Archive for October, 2010

LEED Sustainable Sites, lunch and learn at SPC, Nov 9

Interested in delving further into your knowledge of technical information and strategies related to reducing urban heat islands – while achieving LEED credit?

Join LEED Sustainable Sites Technical Advisory Group members Joby Carlson (Research Engineer & Lab Manager, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University) and Gina Bocra (Director of Sustainable Design, Burt Hill) for an exciting webinar session: Strategies for Success in LEED: LEED and the Urban Heat Island Effect.

The Tuesday, November 9, 2010 lunch and learn is put on by the US Green Building Council, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter and is being held at the St Petersburg College, EPI Center (13805 58th St. N., Room 1-324, Largo, FL).

This webinar is registered for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit with AIA/CES (SD/HSW), BOMI, and IFMA. This webinar will satisfy 1.5 hours of GBCI Credentialing Maintenance for LEED Professionals.

Chapter members free
Guests $15

Sign up here!

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October 27, 2010 at 3:19 pm Leave a comment

SPC Seminole forum on preserving green space, Oct 27

St. Petersburg College’s Applied Ethics Institute will host a forum entitled “The Ethics of Preserving Green Space” Oct. 27 at the Seminole Campus’ Digitorium.

At 5 pm, a guided walk will be conducted through the campus’ recently opened natural habitat park.  The forum begins at 6 pm.

Forum speakers include:

* Rep. Janet Long, D-Seminole, Florida State Representative, District 51
* Joe Malo, Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Director of Education
* Jake Stowers, Assistant Pinellas County Administrator, retired
* Lester Abberger, Trust for Public Land and Florida Conservation Campaign, Chair

The program will be available on the Applied Ethics Website ( beginning Nov. 1.

For additional information, contact Dr. Laurie King at (727) 394-6035.


October 22, 2010 at 9:33 am 1 comment

Help clean up Clearwater Beach, October 27, 2010

The St Petersburg College environmental clubs and SPC chapters of US Green Building Council Students and Florida Association of Community Colleges are sponsoring a beach clean-up on North Shore Clearwater Beach (Lot 36), running from Rockaway St. to 880 Mandalay.

The evening beach clean-up will held be Wednesday, October 27  from 5:00pm until sunset.  Meet on the beach at Rockaway Street, right in front of the public parking lot.  Bags, gloves and water (courtesy of Palm Pavilion) 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.

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

Special thanks to Palm Pavilion for generously providing a free beverage to participants after the beach clean-up!

Hope to see you there!


October 14, 2010 at 1:28 pm Leave a comment

Two SPC Clearwater instructors get into a healthy cycle

The Clearwater Campus has two cyclists who enjoy the sport so much that they have dedicated a good part of their lives to it.  Bill Hemme, Instructor of Mathematics, and Greg Byrd, Instructor of Communications, have enjoyed cycling for years and continue to be wellness leaders at the campus.

Hemme became a serious cyclist four years ago when he decided to further his journey and commit to a bigger goal. As a kid growing up, he always was fascinated by stories of long enduring adventures of 16th century sailors crossing the Atlantic Ocean. This intrigued him enough to set out on a cross-country ride, detailing each day on his personal Web blog.

In summer 2009, Hemme set out on a ride from San Francisco to St. Augustine, Fla. The trip took him over the mountains of Colorado to the plains of Kansas, and he was hosted by cyclist families along the way. He prearranged his stays through, a website that assists touring cyclists with hospitality on the road. Everything was going great until he reached St. Louis, where cracked bearings ended his journey.

But he refused to let things end there. On May 16 of this year, Hemme set out to finish his trip of a lifetime, this time accompanied by his son, Daniel. They made it from St. Louis to St. Augustine in just 30 days.

Byrd finds exercise more tolerable when commuting to work. He commutes to the Clearwater Campus on his Raleigh 10-speed bicycle four days a week, covering the roundtrip distance of nearly eight miles. This is especially rewarding for him because his bike route navigates trails and streets, and saves 10 minutes of commute time. Not even a 14-hour work day stops Byrd.

He began commuting to the Clearwater Campus in 1990. The benefit of not driving to work was that he no longer had to deal with parking. This advantage outweighs any inconvenience of riding for him, and he also benefits by getting about 40 minutes of exercise each day riding to and from work.

His passion for commuting has even rubbed off on his daughter, Carly. They ride the Pinellas Trail and he takes her to school twice a week. Byrd believes cycling with his daughter helps nurture their relationship.

Although Hemme and Byrd are doing nothing more than following their interests, they have found great advantages to cycling, and so can you. Complete this survey so we can gauge your interest in cycling. Your response may lead to some quality cycling opportunities at SPC, such as cycling groups, events and education.

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October 14, 2010 at 1:11 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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