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We attended the UN High-Level Political Forum with the support of the Global Co Lab Network who we represented at the United Nations and the Eco Teen Action Network.

Teens attend the United Nations High Level Political Forum

August 24, 2019 | Krithika Layagala - Rhoshini Raghuraman

We attended the UN High-Level Political Forum with the support of the Global Co Lab Network who we represented at the United Nations and the Eco Teen Action Network.

Garreth Bartholomew and Matthew Capuano-Rizzo from Eco-Teen Action Network pose with the recyclable portion of their school-wide waste audit on April 27, 2019.

How to foster food sustainability in your school, community, and beyond!

August 2, 2019 | Matthew Capuano-Rizzo and Garreth Bartholomew

Food waste and security are some of the most pressing environmental and social issues in the world today. Yet too often these issues seem to be on an abstract, global scale. Two teens in Northern Virginia took on the challenge of food sustainability on a local scale with a global vision to make a difference in their community.

 “ In China, entrepreneurs have found a new, productive way to dispose of food scraps: feeding it to cockroaches… more”

The Roach Approach to Food Waste

August 2, 2019 | Annabel Williams

Food waste is one of the main environmental and economic problems facing countries around the world. In China, entrepreneurs have found a new, productive way to dispose of food scraps: feeding it to cockroaches.

Volunteers pose with 28 bags of trash recovered from the River Terrace Park trash trap,
Left to right: Ashley Cheung (Eco-Teen Action Network), Steve Kinzer (AWS Maintenance Engineer), Matthew Capuano-Rizzo (Eco-Teen Action Network), Zander (AWS Intern), James Foster (AWS President and CEO)

Volunteers wade through waste in river cleanup 2/2

July 23, 2019 | Matthew Capuano-Rizzo

This blog represents the second of two installments about efforts to clean up the Anacostia River and encourage local policy action in favor of plastic reduction and a circular economy.

Teens learn about conservation in the Anacostia Watershed 1/2

July 19, 2019 | Matthew Capuano-Rizzo

This blog represents the first of two installments about efforts to clean up the Anacostia River and encourage local policy action in favor of plastic reduction and a circular economy.

Youth Salon

Eco Teen Network to Fight Plastics

December 21, 2018 | Sydney Rico, Teen Coordinator

The Global Co Lab Network is working with the Smithsonian Conservation Commons to connect youth worldwide to fight against plastic pollution.

Clean Creeks Football Club by Robert Rutkai

Clean Creeks Football Club

December 21, 2018 | Robert Rutkai

I realized I couldn’t do it alone, so I called all my friends and created Clean Creeks Football Club (CCFC). Our mission was to rid the Chesapeake Bay of litter through youth led competition and fun

Youth Salon

Smithsonian and Co Lab Team Up to Launch Teen Led Eco Networks

December 21, 2018 | Linda Staheli

The Co Lab and Smithsonian Conservation Commons are organizing design salons to identify teen leaders to build a local teen network and help populate a series of salons on eco topics that will result in teen led virtual rooms called Dream Hubs aligned with Teens Dream!

Earth Optimism Summit 2017 Inter-generational Salons

Earth Optimism Teen Eco Networks

December 21, 2018 |

Building on the success of six intergenerational "salons" held during the Earth Optimism 2017 summit, the Conservation Commons is again partnering with the Global Co Lab Network to empower teens to lead conservation campaigns in schools and communities across the DC, MD, VA region, while also connecting with teens globally for greater impact.

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