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    J:\Carbon Neutrality\Sept 14 Event\Powerpoints\Youth Carbon Neutral Ppt   Sept 14 2010 J:\Carbon Neutrality\Sept 14 Event\Powerpoints\Youth Carbon Neutral Ppt Sept 14 2010 Presentation Transcript

    • Seattle Youth Committee Proposal to Seattle City Council September 14, 2010
    • Seattle Youth for Environmental Change
      • Led by five students from Garfield High School YMCA Earth Service Corps (GHS YESC)
      • Facebook group of 98 Seattle students
        • 7 high schools
        • 20+ colleges and universities
      • 62 surveys completed by young people
      • Met with 20+ students in focus groups
    • Why Young People?
      • Influence peers, parents
      • Still forming habits (i.e. choosing transportation, food sources)
      • Underrepresented demographic in community environmental decisions
      • Potential significant carbon reduction
    • Recommendation Agenda
      • Transportation
      • Food
      • Waste Reduction
      • Education
    • Transportation
      • Short term:
        • Increase 2-hour parking zones near schools
        • Require paid parking passes
        • Implement no idling policies + signage
        • Continue programs to encourage alternatives to driving
      • Mid term:
        • Increase parking pass rates
        • Develop a plan to increase bicycling to school
      • Long term:
        • Create and increase bike lanes near schools
        • Increase Metro bus frequency during school start/end times
    • Existing Programs
      • Safe Routes to Schools
      • Major Taylor Project (Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation)
      • Walk Bike Ride
        • Advertise to students
    • Food
      • Local, nutritious cafeteria food in schools
        • Existing program: Farm to School (WA State)
      • Organic gardens, community and schools
      • Stock vending machines with healthy choices
        • Community centers
        • Schools
      • Implement culinary classes
    • Waste Reduction
      • Short term:
        • Waste reduction grants through Seattle Public Utilities
          • Restore funding from $20,000 to $100,000
      • Mid term:
        • Provide training to students and teachers
      • Long term:
        • Create a program training students to execute waste audits
    • Education
      • Short term:
        • Implement waste reduction education in teacher trainings
        • Increase hands-on experiences in childhood education (i.e. gardening, composting, worm bins)
      • Mid term:
        • Start environmental science classes in two Seattle public high schools each year
        • Motivational conferences/symposia for middle/high school students
        • September “Green Fair” for students and families
    • Education, cont’d
      • Long term:
        • Environmental sciences classes in all Seattle public high schools
        • Introduce alternative energy classes
        • Increase environmentally-focused field trips
        • Environmental education as a graduation requirement
          • Service learning component