Inconvenient Truth Producer to Speak at Green Schools Summit

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Inconvenient Truth producer Laurie David, and Cambria Gordon, children's book writer, will speak and present their new book, The Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming, at the Green California Schools Summit, December 6 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

Green California Schools Summit - The largest sustainable summit and expo to focus on bringing green technology and natural products into K-12 schools in California (December 4-6, Pasadena, California) announces the addition of Laurie David, Academy Award winning documentary film maker, and Cambria Gordon, children's book writer, as general session keynotes on December 6. They will join acclaimed scientist, educator and author Bill Nye "the Science Guy."

On December 5 the summit will be opened by Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard and will feature a keynote by actor and legendary environmentalist, Ed Begley, Jr. Parents, teachers, community organizations, school officials will come together at the summit to learn how children are affected by their school environment and what can be done to implement sustainable healthy green solutions. Experts have found that sustainable technology is not only good for the environment, but it also enhances the teaching and learning environment for students.

The Green California Schools summit is the first major event to address all aspects of the state's high performance school revolution - from planning, building and operations to curriculum and "green culture." Seventy-five educational workshops and sessions, led by top state and national experts, will cover issues ranging from funding sources for green projects to empowering students to become the next generation of environmental professionals. The exhibition floor will include a model green school building and more than 200 companies offering cutting edge green products and services.

"This is the first major opportunity that we've had in California to focus completely on K-12 schools in terms of the potential for energy savings and sustainability," said California State Architect David Thorman. Secretary of State and Consumer Services, Rosario Marin, whose agency approves all public school construction and financing, and Secretary of Education, Dr. David E. Long, join Thorman as co-chairs of the event.

About the Speakers
Among many other accomplishments, Laurie David is a global warming activist and producer of the Academy Award-winning film, "An Inconvenient Truth" and the HBO documentary "Too Hot Not to Handle." She also executive-produced "Earth to America!," a primetime comedy special about global warming. One of the foremost voices in global warming, Vanity Fair called her the "Bono of Climate Change." Her co-author on "The Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming," Cambria Gordon, is an award-winning copywriter, children's book writer and environmentalist.

Published by Scholastic/Orchard Books in September, "Down-to-Earth," has earned praise for making a complicated subject child friendly. "I've never seen a more comprehensive explanation of the phenomenon in so few words," wrote Hank Greeen of the New York Times, "…they make the science relevant and enjoyable with abundant visuals and conclude with some meaty ways for kids to make a difference." Kirkus Reviews describes the book as having "A humorous tone, eye-catching graphics and celebrity connections (that) lend pizzazz to this volume."

When it comes to taking personal responsibility for the environment, few individuals can match the record of December 5 keynote Ed Begley, Jr. Known for turning up at Hollywood events on his bicycle, he bought his first electric car in 1970, and has had solar panels on his roof since 1990. He currently lives near Los Angeles in a self-sufficient home powered by solar energy. Ed is also currently producing and starring in the HGTV series Living with Ed, a first-of-its-kind reality green show which chronicles life with an "earth-friendly fanatic" with humor and heart. An engaging, entertaining and inspiring speaker, he offers a long-term perspective on the powerful contributions that each individual can make to a sustainable future.

Scientist, engineer, comedian, author, and inventor, Bill Nye is a man with a mission: to help foster a scientifically literate society and to help people everywhere understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work. Bill won seven national Emmy Awards for writing, performing, and producing his popular "Bill Nye the Science Guy" series and the show won a total of 28 Emmys in five years. In between creating the shows, he also wrote 5 kids' books about science. Through his TV series and his numerous books, Bill Nye has had an impact on millions of students.

Following the general session, Laurie David and Cambria Gordon will join Bill Nye for a book signing.

For additional details, or to register to attend the Green California Schools Summit, visit Press contact: Racquel Palmese, managing editor of Green Technology at 323-936-7125.


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