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FAU’s Pine Jog Environmental Fellowship Program Participant Receives State Creative Energy Award
BOCA RATON, FL (June 15, 2007) – Spanish River High School eleventh-grade student and Pine Jog Environmental Fellowship participant, Arianna Pattek, is Florida’s state winner of the Igniting Creative Energy Challenge, an educational competition that encourages K-12 students to develop imaginative ways to conserve energy and protect the environment. Pattek received the honor this month at her school by representatives from Johnson Controls and Philips Lighting Company. She was presented with a $1000 check for her school, and an MP3 player and $300 savings bond for herself. Johnson Controls, Inc. funds the ICE Challenge through an educational grant, with support from Philips, the United States Energy Association and the National Energy Foundation.
Pattek is a participant in the Pine Jog Fellowship program, formerly known as the Arthur R. Marshall Fellowship. Pine Jog is an environmental education center affiliated with Florida Atlantic University’s College of Education. The fellowship program was created to develop a cadre of young adults who are knowledgeable about growth management issues impacting South Florida, and who understand the social, environmental and economical inter-relationships that are critical to addressing these issues. Students in the program are taught how to explore community issues, and come up with innovative and effective ways to solve problems.
For her participation in the ICE Challenge, Pattek, a committed environmentalist who is deeply concerned about the potentially devastating impact of global warming on our planet, founded Project: Bright Idea. The project focused on educating the public about the benefits of using compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) in place of standard light bulbs. To help reach her goal of replacing at least 1000 light bulbs with CFLs, Pattek produced four newsletters, developed a website and made several presentations to local businesses and community groups. She scored the highest among more than 60 entries statewide.
Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves 26,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses strategically located along 150 miles of Florida’s southeastern coastline. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts nine colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Barry Kaye College of Business and the Colleges of Education, Engineering & Computer Science, and Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs.