SustainUS: U.S. Youth for Sustainable Development Fri, 19 Sep 2014 03:49:38 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb SustainUS is hiring a Climate Campaign Organizer!

SustainUS is seeking a smart, ambitious and creative Climate Campaign Organizer to lead our new domestic effort to pressure President Obama to lead ambitiously on climate. This is a full-time position through March 31, 2015.

The deadline to apply this position is Tuesday, September 28. For the full job description and application instructions, please go to We look forward to reviewing your applications!

SustainUS delegates at the UNFCCC COP 19 conference in Warsaw, Poland.

]]> (adam hasz) Featured News Mon, 15 Sep 2014 05:57:27 +0000
SustainUS COP20 Delegation Releases Vision and Mission Statements

Our Vision

We strive to demand climate justice for our generation and for those to come. We dream of a future where environmental, social, and economic sustainability go hand in hand, made true by emboldened citizens and leaders who grasp the urgency of the climate crisis, and who rise to meet the occasion. We believe in the creativity, fortitude, and power of people – especially youths – to recast the status quo and rewrite our future."

Our Mission

Through proactive research, outreach, and advocacy – balancing activism and policy engagement – we strive as a COP 20 youth delegation to:

MOTIVATE: Galvanize a sense of generational mission in youths by empowering young people worldwide to become actively engaged in addressing the climate crisis, so that we may serve as a catalyst for positive change.

]]> (Admin) Featured AoC Blog Agents of Change Wed, 10 Sep 2014 19:01:00 +0000
Meet the SustainUS COP 20 Delegation!

The SustainUS Agents of Change program has selected the SustainUS delegation for the UN climate change negotiations this November. Known officially as the 20th session of the Conference of Parties to the Climate Change Convention and the 10th Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP20 and CMP10), the negotiations will be held in Lima, Peru from December 1 to 12, 2014. Delegates will work together and with international youth in advance of the conference to educate themselves and their communities, develop policy priorities, develop skills in effective lobbying, and engage the broader youth population in action related to international climate policy.

Contact the delegation leader, Emily Nosse-Leirer, if you have any questions about this year's or future UNFCCC delegations.

Meet the delegates after the jump!

]]> (Hannah Bristol) Featured News Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:19:00 +0000
SustainUS Stands with Ferguson

This is a different type of post than anything we've posted before. But we think it's a critical one in our work to build a better world. 

Two weeks ago, unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Since then, a movement has grown calling for #JusticeForMikeBrown and an end to police violence inflicted upon communities of color. 

We ask SustainUS members to stand in solidarity with the #Ferguson movement and call for racial justice in the United States. We believe truly sustainable development is impossible if communities of color in the United States continue to face police violence and systemic oppression. 

Sustainable development is about more than stabilizing the climate or preserving biological diversity. At its core, sustainable development is a vision of a just world where all people, present and future, can meet their needs. The shooting of Michael Brown shows how far we are from achieving this vision. 

]]> (Collin Rees) Featured News Tue, 26 Aug 2014 00:16:04 +0000
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."

]]> (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