Archive for June, 2010

Pinellas Energy Effeciency Project, July 17

On July 17, 2010, 1:30-2:30pm, Pinellas County Extension will host a FREE residential energy efficiency course led by University of Florida faculty.  This educational course will provide materials (free compact fluorescent light bulbs to all participants), tips and incentives to help your home become more energy efficient, while maintaining the same comfort level.

More importantly, the course will ultimately help you save money on utility bills!

The class will be held at the Clearwater Main Library (100 N. Osceola Ave, Clearwater, Florida).

Space is limited, so register now!

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June 28, 2010 at 1:26 pm Leave a comment

Oil in the Gulf: “What’s being done, what can we do” panel

When: 6-7:30pm Tuesday, June 29
Where: The Hangar Restaurant and Flight Lounge
Albert Whitted Airport, 540 1st. St. SE, St. Petersburg

Confirmed panelists:

  • Capt. Tim Close, sector commander, U.S. Coast Guard, who has been the point person for the media
  • Christina Simoniello, education and outreach coordinator, Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System and U.S. liaison to the Sea Partnership Program, Indonesia and the Gulf of Mexico Large Marine Ecosystem Collaboration, Mexico, who will be assessing and talking about the spill’s impact on animals
  • Bill Sanders, executive director and education coordinator, Keep Pinellas Beautiful, who will update us on volunteer efforts and sign up volunteers

Others knowledgeable about the spill will be offering their insights during the ensuing conversation and Q&A.
We will also be collecting items needed for bird cleanup by the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary. They include: kennels, towels, paper towels, gas gift cards and bottled water.

Light refreshments and $3 drink specials provided by The Hangar.  SciCafé sponsored by The Pier Aquarium, the Marine Technology Society Florida Chapter and The Hangar.

Seating limited to 100. RSVP to:


June 24, 2010 at 4:36 pm Leave a comment

How cool is your carpool?

Carpooling is fun, economical, and now prize-worthy.  Tampa Bay Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA) is holding a contest to find out who has the coolest carpool in the Tampa Bay region.

If you think you have the coolest carpool, enter your video here by September 6, 2010.   If you are a commuter that lives or works in Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco or Pinellas counties, and you’re at least 18 years of age, you’re eligible!

In your video, tell them why carpooling is fun and entertaining, good for the environment, saves money, reduces stress, whatever!  Be as entertaining and creative as you like, but just make sure you keep it G-Rated.  If the public votes for your video, you will win a Kindle!

Click here for the sample video “The Carpool Adventures of John and Mary”.


June 24, 2010 at 4:23 pm Leave a comment

Help clean up Treasure Island beach, July 5

The St Petersburg College environmental clubs and SPC chapter of US Green Building Council Students (you don’t have to be a member of either to participate) are coordinating a Treasure Island beach clean-up July 5, 2010 (yes, the day after the Fourth of July).

Because of all the fireworks and revelry during the holiday weekend, the beaches will be in desperate need of some TLC on July 5.

The beach clean-up will run from 9:00 until 11:00 am; we will be responsible for cleaning a portion of the beach from 104th Ave (Publix on Gulf Blvd) to 107th Ave (Bilmar Beach Resort on Gulf Blvd).  Plan to meet on the beach at the public parking lot located at 10400 Gulf Blvd.  (Across from Publix at Gulf Blvd. and 104th Street).  Limited, free parking will be available on a first come, first served basis.  Please arrive by 9:00 am for free parking.

For driving directions click here.

Bags, gloves and water will be provided by the City of Treasure Island, but please remember to wear a hat, sunscreen, closed toed shoes, etc.

Special thanks to Chipotle Mexican Grill for the free burrito bucks for participants!

Spend a few hours picking up garbage and fireworks and the rest relaxing on a clean beach.

For more information, please contact or call (727) 341-3283.

Hope to see you there!

To learn more about sustainability at St. Petersburg College, contact Jason Green at  Then visit, join the facebook group and follow us at


June 15, 2010 at 10:59 am Leave a comment

Hands Across the Sand event on Treasure Island, June 26

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig leak in the Gulf of Mexico has become the worst oil disaster in US history and is a serious threat to the entire Gulf Coast’s fragile ecosystem and thriving tourism industry.

Join sustainable|SPC and Hands Across the Sand at TREASURE ISLAND on June 26, 11am to 12:15 pm to raise awareness about the devastating effects oil drilling will have on our coastal economies and environment; to protest lifting the bans on near and offshore oil drilling; and to convince our State Legislators, Governors, Congress and President Obama to adopt policies encouraging clean and renewable energy sources.

Go to Treasure Island (112th Ave parking lot) at 11:00am, rain or shine.

Join hands from 12:00-12:15pm, forming lines in the sand against oil drilling in our coastal waters.

Leave only your footprints.

For more information on this or other beach locations visit

To learn more about sustainability at St. Petersburg College, contact Jason Green at  Then visit, join the facebook group and follow us at


June 10, 2010 at 4:14 pm Leave a comment

Gulf oil leak forum, June 15

Since April 20, the Deepwater Horizon well has leaked millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico- making it the worst oil leak in US history.

  • How did this happen?
  • What does it mean for Florida?
  • How can we prevent it from happening again?

Come to a free community forum at the Palladium Theater at St. Petersburg College (253 Fifth Ave. N. St. Petersburg), Tuesday, June 15, 2010 from 6pm – 9pm.

The forum will be divided into three panels:

Panel 1 – Impacts

  • Bill Hogarth, Dean, USF College of Marine Science
  • D.T. Minich, Visit St.Petersburg/Clearwater
  • Dan Berard, Geophysical Engineer

Panel 2 – Media Perspective

  • John Hill, St.Petersburg Times
  • Mitch Perry, Creative Loafing
  • Rob Lorei, WMNF/WEDU

Panel 3 – Solutions

  • Cynthia Sarthou, Gulf Restoration Network
  • Susan Glickman, Florida Business Network for a Clean Energy Economy

Visit to register.

To learn more about sustainability at St. Petersburg College, contact Jason Green at  Then visit, join the facebook group and follow us at


June 8, 2010 at 11:59 am Leave a comment

Tampa Bay Living Green Expo

June 5-6, 2010 visit the fifth annual Tampa Bay Living Green Expo.  Formerly known as the Pinellas Living Green Expo, the name isn’t the only thing that’s changed this year: the weekend festivities will be held in downtown St. Pete at the Coliseum, and includes the entire Mirror Lake Complex: the Sunshine Center, shuffleboard courts, and ballroom.

This year’s event, focused on energy retrofitting, will include a green jobs fair, dozens of seminars on sustainability and environmental issues, Kids Korner, the Trashy Art Show, and outdoor displays and demos (including an electric boat).  And also the expo featuring 100+ booths including green building materials and equipment, non-profits, local utilities and of course sustainable|SPC.

June 5-6, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun., 535 Fourth Ave. N., St. Petersburg, free,

See you there!


June 3, 2010 at 8:31 am 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

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