Five secondary students from the School District of Palm Beach County were selected to read their winning essays about environmental issues on the radio program Radio Green Earth which airs on WQCS 88.9 FM at 9 a.m. on Thursdays and repeated on Seaview Radio 960 AM at 6 p.m. They participated in an essay contest as part of the 2012 Florida Green, Energy & Climate Conference. In their essays, students shared their thoughts on how young people can make a positive difference in helping reduce our impact on the environment. Students included specific examples of what could be done to effect positive change.
A podcast of the radio program is now available for streaming or download at www.radiogreenearth.org
Sandra Jinks, principal of Palm Springs Middle School, said, “I am very proud that three of Palm Springs Middle School students won and that their essays will be read on Radio Green Earth. I believe it is important for students to think about how to save energy and keep Earth green. The younger people are aware of how to keep the environment green, the better the future will be for all.”
The essay winners of the 2012 Florida Green, Energy & Climate Conference Essay Contest were:
- Jordyn Saccone, Palm Springs Middle School
- Hector Sanchez, Palm Springs Middle School
- Valentina Hernandez, Palm Springs Middle School
- Sanjay Poonaising, Forest Hill High School
- Amber Rutstein, Jupiter High School
“I am so impressed by the knowledge and environmental awareness being instilled in students today. The essays reflected that these young people are fully engaged and paying attention to what’s happening in the environment today. They realize that not only do they themselves need to be accountable to make eco-friendly choices, but that businesses have the greatest ability to effect positive change on a global level, and if they haven’t already, they should be. We are very fortunate to have such bright, caring, knowledgeable young people that will be at the helm of our future before we know it,” said Missy Tancredi-Strauss, host of Radio Green Earth.
Approximately 65 students from Palm Beach County schools attended as special guests of the conference. They had an opportunity to tour the expo center to meet and interview local business leaders – individuals from organizations such as Waste Management, South Florida Water Management District, FPL, and engineering and construction firms. The theme of the student program was Energy, Energy, Energy! Speakers and educators from Sugarland Wind, FPL, University of Florida Extension Service, and FAU’s Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center provided hands-on science experiences that focused on energy. Students from Jupiter and Forest Hill high schools’ environmental education programs presented as well.
According to Wendy Spielman King, K-12 Science Manager for the School District of Palm Beach County, “The students who attended the conference and those who shared their essays on Radio Green Earth are our environmental ambassadors. They have a strong commitment to the environment. These students are setting an example for all of us, and they are making our community a better place.”
Shelley Vana, Palm Beach County Commissioner, stated about the conference as a whole, “As an educator and a policymaker, it is very encouraging to see so many government entities cooperating with businesses to achieve a better environment and a green community.”
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