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COC offering Earth Day panel discussions

• Vendor booths also planned.

Posted: April 19, 2008 2:09 a.m.
Updated: June 20, 2008 5:02 a.m.
College of the Canyons will celebrate Earth Day from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday at its Valencia campus with vendor booths, student presentations and various environmentally-themed panel discussions. The event is sponsored by the COC Sustained Development Committee.

The purpose of the event is "to open up a community-wide discussion about the environment and our responsibilities in caring for it," Jia-Yi Cheng-Levine, chair of the college's Sustained Development Committee, said in a statement.

Panel discussions include "Careers in Green," focusing on the many environmentally-friendly jobs and career paths available. The discussion will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in Boykin Hall

From 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., students from Newhall Elementary School will share an environmental video presentation and follow up discussion about some of the ways kids can get involved in protecting the environment.

Later, students from Northpark Elementary School will perform the environmentally themed play "How Time Capsules Can Save the World and Other Tips," at 12:30 p.m. in the COC amphitheater.

The day's second panel discussion "Air Quality and Sustainability" will be held at 1 p.m. in Boykin Hall 105, and features the insights of Santa Clarita sustainability planner Heather Mirenda, and Craig Grossman, president of Allied Bioscience Services - whose company is using new technology to address indoor air quality as a worldwide health issue.

Another highlighted presentation will be given by former Los Angeles County District Attorney and acclaimed photographer, Gil Garcetti, on his book "Water is Key," which focuses on safe water, health and empowerment of women in West Africa. This presentation will take place in Boykin Hall 105 at 2:30 p.m.


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