ITEP students ARE the “Green Generation”

The ITEP Earth Day celebration/fundraiser  teaches students to reduce, reuse, recycle old  appliances, computers, plastic bottles,  aluminum cans and explore opportunities for  green jobs of the future San Pedro, CA — The students and staff from the Global Environmental House/ITEP Earth Alert SLC at San Pedro High School plan to celebrate “Out with the Old” on the 41st anniversary of Earth Day , Saturday, April 9th and Wednesday, April 13th.

The events are intended to prepare young people to tackle today’s environmental problems and to generate interest and awareness for the “Green Generation.” Our youth are getting more involved in taking steps in their schools, homes and neighborhoods to protect the environment by recycling E-Waste, plastic bottles and aluminum cans, volunteering for coastal clean-ups, and exploring the possibility of entering into green jobs and careers of the future. The kick-off for this Earth Day celebration will be an E-Waste Collection event fundraiser on Saturday, April 9th, open to the San Pedro Community from 8:00am-4:00pm at San Pedro high school.

ITEP business partners, Environmental Conversion Recycling (ECR) and SA Recycling, are working with the Earth Alert Student Council to coordinate the safe collection of computer and electronic items, as well as appliances which require a special type of handling and disposal. People will be able to drive up to the school employee parking lot at the corner of 17th and Leland and drop off their old laptops, printers, monitors, cables, cell phones, fax machines, digital cameras, TVs, etc., safely and legally. Proceeds from this collection will go towards helping the students of the Global Environmental/Earth Alert SLC.

“We are very proud of our environmentally sensitive students at San Pedro,” said CEO Amy Grat, ITEP. “ITEP encourages students to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Some students have already started  recycling businesses while still in high school. These are students who are preparing for careers of the future.” On Wednesday, April 13th, an on-campus event for students will include the exhibition of the Los Angeles Mobile TransPORTer, a 53-foot fully-contained, mobile exhibit featuring exciting, hands-on activities for students. Telling the story of the Port of Los Angeles, the TransPORTer exhibit features interactive displays focusing on the history, jobs, cargo, equipment, environmental programs and future of the nation’s number one container port.

Guest speakers for Wednesday’s event include: Mike Schaadt, Chairman of ITEP’s  Earth Alert SLC Advisory Board, who is also the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Administrator. He will present “Careers in Marine Biology and Oceanography,” and will  allow students to interact with  live grunion. He will be joined by Dr. Kiersten Darrow (CMA Curator of Research) and Dr. Julianne Passarelli (Curator of Exhibits and Collections). The U.S. Coast Guard efforts to clean up the huge oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico last year will be relived and presented by MST3 Alex Warwood, who will highlight  the efforts of these determined men and women who really care about the environment. Students will also be able to get information from the Bird Rescue Center, the second of two new California oiled wildlife centers. Wildlife center Representative Dave Weeshoff will speak illustrate the center in San Pedro, which is operated by the International Bird Rescue Research Center (IBRRC) and overseen by the Oiled Wildlife Care Network (OWCN). IBRRC has cared for more than 140 species of wild birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. SA Recycling’s Nancy Felix will also speak to students about “Careers in Environmental Management,” and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).”Now we’re ready to seize every opportunity presented to us to help make a positive change,” said Cassandra, an 11th grader and president of the Student Council from ITEP’s Earth Alert SLC. “Whether it’s at San Pedro High School, or somewhere else in the world, all that matters is that we’re helping make the world a better place. Thanks to our gifted teachers and administrators, who have opened our hearts and our minds to the environment. We are thankful for what we have learned, and are excited for whatever it may be that San Pedro has for us next,” she explained. The day-long event allows students to have the opportunity to write pledges for “A Billion Acts of Green,” Earth Day’s way of mobilizing the power of people to create change by taking small steps. Each student will be encouraged to write down at least one thing they will do to help protect the environment in the next year.

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