SEI is spotlighting our amazing Climate Corps Fellows who have been working to protect our climate through a wide range of sustainability initiatives. This week we are highlighting Noah Cordoba, Energy Efficiency and Building Electrification Fellow at East Bay Community Energy.
By Fernando Gil
In spring 2021, SEI hosted a virtual Energy Challenge, giving students a fun opportunity to learn about energy conservation, help spread awareness about energy use and climate change, and win scholarships to support their future college and career goals. In partnership with Whitehorse School in the Navajo Nation, Swinerton Renewable Energy, and Heart of America, SEI made this programming available to students fully offline, as 80% of students there do not have access to the Internet at home. This meant creating alternatives for all the online aspects of the original challenge, including educational resources and ways for students to share their work. The transition was a success as Whitehorse seniors were able to engage with content and launch creative energy conservation campaigns including presentations, poems, and infographics.
Energy Conservation Poem by Xavier Martin
Energy Campaign Reflection by Diana Whitehair
SEI is spotlighting our amazing Climate Corps Fellows who have been working to protect our climate through a wide range of sustainability initiatives. This week we are headed to the garden to spotlight Haleigh Yang, Climate Corps Education Outside(CCEO) Fellow at Visitacion Valley Elementary School
5 Ways to Appreciate your Teacher
By Jessica Redden
Over the past year we have all been adapting to online working and living, but teachers have continued to go above and beyond showing up for their students virtually and in-person. Whether you are a K-12 student, in college, or emerging professional, take time this teacher appreciation month to tell the inspiring teachers in your life how much you appreciate them! Here are some ideas for ways to show appreciation for the teachers in your life.
1. Tell your teacher you appreciate them!
This one seems obvious, but the power of telling someone you appreciate their hard work can’t be underestimated. Write your teacher a note on the back of a homework assignment or stay after class to tell them how much you enjoyed their lesson and are grateful the time they spend helping you.
2. Volunteer to help in class
Help your classroom run smoothly by volunteering in class. When students volunteer it can help teachers feel supported and let them focus on other elements of the classroom or lesson - making everyone’s experience better!
SEI is spotlighting our amazing Climate Corps Fellows who have been working to protect our climate through a wide range of sustainability initiatives. This week we are highlighting Shona Paterson, Compost and Recycling Associate at Alameda County.
Completing and submitting the Green Ribbon Schools application was a major project of my Climate Corps fellowship and a long-term goal of the district. The application had been in progress for a few years, so I inherited a strong draft that former Fellows put together. From there, I spent much of the fall compiling missing data and information, revising responses, and updating the application to reflect SRCS’ most recent sustainability initiatives and projects.
Over the coming weeks, SEI will be spotlighting some of our amazing Climate Corps Fellows, who have been driving forward a wide range of sustainability solutions. First up, we are shining the spotlight on Katherine Chen Energize Colleges Fellow at San Mateo County Community College District.
The SEI Team
Environmental education and workforce development experts share stories from the field