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2017 Green STEM Panel Member Biographies
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.
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
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.
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
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"
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
What Do Participants Learn?
- 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
- 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.
You can apply by clicking on this Key Issues link. The 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Santa Clarita Environmental Education Consortium Wins NAAEE Award
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.
Find Your Green Path at the
2016 Green STEM Summit
November 19, 2016
8:30AM to 1:30PM
G. Van Hook University Center- Room 258
the Canyons, Valencia Campus
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!