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The inaugural “Pathways to Green Schools Conference and Exhibition” will be held Thursday at the Hilton Stockton at 2323 Grand Canal Blvd., from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.

Mick Founts, the San Joaquin County Office of Education’s Superintendent of Schools, will give the keynote address alongside the New Energy Academy students of Venture Academy Family of Schools.

The conference will bring schools, students and businesses together to learn about existing green school efforts and green careers in the future.

Included will be a panel discussion from SJC schools – SJCOE, Stockton Unified, Lodi Unified and Manteca Unified.

MUSD, for one, has already committed towards going green with sustainable energy programs such as the Environmental Stewardship Program and the Leadership On Green Initiative Committee led by sustainability coordinators Victoria Brunn and Kim Wright.

ESP is made up of 40 sixth-grade students and five high school ambassadors who have already made year-long commitments in this area.

The “Pathway to Green Schools Conference” will discuss cost-saving green school strategies, partnerships with local businesses, enriching the classroom and community with green curriculum, and secondary and post-secondary programs to prepare students for green careers.

“This is a great opportunity to let our students showcase the innovative and creative programs being used at school, as well as teach them how to become leaders in the field of sustainable energy and green technology,” Founts said.

The conference will kick off with Stockton City Councilwoman Susan Eggman welcoming those in attendance, and will be followed by the keynote address from Founts and VAFS students.