SCF Recognizes Earth Day with Focus on Sustainability

(Bradenton, Fla., April 12, 2013) — In celebration of Earth Day on April 22, State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) recognizes its commitment to a sustainable environment.

Sustainability is one of SCF’s institutional values that involves implementing green business practices to preserve the environment and reduce costs, including recycling, water conservation, advanced technology to minimize travel and printing, sustainable education, and green building design and construction.

SCF Bradenton joins other campuses in encouraging participation in sustainability through its single-stream recycling program. Single-stream recycling simplifies the process by allowing all recyclable material to be mixed into a single receptacle. Recyclable items include white and colored paper, folders, cardboard, telephone books, aluminum cans, glass, plastic bottles and containers, and dairy and juice cartons.

SCF Lakewood Ranch is home to the Medical Technology and Simulation Center, the College’s first building to achieve Gold LEED Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Other green features at SCF Lakewood Ranch include the chiller plant that cools the buildings during peak hours to conserve energy and the new electric car charging stations that were installed in March 2013.

At SCF Venice, sustainability is a focus of the SCF Green Team, a group of faculty, staff and students who design and implement projects that maintain the natural beauty and the environmental significance of SCF Venice. The Green Team will host a public lecture "The World of Bats" by Cyndi and George Marks of the Florida Bat Conservancy from noon – 12:50 p.m. on Earth Day. Following the lecture, a brief commemoration will be held for the new bat house built by the SCF Venice Environmental Zoology Club to educate students and the public about the benefits of bats and to dispel myths about bats. Click here for more information.

SCF Venice features other sustainability initiatives including the Fit Trail. Designed to promote health and wellness at the College and in the community, the Fit Trail winds around a beautiful lake, giving joggers and walkers an opportunity to catch a glimpse of wildlife in their natural habitats.

Students in the Bachelor of Applied Science in Energy Technology Management and Associate in Science in Engineering Technology programs receive a broad-based fundamental education in energy-related principles and learn on-the-job training by monitoring systems, including solar panels.

For more information about SCF’s sustainability initiatives, visit

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