by : Rey Andres
Atty. Linda Sarno is a Christian who has been endowed with enviable gifts from God which she unselfishly shares with her fellowmen. Many attest to her passion and drive in leading advocacies which she earnestly pursues even when her health conditions made it difficult for her to do so.
As one of the leading figures in the Filipino American community for many years, she was the driving force behind the successful conclusions of many of its projects. This goes too with other ethnic organizations where she belongs.
The Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of Orange, where she poured in a lot of her concerns and creativity, will remember her every summer of the year as they join the Green advocates in other parts of the U.S. on importance of preserving the environment for the present and the future.
Five year ago, she spearheaded the first Green and Health Exposition that brought into the limelight the importance of engaging in a concerted effort to drum up support and involve as many sectors of the society in green advocacy.
Dozens of green advocates had their moments of fame as the attention they basked in the limelight and were recognized for their extra effort at promoting “green and health consciousness.”
And come September 4 at the Southern California Edison Energy Education Center in Irwindale, along the vision of Atty. Sarno, Green advocates will once again have their moments of fame as they are conferred the Emerald Awards for Best Green Company (City or Entity), Best Green Product or Service and Best Conservation Program.
The Green event , the exposition portion, will bring under one roof more 60 exhibitors whose environmental-friendly products and services the public just might need in the effort to conserve the environment.
In line with the keeping the environment clean, and as fitting prelude to its September event, FACCOC participated in the “E-Waste Cause” Electronics Recycling Event last July 13, in Irvine “to help keep the environment clean and to assist community / non-profit organizations, such as FACCOC, raise funds for their cause.”
Tanaka Farms and St. John Neumann Church served as collection sites for unwanted electronics (monitors, LEDS, TVs, computers, scanners, laptops, mobile devices, tablets, PDAs, MP players, printers, copiers, fax, scanners, network equipment and UPS, cellular phones, home entertainment systems, VCRs, VCDs, and DVDs).
FACCOC organizers considered the event a triple win in terms of “de-cluttering home and office, helping keep the environment clean and helping earn fund for the organization”.
The E-Waste Disposal event had at least relieved the environment of hundreds of unwanted electronic waste that reach a staggering figure of 41.1 million in discarded desktops and laptop computer alone.