Join D.C. area students as they tackle the global issue of climate change at a summit designed to empower and inspire the next generation of leaders.

Black Student Fund and Forbright Bank host D.C. area students and environmental experts

Black Student Fund and Forbright Bank host D.C. area students and environmental experts in  week-long summit to build business ideas that address local sustainability issues (Black PR Wire) CHEVY CHASE, Md.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– The Black Student Fund and Forbright Bank will  host the second-annual Sustainable Solutions Summit for D.C.-area high school students from June 24- 28. The weeklong event gives entrepreneurial high school students the opportunity to collaborate with  leading sustainability experts to develop and present business plans to help solve local environmental  issues. Students with winning ideas will receive scholarship funding and connections to help them  throughout their career. 

“We’re excited to partner with the Black Student Fund to encourage a new generation of entrepreneurs  and leaders to tackle one the most meaningful challenges of our lifetimes,” said Forbright Bank Director  of Community Impact, Natalie Chapman. “We look forward to building on the success of last year’s  Summit with more great speakers and students excited to learn.” 

The event gives students an opportunity to hear from and network with leading environmental experts,  business leaders, and academics. Presenter expertise ranges from ocean conservation to plant-based  food production to energy efficient construction. The event will culminate in students developing and  presenting their own sustainable business ideas to a panel of judges who will award scholarship funding  to the winning team. 

What: Sustainable Solutions Summit – a weeklong event focused on empowering high school students  to build business ideas to address local environmental issues. 

When: June 24-28, 2024 

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. daily 

Where: Marriott Courtyard Bethesda 

5520 Wisconsin Avenue

Chevy Chase, M.D., 20815 

Walking Distance from Friendship Heights Metro Station 

Featured Speakers: 

Alfred Carr, D.C. Department of Energy & Environment 

Daron Coates, Co-Founder, ThinkBox Group 

John Delaney, Founder and Chairman, Forbright Bank 

Seth Goldman, Co-Founder of Just Ice Tea, PLNT Burger, Honest Tea, Eat the Change Lina Gomez, National Geographic Society 

Mark Haver, Sustainable Ocean Alliance; BlueGreen Generation 

Larissa Johnson, Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection Ashley McEvoy, National Park Foundation 

Leroy Nesbit, Black Student Fund 

Kwabena Osei-Sarpong, Founder and CEO, RIFE International 

Liz Perera, U.S Department of Energy 

Elijah Perry, Formerly GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic 

Rebecca Ballard, Rebecca Ballard Advisory; Rooted Communities 

MEDIA RSVP: Media interested in attending are asked to RSVP to Hosts 

Black Student Fund 

Forbright Bank 

About Forbright Bank 

Forbright Bank (, Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender, is a bank and lender  taking action to decarbonize the economy. Headquartered in Chevy Chase, Maryland, Forbright is  committed to accelerating the transition to a sustainable, clean energy economy by financing the  companies, investors, and innovators driving that change. 

About Black Student Fund 

The Black Student Fund (BSF) provides essential advocacy, academic and retention support to  academically motivated African American and other underserved students to facilitate their access,  admission and successful matriculation and graduation from member schools. For more information,  visit 

Source: Forbright Bank

Contact Information 

Ben Wakana 

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