Sustainability is not a foreign concept to the college. This year alone, the college formed a Sustainability Committee consisting of college vice presidents, provosts, deans, department directors, professors, an engineer and an architect.
“Go Green Tampa Bay,” a program produced by St. Petersburg College students showcasing environmentally friendly local businesses, recently premiered on WEDU, the local PBS station. The program can be viewed on WEDU’s website.
As you may have noticed, the college has two LEED certified buildings (Student Services on the St. Pete Gibbs campus and Natural Science and Math at Clearwater) under construction. As a result of a student initiative by the Clearwater campus Engineering Club, the Natural Science and Math building will feature solar panels which will save electricity and act as a living laboratory for our students and community. The Office for Sustainability has a number of exciting initiatives in various stages of development. These initiatives provide the college with a greater presence within our community, ultimately adding additional service to our clients.
Among other initiatives, they include: Creating a detailed and informative website; minimizing paper waste and campus wide recycling; green cleaning; requiring all new construction to be LEED certified or equivalent; encouraging the use of recycled items and strongly recommending members of the college buying community to purchase fair trade products and products meeting Energy Star standards.
As you can see, the college has realized that rather than being a passing fad, sustainability is becoming a way of life. Jason said it best: “At the college, sustainability has become a top priority in planning for the future of our college and society. It is our intention to become a leader of the sustainability movement both inside the classroom and within the community.”