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Event Brings Together 20 D.C. Area Schools for Teen Environmental Leadership

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Want to check out a new electric car and sports car? Explore a model of a home that runs purely on renewable energy? Careers in environmental sustainability? Approximately 100 students from 20 independent and public high schools from the D.C. Metro area will experience a day of education, discussion, and planning for environmental sustainability in their schools at the third-annual Students for Sustainability Conference (S4S), hosted by St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School.

Jillian Joyce, conference organizer and JK-12 environmental sustainability coordinator at SSSAS, says, “Whether it’s a school group turning trash into new products, or a beekeeper providing homes to urban insects, our students will see the passion that many adults and youth in our area have for sustainability. Students will have the opportunity to meet a grassroots organizer, a young professional in the electric car business, the organizer of the DC Environmental Film Festival, and hear from a panel of college students about building a solar home. The S4S Conference gives them a sampling of the many ways they can apply their respect for the environment in academics and future careers.”

8:00 a.m.  Registration

9:00 a.m.  Keynote Speaker

Spencer Wells, Ph.D., an explorer-in-residence at the National Geographic Genographic Project. His fascination with the past has led the scientist, author, and documentary filmmaker to the farthest reaches of the globe in search of human populations who hold the history of humankind in their DNA. By studying humankind's family tree, he hopes to close the gaps in our knowledge of human migration. Learn more about Spencer Wells: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/field/explorers/spencer-wells/


10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Breakout Sessions Include:

  • Experience the TESLA ROADSTER electric sports car

o   Shaun Phillips, Tesla, will display the new Roadster, an electric sports car, and discuss Electric Vehicles (EV) and his own path into a career in EV. Faculty may be offered test drives.

  • Tour the CHEVY VOLT electric car

o   Greg Martin, General Motors, will display the Chevy Volt electric car and discuss its role in bringing a more sustainable option to the road. Faculty may be offered test drives.

  • Explore a MODEL SOLAR HOME created by a Solar Decathlon team

o   John White, Old Dominion University, explains Solar Decathlon participation and how they built the model.

  • See how the DC PLASTIC BAG TAX has had an immediate effect

o   Lee Cain, Anacostia Watershed Society, will share research on plastics in our waterways, along with the successful story of Washington D.C.’s plastic bag fee and how it’s changed consumer behavior.

  • Get involved in ADVOCATING for the environment through the Chesapeake Climate Action Network

o   Keith Thirion, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, will speak on the big picture of moving Virginia to a sustainable clean energy future and give students concrete skills and information to advocate for clean energy in their state.

  • Preview KEY FILMS that will premiere at this year’s DC Environmental Film Festival

o   Maribel Guevara will show one film during registration produced by students and two films during the breakout sessions on plastics and their role in American life.

  • Hear from students about the Sc3 Conference, a national conference for YOUTH engaging with the environment

o   Danielle Mayall and David Murray, seniors at St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School, will share what they’re implementing at our school.

  • Learn about the importance of BEES to agriculture and even urban areas

o   Todd Harding, St. Stephen’s School graduate and amateur beekeeper, speaks on the role of bees in sustainable agriculture.

  • Learn about issues of BIODIVERSITY and how to protect your community’s biodiversity

o   Wynne Leahy, student at Stone Ridge School, will speak on marine biodiversity.

  • Explore turning TRASH into everyday products

o   Avery McCaffrey, Potomac School student, will speak on Terracycling programs in schools.

  • Investigate the growing opportunities for GREEN JOBS with USAID

o   Andre Mershon, USAID, will speak on the impact of climate change in developing countries and about careers in sustainable development.


12:00 – 12:45 p.m.  Lunch, followed by environmentally friendly door prizes.

This will be a waste-free conference. Everything to be used/served during the day will be recycled or composted. The silverware and paper products are made from corn, wheat, potatoes, corn starch, and recycled paper. Local and organic food will be served for lunch and snacks.