UF College of Design, Construction & Planning

10 Years of Sustainability at DCP - Published on July 19, 2019

Back in 2008, our Sustainability and the Built Environment (SBE) degree program started with just five students. Fast forward to present day and we are proud that we have grown to 135 students and have graduated 146 students with a major in SBE in addition to 142 students who earned their SBE minor.

The program now has the third largest number of students in the undergraduate majors offered by the college.

“The SBE degree program at UF has been a game changer for the sustainability industry, especially in Florida,” Kristy M. Walson, Principal, TLC Engineering Solutions and chair of SBE’s Green Building Learning Collaborative Board of Directors, said. “The curriculum arms students with the real world skills needed to hit the ground running in a career in sustainability. The interns I’ve hired from the program have been able to meaningfully contribute to our business from day one and they bring a much needed energy and enthusiasm to our world.”

The program is not resting on its laurels. Starting this fall, SBE will have three dedicated faculty for the first time.

This summer, SBE partnered with Everblue to offer our alumni and other professionals around the world training and certification courses that can give them the tools, skills, knowledge and opportunity to continue to be part of the green building industry and make the planet a better place for all.

And in Fall 2020, the program will offer a Master in Integrated Sustainable Development degree in collaboration with UF’s Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering.

“It is a pleasure and a most rewarding thing to be part of this program and work with the exceptional SBE students who bring aspiration, passion and hope to make the planet a better place,” SBE Director Bahar Armaghani stated.

The Sustainability and the Built Environment program has come so far in just 10 years and is continuing to improve the offerings for our students. We can’t wait to see how much progress the program has made when it’s time for the 20th anniversary.