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Thousands of Southland Students to Attend High School Conference on Air Quality

May 21, 2010

Advanced technology vehicles and over 80 exhibitors on display

Nearly 8,000 high school students and teachers from more than 150 schools across the Southland have registered to attend “A World We Can Change,” a clean air conference and expo hosted by the South Coast Air Quality Management District. The conference aims to increase students’ awareness of what they can do to improve air quality and lessen climate change.

The one-day conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 27 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. It will feature several notable speakers, including world-class skateboarder and founder of Sole Technology Pierre-Andre Senizergues, more than 80 exhibitors, informational sessions led by environmental experts and youth peers, and a vehicle parade led by former Dodger outfielder Ken Landreaux.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for high school students to connect with today’s environmental leaders,” said William A. Burke, Ed.D., chairman of AQMD’s Governing Board. “This conference is aimed at motivating Southland high school students to become tomorrow’s leaders in reducing air pollution and minimizing our carbon footprint.”

Sarah Backhouse, host of the cable TV show Planet 100, will emcee the event. Morning and afternoon sessions will be led by environmental experts and youth leaders, including:

• Donal Manahan, Ph.D., ocean scientist – “Overview of Student-led Polar Marine Biology Expedition to Antarctica”
• Joshua Willis, Ph.D., NASA oceanographer – “The Real Deal on Global Warming”
• Alec Loorz, Founder, Kids vs. Global Warming – “How Youth Are Leading the Green Revolution”
• Eric Axelson, Rock the Vote – “Overcoming Barriers to Youth Voting and Civic Engagement”
• Ethan Burke, Alliance for Climate Education - “Hot Planet, Cool Solutions”
• Scientific experts from AQMD – “What Are We Breathing?” and “New Technologies: Air Pollution Solutions”
• Film screening of select environmental films

The core session will feature a motivational speech by Senizergues as well as a clean vehicle parade showcasing advanced technology vehicles including fuel cell, plug-in hybrid, electric, hydrogen and natural gas vehicles.

Throughout the conference, students and teachers will have the opportunity to visit the expo hall where over 80 exhibitors will have information on green job training, environmental volunteer opportunities, state-of-science technology displays and more. Selected participants in the 2010 California Science Fair will also be on hand to share their science projects.

Science and environmental studies teachers from throughout the Southland are encouraged to attend with their students but they must pre-register at www.aqmd.gov or by calling (909) 396-2221. The event is free for participating schools and students. AQMD is providing lunch for students and teachers and partially reimbursing public schools for the cost of transportation to and from the conference and for substitute teachers.

AQMD is the air pollution control agency for Orange County and major portions of Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties.
                                




This page updated: May 21, 2010
URL: http://www.aqmd.gov/news1/2010/aworldwecanchangepr.htm