Monday, July 22, 2013

More than 200 "Lead America" High School Students Tour the EcoCenter and Heron's Head Park

This month on July 8th and again today on July 22nd, more than 200 students total toured the EcoCenter and Heron's Head Park.  The students ranged from 15 to 18 years of age and came from all walks of life and from all over the US and abroad. For many it was not only their first time in California, but this was their first visit to a facility that can boast so many sustainable features and systems. Lead America is a summer youth leadership program focused on experiential learning. The group's focus and interest was on "Green" business innovation and its applications. In addition to a tour of the sustainable systems at the EcoCenter, the students were introduced to the many local and state policies that help drive the green economy in San Francisco and that make a facility like the EcoCenter possible. A discussion of the formation of Heron's Head Park, environmental justice concerns, and the continuing transformation of the area into a eco-industrial park were also discussed.