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STLCC-Florissant Valley Recognized in “Celebrating Sustainability” Series

April 01, 2013

St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley will be recognized in two venues this month as one of 20 colleges and universities nationwide that exemplify the mission of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) to re-stabilize the earth’s climate through education, research and community engagement.

The “Celebrating Sustainability” series highlights the sustainability initiatives of finalists for the 2013 Second Nature Climate Leadership Awards. Second Nature, a national nonprofit that works to create a healthy, just and sustainable society by transforming higher education, will formally recognize Florissant Valley on the ACUPCC and Second Nature websites on April 3.

In tandem with the series, STLCC-Florissant Valley is vying for the top spot in a public video voting competition. Florissant Valley has produced a video that promotes the campus’s sustainability initiatives, and viewers will have the opportunity to vote for the most innovative and groundbreaking institution in each Carnegie Classification. Voting takes place throughout April in partnership with Planet Forward.

In 2008, Marcia Pfeiffer, Ph.D., president of the Florissant Valley campus, signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. This commitment dictates that colleges and universities must exercise leadership in their communities and throughout society by modeling ways to eliminate global warming emissions, and by initiating the development of a comprehensive plan to achieve climate neutrality.

Since that time, the campus has worked to update Greenhouse Gas Inventories; establish a Climate Action Plan; develop the well-received and groundbreaking eco-garden; employ the use of an electric car for traveling on campus; increase bottle, paper and landfill recycling stations; and incorporate sustainability into curriculum with two certificate programs.

Each year, the campus also hosts a Green Fair which serves to make the community aware of the many "green" options available including organic and community gardens, cleaning products, electric vehicles and more.

“Just as sustainability is a matter for both inside and outside the classroom, the faculty and students of St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley together contributed to the campus with an extraordinary show of public awareness-raising,” said David Hales, president of Second Nature. “The campus eco-garden is an important step toward integrating sustainable living with the student experience.”

“We are delighted to be a part of the Celebrating Sustainability video competition. Florissant Valley has worked hard to demonstrate our commitment to being a viable and “green” community partner,” Pfeiffer said. “The eco-garden, Green Fair and other Florissant Valley sustainability projects represent ways for us to live up to our commitment to climate neutrality.”