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MDUSD students to present on environmental science in the classroom at Bay Area Green Careers Conference  and Contra Costa Watershed Forum


Contact:  Ursula Kroemer Leimbach / communications@mdusd.org / Mobile: (760) 705-6919


Mt. Diablo Unified students to present on environmental science in the classroom at Bay Area Green Careers Conference

 and Contra Costa Watershed Forum

Students from Horizons Center for Independent Study to discuss their year’s work monitoring water quality at Grayson Creek


WHAT:  Students from Horizons Center for Independent Study in Pleasant Hill will serve as presenters at two environmental conference events this week, sharing the results of water quality monitoring of Grayson Creek throughout the school year.  They will discuss what they have learned, detail their experiences working in creeks, and ho w this project will impact them in the future.










The on-site contact for both days is Monica Fliehmann, Teacher/Advisor, Horizons School for Independent Home Study, at (925) 822-7882.



Green Careers Conference Bay Area (View Flyer)

When/What Time:

Tuesday, May 16, 2017, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Horizons students will present at 1 p.m.


David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704 (Get directions)



Energize Schools, an organization that helps schools transform education while focusing on energy and environmental literacy, is teaming with Bay Area professionals, and high-school students for the Bay Area’s first Green Careers Conference. Student presenters will share the outcomes of energy education and action projects such as school energy audits, school solar analyses, sustainable design and engineering projects, and sustainable enterprises. They will hear from industry professionals about sustainability careers in clean energy, energy efficiency, engineering, transportation, biology, environmental justice and more, and will be able to connect with higher education institutions, nonprofits, and future employers. 

What Else?

The students, identified as the Watershed Project Interns, will provide a presentation titled “Wild Oysters” in the Goldman Theatre from 1 – 1:20 p.m. 


Contra Costa Watershed Forum (CCWF)  (View flyer)

When/What Time:

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Horizons students present from 10:15 – 11:00 a.m.


Buchanan Park Community  Center, 4150 Harbor St., Pittsburgh  (Get directions)



The Forum is an open committee of some fifty organizations, including state and local agencies, local non-profit environmental and education organizations, community volunteer groups, and private citizens.  Members of the CCWF work together to find common approaches to making our water resources healthy, functional, attractive and safe community assets. The CCWF facilitates local agency and citizen collaboration, fosters innovative strategies for stewardship and protection of watershed resources, and encourages regional capacity building in CCC and neighboring areas. Horizons students are the only student group presenting at the May meeting.

What Else?

The students, along with teacher Monica Fliehmann, will provide a presentation on “Environmental Science in the Classroom”. 












Photos of students conducting monitoring activities are available at https://goo.gl/photos/ZVfYh6RrUSkXGmd1A and all of the students have media permission slips on file so any/all photos can be used. A separate gallery of photos taken May 3 during a trash assessment are at https://goo.gl/photos/XTxwuW1N4n8sQwAEA. Photos of the students at these two events are available upon request.


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The Mt. Diablo Unified School District is one of the largest school districts in the state of California, with over 56 school sites and programs serving 150 square miles, including the cities of Concord, Pleasant Hill, Clayton; portions of Walnut Creek, Martinez and Pittsburg; and unincorporated areas including Lafayette, Pacheco and Bay Point. The district is among one of the more ethnically-diverse in California, with students and their families representing more than 50 languages and dialects.  Learn more at http://www.mdusd.org/.

Posted by: Joshua Wittman, District Admin, Mt. Diablo Unified School District Published:5/15/17
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