Oct 5, 2008

Green Technology Summit in Pasadena

Harambee editor to present on transportation, educational partnerships


On October 8-9, Green Technology Magazine is hosting the Green California Community College Summit, “Building Gateways to the Green Economy” at the Pasadena Convention Center.

The conference focuses on best practices for green facilities as well as the role of the California Community Colleges’, the largest system of higher education in the world, role in creating a diverse “green collar” workforce. “Green collar jobs” refer to occupations and careers which provide families with living wages, as well as contribute to reducing industry’s often harmful affects on the planet.

Harambee Managing Editor Reginald James will be presenting on partnerships between regional transportation agencies and community colleges, as well as receiving the “Full Circle Award” for his work establishing such a partnership between the Peralta Colleges and Alameda Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit) while he served as Student Trustee.

“Reginald James successfully advocated for the creation of a bus pass program for the community college students at the four Peralta Colleges,” said Acting Director, Physical and Environmental Planning Charlotte Strem with the University of California, Office of the President. Strem previously attended James’ session, “Get on the Bus!” at the 7th Annual UC/CSU/CCC Sustainability Conference CalPoly San Luis Obispo in August.

After advocating for the passage of the program, which saves students approximately $1000 per year, James was offered an internship in External Affairs for AC Transit.
“He how is learning about bus pass programs from the transit operators perspective, said Strem. “This combination of information and perspectives about advocacy for a program and operational implementation will provide the audience with a deeper understanding of what it takes to put a bus pass program into place.”

James’ session is titled, “Increasing access to education through public transportation.”

The Full Circle Award is being presenting to James and another former Los Angeles Trade Tech student for their efforts of giving back to their community colleges.

“In this economy, considering the high price of gas and other ridiculous expenses directly related to education, community colleges have to do what they can to keep our colleges accessible and affordable,” said James. And referring to his presentation, he said “I have a responsibility to use my experience to empower others.”

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