Much of August was spent planning and meeting with potential partners for Athletes United. I am particularly excited to report that I presented AU material to my alumni high school cross-country team, which went very well and will lead to further involvement on their part, including providing material for Featured Athlete videos (first one already completed) and potentially a host for an AU press conference later in the season (when ozone is still of concern despite the temperature being cooler). I've also met with Sense of Place Learning at the Children's Museum, which is an organization run by two women who write Act 48 curricula and who are currently focusing on indoor air quality. We've exchanged presentation materials and I hope to gain more ideas for interactive presentations from this partnership. For instance, how to take an AU powerpoint literally into the field will take some creativity and tweaking, and I've already explored some options presenting to the high school team. There is another conference coming up that will engage high school students in AU as a vehicle to complete their required senior project, called the Building Change in Western Pa symposium, organized by the Three Rivers Community Foundation.
Otherwise, I have been volunteering at GASP and environmental events, planning a distribution campaign for diesel/idling information for commercial districts, and writing and researching for email alerts and making video reports.
In addition, John, Lauryn, and I are organizing a low-carbon commute day for Sept. 23rd that will convene in Market Square with organizations distributing information and free breakfast for commuters!
The Green and Screen service project planning is coming along as well, with our first installment for the rain barrel demonstration to occur Oct. 18th.