW 25th Avenue.
Pine rocklands are a globally imperiled ecosystem native to Southeast Florida, with plant and animal species found nowhere else. After winning a Public Space Challenge offered by The Miami Foundation, Padrón Campus transformed part of its landscaping into pine rockland habitat.
Padrón Campus Sustainability Committee is comprised of an interdisciplinary group of faculty, staff, and administrators dedicated to enhancing learning and changemaking related to environmental sustainability and earth literacy. Team members represent different disciplines and areas of Padrón Campus. Current members are listed below:
This Committee is supported by: Padrón Campus GSELS Faculty, Campus Learning Community (CLC) Committee and IMPACT Committee members, as well as by MDC Institute for Civic Engagement & Democracy (iCED), Learning Resources, Media Services, Single Stop and the Honors College.
Sustainable Food Options:
Celebrating Mango Season in Miami! June is National Mango Month
Native to southern Asia, mangoes apparently were first attempted to be introduced in the US (from the Yucatan) via Cape Sable, Florida in 1833 -- more success was had cultivating mangoes in Miami from seedlings shipped from the West Indies in the 1860s. Mangoes eventually became a popular domesticated tree in South Florida (and other humid and semi-arid lowland areas), ending up in many yards and properties. The mango tree is an evergreen that can grow to approximately 30 to 90 feet tall. Today about 83% of Florida’s mango acreage is located in Miami-Dade County.
Help celebrate our local mango season -- as well as National Mango month -- by sharing YOUR Miami mango stories: memories, recipes, ideas, finds and random encounters.
Padrón Campus YES for Environmental Sustainability (YES!) Club is a student organization (sponsored by Earth Ethics Institute) whose mission is to highlight the importance of sustainability and biological diversity while educating others about the function of natural ecosystems and their intrinsic value.
Advisor: Albert Lenel
Engineers for a Sustainable World
Padrón Campus Engineers for a Sustainable World mobilizes students and professionals through education, technical projects and collaborative action to impact local and global sustainability challenges. We envision a world in which engineering fosters environmental, social and economic sustainability to improve both the quality of life and the condition of our planet.
David McGuirk Memorial Zen Garden
Located across from the employee parking lot.
Associate Professor David McGuirk (English, Literature and Sociology), who passed away in 2014, had a particular concern for environmental sustainability. Along with leading Earth Day and Sustainability Committee activities at Padrón Campus, he assisted faculty and staff in developing co-curricular learning opportunities for students in sustainability and earth literacy, as well as with efforts to create and maintain a ‘green’ campus environment.
GSELS Classes & Student Scholars
Global Sustainability and Earth Literacy Studies (GSELS) classes at MDC -- which are part of different academic programs -- acknowledge the interconnections and interdependencies that define our world. Students can earn GSELS Scholar recognition at MDC, in part by doing well in GSELS classes (see the requirements).
Joyce DiBenedetto-Colton Earth Literacy Scholarship Award
Named for our friend, longtime supporter, past director, and current EEI board member, this annual Award celebrates a student's superior achievement and action in support of Earth and Earth Literacy.