Agenda & Plenary Sessions

This is the agenda from the 2012 Summit.

7:45 – 9:00 am Registration at The Wild Center

8:00 – 8:45 am Breakfast at The Wild Center

8:45 – 9:00 am Welcome & Opening Remarks – The Flammer Theater
Jen Kretser – Director of Programs, The Wild Center
AYCS Student Steering Committee

All Plenary Sessions will take place in The Flammer Theater

9:00 – 9:40 am Plenary Presentation 1: We Got This: How Students are Turning the Tide on Climate Change
Brian Stilwell – Northeast Senior Educator, Alliance for Climate Education

9:40 –10:10 am Plenary Presentation 2: Confronting Climate Change in the Northeast
Jerry Jenkins – Ecologist, The Wildlife Conservation Society – Adirondack Program

10:10 – 10:20 am Summit Success Stories
Kate Glenn – AmeriCorps Sustainability Coordinator, Paul Smith’s College

10:20 – 10:30 am Break – The Great Hall

10:30– 12:00 pm       Concurrent Workshops Session 1
Participants will choose one of the breakout sessions outlined below

Workshop 1: Using the Power of Nature to Transform Youth - Room: Naturalist Cabinet
Brother Yusuf Burgess – Children and Nature Network Board of Directors
Paul Hai – Program Coordinator, SUNY-ESF’s Northern Forest Institute
Across the world there is recognition children need nature.  Access and a connection to nature improve not just physical and mental health, but also academic performance and overall quality of life.  This workshop will present background information on the effort to reconnect children and nature, work led by the Children and Nature Network; provide powerful examples of programs right here in our backyard that have been effective; and provide an opportunity for participants to engage in brainstorming, planning and discussion on what can be done in our schools to help all students benefit from the power of nature. Audience: All

Workshop 2: Communicating about Climate Change through Video
Room: Main Conference Room (access through the Café Patio)
Tom Dodd – Teacher, Lake Placid, AYCS Steering Committee, Math Specialist – Lake Placid Central School
Olaf Carlson – Teacher, Lake Placid High School
Video is a powerful tool for communicating ideas and messages. Join us for a hands on experiential workshop designed around creating an Adirondack Youth Summit Video.  Small teams will complete a 3 minute video of their school’s’ teams’ experience at the Youth Climate Summit that they can take back to their schools to share with peers, school boards, on their district website, and with community groups and other outlets. These videos will also be archived on the AYCS website and Facebook page. Teams will use a video camera for the first 1 ½ days of the summit to record experiences and then use MacBook and iMovie to edit the short film. No video editing experience necessary. Teams must be available in the morning on Day 1 and during the Open Space Session on Day 2. Must pre– register – first come/first serve. Limited to 10 schools in teams of two.

Workshop 3: Energy EfficiencyRoom: Find Out Forest
Dr. Susan Powers – Assoc. Dir. for Sustainability, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, Clarkson Univ.
The workshop will provide participants with an understanding of energy efficiency concepts and their critical role in reducing our fossil fuel depletion and greenhouse gas emissions. Concrete examples will be provided to increase participants’ awareness of how energy is used and the many possibilities that exist to improve the energy efficiency of institutional and residential buildings. This session will offer tools and information on energy audits. The working group will further be divided into focus groups on heating and electricity for more detailed discussions on efficiency and alternative fuel opportunities in these two sectors. Audience – All

Workshop 4: Healthy Neighborhoods – Room: The Wild Supply Company
Jen Cirillo – Director of Professional Development & Sustainable Schools Project, Shelburne Farms
Healthy Neighborhoods/Healthy Kids (HN/HK) is a project of Shelburne Farm’s’ Sustainable Schools Project (SSP) that links the improved quality of life for humans and the environment with purposeful community planning.  Using the concept of sustainability as a lens for hands-on activities Jen Cirillo will lead an engaging session using project planning tools and resources.  Learn about this innovative project and how youth can be actively engaged in community planning, decision-making, and creating more sustainable communities.  Audience – All

Workshop 5: Us vs. Waste – Room: The Flammer Theater
Brian Stilwell – Senior Educator, Alliance for Climate Education
This fall the Alliance for Climate Education (ACE) will be running a waste-reduction action campaign with a suite of hands-on educational projects to help students understand their school’s’ waste stream, cut trash and fight climate change. ACE will provide tools, training and incentives to help student-led Action Teams reduce their school’s waste by taking on projects to recycle, compost, or reuse items. Schools across the country will be working together to meet a national waste-reduction goal, with recognitions, rewards, and prizes for eligible teams. Audience All

Workshop 6: Climate Change – Past and Present – Room: Planet Adirondack
Kendra Ormerod – School Programs Coord., The Wild Center, Katie Morgan – Naturalist, The Wild Center
Using Science on a Sphere, explore and see the global climate change from a whole new perspective.  Afterwards, join in a tour and see first-hand all the pieces that make the Center the first LEED Certified museum in New York – from the inner workings of the huge solar array on the Bio-building to the pioneering new heating system that uses sustainably harvested wood pellets to heat the 54,000 square foot complex. Learn how you can implement these green practices in your home, school, and lives. Audience – All

12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch in the Great Hall
The Wild Center’s exhibits are open during lunch

1:00 – 1:30 pm Plenary Presentation 3: Sustainable Schools around the World
Jen Cirillo – Director of Professional Development & the Sustainable Schools Project, Shelburne Farms
Learn about a unique model for sustainable schools that is used from Vermont to China.

1:30 – 3:00 pm           Concurrent Workshops Session 2
Participants will choose one of the breakout sessions outlined below

Workshop 1: Cut your School’s Carbon Footprint with RecyclingRoom: The Flammer Theater
Abbie Webb – Senior Environmental Analyst, Casella Waste Management
Bill Meyers – Division Manager, Casella Waste Management
Melissa LaClair – Account Manager, Casella Waste Management
This workshop will provide an overview of the climate benefits of recycling. A short presentation will describe the carbon footprint of waste, and how recycling can help reduce that footprint. The rest of the session will be a series of activities to help students evaluate their campus recycling programs, discover campus recycling best practices, and prepare a list of next steps to help their school progress down the path toward zero waste. Audience – All

Workshop 2: Creating and Fostering a Culture of Sustainability on the College Campus
Room: Naturalist Cabinet
John Pumilio – Director of Sustainability, Colgate University
Louise Gava – Sustainability Coordinator and Sustainability Semester Assistant Director, St. Lawrence Univ. Advancing sustainability in the college and university setting is unique, rewarding and challenging.  During this hands-on, interactive workshop we will explore and share perspectives on: goal setting, organizational structures, funding, capacity building, and advancing sustainability through academics and activities. Participants will evaluate their institution’s unique culture and come away with action steps for advancing sustainability back on their home campus.  We will also share best practices with individuals from other campuses and create a support network for ongoing collaboration. Audience – College students, Faculty

Workshop 3: Energy Wise – Think Global Act LocalRoom: Find Out Forest
Chip Malone – Cornell Cooperative Extension
Mary Petrie Wrege –Statewide Energy & Climate Change Team
The Energy Wise workshop will offer participants an array of activities that they can share with students and community members.  Each activity will explore the relationship between wise and sustainable energy use and protection of the environment.   These activities bring to life the expression “think global, act local”.   Participants will pedal an energy bike that generates enough electricity to run a blender to make a healthy fruit smoothie.  There will be hands-on activities using the portable 4-H Renewable Energy/Solar Lab.  Weather permitting there will be solar s’more making.  The group will take part in an exercise that compares the energy requirements of a batch of chocolate chip cookies made from “local” ingredients vs. a batch made from “name brand” ingredients.  Each participant/school will take home a guide with several hands-on activities related to the workshop.  Audience – All

Workshop 4: Dig In! School Gardens & Farm to SchoolRoom: The Wild Supply Company
Sarah Bentley– Garfinkel – Healthy Schools NY Director, Health Initiative
School gardens, as well as other Farm to School programming, present opportunities to address a variety of health and environmental concerns while providing hands–on methods to enhance academic subjects and reach a variety of learning styles. Join Dig In! as we explore the whys and hows of building effective, sustainable school gardens and other Farm to School programs, from first steps to cultivating connections to setting goals. Audience – All

Workshop 5: Taking Control of Your School’s Footprint with a Greenhouse Gas Inventory
Room: Main Conference Room (access through the Café Patio)
Anna Mika – Campus Program Associate, Clean Air – Cool Planet
Understanding the ways in which your school contributes to climate change is a vital first step in making high-impact, cost-effective plans for tackling your “carbon footprint”. This workshop will briefly describe the benefits of doing a campus greenhouse gas (GHG) audit. It will provide specific guidance for getting started, moving through the process with everyone (students, staff, faculty, parents, community members and administrators) on board, and making the most of the results.  We will highlight some new and exciting tools for identifying and comparing the costs and benefits of possible GHG reduction strategies.  If possible, please bring a computer to the workshop.  Anna will also be available for individual consultation during the Summit.Audience – Administrators, Teachers, Facilities Staff

3:00 – 3:15 pm Break

3:15 – 4:45 pm Concurrent Workshops Session 3
Participants will choose another one of the breakout sessions outlined below.

Workshop 1: Climate Change and Citizen ScienceRoom: Planet Adirondack
Dr. Curt Stager – Author, Scientist, Musician, and Educator – Paul Smith’s College
Using Science on a Sphere, explore how the Northeast has one of the most complicated weather systems in the world and how climate change could potentially affect the greater Adirondack ecosystem. Learn how you – through citizen science – can study changes in your own backyard and contribute to science. Special music surprise! Audience – All

Workshop 2: Bio-Energy and Bio-Products EducationRoom: Find-Out Forest
Dr. Corinne Rutzke and Nirav Patel – Cornell University – Bio-Energy and Bio-Products Program
This session will have something to offer for every STEM discipline. By providing a sampling of a unique 1-week workshop for educators that focuses on bio-energy and bio-products, participants gain familiarity with basic bio-energy and bio-products systems concepts and work with hands-on kits, activities, and background materials.  Educators will also learn about professional development opportunities with the National Bioenergy and Bio-products Education Programs, funded by USDA and offered by 8 institutions in the northeast region. Audience: All

Workshop 3: Eco-Eating: Eating to Save the PlanetRoom: The Wild Supply Company
Gail Brill – Founder, Adirondack Green Circle
With beautiful visuals and inspiring stories, the Nourish film traces our relationship to food from a global perspective to personal action steps. Nourish illustrates how food connects to such issues as biodiversity, climate change, public health, and social justice. It may seem all overwhelming, but there are some simple things that you can do that will make a difference. Following a discussion about the film, Gail will talk about simple ways to have a more eco-friendly lunch and will show you how to make your own bread (in 5 minutes), how to upgrade your lunch bag and more. Audience – All

Workshop 4: Student Leadership for a Greener World – Room: The Flammer Theater
Dominic Frongillo – Deputy Town Supervisor and Councilman, Town of Caroline, NY
Brian Stilwell – Senior Educator, Alliance for Climate Education
This workshop will focus on building capacity for Green Teams and their members, including team structure, running meetings and building successful projects.  We will also identify leadership strengths that are best suited to developing vision, gathering resources and community and producing actions that are long lasting.   We will explore the unique challenges that climate action and sustainability work present to leaders and how to bridge or overcome them.  Audience – All

Workshop 5: Lessons from the Field: The Hard Work of Maintaining a School-Based Sustainable Food System Room: Naturalist Cabinet
Mike Tholen – Farm Manager, Hailey Stills & Emily Virzi – Farm Interns, North Country School (NCS)
As an integral part of their curriculum, students at Lake Placid’s North Country School take part in a working sustainable food system. Each day, guided by farm staff, 4th – 9th graders participate in every aspect of the school’s farm production cycle, including early morning and afternoon barn chores, planting, tending and harvesting the garden, composting, gathering eggs and looking after turkeys, chickens, pigs, goats, horses, and sheep. Food harvested from the farm and garden sustains the NCS community throughout the school year. But, keeping a sustainable production farm going is hard work for middle schoolers, both physically and emotionally. In a large-group presentation followed by smaller-group breakout sessions, NCS farm staff will share some lessons learned about the challenges of managing an environmentally-responsible food system in a school setting. NCS is one of only seven educational institutions nationwide – and the only non-urban organization – to be selected a “Founding Affiliate” of famed chef Alice Waters’ Edible Schoolyard Project (ESY) which seeks to instill in children “a lifelong appreciation of the connections between food, health, and the environment.”  Audience – All

4:45 – 5:30 pm Plenary Session: Tales of Food: Importance of Local Production for Local Consumption
Mark and Kristin Kimball – Essex Farm

5:30 pm Dinner at The Wild Center – Big Wolf Great Hall

DAY TWO  November 15th


8:00 am Breakfast at The Wild Center

8:45 am Introduction and Outline of Day 2 – The Flammer Theater

8:55– 9:30 am Plenary Session 5: How Young People are Launching a Dynamic Clean and Just Energy Revolution
Dominic Frongillo – Councilor and Deputy Town Supervisor, Town of Caroline, United Nations Youth Climate Delegate

9:30 – 9:50 am           Plenary Session 6: Connecting with Finland – Climate Change and Schools
International School of Vantaa, Finland and Heureka – Finland’s Science Museum

9:50 – 10:00 am Climate Action Planning Overview – The Flammer Theater
The breakout sessions on Day Two will bring the members of each school/institution back together to begin outlining a plan to reduce both their personal and educational institution’s carbon emissions, as well as developing an outreach strategy for their peers and younger students at their school. Leaders in each field will be circulating throughout the breakout session workshops to answer any questions that arise. The recommendations and plans from each team will be reported out in Plenary Session 7. Audience – All

10:00 – 10:45 am Poster SessionClimate Action Planning: A View from the Schools – Find Out Forest
Looking for great ideas, projects or programs? Check out what other schools are doing to reduce their carbon footprint and promote sustainability on their campus. Visit with Casella Resource Solutions to learn more about waste management practices for your school or campus.

10:50 – 12:00 pm Concurrent Workshop Session 4: Climate Action Planning
The summit participants from each school or institution will reconvene as a team and begin drafting a Climate Action Plan (CAP) for their school or institution.  If schools currently have a CAP, time will be used to refine implementation strategies and set goals and projects for the 2012– 2013 school year. They will also develop an outreach strategy to get other students, faculty and administrators at their school involved in the process. Audience – All

12:00 pm Lunch in the Great Hall
The Wild Center’s exhibits are open during lunch.

1:00 – 1:30 pm Plenary 7: Using the Power of Nature to Transform Youth
Brother Yusuf Burgess – Children & Nature Network, Board of Directors

1:30 – 2:30 pm Open Space Session
The Open Space Session is opportunity for discussion on special interest topics to the participants. During Open Space, we will also be offering additional programming in Planet Adirondack, a viewing of Matter of Degrees climate change film, and a New Path tour of the Wild Center’s Silver LEED Campus.

2:30 – 3:15 pm Plenary Session 8: Educational Institutions as part of the Adirondack Solution
In our final session, we will hear from each participating school regarding their Climate Action Plan for the 2012-2013 School Year.

3:15 pm FINALE

3:30 pm Departure