Youth Summit

The 2014 Adirondack Youth Climate Summit will be on November 12th and 13th at The Wild Center in the Adirondacks. Please use this and our Facebook page as a way of keeping in touch.

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See The Resilient Ones - A New Film

When? August 6th

What time? 2 pm

The Wild Center is featured in a new film from Mountain Lake PBS and Bright Blue EcoMedia.  The partners have teamed up for a moving film that looks at the predicted effects of climate change in the Adirondacks, and at the next generation of visionaries working to adjust to a changing planet.

In the film, three high school students take viewers on a journey through the region to meet local leaders and innovators as they search for both short-term adaptive strategies to extreme weather and long-term solutions to reducing carbon emissions. The students, Cody Bary, Erin Weaver, and Gina Fioreli gather experience and information as they prepare for and host The Wild Center's 2013 Adirondack Youth Climate Summit. 

Each year the Adirondack Youth Climate Summit reaches more than 25,000 students represented by the 150 participants from 27 high schools, colleges and universities across the North Country. It has also reached across the Atlantic, as a model for a Finnish Youth Climate Summit. For the past five years the Summit has given students the tools to make changes in their own schools. The Summit has led to financial savings and shifts in mindsets across the Park.  Students who participated over the past few years returned to their schools implementing changes including creating school gardens to provide food for their cafeterias, expanding recycling and composting programs, and conducting carbon audits to provide baseline data for energy programs.  

The 2014 Summit will take place on November 12th and 13th. 

Learn More Here

You Can Make A Difference in Climate

Please watch The Resilient Ones teaser, and watch the impact stories on this page, and decide if you want to play your own part in this inspiring story of science and the next generation of leaders.

Support the Youth Climate Summit

Finland Live 2013

The Finnish Summit was modeled on The Wild Center version, and so were the T-Shirts worn in Helsinki. The message was the same, the language was different.

In 2013 the Summit in Finland and in the Adirondacks happened on the same days, and students had the chance to connect live.

Thanks to our sponsors

The Wild Center would like to thank the sponsors for the 2013 Adirondack Youth Climate Summit

Master Family Fund - Adirondack Foundation
Birdsong Family Foundation
Casella Waste Systems, Inc.
John Ben Snow Foundation, Inc.
Johnson Family Foundation
Lake Placid Education Foundation
New York State United Teachers
Anonymous
Crowne Plaza Resort & Golf Club
Margaret and Robert Huskins
Essex County Adirondack Garden Club
Ben and Jerry's
Lake Placid Education Assocation
Saranac Lake Teachers' Association

Welcome to the 2013 Adirondack Youth Climate Summit

Wild Center staff and student Steering Committee members welcome high schools, colleges and universities to the 2013 Adirondack Youth Climate Summit. 

Using the Power of Nature to Transform Youth

Brother Yusuf Burgess of Youth Ed-Venture and the Children & Nature Network Board of Directors talks at the 2013 Adirondack Youth Climate Summit. 

The Science of Climate Change

Dr. Susan Powers, the Associate Director for Sustainability at the Institute for a Sustainable Environment at Clarkson University, talks at the 2013 Adirondack Youth Climate Summit. 

How to Change the World: 10 Strategies for Fighting the Good Fight, Building a Winning Team and Staying True to Yourself

Kristin Ferguson, with Strategic Projects at the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, talks at the 2013 Adirondack Youth Climate Summit. 

Connecting with Finland - Two Summits, One World

The Wild Center and Heureka, the Finnish Science Center, connect during the concurrent Youth Climate Summits.

Educational Institutions as Part of the Adirondack Solution

Schools that attended the 2013 Adirondack Youth Climate Summit talk about their Climate Action Plans for 2013-14.

Message to Finland

This is a video message sent from Adirondack Summiteers to the 2013 Summit held at Heureka Science Center outside Helsinki, Finland. The Finnish Summit was modeled on the Adirondack Summit model through an exchange between The Wild Center and Heureka.

Youth Summit on the Road

A scene from the Lake Placid High School when the Lake Placid Green team brought a taste of the Summit to their school.

Saranac Lake High School's Youth Summit Experience

Schools made brief videos recording their experiences at the 2013 Summit.  Watch and be inspired. 

SUNY Plattsburgh's Youth Summit Experience

Schools made brief videos recording their experiences at the 2013 Summit.  Watch and be inspired. 

North Country School's Youth Summit Experience

Schools made brief videos recording their experiences at the 2013 Summit.  Watch and be inspired. 

Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School's Youth Summit Experience

Schools made brief videos recording their experiences at the 2013 Summit.  Watch and be inspired. 

SUNY Canton's Youth Summit Experience

Schools made brief videos recording their experiences at the 2013 Summit.  Watch and be inspired. 

Tupper Lake High School's Youth Summit Experience

Schools made brief videos recording their experiences at the 2013 Summit.  Watch and be inspired. 

Little River Community School's Youth Summit Experience

Schools made brief videos recording their experiences at the 2013 Summit.  Watch and be inspired. 

Gouverneur Central School's Youth Summit Experience

Schools made brief videos recording their experiences at the 2013 Summit.  Watch and be inspired. 

Northwood School's Youth Summit Experience

Schools made brief videos recording their experiences at the 2013 Summit.  Watch and be inspired.

See PBS Clip in Adirondack Youth Action

Mountain Lake PBS recently aired a story about local students cutting costs for their schools by going green.  Their inspiration?  The Adirondack Youth Climate Summit!

Dominic Frongillo Talks to the 2011 Summit

Dominic Frongillo, Councilor and Deputy Town Supervisor of the Town of Caroline, NY, speaks about How Young People are Launching a Dynamic Clean and Just Energy Revolution

Behind the Summits

The Wild Center hosted a major national climate conference, Land of Opportunity: The American Response to Climate Change, in 2008. The conference brought leaders from around the nation into a closed-door gathering to find a way that we could map a path to lower carbon emissions for the United States. The Conference attendees included John Holdren, Frances Beinecke, Michael Levi and more than 150 others.  What this conference, and another Adirondack conference that followed, did not have, was student participants.

A few students were invited to watch the proceedings, and for one, Zach Berger, watching wasn't enough. He approached The Wild Center to see whether he could help organize a Youth Summit for students in the region, where students could come, learn, and develop their own action plans for their schools. The Adirondack Youth Climate Summit was hatched from that idea. The annual Summit, with particpants from area high schools, colleges and universities, now impacts schools with more than 25,000 students each year.

School Expectations

Expectations for school teams attending the Adirondack Youth Climate Summit

Before the Summit:

  1. Meet as a team to:
    • Read conference materials listed on the website
    • Review agenda
    • Review the Pre-Summit Materials on the website – strongly recommended
    • Develop 3-5 Team goals for the Adirondack Youth Summit
    • Start planning on how to share your experience with your classmates, parents, teachers, and school board (Bring a camera and computer to document your team’s experience at the Summit)
  2. If you have not done a Carbon Audit, begin working on your school Carbon Audit
  3. Download, distribute and bring signed Photo Consent forms
  4. What to bring on both days of the Summit:
    One computer per team
    Paper
    Climate Summit Worksheet
    Writing utensils
    Optional: In an effort to reduce waste, please bring water bottles/coffee mugs for individual team members
    Camera

At The Summit:

  1. Full attendance on both days of the Summit
  2. Determine who will attend which concurrent workshop (we encourage teams members to split up and attend different workshops)
  3. Work together on Day 2 to develop a Climate Action Plan and timeline for your school

Post-Summit:

  1. Meet as a Team to debrief and begin timeline implementation for your Carbon reduction plan – who else should be involved?
  2. Determine how best to share what you learned at the Summit
  3. If you haven’t already, calculate your school’s carbon footprint.
  4. Check in with the Adirondack Youth Climate Summit to report on your school’s progress.

Where to Stayk

Youth summit participants are responsible for their own accommodation needs, and several hotels in the surrounding area have offered special rates for Youth Summit participants. Please contact hotels to make arrangements, and be sure to mention the Adirondack Youth Climate Summit at The Wild Center when making your reservations.