The Sustainability Spotlight Summit is rapidly approaching and we have some exciting developments to announce!
We are thrilled to be collaborating with MUSE School, a Californian school with sustainability at its core, to recognize innovators in K12 education from around the globe for outstanding achievements in promoting sustainable development.
HundrED Spotlights are in-depth collections of ten innovations that focus on a particular location or theme in education. Since last March, HundrED and MUSE set out to discover ten innovations in K12 that have the potential to increase sustainability in schools across the globe. Innovators were evaluated by an advisory board and the ten chosen recipients were selected based on impact, scalability and for addressing sustainability in education in a fresh way.
The selected innovations will be celebrated at the Sustainability Spotlight Summit, held at MUSE School campus in Calabasas, California from November 1st to 3rd.
The Summit will include talks from the selected innovators themselves and keynote speeches from Suzy Amis Cameron, author of One Meal A Day and Co-founder of MUSE School, and Saku Tuominen, Founder of HundrED who will speak about the need to focus on sustainability in education. Other guest presenters include Senator Henry Stern, environmental activist and health advocate, Kelly Chapman Meyer, Co-Founder of the American Heart Association Teaching Gardens, and Paul Hudak, the MUSE School's Seed-To-Table Manager, will give a keynote address followed by student-guided tours of the school's 200 garden beds.
MUSE School's mission is to prepare young people to live consciously with themselves, one another, and the planet to ensure a sustainable future. Spurred from her experience introducing kids to eat more climate-friendly food at MUSE School, Amis Cameron is encouraging people everywhere to change their relationship with food by swapping at least one meal a day with something plant-based to help reduce the devastation that industrial animal agriculture inflicts on the environment. Amis Cameron is inspired by the innovations she's encountered in the Sustainability Spotlight. "The passion and ingenuity demonstrated by this group of sustainability champions is truly inspirational,” she said. “It’s an honor to highlight their work and all the ways big and small they are leading by example to ensure a healthy and safe environment for future generations.”
In addition to receiving recognition at the Sustainability Summit, the selected innovators will be featured in a compelling new video and included in the inaugural Sustainability in Education Report that will be promoted globally. The full report which will be released during the Summit will reveal key findings and recommendations about the state of sustainability education trends, worldwide.
The report highlights that influencing change requires a multi-stakeholder approach. In all 20 of the innovations that were shortlisted for interviews to potentially be recognized during the Spotlight on Sustainability, community engagement was a huge contributing factor towards success. These innovators realize the importance of not only educating children, but engaging with teachers, community members, parents, and local businesses to support changes in perception, understanding and ultimately behavior. This also echoes a key finding from the Every Child to Flourish report published by HundrED earlier this year.
“What the world desperately needs is evidence-based and scalable education innovations on this field. Luckily there are forerunners who have been working on this area for years. Our mission is to put a spotlight on them,” said Saku Tuominen, founder of HundrED. “We express our sincere gratitude, encouragement, and enthusiasm to the many individuals and organizations around the world who are dedicated to this common goal.”
Look out for our announcements over the coming weeks as we introduce you to our top ten selected innovators from around the world!
To request an invitation to the event, please visit: https://hundred.org/en/sustainability-summit