November 2017
NOW accepting applications for Project Green Schools' National Green Student Leadership Council

Project Green Schools is looking for highly motivated students in Grades 5-12, to represent their state. Students will have opportunities to meet with policy officials, attend policy briefings and events, as well as attend business and stakeholder events.

The National Green Student Leadership Council advances the student voice with regard to environmental education and environmental literacy. The National Green Student Leadership Council provides a forum for student voices, where ideas, concerns, and suggestions are collected and put into the hands of local, state, and national leaders who will listen carefully and hopefully take action. The Leadership Council’s student leaders are the ones who communicate student views to those who make decisions about environmental education and environmental literacy. Learn More
Meet Our New PGS Student Co-Presidents

We are excited to kick off our 2017-2018 school year with our new Student Presidents as enthusiastic as we are! Please welcome Belle Allmendinger from Manchester Essex High School in Massachusetts and Harjap Singh from Princeton Day School in New Jersey. Read more about our Co-Presidents
Celebrate America Recycles Day

November 15 is America Recycles Day! With two weeks to go there is stil time to organize an event at your school or in your community! Here's a "1-2-3 Step Guide" to help you.

Check out a full year's worth of Days to Celebrate
November "Operation:viralSTEMChallenge"

I hope everyone's school year is off to a raging start! So far this year we've covered how to make green and healthy improvements to our schools utilizing our Transportation and Food & Agriculture Pathways. Don't forget to share with us the actions that YOUR school took-- we can't wait to see what you did! For the month of November, in honor of America Recycles Day on the 15th, the Pathway of the Month will be Waste Management. The U.S. may be just 5% of the world's population, but did you know we generate the most pounds of trash per person per day?? That's about 4.6 lbs of trash per person!! Scarier yet, it's estimated that about 10% of that is plastic waste. So, now, your challenge: What is THE most creative use of re-purposing plastics or diverting trash from the landfill your school can create?

Check back on our  original post  for more information on our "Operation:viralSTEMChallenge"
PGS 50/50 Night a Success!

A BIG thank you to the Boston Bruins Foundation and our volunteers for a successful 50/50 fundraiser night at the Boston Bruins game on Saturday, October 28th. We sold $19,000 in raffle tickets to go towards developing the next generation of environmental leaders!
Project Green Schools Attends Department of Education Parent Camp

PGS Executive Director and Founder Robin Organ, was delighted to participate in the Department of Education's Parent Camp on Monday, October 23, 2017.

PARENTCAMP: INFORMED FAMILIES THRIVE
Equipping Middle & High School Students for Success

Prior to Parent Camp Sessions we heard from:
  • Frances Frost, Family Ambassador, U.S. Department of Education
  • Christopher Rinkus, Special Assistant, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education
  • Keynote Speaker Dr. Lisa Ramirez, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education
Project Green Schools Attends 8th Annual Rhode Island Energy, Environmental and Oceans Leaders Day

PGS Executive Director and Founder Robin Organ was honored to speak with Sam Waterston of Law and Order and Oceana about climate change and events at Senator Sheldon Whitehouse's Annual Leadership Event on Energy, Environmental and Oceans for the Ocean State of RI!

Pictured with Senator Whitehouse, Dr. Whitehouse, Sam Waterston, and friend of Project Green Schools, Commissioner Carol Grant.
Green Strides Webinar Series

The Green Strides Webinar Series promotes sessions that provide free tools to reduce schools' environmental impact and costs; improve health and wellness; and teach effective environmental education. 


Nov. 8, 1–2 p.m.  WaterWednesday Showcase (EPA)

Nov. 9, 1–2:30 p.m.  Food Organics Waste Prevention & Recovery (CURC)

Nov. 13, 6:30–7:30 p.m.  Earth Sense – Remote Sensing at NASA: My NASA Data (NASA)

Nov. 14, 6:30–7:30 p.m.  Space Mathematics: Linking Math and Science (NASA)


Read our FULL blog post written by PGS Executive Director and Found Robin Organ about her Green Strides Tour.
Greenbuild International Conference and Expo

The  U.S. Green Building Council  and  EcoRise Youth Innovations  invite high school teachers and administrators interested in learning more about the green building industry to attend a FREE workshop and tour of the largest gathering of green building companies:  Greenbuild International Conference and Expo , taking place in Boston this fall. 

November 8-9, 2017
Soak Up the Rain New England Webinar Series

Wednesday, November 15th
1:00 PM-2:30 PM EST       To Register

“Exploring the Green Infrastructure Workforce: Jobs, Training and Certification for Installation, Maintenance and Monitoring”

As the number of green infrastructure projects like rain gardens, bioswales, green streets, green roofs and other best management practices expands, there is growing interest in the possibility that the green stormwater movement may be a potential source of jobs for local residents, including low-income and/or diverse neighborhoods.  Read more

     *For questions about the webinar series or if you have ideas for additional webinar topics, please email to  soakuptherain@epa.gov
Guest Post: Asbestos Evaluation Reignites Talk of Possible Ban

Written by Charles MacGregor

 Despite not being used in construction for several decades, asbestos exposure still poses a threat. The danger lies in the fact that there are hundreds of thousands of buildings and homes across the country that still likely contain asbestos somewhere. If an  overzealous do-it-yourselfer  or careless renovator doesn’t have the home inspected for asbestos where they’re working, it opens up the threat of accidental exposure to airborne asbestos. Read Full Article
APPLY NOW! Clean Energy Activity Day Program

The  Massachusetts Clean Energy Center  (MassCEC) is accepting applications for the Clean Energy Activity Day Program. This Program funds a one day specialized Clean Energy Activity Day for elementary and middle school students.  

The event will be geared towards one of two age groups:
  • Kindergarten to 4th Grade (K-4); or
  • 5th Grade to 8th Grade (5-8). 

MassCEC anticipates awarding up to ten (10) “Clean Energy Day” events up to $8,000 per application from  Track 1  or up to $10,000 per application from  Track 2

Applications for this request for proposals are due no later than Friday, December 8, 2017 at 4 p.m
Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy Educator Trainings

Dec. 9, 2017, 9:00am–4:00pm
Fort Snelling State Park
Registration: $65, includes lunch
6 Clock Hours

Did you know we have a national park area in the Twin Cities? Attend Climate Generation’s one-day workshop to discover the science, impacts, and solutions of climate change happening right here along the Mississippi. You will hear from experts working in the field and engage in practical hands-on activities to take back to your classroom. Attendees may be eligible to receive bus stipends to support a climate change field trip for your class to Fort Snelling State Park!

March 12-13, 2018
Wilder Foundation, St. Paul, MN
Registration Fee $80

Join Climate Generation for this two-day intensive workshop designed to empower people to talk about climate change. Understand the powerful factors that shape opinions, and gain the practical skills needed to influence behavior and inspire commitments to solutions.

Participants will have the opportunity to:
  • Learn about climate change and how to decipher credible sources
  • Understand what influences people to make decisions, and how to communicate effectively to inspire solutions
  • Cultivate your own personal climate story and learn how to use it as a tool to build understanding
  • Hear about innovative solutions and opportunities to harness them at the individual and community levels

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

This application is open to all Massachusetts middle and high schools that either do not currently offer -- or aim to signifigantly expand -- an annual Science & Engineering Fair program.  Rolling Deadline!

2017   Maguire Foundation Pennsylvania Society Scholarship Program
Available for US current sophomore or junior and pursuing a bachelors degree who have outstanding potential and intend to pursue research careers in mathematics, natural sciences, or engineering.
Deadline: November 20, 2017. Learn More

Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships Careers and Internships

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

Registration is Open for Future City Competition
Future City is a project-based learning program where students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future. January 2018

The AMP it up! Video Challenge invites students to visit a local Massachusetts manufacturer and research the inner workings of the company’s manufacturing operation.  What does the company make? Why is it important? How does the product impact the world around them?  We’re challenging students to answer these questions in a 2-minute video that will be uploaded to the AMP it up! website. The video must include original footage of the visit and/or an interview with the company. Submission Deadline: February 28, 2018
Denver, Colorado
May 3-4, 2018

Help Us Bring Project Green Schools to More Schools!

People are asking  "What can I do to   protect our environment?"

With the U.S. deciding to leave the Paris Accord, never before has there been a more important time to protect our environment and shape the future.  Creating a culture of environmental concern and action starts with students. In every school. In every state. Across the U.S. And we can make a green difference. From the ground up. 

This spring and summer Project Green Schools is growing a Giving Tree. We are looking for businesses, organizations, government leaders and individuals who share our vision to make a commitment now and help us grow our Giving Tree. We need your help.

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