Vermont Youth Climate and Sustainability Leaders

Across Vermont, young people are rising up to demand education and action on issues of climate and environmental justice. Equity and sustainability are at the heart of this movement, fueled by the passion and determination of our youth. This page details a collection of resources, events and organizations collaborating to support, develop and amplify the power of Vermont’s youth to realize a more just, joyful and sustainable future.

Events, with information on their supporting organizations, are listed in chronological order for the school year.

September 20-28

Global Climate Strike

Groups around Vermont are joining the international day of action, walking out from schools and businesses to demand climate education and action. This movement was sparked by Greta Thunberg and her year of Fridays for Climate school strikes.

September 28

Teen Science Cafe

Hosted by UVM 4H and designed to bring together youth to learn and discuss current trends and impacts of science and research.

October 8

Cultivating Pathways to Sustainability: High school

Youth-adult teams along with professional allies from around Vermont gather at Shelburne Farms to investigate the UN Sustainable Development Goals and, with that framework, collaboratively design projects to address local issues that build equity, sustainability and joy across Vermont. A follow-up convening and celebration will be held May 21, 2020.

October 10

Cultivating Pathways to Sustainability: MIddle school

Youth-adult teams along with professional allies from around Vermont gather at Shelburne Farms to investigate the UN Sustainable Development Goals and, with that framework, collaboratively design projects to address local issues that build equity, sustainability and joy across Vermont. A follow-up convening and celebration will be held May 21, 2020.

November 1

Youth Environmental Summit

YES is an annual conference for middle and high school students. YES is an opportunity to learn about environmental issues and get involved in local communities. The mission of YES is to inspire, encourage, and prepare youth for a life of environmental responsibility, service and leadership by increasing awareness and knowledge of environmental issues and fostering leadership skills.

Vermont Teen Leadership Weekend

November 15-17

Youth Climate Leaders Academy

YCLA is designed to support youth in planning and implementing projects that make a difference on climate change. Youth-adult teams from around Vermont gather to learn, plan and begin implementation of year-long climate action plans tied to their individual learning goals.

December 5-6