Register for the Youth Summit on Climate and Sustainability

11th Annual BLS YouthCAN Annual Youth Summit on Climate and Sustainability at MIT

Registration is live as of April 17. Please register early to guarantee a spot in your preferred workshop. Spread the word by sharing this flyer and our Facebook event!

Location: MIT Building 34-101, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge, MA
Date: Saturday, May 13th, 2017 from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Details: Event is open to the public (youth and adults) & is FREE!  Breakfast & Lunch included
Contact Info for questions or last minute cancellations: Cate Arnold

Summit Schedule:
9:00 – 10:00   Registration/Check In
10:00 - 11:00 Welcome, Hip Hop with Blessed Energy; Mariama White Hammond, Keynote Speaker
11:00 - 12:00 Workshops
12:00 - 1:30 Lunch/Exhibitors/Activities
1:30 – 2:45 Networking, Recognition, & Raffle Prizes!

Organizers:  Boston Latin School YouthCAN & Radius at MIT




1) Download and complete the parental consent form here and upload it with your registration in step 2 or bring it with you on the day of the conference

2) Fill out the webform below to register for one of the following workshops (please do not complete the form more than once):

  1.  This workshop has been filled, please make a different selection. Climate Impacts on Boston Harbor Islands & Less Resourced Coastal Regions – NEAQ ClimaTeens | Learn how climate change is affecting Boston Harbor specifically the Boston Harbor Islands and Boston’s less resourced coastal regions.  The New England Aquarium’s ClimaTeeens will talk through community-based solutions that can help us combat these environmental impacts.
  2. How Youth Activists Can Get Involved in Food Justice, Zoe Fahy, Boston Renaissance Charter Public School | How can we empower each other to advocate for a food system that ensures everyone has the right to food produced in a way that respects people and the planet? From deportations of migrant workers to food deserts in low-income communities, we'll map out food systems issues and create an activist's toolkit specific to our roles as students, citizens, community members, and consumers."
  3. Excited About EcoEntrepreneurship!  Karen Weber, Executive Director, Boston Green Fest | This workshop will enable students to have direct input into planning the upcoming International Youth Summit that will take place on Sunday, August 13th at Boston GreenFest and Faneuil Hall in honor of International Youth Day.  Over 100 student members of the United Nations from across the globe will be attending the summit with about 100 local Latino youth, 100 Native American youth, and many more local and regional youth (anticipated participation of around 400 youth ages 14-32).  We are excited to share the planning directly with youth who are inspired by nature, business, and event planning.
  4. This workshop has been filled, please make a different selection. The Shark: A Species We Could Not Live Without - Isabelle Cadene | Find out why every living thing on this planet relies on a healthy ocean. Learn how climate change and the threat of extinction for sharks can affect this, causing both environmental and humanitarian crises. There will be the showing of a short, animated film with follow-up discussion and Q&A.
  5. Getting to a Smarter Grid – Sara Harari, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale School of Management | Have you ever thought about what happens when you turn on a light switch? It’s a bit complicated, and it’s changing, fast! Join us as we explore the electric grid and learn how smart meters, solar panels, and electric vehicles are dramatically changing what happens when you flip that switch.
  6. 100% Renewable Energy: Why We Need It & How We Get It - Alliance for Climate Education Action Fellows | Participants will explore the impact of unequal resource distribution; learn about benefits of 100% renewable energy for our health, jobs, and climate; and how we can use our voices to call for the change we need in City and State government.
  7. This workshop has been filled, please make a different selection. Climate, Racism + Capitalism - Mike Prokosch, Boston Climate Action Network & Michel LeGendre, Stop Corporate Abuse | In this participatory workshop we'll explore ways that racism, capitalism, and energy-intensive economies have created the climate crisis as well as the denial that is blocking solutions. We'll also discuss what people in Boston are doing about it.
  8. The State Legislature: Protecting Water & Natural Resources – Hannah Traggis, Project Green Schools | On March 21st, 2017, Project Green Schools unified a large group of students at the Massachusetts Water Forum Youth Summit to create a resolution that will be submitted to the Massachusetts State Legislature. In solidarity with the United Nations International Water Day, this resolution seeks to create a Water Awareness Week in perpetuity for the state of Massachusetts. There is much work still to be done in order to successfully submit the bill and see it through to become signed into law. Join us as we invite you to learn about and participate in this historic, student-led, legislative process!
  9. This workshop has been filled, please make a different selection. Futuristic Energy and Climate Change - MIT Student | What if we could power our houses with solar-energy, drive our cars with grass, and light our cities with nuclear fusion? Come hear about some of the cooler innovations in energy, many of them happening right here at MIT. We'll talk about what the future might hold, and how new technologies can change what's available now.
  10. Forestry and Climate Change: Maple Syrup, Storm Surge, and Forest Carbon - Laura Green, Co-President, Yale Society of American Foresters | Come learn about some of the current challenges forest managers face with regards to climate change both as an ecological and a social justice issue.  This workshop will examine the social and equity dimensions the impacts of climate change on our region's forests, as well as efforts to prevent or redirect those impacts. We will look at maple sugaring and forest-dependent economies, as well as urban forests and ecosystem services, as a way to think about rights, justice, and climate governance. Get connected with Yale Forestry students to have your questions answered.