The Alamo Colleges has also been an early partner of the GreenForce Initiative and have actively supported Greenforce Initiatives through the Mission Verde program. The Alamo Colleges was also a founding campus in I-35 Green Corridor Collaborative in 2009 through which the colleges shared curricula, faculty training and other resources to eliminate duplication and speed up the expansion of “green” education in Texas.
Sustainability in the Curriculum
The Alamo Colleges offer a wide array of green economy classes. The Green Jobs Training Institute currently offers nine programs:
Additional opportunities are also offered for continuing education through the following classes:
Certified Arborist, Green Housekeeper, Electric Car Conversion, Solar Panel Installer, Interiorscaping and “Green” Interior Design, Green Building Basics, Weatherization (Part 1), Weatherization (Part 2), Certified Energy Auditor, and Green Entrepreneurial Skills.
The St. Phillips campus also offers:
Sustainability in campus operations
The Alamo Colleges are a signatory to the American Colleges and Universities President’s Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). As part of the ACUPCC all of the colleges in the district have completed greenhouse gas inventories and climate action plans. The inventories and action plans can be viewed at the ACUPCC website.
The Alamo Colleges have also been an integral partner in getting the Mesa Verde Sustainability Plan for the city of San Antonio underway and the Mission Verde Center is a cutting edge program leading several green curriculum initiatives. The Mission Verde Center secured $1,000,000 of the City of San Antonio’s energy efficiency and conservation block grant funds toward energy improvements at the Mission Verde Center. A comprehensive energy audit of the facility is being conducted to locate opportunities for advanced energy efficiency technologies. In addition, a comprehensive water audit is being conducted to establish the baseline for water efficiency retrofits. San Antonio utilities, CPS Energy and San Antonio Water System, plan to demonstrate and evaluate smart grid components, advanced electric and water meters, renewable generation sources and water conservation techniques on the campus.