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Overview of GREEN at STLCC
St. Louis Community College considers environmental stewardship an integral part of our mission to expand minds and change lives. We are committed to assisting our region in fostering awareness and development of a growing green economy and society by incorporating sustainability concepts into our academic and business practices.
- 1960s - At its start in 1962, the college used temporary buildings until three campuses were finished in the late '60s. It was a time of inexpensive utilities, and energy efficiency was a relatively unknown idea.
- 1970s - With the energy crisis in the '70s, cheap utility prices came into question. The college looked for energy efficiencies, focusing on weatherization and insulation of roof surfaces.
- 1980s - Technology was emerging to improve lighting (CFLs, occupancy sensors); upgrades in HVAC systems were funded via the EXXON Valdez oil spill settlement, which provided grant funding via energy saving companies. Improvements were financed by “paid-from-savings” loans.
- 1990s - The college's 30-year-old buildings were in need of retrofits -- boilers and chillers were replaced. Ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons were removed, and plans began for expansion (South County and Wildwood). The U.S. Green Building Council was just starting to take hold in the building sector.
- 2000s - The college continues its commitment to build with LEED gold standards -- the Wildwood campus (LEED gold) opened in 2007; the Bio-Research and Development and Growth (BRDG) Park (LEED silver) opened in January 2010; and the William J. Harrison Education Center (LEED gold) opened in fall 2010. Sustainability projects across the district are mentioned on the Facilities page.