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2017 Green STEM Panel Member Biographies

Water Industry

Cathy Hollomon has over 20 years of professional experience in the environmental and water related sciences. She has worked as a State regulator, University researcher and private sector consultant.  Cathy received a B.S. in Earth Sciences at Northeastern Illinois University and an M.S. at Louisiana State University.  She is currently working at Castaic Lake Water Agency as a Water Resources Planner but has also held positions of Water Quality Specialist and Conservation Coordinator.

Peter Zeppeiro, senior instrumentation technician at Castaic Lake Water Agency (CLWA) has worked at CLWA since 1995. He has D3 and T2 licenses. He graduated from the Future Technical Institute in programing and electronic controls and worked for ten years at the Teleproducts Corporation in field service for water and wastewater.

Lysa Gaboudian is a Civil Engineer in the Reuse & Compliance Section at the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County. Lysa works with civil engineers, engineering technicians, and regulatory agencies to submit data for permits at the Valencia and Saugus Water Reclamation Plants, comply with the chloride TMDL in the Santa Clarita Valley, and track pertinent regulations related to CECs in wastewater. Lysa is a professional engineer licensed in the state of California, and holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Hydrology and Water Resources from UC Irvine and UCLA, respectively.

Ryan Bye is a Senior Production Operator at Santa Clarita Water Division.  He has an A.S. in Water Systems Technology, a B.A. in Organizational Management, and is working to complete a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.  Ryan has been in the water industry for 14 years and holds a D5 and T2 license.  

 

Green Careers

Jason Oliver is a California licensed Architect with over 20 years of professional experience and a LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design + Construction.    As a full-time Architecture professor at COC, Jason’s current focus is on infusing sustainable design principles into every phase of the learning process.“I really enjoy helping students find their own personal spark … the inspiration that fosters their growth as a sustainable designer and enhances their enjoyment of helping shape the world around them.

Maurita Denley is an Environmental Engineer at Lockheed Martin. Her work is focused on sustainability, pollution prevention, air quality, and environmental-based community engagement. She has a B.S. in Ecosystem Science & Sustainability from Colorado State University and a Master’s in Environmental Management from Duke University.

Nicole Fuentes is an Environmental Health Technician/Intern for Verdant Environmental at Lockheed Martin. She provides general support to current projects in water quality, environmental health, and safety, as well as organizing and maintaining compliance records. She has a B.S. in Microbiology from California State University Northridge and is continuing her studies there for her Master in Environmental and Occupational Health.

Marco Llaguno was hired as a philosophy instructor at College of the Canyons in the Fall of 2017.  He will be teaching Environmental Ethics among other philosophy courses and promoting sustainability on campus as part of the Sustainable Development Committee.  For the last 7 years he taught philosophy at Santa Monica College where he sat on the Environmental Affairs Committee.  Marco's previous career was working as a Community Services Supervisor for the City of Glendale, Community Services and Parks Department.  He has a Master's degree in philosophy from Cal State University, Los Angeles.

Chris Ravé is a professionally licensed civil engineer and works with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works as an Associate Civil Engineer in the Design Division. He develops concepts and designs for various projects in civil infrastructure including transportation and water resources. Credentialed by the Institute of Sustainable Infrastructure as an Environmental Sustainable Professional (ENV-SP) and holding a Master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Southern California, Chris is dedicated to providing innovative and sustainable design solutions for the people of Los Angeles County. Chris is a former student at College of the Canyons and these days he is happily married to his wife Karina with whom he has a dog and a cat.





2017 ​Green STEM Poster Board Contest

If you are attending the 2017 Green STEM Summit, bring a poster board created for a past assignment or project for great prizes! All environmental topics are welcome! To sign up, mention that you will bring a poster during the online registration process. 


Rules and Suggestions for a Competitive Project. 
-Project must be in poster board format.
-Student must be currently unrolled in high school or college.
-Student should be able to explain the environmental significance of the project in 60 seconds or less. 
-Judges will look at:
a. The quality of the verbal introduction. 
b. The ability of the author to answer judge’s follow up questions. 
c. The clarity of the representation of the environmental issue.
d. The clarity of representation of the solution.
e. The feasibility of the solution.
g. The innovative nature of the solution.
h. The artistic brilliance of the presentation. 


All judgements are subjective and at the full discretion of the judge. Judges will award points to each presentation. The presentations will be ranked by points for awards.  The points awarded will not be released to the participants. 








2017 ​Green STEM Poster Board Contest


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2017 Key Issues Institute "Bringing Environmental Issues To The Classroom" 
Full-Ride Scholarship
SCEEC is proud to announce an exciting opportunity for Grade K-12 teachers to earn a full scholarship to attend Key Issues Institute’s “Bringing Environmental Issues to the Classroom,” a one-of-a-kind professional development workshop in Keystone, Colorado which integrates STEM, environmental education and experiential techniques.
 
What Are The Details?
One middle or high school teacher from the Santa Clarita Valley will be chosen to partake in the Keystone Science School’s interdisciplinary five-day STEM workshop in Keystone Colorado. There are two sessions available: June 20-25, 2017  or  July 11-16, 2017. 
 
This once-in-a-lifetime educational opportunity is made possible by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company and will cover five days training, food, travel, lodging, a customized Lab-Aids kit, full Key Issues Institute curriculum, and workshop supplies and materials. 

Lessons include lab testing, outdoor water testing, and indoor activity periods.  Key Issues Institute is aligned with National Education Standards including:
  • ​Common Core
  • Next Generation Science Standrds
  • Interdisciplinary
What Do Participants Learn?
Objectives 
  • Identify and evaluate key stakeholders 
  • Balance sustainability through the lens of economics, social justices, and the environment 
  • Create multi-disciplinary project around local environmental issues
Curriculum
  • Developed in partnership with National Board Certified teachers and the Department of Energy.
  • Can be customized from a week to a two month project-based investigation.
  • Includes guides for differentiation and concept extensions.
To Apply​
You can apply by clicking on this Key Issues linkThe deadline for submitting applications is Friday, April 28, 2017.  On the front page of the application, please enter “$0” under application fee – this fee has already been covered by the sponsor. Then click “Add” and “Continue.” In the “Sponsorship Information” section, please select “Lockheed Martin/SCEEC” as your sponsor in order to be considered for this scholarship.  Only electronic applications will be accepted-no hard copies please.
 
For more information, please contact SCEEC Support Staff, Amy Uy, at (661) 362-3188 or via email at amy.uy@canyons.edu.



SCEEC Mini-Grant Program Mentioned at Emblem Academy Student STEM Showcase
Emblem Academy hosted the first ever Santa Clarita Valley Student STEM Showcase on Tuesday, March 7, 2017. Students from Saugus Union School District, William S. Hart High School District, College of the Canyons, and Cal State Northridge interacted with community members regarding their hands-on STEM experiences. SCEEC was mentioned at the showcase as a supporter of early STEM projects at Emblem Academy through SCEEC’s mini-grant program. 
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Santa Clarita Environmental Education Consortium Wins NAAEE Award 
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By: ​Public Information Office, College of the Canyons October 20, 2016
In recognition of its environmental education efforts at the local level, the Santa Clarita Environmental Education Consortium (SCEEC) will be awarded the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) Award for Outstanding Service to Environmental Education on Saturday, Oct. 22 at the association’s annual conference in Madison, Wisconsin.
SCEEC is a sustainable, public-private initiative sponsored by College of the Canyons, Lockheed Martin, Sempra Energy, SCV Family of Water Suppliers, and other community stakeholders that promotes environmental literacy in the Santa Clarita Valley.  
“It is an honor for the Santa Clarita Environmental Education Consortium to be recognized with this award for our efforts at the local level,” said Michael Haro, an environmental science adjunct instructor at the college who serves on the SCEEC board.
Haro, an environmental engineer at Lockheed Martin, will be accepting the award on behalf of the SCEEC board. 
Through multiple environmental education projects, SCEEC has encouraged hundreds of K-14 students to practice and pursue sustainability.
The SCEEC also holds an annual Green STEM Summit to introduce students and educators to the world of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This year’s event will be held (insert date/time/location here).​
The organization’s K-12 (do we mean K-14 here) outreach efforts include the Bluebird Restoration Project, which has helped restore the community’s bluebird population by helping students set up bluebird boxes.
“SCEEC provides an engaging platform where students, the campus community, the local community, and industries come together to address environmental issues that our students and residents care about,” said Jia-Yi Cheng-Levine, director of International Services and Programs at the college and SCEEC member. “Four years into its existence, I cannot be more proud of SCEEC being recognized for our tireless efforts in promoting environmental sustainability.”
NAAEE is the premier Environmental Education organization in the United States. Each year, just one organization wins this award at the local level. 
The SCEEC board is made up of different members of the Santa Clarita community, including members of COC, Hart District, Castaic Lake Water Agency, and Lockheed Martin.

Other members from COC and the William S. Hart Union High School District include Dr. Jerry Buckley, Dr. Mariane Doyle, Sue Reynolds, and Tim Honadel.

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Find Your Green Path at the

2016 Green STEM Summit

Saturday, November 19, 2016

8:30AM to 1:30PM


Dr. Diane G. Van Hook University Center- Room 258

College of the Canyons, Valencia Campus

26455 Rockwell Canyon Road
Santa Clarita, CA 91355

 

 

You are invited to participate in the Green STEM Summit organized by the Santa Clarita Environmental Education Consortium (SCEEC). This summit is intended for grades 9-12 students and community college students to learn more about green careers in an interactive way.

Topics include job shadowing, internships, college planning, mentoring, and careers.

Participate in panel discussions with high school and college interns and young career professionals, small group mentoring by field experts, and explore the different environmental science programs from Southern California colleges and universities.

Science poster session- Students are encouraged to participate in the science poster session for a chance to win a prize!

 

This event is free, but registration is required.  Click to register now!​



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