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2021 Nashville Youth Climate Summit

February 20, 2021 @ 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM


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We had a blast at the 2021 Nashville Youth Climate Summit! Check out our blog for all the details about the event. Follow us on Instagram (@nashvilleyouthclimate) and Twitter (@NashYCS) for updates about future events.

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!

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.

Follow us on Instagram (@nashvilleyouthclimate) and Twitter (@NashYCS) for more information!

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Click on speaker names for bios!


Welcome and Opening:

Mayor Cooper will be giving the opening remarks.

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 1 of 4 topics):

Climate Change Communication with Dr. Emily Jones (Lipscomb University).

Building a Green City: Nashville’s Sustainability Advisory Board Recommendations with Mary Beth Ikard (City of Nashville).

Racial Justice & Climate Justice with Tequila Johnson (The Equity Alliance), Cecilia Prado (Worker’s Dignity), Jamel Campbell-Gooch (Gideon’s Army), and Patrick King (Urban Green Lab).

Climate Entrepreneurship & Careers with Steven Romeo (Music City Creative Co), Meg Gill (The Good Fill), Jeremy Lekich (Compost Nashville), Raven Hernandez (Earth Rides), and Seema Prasad (Miel Restaurant).


Breakout Session 2 (choose 1 of 3 topics):

Youth Organizing for Change/Environmental Policy and Advocacy with Ryan Burke (Sunrise Nashville). 

Sustainable Fashion & Climate Change with Zahra Biabani (Soulful Seeds), Matt Stockamp (Nisolo Shoes), and Hallie Synan (Patagonia).

Sustainable Food Systems with Seema Prasad (Miel Restaurant), Elizabeth Langgle-Martin (Nashville Food Project), Jeremy Lekich (Nashville Foodscapes), and Gabrielle Hathaway (Caney Fork Farms).


Climate Action Pathway Session: these sessions are centered around climate action with a focus on a specific pathway to change. Choose from one of five pathways, all of which are essential to a sustainable future! Speaker bios here.

Natural Resources with Meg Morgan (Root Nashville)

Reducing Waste with Patrick King (Urban Green Lab)

Mobility & Transportation with Nora Kern (Walk Bike Nashville)

Energy Systems with Jason Carney (Tennessee Solar Energy Association)

Community Action with Cathy Anderson (Climate Reality)


Closing Activities

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February 20, 2021
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Event Category:


Cumberland River Compact
Oasis Center