SCAEEPA Community Outreach
Focus on Our Next Generation
SCCAEPA and The Broader Community
This outreach series promoted awareness of California native plants, and built the bridge between environmental professionals and local individuals and communities, aiming for providing water conservation solutions.
Student Scholarship Programs
This program was established in 2006 to encourage environmental research by college students. Over the past five years, the Scholarship Committee has reviewed many applications from over 16 universities and awarded more than 13 scholarships to students transcending international borders and on diverse topics related to water, soil/sediment, air, and energy. Some awardees have gone on to become professors in universities themselves to educate the next generation; and yet others are working directly on environmental solutions in private or public sectors.
Environmental Justice Grant Proposals
In 2020, SCCAEPA collaborated with the San Gabriel Educational Foundation (SEF) to apply for the CalEPA Environmental Justice (EJ) Small Grant with a focus on “Building Resilient Communities”. We proposed a bilingual and multi-phased program on green infrastructure design, which would involve knowledge sharing through lectures and a hands-on demonstration project for students to showcase their creativity and learning outcomes. The proposal was supported by the Jefferson Middle School in the San Gabriel Valley and the local school district, with additional community outreach events planned for all eight schools within the school district which serves approximately 5,300 students in total. While the proposal was not funded in 2020, we are building upon the effort and applying for more grants in 2021 to continue our goal of involving our younger generation in environmental awareness and identifying solutions.
SCCAEPA-AEC Environmental Summer Camp
- Surface water management;
- Microalgae and water treatment;
- Methane in ground water;
- Water conservation, California native plants, and you,
- Contaminants of emerging concerns – per‐ and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
SCCAEPA members volunteered as camp coaches and judges. Students demonstrated amazing leadership and passion for environmental issues.
Participation in Local Education Programs
SCCAEPA members have been actively involving in local educational STEM programs:
- Early in 2021, the Future City Competition, which is a project-based learning program where middle-school students imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future.
- SCCAEPA’s sister organization, the Chinese Institute of Engineers (CIE) – SoCal Chapter, a local sister organization, organized the regional competition. SCCAEPA Board Members Dr. Wei Li and Dr. Elaine Shen made major contributions in coordinating the event logistics, and volunteered as a competition judge, respectively.