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Blast 2024 

Congratulations to our Building Leadership Around Sustainable Transformation (BLAST) participants and winners! These students are taking action and creating hope, as they work to address pressing environmental problems.


We celebrated the accomplishments of these and many other amazing students at our very first BLAST ceremony at DuPage Children's Museum, along with our partners from Naperville Environment and Sustainability Task Force.

Thank you to our wonderful judges, Natalie C. Johnson, Ph.D. Reed Perkins John Mlade Saba Haider Bill Schefcik, Andrew Haas, Barb McKittrick Shivani Saikar Dustin Thacker Angela Xu, Esq. , and mentors Cynthia Collins Cieckiewicz Sue Styer, Gonzalo Moran Murali Vaidyanathan Vani Ramesh Timothy Perfitt Jacquelyn Casazza Ben Mjolsness Jane Bodine, LCPC LLC Mimi Cowan Amy Coffman Phillips Beth Schwartz Susan Greenwood, Donna Wandke Justin White Catherine Clarkin . And thank you to the many volunteers who assisted at the event, including Accelerate Climate Solutions board members Marylee Leu Anu Radha Verma Briana Moore Maureen Stillman

It's not too late to support our young environmental leaders through a donation to BLAST. Our BLAST students' work didn't end with the ceremony and Accelerate Climate Solutions is committed to continuing to help and support them through mentorships, internships, and funding. Join us in this positive and uplifting work!

As Jane Goodall says, "There is a lot of darkness, but our actions create the light." Our BLAST students really did shine.

Thank you BLAST Sponsors!

Oak Tree Sponsors


Acorn Sponsors

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Special Thanks To The Dupage Children's Museum For Hosting Blast 2024

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