February 2018
Now Accepting Nominations for Green Difference Awards 2018

Nominate Green Schools Leaders for the 10th Annual Green Difference Awards!

Nominate a Green Difference Maker  today  through our  online application! Applications due March 22, 2018.

Project Green Schools honors and recognizes Outstanding National 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 – Great Hall  [May -2018]

Green Difference Makers can be: Principals, Teachers, Advisors, Citizens, Schools, Students, or School Groups/Clubs.
Awards will be given in the following areas:
Outstanding Green Superintendent/Principal
Outstanding Green Educator/Program Director
Outstanding Green Community Hero
Outstanding Green Student [Elementary/Middle/High]
Outstanding Commitment to Greenovation [GREEN + STEM + Innovation]
Outstanding School-led Project in Energy
Outstanding School-led Sustainability Project in Sports
Outstanding Global School-led Project in Climate Action
SUSTAINABILITY AWARD – Outstanding Environmental Education Program w/Proven Track Record of 5+ years!
Lifetime Achievement Award for a hero who has dedicated his or her life to Green Education
RI Green Student Leadership Council Attends 2018 Legislative Luncheon

On January 31, 2018 delegates from the RI Green Student Leadership Council attended the 2018 Legislative Luncheon which "featured a candid conversation with leaders of the (RI) House and Senate as they respond to questions regarding the many critical issues facing the business community."

Thank you House Majority Leader, Joe Shekarchi, and Senior VP of Government Relations of the Greater Providence Chamber, Paul DeRoche, for Co-chairing our RI Green Student Leadership Council, and for meeting with us at the Legislative Luncheon! Thank you Maddy (South Kingstown High), Cameron (Moses Brown), Abigail (Moses Brown) and Charlotte (Pilgrim High, not pictured) for representing!!

ATTENTION CALIFORNIA Residents: Intersession Community Forum

Environmental Charter Schools Presents: Community Forum: Students present, advocate, debate and share their perspectives on a range of topics. Learn More and RSVP
February 2, 2018
8:30am - 12pm
EarthEcho Water Challenge Ambassadors Accepting Applications

The EarthEcho Water Challenge Ambassadors are young environmental leaders ages 13-22 from across the United States. Through their role, Ambassadors will have the opportunity to expand their knowledge of water quality and lead members of their community through the water quality monitoring process. Learn More and Apply. Deadline: February 19,2018
EarthWatch Institute: Girls in Science Program

Girls in Science equips young women with the confidence and STEM learning skills to effectively develop and share their own narrative of science.

Earthwatch will award talented young women with a fully-funded opportunity to spend a week performing field research on a U.S.-based project during the summer. Girls in Science seeks candidates who are interested in science and are interested in supporting and learning from female scientists in the field while collecting critical research data. Applications due February 25, 2018.
Action for Nature Seeking 2018 International Young Eco-Hero Applicants

Action for Nature’s 2018 International Eco-Hero Award Applications are officially open to all young environmentalists ages 8 to 16 taking personal action to protect and preserve nature. Past Eco-Hero winners have received a cash prize up to $500, a certificate of achievement, and public recognition for their creative initiatives aimed at tackling the world’s critical environmental challenges.  Applications for 2018 run through February 28th, 2018 .
Soak Up The Rain New England Webinar Series

The Guiteras Green Infrastructure Community School Project
Wednesday, February 28th, 2:00 PM-3:30 PM EST
To  Register *
This webinar will highlight an inspiring and successful green infrastructure project at the Guiteras School to save and protect Silver Creek in Bristol, RI from polluted stormwater runoff. Bristol is a small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) community, and water discharging from its storm sewer system is regulated by the state of Rhode Island.
President's Environmental Youth Award - Application Period Open

The President’s Environmental Youth Award (PEYA) recognizes outstanding environmental projects by K-12 youth. The PEYA program promotes awareness of our nation's natural resources and encourages positive community involvement. Since 1971, the President of the United States has joined with EPA to recognize young people for protecting our nation's air, water, land, and ecology. It is one of the most important ways EPA and the Administration demonstrate commitment to environmental stewardship efforts created and conducted by our nation's youth. Applications are due by March 1, 2018.
Green Ribbon Schools - Application Period Open

Launched by the U.S. Department of Education in 2011, the  Green Ribbon Schools   recognition program honors schools that are exemplary in reducing environmental impact and costs, improving the health and wellness of students and staff, and delivering effective environmental and sustainability education that incorporates Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), civic skills, and green career pathways. Applicants may enter the competition either as a school or as a district. Massachusetts will select one or more schools or districts to be honored at the state level; those honorees are then elevated to the U.S. Department of Education where they will have the opportunity to be honored as a national Green Ribbon School winner.

For Massachusetts:
  • Thursday March 15School and district applications due to Massachusetts ESE
  • Friday March 30 - Massachusetts announces state award winners and submits nominees to U.S. Department of Education
  • Earth Day (Sunday April 22) - Honorees announced by U.S. Department of Education
  • Spring/Summer - Honorees awarded at a U.S. Department of Education national ceremony
Application Period Open for Massachusetts' 24th Annual Secretary's Award for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education

Nominate a student, teacher, program or school/organization for the Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education. MA ONLY. Deadline: March 30, 2018
North American Marine Environmental Protection Association Contests, Programs, Field Trips and More!

2017 Art Contest: Better Shipping for a Better Future:  this allows K-12 students to creatively express themselves by submitting an original poster to showcase how shipping makes the future better for people or the marine environment, or how shipping can become even more green. Projects will be accepted until  March 30, 2018 . Winners will showcase their work in our 2018 calendar, and there is a first place cash prize. Submission portal link:   http://www.namepa.net/art-contest/ .

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

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

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

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center seeks to honor a high school student who has made environmental awareness and conservation a priority by taking action in their local high school. We are looking for an individual who goes above and beyond the minimum expectations (like recycling) by leading environmental change in their school, inspiring behavioral changes in their peers, innovating beyond expectations, promoting a sustainable choice or demonstrating openness to piloting/implementing new ideas.  Deadline: February 26, 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

For K-12 Educators
July 9-12, 2018 Manhattanville College
Help Us Bring Project Green Schools to More Schools!

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

As the year comes to a close, everyone gets in the giving mood and as you make your end of year donations we'd like to inspire you to inspire students in learning about protecting our environment. 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. 

Project Green Schools has been growing a Giving Tree throughout 2017. 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 .  

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