Sustainability Café on October 3rd explores student activism to meet sustainability challenges

The Sustainability Café on Monday, October 3rd will feature Dominic Frongillo, speaking on “Power Shift: Running for Office for Student Activists.” The Café will be held in Center for Natural Sciences Room 112 at 4:00PM.

Dominic Frongillo made history in 2005 when, at age 22, he became the youngest person ever elected to the Town Council in Caroline, New York.  He now serves as his county's youngest-ever Deputy Town Supervisor. Dominic’s “day job” is as a member of the Energy & Climate Change team of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, in Ithaca, New York

As a seasoned member of the youth climate movement, Dominic has worked locally to globally, most notably as a U.S. youth delegate with SustainUS to the United Nations climate negotiations in Cancun in 2010, Copenhagen in 2009, and Bali in 2007. In Copenhagen, Dominic delivered a statement from over 100 young elected officials from 30 states, calling on President Obama and Congress to renew America's leadership in clean energy.

A graduate from Cornell University's College of Human Ecology in 2005, Dominic earned an independent degree with honors in Sustainable Community Development. He founded and leads Energy Independent Caroline, an organization dedicated to local energy independence, and co-coordinated “Lighten Up Tompkins” which in 2010 delivered one energy-saving light bulb to 5,000 households in just three hours – the largest effort of it's kind in rural New York.

Dominic was a regional coordinator for Power Shift 2009 and 2011 -- the nation's largest summit on youth clean energy action, is trained by Al Gore as a climate presenter for The Climate Project, and was selected by former Governor Paterson to help develop New York State's far-reaching 2050 Climate Action Plan.

Dominic has been featured on several media outlets, including Yes! Magazine, the leading Japanese political newspaper, four television programs, and is profiled in Liz Walker’s latest book, Creating Sustainable Communities: Ideas and Inspiration from Ithaca, New York.  Dominic has given dozens of talks to youth and adult audiences on topics of climate change, energy, youth action, and government.

This event is free and open to the public.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Marian Brown at 607-274-3787 or We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.

“Teachable edibles” – local, organic and/or seasonal snacks – for the Fall 2011 Sustainability Café series are being sponsored by Ithaca College Dining Services whose motto is “Sustainability – Healthy – Fresh.” Please bring your reusable mug and fill up at the nearest drinking fountain or provide your own beverage of choice.

Drink in a new way to think in the Sustainability Café.

Originally published in Intercom: Sustainability Café on October 3rd explores student activism to meet sustainability challenges.