August 2017
Mt. San Antonio from Rancho Cucamonga: photo by Amanda Walker
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Local Teens Become Air Quality Advocates

High school students teach air quality workshops for younger peers.

Rancho Cucamonga Teens Become Air Quality Advocates Rancho Cucamonga Teens Become Air Quality Advocates

The City worked collaboratively with the US Green Building Council (USGBC) - Inland Empire Branch to conduct Air Quality Extraordinaire workshops in the community. The USGBC received a grant to educate school-age children about how air pollution forms and ways to improve it. These workshops provided high school students the tools to pass along this information to elementary and middle school students. A unique aspect of the workshop enabled students to take ownership of the material, establish a community connection with younger students, and experience an additional layer of understanding by teaching the air quality workshop themselves.

The environmental clubs at Rancho Cucamonga High School (RCHS) and Etiwanda High School (EHS) participated. A group of EHS students visited Etiwanda Intermediate School and taught approximately 150 eighth graders about air quality this past April. RCHS visited Windrose Elementary School to teach three fourth grade classes about air quality in early March.

These overall efforts support the implementation of the City's recently adopted Sustainable Community Action Plan, including promoting programs and conservation efforts that encourage a reduction in energy and greenhouse gas emissions throughout the community.