Finger Lakes Youth Climate Summit


Wednesday, October 24, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 1:30 PM EDT
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Vandervort Room, Scandling Center 
Pulteney Street
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Geneva, NY 14456

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Nadia Harvieux 
Finger Lakes Institute 
(425)417-3578 mobile/text 


Today’s youth are a vital resource for combating climate change. Across the US and around the world, youth climate summits are educating, engaging and empowering students to be agents of positive environmental change in their schools and communities! Join the movement! High schools from the Finger Lakes Region are invited to bring a team of 6-12 students, faculty and staff to attend the summit, Wednesday, October 24th, 8 am - 1:30 pm at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Join the movement!

About the Summit
The Finger Lakes Youth Climate Summit is a one day conference focused on educating and empowering high school students to create environmentally positive change in their schools and communities. During the summit, students from different schools will learn the science behind climate change, impacts on the Finger Lake region and what they can do to combat climate change. Students work with their classmates to develop a Climate Action Plan to tackle an actionable project at their school. At the end of the summit, students will leave with a plan to initiate action in their schools and communities, new friends from other schools, and a sense of determination and empowerment to make positive change for the good of the environment!

Sustainable Food Systems of the Future is the theme for the 2018 FLYCS. We will be exploring the role our food system has in our current environmental crisis and how a more sustainable food system can be used to build climate resiliance and conserve natural resources. 

8 am                           Registration Opens

8 – 8:45 am                 HWS Student Mentor Meet & Greet
8:45 – 9 am                 Welcome
9 – 9:30 am                 Keynote
9:30 - 10:15 am           Mini-Workshop Session #1       
10:15 – 11 am             Mini-Workshop Session #2
11 – 11:45 am             Lunch
11:45 am – 1:00 pm    Climate Action Planning HWS ECO Rep Student Mentors
1 – 1:30 pm                 Sharing Climate Action Plans & Closing Remarks

Mini-Workshop Session Topics

  • Student Sustainability Projects
  • Invasive Species in Agriculture
  • Pollinators
  • Climate Reality Project- The Science Behind Climate Change
  • Youth Leadership and Best Practives for Running an Effective Club
  • Food and Social Justice
  • Sustainability in Agriculture
  • 3 Years, 3 Action Plans- Homer High School Students Share Their Stories of Success
  • Impact of Climate Change on Water Resources
  • School Composting
  • more TBA!

Thank You to our Corporate Sponsor!