Across the nation education paradigms are shifting to include sustainability and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs. Today more and more universities are offering a wider selection of majors to choose from within the environmental sector - from sustainable management to energy economics to environmental science to agricultural economics. Additionally grade schools are partnering up with local nonprofits to offer students the opportunity to take part in semester-long research projects and internship-like opportunities, preparing them for careers in STEM. Through educating the youth we can ensure that our work towards building a sustainable world continues. This year at Eco we are thrilled to host a number of education experts that will share case studies of how they are working to build the next innovators and problem-solvers.
Engaging Youth in Green Innovation: Youth today are creatively leveraging available resources to become technology and green innovators. This session brings together representatives from the White House Office of Science & Technology, National Instruments, IEEE, and Numerics to highlight the types of rewarding challenges and competitions inspiring the new wave of green leaders.
Awakening the Hope: Dialogue on Climate Change: How can we bridge the gap between the past and present and ensure that today’s youth understand the detrimental consequences of climate change and the ways to prevent or reverse its effects? This panel serves as a forum for intergenerational and cultural dialogue on climate change.
The Real Green Research Challenge: Lead by Dave Progue of CBRE, this session presents the solutions and ideas being pushed by premier academic thought leaders to lessen the impact of commercial real estate on the environment.
Green Communities Challenge: The Student Conservation Association (SCA) and National Association of Counties (NACo) are partnering up to provide sustainability support in county governments nationwide. Hear about their fellowship program and how it’s providing students with technical and relational skills in this straight to the point session.
Green STEM: Preparing the C21st Workforce: Campus eco-audits, after school wildlife programs, and energy design projects are actively increasing student engagement and preparing them for real-world careers in the environmental and STEM industries. This panel of education experts will share examples of the community-based design projects reshaping school systems across the nation.
The Great Nature Project: A Worldwide Celebration of the Planet Through Photography: In this straight to the point session Casey Anderson of Nat Geo WILD will share stories of his experiences in the wild while projecting photos posted on greatnatureproject.org, a site allowing visitors to view images and learn about the world’s biodiversity.
Above is just a glimpse of what our program has to offer on the subject of education. Check out the SXSW Eco Mobile App to learn more about the themes and sessions we have going on this year and create your personal schedule by logging in to your SXSW account. Haven’t registered yet? It’s not too late to purchase your badge today and book remaining hotel rooms.