The 2015 Green California Schools Summit and Community Colleges Summit will take place at the Pasadena Convention Center on October 29-30. The Summit is the largest annual event focused on green programs in the nation’s largest K-12 system and higher education systems.
With the theme “Achieving the Benefits of High Performance Schools,” the Summit will highlight the economic, educational and community benefits that districts have achieved by making a commitment to sustainability.
Offering an Expo with over 100 companies offering green products and services, educational sessions, and special events including a Leadership Awards reception, the Summit is a unique annual opportunity for public and private sector stakeholders to share innovations in green policy, practice and technology.
The opening session on October 29 will include a keynote presentation by JPL research scientist Bill Patzert. A media favorite who has been called “the prophet of California climate,” Dr. Patzert is known as one of the West’s most influential individuals in regard to water issues. He is regularly seen on local and national television representing NASA and JPL.
Green building and energy programs are helping districts create healthy environments for students and recover money for their general funds. Curriculum and student engagement efforts are helping students understand their role in preserving the state’s resources and opening the doors to career opportunities.
Dozens of concurrent education sessions will focus on critical topics, from best practices for utilizing Prop 39 energy efficiency funds to water conservation techniques and funding for energy and building projects. The recent report from the Statewide Environmental Literacy Task Force will also be discussed, will guidelines and successes from the Green Ribbon Schools Program.
Summit partners at CalRecycle, the California Energy Commission, the School Energy Coalition, the Collaborative for High Performance Schools, the Green Schools Initiative, Strategic Energy Innovations, the Alliance to Save Energy, Grades of Green, the State Allocation Board and the Metropolitan Water District, among others, are assisting in the development of sessions that meet the needs of professionals in this sector.
At a reception on October 29, the annual Leadership Awards reception will recognize achievements in categories ranging from green building and energy efficiency to curriculum. The awards were established by the Summit’s Advisory Board to honor individuals and school districts on the leading edge of school sustainability.
Advisors and Sponsors
The Advisory Board for the conference is chaired by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, State Architect Chet Widom, California Community College Deputy Chancellor Erik Skinner and Van Ton-Quinlivan, Vice Chancellor for Economic Development and Workforce Preparation.
The Premier sponsor for the event is American Modular Systems/Gen7, additional sponsors include Sigler, CalRecycle and LED Living Technology.
Registration for the keynotes, Expo and Leadership Awards are free. For more information and to register, go to www.green-technology.org or call 626-577-5700.
Carl Smith, Editor in Chief