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Sustainability In School Communities Through Student Voices 2017

Date: Saturday - May 13, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM
Location: Town School
540 E 76th St, New York, NY 10021      map
All Grades

Sustainability Through Student Voice: Advocacy and Activism 

Please mark your calendar now to attend  Sustainability In School Communities Through Student Voices on May 13, 2017  at Town  School in Manhattan.

Mission Statement:

Impassioned and dedicated students from a dozen NYC schools have organized the second annual “Sustainability Through Student Voices” conference. This event will bring together students, teachers, and administrators to build the foundations necessary to implement systemic changes around the critical issues of sustainability. The theme of this year’s conference is “Advocacy and Activism”.  Now, more than ever, we must be vigilant in the protection of the planet we inhabit. We advocate for diversity, empowerment, awareness, and intersectional activism to combat the devastating effects of climate change that disproportionately influence people of color and those in impoverished communities. Our aim is to spark interest and generate action to implement change in our communities, both local and global.  

The day will include concurrent workshops and conversations focused on the themes of the conference.

For questions about the program or proposals, contact the organizers:

David Hyman, Calhoun School, or Ken Higgins, Town School

 

9:00 to 9:30

Arrival, check in and light breakfast

9:30 to 10:20

Introduction and Keynote

Earth Guardians is a youth led, intergenerational community of activists, artists and musicians from across the globe stepping up as leaders and co-creating the future we know is possible. We are motivated change makers who are using our passions to address the needs of our communities and create solutions all over the world. Earth Guardians train, inspire, and support diverse youth in being effective leaders in the climate and environmental justice movement - using art, music, storytelling, and direct action to build creative solutions. 

Earth Guardians New York is a growing handful of young leaders mainly focused along the Hudson River and in the direct line of some of the most dangerous fossil fuel infrastructure projects threatening the New York region. Crews often arise out of necessity as young people take leadership in the work to effect positive change for their futures. 

As we grow, the more we come to find that the more locally connected in vicinity, the stronger the crew. As new crews arise throughout the region, we are working to bring them together to form stronger support for each other and the issues arising in their neighborhoods. We are working with several truly inspiring coalitions of grassroots organizations to expand effectiveness in the movement this provides opportunity for young people to connect with the people on the front lines of the protection of our communities. 

Panel/Presentation
Open Dialogue

10:30 to 11:15

Workshops 1

 

One Person’s Trash Is Another Person’s Treasure: How to Conduct an Effective Waste Audit
Brian Filiatrout , bfiliatraut@polyprep.org

Arman Kermanshah, Student

Shania Smith, Student
Michael Tirone, Student

Brooklyn Poly Prep

Grades PK - 12

Categories: Greening your School/Life

This workshop will focus on ways to improve your waste management practices through a waste audit and persistent, effective communication to ALL stakeholders. This workshop is for all audiences, N-12 and no matter whether your school only recycles or fully composts. Conducting a waste audit and communicating its results, is an effective way to better behavior and unearth ways to start a new policy or practice.

After taking this workshop, participants will be able to properly plan a waste audit, from setup to communicating its results.

 

Civic Engagement and Governmental Transparency
Earth Guardians , rachel.earthguardians@gmail.com
Categories: Environmental Policy,Environmental Justice,Community Action & Global Initiatives

Led by Earth Guardian, Victoria Barrett (plaintiff on the landmark federal climate lawsuit), this workshop will focus on learning to work within the system to change policy and legislation to protect our collective commons.

After taking this workshop participants will be able to navigate the political and buraucratic system to affect change.

 

Starting and Running a Student-Centered Ecology Action Team in the Lower Grades
Juliette Guarino Berg , jguarinoberg@polyprep.org

Ms. Carmen Dreyer, Third Grade Associate, Co-Advisor of Ecology Action Team

Poly Prep Country Day School
Grades PK - 4

Categories: Greening you School/Life,Community Action & Global Initiatives

Lower School students are passionate about environmental issues, whether it be the melting polar ice caps affecting animal habitats or an excess of trash in the neighborhood playground. Starting and running an Ecology Action Team with your Lower School students will allow them to channel this passion into goal-oriented activism. Learn how to found, organize, and run a Lower School club that engages students and produces results.

After taking this workshop participants will be able to. found, organize, and run a successful Ecology Action Team in the Lower School setting.

 

Food Waste? Cooking with Scraps
Chef Bobo , chefbobo@calhoun.org
The Calhoun School

Grades 9 to 12
Categories: Environmental Policy,Greening you School/Life

So much of the food that is leftover after a meal gets thrown away or composted. I like to reorganize it into another type of dish, like composed salad or pickles! Let's take a look at this.

After taking this workshop participants will be able to reconsider what they do with ""food waste"" -- eat it!

 

See the World Through Conservation
Tomas Michelangeli , tomas.michelangeli24@calhoun.org

The Calhoun School

Grades 4 to 12

Categories: Greening you School/Life,Community Action & Global Initiatives

This workshop will be about making connections between New York, Australia and the Galapagos Islands about sustainability and conservation, comparing and contrasting actions and impact of humans on land and water. Inspired by one New Yorker’s travels to new lands, the workshop will tie together a slideshow of photos with researched facts in order to raise questions about what we can do as a school for conservation around New York City and State.

After taking this workshop participants will be able to.....
recognize human impact on the environment surrounding us, and be able to identify actions they can take in their community to help support conservation and sustainability.

 

R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Stratagies for civil advocay in an uncivil age
Natalie O'Shea , ms.natallieoshea@gmail.com

Jessica Boyer, Neil Goldenberg

Citizen's Climate Lobby
Grades 9 to 12

Categories: Environmental Policy,Community Action & Global Initiatives

In today’s politically divided times it is crucial that young people learn to effectively advocate for important causes amongst diverse political ideologies. Can you find common ground with those that don’t share your viewpoint? How do you communicate your position without attacking opponents? In our workshop, we will discuss how Citizen’s Climate Lobby has been successful in achieving results through bipartisan action by focusing on respectful communication practices and share those practices with you.

After taking this workshop participants will be able to...Engage with people from across the political spectrum about climate change in respectful, productive ways. Participants will learn about communication practices that foster cooperation. At the end of the workshop, participants will practice these communication skills in written form by mailing a letter to a congressional representative asking them to take action on climate change or thank them for ongoing support.

 

Community Engagement Through Sustainable Farming
Kerry Linderoth , kerry_linderoth@ryecountryday.org
Alonzo Diaz, Ryan Stackpole

Rye Country Day School
Grades 9 to 12

Categories: Greening you School/Life,Community Action & Global Initiatives

Developing and implementing meaningful service projects that address some of our communities' is a multi faceted process. This workshop will explore the wide variety of opportunities available to tackle the problems we see in our community, ranging from student-led partnership to class projects. All of these will cover the vital role of sustainable farming and other environmental action in achieving change. Two Rye Country Day student speakers will present their own sustainable farming projects aimed to impact both local and global communities, and the school's Director of Sustainability will share her own classroom actions regarding community engagement. This workshop ultimately aims to inspire people on ways to impact the community through sustainable farming.

After taking this workshop participants will be able to.....
different strategies available to tackle their communities' problems through sustainable farming and other environmental action.

 

Working to Support Youth in the Climate Movement
David Hyman , david.hyman@calhoun.org

Rachel Marco-Havens

The Calhoun School & Earth Guardians
Grades 5 to 12

Categories: Environmental Policy,Environmental Justice,Greening you School/Life,Community Action & Global Initiatives

Successful advocacy work in these times will take intergenerational collaboration.
The voice of youth must be heard, honored and respected as we innovate systems to support the regeneration of a sustainable planet. Teachers, mentors, facilitators, and parents are invited to join this conversation about how we support our young people and help them to be heard.

After taking this workshop participants will be able to...provide the support and guidance that our next generation of environmental leaders need.

 

Art as activism: Printmaking 101
Flannery Denny, Lo Kartzman with student collaborators
Manhattan Country School & The Calhoun School
Grades 4 to 12

Visual images are an important element of movements for social and environmental justice.  Lo Kartzman was first introduced to silk screening while participating in  the Occupy Wall Street movement, Activists set up a DIY t-shirt printing station that allowed protesters to turn their bodies into signs almost instantaneously by taking the shirts off their backs, turning them inside out, and selecting from the available screens. Flannery Denny has been inspired by activist printmaking since her involvement in the Food justice efforts of the FTAA protests in Quebec and the post 9/11 anti-war movement.  In this workshop, students will learn the steps of silk screening and other DIY printmaking methods and use them to make a shirt and/or sign. 

After taking this workshop participants will be able to proudly display a print of their own and recognize the power of printmaking as a valuable tool in the fight against climate change.

 

P.S. 69Q presents Dab for Going Green
Pallavi Shastri and 5 students
PS 69Q
Grades 2 to 12

Our schools are major outlets for waste and there are many ways to fix this problem. We at 69Q have a proper system in place for our waste produced in every classroom to divert it away from our landfills and oceans. We would like to share what we have learned over the years so it can get implemented in other schools in NYC. 

After taking this workshop, participants will be able to…understand the local impact on a global problem of plastic pollution and waste and how it impacts our ecosystem. 

11:30 to 12:15

Workshops 2

 

The Devastating Impacts of Factory Farming
Amy Halpern-Laff , amy@ffacoalition.org
Factory Farming Awareness Coalition

Grades 9 to 12
Categories: Environmental Policy,Environmental Justice,Greening you School/Life,Community Action & Global Initiatives

99% of the animal-based foods we consume come from industrial farms, with devastating impacts on environmental justice, public health, and of course, the animals themselves. I'll discuss how we can make a difference, as citizens and consumers, and as a community.

After taking this workshop participants will be able to...make informed dietary choices and initiate awareness programs such as Meatless Monday.

 

Intersectional Journey
Earth Guardians , rachel.earthguardians@gmail.com
Categories: Environmental Policy,Environmental Justice,Community Action & Global Initiatives

Come be part of a conversation exploring the intersections weaving through Environmental and Social Justice concerns with members of The Earth Guardians

After taking this workshop participants will be able to...articulate some of ways that Environmental and Social Justice are interconnected.

 

Starting an Earth Guardians Crew
Earth Guardians , rachel.earthguardians@gmail.com

Grades
Categories: Environmental Policy,Environmental Justice,Greening you School/Life,Community Action & Global Initiatives

The majority of Earth Guardians NY crews are focused on the state of New York Harbor's vulnerability to the fossil fuel infrastructure buildout booming in the region. We will share a little about that issue as an example and opportunity to learn a little bit more about it and how Earth Guardian crews are formed.

After taking this workshop participants will be able to...how Earth Guardian crews are formed and how they operate.

 

Tower Garden 101
David Hyman , david.hyman@calhoun.org
The Calhoun School

Grades PK - 12

Categories: Greening your school life

Do you want to grow veggies but you don't have the space? Are you frustrated by the seasons and vacations not lining up with mother nature? Learn the basics of indoor gardening using the Tower Garden system. In a hands on workshop we will see just how easy it is to maintain a garden in your classroom - or pretty much anywhere.

After taking this workshop participants will be able to.see how easy it is to grow fresh, better than organic, produce indoors.

 

Climate Activism in the Era of Trump
Greta Zarro , gzarro@fwwatch.org
Alex Beauchamp
Food & Water Watch
Grades 9 to 12

Categories: Environmental Policy,Environmental Justice,Greening you School/Life,Community Action & Global Initiatives

Donald Trump poses a threat to our communities and environment. He plans to undo key environmental regulations, decimate the Environmental Protection Agency, and promote more fracking and pipelines. Under the current administration, the imperative is on our New York elected officials like Senator Schumer and Governor Cuomo to resist Trump's climate-destroying plans and make progress here in New York to end our state's fossil fuel dependency and transition to renewable energy. Join Food & Water Watch, a nonprofit environmental organization, for a discussion of how to use grassroots organizing to build the power of our movement and use that people power to influence our elected officials to enact policies that safeguard our food, water, and climate.

After taking this workshop participants will be able to.....use tactics of grassroots organizing, like letter-writing, phonebanking, petitioning, and rallying, to put pressure on elected officials to enact policies that protect our communities and climate.

 

Why Isn't My School Greener? Institutionalizing sustainability in your school.
Ken Higgins , khiggins@townschool.org

Emilie Wolf -
Science Teacher and Blended Learning Specialist at the Browning Bchool
Town School & Browning School

Grades PK - 12
Categories: Greening you School/Life,Community Action & Global Initiatives

Throughout the city, and indeed the country, schools and even school districts are in entirely different places with respect to sustainable facilities practices, curricular development, interdisciplinary connections, as well as community awareness and buy in.
Learn about concrete ways to create a framework to move your school forward regardless of where it currently lies on the spectrum.

After taking this workshop participants will be able to.
Create an action plan to help move their school toward sustainability.

 

DIvesting From Fossil Fuels, Investing in Our Future
Nassim Zerriffi , nzerriffi@mcscommunity.org

Two students
Manhattan Country School
Grades 5 to 12

Categories: Environmental Justice,Community Action & Global Initiatives

This workshop will look at the ways that communities are successfully transitioning to renewable energy and the movement to divest from fossil fuels and pipelines. Learn about what is already happening and how you, your school and community can be a part of it!

After taking this workshop participants will be able to.....
Participate in a global movement that is having real success.
Explain how a transition to renewable energy will impact global conflicts, indigenous communities, our political system, American workers and most importantly our children's future!

 

P.S. 69Q presents Dab for Going Green
Pallavi Shastri and 5 students
PS 69Q
Grades 2 to 12

Our schools are major outlets for waste and there are many ways to fix this problem. We at 69Q have a proper system in place for our waste produced in every classroom to divert it away from our landfills and oceans. We would like to share what we have learned over the years so it can get implemented in other schools in NYC. 

After taking this workshop, participants will be able to…understand the local impact on a global problem of plastic pollution and waste and how it impacts our ecosystem. 

12:15 to 1:00

Lunch

1:00 to 1:45

Reconvene with POD and fill out action plan in theater

1:45 to 2:15

Closing remarks

 

Conference ends by 2:30

The conference will conclude with a town-hall meeting to discuss the most effective ways to sustain the learning and connections that happen at the conference.This conference, organized by students from more than a half dozen schools, aims to bring  stakeholders from participating institutions together with the goal of exploring strategies to implement real systemic change.  Each school is strongly encouraged to send students and adults as a team. Ideally, each team would include several students, a teacher, administrator, board member, and a parent. In order to facilitate the registration process, each school should designate a coordinator to organize and register its team.


Rachel Marco-Havens focuses on environmental and indigenous issues both as a UN representative and Center For Earth Ethics Advisor at Union Theology.  She is the New York Regional director for Earth Guardians. 

Isaiah Blake is a senior at Xavier High School. He started a social justice group at Xavier which has helped create a dialogue around race and justice within Jesuit institutions around the country. Isaiah is also involved in the Hattie Carthan Community Garden, a grassroots food justice community addressing food insecurity and structural racism in Central Brooklyn.

Kazi Ateea is a freshman at the City College of New York majoring in Environmental Earth System Sciences. Kazi worked through the Alliance for Climate Education and Global Kids to mandate climate change education. She also successfully campaigned for youth representation at the international climate conferences though the media campaign The Future is Ours.

Kevin Lopez is a senior at Xavier High School where he founded the Environmental Awareness Club. He has been passionate about the environment since the Sixth grade. Since then, Kevin has worked with the Green Schools Alliance, 350.org and the Sierra Club. In 2015, Kevin led the youth contingent of the People’s Climate March as a youth organizer.

Victoria Barrett participated in the COP21 United Nations climate summit in Paris on behalf of the Alliance for Climate Education. She is a plaintiff in the lawsuit brought by Our Children's Trust against the United States government for failing to act to protect our climate for future generations. Victoria addressed the United Nations General Body, which included more than 150 heads of state, before the formal signing of the Paris Agreement on Earth Day.

 

Registration

Register Here if sending fewer than 10 people. The group must register together in one transaction to get the group rate.

In order to facilitate the registration process, each school should designate a coordinator to organize and register its team. If your school is sending 10 or more people, please contact maria@nysais.org for registration instructions.

Workshops! It is not necessary to sign up for workshops in advance. They are first come-first served. Be sure to have a second choice in mind in case your first choice is full.

Fee includes Continental breakfast, lunch and all materials.

Group Discounts for 6 or more registering together.

  • NYSAIS members
    • $50.00 Per person (1-5 Participants registering together)
    • $40.00 Per person (6 or more Participants registering together)
    • Late fee of $5 will apply beginning April 26, 2017)
    • If your school is sending 10 or more people, please contact maria@nysais.org for registration instructions.

  • Non-members
    • $60.00 Per person (1-5 Participants registering together)
    • $50.00 Per person (6 or more Participants registering together)
    • Late fee of $10 will apply beginning April 26, 2017)
    • If your school is sending 10 or more people, please contact maria@nysais.org for registration instructions.

* Note: Payment is by credit card only.

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