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Green Mentors, an India-based Responsible Education Solution Provider, successfully hosted its 6th NYC Green School Conference -2022 at SUNY Maritime College New York on September 24. This Conference was the 1st Conference on Responsible Education in the America   during the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

The event was attended by high profile speakers from around the world, like Dilip Chauhan, Deputy Commissioner of the NYC Office for International Affairs, Rear Adm. Michael Alfultis, President of SUNY Maritime College, New York, Dr Henry Stoever, President & CEO of Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB).

In his keynote speech at the event was Dilip Chauhan mentioned that New York City Mayor Eric Adams t launched Building Action NYC a new citywide campaign to promote steps to make New York City’s buildings greener and more resilient while fostering a healthier future for the city and New Yorkers.

The city’s more than one million buildings — covering more than five billion square feet — constitute the largest source of the city’s carbon emissions, contributing almost 70 percent of the city’s total emissions. The work to limit building emissions will be a critical component of the city’s work towards reaching carbon neutrality by 2050.

“Buildings are the largest emitters of carbon, so we are investing in bringing renewable energy to them and making New York City a national leader in green buildings — creating tens of thousands of jobs for New Yorkers and delivering environmental justice for our city,” he said.  

This conference was held months after the India and the U S held the 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue and agreed further to strengthen cooperation in education and skill development through collaborations and promote student and scholar mobility to build people-to-people linkages between the two countries.

School leaders of India and the US launched the Indo-American Green School Network at this conference. The first network of schools will bring Indian and American Schools together to build a sustainable future for every child.  The conference was divided in the eight sessions, including Rethinking for Responsible Education, Leaders to learn from, SDG 4.7, and inspiring stories from outdoor Learning. In addition, Green Awards were presented to the celebrated Individuals and institutions for their exceptional contributions toward sustainable education.  In every session, inspiring speakers presented their green stories, vision, and plans for sustainable and responsible education.

Virendra Rawat, the event organizer, said that this event inspired schools, Universities, Policymakers, education leaders and the member states of the United Nations to bring back responsible education for a sustainable future.

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