Youth Energy Summit

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Global warming is one of the major issues youth around the world are struggling with. After all, its today’s youth who are going to bear the brunt of all future climate change. That’s why SMUD hosts the Youth Energy Summit (YES), to help give voice to today’s youth for tomorrow’s future.

YES is a three-day climate and sustainability summit for junior and senior students at high schools in Sacramento county. Participants attend three days of learning to understand the year's theme, then spend the next couple of months choosing and executing their own community service project. During their three-day exploration, participants will:

  • Make friends and compare strategies 
  • Learn alternate and sustainable transportation concepts from experts
  • Get great SWAG
  • Compete for scholarships
  • Have fun figuring out ways to make our planet a better place to live

2023 Youth Energy Summit

Scholarship winners

  • DATAlus, Monterey Trail High School  
  • Team ANTIC, Vista Del Lago High School
  • Team Plastiglomerate, Vista Del Lago High School
  • Team Sequoia, Folsom High School   


Student teams designed and implemented a community service project for their school or community based on the concept of reducing carbon emissions. Watch their virtual presentations to the panel of judges.

Watch the launch of the 2023 Youth Energy Summit and hear from our amazing speakers about topics from electric generation to food waste. 

Watch the 2023 Youth Energy Summit

Congratulations to the top three student teams!

2022 scholarship winners

  • 1st place: Soteria, Vista Del Lago High School
  • 2nd place: ANTIC, Vista Del Lago High School  
  • 3rd place: TIE: Team Pikachu, Mira Loma High School 
  • 3rd place: TIE: Team Rocket, Cordova High School 

2021 scholarship winners

  • 1st place: Mystic, Mira Loma High School 
  • 2nd place: Lorem Ipsum, Cosumnes Oaks High School 
  • 3rd place: GETA, Laguna Creek High School 
Honorable mentions:
  • Forces of Nature, Mira Loma High School
  • Renewable Future, Pleasant Grove High School