We're Currently Seeking Partnerships!
Phipps is looking for institutions for our Youth Climate Advisory Committee to partner with this fall! If your institution has a youth-led group that is passionate about climate change and environmental justice, we would like to connect, share resources and ultimately work together to make a difference. If you're interested, contact Jennifer Torrance at email@example.com.
Would you like to start a youth-led climate advocacy program at your institution? Let us help you! The Wild Center's Climate Action Plan Facilitator Guide provides a trove of resources for creating a youth-driven climate action project.
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is pleased to offer a youth-led climate advocacy program for highly motivated high school and college-age youth who are passionate about climate change and environmental justice. Youth on the committee develop and implement environment-related projects of their choice within the Pittsburgh community. Committee members also meet and work with other passionate youth, build leadership and project planning skills, learn about environmental and climate justice, and delve deeper into their favorite environmental topics. The program also offers opportunities to learn from experts in the diverse fields of sustainability, environmental and climate sciences.
Youth Climate Advisory Committee ǀ September – April
The Youth Climate Advisory Committee is comprised of two leaders and 15 – 20 youth climate advocates. The committee meets on Monday evenings during the school year from September to April and ends with a final showcase of advocacy projects in in mid to late April. Committee members commit to the full program duration, including meetings and tasks averaging 2 – 3 hours per week. Committee members are compensated with quarterly stipends.
2021-2022 Committee Projects
The 2021-2022 Committee developed projects on environmental education, food systems and sustainable fashion. The environmental education project focuses on bringing knowledge about environmental issues to middle school students, highlighting the importance of being informed from a young age. The food systems project looks at how we can make a positive climate impact with our diets while also eating delicious and budget-friendly meals. The sustainable fashion project aims to bring attention to the immense impact that fast fashion has on climate change and promote stylish looks that are better for the planet.
All of these projects were displayed at the Youth Sustainability Showcase that celebrated the end of the year. This is free event had snacks and appetizers chosen by the committee, environmental educational materials available for teachers and students, pot-a-plant and other activities for families, and the sustainable fashion show as the grand finale! The Sustainable Fashion Show featured upcycled and sustainably created outfits designed by youth in the Pittsburgh area. All designs were sustainably made using upcycled clothing, repurposed fabric, or other unconventional materials such as bottle caps, grocery bags, newspaper, and cans.
How to Apply for the Committee
Applications for the 2022–2023 committee will be accepted starting in August.
We are looking for a diverse group with a wide range of skills and interests, especially in the areas of the arts, science, technology, sustainability, education, and community outreach. All applicants must be at least 16 years of age by the application deadline to apply. Youth do not have to be currently enrolled in school to apply.