University of South Florida
Patel College of Global Sustainability
4202 E. Fowler Ave., CGS 101
Tampa, FL 33620
Web address: www.patel.usf.edu
College Dean: Govindan Parayil, Ph.D.
The mission of the Patel College of Global Sustainability (PCGS) is to achieve sustainable growth and development, both locally and globally, by fostering social, economic and environmental sustainability. We seek to accomplish these goals through teaching sustainability concepts, principles and practices, conducting applied research, advising and mentoring our students, and engage in community outreach, networking with professionals, and forming collaborative partnerships with agencies, organizations and institutions, as well as by generating practical knowledge and developing innovative technologies, marketable skills for our students and create viable solutions to worldly problems.
We, at the Patel College, seek to ensure that our sustainability mandate both endures and dramatically expands at the University of South Florida (USF) and beyond. As a forward focused unit at USF, we encourage interdisciplinary collaborations among the individuals and groups on campus addressing science, ecology, economics, politics and culture; recognize and promote the essential contributions of academics, scholars and professionals in fields of engineering, business, architecture and urban planning, transportation, public health, global studies and the natural and social sciences; and, create and maintain the conditions under which humans and nature can co-exist in a productive, resourceful and harmonious system, fulfilling the ecological, societal and economic requirements of present and future generations.
PCGS employs an elite core faculty, caring administrators and a devoted staff that serve as the hub for a network of top researchers, notable scholars and expert professionals interested in working together to generate new sustainability knowledge and applications and prepare the next generation of sustainability professionals for the challenges ahead. Our faculty and affiliated professionals provide sustainability expertise in the areas of energy, water, food, climate mitigation, tourism, transportation, business, entrepreneurship and policy to assist organizations, communities, companies, and governments maximize their resource use and productivity, reduce their waste generation and lower their ecological and carbon footprints, practice social justice and corporate responsibility, and enhance food security, climate adaptation and systems resilience at the local, national, regional and global levels.
Programs may be viewed on the Programs by College page.