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SustainUS, Inc.

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Causes: Children & Youth, Economic Development, Environment, International, International Economic Development, Microfinance, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection

Mission: SustainUS is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of young people advancing sustainable development and youth empowerment in the United States. Through proactive education and advocacy at the policy-making level and at the grassroots, we are building a future in which all people recognize the inherent equality and interdependence of social, economic, and environmental sustainability. We strive to reflect our values through the diversity of members and projects, our ongoing commitment to educating ourselves and others, and the way we live our lives.

Target demographics: youth 13-26

Geographic areas served: United States of America

Programs: Sustainus agents of changes delegates attended the united nations cop19 conference in warsaw, poland to bring youth voices to the international climate negotiations. Our total donations for this event were $3,396. We provided stipends to youth attending retreats and planning sessions in preparation for the conference.

Community Stories

32 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

adamhasz

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SustainUS is a nimble and innovative non-profit, accomplishing many great things all through the efforts of committed volunteers. I attended the UN Rio+20 Earth Summit with the group, and I was blown away by the passion, dedication, and brilliance of my fellow SustainUS delegates. I don't know of any other organization in the US that allows for young people to engage with the international policy process so deeply and in such an impactful way. Because of my amazing experience with SustainUS at Rio+20, I plan to stay involved with the organization for many years.

Emily32

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a delegate to Rio+20 in June 2012 through SustainUS. I can honestly say that I have never met a more committed, passionate and intelligent group of young adults. They kept me inspired through the disintegration of the UN process, and they continue to inspire me. SustainUS itself provides both valuable training for budding activists and a credible organization from which more experienced delegates can conduct policy analysis, write about their experiences, and meet with governments and other non-profits.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SustainUS is an organization I hold close to my heart. SustainUS is an organization that empowers young people to become well-versed advocates for sustainability through the international arena, a network that connects young Americans around issues that matter most, and a launching pad for careers in development, sustainability, clean energy, and international relations. I owe so much to SustainUS, which opened my eyes to the possibilities in international development, education, and advocacy.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of working alongside the youth of SustainUS through the UNFCCC, COP/MOP processes as global youth representatives - I myself am from Canada.
The team is amazing. The people I met from SustainUS were serious and committed to their work passionate about being the strong sustainability catalyst that they are all while being fun and a pleasure to be around.
This group of well rounde, well read and true gold youth will run their country one day, and will do so with altruism and service for the greater good of all.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

They are soooooooo great. Really good actions internationally.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SustainUS does amazing work in the US and internationally to raise awareness about climate change and important issues faced by the global community today. It is an inspiring network of youth advocating for change and showing how young people truly do care about world affairs.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was introduced to SustainUS by my students at College of the Atlantic in 2006, and quickly found the commitment and vitality of SustainUS to be amazing. It is one of those rare "organizations" that is totally volunteer and yet LIVES its purpose in a sophisticated and effective way.

I don't know of another association of young people capable of such leadership on the major challenge of our times -- the transition to a sustainable, fair and just society.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SustainUS is an incredible organization that empowers youth to be involved on the international stage, advocating for action on climate change. They promote education and bring a knowledgeable team of youth to the UN Climate Negotiations. They are known , even in the US government, as being educated on par with high level NGO representatives and other government observers. They give US youth a voice in the international policy making arena.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

passionate youth determined to create a better world - what could be more effective and inspirational?

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I traveled with SustainUS to Mexico for COP16. It was an amazing experience. Even before, I was impressed with everyone's dedication and passion for sustainable development. Not only does this organization empower young people to have their voice heard but it also works with youth from around the world to tackle the climate change crisis and make a difference on in international forums.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a student leader with SustainUS at Cop 13 in Bali. SustainUS helped me to connect to countless leaders in the field and work together to achieve great things! I would work with them again and they deserve everyone's support!

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SustainUS is a fantastic organization - the best I have worked with in the environmental and international political fields. The fact that is in all volunteer run makes for an amazingly robust and cooperative organization. A fantastic model that more non-profits should follow.

Review from Guidestar

Jinny J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SustainUS gives youth the opportunity and a platform, such as UN Conferences, to become engaged with local, national, and international social issues. The organization is led by a team of volunteers that are full-time professionals, students, etc who devote their time to make this organization operational. Their level of community action and their presence in the youth activism movement is quite impressive.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SustainUS is an incredibly successful grassroots organization which facilitates amazing opportunities. I was able to attend the UN climate talks in Mexico through SustainUS and had the tools and knowledge to not only get information from the conference, but I was also able to participate in a meaningful way.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SustainUS is a great organization that has allowed me to connect with amazing young people throughout the US and the world working on sustainability issues. It's augmented my work in my undergrad program and given me experience and perspective on international sustainability issues that I couldn't have gained elsewhere.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SustainUS is an incredible organization made up of the most hard working, dedicated, and passionate young people I know. I love that it is entirely youth run and all volunteer. It's also the only organization I know that really strives to connect young people to policy process at the international level on sustainability issues to enable them to make real differences in their communities and beyond. SustainUS is amazing people doing amazing things to ensure a better, more sustainable future.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SustainUS is an awesome organization that builds capacity among young people working toward [genuine] sustainable development solutions. Check it out!

Review from Guidestar

Josh

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SustainUS allowed me to participate in international negotiations and ultimately led me to a career in sustainable community building. It felt very empowering to build a collective voice among international youth and speak our truth to delegates and stakeholders from around the world.

My vote is in!

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SustainUS is rocking. I am continually impressed that a group of passionate youth that aren't paid a dime can run an internationally prominent organization that is respected for it's cutting edge policy positions and strong engagement at UN meetings.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Very organized and passionate people are involved with SustainUS. Pure dedication to the international climate movement!

Review from Guidestar