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Redesigning Our Future: National Environmental Summit for High School Students
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Redesigning Our Future: National Environmental Summit for High School Students

7/12/2016 to 7/16/2016
When: Tuesday, July 12th, 2016
Where: Catawba College
2300 W. Innes Street
Salisbury, North Carolina  28144
United States
Presenter: Catawba College
Contact: Catawba College
(704) 637-4727

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Three leading organizations - the Center for the Environment at Catawba College, Rocky Mountain Institute, and Environmental Working Group - are partnering to provide an opportunity for young environmental leaders to learn, create, share, interact, grow, connect, and build relationships. You know you have unique talents and particular interests; at Redesigning Our Future, you will learn the skills needed to use your passions to create a sustainable world. Small group workshops will focus on creating a toolbox of leadership skills that can be used now and in your future.

Who can attend?

The summit is open to students who will be 14-17 years of age by the time of the summit.

Summit tuition is $490, however, students who apply before May 1st will receive a $90 discount. Tuition covers most of the cost of meals and lodging for the 5-day/4-night Summit. The generous contributions of our sponsors help us to meet the remaining costs of staffing, programming, speakers, etc. A shuttle to and from Charlotte-Douglas Airport and the Salisbury Train Depot will be provided. All other transportation costs are the responsibility of the student. 

When/Where is it?

The summit will be held in Summer on the Catawba College campus. Catawba College is in Salisbury, NC, just north of metropolitan Charlotte. Participants will be housed in Abernethy Village, a complex of LEED-certified residence halls. These are not co-ed dorms.  Programming will occur on Catawba College's 189-acre Fred Stanback, Jr. Ecological Preserve and in the labs and classrooms of the Center for the Environment's green facility.


Student comments from past summits

"The summit was a great way to meet similar minded people with a shared passion. It gave me the confidence I needed to start environmental initiatives."

"I feel like I've grown a lifetime away from where I started. I was given the push to truly take a step in the direction of helping to save this earth. I was given the tools to be an awesome leader and bring us to a greener world."

"The summit helped me incorporate all the things I love with my love of the earth. It helped me understand the processes that one must undergo in order to help others understand and work with an ecological choice."


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Do You Know High School Students with an Interest in the Environment?

If you know rising high school sophomores, juniors, or seniors who have a keen interest in environmental stewardship, please encourage them to apply for the National Environmental Summit.