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

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

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