The Sustainable Schools Summit strives to create an inviting space and an accessible framework to undertake actionable social and environmental initiatives with a focus on meeting our present needs without compromising the needs of future generations. The framework is focused on increasing environmental education, improving the health and wellness of school inhabitants, and minimizing the environmental impact of facilities in K-20 educational settings. In particular, this Summit invites and empowers students to become stewards of their schools, communities, and planet by tackling local and global challenges.
|Our theme this year is CULTIVATING PARTNERSHIPS FOR SUCCESS, and the Summit will include inspiring speakers, 16 workshops across two sessions, and an afternoon of Action Groups – small gatherings for participants to expand discussions, hatch new plans, collaborate, network and strategize. The day concludes with a celebration/reception with performances interpreting and reflecting back the events of the day – don’t miss it!
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: AKIIMA PRICE
For the past 20 years, Akiima has worked with numerous environmental organizations throughout the United States creating and implementing innovative programs that build bridges into low-income communities. Akiima is one of the leading African-American environmental educators in the country, helping to bring more capacity and inclusion to the environmental field. She is currently working through Cornell University on the EECapacity Project, the national environmental education training program of the EPA. Through her work on the project she is developing a national platform for emerging environmental educators and developing cutting-edge guidelines for an emerging practice called Community Environmental Education. Her specialty is engaging as a bridge builder between people and resources and developing thoughtful curricula and education materials that consider community wellness issues.
WORKSHOP SESSIONS (Youth friendly = YF Youth Led = YL):
AWARDS LUNCHEON + PERFORMANCES
This year’s awards will be presented along with the prize raffles for Indiegogo campaign supporters as we enjoy lunch provided by RIC Dining Services, known for their commitment to cooking with local, sustainably sourced foods.
Afternoon action groups are a time to process and reflect on the inspiring speakers and workshops of the mornings. Keynote speaker Akiima Price will gather people to try her community EE tools, people may gather to continue discussions raised at workshops, and people can gather to collaborate, form alliances and make action plans for work going forward. Some action groups will be pre-organized with facilitators, and there will also be a structured way for other groups to self-organize spontaneously. Cross pollination will abound!
Celebration and Performances
This year’s Summit features an unusual twist: visual and performing artists are embedded in the Summit to experience and interpret the day through their art media, and will present their work at the final celebration, reflecting back to us the good work we did as a whole. Don’t miss it!