SYC is recruiting ExComm members!

Call-out: Applications for the Sierra Youth Coalition’s Executive Committee 2016-2017

We are looking for dedicated, empowered and proactive youth leaders to apply for a seat on the Sierra Youth Coalition’s Executive Committee!

What is ExComm?

The Executive Committee (affectionately known as the ExComm) is SYC’s official decision-making body. Composed of 9 enthusiastic youth from across the country, the ExComm is responsible for shaping SYC’s direction, organizational governance and supporting the staff team. A minimum of one member is between the ages of 14-18 and all are under 30.

There are 8 seats available for the 2016-2017 term with 1 reserved for a youth between the ages of 14-18. The ExComm is an active board, so expect to devote anywhere from 2-4 hours a week to SYC activities. Most of our work is done through e-mail, conference calls and occasional events.

All ExComm members must be 30 years of age or younger at the time of applying. Under our new rules, ExComm members serve for two years. Half of the incoming members this year will serve for one-year terms however, to ensure staggered terms in future (term lengths will be determined by lot). No person can be appointed to the ExCom for more than three consecutive two-year terms.

We are particularly interested in diversifying the skill-set and perspectives within ExComm. If you have marketing, accounting, communications, graphic design, environmental policy, grassroots advocacy or finance experience you’d be a great asset to the team.

How to run for an ExComm position for the 2016-2017 term in 2 easy steps:

1. If you are not already a member, sign up for a Sierra Club Canada Foundation (SCCF) membership – youth category. This is a $25.00, tax deductible membership fee.

Please send your CV and a short bio (10-15 lines) to

Short-listed candidates will then be contacted for an interview. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, but we are looking to establish an Executive Committee for the 2016-2017 period as soon as possible!


Black Out Speak Out Teach-in


Speak out on June 4, 2012 in defence of two core Canadian values: nature and democracy.

Join over 13,000 website owners representing millions of Canadians as we darken our websites in protest against efforts to silence your voice. Blacking out your site does not require you to shut it down for the day. You will have the option of inserting a splash page that will cover your homepage while maintaining the functionality of your site.

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Give youth a voice! Support SYC as we strive to empower young people to become active community leaders who contribute to making Canada a better society. Make a donation today or sign up for a membership!


Check out this awesome event – free for students!

WHERE: St Paul University, 223 Main Street, Ottawa
WHEN: Wednesday, May 30 at 7:00 PM- 9:00 PM
WHO: Elizabeth May (Green), Kirsty Duncan (Liberal), Megan Leslie (NDP) and, Stephan Hazell (Environmental Law Expert)
WHAT: The event is a panel discussion to raise awareness about the environmental implications of the 2012 Federal Budget bill (C-38). The audience can ask the panel questions regarding the Budget bill, in order to better understand its future effect on Canada’s natural environment.

Seating is limited so reserve a seat today by calling 613-241-4611.

SYC partners in the newly launched Sustainability and Education Policy Network

Professor Marcia McKenzieMarcia McKenzie, from the University of Saskatchewan Department of Educational Foundations and School of Environment and Sustainability, leads a $3 million initiative called the Sustainability and Education Policy Network (SEPN). The network is exploring new models to improve how environmental sustainability is taught and practiced in schools, universities, and other educational institutions.

“Climate change, new environmental technologies, energy and water sustainability are not solely technical issues,” McKenzie says. “They are also cultural and political challenges. To respond to these challenges, we need integrated solutions that depend on and assume a citizenry that is both informed and motivated.”

Although environmental issues are often prominent in the news and public discourse, there is little knowledge about how these issues are being taught and lived, and what policies are driving the lessons. Part of the challenge is the number of players involved – everyone from provincial governments and their ministries, to school boards, university administrations, and even not-for-profit environmental groups – many of whose efforts are uncoordinated with the others.

To address this, SEPN academic partners include York University and Lakehead University, and organizational partners include the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, the David Suzuki Foundation, Learning for a Sustainable Future, and the Sierra Youth Coalition. Six other groups are contributing to the project: the Assembly of First Nations, the Métis National Office, the Sustainability Solutions Group, the Global Youth Education Network, Ecosource, and the Canadian Federation of Students.

SEPN will begin by analyzing existing policy concerned with environmental sustainability in provincial ministries of education, federal First Nations’ school administration, and post-secondary institutions. From there, the researchers will conduct community-based site analyses to see how these policies are experienced in the classroom, in how organizations conduct their operations, and by the broader community. With this knowledge in hand, the network plans to develop a set of best practices and policies to engage decision-makers in furthering environmental sustainability efforts across the country through education.

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