By Susan Cloke
SANTA MONICA MIRROR
JULY. 3, 2011
Charlotte Biren and Jenna Perelman have been thinking about the natural environment and preparing to be environmental stewards since their elementary school days. They shine with confidence in their understanding of what needs to be done to create environmental sustainability and their commitment to get the job done right.
Biren and Perelman, seniors at Santa Monica High School (SaMoHi), are co-presidents of the SaMoHi Solar Alliance (SSA) and organizers of the 2010 and 2011 Bike It! Days.
SSA started in 2004 with the idea that putting solar panels on Drake pool would be good for the environment and save almost $30,000 per year for the school district. The student members of SSA got to work, got help from parents and PTAs and community members, raised money and brought solar heat to Drake pool. Now the big project for SSA is Bike It! Day.