SFUSD Youth Sustainability Summit, Sep. 15

Who: Middle and high school students who want to learn more about or get involved in environmental work. Workshops are targeted for students ages 13-17, but younger grades are welcome.

When: Saturday, September 15th, 9:00 am-4:00 pm

Where: Downtown San Francisco (exact location will be announced to confirmed attendees)

Why: To build on the momentum from the Global Climate Action Summit, and provide ways for students to make a difference in their schools and communities.

How: Students can RSVP below. Due to the limited spots, attendance will be confirmed in the beginning of September via email.

Cost: FREE!


Workshops Include:

Implementing Sustainable Practices in Your School

Presenter: ​Max Chu from SOTA Environmental Club

This workshop is about the work that Schools Under 2C has done to make change to align their school with the goals of the Paris Accord. They have done so by looking at lighting, heating, composting, recycling, and transportation on campus. This workshop will discuss the work both Schools Under 2C and SOTA Environmental Club have done, as well as how to build a team and how this can be applicable in other schools.

Zero Waste and Marginalized Communities

Presenter: ​Dennis Uyat from Zero Waste Youth

Not many people know where their waste goes. Even less have a clear sense on how the processing of waste afflicts the health of communities. Zero Waste & Environmental Justice touches on the connections of the movement of waste, and how they disproportionately create public health impacts on communities of color using case studies in Southeast Los Angeles, Kettleman City, and others. This workshop will discuss the ramifications of how these structures came to be, and what might be done about it.

Communicating Sustainability to a Broader Audience

Presenter:​ Kristy Drutman, Digital Campaigner at 350.org

This workshop will discuss the ways that students can use their voice to speak out and teach others about climate related issues.

Reducing: The Number One Way to Slow Down Climate Change

Presenter: ​Josephina Chand from the San Francisco Department of the Environment

This workshop will discuss the ways that we can help reduce our environmental impact through reduction of our consumption.

Using Your Skills and Interests to Make a Difference

Presenters: Kristin Tam from Lowell’s Eco Club and Kyle Trefny from SOTA Environmental Club

This workshop will discuss how young people can use their unique talents or interests to make positive change in order to protect our planet. This touches on using art as well as change in school, and focuses on how students can participate in writing legislation, and how this can help promote climate-positive policy.

Using Your Smartphone to Do Good

Presenter: Ellen Koivisto from Ruth Asawa School of the Arts

Smartphones, with their short lifespan and the harmful materials they are made of, have a pretty strong negative environmental impact. When used wisely, however,technology like this can be a powerful tool to create positive change. This workshop will talk about the ways that we can use the our smartphones to do good, by contacting legislators, engaging in citizen science, collecting ecosystem data, tracking non-native species or species in danger, participating in digital demonstrations, and more.

Young People Ending Racism in the Environmental Movement

Presenters: Mari Piggott and Avi Leung at Sustaining All Life

Young People are a revolutionary force and have been at the forefront of many important social movements; but racism divides young people from each other and limits our effectiveness as environmental organizers. This workshop will address the importance of doing personal healing work on the hurts of racism in order for all people to more effectively work together in a united environmental movement.

Empowering Youth Leaders in Ocean Conservation

Presenters: Heirs To Our Oceans

Heirs To Our Oceans are youth leaders who are dedicated to inspire awareness, responsibility and action amongst youth worldwide to protect the waters of our Blue Planet for them and for future generations. Four of our empowered youth leaders will speak in this workshop to bring together their studies of climate change, ocean acidification, governmental policy and how youth must be empowered to take action for the health of their generation.

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