The green initiative is quickly expanding and growing through many dimensions. I wanted to share to all members of the IEA and all website visitors a recent article I stumbled upon. It is not often that green efforts are applauded and appreciated by the worldwide community. To read the full article on The Daily Beast click here. Personally, I found the results astounding. While many people insist on less technology use to decrease carbon emissions throughout the world, these tech companies are proof that there is no need to sacrifice the technological advancements of today. Toshiba claims that its novel products can potentially reduce CO2 emissions by 750 million tons by 2020. Apple’s recycling programs in 95% of all countries where its products are sold received a recycling rate of 66.4% in 2010. Samsung buys and utilizes electricity from renewable energy sources in North America. These are just a few examples of the tremendous strides for the green initiative. Undoubtedly, there are many more corporations however large or small that are making enormous contributions to preserve Earth’s resources. It is because of those efforts that the world continues to move forward.
It is with great enthusiasm that we welcome the first Chinese energy club in joining our International Energy Alliance. In communications with Zhong Haozhong, a tenth grade student from Guiyang No. 1 High School in the province of Guizhou, Zhong has acknowledged that his energy club has been formed and is officially recognized by his school. His school is very prestigious and we greatly look forward to the participation and views of new members and students from the energy club at Guiyang No. 1 High School, Guizhou Province, China.
Recently, there has been great news about China and its efforts in clean energy. In fact, the New York Times reported that China was leading the race to make clean energy. In fact, for the past couple of years there has been article after article published in many U.S. newspapers and magazines regarding China moving forward with solar, wind and other renewable energy source development. It must be very exciting for Chinese students to have an opportunity to be a part of this.
Zhong Haozhong, we are here to help you in any way possible. Also, just so that you know, we’ve been to China a couple of times and really love China!
Now it’s your turn. Anyone reading this post and having knowledge on China’s renewable energy programs and the United States renewable energy programs, please comment with your perspective. Also, please welcome Zhong Haozhong and the energy club from Guiyang No. 1 High School.
…. The Founding Members …. Andrew Hunter, Paul Noppenberger, Ariela Osuna, Caroline Walters
I have been tasked by the city of Aliso Viejo to reach out to the community and try to get students involved in the Green Initiative and all of its energy saving concepts. I’ve been in touch with all eight schools in Aliso Viejo -they have all been extremely interested since this initiative is going on right in their own neighborhood. But it is a monumental task to actually put something together for a school since everyone is so busy at the schools, especially with the state budget cuts. I will say that even though it took many phone calls and they are so busy, many are actually moving forward with this. Yesterday I finally had a meeting with all the teachers at Canyon Vista Elementary School. Accompanying me was Albert Armijo, director of planning for the city of Aliso Viejo. It was a little scary to have this meeting with all thirty teachers in front of us, but I think it went well. They seemed interested even though we probably could have been more polished in our presentation. Mr. Mahoney, principal at Canyon Vista, was super nice to us, and in the end, he said he and the teachers would discuss the information we provided and get back to us.
Based upon my experience with this school, I would encourage anyone else with similar ideas to reach out as well. It is extremely possible if you are persistent. But be prepared for some schools to say no. Please let me know if any of you have had any experience with something like this.
The Aliso Niguel High School energy club and IEA helped out today at the Aliso Viejo City Founder’s Day event. This event is a celebration of the tenth anniversary of the city of Aliso Viejo, and the Aliso Viejo city planning group was at this festive event to promote its Green Initiative. The city’s Green Plan strongly considers energy impact in all aspects of its responsible areas: land use, air quality, energy conservation, greenhouse gas reduction, adaptation to climate change, vehicle management, transportation and recycling.
Andrew Hunter, Aliso Niguel High School Energy Club president and IEA executive board member, and Josh Himley, Aliso Niguel High School Energy Club vice president and IEA member worked as attendants in the city’s booth, answering questions and providing literature to interested individuals.
Andrew Hunter has been tasked by the city to get students from the schools in Aliso Viejo involved in the Green Initiative, to learn about it, and to help do their part at school and at home. One result is that Aliso Viejo schools researched the Green Initiative and then produced Green posters for this event. Throughout this year, Andrew and the city will visit schools to work with teachers and administrators in helping each school get involved in a way that fits each school’s goals.
It is estimated that two thousand people attended the event this year. The city’s environmental care unit was present, as was Aliso Viejo Recycling, San Diego Gas & Electric, and several other environmental groups.
The energy club at Aliso Niguel High School and the IEA have been working collaboratively with the Aliso Viejo city planning group on their Green Initiative this past year.