As Drought Grips the U.S., Veolia Environment Foundation Supports the Go Green Initiative’s Program to Educate Youth on the Water/Energy Nexus

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Veolia Environment Foundation and the Go Green Initiative Partner to Provide Web 2.0 Energy Education at No Cost to Schools Worldwide

Jill Buck, founder & CEO, Go Green Initiative

Without a rudimentary understanding of how the energy system works, and how much clean water is involved, our children will be grossly underprepared for the challenges they will face in the not-so-distant future.

The Veolia Environment Foundation will provide 20,000 euros toward the completion of a Web 2.0 energy education program created by the Go Green Initiative, a nonprofit organization headquartered in Northern California. The energy education program will be free and available online to all schools, and will be specifically targeted to kindergarten through twelfth grade. Teachers and students will be able to watch videos on YouTube; download free, grade-appropriate activity guides from the Go Green Initiative website; and sign up for interactive video conferences with subject matter experts in the energy field.

“One of the greatest challenges facing the 21st century is the convergence of increasing demand for both energy and water supplies,” says Edwin Pinero, Chief Sustainability Officer for Veolia Water, North America and sponsor of the project for the Veolia Environment Foundation. “The next generation of community and business leaders will be making decisions based upon the reality of the energy-water nexus: it takes a considerable amount of energy to deliver clean water, and a considerable amount of clean water to generate energy. The Veolia Foundation is proud to support this energy education program, which we believe will create the necessary level of understanding to empower constructive citizen engagement in both personal and societal decisions about energy use.”

“Currently there is no plan in place to complete a transition from finite sources of energy to infinite sources of energy before today’s schoolchildren reach adulthood,” says Jill Buck, founder and CEO of the Go Green Initiative. “Their early adult years will likely be spent learning to balance their energy needs against the rising cost of finite energy resources. Without a rudimentary understanding of how the energy system works, and how much clean water is involved, our children will be grossly underprepared for the challenges they will face in the not-so-distant future. This program addresses that need, not just for children, but for the adults who care about their future.”

After completing the program, students will be able to:

  •     Identify what energy is used for, e.g. food production, clean water, transportation, manufacturing, etc., and hence, what functions of society/standard of living is in jeopardy should there be an energy shortage
  •     Measure individual and communal energy use
  •     Measure energy conservation/reduction efforts
  •     Measure energy efficiency efforts
  •     Explain how energy use and carbon emissions are related, and why a carbon footprint matters
  •     Quantify a carbon footprint based on energy usage
  •     Name various sources of energy and how they compare to one another on cost, cleanliness, and renewable supply
  •     Find out where the energy for a community comes from, and how much of it is renewable
  •     Engage with local and regional government officials regarding energy use, planning, storage, and alternatives
  •     Engage with local utilities regarding energy issues, supply, metering, etc.

About the Go Green Initiative (GGI):
The Go Green Initiative is the global leader in fully comprehensive environmental action plans for schools, businesses, organizations and homes. By promoting environmental stewardship on campuses from preschools through universities, the GGI works to involve families, businesses and local governments in the common goal of protecting human health through environmental stewardship. Since its inception in July 2002, the Go Green Initiative has been endorsed by the National School Boards Association, National Recycling Coalition, adopted by nine State PTA Boards, implemented in all 50 U.S. states, 73 countries and on 5 continents. The Go Green Initiative has kept more than ten million pounds of recyclables out of the world’s landfills, conserved 25.7 million gallons of water; reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than 3,800 metric tons; conserved 34,500 barrels of oil; and saved over 67 billion BTUs of energy. These accomplishments were achieved voluntarily, with no mandates or legislation, showing that “going green” is practical and simply makes sense. There are currently over 2.5 million students and teachers in registered Go Green schools.

More information is available online at http://www.GoGreenInitiative.org.

About Veolia Environment Foundation
Created in May 2004, the Veolia Environment Foundation is one of the leading private-sector foundations in France. The Veolia Environment Foundation supports non-profit community-oriented projects contributing to outreach, workforce development and environmental conservation, in France and abroad. It is unique in that every project that it supports is accompanied by a sponsor, who is a Company employee, and in that it provides the expertise of employee volunteers, joined together in Veoliaforce, in the areas of emergency aid and development. Since its creation in 2004, the Foundation has supported over1,000 projects, half of them abroad, and has conducted more than 150 expertise assignments.

More information is available online at http://fondation.veolia.com/en/foundation/

About Veolia Water North America
Based in Chicago, Veolia Water North America is the leading provider of comprehensive water and wastewater partnership services to municipal and industrial customers, providing services to more than 14 million people in approximately 650 North American communities. The company is part of the Veolia Environment companies in North America, with 30,000 North American employees providing sustainable environmental solutions in water management, waste services, energy management, and passenger transportation.

More information is available online at http://www.veoliawaterna.com

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