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Announcing a New SustainUS Initiative: Climate Action Lab!


We're launching a new initiative called Climate Action Lab to incubate youth-driven campaigns that push for ambitious domestic action on climate change. We’ll take groups of 8 to 10 committed young activists, put them together in a house (with expenses covered!) for three months, and help them run campaigns pushing for tangible policy change on climate. Climate Action Lab will be inaugurated with one house this spring, followed by a national expansion this summer.

Right now, we’re looking for skilled young organizers to form the inaugural class of Climate Action Lab Fellows this spring in Washington, DC. These Fellows will live together in a group climate activist house from March 3rd - May 25th and run a campaign focused on securing ambitious EPA carbon standards. Fellows will engage in direct action, media work, lobbying, canvassing, grassroots organizing, and a variety of other tactics. In addition, the Spring Fellows will help develop the full Climate Action Lab model for summer expansion. 

If you’re interested in joining Climate Action Lab in March as a Spring Fellow, fill out our Online Application by February 10. For more information check out the Spring Fellow Job Description or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with any questions. 

Read more: Announcing a New SustainUS Initiative: Climate Action Lab!

Apply for a spring fellowship in DC with the Climate Action Lab

SustainUS is recruiting Spring Fellows for a new national initiative, Climate Action Lab. The idea is simple: get a bunch of smart climate activists together and let them take it from there. You’ll live in DC in a house with other activists, campaign for strong EPA carbon standards, and prepare Climate Action Lab for nationwide expansion. SustainUS is dedicated to building a diverse and inclusive team, and welcomes applicants from all backgrounds and experiences.

Read more: Apply for a spring fellowship in DC with the Climate Action Lab

Can you help us empower young leaders?

SustainUS is a small organization that has no full-time staff, but is fueled by an incredible team of passionate young people. Every year we must raise a few thousand dollars to cover our operating expenses. This includes things like our website, postal mailbox, meeting expenses, etc. Our thriftiness goes far, but people like you -- a SustainUS member, alumni, friend of SustainUS, and even someone just passing through -- give every year to keep SustainUS up and running. Do you like what we're doing? Can you chip in to help us continue to help other young people lead? Even a few dollars will go far when multiplied by the commitment of our volunteer leaders.

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COP 19 Updates

Follow the work of the SustainUS COP 19 delegates as we head to Warsaw for the COP19 climate summit November 11-22, 2013. This event will draw thousands to Warsaw to examine how we can better address the global climate crisis. SustainUS has followed these negotiations closely for the past several years. Our current delegation will work with other international climate leaders to work towards bold action on climate change.

Read about COP19 policy, blogs, videos, photos, media coverage, and ways to get involved after the jump! 

Read more: COP 19 Updates

SustainUS Response to the President's Climate Action Plan

Last week, President Obama unveiled his Climate Action Plan, which lays out a series of executive actions to address climate change. SustainUS is happy to see the president draw much-needed attention to the issue, but we feel that the Plan needs to be more ambitious in order to address one of the biggest challenges faced by our generation. The SustainUS Steering Committee developed a response statement that includes our suggestions on ways to strengthen the Climate Action Plan to safeguard our future. We hope the President listens carefully to the concerns of young people and leads on climate change.

You can read our full response here.

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