One of the biggest problems facing children today is obesity. The current generation is expected to be one of the first ever to not live longer than their parents. This is largely due in part to the fact that children in certain areas rarely have access to fresh produce or even know how to grow it for themselves.
That’s why Modular Greenhouse CEO Josh Smith recently donated a greenhouse to the Montessori School in Reno, Nevada. This allows children to see first hand the kind of attention and care it takes to grow their own produce and reap the benefits. This is a skill that school officials believe will benefit these children of Reno, Nevada long after they leave the school. If they are able to grow fresh produce for themselves they will be able to eat healthier on a much lower budget. Josh Smith understands the importance of a healthy diet for kids and background knowledge of agriculture due to his ling career specializing in the environment and sustainability. Smith is aiming to offer a free green house to every sing school in Washoe County, the same county where this Reno, Nevada school is located.
Josh Smith is a serial entrepreneur who has led many start ups and developed them into more mature and effective businesses. His area of expertise is in the field of sustainability. His many businesses include everything from modular greenhouses all the way to sustainable and renewable technologies. Smith says that all of his businesses arise out of a need that he sees in a community rather than just a desire to turn a profit. He sees things that are broken and hopes that by creating a business he can offer a solution to the community around him. Smith hopes to see things like home gardening take off in the near future to address things like poor nutrition and food insecurity.
In order to bring his ideas to life, Smith is constantly drawing. He feels that if he is able to see the final product, he is much more likely to bring it to life. Josh Smith has dedicated his career to the environment and to sharing his sustainable lifestyle with others. The children he is reaching through his greenhouse outreach program will undoubtedly benefit from the knowledge they are gaining for the rest of their lives.
The planetarium construction project at Orange Coast College has gotten one step closer to completion thanks to a very generous donation made by one of its former instructors. Retired professor Mary McChesney has contributed an unprecedented $1 million towards the planetarium project. The 91-year-old used to teach English and Spanish at the college for over 33 years, before she took her retirement in 1983. Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/orangecoastcollege/
In a recent media statement, the former OCC professor gave more details as to why she made such a large gift to the institution she used to teach at. McChesney stated that the contribution was made in honor of her late partner, Adelyn Bonin, who passed away in January. Just like McChesney, Bonin was also a long-time professor at the Costa Mesa college, teaching German before retiring in 1983. McChesney went on to state that even though she had retired and grown old, her love for the institution at which she taught for over three decades is still very much alive and she hopes that the new planetarium will make Orange Coast College the center of scientific studies in the area.
According to officials at the college, the retired professor’s donation will be used to build a Foucault pendulum, which is a device that demonstrates how our planet rotates. Once the planetarium is built, it will featured all the latest in technology and have a seating capacity of 129. Orange Coast College expects construction of the new structure to be completed for the start of the 2018 fall semester.
Orange Coast College is a community college and one of the largest educational institutions in the Costa Mesa, California, area, with over 25,000 students attending. The college was founded in 1947, after a measure was passed by local voters giving the green light towards building a new junior college on land that was occupied by a deactivated military base.
Orange Coast College now offers a wide range of educational programs designed to suit the needs of its diverse student body. Some lead to 2-year associate degrees, while others are diploma and certificate programs aimed at individuals who want to acquire skills that are useful on today’s job market. Learn more: http://www.occsailing.com/