dwg. is happy to be supporting EcoRise Youth Innovations. EcoRise is a local Austin non-profit with a mission to inspire a new generation of leaders to design a future for all. Their school based program empowers youth to tackle real world challenges in their institutions and communities by teaching environmental literacy, social innovation and hands-on design skills.
Serving over 2,000 students, EcoRise offers a standards-aligned sustainability and eco-literacy curriculum, engaging teacher trainings, and ongoing support services to build education green innovation programs. To date, teachers and students in EcoRise programs have designed over 35 campus projects and 100 green product innovations, enlisting the support of over 500 green professionals. Through these programs, middle and high school students learn to design rainwater catchment systems, lead zero-waste campaigns and conduct campus energy audits. These activities take place within each school’s daytime curriculum, infusing lessons with project based learning and design methods.
Several of our staff members have been donating their time to support the non-profit organization’s sustainable design programs. This year, Jason Radcliff and Cassie Bergstrom have both committed time to guiding students through their projects and offering advice and critiques. Cassie volunteered in March at Travis High School, reviewing student outdoor classroom and courtyard projects in the conceptual phase. Jason volunteered with KIPP Austin in April, judging collegiate students’ preliminary plans for a garden and outdoor classroom at their school. Mindy Cooper and Kyle Grist participated in Eastside Memorial High School’s Outdoor Garden build day in April, donating time, labor and guidance to students implementing their designs. dwg. additionally supported EcoRise’s summer program last year, hosting students in our studio and giving them a tour of the 816 Congress roof terrace project.
Each time, our staff has been incredibly impressed with the efforts of EcoRise and the ability and engagement of the students involved. We look forward to continued volunteering with EcoRise, and encourage you find out more about the organization: www.ecorise.org.