Youth for the Environment and Sustainability (YES) Conference
Students from around the San Francisco Bay Area came together to discuss transportation issues in their communities and schools. Conference attendees shared projects, experiences and stories from events they've hosted and organized at their schools. Students also participated in a leadership and advocacy training session, panel discussions on student driven efforts to reduce driving at their schools and had the opportunity to learn how to repair a bicycle.
Check out the video and pictures from the photo booth. MTC and the Air District have a great articleon the One Bay Area website.
Student Keynote Speaker – Jasmine Jolly is a freshman at Windsor High School and was recently a speaker at the National Safe Routes to School conference. She’s an active cyclist and bike advocate, and rides her bike to school 2-3 days a week – a 25 mile round trip ride! She’s been on three bike tours in the last two years, and was one of the youngest riders in the past Climate Ride. Jasmine loves to spend time with her friends at Spring Lake State park and has plans for many future rides.
Adult Keynote Speaker –
As Manager of Corporate Social Responsibility at Specialized Bicycles, Simon Dunne
develops the brand and program strategy for the company’s initiative, First Gear. When he’s not tightening bolts on training wheels he’s building global support for its simple vision: every kid on a bike. First Gear supporters - athletes, retailers, employees, non-profits, corporations, and fans of cycling - are working together to introduce new kids to the bicycle every day. Prior to First Gear, Simon was a marketing consultant, helping brands develop engaging sustainability platforms and messaging. His interest lies in the innovations, communities, and communications that inspire companies and individuals to make smarter decisions for our world. Simon helps to motivate people to support sustainable behaviors and social movements
Questions? Please talk to Kristina Chu with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District at [email protected] or 415-749-4758.