For many years, the importance of conservation (for their love of the Planet Earth) has been a message that has drawn national attention. Most especially in recent years, the need to take the issue seriously had been highlighted by the gnawing effects of ignoring the urgency of heeding the call on the people’s lives.
Conservation has become everybody’s concern and seven years ago, the lone Filipino American chamber of commerce in Orange County joined the bandwagon and has adopted conservation spin as one of its signature projects to hammer into its membership and the community the urgent message of concern.
Through the years and at different venues, the Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of Orange County (FACCOC) has teamed up with the various sectors of the professional and business communities in drumming up the message by gathering like-minded people under one roof once a year for its Green and Health Expo. The events also doubled up as a communication venue to elicit support for one of the most important advocacies.
This year’s green and health expo last Sept. 23rd at the Marriott Suites in Anaheim, conservationists gathered anew not only to show solidarity with the crying need of the time but also to showcase new products and services on the market “on staying green”.
The occasion provided a good opportunity for advocates to bring their messages across the wide spectrum of attendees. Speakers from California utility companies – Paul Yeh, of Southern California Edison,; Thuy Nguyen, of Southern California Gas Company, and Megan Yoo Schneider of Moulton Niguel Water District – took the opportunity to educate small business owners in attendance “on the urgency and benefits of conservation and the programs of the companies on other opportunities”.
U.S. Bank Vice President Matthew Gambina, in his message underscored the importance of conservation and apprised the audience on what his organization is doing about it.
It was a win-win situation for everyone at the event as a show of support for an issue that concerns everyone.
Like in the previous events, individuals and companies where given due recognition for the exemplary efforts at conservation with the hope that their “going the extra mile” would inspire others in doing their shares as inhabitants of this world.
This year’s Emerald Awardees represent what conscious efforts can accomplish given the situation that has persistently tested the ingenuity and resolve of the program implementors. The awardees include: Southern California Edison (Troy Nguyen), Conservation Program Champion U.S. Bank (Matthew Gambina), Conservation Financial Entity Champion Metropolitan Water District (Wiggs Mendoza), Award for Conservation Norton’s Green Cleaners (Barbara Norton)
Janversal LLC (Maribel Diaz).
Representative Young Kim of California Assembly District 65, a friend of the Filipino American community for more than 20 years, did the honor of giving out the awards to this years achievers and informed the audience on her effort to “stand for them” in her legislative function in her remarks.