Green Curriculum

Sustainability, Equity, Environment, Economics

 

Many courses at PSC provide an introduction to sustainability concepts or help students develop skills to live a more "green" lifestyle. The courses listed below are offered through the Sustainability Center in partnership with the Corporate and Continuing Education Division of the college.

The faculty sustainability committee is working toward identifying specific courses that are sustainability-related and/or sustainability-focused. If you have questions, or are looking to enroll in a course that contains this material, contact Allessandra Cairo for more information.

 

 

Courses with "Green" Content

Spring 2015

Best Management Practices for Community Trees

Nature Presearve Soil Sampling

In this eight hour course, participants will gain an understanding in selecting, placing, conserving, protecting, maintaining, establishing, renovating and replacing trees. Participants will learn best management practices which are technically correct and widely accepted practices and standards used by professional arborists, urban and community foresters, landscape architects and other tree care and landscape professionals.

CEUs have been applied for and are pending approval by the Illinois Arborist Association.

Tuesday, Wednesday

March 3 & 4

8 a.m.-12 p.m.

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Tuesday, Wednesday

March 17 & 18

6 p.m. – 9:50 p.m.

Registration and pricing information to be released in February.  

Landscape Concepts

Participants will gain an understanding in selecting, placing, conserving, protecting, maintaining and establishing functional landscapes. Participants will learn widely accepted practices and standards used by professional turf managers, landscape architects and landscape professionals.

CEUs have been applied for and are pending approval by PLANET and the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association.

Tuesday, Wednesday

March 10 & 11

8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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Tuesday, Wednesday

March 24 & 25

6 p.m. – 9:50 p.m.

Registration and pricing information to be released in February.

Building Operator Certification

This seven week course, hosted by PSC in partnership with the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, is appropriate for facility managers, HVAC technicians and related personnel. Building Operator Certification (BOC) is a nationally recognized, award-winning competency-based training and certification program that offers facility personnel the improved job skills and knowledge to transform workplaces to be more comfortable, energy efficient and environmentally friendly.

The training includes nearly 74 hours of classroom and project work (7.4 CEUs) in building systems operation and maintenance. To become certified, participants must pass an exam at the end of each training day and complete five assigned projects.

Thur-Fri March 12-13, 2015 

BOC 1001 - Energy Efficient Operation of Building HVAC Systems

Friday, March 20, 2015 

BOC 1002 - Measuring and Benchmarking Energy Performance

Friday, March 27, 2015 

BOC 1003 - Efficient Lighting Fundamentals

Thursday, April 2, 2015

BOC 1004 - HVAC Controls Fundamentals

Friday, April 10, 2015

BOC 1005 - Indoor Environmental Quality

Friday, April 17, 2015

BOC 1006 - Low-Cost Operational Improvement

Friday, April 24, 2015

BOC 1007 - Facility Electrical System

For more information and to register, visit BOC Central and select "Chicago Heights."

View information on the BOC Veterans Program.

Summer 2015

Creating a Rain Garden

In this introductory course, you will learn about the benefits of creating a rain garden in your yard. You will learn about drainage, native plants and maintenance of your rain garden.

Wednesday

5 p.m. -8 p.m.

June 3

Registration information to be released March 10, 2015.

Designing a Butterfly Garden

In this introductory course, you will learn about the typical butterfly and its life cycle. You will then learn how to design a butterfly garden in the space you have to attract a variety of butterflies, including the state-insect and endangered Monarch Butterfly.

Tuesday, Wednesday

5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

June 9, 10

Registration information to be released March 10, 2015.