Thanks to all of the SustainUS members who voted on the latest amendment to our bylaws! The amendment passed, increasing the leadership opportunities available to youth. To recap what this means, any youth 29 and under is now eligible to run for the Steering Committee and any youth 18 and older is now eligible to run for the Board of Directors. We are excited to be able to extend a wider range of engagement to all of our members. Please note that this change will not affect program participation age requirements for Agents of Change delegations, Citizen Science applicants, or Lead Now Fellows.
SustainUS's Policy Coordinator Oli Maisonet-Guzmán joined former President Bill Clinton, Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, Nobel winner Muhammad Yunus, and many other eminent speakers at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU) conference April 5-7.
Oli spoke on a panel about women and water. She discussed the work SustainUS does to elevate youth participation at the UN and her advocacy and policy research on water issues around the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development last June, where she led policy coordination for the SustainUS delegation. She was joined on the panel by Gemma Bulos, Director of Global Women's Water Initiative, and Cate Owren, Executive Director, Women's Environment and Development Organization (WEDO). The panel was moderated by Zafar Adeel, Director of the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH).
The meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative University brings together over a 1,000 students who are working to make concrete commitments for social and environmental change. SustainUS has been at past CGIU meetings and is excited to participate once again.
An outstanding group of young people set out for UN headquarters in New York for this year's Commission on Social Development (Csocd-51) from February 6-15. The theme of CSocD-51 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.
Joining upwards of 50,000 people in Washington DC, more than twenty-five SustainUS members past and present took to the streets on February 17th to march for bold action on climate change and to stop the Keystone XL pipeline. Agents of Change delegates that attended the COP18 climate negotiations in Doha, Qatar, only three months earlier, brought out their Climate Legacy banner from the first climate change march in Qatar to continue their calls for action from Washington. SustainUS was one of over 160 organizations that partnered with 350.org, the Sierra Club, and the Hip Hop Caucus on the rally.
SustainUS is excited to announce the selection of our inaugural class of the Lead Now Fellowship. These young people are strengthening their leadership skills as they develop creative projects to advance sustainability in their communities. They will be supported by SustainUS through trainings, mentorship, and funding to extend their leadership and project development to new depths.
Whether it's working to develop community funded renewable energy projects in the Detroit area or empowering women to use reusable feminine products across the country, these fellows are an incredible group that demonstrate that young people are not only the leaders of tomorrow but can be the leaders of today.
Learn more about the 2013 Lead Now Fellows and stay posted as we share more about their work!