About the Summit


High school students from around the country will converge at Center for the Environment in Salisbury, North Carolina, to learn the specific skills that environmental leaders need to create a sustainable world, while developing their own unique talents. At Redesigning Our Future: A National Environmental Summit for High School Students, sustainability designers, scientists, and engineers from the Rocky Mountain Institute, as well as Catawba College faculty, will emphasize whole systems thinking, helping students become collaborative leaders and effective communicators. These students will return to their schools and communities empowered to have a tangible impact.

Students will explore the concept of environmental leadership through the perspective of their own skills and interest in the arts, humanities, education, history, business, science, and technology. They will learn how essential elements of these varied disciplines - creativity, expression, innovation, observation, experimentation, and teamwork - are critical to their effectiveness as environmental leaders.

Redesigning Our Future will be held at the Center for the Environment, located on the Catawba College campus in Salisbury, NC - just north of metropolitan Charlotte. Participants will be housed in Abernethy Village, a complex of five residence halls which are LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified. The majority of programming will occur in Catawba's 189-acre ecological preserve and in the labs and classrooms of the Center for the Environment's green facility.