CEC Interns Present Sustainability Plans
High school students in the Environmental Intern Program sponsored by the Citizens Environmental Council of Burlingame (CEC) presented plans for making their schools more sustainable to an appreciative audience of local environmentalists, educators, CEC directors and parents on September 25.
After observing and researching environmental practices and attitudes at their respective schools, the interns designed programs that focused on reducing waste, improving transportation to schools and slashing energy consumption.
Chris Noll of San Mateo High School, Jessica Johnstone of Burlingame High School and Grace Zhang of Mercy High School are pursuing plans to reduce plastic waste and improve recycling performance at their schools. Maya Silver of Burlingame High and Spencer Kishiyama of Design Tech High School are hoping to discourage single passenger car trips and encourage walking, biking, carpooling and public transportation to their schools. Brennan McDonald and Mark Habelt, both of Burlingame High, and Gus Brocchini of Crystal Springs Uplands School will seek ways to reduce energy consumption and advocate for schools and families to move to 100 percent renewable energy through Peninsula Clean Energy’s ECO100 program at their schools.
These students are now beginning the second year of the program, where they will be supported and advised as they implement their plans.
The Environmental Intern Program is supported by the City of Burlingame, and it is underwritten by the Morris Smith Foundation (Sterling Franklin, Trustee). The current program leaders are CEC Directors Mike McCord and Desiree Thayer. The program was designed and launched last winter with the assistance of Burlingame Sustainability Coordinator Sigalle Michael.
Shown in the photo, left to right, are Spencer Kishiyama, Maya Silver, Brennan McDonald, Gus Brocchini, Christopher Noll, Mark Habelt and Grace Zhang. (Jessica Johnstone is not pictured.)