Earth Day in Porterville attracts hundreds

More than 500 students from some 30 schools in the Porterville area flocked to Prospect Education Center - learning about everything from recycling to organic farming and climate change.

The event honored Earth Day, and the students loved it.

A host of businesses and organizations was represented, including Home Depot, which handed out flowers and aprons to students, and Homegrown Organic Farms, a group based in Porterville that represents organic farmers in California and Oregon. It ships ships fruit and vegetables from a storage facility in Arvine.

The U.S. Forest Service was there with Smokey The Bear. And our very own VIEW partnership, which is a collaboration between the cities of Hanford, Lindsay, Porterville, Tulare, Visalia, Woodlake and the counties of Kings and Tulare with Southern California Edison (SCE) and Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas®), was in attendance.

Energy efficiency is their game, and VIEW (Valley Innovative Energy Watch) helps people find ways to be cut energy use in homes, schools and businesses.

The San Joaquin Valley Clean Energy Organization is a nonprofit dedicated to improving our region's quality of life by increasing its production and use of clean energy. The SJVCEO works with cities and counties and public and private organizations to demonstrate the benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy throughout the eight-county region of the San Joaquin Valley.
(Photo of Porterville Earth Day event by Maureen Hoff of SJVCEO)