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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