Omega Center for Sustainable Living

2018 Drawdown Learn Incubation Event Information

Thank you to all who joined us in person or online for Drawdown Learn: A Solutions-Based Approach to Climate Education.  Please check back in the new year for more information on next steps, and save the date for next year's event: October 18-20, 2019.

"Innovation. Creativity. Ingenuity. Genius. When you set bigger goals, everything opens up."

—Paul Hawken

Project Drawdown is perhaps the most unexpected and hopeful development in the critical effort to reverse global warming.

With a modest budget and little fanfare, a group of 200 scientists and researchers mapped and modeled the 100 most effective ways to draw down greenhouse gas emissions. The Drawdown team did the math to calculate what humanity can achieve with tools already in use around the globe.

Since the findings were published in April 2017, Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming has become a New York Times best seller, prompting hundreds of media reports, events, and new editions worldwide.

Now, there is a need for a collaborative effort to develop tools, training, and curriculum integration to unpack the rich learning opportunities of Drawdown and its data.

In 2018, along with our partners at the PNW BOCES Center for Environmental Education, SCI21, the Northwest Earth Institute, and the Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education, the Omega Center for Sustainable Living is inviting educators, curriculum developers, parents, students, librarians, community groups, researchers, local officials, and other interested parties to learn together and chart a path forward.

This gathering is geared toward integrating Drawdown solutions into 3 areas: community/cross-sector educational and organizing efforts, K-12 education, and higher education.  Time will be provided for breakout groups to discuss key linkages to the new science standards (K-12) and explore how Drawdown can be more fully integrated into K-16 education, youth leadership, community-based projects, and municipal and civic engagement. There will also be opportunities for cross pollination between the groups.

This 3-day collaborative event begins Friday evening with an in-depth overview of Project Drawdown by executive director Paul Hawken and his team, and continues with interactive sessions throughout the weekend.

We hope this Drawdown Learn gathering will be the first of many - both here at Omega, and in other regions and countries around the world.

Intended outcomes for this October 2018 Drawdown Learn event in Rhinebeck, NY:

  1. Create a shared understanding of what Project Drawdown is—the math, science, and models used—and the movement that has emerged around it, so that a solutions-based approach to climate change becomes part of mainstream discourse and education.
  1. Demonstrate that the solutions for reversing global warming are clear and tangible, and that they can be worked on in our communities, homes, and schools.  This event will include resources, ideas, and options for practical next steps that can be taken directly after the gathering.
  1. Explore avenues to get Drawdown information into the hands and minds of young people so they can both participate in and lead necessary action and innovation.
  1. Provide an opportunity for schools and communities to begin or deepen relationships, collaboration, and mutual support toward learning and implementing Drawdown solutions.


Connect, learn, and help chart a path forward for solutions-based climate change education and implementation in your school or community.  

Check back as we will be adding breakout session topics, descriptions, and presenter information soon.  

4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)
7.30 p.m.–10:00 p.m.

Overview Presentation with Paul Hawken followed by a panel discussion with the Project Drawdown team, including updates on what's emerged since Drawdown was published last year - the partnerships, ideas, community organizing, Drawdown hubs, and more. 

Friday evening will include time for questions from in-person & online participants and satellite viewing sites.

9:00 a.m.–10:00a.m. Opening Session with the Drawdown Team: Drawdown's language, philosophy, methodology and approach
10:00 a.m.–12:15p.m.

Interactive Breakout Sessions will be held all day on Saturday with programming geared toward 3 areas, including examples and ideas for integrating Drawdown into current or emerging work: 

Track 1: Community Organizing and Cross-Sector Educational Efforts

Track 2: K-12 Education

Track 3: Higher Education

12:15p.m.–1:15p.m. LUNCH
1:15p.m.–2:05p.m. (Optional) Tour Omega's Living Building & EcoMachine and see several Drawdown solutions at work
1:15 p.m.– 6:00 p.m.

Breakout Sessions & Setting the schedule for follow up conversation on Sunday

6:00 p.m.– 7:30 p.m. DINNER
7:30 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

Mixer: Wine & Desserts.  Connect and learn more about other early adoptors working to integrate Drawdown into their curriculum, or community/school programming, projects and engagement. 

There will be tables set up around the room where you can talk with those who have put something into the Drawdown Learn expo.


9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m

Unconference sessions -- led by breakout facilitators and conference participants alike to follow up on topics for further discussion that emerge on Saturday, for people to connect with their place-based groups, and/or to meet with potential collaborators to discuss ideas that have come up.

Youth leadership panel

Whole group closing -- resources, reflections, and next steps 

12:30–1:00 p.m. Check Out 

The schedule above is subject to change as the event continues to develop.  The final schedule will be available upon arrival.

The Children's Program is generally available during standard workshop hours only. Contact Omega registration at 877.944.2002 for details.

Dining Hall Hours (Meals begin with dinner on arrival day and end with lunch on departure day.):
Breakfast: 7:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m.
Lunch: Noon–2:00 p.m.
Dinner: 6:00 p.m.–7:15 p.m.

Daily Open Classes in meditation, yoga, tai chi, or movement (subject to availability):
7:00–8:00 a.m., 12:15–1:00 p.m., 5:30–6:15 p.m., 5:30–6:30 p.m.

Live Stream & Satellite Sites

This 3-day collaborative event begins Friday evening with an in-depth overview of Project Drawdown by Paul Hawken and his team.  We will discuss the project, who is part of it, how far they have come, next steps, and ways that educational institutions, students of all ages, and communities are taking up Drawdown and getting involved.

We will be streaming live during the Friday evening session so that those who cannot join us in person can participate online. Learn more about Project Drawdown and the emerging Drawdown Learn initiative as you explore how you, your school, and/or your community can participate.

To register for the live stream and to learn more about becoming a satellite site, click here.


Professional Development Credit

This program includes 15 hours of professional development credit.  

In addition to registering for the event at Omega, teachers wishing to receive CTLE can register with our partners at the PNW BOCES Office through MyLearningPlan (there is a $25 fee). Registering for credit does not automatically register you for admission to the event.  Space is limited, please register with Omega first to ensure you are able to get a ticket.

If you prefer to check in with your own district or school about receiving professional development credit through them, you may request a Certificate of Attendance from Omega for a $25 fee when you register, or call 877.944.2002.  This is not a continuing education certificate.

Questions? Contact us at


Organizational Partners

This event emerged as a collaboration between Project Drawdown and the Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL). Our core organizing team includes PNW BOCES Center for Environmental EducationSCI21, the Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education and the Northwest Earth Institute.  

We are grateful to a number of other partners for their support, collaboration, and participation in Drawdown Learn, including:

AppleSeed Permaculture

American Sustainable Business Council
Asheville (N.C.) High School
Bard Center for Environmental Policy
Bard Office of Sustainability
Biodiversity for a Livable Climate

C&K Community Kitchen
Captain Planet Foundation

Center for Sustainability, Agnes Scott College
Citizens' Climate Lobby

CLEAN Network
Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy
Crowdsourcing Sustainability

Green Building Alliance's Green & Healthy Schools Academy
Hawthorne Valley Association
HBCU Green Fund
Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc.
Hudson Valley Green Drinks
Hudson Valley Regional Council

Kingston Land Trust
Kingston Transition

Let It Grow Landscapes
New Paltz Climate Action Coalition
New York Library Association

NOAA Climate Program Office
Poly Prep Country Day School
Repair Cafe - Hudson Valley
Rhinebeck Science Foundation

Schaghticoke First Nations
Schools for Climate Action
Seeding Sovereignty

Shelburne Farms
St. Joseph Notre Dame High School
Studioteka Design
Sustainable Hudson Valley
Sustainable Warwick
The Arctic Cycle
The Benjamin Center at SUNY New Paltz

The Musical Seeds Project: Intersections of Ecology, Music and Dance
The Wild Center
Transition Catskills
Town of Clinton
Ulster County Department of the Environment

VocalEyes Digital Democracy Ltd
Woodstock Land Conservancy
Woodstock NY Transition

Young Voices for the Planet

Learn more about becoming an event partner below.


Get Involved

Become an Organizational Partner

If your school, district, association, library, business, or organization would like to become a partner in this event and emerging Drawdown Learn network, please join us by submitting this online form.

Being a partner means:

  • Your organization plans to engage with this Drawdown Learn initiative in person or online in October, and will help let others know about it before then through email, social media, or other channels.  
  • If you plan to attend in person, we encourage you to invite anyone you think should be at the event with you. Space is limited - register early to ensure all members of the group or team you would like to bring can obtain a ticket. 
  • If you have people who will need financial assistance in your group, you can have them apply for a $95 weekend commuter or camping pass using your organization’s name as their discount code (meals included). These passes are limited, apply early.  We will begin processing requests on August 31st.  Housing is sold out on campus.  We do still have some camping available, and see a list of places to stay off campus here.
  • We will display your organization’s name, and link to your website or satellite event details so that people can find out more about you.  

For those partners that would like to have deeper involvement:

  • Invite people from your community to join you at the event in Rhinebeck NY, or at a satellite event that you host.  Think about how you'd like to continue conversations or work together afterward and organize next steps.
  • Your outreach could include invitations to people within your own organization, your school, nearby schools, businesses, your town, your city or within your region or other networks. 
  • Local partners may also wish to strategically invite key people such as their local officials, principals, superintendents or school board members to attend in person.  As a partner organization, if you need discounted or guest passes to the event in Rhinebeck, NY for this purpose, please contact us at​ to find out what is possible. 
  • Some partners may also work with local businesses or organizations to award sponsored attendance for youth leaders, thereby sending them to the event as ambassadors for their community.

We are open to hearing any other creative ideas from partners, including about projects and people who we should know, and how to best work together to join our efforts. 


Sponsorship Opportunities & Financial Support

We believe that the solutions presented at Drawdown Learn can reverse global warming. We also believe that sharing these solutions far and wide—to engage as many people as possible in embracing the solutions—is imperative. That’s why we’re live streaming Friday’s opening session with Paul Hawken and offering it at no cost.

You can help! Omega is a nonprofit and donations are vital in enabling us to:

  • Increase the participation of educators, curriculum developers, community organizations, and students by offering more scholarships to Drawdown Learn
  • Film the Drawdown Learn event’s interactive breakout sessions to ensure widespread access to ideas for integrating solutions into communities around the world
  • Scale up the depth and breadth of Drawdown Learn 2019

Donate now

Sponsorship opportunities are available for the Drawdown Learn live stream and on-demand (available online until January 2019). To get your brand involved, contact


Meet the Presenters

    Paul Hawken is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, author, and activist who has dedicated his ...
    Katharine Wilkinson, PhD, serves as vice president of communication and engagement at Projec ...
    Chad Frischmann, MS, serves as vice president of research and technology at Project Drawdown, whe ...
    Crystal Chissell, JD, MS, MBA, serves as vice president of operations and engagement at Project D ...
    Jonathan Foley, PhD, serves as executive director of Project Drawdown, a nonprofit organization&n ...
    Laura Weiland is director of the Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL), and creator of ...
    Robert "Skip" Backus is the chief executive officer of Omega Institute. For more than 20 year ...
    Felicia M. Davis coordinates sustainability for Clark Atlanta University and is a member of ...
    Richard Schulterbrandt Gragg, PhD, is a professor of environmental science and policy at the Flor ...
    Illai Kenney serves as program manager in the Howard University Office of Sustainability.  A ...
    David Jacob has spent many years in public education developing innovative curriculum design and ...
    Jaimie P. Cloud is founder and president of the Cloud Institute and author of the Education f ...
    David Macek serves as executive director of Northwest Earth Institute, a sustainability ...
    Lacy Cagle serves as director of learning for Northwest Earth Institute (NWEI), based in Portland ...
    Sarah Duffer is a public educator certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching ...
    Laura Diaz teaches environmental science and biology at St. Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alam ...
    Brian Kallay teaches computer science at St. Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda, Calif ...
    Sue Staropoli serves as a facilitator and leader in the Rochester Pachamama Alliance community, w ...
    Leonardo Alonso, senior at St. Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda, California, is an office ...
    Gabriel Trevino, a senior at St. Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda, California, is a membe ...
    Lauren TwoBraids Howland works to build a strong and vibrant youth network, and motivates ot ...
    Sachem HawkStorm, hereditary sachem (chief) of the Schaghticoke People, is a fierce advocate ...
    Sherri Mitchell, JD, is an indigenous rights activist, spiritual teacher, and transformation ...
    As a member of the International Indigenous Youth Council and as an activist, community organizer ...
    Roberto Mukaro Borrero is the international mechanisms director for the U.S. Human Righ ...
    Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, MS, is executive director of the Mid-Hudson Library System, a public ...
    Jen Cannell, PhD, serves as the school library system and arts coordinator for Capital Region Boa ...
    Stephen Maher is the librarian for social work and psychology for New York University. ...
    Vanessa Keith is a registered architect and the principal of Studioteka Design, a New York archit ...
    Beth Osnes, PhD, seeks to use theater as a tool for women and youth to author a new story to ...
    Anne Armstrong has been working in the environmental education field since 2006 and is a PhD ...
    Marianne E. Krasny, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Natural Resources and director of th ...
    Peter Buckland serves as the academic programs manager at Penn State’s Sustainability Institute ...
    Curt Newton is the acting publication director of Massachusetts Institute of Technology's web-bas ...
    David Levine is the cofounder and president of the American Sustainable Business Council, a netwo ...
    Oliver Kroner is the sustainability coordinator for the City of Cincinnati, where he works with c ...
    As president and CEO of the Captain Planet Foundation, Leesa Carter-Jones leads the organiza ...
    Courtney Kimmel, PhD, serves as director of strategic partnerships for Captain Planet F ...
    As the climate and communities coordinator for The Wild Center, Erin Griffin works to empowe ...
    Dazzle Ekblad, MS, MPA, is a climate policy analyst in the Office of Climate Change at the New Yo ...
    Elodie Linck began working with the Wild Center's Youth Climate Program in high school as she org ...
    Silas Swanson is an undergraduate student studying Earth and Environmental Engineering at Columbi ...
    Martine Postma serves as director of the Repair Café International Foundation, the organization ...
    John Wackman is the organizer of the Repair Café in New Paltz and coordinator of Repair Caf ...
    Frank Niepold is the climate education coordinator at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Admini ...
    Jenna Totz serves as climate change education manager with Climate Generation: A Will Steger ...
    Jen Kretser is the director of programs and the Youth Climate Initiative for The Wild Center ...
    Lynne Cherry is an author, illustrator, filmmaker, and environmental lecturer. Cherry has ...