Clarissa Drouillard has heard many people say that children are the future of this planet. Going along with that philosophy, she is glad that she had the chance to educate a group of bright middle school students on energy and water conservation. Spreading awareness of our impact on the environment is vital, even if changes are happening one light bulb at a time. What we teach the youth now could influence them for a long time!
Going to Oakland in February to present at the YES Conference was probably one of the more interesting events Gautam Sajja has attended here at Walnut Creek Saves, and it is without a doubt, one of the biggest. Meeting new people who are just as passionate about our planet’s future as us was awe inspiring, and going to a college campus to present, really showcased how far we have come.
A little less than a month ago, Kate Tovey and five of her fellow Conservation Coaches were given the opportunity to attend and present at the YES Conference in Oakland. YES stands for Youth for the Environment and Sustainability and the conference contained just that. Around 1,200 excited and passionate youth from the nine counties in the San Francisco Bay Area gathered at Laney College in Oakland for a day of learning, sharing and bonding over our like mindedness when it comes to preserving our planet and its resources.
Winter finally ended and is replaced with spring. Everybody knows it’s around that time for a good scrub down of their own home, spring cleaning! Anisah Rodgers, a Conservation Coach for Walnut Creek Saves, prepared the following article to provide tips on how to conserve energy and water when cleaning the house.
What do you look for when shopping for new clothes? Color? Style? Fit? The answers to this question are limitless, but one that we don’t hear enough is sustainability. Shopping for affordable, sustainable, and fashionable clothes can often seem impossible, but it might not be as hard as you think. Lola Bamberger has prepared a list of companies to keep your eye for when looking for sustainable options.
Ever since Walnut Creek Saves started we have been targeting Walnut Creek residents’ water and energy use. However, recently, we decided to target other aspects of conservation like composting and recycling. For the month of March, we decided to focus on the topic of sustainable gardens. Michelle Lee, a student Conservation Coach for Walnut Creek Saves, shares all about how we plan to spread information about sustainable gardening!
When it comes to recycling, many Americans understand that separating their garbage is beneficial for the Earth. However, according to Environmental Leader, 25% of Americans do not recycle simply because they do not know how to. Even as a Conservation Coach, it is still difficult for Tiffany Zhao to tell what is recyclable and what is not. It is important to recycle because Earth has limited resources that are shrinking everyday due to pollution!
Omar Zaifulizan is a Conservation Coach for Walnut Creek Saves. As a Conservation Coach he has learned many things such as talking to new people and improving his communications skills. So far, working for Walnut Creek Saves has been really fun; he has gone to many community events, as well as assisted with his first home consultation!
A few days ago, Anna Meehan and a fellow Conservation Coach worked an outreach event in front of the Ygnacio Valley Library in Walnut Creek. Their goal for the afternoon was to receive sign-ups for our free, in-home energy and water consultations, and explain Walnut Creek Saves to every passer-by. There were many kids wanting quick fun and entertainment. To satisfy this request, Anna and her coworker had an educational recycling game at the booth!
As a Conservation Coach for Walnut Creek Saves Ariana Montalvo has learned many skills to help guide her through life. She has learned these skills through many outreach opportunities and in-home consultations. At every new outreach event that Walnut Creek Saves attends she learns how to have a professional conversation with strangers, marketing skills, and I am able to educate Walnut Creek residents on how to better conserve water and energy.