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Youth Virtual Conference 2016, 2 March 2016, Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids RCE introduced an initiative to host an annual Youth Virtual Conference on sustainability related issues. For the past 2 years we have successfully connected schools from eight countries on three continents in real time to present and discuss issues pertaining to sustainability such as water and food systems. The 3rd Annual Youth Virtual Conference on “Energy Systems and Sustainability” will be held on March 2nd, 2016. Multiple secondary schools (ages 14-19) from RCE cities across the world will be linked in a four hour, peer-education symposium. Each class/student group will present their research on sustainability related energy issues of interest to them and their region.

The following RCE cities have participated in the past and/or have expressed interest in participating: Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States, Portland, Oregon, United States, Curitiba, Brazil, Kerkrade (Rhine-Meuse), Netherlands, Lima-Callao, Peru, Bogotá, Colegio Montessori in Medellin, Columbia, Nairobi, Kenya, and Saskatchewan, Canada.

The benefits of this conference are many and include the following objectives:

  1. Create a global learning community in order to understand the complex issues of sustainability related to food systems and security
  2. Develop a skills set of collaboration, communication and problem solving among bright young people
  3. Understand how local actions have global impacts

Please return the registration form by email to as soon as possible. The deadline is December 18th, 2015. Completing this form requires your selecting a school and classroom(s) to participate. Please visit Grand Rapids for more information.

Conference Abstract - click here

Project Guide for teachers - click here.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 11:30