Xarissa is a great name. Very sci-fi, hi tech.
I have some material below that I thought might be useful for your efforts at Unity, as well as good fodder for your blog.
Starting next week, we're launching the first of three national initiatives this winter and spring that will collectively mobilize an estimated 300,000 students, young people and community leaders in addressing the global warming crisis in positive ways that will help create a clean energy economy and new jobs:
We will begin with the historic "First 100 Days, A National Teach-In on Global Warming Solutions," involving more than 700 colleges, universities and faith organizations all across the U.S. starting on February 5. An on-line educational kick-off to the Teach-In produced by National Wildlife Federation's Sara Prohaska, Bill Dion and others will be viewed by an estimated 250,000 students, faculty, staff and community leaders followed by activities ranging from speakers, films and live interfaces with Congress at host sites. Featuring such environmental luminaries as our own, Larry Schweiger, as well as David Orr, Hunter Lovins, Betsy Taylor, Ray Anderson, Dianne Dillon-Ridgely, Jessy Tolkan, and others, the on-line broadcast focuses on policy recommendations for the new administration detailed in the President's Climate Action Plan. It is not too late to register and receive instructions for viewing "The First 100 Days" program.
All the instructions you'll need to participate can be found at: www.nationalteachin.org
Next, on February 28-March 2, 2009, we will converge on Capitol Hill with thousands of student leaders from all across the country seeking clean energy solutions and green jobs at Powershift 2009. (www.powershift09.org)
A student reporter press teleconference will place on Feb 4th, with information on the event. Please respond if you are interested in participating, or if you know anyone who writes for your university newspaper that might like to get in on the call.
Finally, on April 15, 2009 - We will celebrate our peers' cutting-edge innovations for the 21st Century by hosting the acclaimed program Chill Out: Campus Solutions to Global Warming (www.nwf.org/chillout ) at our campuses, homes and offices. Showcasing the winners of a year-long competition, the on-line program features initiatives that dramatically curb the carbon footprint, tap clean energy, create new green jobs and save money. The campus that registers the most people for this program will win a free concert by the Steps!
For more information on any of these events, let me know!