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SUNY Cortland Master Teachers Host Youth Climate Summit

SUNY Cortland Master Teachers Host Youth Climate Summit

10/17/2018 

SUNY Cortland’s New York State Master Teacher Program and the Homer High School Environmental Club last weekend hosted more than 120 students from 17 school districts for a one-day conference designed to inspire students to create positive change aimed at slowing climate change.

The Second Annual Central NY Youth Climate Summit was held Saturday, Oct. 20 at Homer High School.

Students and teacher mentors engaged in workshops on topics such as the plight of monarch butterflies, weather and climate change in Central New York, organic farming, green architecture and many more.

Following the workshops, student teams created "climate action plans” that they took back to their school communities.

This summit was sponsored by the New York State Master Teacher Program in partnership with The Wild Center, a 115-acre destination that showcases and explains the Adirondack wilderness. SUNY Cortland serves as the Master Teacher Program’s hub in Central New York.

By involving students in the coordination of this event, the summit helped to promote the idea of education by students for students.