Redesigning Our Future - National Youth Environmental Summit

 

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What will you do as a participant?

Participating in Redesigning our Future: A National Environmental Summit for High School Students will give you many opportunities to learn…create…share…interact… grow…connect and build relationships.

You will learn how to apply techniques used by Rocky Mountain Institute, one of the world’s most successful solutions-based, sustainability-focused organizations, to your school and home life. 

You will also be empowered to use your unique talents and interests to create changes in the way we live and steward this planet. 

You may have talents and interests in …

Writing…science…acting…music…public speaking…organizational ability…computing…creativity…nature … critical thinking…research.

Not only will you get to explore your particular interests in small groups of students who share your passion; you will also learn the specific skills that environmental leaders need to create a sustainable world.

What will the leadership sessions cover?

The leadership sessions will concentrate on whole systems thinking, collaboration, and effective communication – leadership skills that are essential to working in a connected, global community.

Sponsors

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Mr. and Mrs.
Robert Pruehsner

 

John W. and Anna H.
Hanes Foundation

 

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  • Whole systems thinking treats not just the symptoms of a problem but also its root causes. For example, instead of assuming that recycling is the ultimate answer to the problem of increasing waste, we realize that we must find ways we can reduce and reuse products, thereby minimizing the number of products that need to be manufactured in the first place. We need to add a fourth R – Rethink – to the Three R’s of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
  • Whole systems thinking also involves bringing all the players to the table at the beginning of the planning process. The most effective way to do that is through collaboration – inviting diverse groups of people to work together to solve problems.
  • Effective communication is a third skill that is essential. Participants will learn how to focus their communication to make the message clear, easily understood and memorable.  These skills are critical and apply to all types of media that effective leaders use when redesigning a project, an organization or one’s future. 

This toolbox of skills will help students become agents of change in their schools and communities.  Participants will be encouraged to develop their talents in ways that will help them play a significant role in making the world a better place. They will have ample opportunities, through their interaction with other students, summit leaders and guest speakers, to view environmental sustainability from a variety of perspectives as well as within their area of passionate interest.

When is it?

The five-day summit is being held July 20-24, 2011 on the Catawba College Campus, with follow-up activities continuing through May 2012.

What will it cost?

Thanks to the wonderful generosity of our sponsors and donors, the cost for the National Environmental Summit is now $150 (a $50 deposit, which is refundable if the participant attends the summit, and $100 for the program, room and board).

Full and partial scholarships continue to be available for those needing further assistance.

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The cost will cover materials needed for the summit sessions, housing, meals and snacks, and shuttle service from Charlotte Douglas airport, (CLT), Piedmont Triad airport in Greensboro, (PTI), the Amtrak train station in Salisbury, the Greyhound bus station in Spencer, NC.   Except for the shuttle from these four pickup points, transportation is not included. 

Who will lead the groups?

College faculty along with staff from both the Center for the Environment and the Rocky Mountain Institute will comprise the leadership team. All will help you develop your skills in your areas of interest and your leadership ability.  More about the summit leaders. 

What would a typical day look like?

Open space discussions… team building exercises… contemplative moments… lectures and discussions with thought leaders…field experiences in the Catawba College Ecological Preserve… live entertainment … fascinating group projects…conversations with like-minded students from across the nation…and more

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Where is it?

The Center for the Environment is located on the Catawba College campus in Salisbury, NC – just north of metropolitan Charlotte. Participants will be housed in Abernethy Village, a complex of five residence halls which are LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified. These residence halls are gender specific; none of the dorms is co-ed. The majority of programming during the summit will occur on Catawba College’s 189-acre ecological preserve and in the labs and classrooms of the Center for the Environment’s green facility. More about the facilities.

Promoting Organizations

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Redesigning Our Future - National Youth Environmental Summit

What is it?

Redesigning Our Future – National Youth Environmental Summit will bring young leaders from across the nation together to explore sustainable solutions to environmental challenges.

Students will develop leadership skills and gain an understanding about the environment as a complex of multiple interdependent systems which create a whole.   They will learn to apply these new skills to their specific areas of interest.  Participants will return to their communities, empowered with the knowledge and skills necessary to have a tangible impact as environmental leaders.

What’s different about this particular summit?  Students who have an interest in areas outside the environmental field will be encouraged to pursue their passion in ways that will benefit the environment. By “greening” their passion, they will learn how they can contribute to a sustainable future.

When is it?

tl_files/cfte/images/Youth Summit/Poston3.jpgThe five–day summit is being held July 20-24, 2011 on the Catawba College Campus, with follow-up activities continuing through May 2012. Scientists, faculty, and staff from the Center for the Environment and its key partner, the Rocky Mountain Institute  – as well as visiting presenters and group facilitators - will comprise the summit leadership team.

Students in the dorms.
Photo by John McKeith

What will participants do?

Learn…create…share…interact…grow…connect and build relationships.

In this summit, participants will be empowered to use their unique talents and interests to become more effective environmental leaders. The disciplines available for participation at the summit include:

Theatre...Arts...Music...Art/Design...Education...Chemistry...Biology... Business/Management/Marketing...Creative Writing...Mathematics... Research... Religion...Philosophy... History...Information Technology...Public Speaking.

Just as a carpenter uses tools to construct buildings, environmental leaders need a toolbox of skills to be effective. Separate workshops will focus on creating that toolbox of leadership skills which can be used now and in the future.  The leadership workshops will concentrate on whole systems thinking, collaboration and effective communication – leadership skills that are essential to working in a connected, global community.

Students in the the gator.

What is whole systems thinking?  This type of approach treats not just the symptoms of a problem but also its root causes. For example, instead of assuming that recycling is the ultimate answer to the problem of increasing waste, we realize that we must find ways we can reduce and reuse products, thereby minimizing the number of products that need to be manufactured in the first place. We need to add a fourth R – Rethink – to the Three R’s of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

Whole systems thinking also involves bringing all the players to the table at the beginning of the planning process. The most effective way to do that is through collaboration – inviting diverse groups of people to work together to solve problems.

Effective communication is a third skill that is essential. Participants will learn how to focus their communication to make the message clear, easily understood and memorable.  These skills are critical and apply to all types of media that effective leaders use when redesigning a project, an organization or one’s future. 

This toolbox of skills will help students become agents of change in their schools and communities.  Participants will be encouraged to develop their talents in ways that will help them play a significant role in making the world a better place. They will have ample opportunities, through their interaction with other students, summit leaders and guest speakers, to view environmental sustainability from a variety of perspectives as well as within their area of passionate interest.

The Redesigning Our Future summit will be interactive: It will encourage sharing ideas and learning from other students.   Days and evenings will be filled with workshops, guest speakers and projects.   A typical day would include:

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Workshop in Interest Area

Leadership skills workshop

Lunch

Project work in Interest Area

Guest speaker

Dinner

Guest speaker

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Photo by Tracy Ratcliff

What will it cost?

The cost of the summit is $875, a great value compared to other national programs.  Plus, the Redesigning Our Future environmental summit allows you to focus on your area of interest and the toolbox of skills and the environment, not solely on the environment.  The cost will cover materials needed for the summit sessions, housing, meals and snacks, and shuttle service from Charlotte Douglas airport, (CLT), Piedmont Triad airport in Greensboro, (PTI), the Amtrak train station in Salisbury, the Greyhound bus station in Spencer, NC.   Except for the shuttle from these four pickup points, transportation is not included.   A limited number of full and partial scholarships will be available, so apply early.

Meet the Summit Leadership

The team of leaders assembled for this summit are comprised of professionals from RMI, faculty from Catawba College and guest speakers.  All will help participants develop their skills in their area of interest and toward whole systems thinking.  Check back for bios on summit leadership as they get posted.

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Where is it?

The Center for the Environment is located on the Catawba College campus in Salisbury, NC – just north of metropolitan Charlotte. Participants will be housed in Abernethy Village, a complex of five residence halls which are LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified. These residence halls are gender specific; none of the dorms is co-ed. The majority of programming during the summit will occur on Catawba College’s 189-acre ecological preserve and in the labs and classrooms of the Center for the Environment’s green facility. More about the facilities.

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