Archive for July, 2010

Help clean up Clearwater Beach, July 31, 2010

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) adopted a mile of beach (Lot 36) on North Shore Clearwater Beach, running from Rockaway St. to 880 Mandalay.

They have scheduled their next beach clean-up Saturday, July 31 starting at 9am, meeting on the beach at Rockaway Street, right in front of the public parking lot.  Bags, gloves and water will be provided, but please remember to wear a hat, sunscreen, closed toed shoes and pants for the dunes, etc.

For driving directions click here.

You can park in the public beach parking or find residential parking further down the road then just walk back.

So again, plan to meet on the beach in front of the public parking lot, July 31 at 9am.  Spend a few hours picking up garbage and the rest relaxing on a clean beach.

Special thanks to Palm Pavilion for the free water and free drink coupons!

For more information, please contact green.jason@spcollege.edu or call 727 341-3283.

Hope to see you there!

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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July 29, 2010 at 2:51 pm Leave a comment

Impact of the Oil Crisis in the Gulf on Tampa Bay, forum video

In case you missed the Impact of the Oil Crisis in the Gulf on Tampa Bay Forum at the SPC Seminole Campus last week, you can watch it in its entirety here.

On July 14, 2010 two panels of experts discussed the likelihood that oil from the Deepwater Horizon accident will reach Tampa Bay, response plans, and the economic and environmental impacts of the spill.

The first panel covered “Current Realities of the Oil Spill and Tampa Bay”, and was moderated by Geophysical Engineer Dan Berard.  Topics included the spill’s impact on tourism and the economy, featured panelists D.T. Minich, executive director of Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater and Keith Overton, executive director of TradeWinds Island Resorts.  Laurie Macdonald, Florida Program Director of Defenders of Wildlife, discussed the issue of habitat.

The second panel discussed “How Tampa Bay Responds, Now and Worst Case Scenario”, and was moderated by Susan Glickman, Director of the Florida Business Network for a Clean Energy Economy.  Dr. Robert Weisberg, of the University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science, discussed the latest information on the geographic, atmospheric, and weather conditions that could bring the spill into Tampa Bay.  David Sorrick, vice president of Power Generation in Florida for Progress Energy, discussed infrastructure.  George Sheldon, Secretary of the Florida Department of Children and Families, discussed the claims process.  State Sen. Dennis Jones and State Rep. Janet Long gave closing comments.

The event was sponsored by Bay News 9, Bright House Networks, the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, Florida Business Network for a Clean Energy Economy, St. Petersburg College, St. Petersburg Times, and TradeWinds Island Resorts.

The event was the first of a three part series focusing on the oil crisis.  The second forum will discuss solutions for clean-up and recovery, and the third forum will focus on long-term energy alternatives/energy policy considerations.  Stay tuned for more information.

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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July 21, 2010 at 3:14 pm Leave a comment

Green Jobs roundtable at St. Petersburg College, July 22

Join us on July 22, 2010 6-8pm at the St. Petersburg College EpiCenter (13805 58th St. N. Largo, FL), room 1-451 for a panel discussion about Green Jobs.  Each speaker will give a brief overview of their program, followed by questions from the audience.

The distinguished speakers include:

Jeremiah Rohr – Lead Instructor, Solar Source and Solar Source Institute, speaking on solar job training.

Tom Eckman – Boley Center, Employment Consultant Supervisor, speaking on Pathways out of Poverty program.

Paul Messerschmidt – St. Petersburg PACE Forward and Independent Energy Consultant, speaking on PACE Financing and the jobs it will create.

Jason Green – St Petersburg College, Sustainability Coordinator and Project Coordinator, speaking on both the programs they offer and the practices of the campus.

Brett Milke –  TRANSITion Tampa Bay and The Murray Company, speaking on light rail proposals within the Tampa Bay area.

Tony Rivas – WG Mills, Inc., USGBC Tampa Bay Branch Board Member, speaking on construction projects and the need for workers with “Green” awareness/training.

Ron Weaver – Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A., Chairman of the Environmental and Land Use Law Dept. and RealEstateLives, Founder, speaking on networking for jobs.

Adrian Brunori – Repower America, speaking on the American Power Act and carbon trading as a driver of clean energy economics.

Lacy Willard – General Manager, CB Richard Ellis, Moderator

The 2010 Natural Talent Design Competition local event winners will also be announced.

$15 Full time Students- chapter members
$25 Chapter Members
$30 Guests
$35 Walkins

To register, visit http://fgcc.roundtablelive.org/

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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July 15, 2010 at 9:18 am Leave a comment

Impact of the Oil Crisis in the Gulf on Tampa Bay forum at SPC, July 14

Two panels of experts will discuss the likelihood that oil from the Deepwater Horizon accident will reach Tampa Bay, response plans, and the economic and environmental impacts of the spill at a community forum at 6 p.m., Wednesday, July 14.

The forum, Impact of the Gulf Oil Crisis on Tampa Bay, will be at the Digitoirum on SPC’s Seminole Campus, 9200 113th Street North, Seminole.

The first panel will cover Current Realities of the Oil Spill and Tampa Bay, moderated by Geophysical Engineer Dan Berard. Topics include the spill’s impact on tourism and the economy, featuring panelists D.T. Minich, executive director of Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater and Keith Overton, executive director of TradeWinds Island Resorts. Laurie Macdonald, Florida Program Director of Defenders of Wildlife, will discuss the issue of habitat.

The second panel will discuss How Tampa Bay Responds, Now and Worst Case Scenario, moderated by Susan Glickman, Director of the Florida Business Network for a Clean Energy Economy. Dr. Robert Weisberg, of the University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science, will discuss the latest information on the geographic, atmospheric, and weather conditions that could bring the spill into Tampa Bay. David Sorrick, vice president of Power Generation in Florida for Progress Energy, will discuss infrastructure. George Sheldon, Secretary of the Florida Department of Children and Families, will discuss the claims process.

State Sen. Dennis Jones and State Rep. Janet Long will give closing comments.

The event is sponsored by Bay News 9, Bright House Networks, the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, Florida Business Network for a Clean Energy Economy, St. Petersburg College, St. Petersburg Times, and TradeWinds Island Resorts.

The forum will be streamed live at mms://media.spcollege.edu/oil-crisis. The event also will be recorded for later showing in SPC classes or other forums and SPC-TV. Questions can be e-mailed to se_info@spcollege.edu.

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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July 9, 2010 at 2:58 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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