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newsrel -- February 1st deadline fast approaching

Posted: 24 Jan 2011 10:36:16
Statewide high school competition takes on climate change. 

Release #:11-05

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Dimitri Stanich

February 1st deadline fast approaching

Statewide high school competition takes on climate change

SACRAMENTO - Today the Air Resources Board and British Council
remind state high schools of the February 1 deadline for
participation in the first annual Climate Generations program, a
high school competition challenging students to connect
environmental school work with their daily lives.

The competition creates an opportunity for students to gain
real-world experience in project-management and leadership by
requiring them to design and set in place programs that reduce
their school’s carbon footprint.

“The name ’Climate Generation’ says it all,” said ARB Chairman
Mary D. Nichols. “This is an opportunity for young people who
will be living with the effects of climate change to focus their
passion and enthusiasm on real-world projects and solutions in
their school today. It will also help us identify our new Climate
Champions, the leaders who will express the concerns of
California’s youth about climate change.”

The Climate Generation Program, an outgrowth of the British
Council’s Climate Champions program, is underway in a network of
60 countries. Its goal is to encourage young people to engage
climate issues at local, national and international levels.

The program is being launched in California and Minnesota. ARB,
the lead agency for implementing AB 32, California’s landmark
climate change law, is overseeing the state’s competition. In
Minnesota, the Will Steger Foundation is responsible for managing
the Climate Generation Program.

“The British Council is excited to continue our partnership with
the California Air Resources Board in the development of the
Climate Generation Program,” said West Coast Manager for the
British Council, Meghan Steed.  “We feel that the climate action
projects will complement California’s new Education and the
Environment Initiative standards-based curriculum.  We are
looking forward to continuing to develop new “Climate Champions”
who can represent the youth voice on global climate issues at the
local, regional, national and international levels.”

The California Education and the Environment Initiative, a new
curriculum comprised of 85 units teaching select Science and
History-Social Science academic standards will be promoted as an
important element of the new Climate Generation program. The new
curriculum, the result of a multi-agency education and
environmental partnership, was developed to help students
discover how science, history and social science relate to
individual lives and connect to the world around them, focusing
on their relationship to the environment. It was designed to
engage students in a way that makes learning relevant and fun.

“We believe the initiative will propel students to become
tomorrow’s leaders on climate change, green technology, and any
number of other environmental issues,” said Secretary of the
California Environmental Protection Agency Linda Adams.

High schools in California and Minnesota are eligible to
participate in the 2010-2011 Climate Generation Program.  The
classroom projects must benefit the school and relate to one or
more of the following topic areas:

    * Energy Conservation;
    * Renewable Energy;
    * Water Conservation;
    * Transportation;
    * Purchasing;
    * Facilities; and/or,
    * Awareness/Communication (Outreach).

For more information on the Climate Generation Program go to:
http://www.coolcalifornia.org/article/champion-the-cause .

The Air Resources Board is a department of the California
Environmental Protection Agency. ARB's mission is to promote and
protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through
effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and
considering effects on the economy. The ARB oversees all air
pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain
health based air quality standards.

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