Keynote Presentations

Student Keynote Presentations 

Stormwater Pollution Solutions; Case Study of an $80,000 Service Learning Grant

Flexible length: 20-40 minutes plus Q&A


Expert youth presenters from Sustainability Ambassadors give an inspiring overview of the process and results of their $80,000 service learning grant on Stormwater Pollution Solutions. Project elements included green infrastructure demonstration projects, video documentation, a beautiful 66-page Stormwater Neighborhood Atlas, a 130-page LID Manual for school campuses, stormwater curriculum connections at grades 3, 5, 7 and 9, and a range of new strategies for supporting city governments in meeting their NPDES permit obligations for public education and outreach. Originally developed in collaboration with the Tahoma School District with funding from the State Farm Youth Advisory Board, the program is now being adapted for other city/school district partnerships throughout King County. The goal is to reach all 88 school districts in Puget Sound.


Technical needs: Wireless hand held mic that can be unattached from the podium. PowerPoint projector and large screen. Slides will be delivered via thumb drive.


The Future of Green Building Codes; Case Study of a $78,000 Service Learning Grant

Flexible length: 20-40 minutes plus Q&A


Expert youth presenters from Sustainability Ambassadors give an inspiring overview of their $78,000 service learning grant entitled, “The Future of Green Building Codes.” Funded by the State Farm Youth Advisory Board, this grant has a single, elegant goal: “To build the moral, technical and financial case for the greenest possible homes, schools and commercial buildings.” Youth Ambassadors describe five collective impact actions, build a comparative analysis of current green building standards and certification programs, and showcase a range of local green buildings as proof of concept. Students Ambassadors use the Living Building Challenge, a program of the International Living Futures Institute as a framework for green building that most approximates the fundamental ecological principles of Nature’s 4.6 billion year old operating system.


Technical needs: Wireless hand held mic that can be unattached from the podium. PowerPoint projector and large screen. Slides will be delivered via thumb drive.


Puget Sound 2050

Flexible length: 20-40 minutes plus Q&A


Applying the triple bottom line principles of ecology, economy and society, inspiring youth presenters from Sustainability Ambassadors describe four scenarios for achieving sustainable communities here in Puget Sound by the year 2050. Today’s teenagers will be in their mid to late 50’s. Some of them will be grandparents. Science? Fiction? Youth Ambassadors propose their own preferred scenario and present a constructive thought experiment backcasting shifts in policy and technology from sustainable communities in 2050 to where we are today.


Technical needs: Wireless hand held mic that can be unattached from the podium. PowerPoint projector and large screen. Slides will be delivered via thumb drive.

Peter Donaldson Keynote Presentations

Why Educate the Same Citizen Three Times? 

Flexible length: 20-40 minutes plus Q&A


In our current disaggregated system, we educate the same citizen three times; once by our school system to produce a standardized graduate; a second time by local government to encourage civic engagement; and a third time by employers to develop the skills actually needed in the 21st century work environment. Peter Donaldson explores strategies for a generational shift in teaching and learning aligned with the practices of participatory democracy and environmental stewardship. To restore Puget Sound and reduce the social, environmental and economic impacts of climate change, we need greener buildings, compact, walkable communities, stormwater pollution solutions and an engaged citizenry. Meanwhile, schools are preparing for the Common Core, STEM and the Next Generation Science Standards. All of these drivers, environmental and educational, will require students to interact with primary source material such as scientific data, engineering and design challenges, policy frameworks and performance measures. Sustainability education offers a meta-framework for apply the 21st Century skills.


Technical needs: Wireless lapel mic. PowerPoint projector and large screen. Slides will be delivered via thumb drive.


Measure What Matters; Sustainability Education in Context of Community Conditions.

Flexible length: 20-40 minutes plus Q&A


We tend to value what we measure. So it makes sense to reflect on whether are not we are using the right measurement systems to achieve a shared vision for sustainable community. Peter Donaldson explores a big Venn diagram of two kinds of measurement systems, those we apply to measuring community sustainability and those we apply to measuring student learning. Is there a relationship? If so can we strengthen it? Peter provides an overview of local government performance measures and policy frameworks such as comprehensive planning and the STAR Community Rating System along with School District performance measures and policy frameworks such as the Washington State Environmental and Sustainability Learning Standards, Common Core, STEM and the Next Generation Science Framework. How might collective impact be enhanced if we were to meet educational standards in alignment with community standards?


Technical needs: Wireless lapel mic. PowerPoint projector and large screen. Slides will be delivered via thumb drive.