New and returning students are arriving in droves this week, as the Ringling College of Art and Design campus transitions into the Fall 2024 semester. Ringling College has a decidedly high residential ratio, with over 73% of students living on campus—and many well beyond their first year. This year, 446 new students will be moving into one of Ringling’s nine on-campus residencies, and 832 students will be returning to campus housing.
The beginning and end of each school year are markers for student achievement, parts of a cycle of progress, changes of season, but also, these momentous occasions are noted for the accumulation and disposal of stuff. At the end of last year, Ringling College’s Facilities department partnered with Goodwill to set up a massive donation site. Students moving out of their dormitories donated their unwanted items, which collectively amounted to 12,398 pounds of goods. That donation was both a major contribution to the nonprofit and a considerable sum diverted from the county landfill.
For his coordinating efforts and on behalf of the College, Assistant Director of Facilities Services Will Coleman was awarded a Community Partner certificate and thank you by Goodwill Director of Donation Development Donna Evans.
Coleman and the Facilities department are also reaching out to other nonprofits to find a suitable location to donate a large amount of furniture currently stored on campus in Trail Plaza.
Ringling College’s Facilities department is responsible for a number of sustainability initiatives, from an EV charging pilot program to a massive solar panel project and a commitment to designing LEED certified buildings. You can read more about our sustainability initiatives online.