Joe Simunovich said, “We’re helping the students become stewards and caretakers of their community’s environment. These are our future water quality leaders.”
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) December 31, 2011
United Water, and Green City Standards have teamed up with Gambassa.com, a project-based education website, to sponsor student projects aimed at promoting environmental literacy and conservation.
Joe Simunovich, Board Member of United Water, and Luis Moro of Green City Standards spearheaded the agreement providing for high rate environmental water monitoring and soil-tracking equipment to be used by Environmental Studies and Biology High School students using Gambassa.com.
United Water’s sponsorship consists of water quality sampling probes designed to measure water characteristics such as pH, Turbidity, Nitrates, Calcium, Chloride, Ammonium, and Flow Rate. The environmental science probes will measure characteristics as moisture, pH, GPS location, conductivity, CO2, voltage, current, light, relative humidity and more. The equipment is coupled with books, and software to analyze the data. Gary Glass, creator of Gambassa, says “Gambassa is designed to empower teachers and students by streamlining the processes of assigning, managing, submitting, and collecting collaborative projects, as well as calculating measureable results. Students are conducting field research in different places, at different times, submitting them independently, activities beyond the classroom, which can easily overwhelm a teacher, and consume precious classroom time if not for Gambassa.”
Ken Pitts, AP Environmental Studies and Biology teacher at Santiago High School in Corona, California said the equipment is an amazing boost forward for him and his students. Pitts, who has been using Gambassa for over 2 years, says Gambassa improves the quality of his students’ work and the assignment compliance rate, citing as evidence, 100% completion, on-time, of student research projects both years, the only two times this has occurred in his 31 years of teaching.
“This new initiative will showcase Gambassa’s ability to collect the field research data and organize it so that students can see how their results trend with other students from other years, different schools, or different regional areas” says Glass. “Our goal is to push the boundaries of education beyond the classroom walls and to build an ongoing repository of inspiring student works that demonstrate excellence. Students invest a great deal of time writing research papers, and performing science projects, many of which at the end of the year are discarded, or taken home never to be read again. Gambassa gives life to these projects like never before.“
Thanks to the United Water Company agreement, 500 unique educational projects are sponsored. “Gambassa proves to be the most advanced next generation curriculum management system for educators and students, simultaneously benefiting communities and businesses,” said Moro. Joe Simunovich said, “We’re helping the students become stewards and caretakers of their community’s environment. These are our future water quality leaders.”
“Student and teachers using Gambassa continue to produce exceptional environmental results,” says Glass. “We want to empower pioneering teachers like Ken Pitts and his students who are local heroes to be guardians of their community’s environment.”
“The impact is unprecedented. Mr. Pitts created a local environmental tracking team”. Said Luis Moro, Green City Standards. Moro noted “United Water Company’s agreement with Gambassa is consistent with President Obama’s Well-Rounded Education initiative that included environmental literacy for the first time in history. United Water’s contribution also gains valuable Triple Bottom Line results consistent with their leadership in Corporate Social Responsibility. This is the future of business working with communities,” Said Mr. Moro
Don Baugh, Director of the No Child Left Inside Coalition said, "Advancing the environmental literacy of our students is key to addressing today's increasingly complex environmental and related economic, social, natural resource, and energy issues."
To see a list of recently completed projects visit [http://www.gambassa.com/Public/NewProjects/1.html
1) United Water is one of the nation’s leading environmental companies, providing water and wastewater services to approximately 7 million people in the United States. In addition to owning and operating 20 water utilities, the company operates more than 200 municipal and industrial water and wastewater systems through innovative public-private partnerships and contract agreements. United Water’s affiliate, Utility Service Company, is the nation’s leading provider of long-term asset management contracts for water storage facilities with municipal and industrial clients. Founded in 1869, United Water is a subsidiary of SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT.
2) Joseph “Joe” Simunovich is a member of the board for United Water Company and Chairman of the Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation, both in New Jersey. http://www.JoeSimunovich.com
3) Green City Standards creates, designs and produces projects and systems consistent with Corporate Social Responsibility results that deliver effective, profitable, Triple Bottom Line benefits. http://www.GreenCityStandards.com
4) Gambassa : Innovative tools Designed to Work Together™ for better education. http://www.Gambassa.com
Contact Gary Glass Accounts@Gambassa.com
5) Ken Pitt’s, at Santiago High School in Corona, California can be contacted at: Kpitts@cnusd.k12.ca.us http://www.reducetheharm.com/
Read more President Obama history first on: Environmental Literacy Included in Obama's New Education Budget: Historic First.
Links on Joe Simunovich United Water agreement projects available at http://www.GreenCityStandards.com