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Student Led Sustainability TALKS return to Liberty High School – Explore the Local Food Economy

Posted by Elizabeth Egan on March 28, 2018

How do you bring expert voices into hundreds of middle school and high school classrooms to jump start systems thinking and problem solving, when the experts you seek are really busy people? It will happen on April 5 at Liberty High School at the 5th Annual Sustainability TALKS. Twenty expert TALKS, each no more than 8-minutes, will be captured on video before a live student audience. The public is invited to experience this fascinating annual event on timely sustainable topics. This year’s theme is on the Local Food Economy. Sustainability TALKS are produced by Sustainability Ambassadors, a non-profit serving King County school districts with the mission to support teachers in educating for a more sustainable future. The program is a signature project of Liberty High School, made possible by a generous contribution from the Issaquah Schools Foundation and sponsored by Washington State University, the King Conservation District, and others. 

Sustainability TALKS are a series of crisp, professional presentations, filmed before a live student audience during a regular school day in the beautiful Performing Arts Center at Liberty High School in the Issaquah School District.  The talks are given by local experts along with a few exceptional student speakers from the year-round, college-bound Sustainability Ambassadors professional training program. The Sustainability Ambassadors video production team brings five cameras, captures great audio, and edits together beautiful slides into a compelling final product. The entire video library including previous themes on Climate Solutions and Zero Waste can be found at the Sustainability Ambassadors webpage. 

Why only 8 Minutes? For the speaker, it’s an exhilarating art form and really helps tighten both content and style. For the classroom, it’s the right length to ignite complex conversations that bring local relevance to the curriculum.   

The Public is Welcome: Four, unique, 50-minute speaker sessions are held throughout the day beginning at 8:30, 9:40, 11:55 and 1:30. A few examples include: 

  • Native Food & Medicine; Follow the Seasons    
  • Food-Energy-Water Nexus; Urban Systems Analysis
  • Feeding Hunger Today - Ending Hunger Tomorrow
  • Dirt is Alive - Micro Ecosystems
  • Cafeterias and Local Food Systems 
  • Seed Biodiversity
  • Food Access - Food Justice
  • Vertical Farming; The Future of Fast Fresh? 

See the full schedule here:

The public is welcome to attend one or all the sessions, each featuring a different set of fascinating topics. Check the schedule and RSVP with your NAME and ORGANIZAITON. RSVP: Denise Alexander, Liberty HS Receptionist:, 425-837-4800  

Media: You are invited to attend. Advance notice if you are attending would be appreciated and we would be happy to arrange interviews with students or speakers.