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2011 LEAF


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On May 28th and 29th, 2011, student leaders from across Alameda County dedicated a portion of their Memorial Day Weekend to the Leadership and Environmental Action Forum (LEAF) at Camp Arroyo in Livermore.

Organized in partnership between StopWaste.Org, EarthTeam, and the Alameda County Office of Education, LEAF aimed to develop and strengthen environmental leadership skills for students participating in the Service-Learning Waste Reduction Project.

LEAF's 2011 theme- "custodian" highlighted the role we all play in guarding, protecting and maintaining the environment.

Over the two days, students learned skills from environmental leaders representing organizations like Bay Localize, Farm Fresh Choice, StopWaste and the Ecology Center; taught each other how to implement successful programs at each other's schools, and participated in a range of "camp" activities including night hikes, campfire songs, smores, and environmental arts and crafts.

Day 1 Photos

Day 1 featured workshops from non-profit organizations, community members and other environmental leaders focused on teaching skills for creating products like soil, art, food, and performance.

  • Roberta Miller from StopWaste.Org led a workshop making mosaic mirror and picture frames from reuse materials
  • Karen Byers from Chavez Middle School taught a cooking class showing how to make meals straight from the garden
  • Dave Room and Aaron Ableman from Bay Localize taught an environmental storytelling workshop- helping students find their voice- using the story frame of Pacha's Pajamas
  • Farm Fresh Choice led a workshop on food justice
  • Jordan Zachritz from UC Berkeley taught students the fundamentals of mycology and helped them create field guides for identifing differnt types of fungi
  • Ben Bezark from EarthTeam led a vermicomposting workshop where students created worm bin starter kits for composting food scraps at home
  • Chiara Swartout and Caroline Sandofir from EarthTeam led a workshop teaching environmental leaders how to establish an on-campus club, how to organize and run a meeting, and other essential leadership skills
  • Gary Rosenberg, an urban farmer from Berkeley, taught students how to make soil using discarded organic materials such as avacado peels from a Taqueria, pet fur from a groomer, and other discarded organic materials
  • Cynthia Ashley from the East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse led a workshop teaching students how to make a wallet from waxed paper milk or juice cartons
  • Mark Spencer from StopWaste.Org led a workshop teaching students public speaking skills to effectively communicate their environmental messages.

Day 2 Photos

Day 2 featured student led workshops highlighting lessons learned, program advances, and "how to" lessons to spread good ideas peer to peer from school to school.

  • Students from Fremont discussed how they established an intra-district environmental leadership club called FIERCE (FremontIans Enabling Real Change in the Environment) with members schools across the district working together to plan city-wide events, raise funds to support environmental causes, and influence city and school district policy.
  • Students from Montera Middle School shared the lessons they learned from establishing the 1st food scrap diversion program at a middle school in Oakland
  • Kennedy High School students explained how their two environmentally themed career academies provide students opportunities to study sustainable agriculture, culinary arts, green building construction (including solar roofing), green auto-tech, and more. Students shared vegetable seeds and made sun tea.
  • Livermore High presented a comprehensive overview of the school's amazing recycling and waste reduction efforts including details about the schools rechargable battery program
  • American High led a paper-making workshop, teaching participants how to recycle paper into new products
  • Alameda High taught a solar power workshop, including lessons on series and parallel circuits.
  • James Logan High led a workshop in sustainable purchasing in fundraisers, custodial supplies and PE uniforms.  Logan is home to over 4,000 students, so purchasing decisions make a big difference.
  • EarthTeam's AquaTeam shared the results of their year-long efforts to restore watershed habits in Richmond.