Sustainability Through Student Voices
Second Annual Conference, May 13, 2017
For the second consecutive year, Calhoun's Upper School Sustainability Club is co-sponsoring Sustainability Through Student Voices, a city-wide student-led conference that will take place on Sat., May 13, 9am–2:30pm, at Town School (540 East 76th Street). Students, parents and faculty are invited to register for the event.
The theme of this year's conference is Advocacy and Activism. Organized by a committee of students from Calhoun and partner schools--including Town School, Cathedral, UNIS, Grace Church and Ethical Culture--the conference is designed to bring together students and adults to work together for real systemic change in our schools and communities.
The day will include concurrent workshops and conversations focused on the themes of the conference, with some of the workshops being led by members of the Calhoun community, including “See the World Through Conservation,” by fifth grader Tomas Michelangeli; “Tower Gardens 101” with David Hyman and Sophie Hodess ’17; and "Food Waste? Cooking with Scrap,” led by Chef Bobo.
Along with a full offering of workshops, half of which will be run by students, the conference will open with keynote speakers from Earth Guardians--a youth-led, intergenerational community of activists, artists and musicians from across the globe.
First Annual Conference, April 9, 2016
Co-sponsored by The Calhoun School's Upper School Sustainability Club and NYSAIS, and hosted at The Calhoun School. Organized by students from several participating schools.
Schools strive to be communities of shared commitment and values, but is that collective power used optimally? Almost 150 students, parents and educators from New York City schools came together for a day of presentations and workshops on Saturday, April 9, to gain better understanding of the critical interconnections between social justice, economics and the environment. Organizers of the conference hope that understanding this principle will enable schools to push the conversation past "being green" and allow greater community involvement, commitment and action.
See photos from the Conference.
Hear the Keynote Speakers
Kehkashan Basu, 15 years old, has been spreading the message of peace and sustainability since she was only 8 years old. In 2013 at the age of 12, she was elected for a two-year term as Global Coordinator for the UNEP's (United Nations Environment Program) Major Group of Children & Youth and as a member of its Major Groups Facilitating Committee--making her the youngest person and the first minor ever to be elected into this position in the history of UNEP. She has also served as the Youth Ambassador of World Future Council, Global Advisory Council member of Young Men 4 Gender Equality, the 2013-14 Global President of the Children's Board for Plant-for-the-Planet and as Global Youth Ambassador for A World At School, to promote the cause of global education.
Anjali is an activist, communicator and campaigner in the international youth climate movement, working on the local and international level around issues of climate change and environmental governance. She began her work with the organization Earth in Brackets and is currently with the Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice, an international coalition of people's movements. The Vancouver-based activitist is also working to tellthe story of the three-way struggles and tensions between indigenous peoples, the government, and the fossil fuel industry. Anjali is co-founder of the online politic platform Tipping Point Collective, and has been a delegate at six major UN conferences; she helped build a strong youth voice in the UN Climate Convention.