Vermont Youth Climate Summit

Climate Youth Summits

The Vermont Youth Climate Summit is a gathering of nearly one hundred-fifty Vermont high school students and dozens of teachers from twenty six high schools around the state of Vermont. At the Summit, students learn how Vermont's climate is likely to change in coming years and work to create climate action plans for their high schools that are designed to reduce their carbon footprint.

Vermont Youth Climate Summit 2015


The aim of the Vermont Youth Climate Summit is to educate high school students on the impacts of climate change through peer-to-peer learning. Encouraging students to take action on an issue that is highly relevant to their generation is a key mission of the Summit. Challenging both high school and college students to think deeply about the issue allows for a greater impact and understanding of the common role that youth play in the climate movement. It is the goal of the Vermont Youth Climate Summit to connect students of all ages and to empower them to become climate leaders.

"The summit provided a great opportunity not only to help students develop action plans that will tangibly decrease the carbon footprint of their high schools, but also to pass along to younger peers some of the optimism and passion we feel about addressing climate change,"

Senior Amelia Fountein of Tinmouth, VT.

High Level Impact: 

The impact of the Vermont Youth Climate Summit has been felt state-wide. High school attendees from nearly every county of Vermont gain a deeper understanding of the climate crisis globally and locally. Additionally, students have the opportunity to create effective solutions in their community through the creation and implementation of their climate action plans. University students organize the Summit and play the role of educators during each workshop throughout the entire day. As a result, they are challenged to improve their communication skills by educating their younger peers on the cross-cutting nature of climate change.

Point of Contact: 

Gina Fiorile,, University of Vermont