SPC integrates social and environmental responsibility into its college-wide strategic forecasting,
curriculum and educational programs, facilities planning and design, natural
resource consumption, student activities and community outreach.
Members of the Florida Engineering Society SPC Student Chapter helped choose the best solar installation for the Clearwater Campus’ newest building, the Ethics and Social Sciences Building, which opened in spring, 2013. The winner: a 17.3 kW Copper Indium Gallium (di)Selenide (CIGS) solar panel array.
This marked the second solar energy installation at SPC, which will soon host two more projects thanks to a recent grant from Duke Energy. The 2013 SunSense Schools Post Secondary School Award will fund the college’s proposal for a 100 kW photovoltaic array project to be split between the Clearwater and Seminole campuses.
SPC's original solar project is a $25,000 3.46-kilowatt thin-film amorphous silicon photovoltaic installation atop the LEED Gold certified Natural science, Mathematics and College of Education building on the Clearwater Campus. It was the first commercial installation of the new generation of solar collection systems installed in this area. Students keep tabs on the installations to measure the energy produced and report their findings at the annual Honors College Research Conference. See for yourself.
So far, students have found that latitude plays a larger role than elevation in successfully collecting solar energy. The original Clearwater Campus array, which sits at sea level and 28 degrees latitude, outperformed by nearly 30 percent an identical array in Littleton, Colo., located one mile above sea level at 40 degrees latitude.
The college follows these sustainable business practices:
The following buildings are LEED Gold Certified through the U.S. Green Building Council:
The SS and NM buildings were the first
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold higher education
buildings in Pinellas County.
For its green energy and design efforts the college has received the
following awards from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Florida Gulf
Chapter, a sustainable building organization whose membership covers 15
from Citrus to Collier.
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