MAY 2011

Association of Vermont Recyclers hold 13th Youth Environmental Summit

High school students from around the nation will attend the 13th Youth Environmental Summit (YES!), July 29, 30 and 31 on the campus of Keene State College in New Hampshire. YES! is an opportunity to reward, challenge, and encourage student recyclers and activists and will incorporate an intensive two day program filled with state of the art recycling and sustainability workshops specifically designed for tomorrow’s environmental leaders.

YES! is organized by a steering committee of high school students, AVR, and the Youth Environmental Coalition, a grassroots network of high school environmental and recycling clubs, Earth Groups, and involved students. YES! is co-sponsored by the Northeast Resource Recovery Association, The Presidents Council for Sustainable Future at Keene State College, the Environmental Science Department of Antioch New England, and the National Recycling Coalition.

The Association of Vermont Recyclers, an environmental non-profit, began in 1982 as a grassroots effort to support recycling programs in Vermont. AVR programs reach over 30,000 Vermonters annually through partnerships with waste managers, state agencies, schools, businesses, events, and coalitions.

Students interested in participating in the planning process are encouraged to contact AVR executive director Norm Staunton at Students interested in attending the Youth Environmental Summit will be able to register online in the coming weeks. Interested attendees should check for registration materials and be sure to follow the YES! facebook page.

Attendance at the 3 day event is limited to 175 student-activists with a demonstrated interest in planning and leading environmental action campaigns in their schools and communities. Tuition for the event is only $225, which includes two nights lodging at Keen State College in Keene, New Hampshire, all meals from a menu of local and sustainable producers, world renowned trainers and speakers and supervision by AVR staff and volunteers. Tuition is subsidized by AVR, its members, and the co-sponsors.

The theme of this year’s Summit weekend is “Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow” and will incorporate expert presenters, training sessions, outdoor adventures, local foods, hands-on learning and a number of other YES! traditions.