About 65 area students participated in the California Regional Environmental Education Community Environmental Youth Leadership Conference on Saturday, Dec. 4. The all-day event at the Highland Sam Racadio Library and Environmental Learning Center featured keynote speaker Ed Begley, Jr. (front right), an actor, environmental activist and star of a reality TV show about green living.
Also speaking was District 62 Assemblymember Wilmer Amina Carter (front left), a member of the state Assembly Select Committee on Renewable Energy, which is charged with developing legislation to meet the goal of 33 percent renewal energy by 2020.
The conference offered students learning opportunities to develop skills as leaders who will influence environmental policies in schools and communities. Middle row, from left, is Chloe Salladay, Ed Zebrenske, Jonathan Reya, Jasmine Astor, and Bridget Kyeremateng, Backrow, from left, Daniel Hoon, Devin Wright, Kevin Dumler and environmental educators Debbie Christopher and Melissa McCoy.