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Students invited to join regional network supporting United Nation's sustainability goals

Emory Report | Nov. 14, 2018

Emory students interested in sustainability or local and global problem-solving are encouraged to join the Youth Network of Atlanta’s regional sustainability networks established by the United Nations University.

Emory University, the Georgia Institute of Technology and Spelman College are leading the Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (RCE) for the next two years.

“Involvement with the RCE is truly a unique and fun way to have your voice heard and make a tangible impact for sustainability, all while being a student,” says Sienna Nordquist, an Emory College junior who is a steering committee member for the Youth Network.

One of just six RCEs in the United States, the group offers students an opportunity for leadership in a new, strong local institution within a larger global network of RCEs designed to support implementation of the 17 UN sustainable development goals.

The Atlanta region’s specific priorities among the goals will focus on no poverty, zero hunger, good health and wellbeing, quality education, industry/innovation/infrastructure, sustainable cities/communities and climate action.

Undergraduate and graduate students interested in the effort should register for membership in the Youth Network, the arm of the RCE that directly connects and supports students of the eight universities and colleges in RCE Greater Atlanta. Agnes Scott College, Atlanta Metropolitan State College, Clark Atlanta University, Georgia State University, Kennesaw State University, Morehouse College and University of Georgia are also collaborating in the regional network.

The Youth Network, which is beginning its first full academic year of operations this fall, will allow students and young alumni to share and collaborate on sustainability programs and events across universities in the Atlanta network, while also providing access to RCE partner institutions and stakeholders.

Interested students can complete the registration form here.