Pleasanton USD

Valerie Arkin, Board President; David Haglund, Superintendent; Jill Buck, Founder & CEO Go Green Initiative; Jessica Luan, President Local Leaders of the 21st Century Amador Valley HS; Elyse Wohlenberg, President Local Leaders of the 21st Century Foothill HS

The Local Leaders of the 21st Century© is a new program for high school students through the Go Green Initiative ( The pilot phase began in January 2016. The program is designed to help students understand how local public policy and industry work together to implement and maintain the following critical community systems: energy, waste, water and food. Students hold town hall meetings with local public and industry officials to understand how these systems work in their own community. They visit critical infrastructure associated with these systems, and to express what they have learned in photos, videos, essays and speeches. Students can earn both scholarships and community service hours for graduation.