30 by 30 Summit

Teachers and high school students who want to lead are invited to accept the “30 by 2030challenge on January 30, 2020 at Pontiac High School 1100 East Indiana Ave. | Pontiac, IL 61764  . Participants will take action through a “hack-a-thon” !

The 30 by 30 goal is to develop and pass legislation to protect 30% of our land and water by 2030 in states and nationally, sharing ideas for species and habitat conservation locally and beyond, developing public service announcements to encourage others to support the student efforts, and more. But, ultimately, it is the students who will decide how we reach this goal. 

The day will begin with our keynote speaker Baylee Ritter. Baylee  is a conservation communicator and environmental educator who believes in the power of community engagement and youth empowerment. The day will include break out sessions and end with each participating school being asked to start to draft an Action Plan. 

Participants should bring their technology/chromebooks to use wifi access.


Paul Ritter, Pontiac Twp HS and  Patty Melei, Lemont HS

Challenge Accepted: Game On Science Summit 2020 Agenda

9:00 – Opening Ceremony remarks (auditorium) – Pledge of Allegiance.

9:05 – Keynote Baylee Ritter 

9:35 – Break 

9:45 – Session 1 

10:25 – Break 

10:35 – Session 2 

11:15 – Break 

11:25 – Session 3 

12:05 – Lunch (Provided by the Livingston Area Career Center Culinary Students) 

12:45 – Session 4

1:25 – Break

1:30 – Creating an Action Plan to bring back.   (PTHS auditorium)

2:00 – Share your action plan

2:30 – TBD (Inspirational closing remarks PTHS auditorium)

Return home and change the world.


1.      Raising species, securing habitat, (educators are the Environmental Science students of Seneca High School) – teacher Terry Maxwell.

2.      Connecting with government officials (educators are the Environmental Science students of Pontiac Township High School) – teacher Paul Ritter

3.      Creating public service announcements (educators are the English students of Lemont High School) – teacher Patty Melei

4.      Making connections in your school and community (educators are the Foreign Language students of Lockport High School) – teacher Kathy Pratt and Andrea  Quintanar