SCF Celebrates Earth Day with Focus on Sustainability

(Bradenton, Fla., April 22, 2011) — In celebration of Earth Day on April 22, State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) student clubs and organizations will gather at SCF Venice at noon to plant six live oak saplings in commemoration of SCF’s commitment to a sustainable environment.

Participating clubs and organizations include Veteran’s Exchange, Philosophy Club, Phi Theta Kappa, Swamp Scribes, Elektraphrog, and Student Government Association.

Sustainability long has been a focus of student organizations at SCF. Under the leadership of SCF President Dr. Lars A. Hafner, SCF has established sustainability goals and implemented green business practices to preserve the environment and reduce costs. Green practices include recycling, water conservation, advanced technology to minimize travel and printing, bicycle racks to encourage commuters, sustainable education and green building design and construction.

SCF’s first green building, the Medical Technology and Simulation Center at SCF Lakewood Ranch, recently earned Gold LEED Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The chiller plant, which cools the buildings at SCF Lakewood Ranch during peak hours to conserve energy, will serve as a learning lab for the new Bachelor of Applied Science in Energy Technology Management. SCF is also promoting sustainable education and outreach by providing courses in clean energy through the noncredit division, Corporate and Community Development.

Last year on Earth Day, SCF’s EarthFest, a student led initiative, resulted in SCF’s first Guinness World Record for recycling the most plastic bottles in an eight hour period.

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