Sustainability Fair

Sustainable Saratoga and Skidmore College are co-sponsoring the Saratoga Sustainability Fair to be held on April 16, 2023 at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York.

The mission of the sustainability fair is to support the three interconnected pillars of sustainability— environmental responsibility, social equity, economic development—by connecting people to community resources and organizations that contribute to making our community a more sustainable place to live for current and future generations.

The fair will bring exhibitors, presenters, and the community together to advocate for and improve awareness about sustainability activities and opportunities. The fair will include tours focusing on Skidmore’s sustainability efforts, exhibitor booths, workshop presentations, a keynote address, and more.


There is still time to participate by giving a presentation! Workshops are smaller venues held in a classroom setting, where you can give presentations, hold discussion groups, or host other more interactive activities. These will be 45-minute workshops. Submit a Workshop Presentation Application today!

Schedule of Events

Keynote Address (Gannett Auditorium in Palamountain Hall, 11 am to noon). Jen Kretser — Director of Climate Initiatives for The Wild Center and manager of the award-winning Youth Climate Program

Exhibitor Booths (Case Center, 10 am to 3 pm). We currently have more than 20 exhibitors participating in the fair, bringing resources about renewable energy, zero waste, sustainable gardening, social justice, alternative transportation, food production and security, natural resource protection, energy efficiency, and sustainability efforts in Saratoga Springs…Check back soon to see the complete list of exhibitors.

Sustainability Tour (meet in the first floor main entrance to the Case Center at 2 pm). Get a first-hand look at Skidmore’s sustainability initiatives, including one of the geothermal energy nodes that heat and cool about 35 percent of Skidmore’s campus.

Electric Vehicle Car Show (Case Center parking lot, 12:30 to 3:30 pm). Come check out electric vehicles of various makes and models and chat with the car owners.

Electric Vehicle Ride & Drive (1-3 pm). Come test drive an electric vehicle while you are at the fair. More details on what cars will be on hand are coming soon.

Workshop Presentations (Ladd Hall, 10 to 11 am and 1 to 4 pm): Workshop topics include: geothermal heating and cooling, environmental and social impact investing, composting, how local communities can address climate change, ocean protection, and more…Check back soon for a full list, including descriptions, of the presentations.

Keynote Address: Our Time to Lead: Youth Engagement in Climate Change.

Our keynote speakers are Jen Kretser — Director of Climate Initiatives for The Wild Center and manager of the award-winning Youth Climate Program

“We are living in a changing world. Cities and towns need to conceive of and build toward a future where everyone and every place is resilient to climate impacts – education and communication are a key factor along with engaging and empowering young people to act on climate change. Seeing and engaging youth as allies for climate change solutions is critical to success. The Wild Center’s Youth Climate Program convenes and empowers high school students to learn climate change science, local impacts and solutions to bring back to their schools and communities. Through participating in youth climate summits, students work across disciplines, build youth leadership skills and civic engagement. This model was recognized by the former White House and has been adapted/scaled in schools, zoos, aquariums, nature centers, and NGOs around the globe. Presenters Jen Kretser, Director of Climate Initiatives, and Elodie Linck, Youth Climate Advisory Board Chair and Skidmore student, will focus on climate communication strategies and success factors of student-driven civic action. Join us and learn how you can apply these tools to your work within your local context, regardless of geographic location, infrastructure or available resources.”

Jen Kretser is the Director of Climate Initiatives for The Wild Center. Jen manages their climate change engagement programs including the award-winning Youth Climate Program.

Elodie Linck is a junior at Skidmore College. She has attended and planned multiple youth climate summits and now acts as the chair of the Youth Climate Advisory Board.

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