From Green Right Now Reports
The Green California Schools Summit and Expo will be held at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, Calif., from Dec. 9 through 11. From school gardens to recycling programs and energy efficiency retrofits, the summit will explore high performance schools — whether new buildings or renovations — that can save money, keep students and faculty healthier and engender life-long environmental awareness.
Pre-conference workshops and concurrent education sessions offer the chance to learn from stakeholders and innovators in the green schools movement – from State Architect David Thorman to government agencies, green schools rating organizations, architects and curriculum experts. An exposition will feature more than 100 companies with sustainable products and services.
Welcoming attendees as they arrive at the convention center will be a green modular schoolroom erected by American Modular Systems. The exhibition floor will include a garden display from the Los Angeles Unified School District. Also in the exhibit hall, a Resource Center organized by the Office of the State Architect will include representatives from state agencies that can assist green programs, from the California Building Standards Commission and Department of Education, to the California Energy Commission and the Metropolitan Water District.
The summit also will include special event for teachers. At the Pathways to the Future Teachers’ Institute, educators will learn about real-world applications of sustainability from professionals in green fields including advanced transportation, recycling and green building — and engage in hands-on exploration of curriculum resources.
The Summit’s annual Leadership Awards will be presented at a reception on Dec. 10, honoring school districts, companies and individuals for contributions to California’s green schools movement. Keynote speakers will be Alec Loorz, a high school sophomore who has gained international attention for his efforts to help his peers understand global warming; and Bharat Patel, an expert in sustainability and green building who has worked on building projects in Europe, Asia and America and is also active in fields including finance, job development and carbon trading.
For more information on the summit and to register, go to www.green-technology.org/gcsummit/ or contact Eric Rennie at 626-577-5700, firstname.lastname@example.org.