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The St. Petersburg College Office for Sustainability was formed in 2008 by former College President Carl Kuttler with the intention of reducing the college’s carbon footprint.  This initiative further allows St. Petersburg College to be a creative leader and partner with students, communities, and other educational institutions in delivering enriched learning experiences and acting as a model of environmental stewardship.

The Office for Sustainability falls under the auspices of Facilities Planning & Institutional Services.

Jason Green, a licensed architect and LEED AP, serves as St. Petersburg College’s first Sustainability Coordinator and is charged with implementing various sustainable practices, including: coordinating the responsibilities of the "Green Team"; advising in the development of sustainable degree programs; working to promote sustainability focused continuing education workshops and seminars; researching and advising on sustainable building materials; coordinating implementation of college-wide recycling and developing sustainability practices, activities and outreach with students, faculty, and staff.  Green was recently selected to Creative Loafing's "Green 100" and was selected by it's reader's as "Greenest Activist" in it's 2009 Best of the Bay issue.

Diana Wright, the college’s Manager of Energy and Mechanical Services, is responsible for developing a college-wide energy plan to save utility costs and decrease carbon emissions.  Initiatives include: performing energy audits; including night walkthroughs, benchmarking the college’s energy usage, developing energy conservation projects, developing payback analysis, ensuring data integrity, aiding in monitoring temperature setbacks and unoccupied schedules, ensuring optimal equipment performance in generation, distribution, and end-use equipment, and completing greenhouse gas inventories.

In addition, in 2008 the St. Petersburg College “Green Team” consisting of college vice presidents, deans, provosts, department directors, professors architects, engineers and students was formed to further facilitate campus-wide sustainability initiatives and planning.

Additionally, St. Petersburg College holds memberships with the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC).