Campus accommodations are nearly sold out for this program. Please see our list of local hotels and inns.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 in coming weeks for more detailed program information, including breakout session presenters and specific topics.
|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|
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
|1:15p.m.–1:45p.m.||(Optional) Tour Omega's Living Building & EcoMachine and see several Drawdown solutions at work|
|2:00 p.m.– 6:00 p.m.||
|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.|
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.
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.
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.
Meet the Presenters
Paul Hawken, an environmentalist and activist, has written seven books on the environmental m ...
Katharine Wilkinson, PhD, is senior writer at Project Drawdown, where she collaborated with Paul ...
Chad Frischmann, MS, serves as vice president and research director at Project Drawdown, whe ...
Crystal Chissell, JD, MS, MBA, manages the partnership, fellowship and volunteer programs at Proj ...
Tuition & Fees
Housing is limited; please call Omega at 877.944.2002 to register. View our list of local hotels and inns.
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Tier 1 Donor-Supported
This is our partially subsidized price for those with temporary or minor financial need.
Tier 2 Donor-Supported
This is our fully subsidized price for those in need of deeper financial assistance.
Tuition covers your workshop costs and time spent in class with the faculty. Please see Stay With Us below for accommodation choices—which include meals and other amenities for those who wish to stay with us. Or see Commute for those who will not be staying on campus overnight.
Accommodations cover your room, all meals, and use of amenities and facilities—which includes optional classes, evening performances, sampler classes (during the week), the lake, walking trails, parking, and all other guest services. A list of local hotels and inns is available for those who wish to stay off-campus and commute (see Commute below).
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Refunds are available (less a $50 processing fee) up to eight days before your program or stay.
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Friday Evening Live Stream & Satellite Sites
This 3-day collaborative event begins Friday evening with an in-depth overview of Project Drawdown by executive director Paul Hawken and his team. We will discuss the project, who is part of it, how far they have come, next steps including a Drawdown Research Collaborative, and other 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.
Check back in coming weeks for online registration information and more about becoming a satellite viewing or event site.
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 Moira at Moirad@eOmega.org.
Drawdown Learn Expo Area
Many educators, schools, student groups, parents, and others are doing innovative work when it comes to climate change education.
Have you developed tools, curriculum, creative projects, events, or another approach that is working?
If you are planning to attend this Drawdown Learn event and are interested in sharing information or a display on a particular project or approach that you think would be helpful for others, please fill out this submission form and we will follow up with you about creating a small display in our expo area.
Space is limited and will be allocated depending on how many people would like to bring materials, and how large their demonstration requirements are. Submit requests early to be considered for larger displays. If you are only bringing flyers or pamphlets there is no need to tell us in advance.
Questions? Contact Moira Dwyer: Moirad@eomega.org
Discounted Passes & Scholarships
We look forward to hosting this event, and would like anyone to be able to join us who wants to connect, share ideas & resources, and contribute to these formative conversations. Having a diversity of ideas and perspectives is important, so please do share these event details with anyone you think has something important for others to know about.
If you, your school, or your organization is able to help support this event, please register and pay the actual cost of the program using the sliding scale tiered pricing listed above. Educators, you can contact Moirad@eomega.org to ask about using a purchase order.
We are fundraising and adding event sponsors to be able to underwrite some discounted passes for students, young leaders, and partner organizations who need financial assistance in order to attend. RSVP here if you would like to request a $95 weekend commuter/camping pass (meals and all other fees included).
Scholarships may be available for anyone who needs further financial assistance.
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 Education, SCI21, the Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education and the Northwest Earth Institute. We will soon begin adding links below to a growing number of organizations, networks, and schools that are joining us in this effort.
Become an Organizational Partner
Being a partner means:
- Your group 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 want to bring can come.
- If you have people who will need financial assistance in your group, you can have them request a $95 weekend commuter or camping pass using your organization’s name as their discount code (meals included). These passes will be available on a first come, first served basis - up to 2 or 3 per partner organization. Some full tuition assistance may also be available. Housing is nearly sold out on campus, 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:
- Some organizations and schools will invite people from their community to join them at the event in Rhinebeck NY, or at a satellite event that they will host, so that they can continue conversations or work together afterward in the places where they live and work.
- These targeted efforts could include invitations and outreach to people within your own organization, your school, nearby schools, businesses, your town, your city or within your region or other networks. More information coming soon, including ideas to support you in how to do this.
- 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 guest passes to the event in Rhinebeck, NY for this purpose, please contact Moira Dwyer: Moirad@eomega.org.
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 about people and projects who we should know about, and how to best work together to join our efforts.