The ultimate purpose of the Summit is to convene like-minded young people, provide them with a forum for networking, and assist them as they apply their enthusiasm and creativity to produce tangible, sustainable solutions to real-life issues.




This year, in response to significant interest in a results oriented, student run forum committed to taking on today's biggest challenges, CELF and Hackley School partnered to provide high school students from across Westchester County, and the surrounding region, the opportunity to conduct such an event.


Student Sustainability Summit '11

Location: Hackley School, Tarrytown, NY

Co-Sponsors: CELF & Hackley School

Led by high school students from across Westchester County & NYC


On April 10th, students from 19 Westchester and Duchess County and NYC high schools participated in the Student Sustainability Summit '11. The program featured 12 Focus Groups in the following sustainability areas: Garden & Food, Energy/Building Audits, Water, Human Rights/Social Justice, Nature/Biodiversity, Land & Conservation, Design, Education & Activism, Effecting real change, Climate Change, Transportation, and Zero Impact (Waste Reduction).

At the Summit, Co-leaders directed group discussions focusing first on past experiences, and then on plans for a Collective Action. Professionals participated in the focus group discussions, lending expertise, suggesting resources and supporting project growth. The event concluded with presentations by the group leader(s) to all participants. The panel of experts provided feedback and recommendations. Groups are continuing to conveniene and converse virtually as they strive to work towards completion of their Focus Groups' Collective Actions.

Expert Panel:

Tristam Coffin, Northeast Regional Green Mission Specialist, Whole Foods Market

Michelle Hersh, PhD, Ecologist, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

Anne Marie Hirschberger, JD, Policy Advisor, Pace Energy and Climate Center, Law School

Laura Senkevitch, Environmental Analyst, Pratt Institute

Kevin Stump, SUNY Purchase Campus Coordinator, NYPIRG


2011 Summit Agenda

2011 Summit Notes


If you wish to participate in the planning committee for the 2012 Student Sustainability Summit, please contact Patti Bressman via email at: patti@celfeducation.org





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