Youth voices prioritize justice, resilience, and health in conversations about compounding climate hazards affecting our communities. Austin’s Youth Climate Equity Council, established to give a platform to youth voices and connect them to city initiatives and leaders, has selected its second cohort of students. Twenty-five local youth, ages 14–18, representing 11 schools, including public, private, and charter schools, will work on the council this academic year. The students will design solutions to initiatives related to sustainability and the implementation of Austin’s Climate Equity Plan, adopted by the City Council in September 2021.
About the City of Austin’s Office of Sustainability
Austin’s Office of Sustainability works to ensure a thriving, equitable, and ecologically resilient community by providing leadership, influencing positive action through engagement, and creating measurable benefits for Austin. The office works to achieve net-zero community-wide greenhouse gas emissions by 2040, a healthy and just local food system, resource-efficient strategies for municipal operations, tangible projects that demonstrate sustainability, and a resilient and adaptive city. Find out more at www.austintexas.gov/
EcoRise mobilizes a new generation of leaders to design healthy, just, and thriving communities for all. The national nonprofit organization elevates student voices and advances student-led solutions to real-world challenges with programs focused on environmental literacy, climate justice, and equitable access to green career pathways. EcoRise is currently supporting more than 8,400 teachers and 467,000 students through a range of curricula, programs, and grants. To learn more about EcoRise, visit www.ecorise.org.