Chappaqua students to attend Students for a Sustainable Future Expo ’08 at Pace on April 30

April 25, 2008
by Susie Pender

On April 30, Chappaqua middle school and high school students will travel to Pace University to attend the Students for a Sustainable Future Expo ’08 at the Goldstein Fitness Center at Pace University in Pleasantville. The event organizers, The Children’s Environmental Literacy Foundation, or CELF, hope to ignite student interest in 21st century career opportunities in the global green economy.

CELF is expecting 1250 students and 100 teachers from 23 schools in the Lower Hudson Valley, Manhattan and the surrounding regions to attend the event. From 9:00 a.m. through 2:30 p.m. these students will have a unique opportunity to interact with 50 hands-on exhibits in a multi-sensory ‘conversation’ about sustainable development.

Corporations, non-profits and non-governmental organizations from multiple industries will exhibit alongside students as they showcase best practices in sustainable development. “Across industry, careers are emerging for those with the skills to bridge the divide between the old, fossil-fuel-based economy and the new, energy efficient one,” announced the press release for the exhibit.

From 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., the Expo is open to the public. From 4:15 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. there is a special presentation for elementary aged students by the Rainforest Alliance.

The event will close with a panel discussion from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., by a cross-section of institutions with the potential to contribute greatly to a sustainable future. After welcoming remarks by Katie Ginsberg, founder of CELF, and Andy Spano, Westchester County Executive, Chris Hall, senior vice president of Mizuho Corporate Bank and CELF board member will moderate a discussion among Stephen Apkon, the founder and executive director of the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville; Melissa DeSota of Steelcase Inc., a developer of environmental strategies and programs; and Duncan Wilson, an assistant principal in the Scarsdale School District and co-creator of the “10% for our Future” campaign.

Participants from Chappaqua schools

The Expo will include exhibits by several Chappaqua students and student groups. Horace Greeley High School’s Silent Earth Club will have a booth highlighting their proposal to the New Castle Town Board to eliminate, or at least limit, plastic bag use.

Beth Gladstone, a senior at Greeley, will exhibit her work to reduce traffic at Greeley through changing the mindset of the students and parents. In addition, her booth will describe her project to introduce into the Chappaqua curriculum in fourth, eighth and twelfth grades the study of the famous 1968’s environmental essay by Garrett Hardin “The Tragedy of the Commons.”

The booth sponsored by Seven Bridges Middle School will contain the four winning sustainability projects from Ray Loguidice’s and Sue Maclean’s sustainability enrichment class.

For more information about Expo ’08, visit http://www.celfoundation.org/expo08/index.html


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