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Danville environmental science teacher wins Sustainable Contra Costa award

San Ramon Valley High School's environmental science teacher Cindy Egan won the Sustainable Contra Costa award for an individual dedicated to the environment. The award was presented at the third annual Sustainable Contra Costa (SCOCO) 2011 Leadership in Sustainability Awards Gala on Oct. 7.

The awards are given to local businesses, organizations and individuals who have demonstrated outstanding commitment, leadership and contributions to practicing and promoting sustainability. Egan has been the environmental science teacher at SRVHS for the past six years and is also a member of the board of directors for Sustainable Danville Area.

Egan's class encourages high school juniors and seniors to learn more about the environment and the careers involved in its management and preservation. The program is activity-based and issues-driven, stressing hands-on learning, data gathering and field-based research, and presentation skills.

San Ramon Valley High School Environmental Club (E2) is part of the Sustainable Schools Alliance, a collaborative effort of community partners to connect parents, students and school staff to share ideas, leverage resources, and learn how to implement sustainable resources.

The SCOCO Sustainability Award nominees are evaluated by a team of 16 judges on how well their actions reflect these basic areas of sustainability: Environmental Health, Social Health and Wellbeing and Economic Prosperity. Nominees are also evaluated on their: scope of involvement and impact in the community; level of organization-wide involvement; uniqueness, being a model for others, and partnerships and collaboration with others.

SCOCO's mission is to inspire, educate, and connect people to create and maintain sustainable communities. It is their vision that local citizens, businesses and governments will live and operate in a way that sustains the health and well being of our society, environment and economy.

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Posted by psmacintosh
a resident of Danville
on Oct 13, 2011 at 9:14 am

"Egan's class encourages high school juniors and seniors to learn more about the environment and the careers involved in its management and preservation. The program is activity-based and issues-driven, stressing hands-on learning, data gathering and field-based research, and presentation skills. "

Yeah, so WHAT EXACTLY did this class do? What activities? What research? What did they learn?
This article is VAGUE to the extreme!
I wonder how much "radical" environmentalism and unproven theories were pushed at these naive, open students, as opposed to sound science and reasonable conservationism?
Whatever Egan did it was enough to earn the accolades of these politicized organizations, more so than other entrants. So WHAT did she do and present that was so deserving?


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Posted by Citizen Paine
a resident of Danville
on Oct 13, 2011 at 9:31 am

When "sustainability" becomes a pejorative term in someone's mind, the problem is not the concept -- it's the someone.


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Posted by Morgan
a resident of San Ramon
on Oct 13, 2011 at 10:10 am

Right on Psmacintosh!! Did she show Gore's "award winning" lie "inconvenient truth?"
A film by the way that had been banned in many schools or requires parent permission.
One platform on Hitler's Nazi party was to control environmental issues/thought.
Lenin knew he who controls medical care controls the populace.


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Posted by Cardinal
a resident of Diablo
on Oct 13, 2011 at 11:35 am

Wow, Morgan -- you've Godwinned this thread in THREE (count'em) comments!

Too bad, too -- no good deed goes unpummeled on this site. CONGRATS to Ms. Egan. May your students be wiser than their ancestors.


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Posted by Diane
a resident of Danville
on Oct 13, 2011 at 10:20 pm

It's a shame my kids have graduated - I would love them to have Ms. Egan as a teacher! Luckily, even without her influence they still treat the environment as the limited resource it is.

How fortunate we are to have such environmentally responsible faculty at our schools.


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Posted by SRVHS parent
a resident of Alamo
on Oct 14, 2011 at 11:44 am

My daughter was fortunate enough to take Cindy Egan's AP Environmental class, and she was one of many excellent, inspirational science teachers at San Ramon. So inspirational, in fact, that she (my daughter) is now in her 3rd year of environmental studies at the university level, and still loving it! Thank you, Mrs. Egan!


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Posted by Molly
a resident of Alamo
on Oct 14, 2011 at 5:44 pm

Ms. Egan was one of the best teachers I had at SRV purely due to her passion for, and knowledge of environmental science, as it applies to various aspects of our society. Many teachers go through the motions but you can tell they would rather be elsewhere, she was not one of them. Her class is what initially inspired me to major in environmental science and thus far I have loved every class I have taken at UO. She taught all her students to think for ourselves and be objective regarding ALL issues, environmental and otherwise, a concept many adults have yet to grasp (including a few who posted comments above). Ms. Egan deserves this award and more for the fabulous work she has done in her years of teaching. I think those who have negative things to say should try and open their minds and perhaps take a class on sustainability to learn how much it can help our society economically, environmentally and socially. Thanks again Ms. Egan, keep up the hard work, you've earned it! :)


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Posted by jrm
a resident of Vista Grande Elementary School
on Oct 16, 2011 at 7:07 pm

Pizzmac is not my neighbor...and I am glad...


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