Get Green at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service

Jun 14, 2012

Environmental issues are a daily reality for most of us, from poor air quality to rising temperatures. It’s important for us to address these issues in order to find a solution. This year’s National Conference on Volunteering and Service focuses on many topics in the service sector including environmental sustainability.

The Environmental Sustainability track will be divided into eight sessions. Check out all the sessions below.

Engaging Volunteers in Citizen-Science Activities

Monday, June 18, 2012

Time: 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Session ID: 2626

Volunteering in the community is great, but engaging your volunteers in citizen-science activities is also great for the environment. Volunteers can help scientists collect data on weather, wildlife and seasonal changes.

Speaker(s): Melinda Hughes-Wert

Twitter Hashtag: #NatureAbounds

Engaging Youth in Meaningful Environmental Action: The Water Planet Challenge and Girl Scout Forever Green

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Time: 8:30 – 10 a.m.

Session ID: 3013

Engaging youth in everyday solutions to environmental issues offers opportunities to go green and blue. Discover a replicable service-learning process that is easy-to-use with diverse groups. Be inspired by youth-led initiatives right for your community.

Speaker(s): Cathryn Kaye
Kyra Kristof
Jodi Schwarzer

Twitter Hashtag: #enviroyouthaction

Public Lands Service: Pathways to Careers

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Session ID: 2557

Public lands provide rich service experiences for young people and promote diverse career opportunities in natural and cultural resources. Learn how service can lead to careers to protect, preserve and sustain our nation’s natural treasures.

Speaker(s): Eugenie Bostrom
Merlene Mazyck
George McDonald

Twitter Hashtag: #PLCcareers

From Cubicles to Fields of Green: Successful Strategies for Involving Corporate America in Environmental Volunteerism

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Time: 2:30 – 4 p.m.

Session ID: 2590

This panel discussion aims to share best practices in forging successful corporate and nonprofit partnerships, both at the national level and in local communities.

Speaker(s): Melissa Hopkins
Nenita Lapitan
Robin McAlester
Chuck Remington
Anne Vela-Wagner
Stacey Vigallon

Twitter Hashtag: #NCVS2590

Green Dollars and Sense: Community Gardening on Vacant Land

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Time: 8:30 – 10 a.m.

Session ID: 3122

What can be done in historically vibrant communities burdened with neglect? Come learn about a framework implemented in Philadelphia where community gardens incubate green ventures on vacant land.

Speaker(s): Diana Jih
Michael Thompson

Twitter Hashtag: #CommunityGreening

Sustainability through Grassroots Employee Engagement and Operational Efficiencies

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Time: 8:30 – 10 a.m.

Session ID: 2698

Learn about a best-in-class strategy driven from the bottom up and supported from the top down and how a company can capture innovations and recognition systems to scale across the enterprise. Develop metrics for a long-term employee driven program.

Speaker(s): Gwen Migita
Sheryl Sebastian

Twitter Hashtag: #CaesarsSustainability

Change That Sustains: Creating Effective Environmental Programs and Partnerships

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Time: 8:30 – 10 a.m.

Session ID: 2945

Come discuss creating effective environmental projects and partnerships by showcasing environmental engagement in the areas of K-12 sustainability education, green business development and employee engagement for a sustainable business.

Speaker(s): Melissa Antone

Twitter Hashtag: #NCVS2945

We Are the Outdoors – Come Partner with Us

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Time: 8:30 – 10  a.m.

Session ID: 2946

Come learn about how you and your organization can benefit from public lands stewardship and involvement in conservation through volunteerism and service-learning programs. Meet with representatives from the Forest and Park Services.

Speaker(s): Eugenie Bostrom
Nancy Coyote
George McDonald

Twitter Hashtag: #YouthGO

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