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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Students interested in attending
the Youth Environmental Summit will be able to register online
in the coming weeks. Interested attendees should check www.vtrecyclers.org
for registration materials and be sure to follow the YES! facebook
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.