For the seventh year in a row, Rollins has been recognized as a Fair Trade campus partner by the Fair Trade Campaigns, a distinction that comes with an invitation to the third annual Fair Trade Campaigns National Conference.
Rollins was the first college to earn the Fair Trade designation in Florida in 2013, due in large part to its Sustainability Program and the leadership of Ann Francis, environmental studies program coordinator. The upcoming conference takes place this March in Pasadena, California, and will be attended by Francis and two student sustainability coordinators, Mia Brady ’22 and Lauren Oxendine ’20. The conference will offer opportunities to network with other advocates and luminaries in the field of sustainability with the goal of bringing relevant tools and knowledge back to campus.
Rollins has embraced its identity as a Fair Trade campus as part of an overarching core value of sustainability. The Fair Trade Campaigns recognizes the College 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.