October 2017
"Operation:viralSTEMchallenge"

As mentioned in our newsletter last month we were hard at work revamping our "12 Pathways for Greening Your School." As Free Members you have access to our Pathways to make it easier to align students' innate desire with their personal interest. 

Using this as inspiration, along with the most “beloved” student fads of bottle flipping and fidget spinners, we asked ourselves “Wouldn’t it be cool to see a true, authentic STEM challenges become as wildly popular?” And so  “Operation: viralSTEMchallenge” was born.

The purpose of the Viral STEM Challenge is to connect teachers and students with others across the country and to recognize outstanding work. This program offers a quick ‘idea & solution’ to a given environmental issue which will have to do with a featured “Pathway to Greening Your School.” Each month, students will receive a Debriefing about a monthly issue and will be issued a Challenge to set course on a mission to come up with a solution that their school will implement to solve the problem. To check out the details for how your school can participate, check the Guidelines  here .
Green Strides Tour: Inspired by the Next Generation of Environmental Leaders

The following is a portion of a blog post written by PGS Executive Director and Found Robin Organ. More to come!

Last week, Project Green Schools was delighted to take part in the Green Strides Tour in Georgia .   We had previously participated in the New England tour and we love taking learning outdoors!

First stop was Pharr Elementary.

We learned some brilliant ways to take learning outside at Pharr and where students were bright, articulate, environmental leaders. I was very impressed! I toured several stations showcasing Best Practices in Outdoor Learning and was eager to complete their scavenger hunt.

Next stop was Mason Elementary...(More to come).

Pictured Above:  Keisha N. Ford-Jenrette, Program Manager, Excellence Recognition
Georgia Department of Education and Robin Organ, Executive Director of Project Green Schools
Days to Celebrate:

October 8 - National Hydrogen and Full Cell Day

October 31 - Energyween with the U.S. Department of Energy - 4 Tips to Keep Your Energy Bill from Hauting you

November 15 - America Recycles Day - Learn more and register your event!

Check out a full year's worth of Days to Celebrate
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
Project Green Schools Attending 2017 NH High Performance Schools Summit

Schools are the center of any community. Whether you are building a new school, renovating an existing school, or tackling that low-hanging fruit project, facility improvements have numerous benefits to students, staff, and other community members. NEEP and the New Hampshire Department of Education are partnering for the  2017 New Hampshire Schools Summit  to educate stakeholders about the importance of including high performance attributes in the school environment. Join us on October 20, 2017 at the Inter-lakes High School in Meredith, NH. Visit the  event website here  for more info and to register  today .
FREE Family STEAM Event


The first of a series of STEAM family events will take place on Saturday, October 21st from 11:00am - 3:00pm at the Westerly Education Center. Learn more
MIAA Wellness Summit: "Choose Wellness"

8:00am–1:30pm DoubleTree Hotel, Westborough, MA

Each year the MIAA Wellness Community gathers to learn and share the most current information in the field, share best practices and celebrate the accomplishments of agencies, school communities and individuals who strive each day to bring wellness to students' lives.
As always, this year's Summit will feature concurrent workshops, resource exhibits, and awards ceremonies celebrating those who exemplify healthy life choices.
Workshop topics include:
  • Substance Abuse Prevention     
  • Teen Mental Health
  • Healthy Relationships and Teen Dating Violence
  • Team Building and Leadership
  • Sports Specialization
  • Concussion Safety
  • Eating Disorders 
  • Surviving Life’s Obstacles
  • Stress Relief and More!


The Back to School Rule Every Parent Needs to Know

Turn It Off, an anti-idling campaign.

 Take the Pledge! Healthy Air, Healthy Kids

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

Please  SIGN UP FOR THESE FREE OPPORTUNITIE S   no later than September 29 th  to reserve your spot. Keep in mind that space is limited and attendance is first come first serve.
Watch Al Gore Present Truth in 10

"The climate crisis affects all of us. And it’s up to all of us to solve it.

That is why Al Gore created the  Truth in 10 slideshow, a 10-minute presentation that will help you spread a simple message to your community: the climate crisis is urgent, but the solutions are at hand."
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.  

Successful applicants will propose a one day Clean Energy Activity Day event to take place either Monday to Friday or on a Saturday. The proposed event will include a hands on learning opportunity for students either at the students’ current place of education, or a clean energy business or organization.

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
What's Your MA Park Story?" Campaign

Over the next couple of months, the Environmental League of Massachusetts will be soliciting stories from park users and activists from across the Commonwealth to build a collection of images, videos, audio files and short messages that showcase why our state parks matter. 



Here are three ways you can help the campaign thrive:
  1. SUBMIT A SHORT VIDEO: Attached are the submission guidelines to help you know what we’re looking for in terms of videos, audio files, and photos. We have a couple dozen photos so far, but not many videos, so we especially appreciate if you can take a short video, i.e. 30-60 seconds, with a storytelling component that captures what you love about the state park, what you do there, why it matters, etc. You can either do it as a selfie video or have someone record you, or you could record someone else. Although the story telling campaign will be running for several weeks, we are looking for some early examples of content, so if you can do a submission or two by 9/14, that would be particularly helpful.
  2. SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN: Please share the ELM Facebook post about the parks campaign, found here: https://www.facebook.com/EnvironmentalLeagueOfMassachusetts/, retweet tweets about the campaign (@EnviroLeagueMA), and share posts on Instagram (@MyMAPark).
  3. MAKE A FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION TO SUPPORT THE COST OF RUNNING THIS CAMPAIGN: https://www.environmentalleague.org/support-our-ma-parks-campaign/

Also…
Save the Date!
Parks & Water Lobby Day
Massachusetts State House
Stay tuned for a sign-up link and further details.
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.

Sprout a new leaf  with your donation .  

Project Green Schools  is developing the next generation of environmental leaders ...(read more) 
Grants, Recognitions, Scholarships, Internships and Competitions

EE 30 Under 30
NAAEE’s 30 Under 30 program aims to recognize young people 30 years old or younger doing vital EE work in their communities. Submit yourself, or a friend for consideration! This year, nominations are open to the international community. Four finalists will be selected to participate in a panel discussion during the NAAEE Conference in San Juan, PR on Saturday, October 21st. Learn more

To provide opportunities for young people across the country to #LeadASAP, YSA and Hasbro will award  BE FEARLESS BE KIND Grants  of $500, $1,000, or $2,000 to nonprofit organizations and K-12 schools (public, private, and independent) in the United States. Rolling basis until October 31, 2017 at 5pm.

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
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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