The National Association of Asian American Professionals will be staging the 24th Annual NAAAP Convention & Diversity Career Fair, presented by Macy’s, August 12 -15, 2010 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. The convention: “Gateway to Leadership” will feature keynote speaker Leon Panetta, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and numerous other business, civic and community leaders. In addition, there will be a 2 day FREE Career Fair (Friday, Aug. 13, 9am-5pm and Saturday, Aug 14, 9am-4pm) featuring recruiters from national and local Bay Area companies.
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Founder of Kids vs Global Warming
The Bay Area Schools Environmental Conference put on by the City of San Jose Environmental Services Department last May was nothing but inspirational. Concerned students were thirsting for new information and ways to slow global warming and rethink how we can be better guardians of our planet… for it is the youth that will be the custodians of the future.
The City of San Jose has committed to promoting awareness and activism for improving our environment. It is one of the leaders in the nation with mayor Chuck Reed’s “Green Vision” program. The Bay Area Schools Environmental Conference brought hundreds of students together to discuss their concerns and learn from the dozens of nonprofits committed to building a sustainable future.
But what was most inspirational was the keynote speaker. 15 year-old Alec Loorz, the founder of Kids vs Global Warming http://kids-vs-global-warming.com rallied the audience, young and old to come together and actively participate in the improvement of our environment from a global perspective to a personal view. “We can do things right now” he proclaimed as he advised us on things we can do on a daily basis such as reducing the use of water while showering or brushing our teeth. On a global scale he is organizing a “Million Kid March” http://kids-vs-global-warming.com/iMatter_March.html, mobilizing the youth around the world to take a stand and let our governments and corporations know that we need to make changes NOW!
If nothing else, Alec and the many committed youth at the conference gives us hope that there will be a brighter tomorrow. It is but a work in progress.
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Tagged environment, future, global warming, san jose, Silicon Valley, Sustainability
It’s not something we think about everyday. Or any day… if at all. Yet it is something that affects all of us now and into the future. The San Jose/Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Plant (SJ/SC WPCP) is one of the most advanced and largest water treatment plants in the country, serving approaching two million people in our community. Looking towards the future, we are challenged to effectively treat and manage our waste water and maintain the delicate eco-system of the South Bay.
In addition, with natural resources depleting, how do we adequately supply water for our growing population? The SJ/SC WPCP Master Plan is being developed to guide the upgrade and renovation of the plant and the development of the surrounding 2,600 acres on which it is situated. Introducing the latest technology to treat and recycle the water more effectively is at the core of the master plan’s mission. Being able to generate energy from the bio-mass waste is an added benefit. Yet the opportunities are much more. A thoughful plan of natural habitat areas, water recreation, trails, commercial, educational and industrial uses can create a thriving, sustainable destination.
The City of San Jose Environmental Services department is inviting the public to participate and voice their opinions as to the future of this important region in the south San Francisco Bay. Community workshops are being held in a variety of locations this month. This is your opportunity to help shape the future of our community.
Saturday, May 1 – 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Milpitas City Hall – 455 East Calaveras Blvd., Milpitas
Tuesday, May 4 – 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Santa Clara Library – 2635 Homestead Rd., Santa Clara
Saturday, May 8 – 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Roosevelt Community Center – 901 East Santa Clara St., San Jose
Wednesday, May 12 – 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Alviso Library – 5050 North 1st St., San Jose
Wednesday, May 19 – 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Cupertino Community Hall – 10350 Torre Ave., Cupertino
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Tagged Bay, Cupertino, future, Master Plan, Milpitas, recycle, San Francisco, san jose, Santa Clara, sewage, Sunnyvale, Sustainability, Water Pollution Control Plant, water treatment
As important an issue that it is, the discussions of Climate Change in the media are generally out of reach of the average person, let alone the many who are dealing with the daily struggles of survival. Health issues, family, job loss, housing, education, financial issues and the economy in general all tend to push this discussion out into the distant future. How does it resonate with the many under-served in our population, i.e.: those challenged with handicaps or English as a second language?
This is a much bigger issue that will affect all of us. It is an issue that needs to be talked about at all levels of our society. As the global population pushes towards the 7 Billion people mark (http://www.census.gov/main/www/popclock.html) and our natural resources rapidly depleting (http://record.wustl.edu/news/page/normal/12786.html), the next generations, our children, will be left with a world that cannot sustain the growth that it has over the past century. And with global warming accelerating the loss of the arctic ice sheet (http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/10/091015-arctic-ice-free-gone-global-warming.html) there will be catastrophic climate changes that will affect every man, woman and child on this planet. We can’t ignore it.
How do we engage the vast majority of the population in this conversation? This story needs to be told at all levels of the educational system. This is not one semester of science or world history, this is about changes in the way we live, work and play. Government needs to back major initiatives for change. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce needs to support climate legislation in Congress. The media needs to give access to NGOs and other organizations involved in the environment, climate change and education to help communicate the challenges in very simple, easy to understand terms. The investment community needs to step up and back more clean tech and alternative energy projects. Big business needs to realize that making a profit while damaging the environment is bad business, and not sustainable.
How about the entertainment industries where we worship the excesses of our society? The millionaire celebrities with multiple gas-guzzlers, extravagant mansions and lifestyles that promote waste and careless neglect for our environment? There is an opportunity here to reach the masses by telling the story in entertaining but meaningful ways.
We cannot wait for new scientific developments, the next miracle energy source. Climate Change means WE HAVE TO CHANGE. And if we don’t, the world we leave to our children will be more challenging than the one we are living in today.
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Tagged action, climate change, environment, sustainable communities
Kimi Yamaguma CCSF graduation May 22, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
After meeting Warren Furutani, California State Assemblymember (D-Carson, CA) at the College of San Mateo graduation ceremony on Friday, May 29, 2009, Kimi Yamaguma had the opportunity to talk about being honored at City College of San Francisco (CCSF) with a degree the week before. CCSF was the first community college in California to honor a student who’s academic career was disrupted due to the evacuation of Japanese American internees during World War II.
Warren immediately invited Kimi to Sacramento to testify in support of his Assembly Bill 37 – seeking recognition for college students who were forced to abandon their studies in 1942 as a result of the federal government’s illegal incarceration of Japanese-American citizens, including those students who returned to college and received diplomas.
With the encouragement of Lewis Kawahara, professor, department of Ethnic Studies, College of San Mateo (CSM) who coordinated the effort to honor internees who attended CSM, Kimi made the trek to Sacramento to talk about her experiences at CCSF and the evacuation. Kiyo Sato, an internee who attended Sacramento City College and was relocated to the camps at Poston, AZ, also spoke as did Assemblyman Warren Furutani.
The stirring speeches were well received and the senate committee unanimously passed the bill.
Thank you Warren Furutani and Lewis Kawahara for your tireless efforts to champion this bill. And thank you Martha Lucey, Dean of Public Information and Marketing at City College of San Francisco for helping my mom fulfill her dream of a college degree.