EnSite, Inc. – March 2012 Newsletter

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March 2012

Volume IV

Issue III

STEMtastic another HUGE Success!!

The Stemtastic event held at the Lee County School District Administration office was incredible. Parking in what seemed to be the last parking stall on-site, this one was sure to please. Brian and his family walked through what seemed like hundreds of booths learning about the wonderful world of STEM. Bryant liked the reptiles and Caleb liked building and shooting the marshmallow catapult.

Jon’s wife, Megan, was also in attendance representing Mariner Middle School with "Boo Bubbles" (dry ice bubbles) and non-staining bathtub paints!! Both were a big hit among the kids…okay the adults loved the bubbles too!

LaBelle’s New Water Treatment Plant Becomes a Reality

On April 3rd, the City of LaBelle and the USDA celebrated the official groundbreaking for a 1.5 million GPD water treatment plant. Community leaders and citizens attended this event, including a special visit from Jonathan Adelstein, the USDA RUS Rural Development Administrator from Washington, DC and representatives from the offices of House of Representative Denise Grimsley and U.S. Senator Bill Nelson. The City is constructing a reverse osmosis, deep injection treatment plant that will draw water from the Hawthorne aquifer, a much deeper aquifer than commonly used. The planning and fund seeking for this project has been ongoing for over eight years. The plant is critically needed to address water quality issues and provide water supply for future growth of the community. It has been a long and challenging effort that has finally become a reality. Congratulations to the City of LaBelle.

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Another successful month of Giving Back to our community!!

Shellie and Jeff attended a breakfast for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Southwest Florida to learn more about this amazing organization and hear a local resident talk about her journey with her Big Sister.

Over Spring Break for state universities, EnSite hosted two students from the University of Florida (Go Gators) engineering program. Rebecca is a civil major working on a business masters degree and learned all about EnSite’s organizational structure and corporate culture for a paper she is working on. Kevin is a freshman engineering student who attended Lee County schools and wanted to learn more about civil engineering, which he plans to major in. We think Jeff convinced him it was the right path to take!

Brian, Shellie, and Jeff enjoyed a presentation at FGCU about Generational Dynamics. If you haven’t learned why there is such friction between the Baby Boomers and Millenials, try to catch the next one!

Jon, Jeff, and Lee County Sustainability Director Tessa LeSage went to FGCU to give a presentation to the Sustainability in Engineering class. They updated the 50-student class, which includes civil and environmental engineering majors, as well as environmental studies majors, on Lee County’s sustainability efforts and the recently completed and adopted Assessment.

Jeff spoke to two AVID classes at South Fort Myers High School, educating the students on the opportunities and benefits of STEM professions.

jpegOver the last month, Jeff and Jon have been busy with the STEM@Work program. They, along with Andy Getch from LeeDOT and Tessa LeSage, Sustainability Director, taught high school students about Complete Streets, and then took the kids out to do a walking audit along the roads around their school. The students performed a Complete Streets Audit and then gave presentations of their recommendations for improvements. Some of the recommendations have already been implemented, proving to the students that they did make a difference. This exercise was completed at six high schools across Lee County! Check out the NBC-2 news story!

Gulf Elementary – Alternative Energy

On March 27th the Smith family attended the Alternative Energy Family Night hosted by the Imaginarium at Gulf Elementary. Bryant and Caleb (ok Mom and Dad too) enjoyed learning about the different methods of energy at the multiple booths set up in the cafeteria. From solar energy to bio fuels made from switch grass, the event was a success and hopefully will return next year.

April is a Special Month!

April marks a very special month, not only in Lee County, but across the country. Lee County is celebrating Sustainability Month. Utilize the Office of Sustainability’s Facebook Page to share what you are doing in your home, business, or in general to be more sustainable.

Taking it to the Streets
In the month of April, Lee County is "Taking it to the Streets", challenging our community to try alternatives to driving your car all by yourself. Want to "Try Transit"? Mark your calendars for April 19th when everyone can ride LeeTran for FREE. Last Year, the Try Transit Day resulted in a 40% increase in ridership. You can ride free! Thursday, April 19 is "Try Transit Day" and everyone rides free, system-wide, all day long. Tell all your friends!

National Landscape Architecture Month

April is also national Landscape Architecture month. How convenient that Lee County celebrates Sustainability the same month that Landscape Architects celebrate being Stewards of the Land. Still not sure what a landscape architect does? Check out this neat video to learn all that you can about this unique profession that creates a sense of place. If that doesn’t give you a good enough picture give us a call, we will gladly take the time to discuss with you!

STEM at Work Wrap Up

As many of you are aware, the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, Inc. has been leading the effort to step up STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) initiatives in the Lee County School District. One of our programs, STEM@Work, had a very successful school season. We will be holding our wrap up festivities in City of Palms Park on April 27th from 8 a.m. to approximately 1:30 p.m. Lunch will be served, and in keeping with the ballpark theme, there will be a hot dog vendor serving good old fashioned hot dogs to all that attend. Contact The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools for more information.

EnSite, Inc.

2401 First Street, Suite 201

Fort Myers, Florida 33901

239.226.0024

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