"The best part of the day was the concurrent session…our speaker was amazing. The classroom atmosphere was a really nice change from all the speeches and we should have more. Mr. Wingfield was absolutely the best speaker and person I have met... The way he brought emotions and passion into our work and his work was a nice change of pace and gave us some time to think and just relax."
"Among the many lessons I took away from the Summit, probably the biggest would be the importance of confidence. If you want to make a difference in the world you can't be afraid to step up and ask questions, and you can't be afraid to fight for what you believe in even in the face of opposition. Confidence in your beliefs and the ability to be proven wrong are the most important traits for young leaders to possess."
The Washington Youth Summit on the Environment
George Mason University along with distinguished partners the National Geographic Society and the National Zoo is proud to host the Washington Youth Summit on the Environment (WYSE). This summer the WYSE welcomes 250 High School National Youth Delegates from all over the country. National Youth Delegates join the Mason community, which includes students and faculty from all over the world. Mason is both the largest public university in Virginia and one of the most culturally diverse universities in the nation.
Located in Fairfax VA, Mason's beautiful campus is just minutes from Washington D.C. The unique learning opportunities in and around the nation’s capital are only part of the reason why George Mason University is ranked the #1 “School to Watch” by US News and World Report. Nationally, Princeton Review and Kiplinger’s rank Mason among the 50 best values in higher education. Mason is the only school in the D.C. area to receive these distinctions. Prospective students can explore Mason's interactive site at masonmetro.com.
Mason attracts proven and innovative leaders in conservation, climate change, and the environment. Faculty members have developed the WYSE curriculum to suit the needs and potential of the nation’s most talented future leaders in the field. Curriculum includes hands-on learning with industry leaders, not only from Mason, but from international conservation experts and Washington insiders. High School National Youth Delegates will experience an integrated and forward-thinking approach to the environment, while acquiring valuable "in-the-trenches" knowledge.
Gina McCarthy, Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Appointed by President Obama in 2009 as Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation, Gina McCarthy has been a leading advocate for common-sense strategies to protect public health and the environment.
Previously, McCarthy served as the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. During her career, which spans over 30 years, she has worked at both the state and local levels on critical environmental issues and helped coordinate policies on economic growth, energy, transportation and the environment.
McCarthy received a Bachelor of Arts in Social Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts at Boston and a joint Master of Science in Environmental Health Engineering and Planning and Policy from Tufts University.
When she is not in D.C., McCarthy lives in the Greater Boston area with her husband and one dog, just a short bike ride away from their three children, Daniel, Maggie and Julie.