About Us

 


Mission Statement

To empower young people to advance sustainable development.

Through proactive education, research and advocacy at the policy-making level and at the grassroots, we are building a future in which all people recognize the inherent equality and interdependence of social, economic, and environmental sustainability. We strive to reflect our values through the diversity of members and projects, our ongoing commitment to educating ourselves and others, and the way we live our lives.

 

Featured Programs

Agents of Change Citizen Science Paper Competition Lead Now Fellowship
The AoC program sends youth delegations to UN conferences on climate change, sustainable development, social development, women, and biological diversity. At these conferences, SustainUS delegations work with hundreds of young people from across the globe to advocate for robust sustainable development policies. The Citizen Science Paper Competition encourages and recognizes original research by young scientists. By providing the opportunity for youth to publish and present their work, this annual competition aims to bridge the gap between science and policy. The Lead Now Fellowship trains, supports, and inspires youth to become leaders in advancing sustainable development. We offer a small group of fellows individualized mentorship, trainings, and resources to develop their leadership skills and apply them to a sustainable development initiative that they are leading.

SustainUS at a glance

Membership

Everyone is welcome to join SustainUS by being a part of our email list. Voting members and program participants are typically limited to young people age 13 to 29 who are either U.S. citizens, or who are permanent residents or studying in the U.S. All non-voting members are Associate Members. Membership is on an individual basis.

Website

www.SustainUS.org

Founded

May 2001 at the International Youth Summit in Borgholm, Sweden, to prepare U.S. youth for the World Summit on Sustainable Development (Rio+10)

Leadership Led by an elected volunteer youth Steering Committee that makes decisions collectively with a Board of Directors to provide oversight in certain realms.
Legal Status SustainUS is an incorporated 501(c)(3) non-profit organization

 


Policies

Sustainable Development Policy Platform

Full Platform (PDF)     Summary (PDF)

We encourage you to read over our policy platform to see exactly where SustainUS stands on issues relating to sustainability.

The provisions of the policy document are debated and revised periodically among the membership. We enthusiastically encourage every member of the group to become a part of the discussion. For more information, email our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Corporate Donations:
"SustainUS will not alter its positions, programming, staffing, campaigns, or communications to the public or membership to secure or maintain a corporate donation. Changes to these areas coincident with a corporate donation will only be made if the Steering Committee decides that such changes will benefit the organization's mission outside of receiving a corporate donation. Specific corporate donations or fundraising will be approved or rejected on a case-by-case basis, based on standing organizational policy."
Approved: May 2010

Bylaws (PDF)
Our bylaws govern the operations of our Steering Committee, Board of Directors, membership structure, and voting.

 


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Getting Involved

There are lots of exciting opportunities to be involved with the work of SustainUS! First, join our membership list. If you would like to find out more, please visit our Get Involved! page.