A Greener Campus Starts with You

Ringling College of Art and Design is committed to a green and sustainable future.

We believe that through education, collaboration, and creativity we can help make our campus and the world a cleaner, healthier, and brighter place to be.

But we can’t do it alone! Learn more about what Ringling is doing every day to lessen our carbon footprint, and how you can help make a difference.


Energy and Sustainability Manager

Andreas Wolfram
2700 North Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL

Recycling Tips

Recycle clean bottles, cans, paper, and cardboard.

Keep food and liquid out of your recycling.

No loose plastic bags and no bagged recyclables.

Tips for successful recycling:
• Before you toss an item in the trash bin, stop and ask yourself if it’s recyclable first
• Empty and flatten all cardboard items
• Drain beverages and food items from containers
• Place recycling in designated bins loose or in an old paper bag

Let’s Sort This Out

This is one of the most important things to help your community recycle right:

Keep plastic bags out of the recycling.


Plastic Bottles & Containers

Food & Beverage Cans

Glass Bottles & Containers


Flattened Cardboard & Paperboard


Chip Bags & Candy Wrappers

Flexible Packaging & Foil Containers

Foam Containers (Check Earth911.org for options)

Plastic Knives & Forks, Paper Towels/Paper Plates

Coated Coffee Cups

Plastic Bags (Take plastic bags back to your local grocer)

Did You Know?

Glass is infinitely recyclable.

We could be drinking out of recycled glass from ancient history!
Materials from a recycled glass bottle can go from the recycling bin back to the store shelf in as little as 30 days.

In the U.S., buildings account for:

38% of all CO2 emissions
13.6% of all potable water
(15 trillion gal. /year)
73% of U.S. electricity consumption

LEED projects are responsible for diverting over 80 million tons of waste from landfills.

Compared to the average commercial
building, LEED Gold buildings in the General Services Administration’s portfolio consume a quarter less energy and generate 34% lower greenhouse gas emissions.

Green Ambassadors

Green Ambassadors

Green Ambassadors is a Ringling College Student Club focused on campus-wide environmental awareness. We advocate for healthier and greener living for students and create spaces for community members to explore how art and design can play a role in creating a more sustainable world. We believe that creatives have the power to become agents of positive change, instead of catalysts for consumption and profit.

Download our recycling posters and door hangers.

Contact rcad.greenambassadors@gmail.com for more information.

Our Certifications

STARS is intended to engage and recognize the full spectrum of
colleges and universities—from community colleges to research
universities, and from institutions just starting their sustainability
programs to long-time campus sustainability leaders.

STARS encompasses long-term sustainability goals for already high-achieving institutions as well as entry points of recognition for institutions that are taking first steps toward sustainability.

The LEED plaque on a building is a mark of quality and achievement in green building.

Leaders across the globe have made LEED the most widely used
green building rating system in the world with 1.85 million square
feet of construction space certifying every day. LEED certification
provides independent verification of a building or neighborhood’s
green features, allowing for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of resource-efficient, high-performing, healthy, cost-effective buildings. LEED is the triple bottom line in action, benefiting people, planet and profit.

LEED certification means healthier, more productive places, reduced stress on the environment by encouraging energy and resourceefficient buildings, and savings from increased building value, higher lease rates and decreased utility costs. LEED-certified buildings will directly contribute $29.8 billion to U.S. GDP by 2018.

Larry R. Thompson Academic Center
Ann and Alfred Goldstein Hall

Alfred R. Goldstein Library
Richard and Barbara Basch Visual Arts Center
Greensboro Hall

Bridge Apartments


Co-Interim Director of Library Services


Pat Mizak

Co-Interim Director of Library Services


Alexandra Vargas-Minor

Digital Curation and Special Collections Librarian


Janelle Rebel

Technical Services Librarian


Janet Thomas

Instructional Design Librarian


Instructional Design Librarian


Library Technician III (Cataloging and Metadata Assistant)


Lisa Martinez

Library Technician II (Periodicals and Interlibrary Loan)


Library Technician III (Circulation Manager)


Tim DeForest

Library Technician III (Acquisitions Manager/Office Support)


Yolanda Coleman

Library Technician II (Assistant Circulation Manager)


Christina Song

Circulation Assistant

Jean Ferderber

Circulation Assistant Sooyeon Baek
Circulation Assistant James Harrison


Patron Type # of Items Type of Material Borrowing Time
Student 40 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* 7 days
Faculty and Staff 40 Books 6 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 7 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* 7 days
Trustee, Alumni, Cross College Alliance, and  15 Books 3 weeks
Ringling College LibraryAssociation Members CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
PreCollege 5 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
Local Teacher 15 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
Chartwell’s and Follett employees located at Ringling 15 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
*The video game collection supports the research and teaching of the Game Art & Design program. Video games may not be checked out by Alumni, Ringling College Library Association members or Family members.


The Alfred R. Goldstein Library features a wide variety of quiet, group study, and work process spaces. Looking for a quiet study area? Make your way up to the 3rd floor to look for a book in the Research Collection or peruse the new art magazines while relaxing in comfortable seating. When the weather is nice, you can take your coffee from Roberta’s Café on the first floor to one of the four terraces to work outside and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Looking for meeting space to get together with a group? Check out the group study rooms, which are available on all three floors of the Goldstein Library. The 10 group study rooms are available to students on a first-come first served basis, or available for booking by Ringling College faculty and staff for group and class meetings.

Library Hours

Library Services Hours (when classes are in session):

Sunday: 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Monday – Thursday: 8:00 am – 11:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Saturday: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Holidays and Breaks:
The Library is closed on holidays, as designated by the institution, and typically operates on a Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm schedule during breaks.

Ringling College ID Access Only

Please note a Ringling College ID is required for access, except from 8:30am – 4:30pm from Monday – Friday.

Hours for the Brizdle-Schoenberg Special Collections Center:

By appointment only from Monday – Friday 9:30 am – 4:30 pm, no drop-ins. Closed Saturday and Sunday.

Contact specialcollections@c.ringling.edu to schedule an appointment.

Visit Us

Ringling College of Art + Design
Alfred R. Goldstein Library
2700 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34234-5895

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Suggest a Purchase: Library Acquisitions Request

We welcome recommendations for new library materials from the Ringling College community. Librarians will consider all requests bearing in mind their appropriateness for the collections and the current budget.
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