Truckee’s teen ‘Trashion’istas
March 25, 2010
TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; The scene is similar to any corporate office around the country: a media specialist makes phone calls, graphic teams design posters, a loose grouping of managers coordinate logistics.
Unlike corporate America, though, this crew is composed of students from Truckee High School’s Envirolution Club. The club, designed to spread environmental awareness, has been giving environmental presentations to elementary and middle school students since Feb. 10. The effort is part of their Bright Futures project, a youth initiated campaign to educate younger students and the community about energy issues and consumer waste.
and#8220;By doing these presentations, we’re giving younger students the tools to be energy efficient,and#8221; said Robyn Bath-Rosenfield, a senior and president of the club.
As part of the Bright Futures project, Bath-Rosenfield said presentations includes hundreds of dollars worth of energy-saving goody bags, and the popular Trashion show, a fashion show where students showcase clothing designed out of plastic wrappers, garbage bags and other items not easily biodegradable.
While presentations are designed for elementary and middle school kids, Bath-Rosenfield said she hopes the message touches the entire community.
and#8220;If the youth start doing it the parents are more likely to change,and#8221; Bath-Rosenfield said.
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Teaming up with the Truckee Donner Public Utility District, Bath-Rosenfield said the club was able to put together many useful items and information to reduce energy costs in homes such as energy efficient light bulbs, night lights and pamphlets showing how consumers can get energy rebates.
and#8220;It’s outstanding that the high school kids are taking a leadership role,and#8221; said Steve Poncelet, TDPUD public information and conservation manager. and#8220;I think at the end of the day people listen to their peers more than they listen to adults and so the fact that this is coming from Envirolution is great.and#8221;
Poncelet said parents would be wise to take notice of what their kids are bringing home, as it could save hundreds of dollars in energy per year, and for parents with business, savings could be in the thousands.
and#8220;Consumers can pay us a dime on a dollar to save energy or they can pay us the whole dollar to use energy,and#8221; he said.
Missy Mohler, club supervisor and representative of Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships, an environmental nonprofit youth organization for the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, said she believes the momentum generated by the kids will transfer directly or indirectly into the community.
and#8220;I always tell my kids you’re going to be planting a seed in the people’s minds how they can be more green,and#8221; said Mohler, a testament she said the student club that has grown from four last year to 30. and#8220;It’s youth empowering youth, and I really believe in grassroots education.and#8221;