In 2013, Rollins was the first college in the state to earn a Fair Trade designation as a result of the campus’ sustainability program and the leadership of Ann Francis, environmental studies program coordinator. Now the College has been invited to the Fair Trade Campaigns National Conference as a campus partner, leveraging the incredible opportunities that students have to change the world.
Noted by the Fair Trade Campaigns for contributing significantly to the growth of the movement, Rollins is being recognized for choosing fair-trade vendors, purchasing environmentally sustainable products that don’t come from sweatshops or child labor, and educating students about the sustainability issues involved in global commerce.
At the upcoming National Conference, which takes in Washington, D.C. in March, Francis will be accompanied by two environmental studies seniors, Ellie Rushing ’18 and Gabbie Buendia ’18. The trio will have the chance to expand Rollins’ professional network of fellow advocates, brands, NGOs and producers, and will be given tools and knowledge to have an even greater impact in our community.