Submitted by: Graciela Tiscareño-Sato
San Francisco, CA – February 21, 2012 – Hayward-based speaker and bestselling author Graciela Tiscareño-Sato joins U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan as a headline speaker at the Green Schools National Conference Feb. 27-29 in Denver, Colorado.
Tiscareño-Sato, a graduate from Berkeley’s School of Environmental Design, will address the largest-ever green schools gathering, on the work of Latino innovators and entrepreneurs in the green economy.
Her keynote talk will draw upon the case studies in her best-selling book, "Latinnovating: Green American Jobs and the Latinos Creating Them."
In her book, she details the childhood-to-innovation journeys of green economy leaders across different industries.“I’m excited to share stories of today's highly educated environmental entrepreneurs in the green economy, from the Latino community,” said Graciela Tiscareño-Sato. “Those who grew up hearing the importance of not being wasteful, those who made toys from found objects, those whose families lived a ‘green’ lifestyle before we called it that, are now leading the transformation to sustainability.”
The Green Schools National Conference will explore all facets of green schools, from energy-efficient buildings and school gardens to environmentally-focused curricula and healthier options in the lunchroom. The conference also will include the unveiling of research exploring the connection between green schools and academic performance.
“Until recently, those advocating the ‘greening’ of our schools were individual educators who had yet to find each other, let alone a collective voice,” said Jim McGrath, executive director of conference sponsor Green Schools National Network. “This event will show that the green school effort has become a national movement.”
Ms. Tiscareño-Sato came to U.C. Berkeley to study Environmental Design and Architecture after receiving a scholarship from the United States Air Force ROTC program.
The oldest of five children born to Mexican immigrants, she was the first in her family to graduate from a university.
Upon graduation, she became an Air Force lieutenant and served for nine years on active duty onboard KC – 135 refueling jets, and in leadership roles with NATO and a U.S. Embassy in South America.
She completed her service as a senior captain after earning her master degree in international management. After a career working for a German technology company, where she led a global Green Enterprise Initiative to help corporations reduce their carbon footprints, she became a social entrepreneur, business owner, author and professional speaker.
Ms. Tiscareño-Sato’s mission is two-fold: to rebrand the word “Latino” to convey innovation, and second, to encourage Latino children to read Latino leadership stories for inspiration and encouragement.
“Our Latino youth need examples and proof that people like them do indeed succeed when they pursue higher education.”
About Gracefully Global Group, LLC: Gracefully Global Group is the premiere publisher of Latino entrepreneurship and innovation stories. The group offers publishing services, ghost blogging and writing services and product lifecycle marketing plans and execution.
Our mission is to create compelling, culturally-relevant content to inform, inspire and motivate people into action. For more information on Latinnovating book and author, please visit: http://www.latinnovating.com.
About the Green Schools National Network: The Green Schools National Network (GSNN) advances the national green and healthy schools movement by connecting like-minded and passionate education, non-profit, corporate and public sector individuals and organizations.
GSNN is nationally recognized as the premier partner in advancing collaboration to integrate a green and healthy culture in schools to ensure that current and future generation of students are environmentally literate as well as practice and promote sustainability in their community. For more information, please visit: www.greenschoolsnationalconference.org.