June 22, 2021, HRW STF Weekly Update:
Student voices will be heard for the first time at the July 1 meeting of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Clean Energy Task Force.
Victoria Valdez, STF leader at Hamilton HS, and Angel Macario-Flores, STF leader at Palisades Charter HS, will attend the meeting as student representatives, committed to bringing 100% renewable energy to all LAUSD campuses. They will join representatives from energy providers, renewable energy experts, clean energy advocates, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), Southern California Edison, the Clean Power Alliance, and 100% Green Schools LA. The Task Force also includes LAUSD representatives from Facilities, Office of Environmental Health & Safety, Transportation Services Division, Food Services Division and the Division of Instruction.
“We must fight climate change,” says Victoria, “or our environment will only continue to be damaged for our futures.”
“It is incredibly important for me and my fellow students to combat climate change,” Angel agreed. “We are all committed to keeping our planet alive.”
Victoria and Angel both emphasized, “We are truly honored to become part of LAUSD’s Clean Energy Task Force as student representatives! We will give it our all to represent the student voice and report back to our peers!”
LAUSD is the second largest school district in the United States with 1,140 school sites, spread out over 700 square miles. LAUSD is also the LADWP’s biggest customer.