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SCI YOUTH CHATS

AUGUST 3, 2023 11:00 AM ET

-Youth and Climate Change-

We are thrilled to announce the successful conclusion of our second Youth Chat of the year, focused on “Youth and Climate Action.” 

Our esteemed guest speakers, Julia Murphy, the City of San Antonio Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer, and Edward Sun, a returning YLS alumnus who moderated the session, captivated the audience with their insights and expertise in the field of sustainability and climate initiatives.

Julia Murphy shared valuable information about the Mayor’s Youth Engagement Council for Climate Initiatives in San Antonio, shedding light on the city’s efforts to involve youth in shaping sustainable policies and actions for a greener future.

The discussions were dynamic and diverse, covering essential topics such as digital transformation in the energy sector, the growing importance of electric cars, and strategies for organizing effective advocacy groups. Participants also explored the significance of engaging with political leaders to drive meaningful change at a larger scale. The event demonstrated the power of the youth’s collective voice in advocating for climate action. It encouraged attendees to become proactive advocates for sustainability in their communities and beyond.

We extend our sincere gratitude to Julia Murphy and Edward Sun for their invaluable contributions to this meaningful dialogue, and to all the enthusiastic participants who made this event a great success.

Check out the recording below:

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Guest Speaker

Julia Murphy

Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer
City of San Antonio Office of Sustainability

Julia Murphy is the City of San Antonio Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer championing climate action and adaptation with a focus on energy efficiency, modern transportation, green infrastructure, and air quality. Signature projects include implementing the Mayor’s Youth Engagement Council for Climate Initiatives, establishing the EVSA Electric Vehicles San Antonio program, land conservation over the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone, implementing the first modern bike share network in Texas, and establishing the Hardberger Park Conservancy. In addition, Julia teaches courses in Urban & Regional Planning at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Julia is a LEED Accredited Professional and Certified Planner. She serves on the board of the Texas Land Trust Council and is a member of the Urban Sustainability Directors Network and Urban Land Institute. She has Bachelor of Business

Julia Murphy is the City of San Antonio Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer championing climate action and adaptation with a focus on energy efficiency, modern transportation, green infrastructure, and air quality. Signature projects include implementing the Mayor’s Youth Engagement Council for Climate Initiatives, establishing the EVSA Electric Vehicles San Antonio program, land conservation over the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone, implementing the first modern bike share network in Texas, and establishing the Hardberger Park Conservancy. In addition, Julia teaches courses in Urban & Regional Planning at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Julia is a LEED Accredited Professional and Certified Planner. She serves on the board of the Texas Land Trust Council and is a member of the Urban Sustainability Directors Network and Urban Land Institute. She has Bachelor of Business

guest moderator

Edward Sun

2022 Youth Leadership Summit Alumnus
Fort Wayne Sister Cities International

Edward is on the threshold of an exciting new chapter in his academic journey, as he embarks on his freshman year at the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School. He has been accepted into the Roy and Diana Vagelos Program in Life Sciences & Management, a program that combines the power of bioscience and business education. Among a group of approximately 24 students selected each year, Edward will concentrate on Biology and Finance. 

With a lifelong commitment to service, Edward has created several mental health initiatives. As the past President of the Fort Wayne Mayor’s Youth Engagement Council, Edward represented over 17,500 high school students. Last year, he spearheaded a mental health symposium in his local city. In total, he fundraised over $15,000 and had over 200 students from 20 high schools attend the symposium. 

Edward is on the threshold of an exciting new chapter in his academic journey, as he embarks on his freshman year at the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School. He has been accepted into the Roy and Diana Vagelos Program in Life Sciences & Management, a program that combines the power of bioscience and business education. Among a group of approximately 24 students selected each year, Edward will concentrate on Biology and Finance. 

With a lifelong commitment to service, Edward has created several mental health initiatives. As the past President of the Fort Wayne Mayor’s Youth Engagement Council, Edward represented over 17,500 high school students. Last year, he spearheaded a mental health symposium in his local city. In total, he fundraised over $15,000 and had over 200 students from 20 high schools attend the symposium. 

Guest Speaker

Julia Murphy

Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer
City of San Antonio Office of Sustainability

Julia Murphy is the City of San Antonio Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer championing climate action and adaptation with a focus on energy efficiency, modern transportation, green infrastructure, and air quality. Signature projects include implementing the Mayor’s Youth Engagement Council for Climate Initiatives, establishing the EVSA Electric Vehicles San Antonio program, land conservation over the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone, implementing the first modern bike share network in Texas, and establishing the Hardberger Park Conservancy. In addition, Julia teaches courses in Urban & Regional Planning at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Julia is a LEED Accredited Professional and Certified Planner. She serves on the board of the Texas Land Trust Council and is a member of the Urban Sustainability Directors Network and Urban Land Institute. She has Bachelor of Business

Julia Murphy is the City of San Antonio Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer championing climate action and adaptation with a focus on energy efficiency, modern transportation, green infrastructure, and air quality. Signature projects include implementing the Mayor’s Youth Engagement Council for Climate Initiatives, establishing the EVSA Electric Vehicles San Antonio program, land conservation over the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone, implementing the first modern bike share network in Texas, and establishing the Hardberger Park Conservancy. In addition, Julia teaches courses in Urban & Regional Planning at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Julia is a LEED Accredited Professional and Certified Planner. She serves on the board of the Texas Land Trust Council and is a member of the Urban Sustainability Directors Network and Urban Land Institute. She has Bachelor of Business

guest moderator

Edward Sun

2022 Youth Leadership Summit Alumnus
Fort Wayne Sister Cities International

Edward is on the threshold of an exciting new chapter in his academic journey, as he embarks on his freshman year at the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School. He has been accepted into the Roy and Diana Vagelos Program in Life Sciences & Management, a program that combines the power of bioscience and business education. Among a group of approximately 24 students selected each year, Edward will concentrate on Biology and Finance. 

With a lifelong commitment to service, Edward has created several mental health initiatives. As the past President of the Fort Wayne Mayor’s Youth Engagement Council, Edward represented over 17,500 high school students. Last year, he spearheaded a mental health symposium in his local city. In total, he fundraised over $15,000 and had over 200 students from 20 high schools attend the symposium. 

Edward is on the threshold of an exciting new chapter in his academic journey, as he embarks on his freshman year at the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School. He has been accepted into the Roy and Diana Vagelos Program in Life Sciences & Management, a program that combines the power of bioscience and business education. Among a group of approximately 24 students selected each year, Edward will concentrate on Biology and Finance. 

With a lifelong commitment to service, Edward has created several mental health initiatives. As the past President of the Fort Wayne Mayor’s Youth Engagement Council, Edward represented over 17,500 high school students. Last year, he spearheaded a mental health symposium in his local city. In total, he fundraised over $15,000 and had over 200 students from 20 high schools attend the symposium. 

ONE MORE REMINDER..

Stay tuned for our last program of the year, Youth Leadership Summit Public Forum where we celebrate the UN International Youth Day on August 10, 2023 at 12 PM ET!

We will continue to explore critical issues and empower the youth to be the change agents for a more sustainable and resilient world while we hear from young leaders. We will also announce our YAAS 2023  winners announce our YAAS 2024 theme.

Join us in the movement for climate action and together, let’s create a brighter and greener future for generations to come! Find more information about the August 10 program here and register now!

Can't join us for the Youth Chats?

Check out our Youth Leadership Summit – Public Forum on Thursday, August 10, 2023! – it is open to everyone of all ages!

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