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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:

  •     Weatherization & Construction Skills
        Courses: Green Building Basics, Weatherization (Part 1), Weatherization (Part 2),    Blueprint Reading and Measurement,  Occupational/Construction Safety,  Basic Carpentry,  Methods of Construction, and Green Entrepreneurial Skills.
  •     Vocational ESL Weatherization & Construction Skills
        Courses:Vocational English as a Second Language (VESL) for Green Construction, Green Building Basics, Weatherization (Part 1), Weatherization (Part 2), Blueprint Reading and Measurement, OSHA/Hazwoper, Basic Carpentry,  Methods of Construction, and Green Entrepreneurial Skills (15 and 30 hour courses). 
  •     Energy Rater & Entrepreneurship
        Certified Energy Rater (64 hours), and Green Entrepreneurial Skills.
  •     Energy Rater & Weatherization Specialist
        Green Building Basics, Weatherization (Part 1), Weatherization (Part 2),  Certified Energy Rater, Occupational/Construction Safety, Introduction to Asbestos Abatement,  and Introduction to Lead Abatement.
  •     Green Professional Real Estate Inspector
        Introduction to Real Estate Inspection,  Advanced Techniques (parts a, b, and c), and  Experience Training Module. 
  •     Green Real Estate Basic Inspector & Energy Rater
        Introduction to Real Estate Inspection, Advanced Techniques (part a),  Certified Energy Auditor,  Green Building Basics, Green Entrepreneurial Skills, Occupational/Construction Safety, Introduction to Asbestos Abatement,  and Introduction to Lead Abatement.
  •     Solar Panel Installer & Building Performance Specialist
        Solar Photovoltaic Installer, Weatherization (Part 1), Weatherization (Part 2), and Certified Energy Auditor. 
  •     Solar Panel Installer and Entrepreneurship
        Green Building Basics, Solar Photovoltaic Installer, OSHA/Hazwoper, Green Entrepreneurial Skills, and Occupational/Construction Safety.
  •     Weatherization & Solar Panel Installer
        Green Building Basics,  Solar Photovoltaic Installer, Weatherization (Part 1), Weatherization (Part 2), Occupational/Construction Safety, Introduction to Asbestos Abatement, and Introduction to Lead Abatement.

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:

  •     Power Generation and Alternative Energy A.A.S. (2926)
  •     Advanced Water Treatment A.A.S

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 - http://rs.acupcc.org/search/?institution_name=&carnegie_class=%3F%3F&state_or_province=TX
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. 

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