2023 Saratoga Sustainability Fair
Sunday, April 16th
10:00 AM- 4:00 PM
Sustainable Saratoga and Skidmore College have partnered to host the 2023 Saratoga Sustainability Fair. The fair brings exhibitors, presenters, and the community together to advocate for and improve awareness about sustainability activities and opportunities. The 2023 fair will include a keynote speaker; workshop presentations; an electric vehicle car and bike show; and exhibitor booths presented by businesses and non-profits in energy, climate, equity, environmental education.
The mission of the sustainability fair is to support the three interconnected pillars of sustainability— environmental responsibility, social equity, economic development—by connecting people to community resources and organizations that contribute to making our community a more sustainable place to live for current and future generations.
Keynote (Filene Auditorium, 11:00 am - noon): "Let’s talk Climate: Finding Ways to Build Hope and Action for a Resilient Future"
by Jen Kretser and Elodie Linck
We are living in a changing world. Climate change is impacting all of us and it is happening right here in New York State. Climate change is overwhelming and can feel pretty hopeless, but there are many ways we can work together to build hope and optimism for the future. Join Jen Kretser and Elodie Linck from The Wild Center for this interactive presentation and conversation that will explore what climate impacts are happening here in NYS and the solutions that are available to address the climate crisis. With this climate solutions lens in mind, we’ll share how education and engaging youth is essential to promote climate action and just transition to a more resilient future. We will provide some direct examples on what youth are doing across NYS and around the world and help you get started at home and in your community.
As Director of Climate Initiatives, Jen Kretser (she/her) leads The Wild Center’s climate change engagement programs including the global Youth Climate Program, which was highlighted by the Obama White House Office of Science and Technology. In 2021, she led The Wild Center’s Youth Climate delegation at the UN COP 26 climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland in 2021. Jen serves on Climate Literacy Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN), serves on the U.S. Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) Coordinating Team, is a board member of the Adirondack Mountain Club and core team of the Adirondack Diversity Initiative.
|As the Jeanne Hutchins Youth Climate Coordinator at The Wild Center, Elodie Linck (she/her) spreads Youth Climate Summits around the world and supports youth in their goals to take climate action in their schools and communities. Elodie has supported summits around the world, including the Catskills, Sweden, Delaware, and Northern Ontario. In 2021, Elodie attended the TED Countdown Summit in Edinburgh, Scotland, and managed communications for The Wild Center’s youth delegation at COP26 in Glasgow. She graduated from Skidmore College in 2021 with a BA in Political Science and Dance Performance & Choreography. At Skidmore, Elodie worked in the Sustainability Office and developed the college’s Environmental Justice Resource Guide.|
Exhibitor Booths (Case Center Spa, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm): We are looking for exhibitors to participate in the fair, including resources about renewable energy, zero waste, sustainable gardening, social justice, alternative transportation, food production and security, natural resource protection, energy efficiency, and sustainability efforts in the Saratoga are. Click here to apply to be an exhibitor.
Kids’ Activities (Case Center 2nd Floor, 12:30 - 3:30 pm): Hands-on activities for kids.
Electric Vehicle Car and Bike Show (Case Center parking lot, 12:30 - 3:30 pm): Come check out electric vehicles of various makes and models and chat with dealers and car owners.
Repair Café (Ladd Hall, 12:30 - 3:30 pm): Toss it? No way! Bring an item that needs repair and work with a Repair Café coach to fix it.
Workshop Presentations (Ladd Hall, 1:00 - 4:00 pm): Check back soon for a full list, including descriptions, of the presentations.
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