March 2019
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2019 Green Difference Awards
Friday, May 10th, 2019
10 - 12pm
MA State House

We honor Green Difference Makers made up of Principals, Teachers, Advisors, Students, Citizens, Schools, School Groups/Clubs, and our Sponsors nationally and internationally at our annual event.

Awards are given out this year in the following areas of Outstanding Green/Sustainable Practices in:

  • Green and Healthy Schools
  • Food and Agriculture
  • Waste Management
  • Green Living and Consumerism
  • Energy
  • Land, Air, Natural World
  • STEM and the Future of Sustainability
  • Transportation
  • Outdoor Learning and Exploration

As well as, Lifetime Achievement Award for a hero who has dedicated his or her life to Green Education
Project Green Schools Is Headed Back to MarineLab! Join Us!
Project Green Schools & Coral Restoration Foundation are proud to announce the return of their Ocean Ambassador Program for the Summer of 2019! This summer leadership institute for middle and high school students will be held in Key Largo, FL during the weekend of July 26-28, 2019. 

Secure your spot now before it’s too late! Click to learn more!
Senator Whitehouse (RI) "Time To Wake Up: A Green New Deal" Speech
Watch PGS friend, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse in his February 13, 2019 speech to his fellow Senators speak on the Green New Deal.

Project Green Schools is proud to partner with Sunrise Movement who's mission is to " stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process" and their work moving forward the Green New Deal.
PGS Attends USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum
PGS Development Intern, Melissa Cowell, represented Project Green Schools at The U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Outlook Forum (AOF) February 21-22. She had the opportunity to attend different sessions, including those on Trade Mitigation, School Lunches and Breakfast, Farm Policy Here and Abroad, State Agricultural Issues, and The Value of Economic Information. The day was successful, learning a lot about agriculture and how PGS can become more involved.
Environmental Education Week in April
Join NEEF in the nation's largest celebration of environmental education as we get ready for this year's National Environmental Education Week (EE Week). Beginning on Earth Day, this year's EE Week will take place April 22nd through April 26th. Throughout the week, NEEF will be releasing updated infographics and resources, stories from the field, and our new  Greening STEM toolkit

Stay up-to-date on all things EE by following NEEF's EE Week page on  Facebook  where you can check out the latest polls and resources. 
PGS National Youth Council Corner
PGS National Youth Council Attended Youth Assembly in NYC
On February 15-17, 2019 three Project Green Schools National Youth Council members attended the 23rd session of the Youth Assembly in New York City. Our students participated alongside 900 young leaders from nearly a hundred countries across the globe. Hear about their experiences!
As a first-time attendee, I was excited to learn about the Sustainable Development Goals, meet other delegates from around the world, hear from prominent individuals, and of course, understand the powers of youth advocacy and involvement in addressing global issues.

This year’s theme was “Empowering Youth for Global Development.” I would join over 900 young people from over 95 countries in this three-day assembly. This conference would allow for the opportunity for exceptional youth to interact with UN officials and influential professionals. As youth are 100% of the future, it is important for youth to learn from and discuss with global leaders, and the Youth Assembly provides us with this chance... Read the rest of Rebecca's story

Being a delegate at the Youth Assembly was nothing less than absolutely energizing! It was impossible to leave without a new sense of inspiration and readiness to get out there and make a difference in the world! 

I was specifically very interested in the Mobilizing Youth for Climate Action session, where I left feeling inspired to put my frustration into action, and have not lost that sense even now. I’m ready to take my ideas that were fueled by people abroad back to my community in Massachusetts, and educate my peers on how we can help to stop climate change by lowering carbon gas emission.  Read the rest of Molly's story.

I attended the Youth Assembly at New York University, and it was an experience I will never forget. Being surrounded by open minded people, all wanting to see change in the world, was truly inspiring. With 93 different countries present I not only got to observe the cultural differences and similarities across the globe, but also experience it. I found that by establishing a connection with a person, regardless of their origin, a relationship could be formed. I am a sophomore in high school at Oliver Ames High School in Easton, MA, and though my observation regarding human relations may seem very simple to some, for me it will be life altering. I feel privileged to have obtained the knowledge from the Assembly at such a relatively young age. I would love to return to the Youth Assembly with new ideas, and I encourage all people who want to see change in the world to attend and educate themselves on the challenges that face our society from brilliant and inspiring people.
Green Schools Society
  End of Year Awards and Recognition Forms are OPEN! 

Are you a graduating senior looking to receive an Honor Stole? Are you an individual student or teacher looking to get yourself or your class recognized for your many green efforts this year? 

As a reminder,  ALL submissions for end of year awards must be received through our online forms.   Directions for what is required and how to submit can be found below.  

K-12 Water Conservation Curriculum for Schools with UgMo Technologies and PGS

UgMO is committed to delivering purpose-built platform solutions that drive sustainable change in natural resource management practices and outcomes. Through agronomic expertise and cutting-edge technology solutions, UgMO delivers live soil conditions and actionable insights that conserve resources, save money and improve operations - all while guaranteeing healthy sustainable landscapes.

Recognizing that education is the foundation of all sustainability efforts, UgMO has partnered with Project Green Schools to support and inspire the next generation of environmental leaders to innovate new ways of driving water conservation and sustainability. Through this partnership, UgMO develops impactful water conservation curriculum for K-12 students and sponsors the students implementing those initiatives.

Who should sign up?
Any interested student, class, club or school who wants to explore water conservation at their school.

How do I sign up?
Sign up online for free here.

2019 Secretary’s Awards for Excellence Program ( Massachusetts Only)

The 2019 Secretary’s Awards for Excellence Program is now accepting nominations for this year. The electronic application is now live on EEA’s website – click for application . We will accept application up to March 30, 2019.
 There's still time to join!

Register now for the 2019 Students for Zero Waste Week campaign March 18 - April 26, 2019
 Greening Forward and the NYC Department of Education's Sustainability Initiative will be hosting their 7th annual student summit, the Empowered Young Environmentalists Summit (EYES), in New York City from  March 29-30th .
Girls STEM Summit-Statewide March 31, 2019 hosted by Jr.Tech with Facility Host Partner Wentworth Institute of Technology (WIT). 

National Healthy Schools Day
April 2, 2019

Wednesday, April 17, 2019
10:00 am to 3:00 pm

13th Annual Youth Summit on Climate Change and Sustainability
32 Vassar Street at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts Saturday, May 4 th , 2019.  See flyer

University at Albany Campus Center, NY
Thu, May 9, 2019
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Additional Resources, Grants, Recognitions, Scholarships, Internships and Competitions

EPA is seeking PEYA and PIAEE awards applications that highlight environmental stewardship in a variety of areas, including the following: environmental sustainability: a healthy school environment including projects that reduce food waste in school cafeterias; environmentally friendly agriculture practices; reducing human contributions to ocean litter and how to prevent it; school gardens; recycling; or using STEM to teach environmental education. Deadline: March 8, 2019.

Ocean Awareness Student Contest (2018 Green Difference Awards Winner)
Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs invites students ages 11-18 from around the world to submit visual art, poetry, prose, film, and music that explores the impact of climate change on the ocean. Students may earn scholarships of up to $1,500.  Learn more and get started .  Deadline: June 17, 2019.

Marine Debris Creative Advocacy Competition
Bow Seat's international competition challenges middle and high school students to design and lead a project that creatively educates others about plastic pollution and inspires action to reduce or prevent marine debris. It's a perfect opportunity for green teams, marine science or art clubs, honor society members, Scout troops, or any environmentally-minded teens. Students can earn awards of up to $5,000! The deadline is June 17, 2019, but interested students or classes should register their project ideas early.  To get started and for more information, click here.

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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