t. Stephen's & St. Agnes School proudly hosts the annual Students For Sustainability Conference (S4S) in Alexandria, Virginia. Students and teachers from Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland schools are invited to attend a day of education, discussion, and planning for environmental sustainability in their schools and communities. Originated at SSSAS in 2008, it's the only event of its kind in the Greater Washington area.Tuesday, January 21, 2014
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School
Upper School Campus
Alexandria, Virginia 22304
This year we will place special emphasis on 6th-8th grade regional middle school students! We invite middle school students to join us for this educational, fun, and rewarding experience at the sixth annual Students for Sustainability Conference (S4S)! Bring a “green delegation” to be part of this exciting day of learning, discussion, and planning for environmental stewardship and solutions in your school and community. This year, we specifically invite 6th, 7th, and 8th grade student environmental activists and their faculty chaperones to the conference. This new middle school focus will bring great energy to this year’s gathering, and we welcome students from Maryland, Virginia, and District of Columbia schools to this special day. There are also opportunities for high school students, so read on!
Our conference speaker is community activist and science teacher Stephen Ritz
, founder of the Green Bronx Machine
! Mr. Ritz’s work with school gardens, farmers markets, green roofs, and inventive gardening in schools has transformed students’ lives and the communities where they live. His inspiring story asks each of us to play a transformative role in our community and live healthier lives, starting with growing our own food at school!
After the keynote, students will learn from environmental professionals
and from environmentally inspired high school students
, who will show how they are working toward a more sustainable future across the region, and around the world.High school students
who are interested in presenting a break-out session are asked to submit a proposal. Please review this page and complete the online form
by November 15. This is a terrific opportunity for
public speaking experience and to share your knowledge and excitement for sustainability with younger students!
Snacks and lunch will be healthy and local. As always, S4S is a waste-free event.
An interactive Green Forum after lunch will give students the chance to weigh in on environmental issues and compete for prizes in a match of “green” knowledge. A raffle concludes the conference.
All attending middle schools are asked to prepare a 24” x 36” poster for a display at the conference. The topic for your poster is: “How our school makes a greener future.” Learn more about the poster requirements.
||Check-in, sign up for breakout sessions, snack
||Round I of breakout sessions
||Round II of breakout sessions
||Green Forum and door prizes
S4S History and Highlights
- S4S was originated by St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School in 2008 as part of our ongoing commitment to sustainability. It is the only event of its kind in the Greater Washington area.
- Each year, more than 120 students from approximately 25 schools participate.
- S4S has received letters of recognition from former Vice President Al Gore, U.S. Sen. Mark Warner and Congressman Jim Moran of Virginia, and Alexandria Mayor William Euille.
- Multiple breakout sessions led by students and adults
- Local and organic foods for snack and lunch
- Tours of our own Perkins Courtyard that is an organic garden and habitat sanctuary
- Waste-free conference, compostable serviceware
- Past keynote speeches by Chris Jordan, Artist; Mike Tidwell (Chesapeake Climate Action Network); Phil Ellis
(Sierra Club); Alan Palm (The Alliance for Climate Education), and Spencer Wells (National Geographic Society)
The conference has been featured by The Washington Post
, Alexandria Gazette-Packet
, Alexandria Times
, WUSA-9, FOX5 news, the Green Schools Alliance
, National Association of Independent Schools, and Independent Education.
|INFORMATION FOR PARTICIPANTS|
What to Bring: Please bring the necessary emergency/medical information for each participant from your school. Each conference participant should bring a pen, and paper, as these will not be provided at the conference.
Shuttle Bus: If your school has chosen to take Metrorail to the King Street Metro Station (yellow/blue line) please let us know as soon as you register. The SAINTS bus will pick you up at the Metro station Monday promptly at 8:30 a.m. The shuttle will leave SSSAS at 1:50 p.m. to return you to the Metro station.
The S4S conference will take place on our Upper School campus at 1000 St. Stephen’s Rd. in Alexandria, Virginia. Be sure to note that we have two other campuses. Directions to the Upper School can be found here on our website
. When you arrive on campus, we will direct you to parking and the location for registration.
Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. in our Chapel/Performing Arts Center (CPAC). The contact person for your school should check-in at the registration table, while all other participants create name tags for themselves. At registration, you will pick up a S4S conference water bottle for each member of your group. If someone from your school is leading a breakout session during Round I, that person will be asked to go with a "Saint" to check the set-up for your session.
Breakout Session Sign-Up: The contact person at each school has received a list of the breakout sessions offered. During check-in, each participant will select the 2 sessions he/she would like to attend. Session leaders do not need to sign-up for their own sessions. We encourage you to “spread out” amongst the many breakout session offerings, to maximize the benefits of the conference that you can take back to your school.
Parts of the conference will be photographed and videotaped for use on our school website. school publications, and for the
conference website. The conference also may be attended by members of the media, and photos/video could be used in articles or television news. Please make sure all participants from your school are aware of this. If any participant from your school does NOT wish to be included, please inform us in writing.
Getting around SSSAS: Our own student and faculty "Saints" are available to help direct you over the course of the day. Just look for students or adults wearing red "Saints" shirts! We keep snacks and refreshments available during the conference to keep our attendees happy and alert!
2012 S4S Conference Highlights
|Please direct any questions to Brian Kane, director of environmental stewardship at St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School, via email at email@example.com or by phone at 703-212-2912.|
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Kent Knowles, Raptor Conservancy of Virginia
Equitable and Sustainable Local Food Systems
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