Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Media Center Gets a Grant for Greenlight Festival

Annie Folger and Elliot Margolies pose with San Jose Councilman, Sam Liccardo, for hordes of papparazzi.

The Greenlight Environmental Film Festival is about to get bigger and better than ever before, thanks to a San Jose Community Energy Champions Grant. The Media Center was one of 18 groups in Santa Clara County who received a grant. A total of $335,500 was awarded for projects that promote energy conservation and efficiency including about $20,000 for the Greenlight Festival project. The Media Center will beef up its outreach to students countywide to enter the video festival, offering more technical support as well. After next year's festival in April 2012, the Media Center will create a DVD featuring the winning programs and create a package of contextual handouts along with a discussion guide that will be distributed to 65 teachers for classroom presentations.

Do you know of any Santa Clara county middle school or high school teachers that you think might want the package? Any leads will help us with our outreach.

The Community Energy Champions Grant program was created by the City of San Jose and the Silicon Valley Energy Watch, a partnership between the City of San Jose and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) serving most of Santa Clara County. The grant supports innovative projects that include energy efficiency as an integral component of targeted climate action and environmental education. The projects are being fully funded through PG&E's Innovator Pilots program.

The other funded organizations include: Acterra (also from Palo Alto), Alviso Neighborhood Group, Asian American Center of Santa Clara County, Boys & Girls Club of Silicon Valley, Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, Center for Training and Careers, City of Cupertino, San Jose Community Media Access Corporation (CreaTV), De Anza Community College, Enlighten Culture and Education Foundation, Green Energy Agents, Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley, Sacred Heart Community Service, San Jose State University Research Foundation, SJB Child Development Center, and ZERO1: The Art & Technology Network.

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