Archive for September, 2010

SPC sustainably designed building presentation, Oct 19

On Tuesday, October 19, 2010 at 2:30 pm, Phil Trezza, AIA, LEED AP, of Harvard Jolly Architecture will present their preliminary design for a new Clearwater Campus building.

The presentation will be held on the SPC Clearwater Campus in the Teaching Auditorium (TA).  The campus is located at 2465 Drew St in Clearwater.

The new Ethics and Social Sciences building will achieve a level of LEED certification, and will be the third college-wide, and the second LEED building on the SPC Clearwater Campus.

The presentation is sponsored by the SPC chapters of American Institute of Architecture Students, US Green Building Council Students and  Gargoyle Architecture Honor Society.

For more information, contact Jason Green at (727) 341-3283 or



September 30, 2010 at 2:55 pm Leave a comment

The Gulf Oil Crisis forum at SPC, October 2

Three panels of experts will discuss the “Pathways to Policy: The Future of Energy” at a community forum at 9:30am., Saturday, October 2, 2010.

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 Gulf oil spill crisis is no longer front page news and our attention turns to why we need energy alternatives, what those alternatives look like, and what policies must be in place to ensure that we reach energy independence efficiently and effectively.

The first panel, “Why Energy Alternatives?” will be led by Dan Lashof – Climate Center Director, National Resources Defense Council.

The second panel, will focus on the future of energy, and will be led by Dr. David A. Cartes – Director, Institute for Energy Systems, Economics and Sustainability (IESES) at Florida State University and Barry Moline – Executive Director, Florida Municipal Electric Association.

The third panel, “The Pathways to Policy” will be led by Dale Brill – President, Florida Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

All three panels will be moderated by Susan Glickman, Florida Business Network for a Clean Energy Economy.

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:// The event also will be recorded for later showing in SPC classes or other forums and SPC-TV. Questions can be e-mailed to

Forum attendees will receive a gift certificate for a one-night stay (pending availability) at The Tradewinds Resort in St. Pete Beach.

Register for the free event at Free at http://www.

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September 24, 2010 at 3:13 pm Leave a comment

Clearwater Greenprint open house, Sept 28

Clearwater Greenprint, a community action plan for sustainable growth is sponsored by the City of Clearwater, with funding from the Department of Energy.  Guided by a Steering Committee of local residents and other group representatives, the aim of the Greenprint is to balance economic prosperity with environmental stewardship so that Clearwater will be a vibrant community for everyone who lives here now, and for the generations to come.

The Greenprint will include measurable goals and achievable strategies for a range of actions such as lessening the amount of greenhouse gases we emit into the atmosphere, making our buildings and transportation systems more energy-efficient, expanding mobility choices beyond the automobile, creating “green” jobs, reducing the amount of waste we generate, and consuming locally produced food.

The City has already made a commitment to pursuing sustainable and environmentally conscious policies and programs. For example, the local government recently completed a Greenhouse Gas Inventory and strategic plan to make government operations more energy-efficient. This community-wide Greenprint initiative will allow the City to take a step further by expanding the Greenhouse Gas Inventory and analysis to include the entire city. The Greenprint process will help everyone in the City come together to explore new ideas and take advantage of new kinds of decision-making tools that can help us prepare for a more livable and sustainable future.

Some of the Greenprint strategies will inform policy changes to the City’s Comprehensive Plan and Community Development Code. Other Greenprint strategies will influence local and regional agencies responsible for transportation investments, economic development initiatives, and environmental conservation programs. Still others will support statewide policies and programs to increase energy efficiency and conservation and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (House Bill 697), and to develop more sustainable transportation systems (Senate Bill 360).

But government programs and policies are only one element of the sustainability action agenda. A sustainable city is a product of the entire community, working together internally, and coordinating its efforts with neighboring communities, regions, and the world at large. Therefore, the Clearwater Greenprint will focus on strategies that everyone can help to carry out – local government, residents, businesses, and even visitors. It is a plan for everyone, so we need everyone to play a part in shaping it.

Please attend the first Clearwater Greenprint open house on  September 28 from 4-7PM, at the Aging Well Center, 1501 N Belcher Rd, Clearwater, FL 33765.

Be sure to share your Share your ideas on ways Clearwater can be more green, prosperous and livable! Come and learn about what your city is doing now to be more sustainable and competitive in the future.


September 22, 2010 at 12:13 pm Leave a comment

SPC, Green Energy Engineering partner to offer online classes for engineers

St Petersburg College’s Corporate Training Department announced that it will partner with Green Energy Engineering ( to provide online classes for professional engineers who need Professional Development Hours (PDHs).

GEE is a continuing education company that offers classes in DVD format to professional engineers who need to earn credits to renew their licenses.

Two GEE courses will be offered starting July 26:  “Principles of Engineering Economy”; and “Incremental Investment and Incremental Return.” Under the partnership agreement, the classes may be taken through SPC’s online learning program.

“Principles of Engineering Economy” is based on the 17-chapter college textbook of the same name. It explains the time value of money, how to compute net present worth, how to determine the rate of return on a project, and many other concepts.

“Incremental Investment and Incremental Return” demonstrates how spending an additional $1,000 in capital can return $15,000 or more over the life of a project.  It does so by presenting an engineering and financial computer model that minimizes the long-term monthly loan payments of a capital project while minimizing the monthly energy cost.

“Partnering with Green Energy Engineering gives professional engineers another choice of how their continuing education is delivered,” said James Connolly, Director of SPC’s Corporate Training Department. “Students will find that our online training is easy, efficient, and cost effective.  GEE’s classes were recorded in a classroom before a live audience and will keep the student engaged. Both courses apply to every engineering discipline.”

“We are excited by this great partnership with a leading educational institution in the Tampa Bay area,” said Eric Coffin, Florida Certified Continuing Education Provider and President of GEE. “The platform provided by St. Petersburg College for online education is second to none, and we’re happy to be able to provide our expertise in continuing education and teaching engineers about making great capital, financial, and energy decisions.”

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September 8, 2010 at 11:12 am Leave a comment

Day of Service at Fort DeSoto, Sierra Club serves outdoors on 9/11

Honor those who’ve served America by helping plant 10,000 sea oats on one of America’s best beaches.

The Sierra Club is proud to join Americans across the country volunteering on September 11 in honor and remembrance of those who bravely serve the country. The great outdoors are part of America’s heritage, and protecting our lands is a way to honor the National Day of Service.  Serving on 9/11 honors others who have served our country.

Here in Tampa Bay we’ll plant sea oats to stabilize the beach so it can serve as a nursery for birds and other Gulf wildlife. We’ll also help park staff finish cleaning up Ft. DeSoto’s North Beach from Labor Day crowds.

Check-in is from 8am-9am.

Go Beyond Oil Challenge: use as little oil/ gas to get there as possible! Recognition for those who go the furthest, bring the greatest number, and get to Ft. DeSoto in the most creative manner, by land and by sea, using the least amount of oil per person. To truly move beyond oil to a clean energy future, we all need to minimize our personal use as we help preserve our natural heritage.

Afterward, PARTY!!: Celebrate the Gulf of Mexico and our work to help make it healthier at Shelter #1, shaded by Australian Pines. Participants in the Go Beyond Oil Challenge will be recognized.

The largest park in the Pinellas County Park System, Fort DeSoto Park’s 1,136 acres spread across five interconnected islands. Named America’s Top Beach twice in 3 years, recent budget cuts eliminated 2/3 of the park’s staff. Ft DeSoto needs YOUR help to remain one of the Gulf of Mexico’s treasures.

WHEN: Saturday, September 11, 2010

WHERE: Shelter #1, Ft. DeSoto County Park

NOTE: Shelter #1 is all the way up at the far end of North Beach

TIME: 9:00 am – 12:00 noon (Check-in 8:00-9:00 am)


September 2, 2010 at 3:31 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.

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To learn more about The Office for Sustainability at St. Petersburg College, contact Jason Green, Sustainability Coordinator at

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