Green Mentors, an India-based Responsible Education Solution Provider organization, successfully held its 6th NYC Green School Conference-2022 at SUNY Maritime College in New York on September 24, 2022. This was the first conference on responsible education, and it was held during the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
The conference is also associated with Climate Week NYC, the largest event on climate on Earth. The theme of the conference was “the importance of accountability to students and the planet.” Many schools and universities from the US and India took part in the programme.
The attendees and organisers formally launched the Indo-American Green School Network at this conference to accelerate sustainability and responsibility in education in the world’s oldest and largest democracies. Notably, this conference was held months down the line after India and the US held the 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue with the goal of “building bridges between the people of the two countries by encouraging student and scholar mobility and strengthening cooperation in education and skill development.”
The conference was conducted into eight sessions, such as “Rethinking for Responsible Education,” “Leaders to Learn From,” “SDG 4.7,” and “Inspiring Stories from Outdoor Learning.” Green Awards were also given to recognise people and organisations for their outstanding contributions to sustainable education. The keynote address was given by Dilip Chauhan, who is the Deputy Commissioner of the New York City Office of International Affairs. Speakers shared inspiring green stories, visions, and plans for sustainable and responsible education, and each session got a lot of praise.
The speakers included revered leaders and educationists like Rear Adm. Michael Alfultis, Dr Henry Stoever, Ryan Mcenany, Paulo Vasconi Speroni, Dr Nick Pozek, Arlae Castellanos, Laura Johnson Collard, Sibyl MaerFillo, Dr Helen Bond, Deepa Vedavyas, Ramya Shivkumar, Dr Frederick Kakembo, Birgilio Rivera Cabrera, and Professor Julio C. Garay. The event organiser, Virendra Rawat, said that he was grateful for the unprecedented turnout and appreciation from the dignitaries and attendees. He also said, “The overwhelming response has inspired me to work harder to create a synergy between schools, universities, policymakers, and education leaders in the United States and India to create a transformative, responsible education model that supports a sustainable future.”
The Green Awards were given to 63 distinguished individuals and organizations in recognition of their efforts and contributions to sustainable and responsible education.The below section covers the awards presented at the conference. Dilip Chauhan and Rear Adm. Michael Alfultis were presented with the Planet Award 2022. The Sustainable Education Leadership Awards for 2022 were presented to Laura Johnson Collard, Henry Stoever, Ryan McEnany, Arlae Castellanos, Dr. Frederick Kakembo, and Birgilio Rivera Cabrera. The Green University Award 2022 was presented to Dr Y S Parmar University of Horticulture & Forestry, Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences, Acharya Nagarjuna University, University of Science and Technology Meghalaya (USTM), University of North Bengal, BLDE, Sankalchand Patel University, Chettinad Academy of Research and Education, Noorul Islam Centre for Higher Education (NICHE), Sudur Pashchimanchal Academy (SPA College), Gopal Krishna Gokhale College, Devki Devi Jain Memorial College for Women, and Anand College of Legal Studies won the Green College Award 2022. International Green School Award 2022 were presented to The Green School Bangalore, Mahindra World School, Anand Niketan, The S. D. Vidya School, The Vidya Devi Jindal School, Sanjay Ghodawat International School, Mount litera Zee High School, Titiksha Public School, Pragati Vidyaniketan High School, GMSSSS NIGDHU, Ryan International School, Netrang Govt. School, Vardhaman Universe Academy, ASN Senior Secondary School, Bhagavathi Arvintree School, Tagore International School, Pine Street School, The Long Island School for the Gifted, Montclair Kimberley Academy, Washington Outdoor School, Prince George’s County, Spruce Elementary, PS69X Journey Prep, The Berkeley Carroll School, Suitland Elementary School, Brooklyn Technical High School?, Montpelier Elementary School, Penns Grove High School?, Ivanna Eudora Kean High School, P993Q, Freedom High School. The International Green Teacher Award for 2022 was presented to Dr Nick Pozek, Paige Filla, Abebisi Babayemi, Elisa Margarita, Lauren Angarola, Ben Rich, and Michealrose Ravalier. The Climate Cadet Awards for 2022 were presented to Gabriel Nagel, Layla Jurow, and Anna Lau-Woodrow.
Based in the Indian state of Gujarat, Green Mentors was founded by Rawat, Gopal Goswami, Ambrish Parajiya, and Bhavesh Shah. They say that if we want to switch to a greener way of life, responsible education must include “transversal” skills like critical thinking, creativity, empathy, collaborative problem-solving, and system thinking.
Source: Times of India