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U.S. EPA Acting Administrator 'Bob P' visits Atlanta, inspires students in STEM education
U.S. EPA Acting Administrator 'Bob P' visits Atlanta, inspires students in STEM education

ATLANTA -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe paid a special visit to Atlanta last week, Feb. 26, to speak with students at two Atlanta-area schools.

"Bob P" as he was admiringly called by future biologist and engineers at the the Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy, attended a science fair at the school and fielded tough questions from five students during a roundtable Q&A.

"What type of advice do you give the president?" and "What was your role with the BP oil spill?" were some of the questions posed to him by eager students.

Bob P, opened up that there was no environmental education at the time he was in high school, and encouraged students to continue their studies, noting that science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education would help prepare them for green jobs --presently a $300 billion industry.

Perciasepe promised that he would tell President Obama about his visit and shared numerous EPA successes: the recent signing of treaties to reduce mercury, a neurotoxin to young people; a reduction of lead and ozone-deleting chemicals from years past; and the invention of new technologies within the span of two month to stop the BP oil spill--which he termed a "remarkable engineering feat."

Laura Turner Seydel, chair of the Captain Planet Foundation, also attended the program, where she sat front-row of the gym bleachers cheering the students for their achievements..

"I love reaching  out and what the students are doing sends an important message around the world about the importance of protecting the water and air. The Captain Planet Foundation is working with Atlanta Public Schools to create gardens, several cities to create Planeteer Clubs, and Girl Scouts to engage young ladies in the environment," said Seydel.

Perciasepe and Seydel were present along with Gwendolyn Keyes FlemingEPA Region 4 Administrator; Shedonna Alexander, Executive Director of the Greenhouse FoundationLarry Lincoln, EPA Region 4 External Affairs Director, and several parents and school administrators. 

Perciasepe visited various science exhibits --aweing for a moment at a model robot, before heading to Clark Atlanta where he later discussed with university students the educational requirements for jobs in environmental protection.

For more photos visit: TheProjectC.com