A Greener SCC

Student Center

SCC is taking steps toward being a sustainable campus, including the establishment of the “Team Green” committee and a campus-wide single stream recycling program.

Have you made an impact on SCC in the area of sustainability as a group member or individual? Apply for The Green Warrior Award. Nominations are due to teamgreen@stchas.edu by April 1. 

SCC Green Initiatives:

Energy Efficiency Classroom occupancy sensors to control the lighting, heating and cooling systems were installed during the summer of 2010 in most classrooms and a high efficiency hot water boiler also was installed. New chilled water control valves were installed in the winter of 2010 to help control water pressure. The projects were funded in part by a Public Buildings and Energy Efficiency Retrofit grant from Missouri Department of Natural Resources and a rebate from Laclede Gas Company. The savings realized will provide a projected payback in less than five years. More
Team Green SCC’s Team Green committee was established in the fall of 2009, and works collaboratively with SCC administrators, academic classes and college departments to develop awareness of how to be green on campus. The committee, headed by Chris Breitmeyer, vice president for academic and student affairs, is taking steps toward achieving a more sustainable campus community. The team planned “Sustainapalooza” at the start of the fall 2010 semester to kick off single stream recycling and other initiatives.
Single Stream Recycling SCC kicked off its campus-wide single stream recycling efforts in fall 2010, when the college secured a $25,000 grant from the St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management District to pay for the bins, liners, composters and an educational campaign. In 2013, St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management District provided an additional $19,000 grant to expand the efforts.
“Seed to Table” Program SCC’s Child Development Center has implemented a program where children at the center learn about the food cycle, from planting to growing and eventually eating homegrown vegetables, fruits and herbs. In June 2013, the Child Development Center earned 'Eat Smart' status.
Sustainable Grounds Practices SCC reduced its use of insecticide by 50 percent and its use of synthetic fertilizer by 10 percent, with movement toward using more organic fertilizer. The college is increasing the number of perennials and native plants on campus to become more environmentally friendly. Among the benefits, perennials have reduced the amount of plantings per year by 50 percent and plants native to Missouri require less watering and fertilizer than non-native plants. The college also reduced its grass mowing to conserve fuel, and leave nearly 100 acres as natural green space. SCC's Grounds staff also are partnering with biology classes to connect students with the environment on campus. In spring 2011, the Grounds Department donated more than 3,000 seedling pots to the Missouri Botanical Gardens, where they were recycled into plastic landscape timbers. This was part of the Missouri Botanical Gardens' Plastic Pot Recycling program.
Outdoor Classroom SCC has partnered with the City of St. Peters to create an outdoor classroom in Rabbit Run Park, which will support learning for SCC students, K-12 students and provide resources for the community. The 90 acres of land to be used by SCC will be kept natural and will be used to grow plants and trees representative of regions across Missouri. A small sustainable structure with a roll-off roof is planned for the site.
Electric Vehicle for Department of Public Safety SCC's Department of Public Safety replaced one of its existing gas-powered vehicles with a cost-effective and energy efficient GEM Electric Vehicle. Manufactured by Chrysler Group Global Electric Motorcars LLC, the 100 percent electric, zero-emissions car is used by DPS personnel to patrol the sidewalks on campus.
Memberships SCC is a member of the Higher Education Sustainability Consortium, the National Arbor Day Foundation, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and the American Association of Community College’s Sustainability Education and Economic Development (SEED).
Student Organization The SCC Green Club is a club dedicated to increasing environmental understanding and awareness as well as creating positive change at SCC and the greater community. The club helped plant trees and plants to create a habitat that represented the vegetation of southeast Missouri as part of the Outdoor Classroom at Rabbit Run Park.
Herb Garden SCC Food Services planted an herb garden in spring 2011 on the Student Center patio. The herbs are used in the kitchens of the Plaza Bistro and Café. The following herbs were planted: parsley, chives, rosemary, dill, thyme, oregano, basil and mint. Four of each of these herbs were planted to rotate usage.
"It's Easy Being Green" Expo The SCC Continuing Education Department hosted its first-ever "It's Easy Being Green" Expo in spring 2011. This family-friendly, community event featured environmentally friendly vendors, educators and presenters sharing information on renewable energy efficiency, green products, food and gardening, as well as The Home Depot's Kids Workshops. Executive Personal Computers (EPC) also provided electronic recycling.
Tree Campus USA Certification SCC has earned Tree Campus USA recognition from the Arbor Day Foundation for its dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship each year since 2010. This included the establishment of a Tree Advisory Committee and the planting of more than 2,000 trees on the campus of SCC, among other efforts. SCC was one of the first three colleges to be Tree Campus USA certified in the state of Missouri.
RideFinders Carpool Program SCC has partnered with RideFinders to offer a free carpool program for SCC students and employees. Visit www.ridefinders.org for more information.

Sustainable Campus Community Certification
Sustainable Campus Community Certification

Sustainable Campus Community Certification Logo

Be a part of the green movement at SCC and get your office certified!

Download the application form.

Email teamgreen@stchas.edu for more information.

Each of the office certification levels is represented by an endangered species native to St. Charles County.


Cerulean Warbler, Level One

Accounting, Business and Economics Department (TECH 205)

Help Desk

Human Resources

Pallid Sturgeon, Level 2

Business and Computer Science Department (TECH 105)

Child Development Center (CDC)

Payroll Department

American Bittern, Level 3

Accessibility Services

Corporate and Community Development

Math Department

Nursing Department

Science Department

Western Fox Snake, Level 4


Maintenance Department

Physical Education Department

Social and Behavioral Sciences Department

Visual Arts Building

Green News



This thermometer tracks the percentage of waste generated by the SCC campus community that is recycled rather then sent to the landfill. The percentage is calculated by taking the total mass of the recycled materials and dividing that by the mass of the total waste generated.

The goal is to have 75% of SCC's waste recycled, diverting it from the landfill and allowing it to be repurposed for other uses.

This percentage can be increased in two ways: By increasing the amount of recyclable materials used and by reducing the amount of waste generated.

Classes are offered through the Division of Corporate and Community Development at SCC.