Sustainability Conference Comes to Trade Tech
For the first time in history, the UC/CSU/CCC Sustainability Conference was located at a community college and of course, the choice was LA Trade Tech. This is a higher education conference focused on “green” leadership and sustainability strategies, and it drew nearly a thousand educators, manufacturers, environmentalists and students to a single location to talk about increasing “green” strategies. While the college was simply the location for the event and not a sponsor, the organizers did give Trade Tech the opportunity to highlight some of its innovative ideas and programs. That included a fashion show where our students displayed fashions made from recyclable and sustainable materials. Thanks need to go to Carole Anderson and her fashion department faculty.
President Chapdelaine, VP Marcy Drummond and others spoke at some sessions and talked about the leadership Trade Tech exhibits in the area of “green” curriculum. Of course, our new buildings and new tents provided a tremendous venue for the conference. A great deal of thanks needs to go to Steve Kasmar and his students for providing meal after meal for the conference participants. Bill Smith and the Physical Plant have never handled an on-going event of this magnitude in recent years, and they were magnificent in keeping the areas clean and running. Leticia Barajas, Phil Schmerber and the ASO provided excellent tours of the campus, including our new recycling farm. Plenty of Trade Tech students served as volunteers and showed everyone some great hospitality. Joe G. and media services folks were everywhere. Deputy Dodd and her team provided the usual great organization and security, even as the Laker Parade made campus access very difficult. And leading the liaison team were Roxanne Romo and Tania Yanes, who helped make this one of the most successful conferences this group has ever put on. Many of the participants had not heard of Trade Tech. Now they know who we are and why we are leaders among community colleges.