BFA High School Students Attend Youth Environmental Summit

Target 2 – Leadership in a Student Centered Learning Environment. FWSU will foster development of teacher & student leaders who provide innovative opportunities for local and global student-centered learning.

Action Step – Ensure students and staff take an active role shaping their learning using rich, authentic questions, problems they identify, and diverse resources.

Indicator of Success – Student voice will have the power to impact the perceptions of others.

Students of Mr. Lane’s Climate Change class attended the annual Youth Environmental Summit (YES!) at the Barre Convention Center.

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The conference sponsored by the University of Vermont Extension was an opportunity for students to learn about environmental issues and get involved in their community.  Students engaged in hands-on workshops such as;

  • Climate Action! The Next Generation of Town Energy Committees
  • Alien Invaders – Forest Pests that are Threatening Vermont
  • Waste to Want – The Life Cycle of Your North Face Jacket
  • Whole School Energy Challenge
  • Student Action Projects: The Collaboration Method

High School Junior Kailey Ware initiated the idea of attending the conference. She had attended it previously and spoke highly of YES! as, “it being an opportunity to meet other students from around the state with similar interests in the environment.”

Students came away with ideas for BFA regarding composting, saving energy, and monitoring and reducing waste.

Lauren Traister (4-H Teen & Leadership Program Coordinator from UVM Extension) addresses the 240+ students from all over Vermont at the Youth Environmental Summit at the Barre Civic Center.

Lauren Traister (4-H Teen & Leadership Program Coordinator from UVM Extension) addresses the 240+ students from all over Vermont at the Youth Environmental Summit at the Barre Civic Center.

“This was the first conference I’ve attended that was run almost entirely by high school students. I attended presentations by students from Woodstock Union High School and students from Craftsbury School regarding composting and waste stream management that were excellent.”  BFA Student

Next time we hope to see presentations by students from FWSU!

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