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Green Schools Summit in Pasadena through Friday

Posted: December 9, 2009 1:44 p.m.
Updated: December 10, 2009 1:43 p.m.
 
PASADENA - The third annual Green California Schools Summit comes to the Pasadena Convention Center this week, with pre-Summit workshops on Wednesday, Dec. 9 and an opening session on Thursday, Dec. 10. A full schedule of educational sessions, networking events and a trade show continues through Friday, Dec. 11.

Thursday's keynote speaker will be teenager Alec Loorz, who at 12 founded his own non-profit, Kids vs. Global Warming, to help his contemporaries understand the challenges that await their generation.

After the Summit, Loorz will be leaving for Copenhagen, where he has been invited to address delegates to the UN Climate Change Conference.

The largest green schools conference in the U.S., the Green California Schools Summit offers school board members, administrators, educators, facility directors, business officers, parents and others engaged in the state's green schools movement a unique opportunity to explore the latest innovations in policy, practice and technology.

In addition to an exposition featuring nearly 150 companies offering green products and services, and an education program featuring presentations scores of green schools experts, the 2009 Summit offers much to engage attendees.

Outside the convention center, American Modular Systems, the Summit's Premier Sponsor has erected an example of its "Gen 7" learning environment, "grid-neutral" classrooms with high recycled and recyclable materials content, low- and zero-VOC interiors, state-of-the-art acoustical design, energy-efficient mechanical and electrical systems and smart lighting.

On the exhibition floor, attendees will discover "Passport to Grid Neutral and Green Schools," an informational booth sponsored by the Division of the State Architect. Representatives from agencies including the California Building Standards Commission, the California Department of Education, the California Energy Commission and the California Public Utilities Commission will be on hand to discuss strategies and resources for building green schools in California in challenging times.

Nearby, LAUSD master gardener Mud Baron will be hosting a live garden display, offering tips for integrating garden programs into school curriculum. A reception on Thursday will culminate with the presentation of the Summit's 2009 Leadership Awards.

Admission to the keynote sessions, the exposition and the awards reception are free to registered attendees. For more information, visit green-technology.org/gcschools or call (626) 577-5700.

The Green California Schools Summit is produced by Green Technology.

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