Archive for January, 2011

“Home” documentary screening, February 14 at SPC Clearwater

The documentary “Home” chronicles the present day state of the Earth, its climate and how we as the dominant species have long-term repercussions on its future. A theme expressed throughout the documentary is that of linkage—how all organisms and the Earth are linked in a “delicate but crucial” natural balance with each other, and how no organism can be self-sufficient.

The Monday, February 14, 12:30pm – 2:00pm screening is free and open to the public.  The screening will be held at the SPC Clearwater Campus, NM205, 2465 Drew Street.

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January 31, 2011 at 10:48 am Leave a comment

Club Green and USGBC Students YouTube links

Thanks to those who attended the first Spring 2011 Club Green and USGBC Students meetings!

In case you missed it and want to be involved, visit for our EcoCasing YouTube site at http://www.youtube.com/user/SPCsustainability for 30 second videos describing all of our upcoming activities.  Revisit this link as we regularly add updates.

While you are already on YouTube, check out The Adventures of Eco-Man: Episode 1 at http://www.youtube.com/user/StPetersburgCollege#p/c/21FBAFE199B1503F/2/TkWd1P2ddJg.

See you on YouTube or at our next Club Green and and USGBC Students meeting, Wednesday, February 23, at SPC Clearwater Campus, NM 156.

To get more involved, contact Jason Green at green.jason@spcollege.edu.

To learn more about sustainability at SPC, visit http://www.spcollege.edu/sustainability.

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January 27, 2011 at 1:43 pm Leave a comment

An Inconvenient Truth presentation at SPC – Wednesday, February 9

Without a doubt, this might be the most terrifying presentation you will ever attend.

Adrian Brunari, personally trained by Vice President Al Gore and charter member of The Climate Project, will present the updated information as seen in the Academy Award winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth.

Mr Brunari’s area of expertise is policy and solutions, and his presentation will focus on climate change solutions with a strong emphasis on sustainability.

This free event is scheduled for Wednesday, February 9th, 2011, 12:30- 2:00 p.m. at the SPC Clearwater Campus, SS125, located at 2465 Drew Street in Clearwater, FL.

To learn more about sustainability at SPC, visit http://www.spcollege.edu/sustainability.

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January 24, 2011 at 9:41 am Leave a comment

“Climate Refugees” documentary screening and talk back at The Palladium at St. Petersburg College

St Petersburg College today announced a partnership with US Green Building Council, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter to present the documentary “Climate Refugees” at the Palladium at St Petersburg College.

The event is scheduled to take place on Sunday, January 30, 2011 from 2:00pm – 4:30pm.  The Palladium is located at 253 Fifth Ave. N, St Petersburg.

The event is free; doors and informational booths open at 1:00 pm.

A climate refugee is a person displaced by climatically induced environmental disasters. Such disasters result from incremental and rapid ecological change, resulting in increased droughts, desertification, sea level rise, and the more frequent occurrence of extreme weather events such as hurricanes, cyclones, fires, mass flooding and tornadoes.

All this is causing mass global migration and border conflicts. For the first time, the Pentagon now considers climate change a national security risk and the term climate wars is being talked about in war-room like environments in Washington D.C.

“Climate Refugees” uncovers the plight of people around the world displaced by climatically-induced environmental disasters and was the centerpiece film at the UN Climate Summit last December.

Visit http://www.sustainabletampabay.org/ to sign up to attend.

Visit http://www.climaterefugees.com/ for the trailer.

To learn more about sustainability at SPC, visit http://www.spcollege.edu/sustainability.

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January 13, 2011 at 12:37 pm Leave a comment

How to Clean Up a Broken CFL Bulb

A few days after Christmas, the EPA issued updated guidance on how to clean up a broken compact fluorescent lamp (“CFL”) bulb.  CFLs are made with a small amount of mercury that can be released as vapor when broken.  That vapor is a health risk, although the EPA still encourages the use of CFLs to save energy and reduce GHG emissions.  Here’s an outline of the EPA’s CFL cleanup guidance:

Before Cleanup

  • Clear room of people and pets
  • Open a window or door to ventilate the room for 5-10 minutes
  • If on, shut off the central HVAC system
  • Gather cleanup materials

During Cleanup

  • Collect broken glass and visible powder
  • Contain glass and powder (in a glass jar with lid or sealable plastic bag)

Hard Surface Cleanup

  • Scoop glass/powder with paper or cardboard
  • Use duct tape or something sticky to grab remaining glass/powder
  • Wipe the surface clean with damp paper towel or moist wipes
  • Place everything in jar or plastic bag
  • Place outside in trash or protected area for proper disposal

Carpet/Rug Cleanup

  • Scoop glass/powder with paper or cardboard
  • Use duct tape to grab remaining glass/powder
  • Place everything in jar or plastic bag
  • Place outside in trash or protected area for proper disposal

After Cleanup

  • Avoid leaving bulb fragments or cleanup materials indoors
  • Place bulb materials and debris outside in trash or other protected area
  • Wash hands with soap/water after disposal outside
  • Naturally ventilate room for several hours
  • Leave HVAC system off while ventilating room

The EPA discourages the use of a vacuum to clean broken CFLs.  That said, if you’re going to use a vacuum, the EPA has some detailed guidance on how to do it.  Among other things, you should try to use the vacuum hose, remove the vacuum bag, clean the vacuum, and seal the bag and cleanup materials.

The EPA also has several suggestions to avoid breaking a CFL in the first place.  You should avoid twisting the glass tubing and try to use CFLs with a cover over the spiral or folded glass tubes.  Also, CFLs should be replaced with a drop cloth on the ground — this will soften a drop or contain breakage.

CFLs have about 3-4 milligrams of mercury contained within the glass tubes and should be disposed of properly.  To find a disposal site, visit Earth 911 or the EPA’s Bulb Recycling page for more information.

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January 5, 2011 at 6:40 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 green.jason@spcollege.edu

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