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For Immediate Release: September 30, 1997

CON EDISON SPONSORS ENVIRONMENTAL CAREERS CONFERENCE


Green Horizons Helps New York City
Middle School Students
Learn About Careers in Natural Resources

Con Edison, for the second year in a row, sponsored Green Horizons, a unique conference on environmental careers aimed at exposing middle school students to a wide range of natural resources professions. Two hundred middle school students and their guidance counselors spent a full day in Central Park working with professionals from a variety of natural resource fields and visiting 26 different outdoor "stations."

"Instead of sitting and listening to someone talk about jobs and careers, the students participated in hands-on activities that allowed them to experience what it is like to be part of important environmental work," said M. Peter Lanahan, vice president of environment, health and safety for Con Edison and the conference's luncheon speaker.

The students also learned about high schools and colleges they can attend and suggested courses to take as they begin preparing for careers in the environment and natural resources fields. "Exposing these students to career choices that they may have never considered broadens their opportunities. By reaching both the guidance counselors and the students in junior high school, it enables them to plan an academic path that will steer the students toward fulfilling and interesting careers," said Lanahan.

The students met with professionals who climb and prune the trees on our streets and in our parks and others who prepare seedlings for planting in nurseries and gardens. There were those who "doctor" plants that are in trouble, or who catch animals in safe traps for study and release. They got to know people who count and measure forests, for better use of trees and for timber harvesting, and experts in designing gardens from vacant lots.

Green Horizons was facilitated by the Environmental Action Coalition, as part of its Urban and Community Forestry Program.

Con Edison is one of the nation's largest investor- owned utilities, with nearly $7 billion in annual revenues and $14 billion in assets. The company provides electric, gas and steam service to three million customers in New York City and Westchester County, New York.


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