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2021 Nashville Youth Climate Summit

February 20 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm



The Cumberland River Compact in partnership with the Mayor’s Youth Council presents the Nashville Youth Climate Summit. Join youth from across Nashville as we come together (virtually) to learn about climate change in our city and its global impacts. Local scientists, activists, and nonprofit leaders will lead collaborative sessions on climate change impacts and solutions. The day will cover topics from the basics of climate change to racial & climate justice, climate entrepreneurship + careers, sustainable food systems, climate action, and much more!

Speakers include Dr. Jonathan Gilligan (Vanderbilt University), Dr. Emily Jones (Lipscomb University), Cecilia Prado (Worker’s Dignity), Steven Romeo (Music City Creative Co), Meg Gill (The Good Fill), Seema Prasad (Miel Restaurant), Elizabeth Langgle-Martin (Nashville Food Project), Matt Stockamp (Nisolo Shoes), Patrick King (Urban Green Lab), Nicole Brose (Urban Green Lab), Nora Kern (Walk Bike Nashville), Cathy Anderson (Climate Reality) and more!

High school youth who live in Nashville are encouraged to register, with the goal of at least 5 students representing every high school in Nashville. Youth from other counties in Middle Tennessee are also welcome to attend.

More details and a registration link will be added soon! Follow us on Instagram (@nashvilleyouthclimate) and Twitter (@NashYCS) to be the first to know when registration opens.


Welcome and Opening

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Jonathan Gilligan from Vanderbilt University will kick-off the day with “Climate Change 101” covering climate science basics, climate change, local and global impacts, and more.


Breakout Session 1:

Choose from one of four topics: Climate Change Communication, Building a Green City: Nashville’s Climate Action Plan, Racial Justice & Climate Justice, Climate Entrepreneurship & Careers


Breakout Session 2:

Choose from one of four topics: Environmental Policy & Advocacy, Sustainable Fashion & Climate Change, Organizing for Change, Sustainable Food Systems


Climate Action Pathway Session: these sessions are centered around climate action with a focus on a specific pathway to change. All of these pathways are essential to a sustainable future!

Choose from one of six pathways: Natural Resources, Reducing Waste, Mobility & Transportation, Energy, Learn & Share, and Community Action.


Closing Activities


February 20
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Event Category:


Cumberland River Compact
Oasis Center