Archive for January, 2012

UF offering Green Advantage® environmental certification

On February 23, 2012, University of Florida’s Program for Resource Efficient Communities will be holding Commercial/Residential Green Advantage training at Pinellas County Extension, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo.

Green Advantage® is an environmental certification for building related practitioners. This program provides an overview of current commercial green building principles, materials, and techniques.

Participants will also become familiar with the LEED rating system. A Green Advantage® certification exam will be available for those who desire it. A LEED project may receive a LEED Innovative Credit if a significant percentage (30%) of the projects building force is Green Advantage® Certified.

The course will provide an overview of key building features that effect building performance. An overview of appropriate provisions found in the Florida Building Code is included.

The course addresses the Building as a System and examines building failures due to outdoor and indoor environments through both building design and building construction techniques.

An overview of green building certification programs is included, but not limited to, USGBC – LEED for Homes, NAHBA Green Building Standards, DOE/EPA Energy Star and FGBC – Green Homes Standard. (CILB / BCAI 0010514 / AR 9877732 / FBPE 4040)

8 CEHs will be awarded for attending this training.  The exam for certification is optional is managed by a third-party testing center at a later date.

What:  Green Advantage® Environmental Certification

When:  February 23, 2012,

Where:  Gardenia Room, Pinellas County Extension, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo

Cost:  Registration is $100 for 8 CEHs

How to Register:  Visit

Questions:  Call the Program For Resource Efficient Communities on (352) 392-5684



January 25, 2012 at 2:32 pm Leave a comment

New energy forum series at Seminole Campus begins Jan. 11

Along with food, water and shelter, energy is among the most essential elements of human life in the modern world.  It lights and heats homes, powers transportation, and is essential to commerce. Yet in the post-recession, post-tsunami world of 2012, energy faces a very uncertain future.

A distinguished group of experts will explore that future in a series of free public forums at St. Petersburg College. The first forum in the series, focusing on the future of nuclear energy, will be held from 6-8 p.m. Jan. 11 in the Digitorium of the SPC Seminole Campus, 9200 113th Street North. Titled Our Energy Future: Are Nukes Still Viable, and Do Lawmakers Get It on Energy?, the forum is presented by SPC’s Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions and co-sponsored by the St. Petersburg Times and WUSF Public Media.

Is there a future for nuclear energy? Nukes have been the focus of heated debate over safety, cost, waste and siting concerns since their inception. That debate got much hotter after the March tsunami in Japan caused the meltdown of three nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Plant. Since then, Germany, Japan, Switzerland and Italy have announced plans to phase out nuclear plants.

Not in Florida. The state’s two largest utilities are seeking permits to add nuclear capacity even as the debate rages over cost and need factors and the perennial concern for safety and waste. Consumer advocates take issue with a state law that allows utilities to charge customers in advance for plants that are years down the road. They also question the need for new plants with per capita energy use declining and argue there are less expensive and less risky ways to meet energy demand. The industry defends its safety record, efficiency factor, and non-polluting benefits.

In March, the second forum in the series, will focus on renewable energy and conservation efforts. The third, in April, will assess energy policy from the 2012 session of the Florida Legislature.

The program is free, but advance registration is requested. To register, please visit our website at  For more information: 727-394-6942


January 3, 2012 at 11:32 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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