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The Youth Climate Institute is a program for 10th grade Howard County Public School System students and is an official partnership between the Office of Community Sustainability, the Howard County Conservancy and The Howard County Public School System.

The goal of this program is to establish, educate, and empower Howard County Youth Climate Institute Scholars in creating awareness and understanding of global climate change. They will identify and initiate actions in their communities that lessen the adverse effects of climate change on human health, biodiversity, and the economy.

Each fall, Climate Change Scholars participate in webinars related to climate change science, impacts, solutions, Green Infrastructure Network, legislation and policy, Howard County Initiatives, Environmental justice, and food waste. Each spring, students work in action teams such as Energy, Tree Planting, Education & Messaging, Food & Agriculture, and Legislation to implement advocacy projects. Each team is mentored by a professional volunteer.

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Welcome Climate Change Institute

Class of 2021-2022!

Forty students from 11 Howard County Public high schools joined us in October to kick-off this years Climate Change Institute program with the Howard County Office of Sustainability.  We were thrilled to have special guests Dr. Sara Via with University of Maryland and Angela Cabellon, Howard County Government Chief Innovation Officer! Throughout the year these students will identify and work on climate action projects designed to impact our local community and ecosystem!

Congratulations Climate Change Institute Class of 2020-2021!

Thirty students from ten high schools formed teams to address climate change solutions as part of our 2020-2021 Student Climate Change Institute. Together they gave presentations, built a social media presence, created informational graphics, and planted trees!

See some of their accomplishments below.