Environmentally-conscious students to attend conference

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Later this month, three students from the Los Alamos High School Environmental Club and a Pajarito Environmental Education Center club mentor will travel to Washington DC, to attend Powershift 2011.
Powershift is a national student conference about clean energy and green jobs. Students will attend workshops, training and regional networking sessions, as well as visit Congressional offices to speak with legislators about environmental issues.
“As soon as I heard about Powershift I knew I wanted to participate because it would be a great opportunity for me to learn about alternative energy and then bring that knowledge back to my community,” said Los Alamos High School Junior Jodi Cull-Host.  Freshman Colin Hemez hopes to “bring back knowledge from Powershift that could be used to create a more efficient club and a more sustainable community. I’m especially interested in learning about energy efficiency and conservation.”
PEEC provides a mentor to the LAHS Environmental Club as part of its outreach and education in local schools.  
“When I started high school, I joined the Environmental Club in hopes that I could work to the preserve the environment with other youth,” said LAHS Junior Mireya Bouquin. “So far, it has been an extremely rewarding experience.”
To offset costs for Powershift, the Environmental Club is teaming up with the Reel Deal Theater, to host a screening of “Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?” at 7 p.m. April 14. This film looks at the disappearance of bees, along with the stories and struggles of beekeepers and scientists from around the world.
Tickets can be purchased for $7 from PEEC and other community locations. All proceeds will go toward mitigating travel and housing expenses.
Anyone interested in sponsoring the students can do so by making a tax-deductible donation to PEEC, designating “Powershift” as the recipient. Donations can be made online or at the nature center.
“I attended Powershift as a college student in 2009,” said PEEC mentor Elena Gustafson. “It was an incredibly rewarding and inspiring experience. These students have already shown great commitment to the environment and our town through their participation in the Environmental Club.  I know this conference will only enhance that as they gain leadership and organizing skills to bring back to the community.”
“Powershift will give me the chance to work with thousands of youth from all over the country, who share my love for environmental action and preservation. I can’t wait,” Bouquin said.