“Youth involvement in policy-making and advocacy is tremendously important. We stand to benefit or pay for the choices that are made longer than anyone else,”- Kyle Gracey. An outstandingly young leader, Kyle is the Chair of SustainUS – a nonprofit nonpartisan organization that focuses on advancing sustainable development through youth empowerment. In the upcoming seminar, Kyle discusses the ways that SustainUS bridges the gaps between social, economic and environmental objectives. He will focus on many opportunities for young scientists and engineers, such as the SustainUS program "Agents for Change," which trains a team to advocate policies at major international conferences each year.
To learn more, join us on Tuesday for a video interview with Kyle, and then ask questions at our live Q&A via conference call immediately following the video.
About Kyle Gracey
Kyle Gracey is the Chair for SustainUS: U.S. Youth for Sustainable Development. He is a Harris Fellow and dual M.S. student studying public policy and geophysical sciences at the University of Chicago, where he is writing his thesis on the long-term job creation potential of clean energy generation. He serves on the university's Sustainability Council, where he helped launch a bike sharing program that will provides job training to at-risk youth. He graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with degrees in Ecological Economics, Values & Policy and Biochemistry/Biophysics. There, he was the President of EcoLogic and Vice President of Finance and founding member of the Engineers for a Sustainable World chapter. He also studied international developmental and environmental issues at The American University in Washington, DC and in Brazil, Israel, Iceland, and the United Arab Emirates. A Truman Scholar, Kyle has worked in the Office of the U.S. Secretary of Transportation as an Environmental Policy Analyst and as an International Economist Intern in the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Western Hemisphere Affairs, and was an Education Docent at the National Aquarium. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the youth science & technology policy organization Student Pugwash USA, and is the University of Chicago Representative for both the Clinton Global Initiative and Campus Progress. He previously served as SustainUS Treasurer, Citizen Science Technical Board member, delegate to the UN Commission for Social Development, and delegate and domestic coordinator for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. He has written for everything from the Worldwatch Institute & Climate Progress to his hometown newspaper, and been interviewed by media from Chicago radio to French documentaries to Japanese science wire reporters. (Biography from It's Getting Hot In Here Blog).