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Student Sustainability Summit: Students in Action, Learning to be Leaders

General registration is now open for the second annual Student Sustainability Summit! CELF (Children's Environmental Literacy Foundation, a Westchester-based non-profit sustainability educational organization) and Hackley School (Tarrytown, NY) invite all high school students to sign up now online and participate in the Summit program. The program consists of an online information and discussion network of twelve sustainability-related focus areas. Students are collaborating online to discuss projects and project ideas. At the culminating conference on April 10th, students will meet in their focus groups and finally present their projects with the entire Summit audience.

Summit Goal: To convene like-minded young people from high schools across Westchester County and the surrounding region, provide them with a networking forum, and assist them as they creatively produce tangible, sustainable solutions to real-world issues. A results-oriented, student-run program, the Summit will empower students to plan specific actions in important topic areas - all with the goal of building more sustainable communities. The Summit welcomes students with projects in any stage, from idea to implementation.

Summit Co-Leaders group training session

The Process: Student Co-leaders will assist other students in advancing their school or community projects to the next level between now and the Summit. On April 10, the day of the summit, students will convene in their topic-based groups with an expert from their field to share the progress they have made on their projects. These Focus Groups will vote on a Collective Action - a team-building event or project that each group can complete following the Summit. Following a delicious lunch [courtesy of Whole Foods Market, White Plains], Co-Leaders will present highlights of their teams' work and plans for their groups' Collective Actions. A panel of experts will provide input and feedback on the presentations.

Expert Support: Student Co-Leaders are working with CELF to identify and select a panel of experts that will provide support and input over the course of the program. The experts - from business, non-profit and educational organizations are encouraged periodically to join their Focus Group’s online discussion providing feedback and resources to support the students’ ongoing projects. They will then serve as a sounding board for their group on the day of the Summit, as well as share expertise and advice at lunchtime roundtables and on the Advisory Panel during the culminating presentations. Experts range from graduate students with project-based experience to field professionals interested in participating and sharing their expertise with these exceptional students.

How can YOU be involved in the Summit?

Event Flier: Share this information with students and faculty in your community and encourage any high school students interested in sustainability issues - environmental, economic, and social equity topics - to join the Summit. Please post the Summit Flier throughout your schools and in school bulletins, as well as in your community.

Educator Participation: Educators wishing to participate in the event may register with the "Educator" group by sending an email to [email protected], with "Educator Registration" in the subject line. Space is limited! Participants will meet with this group at the Summit to discuss their related roles and experience with guiding sustainability projects and programs at their schools. Following lunch, educators will join the student groups and listen to their presentations.

Follow the Summit: All interested educators and community members can follow the Summit on the Green Guru Network and be a part of the online dialogue (find the Summit logo and become a "Friend")! Student facilitated Focus Groups are meeting online now in secure “discussion rooms” on the following topics: Gardens & Food; Energy/Building Audits; Water; Human Rights/Social Justice; Nature/Biodiversity; Land Use & Conservation; Sustainable Design; Education & Activism; Effecting real change on your school grounds; Climate Change; Transportation; and Zero Impact.

For more information or to register, visit and click on the Summit logo, or contact Patti Bressman, [email protected], or Anne Gatschet, [email protected]

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