Archive for January, 2010

See St. Pete’s LEED buildings on the SPC bus

Join other interested professionals and students on a bus tour of local LEED buildings Saturday, February 13, 2010, 9:30am-4pm.

Meet at:

St. Petersburg College, SP/Gibbs Campus Student Services building (6605 5th Avenue North, St Petersburg, Florida 33710) for a 9:30am tour, the bus leaves at 10:30am

Cost:

Seating is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis. So whether you are a free or paying attendee, please sign up as soon as possible.

LEED stops include:

  • SPC Student Services building
  • Darren Brinkley residence
  • Jordan Park Elementary School
  • Dunkin Donuts (on 4th Street)

Lunch will be on your own at St. Petersburg’s Saturday Morning Market, so be sure to bring a few dollars or a bag lunch.

Please note all participants are required to sign a standard Release of Liability form upon initially boarding the bus.

For more information, contact Jason Green (727 341-3283 or green.jason@spcollege.edu).

See you there and thanks for supporting sustainable design in Tampa Bay!

To learn more about sustainability at St. Petersburg College, contact Jason Green at green.jason@spcollege.edu.  Then visit http://www.spcollege.edu/sustainability, join the facebook group and follow us at http://twitter.com/sustainableSPC.

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January 20, 2010 at 3:29 pm Leave a comment

Botanical garden planted at SPC’s Clearwater Campus

Members of St. Petersburg College’s Honors College, Emerging Green Builders and Club Green  planted a teaching botanical garden, consisting only of native Florida plants, on the Clearwater campus on Jan. 11.

“Bio-diverse native gardens typically require less maintenance, water and herbicide, pesticide and fertilizer treatment,” said Jason Green, the college’s Sustainability Coordinator.  “Because of that, in Florida we expect to see an increase in this responsible way of gardening as natural resources become scarcer.”

The botanical garden will be used as a teaching tool for upper and lower level biology classes, according to John Williams, academic chair of the Natural Science Department.

“The garden will allow students an excellent opportunity to leave the classroom and learn in a more natural environment,” Williams said.

According to Williams, a number of partners were involved in the development of the garden:

  • Bruce Turley of Wilcox Nursery designed the garden
  • Tom Fowler, St Petersburg College’s Landscape Crew Leader installed a drip irrigation system and constructed a compacted mulch pathway for wheelchair access.
  • Plans are being made for a site specific sculpture suitable for the garden which will be designed and developed by members of SPC Fine Arts Department under the direction of Department Chair Paul Miehl.
  • Jason Green oversaw the planting, which was handled by ten volunteers from SPC’s “Club Green,” Emerging Green Builders and Honors College.

The garden is 60 feet wide by 25 feet deep and may be expanded over time.  Plantings include spider lilies, yaupon holly, Florida golden aster, coontie, wild petunias, flatwoods plum, Bahama cassia, beautyberry and other native species.

To learn more about sustainability at St. Petersburg College, contact Jason Green at green.jason@spcollege.edu.  Then visit http://www.spcollege.edu/sustainability, join the facebook group and follow us at http://twitter.com/sustainableSPC.

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January 12, 2010 at 10:04 am Leave a comment

Greening your New Year’s resolutions

We are a week into 2010 and you still don’t have your New Year’s resolutions in order?

Have no fear and commit to a few of the following suggestions.  These small changes can result in huge personal and environmental impacts (not to mention reduced utility bills).

Pledging to even a few of the following simple resolutions will help you (and the environment) have a happy new year.  Pick a few and have an earth friendly 2010.

  1. In 2010, I resolve to turn off and unplug all electronics equipment and chargers when not in use.
  2. In 2010, I resolve to purchase CFL light bulbs for use at home and at work.
  3. In 2010, I resolve to set thermostat to 78 degrees F in the summer, 68 degrees F in the winter and turn off when not at home.
  4. In 2010, I resolve to install low flow shower heads and take five minute showers.
  5. In 2010, I resolve to wash clothes in cold water.
  6. In 2010, I resolve to determine my impact on the climate by completing a carbon footprint calculation at http://www.nature.org
  7. In 2010, I resolve to calculate my water usage at http://www.h2ouse.net/
  8. In 2010, I resolve to set water heater thermostat to no more than 120 degrees F.
  9. In 2010, I resolve to recycle all aluminum, paper, glass and plastic.
  10. In 2010, I resolve to print only what is necessary, and when possible, print or copy double sided.
  11. In 2010, I resolve to decrease page margins to .75″ or 1″, modify line spacing and increase font-size to reduce the amount of paper required to print my documents.
  12. In 2010, I resolve to use only reusable stainless steel water bottles and food storage containers.
  13. In 2010, I resolve to reduce bulk mail and catalogs by visiting http://www.dmachoice.org
  14. In 2010, I resolve to purchase recycled paper, napkins, tissue, etc.
  15. In 2010, I resolve to bring my own reusable bags when shopping.
  16. In 2010, I resolve to purchase biodegradable, non-toxic cleaning products and detergents.
  17. In 2010, I resolve to take chemicals, paints, batteries and electronic waste to the Household Electronics & Chemical Collection Center at (727) 464-7500.
  18. In 2010, I resolve to make every effort to buy local, organic, sustainable and/or fair trade products.
  19. In 2010, I resolve to buy used items.
  20. In 2010, I resolve to purchase Energy Star appliances and electronics.
  21. In 2010, I resolve to purchase carbon offsets to balance my own greenhouse gas emissions at http://www.terrapass.com
  22. In 2010, I resolve to walk, ride a bicycle or take the bus whenever possible.
  23. In 2010, I resolve to carpool and purchase high fuel economy or hybrid vehicles.
  24. In 2010, I resolve to take control of my future by getting involved in my community.

To learn more about sustainability at St. Petersburg College, contact Jason Green at green.jason@spcollege.edu.  Then visit http://www.spcollege.edu/sustainability, join the facebook group and follow us at http://twitter.com/sustainableSPC.

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January 5, 2010 at 4:12 pm Leave a comment


who we are:

Early in 2008, St. Petersburg College recognized its responsibility to model to our students, employees and community ways to minimize global warming emissions and provide the knowledge to our graduates to help achieve a more environmentally friendly future. Because of this, the College made sustainability (defined as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs) a top priority. As a result, the Office for Sustainability was established.

what we do:

Working alongside internal and external partners, the Office for Sustainability focuses on the following areas of environmental stewardship: educational programs and corporate training, energy and natural resource conservation, green buildings and facilities, carbon emissions, recycling and student activities.

learn more:

To learn more about The Office for Sustainability at St. Petersburg College, contact Jason Green, Sustainability Coordinator at green.jason@spcollege.edu

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