SustainUS is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of young people advancing sustainable development and youth empowerment in the United States. Through proactive education, research, and advocacy at the policy-making and grassroots levels, we are building a future in which all people recognize the inherent equality and interdependence of social, economic, and environmental sustainability.


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05/22/2010 - 17:35
As read by Agents of Change Delegate Michael Davidson at the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development's 18th Session (pictured below).

05/13/2010 - 21:38
Statements from member countries and major groups (UN-speak for civil society) are called "interventions" when delivered in the plenary or other UN sessions. The Youth Caucus has successfully given over seven interventions since the start of CSD on the thematic topics of transport, mining, waste, chemicals and sustainable consumption and production (SCP). Today, SustainUS Agent Michael Davidson delivered the statement on behalf of youth and children on sustainable...
05/12/2010 - 08:40

CSD is in a review year and the conference is moving slowly.  As usual, the ambition and sense of urgency energizing youth and civil society far outpaces the constrained governing framework.  Nevertheless, youth have been making substantial contributions. 

I’ll give a few updates on what we’ve been working on, but as usual the real story and cause for optimism is how we’re working.

 * The chair’s text summarizing the meetings on the different thematic groups...

CSD - Relentless Youth
02/07/2010 - 20:38

Sitting in a cavernous reception hall dimly lit by Christmas lights and a projector screen broadcasting President Obama’s announcement of the Copenhagen Accord was not the end to the UN Climate Change Conference that I had anticipated—but really what had I anticipated? ...

Copenhagen Outcomes
01/30/2010 - 19:52

cross-posted on It's Getting Hot in Here

Amtrak's Acela High Speed Train photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons

The U.S. youth climate movement has rightfully been dissecting Obama’s State of the...

01/21/2010 - 18:53

Author’s Note: This December, I had the opportunity to attend the UN Climate negotiations in Copenhagen in two capacities: as a Junior...
01/20/2010 - 17:57
Check out this short video Ben Wessel and the good folks at Brighter Planet made of the delegation they helped support to Copenhagen.


Brighter Planet Video
01/11/2010 - 17:46

Today, I had a debrief with SustainUS to reflect on personal and organizational experiences in Copenhagen. At one point, I was asked why I went to Copenhagen and if I had specific goals for my involvement there.  I was able to answer the question, but not as eloquently as I would have liked.

It is often easier for me to answer questions by telling someone else's story. During the debrief I was also asked why the China-US Youth Forum on Climate...

The Power of Our Stories
01/04/2010 - 22:00

My experience at the climate conference in Copenhagen was packed with memorable moments: shaking hands with Al Gore, getting a test ride in a cutting-edge electric car, and taking notes in formal UN negotiation sessions (maybe not as exciting, but certainly memorable!).

In this short space, I’d like to share an interesting insight that I encountered while at the conference, which may...

01/03/2010 - 22:00

Many of us who were at the UN climate negotiations in Copenhagen from December 7-19 went through a period of hibernation in week following the conference. I, for one, slept for more than 32 hours in the 48 hours that began at 12:00 p.m. on December 20th. I’d been burning the midnight oil for fifteen straight days at that point, constantly jumping from one task to the next throughout the 18-hour workdays. It was actually no great hardship to sustain such working hours during the conference;...