JUNE 2015 NEWS
Hydeia Zeigler graduated from the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) LINKS program with her High School Diploma this Spring. At 18 years old, she is elated about her accomplishment and is eager to develop her workforce skills while continuing her education.
The Green Tech Program
APRIL 2015 NEWS
1 Student Profile – Kobe Frazier
2 College Student Goes To Haiti
STUDENT PROFILE: KOBE FRAZIER
Kobe Frazier is a burgeoning student athlete. At 14 years of age, he’s decided to attend Notre Dame University when he
completes his studies at Burbank High School. As a freshman he’s played football, and basketball on the school’s team and was recently added to the Junior Varsity baseball team. What’s most impressive; he’s maintained exceptional school grade marks throughout his middle school and freshman year at Burbank. He’s aware high grade marks allow him to play sports and what’s more; he says, “I want to study accounting.”
His favorite subject is Math, and he’s excelled in the Green Tech Computer Coding workshops. He has a perfect attendance record and hasn’t missed a coding class since the new session began in September 2014.
“I like creating the Java programs,” he said, “Last week we figured the area of a triangle, enter a number, added the base and height and divide it in half, and then it gave us the correct number.”
Kobe comfortably talks about “variable equations” and problem solving, yet he is also intrigued by historical figures like, Abraham Lincoln and Benjamin Franklin. “I like Ben Franklin because he thought of something and he went out there and did it.”
Green Tech offers Kobe the experience of learning how the computer works. Once he’s learned how the computer works, he can then “think of something”. With lots of encouragement from the Green Tech team of advisors and mentors we look forward to what Kobe will do with his learned skills set as a student and an athlete.
Green Tech Mission To Haiti
Volunteers Deliver Solar Suitcase
Green Tech Executive Board Member Jowel Laguerre, Ph.D. recently returned from another visit to his Haitian homeland in the small community of St. Georges. Since his induction onto the Green Tech Board in 2013, Dr. Laguerre has successfully coordinated two missions to Haiti bringing six Solar Suitcases along with food, clothing and medicine to the people of Haiti suffering from poverty and the devastating effects of the 2010 Earthquake.
Dr. Laguerre escorted Green Tech student associate Christian Ogden for the March 2014 venture. Ogden, a third year college student, was responsible for installing the Solar Suitcase in a Haitian dental clinic and school. He also taught many of the locals how to operate and troubleshoot the portable lighting system aiding them in their daily living need for indoor light.
“It was an awesome experience.” Ogden said, “It was amazing to see the many different uses of the Solar Suitcase. We not only used it for light, but the doctors in the clinic used it as a medical device to assist patients in the clinic. It was simply astounding.”
VOTE FOR GREEN TECH!
Vote for us here!
In our effort to increase the Green Tech workforce development services to thousands of youth and young adults, we are participating in the Social Venture Partners (SVP) “Fast Pitch” competition, encouraging venture capitalists to support the Green Tech Education program.
With your vote, we can earn $1,000 of unrestricted funds. Your contribution will go directly toward one of our innovative programs including, the Solar Suitcase Project, the Healthy Foods Aquaponics Project and our Computer Coding Workshops.
SVP helps organizations realize greater impact in their communities, strengthening the nonprofit sector and enriching the social sector.
The SVP “Fast Pitch” competition brings 10 non-profit organizations to the McGeorge School of Law on March 6 to give a 3 minute statement about their organization and request for a specified amount of funds to assist their programs progress.
Green Tech requests your assistance and participation by voting and joining us on March 6 (6pm) to encourage our Executive Director toward victory.
Vote here today vote in the People’s Choice Award Contest – $1/vote and winning nonprofit receives $1,000 in unrestricted funding.
In Search of Clean Air,
FEBRUARY 2015 NEWS
International Saxophonist Tia Fuller Performs at Green Tech Holiday Mixer
Green Tech ended a momentous 2014 with a festive holiday mixer featuring acclaimed Jazz Saxophonist Tia Fuller. Supporters mingled throughout the evening to smooth sounds and hors d’ oeuvres while donating funds to help send four Solar Suitcases to Uganda and Haiti.
Ms. Fuller, is a special musician, composer and educator. She’s a member of the all-female band touring with Beyonce and currently a faculty member in the ensembles department at Berklee College of Music. In addition, she writes and performs with musician Esperanza Spalding.
She played many songs from her albums including Healing Space and Decisive Steps on the Mack Avenue Records label.
During the event, Green Tech introduced two new executive board members, Glenn Backes and Patrick Weller, LEED AP. They assist with the growth and guidance of our six-year old non-profit. Volunteer Members and contractors were also introduced. Executive Director Simeon Gant shared Green Tech’s workforce goals and projects for 2015.
Introduction to Basic Coding
Green Tech’s second cohort of 8 students returned from the holiday break ready to develop the Green Tech android application designed to monitor and follow the Solar Suitcase’s international travels. The students ranging in age from 13-18 are introduced to basic computer science and its various coding language. The class is taught by coding specialist Alan Ware.
What is this Back to Basics Coding class?
A weekly workshop designed to introduce students to computer science and computer coding language with the goal of producing applications for Android enabled smart phones. The term Back to Basics refers to the fundamental concepts of computer programming.
How often does class meet?
Back to Basics meets every Saturday except for the third Saturday of each month.
Where does class take place?
Classes are held at the Hacker Lab, located at 1715 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95811 in downtown Sacramento.
What is being taught?
Computer programming skills using the Java Programming Language.
Why is this important?
Computers are everywhere. We live in a world that is increasingly reliant on computer applications to function effectively. It is imperative for students to learn how to operate computer technology in tandem with the fundamental concepts that drive the machines that touch every facet of our life in order to thrive in the Next Economy.
That sounded really nice and all, but seriously, why is
Coding integrates mathematics, problem solving, and critical thinking. To be able to write useful programs you need to have a strong foundation in math, and be able to analyze and solve problems. Those are skills that any student can benefit from.
Green Tech a Semifinalist in SVP’s March 6th Fast Pitch Event!
Can you tell the story of your organization in just 3 minutes? As part of SVP Sacramento’s 2015 Fast Pitch, that’s just what Green Tech’s Executive Director Simeon Gant must do. Over the next few weeks, Simeon will work with Fast Pitch Coaches Kim Tucker and Tyson Hubbard to tell the story of impact and innovation behind Green Tech. Ultimately, only ten nonprofit semifinalists will make it to the final pitch stage to compete for financial and in-kind support. The March 6th pitch event will feature an audience award – buy your ticket to attend this impactful event, and save your vote for Green Tech!
The event takes place at McGeorge School of law 3200 5th Ave. Sacramento, CA 95817 and begins at 6:00pm
Green Tech receives CA Endownment Award
Thank you to the California Endowment for its recent $25,000.00 building healthy communities grant award to increase access to healthy foods through the innovative Green Tech Healthy Foods Aquaponics Project.
The Endowment provides the support to increase access to fresh foods with Green Tech and its students’ construction of a 1,000 sq ft greenhouse. Students will use the aquaponics system inside of the greenhouse to raise edible fish and grow nutritious plant-based vegetables. Green Tech associate and trainer, Paul Trudeau will develop an education and training curriculum for Green Tech students to provide ongoing maintenance. The first Green Tech Healthy Foods Aquaponics project is conducted in the Oak Park neighborhood of South Sacramento.
Green Tech would also like to thank Turner Construction Company ($1,000.00), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ($2,000.00) and the Sacramento County Office of Education ($17,000.) for their ongoing financial support of the Green Tech education program.
Student Profile – Nicholas Harris
Sac State University
Nicholas Harris wants to solve some of the world’s biggest problems. He is an engineering student at Sac State University, scheduled to graduate by the end of 2015. As a mechanical engineering student his ultimate goal is to become an entrepreneur and own an engineering firm with a focus on solving some of the world’s most egregious environmental atrocities. He wants to be a climate hero.
Nick says, “It’s better than just a paycheck. I want to find solutions to reduce energy and rather than burn chemicals, gas and coal, I’d rather find ways to eliminate methane and greenhouse gases while increasing our use of renewable energy sources.
Recognizing the process of changing the world is a long journey, Nick says being an engineer holds a certain level of responsibility and obligation to make our environment a better place to live in. He says, “It will take time, but we have to educate our youth because they will be the decision makers of the future.”
Nick is doing his part as a Green Tech volunteer. He is coordinating the development of a Green Tech club at Sac State and he provides assistance toward the Green Tech Computer Coding workshops every Saturday. Green Tech thanks him for his efforts and assistance toward growing our
non-profit and giving youth an eco-advantage.
Services We Provide
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Donate to the Solar Suitcase Project today and your donation contributes to the overall project workshop, including student assembled Solar Suitcases and delivery to Haiti, Philippines, and Cameroon.
Your generous donation allows you to follow your Solar Suitcase to its final destination.
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2014 HOLIDAY MIXER
Please join Green Tech for its end of the year Holiday Mixer. We are raising funds to send the Solar Suitcase to Africa and Haiti.
DECEMBER 11 – 6:00p – Blue Prynt Restaurant 815-11th Street
Green Tech is bringing Saxophonist Tia Fuller who is taking a break from Beyonce’s tour to assist us in raising money for the Solar Suitcase. Join us for only $25.
SAXOPHONIST TIA FULLER JOINS GREEN TECH EFFORTS TO SEND SOLAR SUITCASES TO IMPOVERISHED COMMUNITIES AROUND THE WORLD
Jazz Artist Takes a Break from Touring with Beyonce to Perform for Sacramento Non-Profit
SACRAMENTO—More than 200 youth and young adults from throughout Northern California have participated in the Green Tech Solar Suitcase workshops since 2011. Today Green Tech continues to send the portable lighting systems to Africa, the Philippines and Haiti to assist impoverished communities, maternity wards and orphanages.
In its continued effort raising funds to send the Solar Suitcases around the world, Green Tech hosts a Holiday Mixer Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:00pm to 8:30pm at Blue Prynt Restaurant located at 815 – 11th Street in Sacramento. Special Guest Saxophonist Tia Fuller will provide entertainment for this special occasion.
Fuller, currently touring with R&B singer Beyonce, says she is thrilled to support Green Tech and the Solar Suitcase Project. “I believe in this mission and am so excited to come to Sacramento to perform,” she said.
After five years in Beyonce’s band, Fuller has developed a heightened focus in the editing, mixing and mastering process of making good music. She produces her own songs and has released her third CD on the music label Mack Avenue Records. In addition, Fuller is a faculty member in the ensembles department at Berklee College of Music and serves as the Assistant Musical Director for Esperanza Spalding’s Radio Music Society, applying her pop and jazz chops on behalf of some of the hottest artists in music today.
Green Tech is pleased to develop its partnership with Tia Fuller to raise awareness of career opportunities in clean energy, energy efficiency and sustainable living strategies to diverse youth and young adults from low-income communities. The Solar Suitcase project serves as an example of the burgeoning renewable energy industry and allows High School and College students to learn the introductory process of solar technology.
The Solar Suitcase is a portable lighting system powerful enough to illuminate a small room. Created in 2007, by We Care Solar in Berkeley, California, Green Tech has sent 36 Solar Suitcases throughout the world to assist people living without adequate and reliable lighting.
For more information about the Solar Suitcase Project and the Green Tech Holiday Mixer please contact Green Tech at 916-224-1024.
2014 NON-PROFIT ENVIRONMENTALIST OF THE YEAR
Dear Friends and Climate Heroes,
On behalf of the Green Technical Education & Employment (Green Tech) Executive Board of Directors, I am pleased to announce we have won Non-Profit Environmentalist of the Year 2014.
Green Tech is bestowed this prestigious award by the Environmental Council of Sacramento (ECOS).
On Tuesday, October 28, 2014 ECOS will present the award to Green Tech in a festive reception from 5:30pm – 7:30pm at the Sierra 2 Center for the Arts and Community, located at 2791 24th Street in Sacramento, CA 95818.
We encourage you to join us for this honorable effort to increase our team of Environmentalist and Climate Heroes for the purpose of achieving regional and community sustainability. Our goal is to assist ECOS in raising $15,000 for environmental awareness and continue to develop a healthy ecosystem for existing and future residents in the Sacramento region.
Each year since, 1973, ECOS has recognized individuals and organizations from the Sacramento region for significant contributions to the local environment by presenting the Environmentalist of the Year Award (EOY). This year ECOS has selected the following winners:
Environmentalist of the Year
Alex Kelter, ECOS
Laurie Litman, 350 Sacramento
Assemblyman Roger Dickinson
Green Business of the Year
Early Career Environmentalist
Masud Kibooty Cunningham, Green Tech Student
Green Technical Education & Employment (Green Tech)
Join us for this momentous occasion and celebration of our earth and the committed people dedicated to preserving its natural existence.
In addition, Green Tech is duly humbled by the honor given to Masud Kibooty Cunningham. As a former Green Tech student, Masud will be awarded the Early Career Environmentalist of the Year award. Masud is currently a third-year student at the University of San Francisco. He is an Environmental Science major who recently spent his summer in Bolivia assisting an impoverished community with developing an innovative food production system with the use of a solar dehydrator. In 2010-11 Masud attended Green Tech workshops and built the Solar Suitcase with the our team of portable light builders. As an ambitious student he has always aspired to be an international environmentalist. Here is a passage from his journal about his mission in Bolivia.
May 17th of this year, began my participation in the Global-Service Learning Fellowship through my universities social justice center. The fellowship funds international-internships spanning a number of scholastic focuses in an equally diverse number of countries. An intermediate knowledge of Spanish and a general interest in Latin America saw me spending the next two and a half months in Cochabamba, Bolivia.
The internship saw me working for a non-governmental organization La Fundacion Alerta Verde. La Fundacion Alerta Verde supports disenfranchized communities in constructing Huertos Pie Cuadrados or “Square Foot Gardens” to produce a wide variety of organic vegetables. Their work addresses nutritional deficiencies and inaccessibility to organically grown staple vegetables in lower-income Cochabamba communities like Lomas de Santa Barbara, Maria Auxiliadora and Plan 700.
As a part of the fellowship, I wrote a comprehensive 10 page grant application to fund and implement an environmentally focused project. I received the grant. My project aimed to expand the possibilities of solar dehydration in Cochabamba’s southern regions and amplify the already present benefits of the Huerto Pie Cuadrado. The project focused on constructing, modifying and experimenting with two prototypic solar dehydrator models.
Additionally, I wrote informative/instructional material that ultimately became incorporated into a community workshop on my final day in Bolivia. The material covered the nutritional and economic advantages of utilizing solar dehydration. The presentation expounded upon the themes present in the informational material while providing a live construction demonstration of the solar dehydrator prototypes.
–Masud Kibooty Cunningham
We look forward to seeing you at the Environmentalist of the Year Award Ceremony. You will have an opportunity to meet Masud and hear more about his scholastic journey and members of ECOS and the Green Tech team of leaders and climate heroes. For more information about the EOY Awards please contact Alexandra Reagan at (916) 765-4977.
We encourage you to make a tax-deductible donation of $20 or of any denomination to assist our efforts to continue our work in developing a quality workforce committed to preserving our environment. Green Tech and ECOS are community-based non-profit organizations registered as a 501 (c)(3) for public benefit.
In Search of Clean Air,
GREEN TECH AQUAPONICS HEALTHY FOODS PROJECT
What: Green Tech Healthy Foods Aquaponics Project
When: Wednesday and Thursday, 9:00am to 1:00pm
Where: 4309 38th Street, Sacramento, CA 95820
The purpose of the Green Tech Aquaponics project is to encourage youth to
grow healthy food and introduce them to innovative sustainable living
strategies in agriculture, land use and environmental awareness.
Aquaponics is a science-based project that provides human sustenance in the
form of various Fish species and fresh vegetables in one unit, sharing a
constant flow of water.
The unique filtration system and fish tank designs allows students to
sequentially stock fish in each tank, resulting in regular harvests of fish
and continuous harvests of vegetable wares.
The project gives students a real-life experience reducing their dependency
on purchasing food from the grocery store and provides them with high
quality fish and vegetables that are free of chemicals, pesticides, growth
hormones and antibiotics.
The project gives students a real-life experience reducing their dependency
on genetically processed food and provides them with fresh, healthy fish
and vegetables that are free of chemicals, pesticides, growth hormones and
antibiotics. In addition, the project provides a lesson in water
Types of food grown may include cucumbers, beans, peas, tomatoes, peppers,
corn, radishes, beets, kohlrabi, cabbage, lettuce and greens, herbs,
broccoli. The various fish may include catfish, tilapia, fresh water
prawns, trout and more.
The Aquaponics project introduces students to the process of developing
business opportunities and participating in local markets. The Farm Market
system is a great way for a family or student group to begin their
TEACHING YOUTH SUSTAINABLE LIVING STRATEGIES
The Green Tech Aquaponics project allows participating students to do more
than just read, write and discuss their subject whether it’s Science,
Agriscience, Agriculture or Culinary Arts–they are experiencing their
subject. They are participating in the creation of an ecosystem that
operates right before their eyes. Students of all ages from grammar to
middle to high school find this interactive experience with an Aquaponics
system to be invigorating. Some studies have shown students with an
Aquaponic classroom system score higher in math and science because they
are more motivated.
An Aquaponics system can be used to demonstrate various principles taught
in technology, plant life cycles and their structure. It can be used to
demonstrate effective use of recycled material, low-tech/high-yield
gardening, ecological systems, biology, chemistry, physics and sustainable
farming. A system can be used to demonstrate in real time how the nitrogen
cycle works, the parts of a seed, its germination and the growth rate of
Culinary Arts students may learn how to grow the food their being taught to
prepare while supplying their school cafeteria, families or local community
based food supplier with healthy fish and organic vegetables. This
encourages a “Farm to School” program to flourish for healthier wares
within the school, tying academic excellence to healthy eating habits.
Instructors benefit as well. Suddenly the classroom is a laboratory where
you can experience hands-on teaching. Some Instructors, have created entire
programs around this technology, erecting massive greenhouses and
interacting with their communities to replenish natural marine populations
into their natural habitats. The possibilities are almost infinite.
Green Tech News September 2014
– Green House Gas
– Cash For College
– Computer Coding
– Solar Suitcase
– Student Profile
CASH FOR GREEN HOUSE GAS REDUCTION
California’s landmark Cap and Trade program has raised nearly $1 billion
for the state and will benefit disadvantaged communities prepared to
develop projects that promise to reduce greenhouse gases (GHG).
Cap and Trade is a market based regulation that puts a “cap” on the amount
of GHG created from multiple sources such as factories and energy companies
drilling for oil and natural gas. Companies can trade their carbon
allowance through investments in clean technologies. Members of State
Senator Darrell Steinberg’s office predict the program will generate nearly
$5 billion over time.
The department of finance appropriated $130 million to the states Strategic
Growth Council (SGC) and the Housing and Community Development department
(HCD) this year to meet GHG reduction goals within the housing industry.
Winning housing projects are required to be infill, energy efficient and
within disadvantaged communities. The goal is to generate job growth and
develop projects that will truly reduce pollution and GHG levels in high
The program will begin accepting applications for project in Spring 2015.
More information can be found at the California Air Resources Board website
CASH FOR COLLEGE
Green Tech will work extensively this fall with the Alpha Academy Mentoring
and Tutoring program to increase the number of students receiving Cal
Grant funding for students entering college.
Cal Grants provide more than $1.6 billion in need-based grants, however,
many low-income students are left out of the program. In fact, 84 percent
of eligible African American students do not receive Cal Grant A, which
pays nearly $1,500 per year in tuition costs for students entering
California Colleges and Universities.
Cash for College workshops will be held throughout the school year by Green
Tech and the Alpha Academy to inform, advise and increase the number of
students participating in the Cal Grant cash for college program.
Join the Alpha Academy Mentoring program at Cosumnes River College on the
third Saturday of every month (9/21, 10/19, 11/16) through the remainder of
the 2014 school year and into the 2015 school year (1/18), (2/15), (3/15),
(4/19) and (5/17).
Alpha Academy tutoring for students in need of academic assistance in
science, math and English occurs every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30pm to
8:30pm at Cosumnes River College room CAC 104. For more information contact
Derhl Pratt at (916) 752-4114.
GREEN TECH STUDENT PROFILE
*Masud Kibooty Cunningham*
*Masud Cunningham is a third year student at the University of San
Francisco. In 2011 and 2012 he attended Green Tech instructional sessions,
Green Tech Tours and participated in the Solar Suitcase project as a senior
from McClatchy High School. He always wanted to study social and
environmental issues and recently spent this summer in Bolivia. Here is an
excerpt from his journal about his humanitarian mission.*
May 17th of this year, began my participation in the Global-Service
Learning Fellowship through my universities social justice center. The
fellowship funds international-internships spanning a number of scholastic
focuses in an equally diverse number of countries. An intermediate
knowledge of Spanish and a general interest in Latin America saw me
spending the next two and a half months in Cochabamba, Bolivia.
The internship saw me working for a non-governmental organization La
Fundacion Alerta Verde. La Fundacion Alerta Verde supports disenfranchised
communities in constructing Huertos Pie Cuadrados or “Square Foot Gardens”
to produce a wide variety of organic vegetables. Their work addresses
nutritional deficiencies and inaccessibility to organically grown staple
vegetables in lower-income Cochabamba communities like Lomas de Santa
Barbara, Maria Auxiliadora and Plan 700.
As a part of the fellowship, I wrote a comprehensive 10 page grant
application to fund and implement an environmentally focused project. I
received the grant. My project aimed to expand the possibilities of solar
dehydration in Cochabamba’s southern regions and amplify the already
present benefits of the Huerto Pie Cuadrado.
The project focused on constructing, modifying and experimenting with two
prototypic solar dehydrator models. Additionally, I wrote
informative/instructional material that ultimately became incorporated into
a community workshop on my final day in Bolivia. The material covered the
nutritional and economic advantages of utilizing solar dehydration. The
presentation expounded upon the themes present in the informational
material while providing a live construction demonstration of the solar
*Masud will return to USF this fall to begin his third year of studies in
International Studies and Environmental Management.*
GREEN TECH CLASS SCHEDULE
*Gerber High School *
8401 Gerber Rd, Sacramento, CA 95828
Thursdays – 12:00pm – 1:00pm
*Cosumnes River College *
8401 Center Pkwy, Sacramento, CA 95823
Third Saturday of every month – 10am – 1:00pm
9/21, 10/19, 11/16, 12/21
*Roberts Family Development Center*
770 Darina Ave., Sacramento, CA 95815
Tuesdays and Thursdays – 4pm – 6pm
Welcome Back To School
It’s time for students to go back to school and Green Tech is gearing up
for another excellent season of learning, growing and developing
responsible stewards to the environment.
We had an amazing summer of labor and leadership training for eleven Green
Tech students in two different activities. We launched the Green Tech
Healthy Foods Aquaponics project with six weeks of preparing the property
at 4309 38th Street in Oak Park for the 1,000 sq ft greenhouse.
The students trimmed the bushes, disposed the trimmings and delivered
several pounds of greenhouse parts to the property. In addition, the
students and our Aquaponics farmer Paul Trudeau secured the wire fencing
around the perimeter of the property.
The job required removing a displaced gate and attaching the gate to the
front of the property for better security at the entrance of the property.
Also, the students replaced a portion of the fence by digging holes into
the ground and replacing the area with a new wire fence. With the
assistance of Green Tech contractor Cameron Walker, the students removed
stingy poles cemented in concrete and dirt, to be used at the new property
to erect the greenhouse. Our next steps include leveling the ground,
pouring decomposed granite and then erecting the greenhouse before building
the Healthy Foods Aquaponics system.
Aquaponics is a food production system that combines aquaculture (raising
fish or other aquatic animals) with hydroponics (cultivating plants in
water) in a symbiotic environment. In normal aquaculture, excretions from
the animals being raised can accumulate in the water, increasing toxicity.
In an Aquaponic system, water from an aquaculture system is fed to a
hydroponic system where the by-products are broken down by nitrogen-fixing
bacteria into nitrates, which are utilized by the plants as nutrients. The
water is continuously recirculated between the fish and plants.
Student participants included Xavier Torres, DeVonte Grant, Salina Walton,
Lionell Gillespie, Jose Henriques III, Javon Walker, Manny Crump, and
Fernando Pecino. Additional adult assistance included LeJare Jacko and
This summer also included an enlightening experience for Green Tech
students Kornell Brown, Kakari Boateng and Akosua Boateng. In a
collaborative effort with the Sacramento Vegetarian Society, these three
students spent one week at the Youth Empowerment Action (YEA) Camp in the
Santa Cruz Hills. The students participated in leadership activities that
included workshops focusing on four key change-making issue areas:
knowledge, skills, confidence and community.
They participated in Planetary Problem Puzzle, Show Off and Tell, A Million
Ways to Make a Difference, Issues of Importance (IOI) Blitz, Developing an
Effective School Club, Theatre of the Oppressed, Art of Non-Violent
Communication, Arts of Activism, Fundraising, Time Management and more
leadership activities. For the full list go to the YEA Camp website here:
Green Tech Computer Coding Visits Hack The Hood
In our effort to expand the Green Tech Computer coding program, Green Tech
administrators visited Oakland’s Hack the Hood graduation ceremony. Google
supported 23 young people in a six-week summer program. The students
learned how to create websites for local businesses, learning from a cadre
of Hack the Hood trainers in computer programming. Hack the Hood graduate
Teresa Flores said, “Hack the Hood provides mentors from Bay Area tech
corporations that guide us through making career goals in tech and building
a pipeline to get there.”
Student participants visited Facebook, Pandora and Google to build
relationships with working professionals in high technology businesses.
Green Tech Computer Coding instructor Alan Ware continues to train students
at the Hacker Lab in Sacramento every Saturday, 1715 I Street. Ware is
teaching the students how to use JAVA Script, BASIC and various other
programs to develop Android Applications and computer programs. The team is
currently developing a program to monitor and follow the Solar Suitcases
from the manufacturing plant, to the student workshop, to their destination
in various parts of the world.
For more information about the free Green Tech Computer Coding classes
contact Alan Ware at email@example.com.
Where in the World is the Solar Suitcase?
Green Tech continues to deliver its student-built Solar Suitcase to
developing countries around the world. This summer we sent one Solar
Suitcase to Uganda and two to Haiti. We are currently preparing to send one
more to Haiti with Green Tech board member Jowel Laguerre, a native Haitian
and president of Solano Community College. Dr. Laguerre will send the
portable lighting system to a dental clinic in St. Georges as originally
planned before postponing our original trip due to a debilitating virus
carried by mosquitos in the region.
Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Fairfield, California sent several
missionaries to Haiti this August with two Solar Suitcases. Green Tech also
donated a Solar Suitcase to the Dobbs family, a group of missionaries that
operate Shepard’s Love non-profit based in Sacramento. Green Tech executive
director, Simeon Gant delivered the Solar Suitcase to Rick Dobbs,
co-director of Shepard’s Love. The Solar Suitcase is now in a much needed
orphanage in Kabale, Uganda.
If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to the Green Tech Solar
Suitcase project please contribute online at the donation page of
www.greentechedu.org or http://greentecheducation.org/donations/.
GREEN TECH NOMINATED AS NON-PROFIT ENVIRONMENTALIST OF THE YEAR BY THE
ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL OF SACRAMENTO
*SACRAMENTO*— The Environmental Council of Sacramento (ECOS) recently
released its list of nominees for Environmentalist of the Year (EOY). The 41
st annual celebration takes place October 28, 5pm to 7:30pm at Sierra 2 Center,
2791 24th St, Sacramento, CA 95818. Among the list of individuals and
organizations making significant contributions to the Sacramento
environmental community, Green Technical Education & Employment (Green
Tech) is nominated for non-profit Environmentalist of the Year.
“We are pleased and honored to be considered among some of the most
influential environmental advocates in the Sacramento region,” said Simeon
Gant, executive director of Green Tech. “Our team has worked hard since
2009 to raise environmental awareness, advocate against the negative health
effects of climate change and educate youth about career opportunities that
consider the land and the atmosphere in responsible stewardship. Our slogan
is, ‘Giving Youth an Eco-Advantage.’ Our mantra is, ‘in search of clean
ECOS is among the most active environmental protection organizations in the
Sacramento region, hosting the city’s most notable Earth Day celebration
since 1970 and advocating against urban sprawl through high profile legal
battles and sustained activism. The ECOS Environmentalists of the Year
award was established in 1973 with a mission to promote environmentalism
throughout the year.
Green Tech was nominated for its commitment to raising environmental
awareness issues to youth and young adults. Since its inception in 2009,
Green Tech has provided career technical education with an emphasis on
environmental careers that reduce human impact on the earth. The
non-profit, community-based organization has reached nearly 200 students
through its unique classroom instruction-workshops, Green Tech Tours and
hands-on technical projects. The popular Solar Suitcase project complements
its computer coding workshops and Healthy Foods Aquaponics project as
innovative sustainable living strategies.
Gant said, “Our goal is to develop 21st century workforce skills as well as
encourage our students to consider becoming inventors and business owners.
We implore them to become leaders in energy and consider environmental
health as they grow personally and professionally.”
Hacker Lab 1715 I St, Sacramento, CA 95811
4309 38th Street, Sacramento, CA 95820
Green Building Pre-Apprentice
4625-44th Street, Sacramento, CA 95820
Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday – 4:30pm – 7:30pm
Healthy Foods Aquaponics Project
Computer Coding Workshop
Green Tech Tours