Local community member Elena Stachew was accepted to attend the first ever UN Youth Climate Summit in New York City this Saturday, September 21. The historic event will be a platform for young leaders who are driving climate action to showcase their solutions at the United Nations, and to meaningfully engage with decision-makers on the defining issue of our time. It will be the largest gathering of young climate leaders at the UN in history.
Over 7,000 young people between the ages of 18 to 29 applied to attend the Youth Climate Summit. Elena Stachew (age 28) was one of 500 hundred young people from around the world selected to attend the Summit after demonstrating their commitment to addressing the climate crisis and displaying leadership in advancing solutions. She is representing the Northeast Ohio, USA region. The City of Cleveland’s Office for Sustainability is sponsoring her travel to this historic summit.
The Youth Climate Summit will feature a full-day of programming that brings together young activists, innovators, entrepreneurs, and change-makers who are committed to combating climate change at the pace and scale needed to meet the challenge. It will be action oriented, intergenerational, and inclusive, with equal representation of young leaders from all walks of life.
Elena Stachew is a Biomimicry PhD Fellow with Biohabitats, Cleveland Water Alliance in partnership with ODNR’s Office of Coastal Management, through University of Akron’s Biomimicry Research & Innovation Center (BRIC). Her PhD focuses on bio-inspired coastal engineering design for Lake Erie. Elena received her B.S. in Polymer Science & Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in 2013. Before her PhD endeavors, Elena worked as a technical service engineer, research engineer and corporate sustainable development team lead for Covia in Michigan and Ohio (formerly known as Fairmount Santrol). She is also an international project lead for Engineers Without Borders Northeast Ohio Professional Chapter, and a member of the Cleveland Hub of the Global Shapers Community.
“I am beyond humbled and excited to be able to represent the Northeast Ohio region at the United Nations, and discuss the health of our Great Lakes, the importance of ecological restoration in the era of climate change, and biomimicry as our regional asset with stakeholders and decision-makers.”