Sustainability programs at St. Petersburg College
St. Petersburg College recently announced the development of two new degree programs: an Associates of Science in Environmental Science Technology and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Sustainability Management. The two cutting edge programs will be rolled out in time for the Fall 2009 semester.
The College of Technology and Management (CTM) headed by Dr Shri Goyal developed the Sustainability Management BAS degree. The program focuses on sustainable business strategies, energy and resource management, legal aspects of sustainability, and sustainability in built and natural environments. Among other major courses, areas of study include Legal Aspects of Sustainability, Environmental Communication, Sustainable Enterprise Planning, Sustainable Business Strategies, Energy and Environmental Techniques, Sustainability in the Natural Environment and Sustainability in the Build Environment.
In addition, the CTM currently offers a Sustainability and Green Management track as part of the BAS in Management and Organizational Leadership, encompassing Sustainable Enterprise Planning, Energy and Environmental Techniques, and Sustainability and Environmental Issues.
The Seminole Campus based AS degree in Environmental Science Technology includes three sub-plans: Water Resource management, Environmental Resources/Energy Management and Sustainability and includes newly developed courses in Renewable Energy Resources, Solar Energy, Environmental Regulations, Environmental Compliance, Hydrology, Urban Resources Pollutants and Hazardous Waste/Materials Management.
Additionally, Green lodging has been introduced into the Hospitality AS degree, an emphasis on sustainability has been incorporated into the Parks and Leisure Services program and water conservation is studied within the Management Technology AS degree.
Sustainable construction practices and awareness has been incorporated into the Architectural Design and Construction Technology AS degree through the development of courses in Energy Efficient Construction in Florida’s Climate, Environmental Technology for Sustainability and a course titled “A Buildings Life.”
“Environmental issues are no longer a fad, but rather a philosophy that is becoming part of the collective social conscious,” said Jason Green, the college’s Sustainability Coordinator. “Now more than ever, the college has the opportunity to provide the leadership needed to train our community in successfully obtaining the Green Collar jobs of the future.”