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March 22, 2016

Climate Summit Promotes Resilient Schools

An Educational Summit Hosted by Vermont SWEEP

As people everywhere strive to understand the challenges we face with climate change, educators in Vermont are coming together to explore ways to promote "climate resilience" in our schools.

On Saturday, April 9, Vermont SWEEP (Statewide Environmental Education Programs) will host Cultivating Climate Resilience: An educational summit for empowerment and action from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Montpelier High School in central Vermont. Registration is $75 for non-SWEEP members, $55 for members, and $40 for co-presenters and students.

Designed for the K-12 grades and all disciplines, this event will convene teachers, environmental educators, representatives of state and local agencies, and others interested in climate change education to share best practices and launch new initiatives. Interested students are also urged to attend.

The summit's goal is to foster actions that improve society's resilience as we experience rapid changes in climate. Workshops will feature institutional practices, student curricula, educator professional development, and school-community partnerships.

Vermont state climatologist, Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux (who is also the chair of UVM's Geography Department), will give the keynote speech, and Michael Caduto, well-known environmental educator and author, will lead a workshop based on his book, Catch the Wind, Harness the Sun: 22 Super-Charged Science Projects for Kids. Four specially-chosen climate resilient Vermont schools will share their stories as part of a panel discussion.

Montpelier High School was chosen as the venue for this event because of its emphasis on climate resilience practices and curricula. Summit activities will use a "zero waste" approach that emphasizes the use of durable materials, local and organic foods, recycling and composting.

Registrations are due by Friday, April 6. Students and SWEEP members receive a discount. To register and for more information, please visit Or contact Bethany Powers, Summit Coordinator at

SWEEP is the Vermont State-Wide Environmental Education Programs, a nonprofit coalition of individuals and organizations whose mission is to promote a sustainable future by fostering exceptional environmental literacy work through state and regional networks.

Media Contacts: Alison Thomas 802-371-9975, Jennifer Guarino 802-728-9135

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Last Updated at: March 22, 2016 08:08:54