COP26 is currently in session until November 12, 2021. Click here to stay up to date with the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties.

Young delegates at this September's #Youth4Climate conference in Milan delivered very clear asks for world leaders. Hear the young climate champions’ calls to action and check out some of the inspiring speeches from the summit.
24/7 Carbon Free Energy Compact
"The 24/7 Carbon-free Energy Compact is a set of principles and actions that stakeholders across the energy ecosystem can commit to in order to drive systemic change. 24/7 Carbon-free Energy (CFE) means that every kilowatt-hour of electricity consumption is met with carbon-free electricity sources, every hour of every day, everywhere." 

Read the 24/7 CFE Compact. Click to learn more and join the growing movement for 24/7 Carbon-Free Energy.
PGS Students Speak at Stockholm+49
Project Green Schools students came together to speak at Stockholm+49 alongside a myriad of influential environmental and human rights leaders, including Inger Andersen, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme; María Fernanda Espinosa, President of the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly and former Ecuadorian Minister of Foreign Affairs; and Izabella Teixeira, Co-Chair of the United Nations Environment Programme’s International Resource Panel and former Minister for the Environment of Brazil.

Watch the Youth Campaign Part 2 and Closing Statements from our Project Green Schools National Youth Council Co-President, Emory.
PGS National Youth Council Students Partner with Koita
This past spring, PGS National Youth Council Students were sponsored by Koita Foods – an international company that recently launched its line of premium, Italian plant-based milks here in the US – to conduct research on green and healthy living. 

Our students:
  • Learned about plant based, shelf-stable milks made from almond, oat, soy, coconut from the founder of Koita.
  • Learned about packaging and shelf life including tetra pak and recycling.
  • Designed a school/home-based Koita Challenge or presentation to hopefully roll out to schools in the new year.
  • Presented their learnings/findings back to the PGS National Youth Council this past spring.
Check out each of our students presentations.

Maanit (WA) – Koita & Sustainability 
Indoor Air Quality Fact Sheets
The Center for Green Schools released a unique series of fact sheets about indoor air quality (IAQ), designed to help people without a technical background understand some of the more complicated details about common strategies. Developed by dozens of experts, the series presents simple, straightforward evidence about the most pressing topics in school IAQ.

The series includes an overview, which gives a foundation on school IAQ strategies and measures, as well as four fact sheets on:
• Ventilation
• HVAC Filtration
• In-room air cleaners
• Germicidal UV

Register For Race for the Planet
Project Green Schools is inviting you to engage your school in meaningful climate education and action by implementing “Race for the Planet” in your school or community.

Participants compete in energy and environmental games and challenges focusing on energy, water, waste, and sustainability, and have the option to raise funds to support a unique project goal to Green Up Your School/Community.

Hosting kits with instructions, challenge materials, videos for opening/closing ceremonies, marketing & fundraising materials, and medals to award will be made available to registered participants.

Common Home Conversations with The Planetary Press
Listen to the 4th episode of the podcast series: Common Home Conversations Pathway to 2022

Listen as Project Green Schools Advisory Board Member and Founder of The Planetary Press, Kimberly White, interviews Jojo Mehta, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Stop Ecocide International.
School Building Science Fridays with CHPS
Join our partner Collaborative for High Performance Schools on the 2nd Friday of each month from September to June to learn how the science behind school buildings supports student, educator, and staff health, safety, and success. Each webinar is 45 minutes long, with 30 minutes of expert presentations followed by 15 minutes of participant Q&A.

Next School Building Science Friday is Friday, October 8th at 2:00pm EDT discussing "Ventilation: What You Need to Know" Learn more, register and view the entire schedule here.
Plasticity - Free Online Game
"Plasticity is a hauntingly beautiful puzzle-platformer about a plastic-ridden world and the choices you make to save it. Play as Noa, a curious young girl who leaves her home in search of a better life. Embark on an emotional journey as your actions dynamically change both gameplay and the story.
This free game was created by 30 students and contains 20-60 minutes of content." Play Now
Washington Oregon Cascadia Higher Education Sustainability Conference
WOHESC is a platform for empowering and inspiring change making, facilitating action, and for sharing, networking, and collaboration related to sustainability within the region's higher education institutions. Through facilitated conversation, workshops, presentations, and networking opportunities, participants will play a role in advancing environmental performance at Cascadia region institutions of higher education, support regional policy goals and initiatives, and drive the development of a generation of professionals for whom sustainability is a core tenant of their work and life philosophy. Learn more.
Nominate for U.S. Department of Education 2022 Green Ribbon Schools Program and Director's Awards
Now is a great time to begin preparing for the 2021–22 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) application cycle by using resources and programs available on Green Strides. Review FAQs about all three award categories. Head to U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools for more information.  
The Director’s Award recognizes state education authorities’ exemplary efforts to administer ED-GRS. Annually, the Director’s Award goes to the state education official who does the most to advance sustainable education in his or her state. If you wish to nominate a state education official, please send your nomination letter to by March 1, 2022. Any state education official who is involved in implementing the ED-GRS award, and who has not previously won the Director’s Award, is eligible for nomination. Read about the work of past ED-GRS Director’s Award recipients. Nominations due March 1, 2022.
Calendar of Events/Days to Celebrate

  • 1st: World Vegan Day
  • 5th: World Tsunami Awareness Day
  • 15th: America Recycles Day

  • 21st/22nd: Winter Solstice
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