“Engaging with the youth of today, I have seen a generation with an increasingly strong sense of social and environmental awareness, one that is taking action,” said Garcia. “Youth are not the leaders of tomorrow. We are the leaders of today.”
Just age 27, Garcia has already launched three successful organizations focusing on sustainable development and climate change education. She is Co-Founder of the International Youth Council, which has provided educational resources and leadership opportunities to thousands of young global leaders, Founding President of the Columbia University Coalition for Sustainable Development, and Founder of the Philippine Youth Climate Movement, which raises climate change awareness in Philippine schools to over 50,000 students.
In addition to spearheading these international development groups, Garcia served as a negotiator and official delegate of the Philippines at the UN Climate Change Conference. She has worked as a consultant for South-South News (SSN), the Philippine Senate, and the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, which organizes the Youth Assembly at the United Nations.
Garcia is currently focused on International Business Development at Sungevity, one of the world’s leading and fastest growing residential solar companies. In addition to this work, she is building the Renewable Energy Roadmap as a fellow of the Office of the President Philippine Climate Change Commission and Worldwatch Institute.
“We are thrilled that Esperanza Garcia will accept the Youth Trailblazer Award at the 5th Annual Women In Green Forum,” said Jaime Nack, President of Three Squares Inc., the environmental consulting firm responsible for developing the conference. “The Women In Green Forum’s mission is to honor and celebrate environmental innovators like Ms. Garcia and inspire future generations toward careers in environmental sustainability.”
In addition to Garcia’s award acceptance, the Forum will offer a dynamic lineup of panels, skill-building workshops, and keynote presentations. Featured speakers range from Los Angeles Councilmember Mike Bonin, who will discuss environmental stewardship at the neighborhood level, to Greta Eagan, a trendsetter in the world of eco fashion and beauty. The Forum will also feature a Wellness Lounge, showcasing the latest eco products and services, and a clean vehicle Ride and Drive, where attendees will have the opportunity to test drive vehicles including the Honda Fit EV and FCX Clarity.
**About The Women In Green Forum**
The Women In Green Forum, produced by Three Squares Inc., is the premier event for professionals from all aspects of the environmental industry to discuss the latest clean tech innovations, develop powerful professional networks, and build upon each other’s successes. The Forum is the largest international conference for women in environmental careers.
For more information on the Women in Green Forum and to view a complete agenda, please visit http://www.womeningreenforum.com.