Posted by: greencrusader
September 9, 2012
Frankline at the launch of Green School Program, CDI O&G Admin students, City Centre Campus, Feb. 2012
A journey that began as an invitation by Mr. Munde to present a green angle to his oil and gas students at CDI College, Edmonton City Centre Campus, has expanded to oil and gas students at the CDI South Campus, and now to a combined session of all of Edmonton’s CDI College Business Program students. This series of green presentations to CDI Business students, called The Big BAM Project, is coordinated by Mr. Mike Reilly, Business Administration Instructor at CDI City Centre Campus, and delivered by Frankline Agbor, Edmonton’s Green Crusader.
The Big BAM Project , a combined session of CDI City Centre, South, North, and West campuses, is scheduled for September 19, 2012 at 9AM, CDI West Campus, 176 Mayfield Common, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The project will help bring students into the “green discuss” and conclude with group of students giving presentations to advise organizations on simple, practical and cost-effective steps to “go green.” CDI Edmonton is taking its green initiatives to a whole new level by incorporating “a sparkle of green” into its Business Program curriculum. “CDI College is an industry leader when it comes to education. I believe adding a Green component to our Business Program is not only exciting, it’s vital”, Kyle Ferbey, CDI Regional Director – Northern Alberta.
Many schools and colleges across Canada are already doing such things as sustainability courses and programs, recycling, conserving water and energy, learning about environmental issues, gardening, and promoting idle-free areas, but yet to incorporate “green” into their core courses or prepare students sufficiently for green jobs. Corporate Knights just released 2012 ninth Annual Knight Schools Survey ranking on how Canadian universities are faring at integrating sustainability into the school experience. “Yet despite these top performers, only 20% of the programs surveyed received a passing grade. The main culprit remains the lack of integration of sustainability themes into core courses,” Jeremy Runnalls, Knight Schools project lead and Managing Editor of Corporate Knights.
What is “going green”? Why is it important to “go green”? How can “going green” enhance careers of young leaders? These are some of the questions posed to me when sharing my “green experiences” with students during Green School Program’s presentations. These questions bring an understanding of the need to adequately engage, educate and help young leaders catch up with our fast pace “green transformation”: green jobs, the head-turning BMW i3 hybrid car, roof top solar PV systems, solar farms, recycling programs and many more. “I learned that there are a lot of alternatives to help minimize energy consumption. I also learnt about environmental job opportunities and events”, a CDI Oil and Gas student evaluates Green School Program presentation in April at CDI South Campus.
It has become apparent that educational institutions should prepare young people to better adapt to life in an emerging green economy. Over 2 million Canadians currently perform environmental activities in their work, and at least 17% of Canadian companies have one or more environmental employees on staff, Eco Canada 2012. Despite growing partnerships between post secondary institutions and industry on “going green”, some stakeholders mentioned the need to incorporate green content and perspectives in areas beyond specialized programs, Eco Canada 2010 Report, Defining the Green Economy.
”…School Boards are also contributing to the environment by adopting policies such as; car-pooling, use of green cleaning products, adoption of recycling programs, and the introduction of educational programs that high-light the environmental features in their school as a teaching tool.” Robert Storrier, Alberta Education. “Today’s students will need to be able to understand, respond to, and manage conditions that we cannot yet fully comprehend. It is imperative, then, to prepare students with the tools and knowledge that will enable them to adapt to and care for a changing world”, Green Schools Nova Scotia.
Frankline Agbor is Chief Green Officer for Green Crusader, Edmonton, with a M.Sc. in Environmental Engineering, a trained Oxfam School Speaker and Graduate of the Kids at Hope University, committed to the success of all children and youth, no exceptions. Green Crusader has worked with NAIT Entrepreneurship intern students for the past 2 years and look forward to more.
Frankline describe himself as a “green marketer”, author of the column Green Business for Edmonton Business Talk WeBA Magazine, eBook, 7 Steps to Going Green – How to Build Green Claims That Lead to Effective Marketing, and several educational, inspiring and exciting articles to help businesses and communities “go green”. He is the designer and Producer of Green Shopper Expo hosted in some of the largest malls such as West Edmonton Mall, profiled on Edmonton Breakfast Television, reported in Edmonton Sun, and The Grove Examiner as well as designer and instructor for Green School Program.
Frankline is a member of the Planning Committee for Environment Week Edmonton, judge for Canadian Scotiabank & SIFE Go Green Challenge for colleges and universities and was profiled in, 50 Years of Impact: A Biographical Dictionary of Canadians of Cameroon Origin. Frankline is active in promoting the City of Edmonton’s Sustainability Policies.
His most recent project is Edmonton Solar Centre, designed to enable Edmonton reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, produce emissions-free energy to power our homes, businesses and city infrastructures, create “green” jobs, give solar educational and recreational tours, and contribute to build a city of “green” champions.