Sustainability & Outreach
Ms. Yara Watson drives the reporting, outreach, and marketing components of the office of Sustainability and Outreach, and supports the development of campus sustainability objectives. Yara has lived all over Central Florida, venturing north to Gainesville for her bachelors in Sustainability Studies at the University of Florida then south to Tampa to complete her Masters in Global Sustainability at the University of South Florida’s Patel School, before heading back to her hometown of Orlando to serve as our Sustainability and Outreach Coordinator. With a goal of fostering a culture of sustainability among UCF students, faculty, and staff, Yara coordinates campus sustainability programs such as the Climate Correction conference, Campus Sustainability Month, and the Sustainability Working Advisory Teams (SWAT). She also manages the campus greenhouse gas inventory and AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). Yara’s primary focus is empowering the UCF community to integrate sustainability into both work and play, challenging every Knight to live as a healthy, happy, and productive steward of the Earth. She has worked with local nonprofits, global NGOs, and city governments in sustainability strategic planning & integrated organic agriculture/financial literacy training programs.