Monday, June 30, 2008

Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory's Christine Ritter New Presenter for BOOST GSS-SET - Saturday, July 12 in Ewing New Jersey

Christine G. Ritter, Program Administrator for the Science Education Program of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), will be a featured presenter at Building Open Opportunity Structures Together's GSS-SET public awareness forum and will speak about "Unveiling the Hidden Opportunities for Middle and High School Students: Career Paths in the Sciences". This event is free to the public and take olace on Saturday, July 12, from 11am until 5pm at Simply Natural Living at Serenity Plaza, located at 1505 Parkway Avenue in Ewing New Jersey.

In addition to Ms. Ritter's, there will be presentations by Professor Alvyn Haywood on the Art of Allowing, Jonathon Cloud for Fairleigh Dickinson’s Sustainable Business Incubator on Emerging Opportunities in Green Business and Eco-Entrepreneurships, and by Mut Seshatms for New Jersey’s House of Life on Rethinking Solar: Giving Power Back to the People. Please RSVP by calling (206) 202-2883 or emailing

July is an very exciting month for BOOST and its growing network, as the organization has been tapped as "New Green Leader" in the Northeast Region's Garden State (New Jersey) by GenGreen (, whose goal "is to 'mainstream green' for all by providing easy access to the resources that make sustainable living easier for everyone on a local level. This is accomplished in a variety of ways from our extensive online network and public events that encourage connection, growth and education through communication, to our online marketplace where people can find the eco-friendly products and services they need to support their sustainable lifestyles."

PPPS's Ritter brings 30 years of experience with the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory to her current position as Program Administrator of the Science Education Program. During her years of service, Ms. Ritter directs the PPPL/Trenton School District Partnership, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. Ms. Ritter has overseen PPPL support for science education throughout the school district’s partnership creating teacher professional development workshops, student enrichment programs and parent involvement sessions.

She has managed the “Science on Saturday Program", a community outreach program with an audience of 400 people. She also engages the laboratory staff in the Educational Outreach Program which she selects and develops classroom visits, science fairs and exhibits. She has identified and contributed with other colleges, universities and organizations to the development of programs that promotes young people’s interest in science and technology.

BOOST is very pleased to have Ms. Ritter join us and present opportunities, particularly for New Jersey's parents and students from New Jersey's urban areas, to learn about scholarships, internships, special science and math programs, and an array of valuableservices that are not well known to those who may need them most.

This is very fitting with BOOST's goal of serving as a 'bridge' between often under-served communities and the financial, technical, financial, and human resources needed to allow for a broader and more diverse range options. The relationships BOOST is fostering amongst its diverse network members is fastly becoming a true "Opportunity Structure" be "Built Together" in a open public forum and process.

GenGreen chose BOOST and their fast-growing network of individuals, organizations, businesses, and institutions, for their outstanding efforts in the promotion of sustainable living through their commitment to community stewardship. GenGreen selects organizations that they feel set an example in their communities. GenGreen chooses these companies to acknowledge them for their efforts in environmental stewardship. Being named one of The GenGreen “New Green Leaders” is a highly sought after title that GenGreen is pleased to give to the BOOST Network.

Ms. Ritter weaves together an extensive network of alliances, partners across all educational levels throughout the country, and engages Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory as a catalyst for educational reform and improvement.

Ms. Ritter has worked extensively in the Trenton and other metro communities’ area:

- Regional Coordinator for the U.S. Department of Energy’s New Jersey Middle School Science Bowl Competition;

- Trenton Public Education Foundation, Board of Directors; Former Program Chairperson and Board Secretary;

- New Jersey Education Foundation Partnership, Affiliate member;

- Princeton Area Community Foundation, Board of Directors;

- Millhill Child and Family Development, Inc; Board of Directors - Secretary;

- The City of Trenton - Trenton Youth Services Commission – appointed member;

- National Science Teachers Association; Member; and

- Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Member

Ms. Ritter can be contacted at:

Princeton University, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, James Forrestal Campus, PO Box 451, MS 40, Princeton, NJ 08543, Telephone: (609) 243-2106, Fax: (609) 243-2751, email:; Cell: (609) 658-9622

BOOST Green, Smart, and Sustainable Stakeholder Education and Training is a year-long series of public awareness forums and community capacity building workshops designed to help New Jersey’s civic sector plan, develop, and deploy programs, projects, and policy work in the fields of green building, sustainable community design, smart growth, and environmental economy.

BOOST is currently seeking underwriters and sponsors in order to make GSS-SET 2008-09 affordable to enrollees and leverage to highlight, promote, and build visibility for foundations, small businesses, and corporations that endorse and implement a triple bottom line approach to conducting business by capturing an expanded spectrum of values and criteria for measuring organizational (and societal) success; economic, environmental and social.

GenGreen, a company headquartered in Colorado, created its network to help people throughout the United States live their sustainable lives more easily by finding “green” companies, organizations and people on a local level. Businesses can post green jobs and events on the website. Community members can participate in the dynamic nature of the website by connecting to different groups, blogging, and finding eco-friendly resources in their area.

For more information about GenGreen, go to, or email & for more information on BOOST go to, or email

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