Sustainable Summer is an environmental leadership program for high school students. Our programs are a unique learning experience designed to prepare today’s high school students to become tomorrow’s environmental leaders. We combine environmental education in remarkable places – such as an organic farm in Costa Rica, Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest, or an Ivy League University — with leadership development. Our mission is to cultivate the next generation of environmental leaders though transformative summer experiences.
Sustainable Summer programs are designed according to four guiding principles: sustainability immersion, active learning, leadership development, and environmental study. We facilitate first-hand examination of both sustainable and unsustainable practices using a field studies approach, but root this practical exploration of sustainability within theoretical discussions of the broader economic, political, and ecological contexts. We do this by merging our expertise in teen summer enrichment programming and environmental education with the resources and expertise of like-minded organizations, and by choosing program locations that possess dynamic opportunities for the teaching of sustainability.
Sustainable Summer is a program run by Sustainable Learning Inc., a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit incorporated in the state of New York. Sustainable Learning facilitates intensive environmental leadership programs that empower teams of high school students to tackle sustainability challenges locally and globally.