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.
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!
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 Agents of Change Policy and Planning Committee coordinates all aspects of the program, from selection and logistics to policy drafting and research. Committee members live in all regions of the country and stay in touch through conference calls and an email listserv. Typical tasks include grant writing, research about science and policy related to upcoming conferences, drafting SustainUS policy recommendations, media outreach, event planning, graphic design, collaborative work with other youth and brainstorming plans for the program.