Youth Energy Summit 2022 - a virtual event

2022 theme: Zero Carbon Future

2030 Zero Carbon logo

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


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2021 Scholarship winners

Congratulations to the top three student teams!

  • 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


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

Watch the launch of the 2021 Youth Energy Summit and hear from our amazing speakers about topics from bicycles to boats. 

Watch the 2021 Youth Energy Summit