Events

Past Event

Youth Climate Summit

March 6, 2020
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Lerner Hall, 2920 Broadway, New York, NY 10027

The 2020 Columbia University Youth Climate Summit will be held Friday, March 6th, 8:30am-5pm, on Columbia’s campus and is FREE to attend!

Click here to register for the 2020 Summit! The registration form will remain open until capacity for the Summit has been reached. Upon registering, each school will be sent additional information to fill out to prepare for the Summit.

What is a Youth Climate Summit?

At the Columbia Youth Climate Summit, high school students will learn about climate change on a personal level through plenary speakers and workshops that demonstrate actionable ways to engage in the climate movement. The Summit concludes with participants being mentored through the process of writing a climate action plan, a project outline they can implement in their school or community. We encourage high schools to register with a team of 5-8 students (please feel free to reach out to the coordinators if you would like to bring a larger group). In the weeks following the Summit, Columbia students will follow up with each high school to assist with students’ progress.

All participating students are required to be accompanied by an advisor for the duration of the Summit. Please reach out to the coordinators if this would prevent your school from being able to attend.

At the Columbia Youth Climate Summit, students will:

  • Hear the latest climate change research-based information about the science, and learn the economic and ecological consequences of climate change
  • Learn strategies to respond & adapt to climate change in NYC and in the process save their schools and communities money
  • Develop a Climate Action Plan to bring back to their school and community
  • Benefit through increased knowledge and development of leadership skills
  • Network with schools across New York City and beyond to learn about successful climate action
  • Learn how other Youth Climate Summits are networking with schools, organizations and communities across the world and will be representing the United States at the UNESCO World Youth Forum, One Young World Summit in Thailand, and UN COP 21 Climate Talks in Paris

Free lunch will be provided to all students and teachers. We will do our best to accommodate any dietary restrictions

Unfortunately, we are not able to provide assistance with parking or transportation. Click here for a list of commercial parking garages near campus.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Silas Swanson (scs2227@columbia.edu), Maria Chart (mmc2268@columbia.edu), or Justin Paik (jjp2197@columbia.edu) with any further questions. More information is also available from the Columbia Ecoreps page.

Check-in on the day of the Summit will occur in Lerner Hall (2920 Broadway, New York, NY 10027) at 8:30am. The entire Summit will take place in Lerner Hall.