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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Rhode Island College's 2014 Sustainable School Summit

We really enjoy covering the Sustainable School Summit here in RI.  This was, we think, the best year in terms of diversity and innovation.  How else, we ask, can you build a sustainable future without investing heavily in an expanded education system.

Here's a link so you can see the report and read all of our weekly updates:

Below is our written report.

As sustainability becomes a growing part of the educational DNA of schools, colleges, and universities around the globe, the importance of community outreach and engagement becomes an integral part of the institution's mission. At Rhode Island College, they are always reaching out to the community as well as hosting events. This not only allows their students to participate, but also brings together the community, leaders, and innovators, resulting in positive growth and change.  And we saw a great example of that back in September, when Rhode Island College showcased their ribbon cutting ceremony that brought community together with the private sector in order to create a beautiful new art center named Alex and Ani Hall.

In November, Rhode Island College hosted a number of events,and ReNewable Now was very fortunate to be on location for their 2014 Sustainable School Summit that was organized in cooperation with the Aperion Institute. The day saw a number of workshops having to do witheverything from Environmental Literacy/Sustainability Education to Green/Healthy Building. Also present were dignitaries and leaders who make it their mission to see sustainability on every level become more of the fabric of our daily lives.

The event's keynote speaker was Akiima Price who for the past 20 years has worked with numerous environmental organizations throughout the United States. These include the The New York Restoration Project and the North American Association for Environmental Education, where they create and implement innovative programs that build bridges into low-income communities. She is currently working through Cornell University helping run the EECapacity Project, the national environmental education training program of the EPA.  Akiima's presentation is not only inspirational, but is also fun to watch as she recounts her personal experience growing up with nature and how she found her passion for sustainability. We hope you take the time to watch and enjoy.

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