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Youth Summit Focuses on Sustainability

In spite of the snow, students from across the state gathered at UW Stevens Point’s Treehaven on Wednesday.  The Youth Summit featured environmental project presentations and activities. 

High school and middle schoolers gave presentations on topics ranging from threats to coral reefs to recycling and how to raise crickets.   

One student presented on how to make biodiesel as an alternative fuel. 

“First you mix the heat, with the lye – 5 grams of lye, you need to use powdered lye instead of liquid lye…”

The Wisconsin Green Schools Network organized the event…which also featured a keynote speaker and outdoor activities. 

Volunteer Cheryl Schnell says the day brings students together to learn from each other. 

“Collaborate and share projects they’ve been working on throughout the year that have a sustainability focus. We have a broad and encompassing definition of sustainability – we have students that include engineering and design, include the ecological systems component.”

This is the third year of the Youth Summit, and Schnell says it continues to grow.

Treehaven will host many of the same kids at Envirothon, an environment-themed quiz competition. 

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