Youth Environmental and Sustainability Summit

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Youth have an important role and responsibility in addressing our pressing environmental issues. To release that potential, a group of educators and concerned individuals of all ages saw the need for an annual youth summit in Pierce County.

The Youth Environmental and Sustainability Summit (YESS) will bring together groups of middle school and high school-aged youth from across Pierce County. As a youth-led initiative, YESS is a space where the diverse youth network of Pierce County can learn, share and lead.

Students will facilitate the workshops and presentations. Each group will formulate a plan of action at the summit to address environmental and sustainability issues in their own school and community.

YESS is sponsored by Pierce County Planning & Public Works and a group of collaborators and coincides with the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.

Event Information
Friday April 24
8:30 a.m.–1:15 p.m.
Tacoma Community College
Building 20—Gymnasium

Apply by March 13
Individual students or teams can apply to lead a workshop or present a poster. This option is included on the registration form.

Financial support is available for substitutes and for transportation to support teachers who bring clubs.

Please contact us for more information.

8:00 a.m.–8:30 a.m.
Tours and Student Poster Presentations
8:30 a.m.–9:15 a.m.
Keynote Presentations
9:15 a.m.–11:15 a.m.
Breakout Sessions
11:15 a.m.–11:45 a.m.
Lunch and Student Poster Presentations
11:45 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Action Project Planning
1:00 p.m.–1:15 p.m.
Keynote closing
1:15 p.m.–1:45 p.m.
Poster Presentations
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