Youth Network

RCE Youth Coordinators represent the youth within the RCE, and serve as a point of contact for youth seeking to network and engage with cross-RCE initiatives and activities. The Youth Coordinators for RCE North Texas are Brandon Morton and Gary Cocke.

Sustainability Director, University of Texas at Dallas
Contact Gary.Cocke@utdallas.edu

Gary has led the Office of Sustainability at UT Dallas since 2018 with previous sustainability experience in higher education and municipal government. He is responsible for facilitating the integration of sustainability into academics, student life, operations, and administration and monitoring campus sustainability efforts through the Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS) Report. Gary teaches a place-based course covers UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and works to align university efforts in support of SDGs. Key affiliations and committees include; North Texas Regional Centre for Expertise, Texas Regional Alliance for Campus Sustainability (TRACS) Communications Chair, Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) UTD Sustainability Committee, Tree Campus USA, Bee Campus USA, and Air North Texas. Gary is the point of contact for all sustainability related inquiries at UTD and is always happy to collaborate with partners working for a sustainable future.

Contact: bmorton@dcccd.edu

Brandon Morton leads the Office for Sustainability and Programs at Brookhaven College and North Lake College, part of the Dallas County Community College District.  He is responsible for guiding both college’s global sustainability goals across academics, operations, outreach, and administration serving more than 25,000 students.  Brandon has a B.S. in environmental biology and minor in chemistry from the University of North Texas, is a Fellow of the Global Citizenship Alliance and George Mason University Institute for Humane Studies, and is currently studying science communications in graduate school at Stephen F. Austin State University. Brandon speaks at numerous conferences annually, has published works in the fields of conservation history and sustainability, and has received awards from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development, GreenSourceDFW, Clinton Global Initiative, Keep America Beautiful, and U.S. Department of Energy.  He has served in leadership roles with the Sustainability Management Association, Sierra Club, North Central Texas Council of Governments, Texas Regional Alliance for Campus Sustainability, and City of Denton.  He currently serves as the Youth Network Committee Chair for RCE North Texas and Publications Team Leader for RCE Americas Network, serves on the Leaders Alliance and Editorial Board for the National Council for Science and Environment, and is an appointed public official for the City of Farmers Branch.

Programs for youth engagement in North Texas

GEMUN – Established in 1990, the Global Elementary Model United Nations (GEMUN) is an annual 2-day event for students from Kindergarten to 8th grade where students role-play working toward world cooperation in the assemblies of the United Nations.  The program is open to elementary schools and middle schools all over Texas and has been held Brookhaven College for the last 15 years.

DAMUN – Established in 2007, the Dallas Area Model United Nations (DAMUN) is an annual conference for high school students from 9th grade to 12th grade providing an immersive academic simulation of the United Nations, including a wide variety of topics and special crisis committees.

YMCA Texas Model United Nations - Established in 2010, the YMCA Texas Model United Nations is a youth development program in which student from 6th grade to 12th grade simulate member states of the United Nations to solve pressing global problems.  The annual 3-day conference is organized and by students.

DCCCD – Dallas County Community College District believes that global awareness is vital for success and marketability of today’s students. DCCCD is working to become an environmental leader in our community advocating the wise use of natural, financial and human resources though global sustainability education programs, service-learning volunteerism, study abroad, and local international engagement opportunities.  DCCCD Study Abroad opportunities are also available to students from Collin College and Tarrant County Colleges. On campus, students participate in student clubs and honor societies that focus on or relate to the 17 SDGs. Some examples include the DCCCD Student STEM League, DCCCD Student Street Team, Brookhaven College Green Team, Mountain View College Environmental Student Committee, North Lake College Green Club, and the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society at each college.  The DCCCD is also a partner with the Global Citizenship Alliance, offering student study abroad in Salzburg, Austria where students spend a week in lectures and culture tours to learn about global issues and the 17 SDGs.

DCCCD – Dallas County Community College District believes that global awareness is vital for success and marketability of today’s students. DCCCD is working to become an environmental leader in our community advocating the wise use of natural, financial and human resources though global sustainability education programs, service-learning volunteerism, study abroad, and local international engagement opportunities.  DCCCD Study Abroad opportunities are also available to students from Collin College and Tarrant County Colleges. On campus, students participate in student clubs and honor societies that focus on or relate to the 17 SDGs. Some examples include the DCCCD Student STEM League, DCCCD Student Street Team, Brookhaven College Green Team, Mountain View College Environmental Student Committee, North Lake College Green Club, and the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society at each college.  The DCCCD is also a partner with the Global Citizenship Alliance, offering student study abroad in Salzburg, Austria where students spend a week in lectures and culture tours to learn about global issues and the 17 SDGs.

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