IEA Participates in International PEAK Roundtable Meeting

November 5, 2011 | By | Reply More
Promoting Energy Action & Knowledge (PEAK) held a very enlightening sustainability and green energy roundtable meeting at St. Mary and All Angels School in Aliso Viejo, California, USA last Friday, October 28, 2011. I was invited to represent the IEA and also because St. Mary’s is becoming involved in the city of Aliso Viejo’s Green Initiative, a collaborative effort between the city of Aliso Viejo and the IEA. Also present were PEAK administrators, educators and administrators from St. Mary’s, and educators and administrators from the country of Sweden.

This meeting included a discussion on how to get elementary school students from St. Mary’s to become more aware and active in green activities. The teachers from Sweden offered their ideas and I had an opportunity to explain how schools and students can use the IEA as a green tool, and opportunities for St. Mary’s students to become involved in the city of Aliso Viejo’s Green Initiative. Also discussed were common goals, examples of school and classroom efforts, challenges faced and how to overcome those challenges, and ideas for the future.

One of the more remarkable things that I got out of the meeting is that there is a school in Sweden that is specifically for providing instruction to Swedish teachers about energy conservation and how to teach this to students, and this school provides teachers with energy projects for their students.

The Swedish teachers and American teachers in attendance plan on keeping in touch with each other and will have a webcam meeting at some point in the future as a follow up to this meeting.

Thank you St. Mary and All Angels School for inviting me to this meeting, and I hope to be able to help more in the future. 

Complete attendance record: PEAK Administrators, sixteen Educators and Administrators of elementary education in Sweden, St. Mary’s Science Department: Erin Bratcher (host), Katie Hobbins, Leila Volkmann and Jocelyn Williams, Jan Rucktenwald Head of Fourth Grade, Erfan Mojaddam director of technology, Sharon Taylor Lower School Principal and Aileen Kay Head of Literacy Media Center, Roxanne Kane Scruggs Visual Arts representative, Andrew Hunter of the International Energy Alliance in Aliso Viejo.

If your school is involved in green energy issues, please let us here at the IEA know about your efforts, and consider joining the IEA and sharing your ideas with everyone through this website. Please feel free to contact me directly:

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Category: Collaborative Projects, Founding Members, IEA activity

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I am in my second year of a five year combination BS physics/math and MS systems engineering program offered jointly through Haverford College and UPenn. Helping my community is a lot of fun and means a great deal to me. Through the IEA and other efforts, I've come to learn how much power many can have when there is a clear positive vision, motivation and momentum. "There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist." — Mark Twain

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