Community Sustainability Summit
Each spring, for one full day, sustainability leaders from across generations convene to do two things...
- Report data-driven results from the previous year.
- Establish a 12-month Collective Impact Strategy for the upcoming year.
2016-17 Collective Impact Strategies
The purpose of the Community Sustainability Summit is to measurably improve sustainable community conditions while strengthening local connections for collective impact across generations, jurisdictions, and community sectors including student leaders, teacher leaders, parent leaders, school administrators, resource managers, city and county government, businesses, nonprofits and other community-based organizations.
The Community Sustainability Summit is facilitated by Sustainability Ambassadors along with a growing coalition of community partners as an annual tradition based on the following four principles.
How do we measure progress?
Progress reports from each community sector are benchmarked against trends from previous Community Sustainability Summit Sector Reports as well appropriate sustainability performance measures such as...
What’s the venue and timing?
How is the day of the Summit structured?
The day begins with a student keynote presentation given by an exceptionally well informed student (or team) on a topic of immediate importance to the community. Each year’s keynote includes results from the 12-month Collective Impact Project agreed upon by stakeholders present at the previous Summit.
During the first half of the day, each stakeholder group updates their colleagues from other sectors on results generated from their sector over the course of the previous year. The slide presentations are tightly delivered, data-driven and no longer than 3-minutes each. All of the sectors including youth and adult representatives report to one another as equal colleagues.
Lunch is local, organic and catered by the most sustainable local food service business in the community. Zero waste is generated.
Just after lunch, a crisply facilitated panel of peers including students is charged with synthesizing critical insights gleaned from the community sector presentations.
By mid-afternoon cross-sector groups are responsible for pitching to the full group well-formed ideas for the annual Collective Impact Project based on meeting three criteria:
- It is the easiest action to accomplish in 12 months
- It engages the greatest number and diversity of people
- It generates the greatest measurable impact
The day ends with a vote on the next Collective Impact Project and a shared commitment to communicate to our constituencies.