Students for a Sustainable Future EXPO '10

Location: Pace University, Pleasantville, NY - Goldstein Fitness Center


Since 2006, CELF’s annual Students for a Sustainable Future EXPO has been introducing middle and high school students to innovative, sustainable developments in green business and industry. At the EXPO, students in grades 5–12 explore corporate exhibits and showcase their own projects inspired by sustainability concepts.

EXPO'10 was a wonderful success! In partnership with the Green Schools Coalition of Westchester, CELF welcomed students, teachers, administrators, facilities personnel and parents to explore and explain all the salient facets of a schools' journey to green. They were joined by a diverse and exciting array of exhibitors from all over the region representing every imaginable aspect of sustainable development. Among the 69 demonstrations and products: hydrogen fuel cell vehicles; Products designed for deconstruction/product life-cycle analysis; solar and wind energy systems; water supply solutions for third world countries; green building developments; and student organic gardening for school cafeterias.

The 2010 keynote speaker was Deb Johnson, Academic Director of Sustainability, who has taught industrial design at Pratt Institute for nearly 20 years, was named the Institute’s first Academic Director of Sustainability in Fall 2007. She currently leads Pratt’s academic sustainability initiatives; develops and operates Pratt’s Center for Sustainable Design Studies and Research; and supports Pratt’s faculty in identifying and solving environmental problems in order to place the Institute at the academic forefront among colleges of art, design, and architecture worldwide for its sustainability efforts.

Johnson also directs the Pratt Design Incubator for Sustainable Innovation and has recently founded Design in Kind, a collaborative network of designers working on world changing projects. CELF looks forward to working with Deb and Pratt again soon!


EXPO '10 Stats:

463 reistered K-12 students and teachers, plus large attendance from the Pace students and faculty and the general public

37 different school groups represented

69 total exhibits on display; 21 student booths


 800+ estimated total attendance



CELF's Students for a Sustainable Future EXPO was created to provide students with inspiring, positive real-world solutions to global issues in order to ignite their interest in the pursuit of degrees, and eventual career paths, that promote sustainability. Additionally, as more students calculate their ecological footprints, or learn about climate change and its consequences, CELF’s EXPO has been an ideal opportunity to share the concepts they have explored during their school year with other students and companies alike. Schools have participated in the EXPO as visitors or exhibitors – sometimes both!

In the past 5 years almost 4,000 students from around the Tri-State region have participated and been introduced to a variety of green practices and leaders in a wide range of fields of sustainable development. Exhibits have been diverse and interactive from presenters in science, business, green building and design, conservation and other fields offered. Schools have participated either by visiting the EXPO on field trips and/or with booths of their own design.

CELF EXPO exhibits interactively demonstrate to students how people all over the world are working to solve environmental, societal and economic challenges, and teach them to integrate these ideas into their everyday lives.












“The CELF Expo was a truly wonderful experience for me and my students. I was so proud of my 7th graders and how they passionately showed off their work, enthusiastically explaining things to an endless stream of visitors to our table. They all had ample opportunity to explore the rest of the EXPO, returning to me with squeals of delight every time they found something new and interesting. I knew it was a successful night when all of them sang at the top of their lungs, all the way home on the bus!

Johanna Mustacchi
Media Literacy Teacher
Pierre Van Cortlandt Middle School

Croton-on-Hudson, NY


“It was an honor to be a part of the EXPO. I’ve spent the last 30 years trying to get people to listen about sustainability. The interest expressed by the students was truly heartwarming.”

Craig Norsted
AIA, LEED AP, Exhibitor
Perkins Eastman
US Green Building Council -
Green School Advocate



GREEN SCHOOLS COALITION of WESTCHESTER Spring Membership Conference: Click here

In the Past 5 Years,
has welcomed:

• over 3,960 students

• over 6,940 visitors

• over 239 exhibits



Thank you to our 2010 EXPO Sponsors:



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