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STLCC Offers Courses in Sustainable Environmental Design

July 29, 2011

Sustainable environmental design specialties are considered the cutting edge of “green” job technologies. Beginning this fall, St. Louis Community College is offering classes in sustainable environmental design with options in architecture, interior design and landscaping.

The classes are designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to work in the rapidly growing field of sustainable environmental design. Students will learn to use core concepts, design strategies and green building technologies for the design, construction and maintenance of buildings and areas that minimize our impact on the natural environment, are more energy efficient, and are healthier for both humans and natural environmental systems. This course of study will prepare students to apply for the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Associate exam.

These classes, with three specialty areas, are ideal for any working professionals in the architectural, landscaping, interior design and other related fields, or for students currently enrolled in these disciplines. Classes meet one night per week with additional hours required online. Students may complete a sequence of six classes in one of the three specialty areas in as little as two semesters and earn 16 credit hours.

Individuals interested in learning more about this program are invited to attend a special information session 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, in Room 201 the Student Center at STLCC-‘s Meramec campus, 11333 Big Bend Road in Kirkwood. There is no charge to attend this session; however, registration is required. To reserve a space, visit www.stlcc.edu/environmentaldesign or call 314-984-7156.

Classes begin Aug. 25 at the Meramec campus. Seating is limited, and there is no cost for qualified individuals. To determine if you qualify, contact Erin LeClerc at eleclerc@stlcc.edu or call 314-984-7156

This program’s initial cohort of students is funded through the Training for Tomorrow Grant Initiative. STLCC is collaborating with St. Louis City to develop and expand programs in health care, life sciences, aerospace, advanced manufacturing, interdisciplinary green technologies and information technology. The program is designed to retrain and re-employ individuals in middle-skill jobs. The funding, from the federal Second Supplemental Disaster Recovery Community Development Block Grant program, is part of Gov. Jay Nixon’s initiative to help community colleges create or expand programs to serve additional students in disciplines expected to contribute to economic recovery.