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.