SustainUS's mission is to empower young people to advance sustainable development.
Through proactive education, research and advocacy at the policy-making level and at the grassroots, we are building a future in which all people recognize the inherent equality and interdependence of social, economic, and environmental sustainability. We strive to reflect our values through the diversity of members and projects, our ongoing commitment to educating ourselves and others, and the way we live our lives.
Featured Programs & Projects
|Agents of Change||Lead Now Fellowship|
|The Agents of Change program sends youth delegations to UN conferences on climate change, sustainable development, social development, women, and biological diversity. At these conferences, SustainUS delegations work with hundreds of young people from across the globe to advocate for robust sustainable development policies through both policy and campaign activities.||The Lead Now Fellowship trains, supports, and inspires youth to become leaders in advancing sustainable development. We offer a small group of Fellows individualized mentorship, trainings, and resources to develop leadership skills and apply them to their own sustainable development initiatives.|
|Energy Justice Summer|
|Energy Justice Summer is a joint project of SustainUS and Energy Justice Network empowering young people to organize in solidarity with communities directly impacted by shale gas extraction and fracking in Pennsylvania. We are working with local Pennsylvania communities on workshops, testimonials, research, and campaigns. See www.EnergyJusticeSummer.org for more.||The Citizen Science Paper Competition encourages and recognizes original research by young scientists. By providing the opportunity for youth to publish and present their work, this annual competition aims to bridge the gap between science and policy.|
SustainUS at a glance
Everyone is welcome to join SustainUS by signing up for our email list. Voting members and program participants are typically limited to young people age 13 to 29 who are either U.S. citizens, or who are permanent residents or studying in the U.S. All non-voting members are Associate Members. Membership is on an individual basis.
May 2001 at the International Youth Summit in Borgholm, Sweden, to prepare U.S. youth for the World Summit on Sustainable Development (Rio+10)
|Leadership||Led by an elected volunteer youth Steering Committee that makes decisions collectively with a Board of Directors to provide oversight in certain realms.|
|Legal Status||SustainUS is an incorporated 501(c)(3) non-profit organization|
Full Platform (PDF) Summary (PDF)
We encourage you to read over our policy platform to see exactly where SustainUS stands on issues relating to sustainability.
"SustainUS will not alter its positions, programming, staffing, campaigns, or communications to the public or membership to secure or maintain a corporate donation. Changes to these areas coincident with a corporate donation will only be made if the Steering Committee decides that such changes will benefit the organization's mission outside of receiving a corporate donation. Specific corporate donations or fundraising will be approved or rejected on a case-by-case basis, based on standing organizational policy."
Approved: May 2010
Our bylaws govern the operations of our Steering Committee, Board of Directors, membership structure, and voting.
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