Jason Green, SPC Sustainability Coordinator, selected to Creative Loafing’s “Green 100”
Jason Green, Sustainability Coordinator at St. Petersburg College, has been elected to the “Green 100,” a list of individuals, businesses and others who leads the way toward a sustainable future in Tampa Bay.
The list was created by Creative Loafing, a Tampa Bay-based alternative newspaper. The paper selected the first 95 members of the list; the remaining five members were elected by readers, who cast their ballots on the Creative loafing website.
“I’m honored to be selected as a member of this group, but it is more a recognition of the progress that St. Petersburg College has made in a relatively short time to become a more environmentally-conscious institution,” Green said.
Besides Green, the final five members of the list included a local architect and activist, a natural pest management company, an earth-friendly car care company and a kayak adventure company.
Green has been SPC’s Sustainability Coordinator since August 2008, and has worked to construct the college’s sustainability efforts from scratch. The Office for Sustainability, which he heads, provides assistance and direction as SPC implements environmental education programs, student activities and corporate training. It focuses on energy and natural resource conservation, green buildings, carbon emissions and recycling.
Many strategies have been implemented to help minimize the college’s carbon footprint and negative influence on the environment, including:
- Developing two new educational degree programs, an AS in Environmental Science Technology and a BAS in Sustainability Management.
- Partnering with US Green Building Council, Solar Source Institute, and Pro Train to provide sustainability/conservation training.
- Opening two LEED certified buildings, Student Services on the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus and Natural Science and Math, Clearwater Campus.
- Lowering total energy and water consumption and evaluating the college’s utilities infrastructure.
- Rolling out a comprehensive college-wide recycling program.
- Developing a Natural Habitat Park and Environmental Center at the Seminole Campus that will serve as an educational, environmental and passive recreational “green zone” for use by SPC students, faculty and staff, and community.