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STLCC Receives Heroes of the Planet Sustainable Educator Award

October 21, 2010

Heroes of the Planet Award  

St. Louis Community College has received the 2010 Heroes of the Planet Sustainable Educator Award from the St. Louis Business Journal.

STLCC has aggressively integrated sustainability into all aspects of its operation for more than 20 years, initially as energy conservation measures, and more recently into environmentally sound designs. The four primary sectors of activity include instruction, operations, infrastructure and outreach.

In addition to a variety of courses related to ecology and the environment, STLCC is developing new degree and certificate programs to provide a skilled workforce that will support the region's sustainability efforts. Sustainable design, sustainable construction, hybrid automobile maintenance and energy technician programs are being developed through a $2,060,338 Training for Tomorrow grant from the state of Missouri. STLCC is collaborating with the St. Louis City and County on the grant to develop new and expanded programs designed to re-train and re-employ individuals in the middle-skill jobs that will drive economic recovery. STLCC is the “preferred educational provider” for the local chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, and is collaborating with the chapter to meet the educational needs and requirements of its members, and the region at-large.

STLCC’s Workforce and Community Development division collaborated with internal and external partners to secure more than $3.3 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds earmarked for green job training to put Missourians back to work. Programs have been designed for dislocated auto workers, for environmental remediation, home energy auditor training, and other energy career pathways.

Operationally, STLCC’s infrastructure has undergone several generations of energy-saving upgrades during the past two decades. STLCC also opened a new campus in Wildwood that received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification from the USGBC, and also opened the first “green” public higher education facility of its kind in St. Louis City. The new William J. Harrison Education Center also was designed to achieve LEED gold certification.

STLCC staff members are active with the local chapter of the USGBC and have made presentations on sustainability topics for local, regional and national conferences. They also have written articles on sustainability for regional and national publications.