April 2014 News

In This Issue
EPA Hosted 7th Annual Green Schools Summit
Green Schools National Conference
Green Schools at National Conference
National Environmental Education Week 2014
Education Week Webinar
NH Eco-Camp
Thank You: Together We Can
MA Environmental Literacy Plan Survey
Concert Supports Water Project
Center for EcoTechnology is Hiring
3rd Annual Trash on Your Back Challenge
Community EE Strategy Wheel
National Green Week 2014
MA Climate Adaptation Forum
Grant Opportunity

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It's time to Nominate a Green Difference Maker today!

 

 

Green Schools honors and recognizes Outstanding Environmental Education & STEM Education efforts led in our Schools & Communities at our Annual Green Difference Awards.

 

This event will take place at the MA State House in the spring [May 28, 2014]

 

Green Difference Makers can be: Principals, Teachers, Advisors, Schools, Students, or School Groups/Clubs.

 

Application period open until April 14th: 

 

For questions regarding The Green Difference Awards, please write us at:

info@projectgreenschools.org OR call (508) 272-9653

 

Nominate an Outstanding Green Difference Maker today!

 

 EPA Hosted the 7th Annual MA Green Schools Summit in Boston

  

EPA New England hosted the 7th Annual Green Schools Summit in their downtown Boston offices.
 

The 7th Annual Green Schools Summit is a Massachusetts-focused environmental conference for educators, government officials, state agencies, nonprofit organizations, those who serve our schools & communities, students (grades 5-12), and for people interested in developing the next generation of energy & environmentally literate citizens in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

 

The goal of the Summit was to educate & empower those committed to greening schools, to share best practices, & to provide innovative resources and solutions for individuals to return to their communities & make The Green Difference.

 

Confirmed guests include Curt Spalding, regional administrator of EPA's New England regional office, Commissioner Mark Sylvia of Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, Mass. State Senator Jamie Eldridge and Mass. Representative Jay Barrows.

 

Thanks to our Corporate Sponsors: Next Step Living, Worth Wild, National Grid, NSTAR

 

Thanks to Jack Collins Images for taking pictures for the event. Click for official Summit pictures 
 
See related blog from Mass.gov about Green Schools Summit
 

Green Schools National Conference March 26-29, 2014

   

The 4th Annual Green Schools National Conference convened in Sacramento, California.  This Conference is the nation's largest gathering of green, healthy and sustainable K-12 school leaders and learners.  Some 1,100 teachers, parents, principals, superintendents, food service directors, facilities managers, and other partners were in attendance.  Topics addressed included sustainability skills and knowledge for the 21st century; stewardship and service learning; sustainable facilities design and management; health and well-being; and creating strong partnerships and networks.  

 
We can't wait until next year at Virginia Beach!
 

Green Schools at the National Conference March 26-29, 2014

   

   

  

 

Green Schools had a fantastic time leading the Green Schools National Student Summit in conjunction with the 2014 Green Schools National Conference in Sacramento, CA!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We enjoyed learning and collaborating with many of our nation's thought leaders including; Greening Forward, Diana Dehm, Green Bronx Machine, Green Schools Alliance, Project Learning Tree, ACE, Green Schools Initiative, Green 360, Grades of Green, Eco Schools USA, Conserve School, Health Corp, Slow Food USA, US Fish & Wildlife Service Climate Change LIVE, Clemon Charles, and countless others in the Green Schools space.  We are definitely looking forward to next year's convening at Virginia Beach!

 

The Green Schools National Conference is organized by the GSNN-Green Schools National Network and Green Schools is proud to serve on their Advisory Board.

  
National Environmental Education Week

National Environmental Education (EE) Week April 13-19, 2014


Hosted by NEEF, the National Environmental Education Foundation, EE Week is a celebration of environmental education held each year the week before Earth Day. 

 

The 2014 theme, Greening STEM: Engineering a Sustainable World, will explore the application of engineering to sustainable solutions for a healthier planet and healthier people. From educator toolkits, to infographics, to EE Week's ongoing webinar series, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved and find something that will work for you. 

 

EE Week registration is free and open to anyone. 

 
Education Week Webinar 

 

 

Green Schools helped lead the discussion through the lens of students & schools:

The Last Green Mile: Reducing the Environmental Impact of Instructional Materials

 

Content provided by FutureMark PaperGroup

 

Making your school more "green" by reducing its eco footprint isn't just good for the environment, it's an important part of educating your students about green choices by example. It's not pie in the sky any longer to achieve an economic-environmental equivalency by making significant environmental improvements; it is a vital to students' overall scientific and societal education. 

Question: As schools make the shift to more green schools, what's left to close the gap on the "last green mile?" 

Answer: Textbooks and instructional materials, which are currently printed on paper with little or no recycled fiber. 

 

Missed this Webinar? Listen Here

 

Special Offer for NH Eco-Camp - Fundraiser for Green Schools

 

Dear Student Ambassadors, Parents, and Friends,

 

Camp Quinebarge in Moultonborough, NH is providing an exclusive offer to our Student Ambassadors and their families to attend summer camp at a 50% discount per week.

 

Camp Quinebarge is a traditional boys and girls overnight and eco summer camp in Moultonborough, NH on beautiful Lake Kanasatka. Started in 1936, Quinebarge (pronounced Kwi-ni-Barge) fosters an appreciation of the outdoors, teaches valuable lessons about caring for our planet and mixes summer fun with environmental stewardship. Quinebarge serves up to 100 kids ages 7-15 starting June 29. Please see more here: www.campquinebarge.com.

 

The camp has focused programs that appeal to environmental leaders. They are offering our group a 50% discount to attend Camp Quinebarge this summer. Green Schools will receive 15% referral fee for each camper, which will serve as a fundraiser.

 

If you are interested in attending Camp Quinebarge this summer, please contact:

 

Liz Schwartzer, Camp Director:

 

Eric Carleson, President: ecarlson@carbonfund.org  

2014 Quinebarge Brochure

 

We hope that you will take advantage of this great offer!

 

THANK YOU!!

  

Many thanks to TOGETHER WE CAN for your generous donation to GREEN SCHOOLS STUDENT STEM INITIATIVES!

 

Your donation for the Tri-Town STEM Expo 2014 allows us to impact more students, schools & communities and we sincerely thank you.

 

  

 STEM EXPO Elements

  •  Students in grades 4-8 to be attendees, grades 9-12 volunteer & potential exhibitors 
  •  Engage in STEM Activities Linked to STEM Majors and Careers
  •  Explore career opportunities open to those with STEM skills 
  •  Meet professionals and find out how STEM skills supported their career/life goals.

 STEM EXPO Collaborators

  •  Massachusetts Legislature: Representative Jay Barrows
  •  Foxborough Public Schools: Alison Mello & Susan Abrams
  •  Mansfield Public Schools: Kathy Podesky & Rayna Freedman
  •  Norton Public Schools: Tanya Benoit & Jennifer O'Neill
  •  SE STEM Network: Katherine Honey
  •  Wheaton College:  Vicki Bartolini, Education Consultant
  •  Green Schools: Robin Organ
  •  Meditech: Greg Clarkin
  •  Tri-Town Chamber: Kara Griffin, Executive Director. 
Please Take the MA Environmental Literacy Plan Survey

 

MA Environmental Educators & Students:

Please take  the MA Environmental Literacy Plan Survey

 

An Environmental Literacy Plan provides a unified and collaborative framework for organizations, agencies, schools and individuals to help the general public and students understand, appreciate, and sustain the natural environment. The ELP Planning Committee has created a survey which will gather information to shape a shared vision, learn about current practices and opportunities for growth and solicit both feedback and participation in the process. We would like to reach a range of stakeholders across the Commonwealth including educators, business, government, organizations and clubs. 

 

This survey(s) will inform the development of a revised state-wide structure for promoting, developing and accessing environmental education activities in Massachusetts. The survey(s) will gather information to shape a shared vision, learn about current practices and opportunities for growth.  We want to learn more from you.  Thank you in advance for your contribution to this work.

 

ELP Stakeholder Survey and share the link with your networks. 

 

Student Survey (ages 12-21) and share with your students.

 

For more information about the MA ELP, visit SAGEEE [Secretaries Advisory Group for Energy & Environmental Education].

 
Concert Supports Water Project at Mansfield High School, MA

 

 
 
"Inspired to make a difference at Mansfield High School, and seeking real-work experience, senior Amanda Brangwynne partnered with Green Schools Inc. organized for Environmental Education and STEM Education purposes for her Career Pathways Coursework.
 
 
 
Amanda hoped to introduce a water refill station in hopes of encourage students and staff members to bring their own reusable water bottle, to decrease plastic water bottle usage, and to be healthier.
"I selected Robin Organ because of her incredibly successful organization, Green Schools..." 
 

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Center for EcoTechnology is Hiring!

 

 

 

 

 

The Center for EcoTechnology is growing! We're hiring to fill a range of green professional positions: energy specialists, contractor services coordinators, customer service representatives, and many more.

 

Join our hardworking, passionate team and help us help people save energy and reduce waste in their homes. Working with partners throughout the region, CET is helping transform the way we live and work for a better community, economy, and environment - now and for the future.

Click for job descriptions to learn more about joining our team. 


 

The 3rd Annual Trash On Your Back Challenge 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For one week, April 21-25, 2014, we dare (and invite) you to:

  • Carry all of your trash with you, wherever you go.
    That means everything: your recyclables, compostables, and trash for landfills; all of it goes in the bag on your back
    That means everywhere: to class, work, the gym, airplanes, dinner, parties - it's your best friend for 5 days.
  • Explore how trashy your lifestyle really is, and discover new ways to reduce your personal impact, then report how much trash you produced in each category.
  • Show the world how and what you did by sharing fun photos and stories and spreading the word.
 On a Mission to Create Our Zero Waste Nation and Globe

 

 Visit their website to learn more and join the challenge!!

 

Community EE Strategy Wheel 

 



 

It is official. The development of the Community EE Wheel has begun! Help us make sure we are on the right track by completing the survey

National Green Week 2014

 

Green Week is Five!

 

Last year over 5 million students participated and this year our aim is to have 8 million engaged in sustainability education throughout the country. To help us reach this goal, and to be a part of the largest K-12 sustainability education movement, if you could please take a moment to email the following notice to your members and post to Facebook- we would greatly appreciate it! As always, participation in Green Week and in all of GEF's educational resources is FREE. In addition, GEF will be raffling over $10,000 worth of prizes to participating schools.

 

Join the largest K-12 sustainability education movement by signing up for National Green Week 2014! Green Week kicks off February 3 and lasts through April 25, 2014. You choose any week during that time to be your Green Week.  It's free, and if you join on or before February 3 you will be entered to win Green Packs (reusable water bottles, snack containers and bags) for your entire school! In addition, GEF will be raffling over $10,000 in prizes through Earth Day - so don't, wait sign up today!

 

Green Week Website

 

Green Education Foundation (GEF)

 

Massachusetts Climate Adaptation Forum
The Massachusetts Climate Adaptation Forum encourages high school and college students to educate themselves on environmental issues and inspires them to be the next generation of youth leaders. The Forum is designed to advance the knowledge and perspective of Massachusetts' high school and college students with interactive roundtable discussions on local relevant topics.
 

The critical factor for a sustainable future is in preparing the next generation to understand and value the interconnectedness of environmental responsibility, social equity and economic development. The Forum empowers, encourages and mobilizes Massachusetts' high school and college students to be local Thought-Leaders for positive impact.

  

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
 
EPA Region 1
Leighton Hall
5 Post Office Square
Boston, MA 02109

Click for more details, agenda and to register

 

Grant Opportunity
DoSomething.org Seed Grants  Deadline: Ongoing

Are you working to start a community action project or program with your friends? Do you need money to put your ideas into action? A $500 Do Something Seed Grant is given out every week to help young people just like YOU! These grants can be used towards project ideas and programs that are just getting started, or to jump-start your program and realize your ideas for the first time. These grants can also be used towards projects that are already developed and sustainable, towards the next steps of your project and organization to help you as you look to expand your project and grow your impact. Click Here   

 

Sincerely,

Robin Organ

Founder and Executive Director

Green Schools