Environmental Issues and Advocacy Are Focus of Youth Summit Hosted by NYU

This week, New York City high school students gathered at NYU for a three-day sustainability and youth advocacy summit. The goal of the summit, Teen Advocates for Sustainability Corps, was to help high school students — soon to be voters — learn about environmental issues and become empowered citizens who can advocate for their interests and the environment.

Over three days, students participated in site visits, educational workshops, and meetings with policymakers.  Students also toured the NYU CoGeneration Plant to learn about NYU’s energy efficient and resiliency-enhancing microgrid in Greenwich Village, and the Sims Municipal Recycling Plant to learn about New York City’s domestic waste management system on Brooklyn’s waterfront. 

For the final day of the summit, students delivered advocacy speeches to encourage pro-environmental legislative action in New York City to City Council members.

The summit was organized by Sophie Golomb, a graduate student in NYU Steinhardt’s Environmental Conservation Education program, and co-sponsored by NYU’s Office of Sustainability.

Photo:  New York City high school students met with Ydanis Rodriguez, Council member for the 10th District of the New York City Council, in his office,. ©NYU Photo Bureau: Olivo.