The 2nd annual RCE Americas Virtual Youth Conference took place on Wednesday, April 1st, and was a great opportunity for connection between regional networks that educate and activate around the Sustainable Development Goals. In times like this, it is reassuring to know that we are all in this together and will continue to promote and practice sustainability. This conference was an opportunity for members from RCEs across the Americas to share updates on initiatives and projects that their RCE is pursuing, particularly on college and university campuses. The conference was organized and hosted by undergraduate students Thomas McCullough from Coastal Carolina University and Isabella Stubbs from Georgia Tech, who stated “Connecting, whether in person or virtually, with the global RCE network always leaves me feeling inspired by all the wonderful SDG action folks are leading. As a college student, I feel empowered to increase my own engagement with sustainability activism."
There were over 30 folks in attendance from RCEs across United States as well as Puerto Rico and New Zealand. This conference was also a great opportunity to learn about each other’s campus and community based projects while drawing inspiration from them. There were formal presentations by RCE Georgetown (South Carolina), RCE Greater Atlanta (Georgia), RCE Greater Portland (Oregon), and RCE Salisbury (Delaware). College students, RCE leaders, and community members shared a range of projects with many unique ways to lead through education and action on sustainability. The conference closed with an announcement on a multitude of virtual events coming up this spring. The increase in virtual events presents the RCE networks with the unique opportunity to support each other and increase connectivity by attending each other’s virtual events. To read more, check out this Saporta Report article written by David Pendered.