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Mayor’s Youth Engagement Council for Climate Initiatives will present sustainability initiatives on May 16 at UTSA Downtown.


San Antonio, Texas (May 6, 2024) — The City of San Antonio Office of Sustainability and EcoRise present the 6th Annual San Antonio Student Innovation Showcase on May 16 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Downtown Campus Durango Building at 501 W. Cesar Chavez Blvd. Attendees will learn from youth and educators working to improve local climate resilience. To RSVP for the event, visit

The Mayor’s Youth Engagement Council for Climate Initiatives (MYECCI) will present the work they have done this school year in collaboration with local organizations to engage communities in the City’s Climate Action and Adaption Plan (CAAP). This year’s council represents the fourth cohort of 31 local youths, representing each City Council district and 18 different public, private, and charter schools.

“These young people have immersed themselves in the complex challenges involving climate change, and I am excited that they are responding with their own innovative ideas,” said Mayor Ron Nirenberg. “Their voices are important as we work to ensure our community and world are healthy and sustainable, and climate solutions are crucial for their generation.”

Twelve local student teams who were awarded EcoRise Eco-Audit Grants will also showcase their work. Each student group collected data in their school community, identified a sustainability issue, designed a solution, and received a grant from EcoRise to implement their solution.

“Youth are bringing their bright ideas to climate solutions at every level,” said EcoRise Co-Executive Director Jon Stott. “EcoRise is proud to provide these young leaders with resources to bring their ideas to life and a platform to share their impact at our regional showcases.”

MYECCI was established in 2020 to foster and include youth voices in the implementation of the City’s first Climate Action and Adaptation Plan. The council is generously supported by the City’s Office of Sustainability and the Hollomon Price Foundation. For more information about EcoRise and its youth programs, visit


About the City of San Antonio
San Antonio is a vibrant city with a thriving economy, deep cultural heritage and communities that are compassionate, inclusive and proudly diverse. It is the seventh largest city in the United States and one of the strongest fiscally managed cities in the country, nurturing entrepreneurship, encouraging investment and funding infrastructure. The City fosters partnership and growth opportunities in aerospace, bioscience, cybersecurity, green technologies, healthcare, and information technology. San Antonio’s famed River Walk and The Alamo are the top tourist attractions in Texas, and its historic missions are a designated World Heritage Site – the first and only in Texas. Proudly called Military City, USA®, San Antonio is home to one of the largest populations of active-duty military and veterans, as well as mission-critical commands, including military medicine, cybersecurity, pilot training and basic training. For more information, visit and follow @COSAGov on social.

About EcoRise
EcoRise mobilizes a new generation of leaders to design healthy, just, and thriving communities for all. The national non-profit organization elevates student voices and advances student-led solutions to real-world challenges with programs focused on K–12 environmental literacy, climate justice, and equitable access to green career pathways. EcoRise is currently supporting more than 7,200 teachers and 408,000 students through a range of curricula, programs, and classroom grants. EcoRise has been activating students as sustainability leaders since 2008 in Texas and across the U.S. To learn more about EcoRise,visit

Media Contacts
Laura Fuller, EcoRise

Bruce Davidson, Mayor’s Office – (210) 207-8998