Sustainability Summits

Sustainability Summits held in a school is a brand new format for ICN.  For the first event, we were delighted to work with teachers and students from Kew House School, Brentford.  They were the perfect hosts of teams of students from two other schools in Hounslow and one from Hammersmith.  Aged from 12 years upwards, summit participants were all interested in making a difference in their own schools and communities.  
 
During a busy afternoon, students:
  • Heard from leading keynote and motivational speakers
    All were excited to have a great range of speakers and guest expert organisations to inspire and encourage their own ideas. Dr Michal Nachmany, with her extensive knowledge of international Climate Change policy, gave a lively and challenging opening speech.  She talked about how seriously climate change is being taken on a global stage, with a focus on the US's stance since Trump became President, and where policy can make a difference.  The closing speech by Jonathan Shopley, Managing Director of The Carbon Neutral Company was also inspirational, showing how individual commitment to change can motivate others.
  • Found out from local experts in different areas of sustainability what works well and how to inspire others in an Ideas Zone of themed workshops 
    Each mini-workshop involved a smaller group of students drawn from each of the participating schools.  Experts in Air Quality & Pollution; Energy; Food Waste; Resource-use; Travel & Transport; Waste & Recycling outlined their work, providing case-studies about what has worked in other schools.  They then helped their group to generate plans for action [link to summary doc] in their own school communities.  Feedback from the teachers included,

    'Great and inspiring guests to engage students' 

  • Developed and presented their own ideas for action
    The high-light of the afternoon was the young-people presenting their own ideas for action to a panel of decision-makers.  Certificates were awarded including for creativity, inspiring and influencing other people, and action-planning that will have a big impact on carbon reduction back in their own schools.
  • Put their questions to a panel of sustainability leaders
    The students put forward many thoughtful questions
Huge thanks go to Kew House School teachers, headteacher and students for making sure the event went so well. Also to all the schools, guests and speakers who contributed. 
 
1) Schools
 
Gumley House School, Hounslow
Hammersmith Academy, Hammersmith
Kew House School, Brentford
Isleworth & Syon School, Hounslow
 
2) Speakers and Panel
 
Dr Michal Nachmany, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics
Jonathan Shopley, Managing Director, The Carbon Neutral Company
Phillip Stovold, Koboni Consultancy / Greenpeace
 
3) Ideas Zone contributors
 
Michila Critchley, InterClimate Network
Helen Dewhurst, Sustainable Procurement at Accenture
Greg Edwards, Transport Planning, Borough of Hounslow
Nicola Erdpresser of Air Quality Brentford
Donna Harman, Project Manager STARS, Transport for London
Patti Horsnell and Douglas Benford, Brentford Recycling Action Group
Christin Kowalke, West London Waste Authority
Gemma Seddon, West London Waste Authority
Phillip Stovold, Koboni Consultancy / Greenpeace