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For Immediate Release: April 3, 2008
Media Contact: Chris Graillat - 916-654-4989

M E D I A     A D V I S O R Y

Roundtable Discussion
"Expanding Local Green Initiatives Through Energy Education"

Representatives from local and state government and services, education, nonprofits and business will discuss why partnerships promoting energy education are essential to a "green community" initiative. Using successful examples, participants will illustrate the benefits of collaborations with schools to create sea change in the community.

The roundtable discussion will be take place Tuesday, April 8, 2008, from 2-5 p.m. in Room 104 of the Sacramento Convention Center and is free.

Represented on the roundtable will be:

  • Virginia Lew, Supervisor in Public Programs for the California Energy Commission who will explain what programs the Commission offers to promote energy efficiency for schools, local governments and public institutions.

  • Bill Radulovich, principal of Walnut Grove Elementary in Pleasanton and Brett Illers, an energy consultant, who will detail collaborations with local leaders that made Pleasanton the first solar school district of scale.

  • Paradise Mayor Alan White, sixth grade teacher Greg Holman and Jennifer Arbuckle, the Public Outreach Coordinator of Northern Recycling and Waste Services. The three will explain how municipal government and services have partnered with the school to promote renewable energy and recycling projects and build momentum for a greener city.

  • Bob Garrison, Utility Exploration Center Supervisor, City of Roseville, who will explain how the education center for children was conceived and supported by city officials and how it promotes sustainability in the community.

  • Lindsay Buckley, North Valley Energy Program Representative for the Great Valley Center will explain how this organization is working with public and private partnerships on energy education and community awareness.

The roundtable will be moderated by Barry Scott of Pacific Gas and Electric Company's Solar Schools/National Energy Education Development Project and Chris Graillat of the California Energy Commission. The roundtable will take place as part of the Green California Summit and Exposition to be held from April 6-9, 2008.

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