SustainUS: U.S. Youth for Sustainable Development Sat, 23 Aug 2014 05:21:28 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb You're Invited: SustainUS Happy Hour
Are you a SustainUS alum living in New York City? Then come to a SustainUS Alumni Happy Hour Fundraiser on Thursday, June 26 in New York City. Join fellow SustainUS alumni and members of the SustainUS Board of Directors Alumni Engagement Committee for an evening of drinks and networking!
Where: Jimmy's 43's Private Back Room. 43 East 7th St. between 2nd and 3rd Ave. NYC
When: June 26, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Suggested Donation: $10. 
Special Guests: Sarah Konner (a 2013 LeadNow Fellow) and Marcie Smith (2010-2011 SustainUS Steering Committee Co-Chair) will discuss their involvement with SustainUS and how it has impacted their work.
For more details and to RSVP, please click here. If you can't join us, please consider making a donation. All proceeds will benefit the SustainUS LeadNow Fellowship Program. 
Hope to see you on June 26th!
]]> (Hannah Bristol) Featured News Mon, 09 Jun 2014 17:14:13 +0000
SustainUS Statement on the EPA's Proposed Clean Power Plan

Yesterday the Obama Administration took its largest step yet to curb dangerous carbon pollution and act on climate change. We acknowledge the President's action as a critical first step, but the Clean Power Plan is far from sufficient. The basic reality is simple: To avoid catastrophic climate impacts, we must limit global warming to less than 1.5 degrees Celsius and keep over 80% of fossil fuel reserves in the ground. 

The Clean Power Plan needs more ambition, particularly in its 2030 goals. SustainUS Co-Chair Matt Maiorana said: "The Administration's Climate Action Plan claims the U.S. will 'lead international efforts to combat global climate change and prepare for its impacts,' but these weak 2030 targets fall far short of what the science says is necessary. We need real aggressive action to catalyze meaningful contributions and an acceptable outcome at COP 21."

The U.S. must show leadership by working with China, India, the European Union, and other countries to forge a bold and ambitious global agreement in 2015. This agreement should stabilize the climate and ensure a just transition for all countries, especially those most vulnerable to climate disasters.

Real action demands an energy sector with 100% decarbonized power by 2030, not policy that incentivizes shifting from coal to natural gas. SustainUS Co-Chair Leslye Penticoff stated: "We oppose the President's misleading 'all-of-the-above' energy strategy, which in reality prioritizes fossil fuel extraction and export over meaningful investment in alternative energy. For President Obama to secure a strong climate legacy, much more action is needed to reduce fossil fuel subsidies and expand renewable energy capacity. We will continue building a powerful movement for climate justice until our future on this planet is secure."

]]> (Collin Rees) Featured News Tue, 03 Jun 2014 18:18:22 +0000
Intervention at the United Nations on Sustainable Energy

It's been an exciting couple of weeks for SustainUS! In addition to the ongoing work of our delegation on the ground at the 52nd Meeting of the United Nations Commission on Social Development, we were able to give an intervention during a Thematic Debate convened by the President of the 68th UN General Assembly, focusing on Water, Sanitation, and Sustainable Energy in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

SustainUS Development Co-Director Collin Rees gave the following statement during the session on Sustainable Energy, calling for an end to fossil fuel subsidies, a just transition toward a clean energy future, and real action to address the climate change and human rights implications of such a transition. 

Follow @SustainUSAgents on Twitter and check out the SustainUS Facebook Page to stay up to date!

]]> (Collin Rees) Featured Aoc General Agents of Change Tue, 18 Feb 2014 00:50:00 +0000
Morning Intervention at CSocD-52

This morning, SustainUS Agents of Change delegates Amy Frieder and Kelly McGlinchey worked together to give an excellent intervention on youth involvement in the UN process, economic justice, and the importance of environmental sustainability. They spoke at the 52nd UN Commission on Social Development, where they are part of the SustainUS delegation.

Follow @SustainUS on Twitter and check out the SustainUS Facebook Page to stay up to date! 

]]> (Kelly McGlinchey) Featured AoC CSocD Agents of Change Tue, 18 Feb 2014 20:56:41 +0000
Response to Michael Bloomberg's Appointment as UN Special Envoy

SustainUS is pleased to recognize the recent appointment of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as the UN Special Envoy for Climate and Cities. We appreciate and support the United Nations’ continuing recognition of the importance of urban spaces in the fight against climate change. With over 50% of the world’s population living in cities and that number rising every day, urban policy offers an important and effective way to address issues of sustainability, development, resilience, and social justice. 

]]> (Collin Rees) Featured News Wed, 12 Feb 2014 00:58:00 +0000
Meet the SustainUS CSocD52 Delegation!

CSocD50An outstanding group of young people set out for UN headquarters in New York for this year's Commission  on Social Development (CSocD-52) from February 11-21. The theme of CSocD-52 is "Promoting empowerment of people in achieving poverty eradication, social integration and full employment and decent work for all." This Agents of Change delegation will be engaging in the policy discussion by developing and giving policy statements, working with other NGOs and youth, and finding ways to advance the SustainUS sustainable development policy position around CSocD. 

Meet the delegates and learn more about their interests.


]]> (Hannah Bristol) Featured AoC CSocD Agents of Change Thu, 06 Feb 2014 16:08:43 +0000
Announcing a New SustainUS Initiative: Climate Action Lab!

We're launching a new initiative called Climate Action Lab to incubate youth-driven campaigns that push for ambitious domestic action on climate change. We’ll take groups of 8 to 10 committed young activists, put them together in a house (with expenses covered!) for three months, and help them run campaigns pushing for tangible policy change on climate. Climate Action Lab will be inaugurated with one house this spring, followed by a national expansion this summer.

Right now, we’re looking for skilled young organizers to form the inaugural class of Climate Action Lab Fellows this spring in Washington, DC. These Fellows will live together in a group climate activist house from March 3rd - May 25th and run a campaign focused on securing ambitious EPA carbon standards. Fellows will engage in direct action, media work, lobbying, canvassing, grassroots organizing, and a variety of other tactics. In addition, the Spring Fellows will help develop the full Climate Action Lab model for summer expansion. 

If you’re interested in joining Climate Action Lab in March as a Spring Fellow, fill out our Online Application by February 10. For more information check out the Spring Fellow Job Description or email us at with any questions. 

]]> (adam hasz) Featured News Fri, 17 Jan 2014 05:19:39 +0000
Apply for a spring fellowship in DC with the Climate Action Lab

SustainUS is recruiting Spring Fellows for a new national initiative, Climate Action Lab. The idea is simple: get a bunch of smart climate activists together and let them take it from there. You’ll live in DC in a house with other activists, campaign for strong EPA carbon standards, and prepare Climate Action Lab for nationwide expansion. SustainUS is dedicated to building a diverse and inclusive team, and welcomes applicants from all backgrounds and experiences.

]]> (Climate Action Lab) Featured News Tue, 28 Jan 2014 22:34:44 +0000
COP 19 Updates

Follow the work of the SustainUS COP 19 delegates as we head to Warsaw for the COP19 climate summit November 11-22, 2013. This event will draw thousands to Warsaw to examine how we can better address the global climate crisis. SustainUS has followed these negotiations closely for the past several years. Our current delegation will work with other international climate leaders to work towards bold action on climate change.

Read about COP19 policy, blogs, videos, photos, media coverage, and ways to get involved after the jump! 

]]> (Alyssa Tsuchiya) Featured News Mon, 11 Nov 2013 20:39:20 +0000