Green Living

Green living is a lifestyle that tries in as many ways as it can to bring into balance the conservation and preservation of the Earth's natural resources, habitats, and biodiversity with human culture and communities. Going green also means safe and healthy living. Below you will find many tips and resources for making adjustments in your living habits to create a healthier, more sustainable life. 


Green Spotlight

Know anyone who is going the extra mile to go green? The Green Spotlight monthly series will highlight one individual, office, or group that is working toward advancing sustainability on campus. Winners will receive recognition on our website and monthly newsletter and a gift bag. To nominate an individual or group please email and use subject title “Green Spotlight”.

March 2017 Spotlight Winner

Athletic Facilities & Operations

Click to view more information about our current and past winners



For the FIU community that wants to Reduce, Reuse & Recycle at home, here is some more information.

Broward County Recycling

Miami Dade County Recycling

Reduce Junk Mail

For a $1 fee you can have your name removed from unwanted mailing lists. Make sure to provide them with all the different variations of your name under which you receive junk mail.

Eliminate unwanted catalogs you receive at: This free service allows you to reduce the stream of unwanted catalogs flowing into your home while helping to preserve the environment.

Due to the changes in the Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act, you can now be removed from credit card mailing lists by making a toll-free call. This call can remove your name from three major credit bureaus' mailing lists for two years. When you call, you will need to confirm your identity, a recording will ask for personal information, including your Social Security Number (which they already have). Visit or call 1-888-5OptOut (1-888-567-8688).

The National Waste Prevention Coalition states that stopping these mailings can really make a difference. If 500,000 people took advantage of the law, more than 12 million fewer pieces of mail would be sent in one year alone.

Miami-Dade County Showerhead Exchange and Retrofit Kit Program

Want a FREE Showerhead and home water conservation kit? If your bathroom fixtures have not been upgraded since 1996, the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD) will exchange your actual showerhead for a more streamlined, cost-effective High-Efficiency showerhead as well as provide you with a conservation kit for your home.Simply come into any one of our three exchange locations with your actual showerhead and exchange it for a high-efficiency model and home conservation kit absolutely FREE! For additional information about this or other water efficiency programs, please call 305-448-SAVE (7283)


Student Health Services

Wellness is about trying to find a balance, on a daily basis, between all of our competing interests, while remaining content, focused and at peace. We all lead very fast paced and complicated lives. We have school, work, friends, family, etc. They all require our time, energy and attention. Sometimes it’s difficult to figure out what to pay attention to first. FIU Student Health Services provides many programs to help you with everything from massage and meditation to psychological counseling and sex-ed. 

Panther Active Wellness Services

PAWS is a faculty and staff wellness program that aims to offer programs and resources that will help university employees be their best- emotionally, physically, financially, spiritually, and mentally. Visit their website and signup for their newsletter to stay in the loop.

Smoke Free Campus

In January 2011, FIU officially became a Tobacco & Smoke Free Campus. The Breathe Easy Tobacco & Smoke Free Campus ordinance was passed thanks to the dedication and hard work of the FIU Healthy University Task Force. 

Outdoors @ FIU

FIU has a beautiful campus that provides many opportunities to enjoy the out-of-doors once you get outside of the classroom. In addition to on-campus amenities like: tennis/sand volleyball/basketball courts, swimming pools, intramural fields, and the Nature Preserve, there are local resources that can be experienced and utilized as well (e.g. Tamiami Park, Everglades National Park, mountain biking trails, and nearby beaches).

FIU Bike Shop

FIU Student Affairs manages the FIU Bike Shop on campus, dedicated to serving our student population with above average service at below average prices. More than just a repair shop, the FIU Bike Shop is the central location for all things bike-related on campus - from safe biking workshops, to classes on personal bicycle mechanics, to learning about local and national resources on bicycling, including riding groups and events.

External Green Living Resources


Mindbodygreen strives to give you everything that’s great for you: mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally, and environmentally.They bring together leaders in the wellness world, best-selling authors, fitness experts, trusted healers, pioneering doctors, top chefs, celebrities, and top-tier journalists to give you the freshest, most in-the-know content and tools to help you live your healthiest, happiest life.


TreeHugger is the leading media outlet dedicated to driving sustainability mainstream. They strive to be a one-stop shop for green news, solutions, and product information.


This site focusing on connecting conscientious consumers to brands that stand for more than maximizing profits, who understand the importance of sustainability and who strive to spread this message.

Peaceful Dumpling

Get tips on veganism and eco-friendly living. Sign up for their newsletter to always stay inspired.

Going Green on Campus

Learn how colleges and students can boost sustainability with Let's Go Solar.

Dirty Dozen PLUS & Clean Fifteen

Every year, the Environmental Working Group puts out a shoppers guide to pesticides in produce. The top 15 fruits and vegetables with the least amount of pesticide residue makes the Clean Fifteen list and twelve of the worst make it on the Dirty Dozen list. Fruits and vegetables found on the Dirty Dozen PLUS list are the most important to buy organic. Stay informed and download a free printable guide.