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STLCC Receives USBGC Local Chapter’s Growing Green Educator Award

April 06, 2011

St. Louis Community College recently received the Growing Green Educator Award from the Missouri Gateway Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council.


With the development and implementation of green building education programs, the STLCC is considered a regional leader in preparing students for success in the industry. The institution’s strong commitment to a sustainable infrastructure and operations is evidenced by the recent construction of two green buildings – the LEED gold-certified Wildwood campus and the LEED-registered Harrison Education Center – and long-term integration of sustainability practices.


STLCC’s green building education programs have evolved in the context of the institutional strategic plan, in collaboration with numerous industry and community partners to meet the needs of the growing green building sector. These programs have been planned with a strategic eye toward contributing to economic recovery in the St. Louis region, and supporting the long-term growth of a green economy.


The college also is developing certificates related to green building practices related to sustainable design and construction. The college is a registered USGBC educational provider, and is a founding member of the St. Louis Higher Education Sustainability Consortium.


The college’s infrastructure has undergone several generations of energy saving upgrades over the past two decades. These energy conservation measures include the installation of energy-efficient mechanical systems, building automation systems, lighting retro-fits and occupancy sensors, energy-efficient windows, roof insulation and green roofs, high efficiency plumbing fixtures and the use of electric service vehicles.


Operationally, the college has implemented several programs to conserve waste and reduce its carbon footprint, including recycling, use of paper and cleaning products containing 30 percent recycled content, and reduced paper usage.


STLCC received the 2010 Heroes of the Planet Sustainable Educator Award from the St. Louis Business Journal and a Circle of Excellence Award for achievements in the Green Business Challenge sponsored by the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association.