Middle School Students Benefit From Conference
About Careers In Natural Resources And The Environment
New York, N.Y. - For the sixth consecutive year, Consolidated Edison
Company of New York, Inc. (Con Edison) today sponsored Green Horizons, a
conference offering middle school students hands-on lessons about a
variety of natural resources and environmental careers.
Students from 45 schools throughout the city gathered in Van Cortlandt
Park in The Bronx, where they visited 22 stations offering activities
including soil science, entomology, field ecology, horticulture, woodland
restoration, animal ecology and conservation planning.
"Green Horizons reaches far beyond talking to students about environmental
careers," said Con Edison's general manager for Environmental Health &
Safety and Operation Services, Dr. Mary Ellen Conlin. "The conference
puts students in direct contact with the professionals and situations they
will encounter in real natural resources and environmental work settings.
Conducting soil sample tests, preparing tree planting sites, measuring air
quality, collecting medicinal herbs, building bird houses, plus other fun
activities engaging students in a unique learning experience to seed their
career decisions. Con Edison is pleased to sponsor this wonderful event."
Con Edison's health and safety program extends into every part of the
organization and recognizes the company's responsibility to protect the
The company's environmental policy has been internationally recognized for
going beyond compliance to achieve "environmental excellence." This
commitment is exemplified by the company's endorsement of the principles
of the Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies (CERES).
The company's vigilance in safeguarding the marine environment of New York
City and the Hudson Valley earned it the U.S. Coast Guard William M.
Benkert Award for Excellence in Marine Environmental Protection.
Con Edison's Environment, Health and Safety department achieved
International Standards Organization certification - the first such ISO
certification for a corporate environmental, health and safety department
in the United States. Two other Con Edison organizations - Gas Operations
and Steam Field Services - also achieved ISO 14001 certification during
the year. A fourth organization, our Transportation and Stores department,
certified in 1998, was re-certified this year.
New York ReLeaf, the Environmental Education Advisory Council and the
Magnolia Tree Earth Center of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Inc facilitated Green
Con Edison is a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc. [NYSE: ED], one of
the nation's largest investor-owned energy companies, with approximately
$10 billion in annual revenues and $17 billion in assets. The utility
provides electric, gas and steam service to more than three million
customers in New York City and Westchester County, New York. For
additional financial, operations and customer service information, visit
Con Edison's web site at www.coned.com .