Judy Genshaft and Steven Greenbaum

For more than a decade Judy Genshaft has served with distinction as the President of the University of South Florida. While her love for USF stretches back more than a dozen years, the love she and her husband, Steven Greenbaum, share for travel has been a part of her life much longer.

“Judy really introduced me to the importance of traveling as part of life-long learning,” said Greenbaum. “We’ve always traveled together, and since our boys were young, we’ve made a point of including them so that they could understand the world in a much broader context. Our thinking in making our gift to USF was to share this experience with our university family as well.”

The gift from Genshaft and Greenbaum established the Genshaft/Greenbaum Passport Scholars Fund, providing students throughout the USF System with an opportunity to study abroad for a summer, a semester or even an entire year.

“We strongly believe that international travel is an essential part of a student’s education. When they travel, they learn about other cultures, they gain understanding and the experience opens their eyes and minds to the larger world around them,” said Genshaft.

The first recipients of the Genshaft/Greenbaum scholarships certainly agreed. Thu Can and Chris Smith used the scholarships to study during the summer of 2011 in Costa Rica and Canada, respectively. For the now tri-lingual Can, her immersion in a Spanish-speaking culture cemented her ability to converse in the language.

For Smith, a French major, his summer in Quebec City taught him a self-reliance he didn’t know existed.

“The amazing thing about traveling alone, as I did, is that you gain a new opportunity to examine yourself as a person,” said Smith. “It was an eye-opening experience for me, and one I will always be grateful for and will never forget.”

Be the change you wish to see in the world! Let us breathe better and easier.

Every day nearly 40,000 students, faculty, and staff commute to the USF campus, releasing carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere. Collectively, these emissions account for nearly half of USF’s carbon footprint, while also lowering the air quality of the Tampa Bay area. The good news is you can help! With a donation to the USF Carbon Offset Fund, you can neutralize bull gas and help put the “green” in Green and Gold.

Donating is easy, and University of South Florida students, faculty, and staff can donate to the USF Carbon Offset Fund. Getting to campus via public transportation, biking, or walking is not always a viable option for many, and over 70% of students, faculty, and staff must drive to campus multiple times a week. With even a small donation you can reduce USF’s carbon footprint and show your bull pride by helping neutralize bull gas.

Donations also help fulfill the university’s mission. In 2008, USF President Judy Genshaft signed the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) committing USF to becoming carbon neutral by 2070 through USF’s Climate Action Plan. USF is the FIRST university in the Florida State University System to implement a program of this nature. The emissions from transportation alone account for 50% of USF’s total greenhouse gas emissions. For the price of a couple slices of pizza or a latte, you can help “Neutralize Bull Gas!” By annually offsetting our emissions through the purchase of carbon offsets, we move significantly closer to being a carbon neutral campus.

What is a Carbon Offset? One carbon offset is equal to one metric ton of carbon dioxide equivalent. When investing in carbon offsets, USF will be investing in the protection, conservation, and restoration of forest preserves, wetlands, and other natural ecosystems. For its commitment to promoting and maintaining a healthy environment, USF has received recognition from the Arbor Day Foundation, the League of American Bicyclists, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, and the Environmental Protection Agency.

What will your contribution do? Your donation will be managed by the Student Green Energy Fund (SGEF) and the SGEF Council will be the body that annually allocates the funds to a Green-e Certified entity. Ideally, projects will be chosen within the local area. The carbon offsets purchased annually will go towards projects that aim to reduce or mitigate carbon dioxide production, which in turn will significantly reduce USF’s carbon footprint. In addition, USF can also purchase Renewable Energy Certificates which promote the use of renewable energy sources such as, solar, wind, wave, etc.

What is USF’s carbon footprint? USF annually conducts a greenhouse gas inventory. In 2016, the total scope of carbon emissions for the university was 194,012 Metric Tons of Carbon Dioxide Equivalent. Please visit Second Nature by clicking here for the most up to date information.

What other projects has USF supported? Check out the USF Student Green Energy fund website here to learn more about projects around campus. Go Bulls!