Go Green Initiative Brings First Annual Summit to Pleasanton

The Go Green Initiative, a national non-profit headquartered in Pleasanton, is holding its first annual Go Green Earth Summit in Pleasanton from April 10-12. The summit will feature Edwin Pinero, head of the White House's Office of the Federal Environmental Executive, as its keynote speaker. In addition, the three-day event will provide participants with information on how to implement Go Green's comprehensive environmental action plans in their local schools, something that has already been accomplished by more than 165 schools in 8 states.

The Go Green Initiative is a simple, comprehensive program designed to teach children the value of environmental stewardship by creating a classroom recycling program which is integrated into the school's curriculum. Founded in 2002 by Jill Buck, president of the Pleasanton PTA, the organization combines the efforts of parents, students, teachers and school administrators to teach an important environmental message.

Event sessions will provide details on creating a Go Green plan for a particular school, building a team to carry out the plan, and how to facilitate partnerships between schools, cities, waste haulers, and potential local sponsors. The lineup of speakers is long and impressive. Pleasanton schools superintendent Dr. John Casey will address attendees on implementing the program at the school district level. Former White House Environmental Executive Fran McPoland will talk about "Nuts and Bolts Strategies in Purchasing Recycled Content Paper and Paper Recycling." Bill Andrews, an environmental education consultant with the California Department of Education, will provide information on integrating environmental education into every classroom and every subject.

Officials from the National Recycling Coalition will contribute their insight on the services their group offers. Representatives from groups including the Recycling Alliance of Texas, the Recycle America Alliance, the National Audubon Society, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Johnson Diversey, PhoneRaiser, AAA Environmental, Green Mountain Energy, the Green Schools Program, Pleasanton Mayor Jennifer Hosterman, and Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty will address the conference as well.

Businesses can be a part of the Go Green Earth Summit in a number of ways. Companies interested in participating may be interested in one of the many sponsorship packages which are being made available . In addition, a limited amount of exhibit space is available for enterprises which wish to promote their goods or services.

Attendance for the event is limited to 500 people. Reservations may be made by contacting the Go Green Initiative at (925) 931-0386 or by e-mailing jillbuck@comcast.net . For additional information on either the group or the Go Green Earth Summit, access their web site at www.gogreeninitiative.org .

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