In celebration of Earth Month, I Love A Clean San Diego is engaging 5,000 volunteers in their annual Creek to Bay Cleanup on April 28. The organization provides the community with the tools, knowledge and opportunities to conserve and enhance San Diego for future generations. The Parker Foundation contributed $12,000 to I Love A Clean San Diego to support WasteFreeSD.org, a one-stop recycling resource. This funding allows ILACSD to further its mission of providing environmental education and outreach to promote conservation and enhancement of the local environment … Sullivan Solar Power has launched the San Diego Solar Program which allows eligible residents to use solar for no upfront cost and receive a substantial cash payment for their involvement. “The goal of the San Diego Solar Program is to shift San Diego’s dependence from nuclear power and imported fossil fuels to renewable resources and show the rest of the nation that it can be done,” said Daniel Sullivan, founder and president of Sullivan Solar Power. “In just one hour, the sun casts enough energy upon the Earth’s surface to provide the entire world with power for one year, yet less than 1 percent of our electricity is generated from solar,” said Sullivan, “We need to harness this resource for the benefit of our future generations and this is our company’s way of contributing to our children’s future.” … The Alzheimer’s Association — San Diego/Imperial Chapter held its annual Memories in the Making Art Auction at the San Diego Natural History Museum. Bob Schlax, CFO of San Diego Gas & Electric was awarded the fifth annual Reagan/Thal Legacy Award and was honored for his efforts to raise awareness and understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias. The event raised $200,000 to help support the Alzheimer’s Association. Major sponsors included Wells Fargo, Cox Communications, Torrey Pines Bank and Competitive Edge Research & Communication. “In its 15th year, the Memories in the Making program continues to prove that people with dementia are able to communicate through art therapy despite cognitive impairment,” said Mary Ball, president and CEO of the San Diego/Imperial Chapter … Linda Thomas-Mobley received the 2012 Executive of the Year Award from the National Association of Women in Construction San Diego Chapter. Thomas-Mobley, chair of the construction management program at NewSchool of Architecture and Design, is dedicated to advancing the cause of women in construction whose careers range from business ownership to the skilled trades. She was honored for her involvement in the construction industry as well as her leadership skills and commitment to creating a quality construction management program at NSAD … Dave Deriso, a neuroscience researcher at UC San Diego, led the winning team at the AT&T Mobile App Hackathon. The Hackathon, which focused on apps for health and health care, was part of the $50,000 AT&T San Diego Apps Challenge, an effort of the City of San Diego, AT&T and Apigee to use shared data, including the city’s, to create apps that improve the quality of life for San Diegans. The criteria for the judges was originality of idea, the ability to articulate the purpose of the app and the use of technologies … Words Alive has partnered with Starbucks to host a book drive at all Starbucks locations throughout San Diego. Proceeds will be used to create Words Alive Lending Libraries at early childhood education programs, giving San Diego’s most vulnerable families better access to quality reading materials.
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