Earlier this month, 15 SustainUSers from across the country gathered at the Black Rock Forest Lodge for a weekend of organizational planning, good food, and fun. Participants ranged in experience from newbies to alumni, and had a wide variety of backgrounds. Sessions on Agents of Change, Citizen Science, geoclusters, soon-to-be-released web tools, internal communication, and alumni engagement kept everyone busy. On Saturday evening, the group celebrated a few recent birthdays and had a mini-rootscamp, a do-it-yourself model of running conference sessions.
The retreat was also the official start to another year for SustainUS. A big thank-you was given to outgoing Steering Committee members, and a new team was welcomed. Everyone left the lodge excited about what the year will bring!
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This December, the SustainUS Agents of Change program will send a delegation of 22 students and young professionals to the U.N. Climate Negotiations in Bali, Indonesia. Chosen from a highly qualified pool of applicants, our delegates represent the diversity, enthusiasm, and skill of the youth climate movement in the United States.
Since June, the delegation has worked to educate themselves and members of their communities about the issues that will be discussed at the negotiations, develop and present policy recommendations to the UNFCCC, and coordinate with international youth.
Read on to learn more about our Bali delegates. If you would like to assist the delegation in its policy preparation or outreach efforts, consider joining the Agents of Change Policy and Planning Committee.
We are proud to release our first newsletter [PDF] summarizing the last several months.
Our president Cat Manzo summarized the newsletter well:
Over the past 6 months, SustainUS has continued to grow and strengthen both its national programs and actions at the local level. We have realized thoough, that often the success of a SustainUS activity is only known to those directly involved. This news letter is a space to highlight the activities of the organization and provide updates to SustainUS members, supporters, and donors. Newsletters will be published on a regular basis and will help increase communication between all areas of the organization. From all of us here at SustainUS; enjoy the newsletter!
The SustainUS retreat is a fantastic way to meet other amazing members, learn more about the organization, and help plan for the upcoming year. The retreat will be held August 4th - 5th at Black Rock Forest Lodge, an eco-friendly conference space outside of New York City. Carpools will leave NYC early Saturday morning and return Sunday evening.
Remember - SustainUS is only as strong as its members! Everyone is welcome!