Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Sun Sentinel's Society Scene: Rolando Chang Barrero in Local Green Trailblazers!

Boynton Beach City Library
208 S.Seacrest Blvd., Boynton Beach, Florida
February 13, 2014 thru May 2014

Local green trailblazers

Society Scene asked local trailblazers to share an important topic in the green movement and how they're addressing it in the community.

Andrew Aiken, president and CEO of the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society
"The zoo's carbon/fuel reduction initiative is helping us to take action to reduce our overall carbon footprint.
Our mission is inspiring people to act on behalf of wildlife, and there is no better way than for us to lead by example. We have to take action ourselves and make environmentally friendly choices as frequently as possible.
We first surveyed staff members to establish a baseline of fuel consumption, and created a private Facebook page for employees to post their actions for encouragement and accountability. So far, almost half the zoo's staff has collectively performed 210 environmental acts to save fuel. We don't need everybody to do a conservation act every single day, although that would be ideal. We simply encourage employees to take at least one fuel reduction action per month. It only takes a little effort from everyone to get a lot accomplished."
Rolando Chang Barrero, owner of ActivistArtistA Gallery/Studio and artist featured in the environmental "Elements" exhibit.

Side bar: The exhibit is on the second floor of the Boynton Beach City Library, located at 208 S. Seacrest Boulevard, through May. In the exhibit, three artists Rolando Chang Barrero, Anthony Burks Sr. and Greg Matthews highlight the importance of the environmental conversation movement in South Florida. Collectively, the artists engaged in conversations and site visits with leaders of conservatory organizations throughout South Florida. They observed, documented and processed their images and experiences through their respective mediums.
"Maintaining the ecosystem of the Everglades is of paramount importance to me. As a native of South Florida I have a vested interest that we make every attempt to raise awareness to the vital role that the Everglades has on our wildlife. As painters, writers, poets, photographers and documentarians many of my friends and I have taken to more hands on advocacy. Many of us are active members of foundations, organizations, as well as, park and beach cleanups."


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Rolando Chang Barrero lives in West Palm Beach, Florida

Maintains a working art studio and the ActivistArtistA Gallery in Boynton Beach, Florida.

He is currently working with children on "Windows to the Future" with the Historical Preservation Society of Delray Beach.
Rolando Chang Barrero is the recipient of a Congressional Letter of Commendation. 

You can contact him at

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