6:00PM, Driscoll Hall Auditorium (Room 132)
This event is ACS Approved
Outspoken advocate and internationally-recognized former elected official Dominic Frongillo will share his perspective as the youngest-ever councilmember in Caroline, NY, and delegate to UN climate talks on how young people around the world are leading social change through public service, social-responsible enterprises, and community action. From growing sustainable food in Buffalo to climate-proof housing in New Orleans 9th Ward to winning a ban on fracking in New York, he will share inspiring stories from the front lines of the fight against climate change and for a sustainable future. Participants will learn how to make a difference in people's lives on and beyond campus.
Dominic Frongillo made history at age 22 by becoming the youngest person to serve on the Town Council in Caroline, New York. A five-time delegate to the United Nations, in 2012, Frongillo founded Elected Officials to Protect New York, a successful bipartisan campaign of over 850 elected officials across the state that helped win New York's statewide ban on fracking. Internationally recognized for his work in climate change and clean energy, Frongillo is trained by Al Gore, served under Governor Paterson on New York's Climate Action Plan advisory panel, and is a board director for Black Oak Wind Farm, New York State's first community-owned wind farm. A finalist for the national Barbara Jordan Leadership Award, Frongillo appeared in the documentary Dear Governor Cuomo. Author Jeff Thigpen named Frongillo one of America’s 16 most notable young elected leaders. Frongillo speaks frequently at universities across the country such as Brown, Cornell, and Furman on topics of climate change, sustainability, and social movements.