SPC “Sustainable Enterprise Planning” students visit Student Services building
On September 16, Sustainabilty Management BAS students in MAN 3786, Sustainable Enterprise Planning, from the College of Technology & Management, took a tour of and held class at the LEED Gold new Student Services building on the St Petersburg/Gibbs campus to learn about the USGBC’s LEED rating system.
During the tour, Jason Green, a licensed architect and St. Petersburg College Sustainability Coordinator, spoke about his education, career, and college wide initiatives.
After students reviewed the various programs and initiatives at St. Petersburg College, they brainstormed opportunities for further improvements:
- Turn off computers, displays, televisions, etc. when not in use
- Use less paper towels in the bathroom by installing hand driers and hand sanitizer
- Use natural light, gray water collection, solar energy, recycling, etc.
- Change dining services to include local food, no Styrofoam packaging, reusable drinking mugs, fair trade coffee, etc.
- Partner with public transportation for buses between campuses
- Paperless course options (i.e. ebooks, library online, rental system with library)
- Smart water irrigation with rain sensors and low flow sprinklers
- Vendor code of conduct to emphasize sustainability practices, products, and services
Sustainable Enterprise Planning teaches students about various sustainability assessments and concepts as students design a mini-assessment to apply on a project of their own selection. Throughout this project, students think critically about course lessons and ultimately recommend sustainability improvements. Additionally, students learn various methods enterprises use to improve their sustainability and competitive abilities by considering not just profit, but also social and environmental needs by extending managerial decisions beyond their own building and operations into their supply chain.