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Bowdoin Alumna Attends U.N. Summit on Sustainability

Story posted May 08, 2007

Meg Boyle '05 is representing U.S. youth and SustainUS, a national organization that empowers youth to create a more sustainable world, at the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development in New York City.

Charged with monitoring the progress of governments around the world as they implement sustainable development agreements, this year's Commission brings together delegates from around the world to create international policy in the areas of energy, climate change, air pollution and industrial development. Boyle competed in a nationwide selection process to be chosen as one of 29 SustainUS Agents of Change who have traveled to the Commission from all over the U.S.

"It was at Bowdoin that I first became interested in sustainability issues, and the background I received through the Environmental Studies Department and Sustainable Bowdoin has served me well here at the Commission," says Boyle.

While at Bowdoin, Meg co-founded the Climate Campaign, a regional network of major environmental groups, local organizations and students on more than 125 campuses working on state- and campus-level climate initiatives across nine Northeastern states. As an undergraduate, Meg also co-founded the Energy Action Coalition, a North American youth climate and energy coalition based in part on the Climate Campaign model.

Boyle is no stranger to U.N. negotiations; as Climate Campaign Director, she led a delegation of more than 100 youth — including Bowdoin students — to the 2005 U.N. Climate Negotiations in Montreal. Boyle now lives in Washington, D.C., and continues to work in the non-profit community on climate issues.

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