Tom Donovan, St. Clair County Community College’s director of physical plant, will serve on a panel at the American Association of Community Colleges’ annual conference, Bridging to Excellence, from April 20 to 23 in San Francisco. The panel session, “Enhancing Learning Environments While Saving Energy: Colleges and Industry Working Together,” will discuss how as community colleges redesign campuses to generate energy and utility savings, many are finding innovative ways to use these new projects as teaching tools for students across an array of programs. Participants will learn how a partnership between SC4 and Siemens Industry Inc. has helped transform the institution into a “living laboratory” where students gain real-world skills and where the institution meets its broader sustainability goals. The panel will discuss how projects like these can be adapted to any campus. The American Association of Community Colleges is an international organization dedicated to advancing community colleges at the national level. It supports and promotes its member colleges through policy initiatives, innovative programs, research and information and strategic outreach to business and industry and the national news media. The annual conference attracts more than 2,000 community college presidents and senior administrators, as well as international educators, representatives of business/industry and federal agencies.