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Students 4 Sustainability
t. Stephen's & St. Agnes School proudly hosts the annual Students For Sustainability Conference (S4S) at our Upper School campus
in Alexandria, Virginia. Students and teachers from Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland middle and high 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.Thanks to all who participated in the Fifth Annual S4S Conference on November 13, 2012. We hope you will join us again next year!
Be part of this educational, fun, and rewarding experience next year. Plan now to send a “green delegation” from your school in 2013 to join this exciting day of learning, discussion and planning for environmental stewardship and solutions.
The conference begins with a keynote address; followed by interactive break-out sessions led by students and adults; and a waste-free, sustainably produced lunch. We also feature an interactive Green Forum where students can weigh-in on environmental issues and share best practices on campus. A raffle concludes the conference and features sustainably produced items. The 2012 conference was proud to welcome 30 students from five Asian nations
, who came to the United States to study environmental sustainability in our nation’s schools and communities.
2012 S4S Conference Highlights
||Check-in, sign up for breakout sessions, snack
||Round I of breakout sessions
||Round II of breakout sessions
||Green Forum and door prizes
|The 2012 S4S Conference welcomed Chris Jordan as our keynote speaker. Mr. Jordan is an internationally acclaimed artist and cultural activist based in Seattle. His work explores contemporary mass culture from a variety of photographic and conceptual perspectives, connecting the viewer viscerally to the enormity and power of humanity’s collective behaviors. His work, which asks us to consider our own role in the overwhelmingly complex world, has been exhibited and published worldwide. He is a sought-after speaker on subjects of mass culture, environmentalism, social justice issues, and creative process. |
|Registration for the 2013 S4S Conference will open in September. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and closes when we reach our maximum attendance. A registration fee of $20 per person is required.|
|Please direct any questions or suggestions to Brian Kane, sustainability coordinator at St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School, via email at email@example.com or by phone at 703-212-2912.|
2012 Conference Breakout Sessions
Harnessing the Sun: Using Solar Power to Make Stuff Work!
Rob Wolfe, St. Albans School Science Faculty
Great and Green Architecture
Ken Wilson, FAIA, FIIDA LEED Fellow, Perkins + Will, Washington, D.C.
Bringing Beneficial Bees to Your Campus
Eve Bratman, American University School of International Service
Book Burning: Is It Time for the Paperless Revolution?
Dr. Gus Grissom, St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School Classics & History Faculty
Allyson Ladley Gibson, The Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Learn Outside - Schoolyard Report Card and Action Projects
Raptors: An Important Part of our Region (featuring 3 live birds of prey)
Kent Knowles, Virginia Raptor Conservancy
Who Has the Power?
Dan Cannon, Greenpeace
Why Safe Drinking Water Matters for School Kids in Africa
Paul Faeth, CNA Corporation
Conservation Walks: Using Technology to Connect with Nature
Danielle Sundstrom & Sam Sheline, NatureServe, Arlington, Virginia
Developing a Sustainable Future: 1992 to 2012: The Rio de Janeiro Summits
Laura Sauls, SSSAS '03, Environmental Protection Agency
Make Your Green Mean Something: Use Your Campus Landscape to Enhance the Environment
Brian Kane, St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School Sustainability Coordinator, Landscape Architect
EXHIBIT: Chevy Volt, an electric sedan
Courtesy of Pohanka Auto Group, Chantilly, Virginia
EXHIBIT: Tesla, a luxury electric vehicle
Courtesy of Tesla / Washington DC
Students 4 Sustainability Conference Highlights
- More than 100 students from approximately 20 schools participate in the conference each year
- The 2012 conference has received letters of recognition from U.S. Sen. Mark Warner and Congressman Jim Moran of Virginia.
- In past years, S4S received a letter of recognition from former Vice President Al Gore, and Alexandria Mayor William Euille proclaimed the day “St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School Students for Sustainability Day.”
- 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 service ware
- Past keynote speeches by 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 covered in The Washington Post, Alexandria Gazette-Packet, Alexandria Times, WUSA-9, and FOX5 news in the Washington, D.C. area.
|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 reusable water bottle, a pen, and paper, as these will not be provided at the conference.
Shuttle Bus: Did your school sign up for the shuttle bus that runs between the King Street Metro Station and our Upper School campus? If so, the SAINTS bus will pick you up at the Metro station Monday promptly at 8:30 a.m. The shuttle will leave SSSAS at 1:45 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 tote bag for each participant. 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. The closer to 8:30 a.m. your school arrives, the more likely it will be to get into the sessions you want! Session leaders do not need to sign-up for their own sessions.
We encourage you to “spread out” amongst the many breakout session offerings, in order to
maximize the benefits of the conference that you can take back to your schools.
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.
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!