Students from throughout the state of New York gathered at the Wild Center for the fourth annual Adirondack Youth Climate Summit Nov. 14-15.
Photo by Keith Lobdell.
continued “Our green team has really been able to leave its mark on the district and that all started here,” Tupper Lake Green Team Advisor Kathleen Eldridge said. “The first year we were overwhelmed by the knowledge and a little afraid, but since we have gained the tools and have been able to think of solutions for our school.”
Eldridge said that their club has become a model much like the conference has.
“With the support of our superintendent and school, our team is a role model for their peers in our school as well as others,” she said.
“We are hoping to get some creative ideas that they will be able to bring back to our school,” Keene teacher Brian LaVallee said. “They have already been able to do a lot with the composting and garden programs at the school.”
“I think that this impacts the students more than any workshop that I go to with them,” Potsdam High School Environmental Club Advisor Jim Allott said. “They go back to school fired up and it becomes contagious.”
Local high schools attending the summit included Long Lake, Moriah, Elizabethtown-Lewis, Keene, Lake Placid, Northwood, North Country School, Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake and Plattsburgh High. They were joined by North Country Community College, Paul Smith’s College and Plattsburgh State.