May 2018
Celebrating at the Green Difference Awards 2018!

The 2018 Green Difference Awards were held in the Great Hall at the MA State House on Friday, April 13, 2018.

Congratulations again to all of our Green Difference Makers!

Read the Official GDA Program to see the 2018 Winners.


2018 Green Difference Awards Official Press Release

Student Scholarship Honorees:

Energized Future Scholarships sponsored by Current powered by GE and Project Green Schools - $1,000

  • Laura West - Ballston Spa Senior High School, NY
  • Allison Carter - Barnstable High, MA

The Bright Future Scholarship is given to 2 graduating seniors pursuing higher education in a related area of study; Energy, Environment, Innovation, STEM, Business, Community-related are of student. The scholarship

Green Difference Maker Scholarship sponsored by Project Green Schools & National Grid Scholarship - $2,000

  • Gabrielle Allmendinger - Manchester Essex Regional High School, MA

The Green Difference Maker Scholarship is given to a graduating senior who has demonstrated exceptional leadership on behalf of Project Green Schools. This scholarship honors impactful environmental leadership that takes place beyond the walls of a traditional school and out in our communities. This change maker has made a real difference in the lives of many, and we anticipate great things to come in this young person’s future! 
More than 50 students have been invited to be part of the Rhode Island Green Student Leadership Council, representing elementary, middle and high school students throughout the Ocean State. Students will hear from and meet with Rhode Island business, government and education leaders. The purpose of the day is to inspire the next generation of environmental leaders who will make up Rhode Island's future "green" workforce. Students will participate in a tour of the State House and an interactive session on sustainability and citizenship with the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, RI Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education, and Project Green Schools. Students and invited guests will also participate in a one-hour Meet & Greet session. Topics of discussion include: "Energy," and "Food Policy.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
8:15 - 12:00pm
Rhode Island State House

RI Students apply for the Green Difference Maker Scholarship sponsored by Project Green Schools and National Grid - $2,000.
The Green Difference Maker Scholarship is given to a graduating senior who has demonstrated exceptional leadership on behalf of Project Green Schools. This scholarship honors impactful environmental leadership that takes place beyond the walls of a traditional school and out in our communities. This change maker has made a real difference in the lives of many, and we anticipate great things to come in this young person’s future!

Deadline: May 14, 2018
From left to right: Katie Albert, Education Liason from the Office of Congressman Jim Langevin; James C. Murphy, RIC Sustainability Coordinator; Robin Organ, Founder and Executive Director of Project Green Schools; Joe DeSilva, Rhode Island School Building Authority
PGS Teams Up with Rhode Island College for Meteorological Balloon Launch

On Wednesday, April 25th Project Green Schools partnered with Rhode Island College (RIC), a 2017 PGS Green Ribbon School, for a meteorological balloon launch and tracking at RIC with RIC students, faculty and Project Green School K-12 members from throughout state. Students took a tour of the campus, interacted with environmental clubs and RIC staff as well as gained the hands-on experience of energy-related education in a college setting.

View images from the event.

PGS is Teaming Up with Jack Johnson!!

Our organization is teaming up with Jack Johnson on his 2018 Tour and All At Once, a social action network connecting nonprofits with people who want to become active in their local and world community. All At Once comes to life online at www.AllAtOnce.org and at the Jack Johnson concerts where you can get educated, get inspired, and connect face-to-face with us and other local and national non-profits. All At Once promotes sustainable local food systems and plastic free initiatives and encourages action through the Capture Your Commitment campaign. #AAOLocalFood #AAOPlasticFree

HOW YOU CAN TAKE ACTION!
1)     Explore All At Once Visit www.AllAtOnce.org to check out what you can do before, during, and after the show to get involved.
2)     Visit us at the show! We will be at Jack Johnson’s concert in Detroit on June15, 2018 at the DTE Energy Theater. Please come visit us, take environmental action, and enter to win Best Seats in the House – a chance to watch the show from the side of the stage!
3)     Help us raise funds!  Jack Johnson’s charity is matching donations contributed to us at the show or directly to our organization from March 1- June 15, 2018, up to a total of $2500. Make a contribution and your money will be doubled by the Johnson Ohana Foundation!   DONATE NOW
From PGS Partner, Planet Aid

Project Green Schools is happy to share a blog post from our partner Planet Aid regarding our 2018 Green Difference Awards.
 
On April 13,    Project Green Schools  held its annual awards ceremony: the Green Difference Awards. The event, held at the Massachusetts State House in Boston,  honors students, schools, and other green heroes  whose efforts helped protect the planet. Planet Aid — a PGS sponsor for over eight years — was in attendance at the event to congratulate the awardees.

Project Green Schools (PGS) works with schools, organizations, clubs, and individuals in the United States and abroad to  develop the  “next generation of environmental leaders through education, project-based learning and community service.”  

“The partnership between Planet Aid and Project Green Schools has had a measurable impact on our planet." — Robin Organ, PGS Executive Director / Founder

“PGS works to reduce the carbon footprint,” said Jackson Fernandes, who is the Market Manager for Planet Aid’s Southern New England branch and on the PGS  Board of Directors . “We accomplish this through building community gardens, composting, recycling textiles, and more.”

PGS and Planet Aid are natural partners due to their shared goal of educating the public about how to better protect the environment. PGS works with the next generation, focusing its efforts on educating youth, to ensure that they have a solid foothold for continued revitalization of the planet they will inherit. “Our resources will only go on so long,” Fernandes said, “PGS makes a great impact ensuring that they [the next generation] can move forward.” READ MORE
Project Green Schools Partners with LaunchX

On March 24th the LaunchX New England Demo Day brought together 200 high-school entrepreneurs and their colleagues from the New England region to showcase students’ work and celebrate their successes building their own companies over the past 6 months. The pitch competition was hosted at District Hall by students for students to build a stronger entrepreneurial community in the New England region and spark their entrepreneurial revolution. Students were tasked with creating a product that solves a problem relating to environmental sustainability and have spent the past 6 months creating their own real profit-generating companies from scratch. The winning team, Natrion, from Greenwich High School in Greenwich, Connecticut created an energy-efficient battery in effort to provide safe, affordable energy storage solutions for clean power grids. Natrion will be pitching their product at the Global Demo Day as a Global Finalist later this month with LaunchX teams around the world to compete for funding for their startups. Project Green Schools has partnered with LaunchX to help students find scholarships and connect them with mentors and professionals in their industry to help encourage students to be proactive in solving the issues of environmental sustainability. 
Project Green Schools Executive Director and Founder, Robin Organ, speaking to students at the LaunchX Mid-Atlantic Demo Day in New York. Read More
Support the Compass School's Green Barn Renovation

A PGS Green Difference Award winner and 2017 Green Up New England Challenge Community Impact Award winner, the Compass School is once again doing amazing green work, but they need your help!

The Compass School is working to transform a 1920s abandoned seed barn into their new middle school building. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please consider supporting this renovation as we sustainably reshape a historic barn into Rhode Island's premier laboratory of innovation in environmental education for middle school students. Barn Flyer

Denver, Colorado
May 3-4, 2018

The Green Schools Conference & Expo (GSCE) is the premier education and engagement opportunity for leaders and advocates who are passionate about the future of healthy, sustainable schools throughout the country and around the world. GSCE is the only event to bring together all of the players involved in making green schools a reality: the people who lead, operate, build and teach in our nation’s schools.

Register today! Visit greenschoolsconference.org for more information. 
Schools For Climate Action

Consider getting your schools to join in empowering school leaders to speak up for climate action!

"We are a grassroots, volunteer group of students, parents, teachers, and community members working with school communities and school districts to take a stand against climate change."

Learn more! Join the SCA Mailing List, Like their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter.
2018 Healthy Kids Heroes Announced

"For 2018, there are three heroes. Each is known for effective advocacy and professionalism, the ability to inspire others, and especially for being compassionate, genuine and kind. Their work illustrates the power of... Read More "

Nominations for the "Who is Your 2019 Hero?" will be in the fall.
Win $500 For Your Classroom from EarthEcho

EarthEcho International launched materials for their EarthEcho Expedition: Water by Design for all classrooms to use. " In partnership with our generous sponsors at the  Northrop Grumman Foundation , EarthEcho has committed to engage 500 classrooms in EarthEcho Expedition: Water by Design before the end of this school year. Take a moment today to open up these resources. If you’re a teacher, implement them in your classroom. If you’re not, share them with an educator in your life—a friend, relative, or the teacher of a young person you know. We want to hear from teachers who are using Water by Design materials to help their students be scientifically literate and STEM... Read more ."
North American Marine Environmental Protection Association Contests, Programs, Field Trips and More!

Marine Science Call for Papers Competition:  a competition for high school and college undergraduate students to showcase meaningful research projects related to marine science, marine industry, or marine technology. Applications will be accepted until  September 1, 2018 . Scholarship money and networking opportunities will be provided for winners. Submission portal link:  http://www.namepa.net/science-fair/ .

NAMEPA High School Chapter Program:  a unique opportunity for high school students to begin a NAMEPA chapter and lead initiatives that benefit the marine environment. This could include planning a beach clean-up or educational presentation, all with the guidance and materials from NAMEPA. Read more here:  http://www.namepa.net/start-a-chapter/ .

In class presentations or field trips: We offer free educational programming for students all over Connecticut. We are very flexible and will meet the needs of the teacher.

Download or request hard copies of our  free educational materials , including two educator's guides with NGSS aligned lesson plans and educational handouts that can be displayed at school. Find them here:  http://www.namepa.net/education/
Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy Educator Trainings

June 26-28, 2018
St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN
Registration: $200
Lodging: $37/night in double room on campus
22 Clock Hours
Join a network of teachers from across the country dedicated to bringing science, critical thinking, and problem solving about climate change into the classroom!

Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Hear from experts and scientists on their research on climate science and climate change solutions
  • Dive deep into Climate Generation’s Next Generation Climate curriculum, a six lesson, interdisciplinary, middle school climate change curriculum that has students investigate the cause of the global temperature change, research the major repercussions of climate change, and find out how they can monitor and minimize those repercussions
  • Experience St. John’s University’s 3,000 acre Arboretum, the largest solar array in Minnesota, LEED certified buildings, and much more
Grants, Recognitions, Scholarships, Internships and Competitions

Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Internship Challenge
The program facilitates the placement of college students and recent graduates who are considering career opportunities in the life sciences in paid internships across the state.  Apply Today

For K-12 Educators
July 9-12, 2018 Manhattanville College
Feature Your Business with Project Green Schools

Consider a listing level that works for you:  
 
Gold Listing - $250...2 Featured Business articles in Newsletter and also shared over PGS Social Media Platform [Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn]. Plus year-round banner ad ½ year on our website. Choose your time of year!
  
Green Listing  - $500... 4 Featured Business articles in Newsletter and also shared over PGS Social Media Platform [Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn]. Plus year-round banner ad full year on our website.

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