MVA Student Presents at GLOBE Sustainability Conference

MVA Student Presents at GLOBE Sustainability Conference

MVA eighth grade student Charli Newton participated in a national GLOBE Sustainability Conference speaking about what Florida is doing to promote these efforts within the state. Representing Montverde Academy, Charli spoke to an international audience, via Zoom, that was based in Sri Lanka.

This opportunity provided room to speak about what sustainable development is and how Florida adopts this concept and how future generations can promote sustainable development throughout the world. Charli was among other presenters that outlined the efforts that various other institutions made to progress their sustainable development initiatives.

“Charli is a former student of mine who showed a high interest in environmental sustainability as she participated in the GLOBE program in sixth grade,” said Dr. Caryn Long, Middle School Science Teacher, and NASA/GLOBE representative. “She was the perfect candidate to represent MVA in this international conference with Sri Lanka and Michigan to share what our state does to preserve its natural environment and assist our state’s population to live in harmony with our natural resources.”

Dr. Long has placed MVA on the GLOBE map, allowing Middle School students to discover their passion for the environment, Outerspace, and more. These pursuits of knowledge continue into the Upper School as countless science classes including Marine Biology, Environmental Science, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Space, Forensic Science, and Life Science at various Honors and Advanced Placement levels are all available to students.

“Not only did Charli represent Montverde Academy well, but she also served as an ambassador for Florida, highlighting the ways that Floridians and Florida businesses are working to practice sustainable development,” said Mr. Troy Urquhart, Dean of the Middle School. “We know that experiences like this one helps our students learn deeply about issues that are important to them while also giving them the chance to engage in the conversation far beyond the walls of the classroom—in this case, Charli connected with other committed students around the world in dialogue that supports a shared understanding of the challenges we face as well as potential ways we can work together to overcome those challenges.”

Charli’s presentation can be viewed through the link below. Her segment starts at 29:30 and concludes at the 37:00 mark. Charli’s slides are also available below for those that are interested in learning more.