2024 Eco Ambassadors Solutions Lab

EASL is a dynamic & immersive virtual initiative designed for high school students passionate about environmental sustainability, global citizenship, and technical skills. This global program aims to empower students with an understanding of local sustainability challenges & their link to the SDGs.


SDG6: Clean water and sanitation
SDG13: Climate action
SDG14: Life below water
GIS, SDGs, Global, Digital Storytelling, Global Citizenship
climate action

Oceans, Rivers, and Water Bodies in our Backyard

Through a blend of interactive virtual sessions, digital hands-on activities, and technical training, high school students will explore geospatial technologies and data-driven research, global citizenship, sustainable development, digital storytelling, and engage with experts while gaining valuable insights into how these tools and knowledge can be leveraged for achieving sustainability. Organized by SDSN's SDGs Today & the Center for Sustainable Development, Columbia University The theme for this year's program is centered around SDG 6, SDG 13, and SDG 14, and is sponsored by Sea Grant. We invite students keen on delving into water and micro-plastic science, engaging with experts, students, policymakers, and more to apply for this enlightening program. The program is entirely virtual and is provided free of charge for participating students. Final projects/solutions are required to be submitted in the ArcGIS StoryMap format, and licenses will be awarded to students who actively participate in the sessions. 

Register here to join us and review this year's program overview brochure.

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Learning Objectives

1. Sustainability and Climate Knowledge: Explore the concept of sustainable development, understand how individual actions contribute to global goals, and take action towards addressing sustainability issues and achieving the SDGs on local and global scales.
2. Technical Training: Acquire practical skills in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and other technologies through interactive workshops. Learn how to use data tools for mapping, data analysis, and problem-solving in the context of sustainable development issues.
3. Citizen Science: Prioritize the invaluable contribution of local knowledge and data collected by community members
4. Expert Networks: Engage with experts in the field through virtual webinars covering diverse topics related to sustainable development and the role of GIS in addressing global challenges.
5. Mentorship: Benefit from the guidance and mentorship provided by experts across various fields.
6. Digital Storytelling: Present your final project in a StoryMap format, showcasing your new skills and solutions with peers, mentors, and the wider community, by employing data tools.
7. Global Citizenship: Become global leaders and advocates for local and global change.