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2016 News and Information

Richmond youth looking for environmental change at the annual Earth Day summit

15 April 2016

There is no need to look any further than today to start changing the environment for the better. The public is invited to attend the Richmond Earth Day Youth (REaDY) Summit on Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at Hugh Boyd Secondary School, 9200 No. 1 Road. Change Happens Now: The World is in Rooted in Our Backyard is the theme for this year.  The REaDY Summit is delivered in partnership between the City of Richmond, Richmond School District and the David Suzuki Foundation.

“The Richmond Earth Day Youth Summit, through its innovative speakers and workshops, presents a unique opportunity for Richmond’s youth to discuss how to make positive environmental changes to improve their own neighbourhoods and communities, now and into the future,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “2016 marks the fifth successful year of the REaDY Summit—encouraging and uplifting the younger generation to be environmental leaders within Richmond and beyond.”

The summit is targeted to youth from Richmond’s schools, but is also open to participants of all ages throughout Metro Vancouver. 

This year’s conference includes:

  • Two keynote speakers who are inspiring youth environmental leaders: Kate Hodgson and Jay Matsushiba, both active environmental organizers within Metro Vancouver. 
  •  Interactive workshops led by community experts and students on a variety of sustainability topics, including greenhouse gas emissions, local ecology, food, water conservation, household recycling, winter gardening, youth leadership and active transportation. 
  •  Educational and engaging exhibits by partners, sponsors and community organizations.

The 2016 Richmond Earth Day Youth Summit’s presenting sponsor is Nature’s Path Foods, with community sponsors Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Vancity.

REaDY Summit partners and organizers won first place as part of the Our Canada Project award for 2015, presented by the Learning for a Sustainable Future organization. The award was in recognition of the Summit’s success to date in supporting youth-led environmental initiatives, sustainability leadership, student creativity and innovation in the community and beyond.

Admission to the REaDY Summit is free, however pre-registration is encouraged as space is limited. For more information on the workshops and to register, please visit