What is this Youth Sustainability Council all about?
New Hampshire’s First Lady Valerie Sununu in partnership with Project Green Schools and University of New Hampshire’s Sustainability Institute is about reaching out and bringing together environmentally-conscious and “green-minded” middle and high school students from across the Granite State to participate in The Bridges House Youth Sustainability Council (BHYSC). The Council serves as an auditing body to make sure The Bridges House is setting an impeccable example for sustainable events and home management.
Since 2018, participants have come together at The Bridges House at 21 Mountain Road in Concord (the New Hampshire Governor’s executive residence and the “People’s House” of New Hampshire.) and discussed ideas and issues they are experiencing which they want to change.
At these meetings, students shared ideas, concerns, and suggestions about what New Hampshire can do to promote sustainability within our state as well as at The Bridges House itself.
Friends of Bridges House (FOBH) is the nonprofit organization charged with the care and community outreach for NH’s official Governor’s executive residence. This unique location is perfect for nonpartisan gatherings of all kinds.
Project Green Schools (PGS) is a national recognition program for environmentally focused students. Schools can apply to start a chapter in their schools to tap into the PGS support network for their sustainability and green initiatives.
UNH’s Sustainability is a university wide endeavor. Being stewards of sustainability through collective action, they bring balance and values of environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and economic vitality to meet present needs and ensure the ability of future generations will be able to meet those needs.
Today, First Lady Sununu; Robin Organ of Project Green Schools; UNH and wonderful NH students, administrators, educators, business leaders; and others gather at The Bridges House to network and create a platform for access and resources in greening-up their schools and communities.
The Youth Council will also serve as an auditing body to make sure The Bridges House is setting an impeccable example for sustainable events and home management. We believe that the path toward a greener and more sustainable future is through community-driven projects. We are excited to provide support and potential funding for these student initiatives because we know they will be our future leaders and entrepreneurs. We know they can affect peers, as well as their community. The Youth Council will have opportunities to discuss their concerns about the environment with the leaders of government and business in their state.