Adolescent Summit, Energy, May 8-11, 2017

Adolescent Summit, Energy, May 8-11, 2017

Pathways to Sustainable Energy

Host School: Hershey Montessori School

Students will stay with host families provided by the school.



Adolescents are uniquely suited to address the critical issues of the world. Only by directly experiencing the complexities of society and working in a global community will adolescents develop an authentic understanding of the human condition as their social and moral selves evolve.


To encourage hope and positive action for the future, the adolescent needs to feel part of the solution by their efforts to solve one problem at a time. When a group of Montessori students from different parts of the world collaborate, they become advocates for what is true human progress. This is their developmental task.

The United Nations has identified “access to affordable and clean energy for all” as one of their Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the year 2030. While access to energy has expanded in recent years, global leaders are still faced with the challenge of balancing growing energy consumption needs with the negative effects of burning fossil fuels and other non-renewable energies. Meeting the emission targets of the Paris Agreement will require expanding global use of alternative energy sources like solar, wind, hydroelectric, and biomass. The summit, hosted at Hershey Montessori School, will explore how communities can contribute to this SDG through energy reduction strategies and the application of alternative energy technologies. Energy conservation has always been a focus of Hershey Montessori’s farm campus. Visiting students will be able to investigate several types of alternative energy technology including geothermal heating, photovoltaic cells, biofuels, as well as learn about the construction of a new building on the property using the principles of passive house design.