The Bachelor of Science in Sustainability and the Built Environment focuses on finding sustainable solutions to enhance opportunities and resources available to future generations.
Sustainability protects the natural and cultural resources of our built environment by reducing energy demand, conserving water, improving indoor air quality, managing waste efficiently, and promoting sustainable practices in transportation,
building construction, and land use development. Students will learn leadership and technical skills needed in today’s green industry.
Students may choose to specialize in Geodesign, which combines topography with design using digital technology to help designers, planners, and stakeholders make informed decisions on globalization, population growth, climate change, and
increasing demands for resources.
Complete traffic impact analysis, draft traffic demand management plans, prepare health impact analysis reports, and calculate feasibility, safety, and logistics for proposed developments.
Develop land use plans and programs that help create communities, accommodate population growth, and revitalize physical facilities in towns, cities, counties, and metropolitan areas.
Provide framework for building, community, and home projects to create healthy, highly efficient, and cost-saving green design. Recommend technical advice for certification achievement and review LEED project documentation.
Locate, gather, and analyze energy data to understand and quantify the industry trends and communicate effectively with clients.
Coordinate Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) projects and strategies.
The College of Design, Construction & Planning reviews transfer applications. Students who have earned an AA degree or at least 60 credit hours may apply for transfer admissions. Transfer applicants are
considered on a space available basis.
Competitive applicants should complete the below prerequisite courses prior to transferring to UF:
• Macroeconomics ECO 2013
• Microeconomics ECO 2023
• Precalculus MAC 1147 OR Precalculus Algebra MAC 1140 and Trigonometry MAC 1114
• Statistics I STA 2023
Summer: February 1st
Fall: June 1st
Spring: September 15th
Samantha Varela graduated from the University of Florida’s Sustainability and Built Environment (SBE) program in 2017. With the encouragement of her professors, she obtained her LEED Green
Associate before graduation, and was inspired to pursue a career in the sustainable architecture field.
Today, Samantha is a LEED Accredited Professional for Building Design & Construction (BD+C), and a Sustainability Project Manager at SEQUIL Systems. At SEQUIL, she provides sustainability and resilience consulting for projects ranging from challenging corporate campuses and high-rise luxury buildings, to affordable housing and municipal facilities. Samantha leads her firm in technology advancements and design, building on her skills obtained at the University of Florida.
The values instilled by the SBE program remind Samantha to stay involved in her local community. She voluntarily serves as the Chair for Emerging Professionals on the USGBC South Florida Board and serves on the AIA Center on Environment (COTE) Committee working on local climate change issues. Samantha is grateful for the leadership skills that she gained during her
tenure at UF, and she is committed to staying involved with the USGBC Heart of Florida region and the UF Student Rinker Chapter.