November 2018
Project Green Schools 2018 Annual Report

Our 2018 Annual Report is out and available to read.

Check out all the amazing programs and work Project Green Schools has been engaged with this year.

Save the date for Project Green Schools' #GivingTuesday campaign!

Help us engage more students and schools in the United States and beyond!

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Project Green Schools attends U.S. Dept. of Education's Annual Green Strides Tour

On October 24 and 25, 2018 Project Green Schools was honored to participate in the U.S. Department of Education's Official to Visit Missouri as part of Annual Green Strides Tour - "Living School Grounds". The tour highlighted how schools use their green schoolyards – gardens, habitats, nature trails and wetlands – to engage not only with science, math, nutrition and agriculture, but also art, literature and social studies.

The St. Louis-area events included visits to school buildings and grounds, conversations with students and teachers regarding environmental education and project-based learning, and discussions with key facilities and health staff.

Roger Dorson, acting commissioner of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, participated in the tour on Wednesday. Deputy Commissioner Stacey Preis participated in activities on Thursday.

Chris Castro Joins PGS Advisory Board

Project Green Schools is excited to welcome Chris Castro to the PGS Advisory Board. Chris is the Director of Sustainability for the city of Orlando, FL.

A sustainability and clean energy expert, eco-entrepreneur, urban farmer, and community organizer with a passion to create smart, resilient, and sustainable communities.

Chris is currently the Senior Advisor to Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Director of Sustainability & Resilience, and Co-chair of Smart Cities for the City of Orlando, developing partnerships, policies, and programs to support the sustainability, clean energy, & climate resilience goals of Mayor Dyer’s Green Works Orlando initiative. Read Chris' full bio .
"The Lean, Green and not so Mean School"

American School and University Library has just released their Green Schools Digest e-book. " Get this eBook to discover some of the leading sustainability strategies being employed by education facilities across the United States. From daylighting to onsite power generation to green cleaning, you’ll glean new ways to make your school or university leaner, greener, and more attractive to environmentally-minded students and faculty, as well as your community." Download a copy now
Your Off-to-College Green and Healthy Checklist

Click the image and head to our interactive page!
National Green Schools Society Member Report

The NGSS members at Ethan Allen Prep in Ridgefield, Connecticut, are excited to report that their AquaSprouts Agraponic Garden is up and running in the Academic Center. This unique self-sustaining living ecosystem brings the concept of hydroponics and aquaponics to life. Currently, there are five fish happily swimming around and there are a variety of plants in the grow-bed atop the aquarium. The AquaSprouts Garden is a fun and educational way for the NGSS members to learn about many different topics, including the natural environment, indoor gardening, and sustainability, while taking responsibility for the care of the fish, plus so much more! This aquarium offers insight into the way hydroponic gardening works: as the fish are fed they provide waste and nutrients for the plants, and as the water is pumped back into the grow-bed the bacteria in the grow-bed converts the waste into nutrients that feed the plants and then clean water is cycled back into the aquarium. The Garden is still a work-in-progress but it's doing well and has become a wonderful part of the Academic Center.

Also, the NGSS members have recently added a new blue recycle bin to the Academic Center where all the students and staff are placing their plastic water bottles and cans.
  from left to right: (standing): Michael and Max. Kneeling on right: Rian. Sitting in front: Connor. 
Green Schools Society

Project Green Schools' Members receive a complimentary membership to National or International Green Schools Society. NGSS/IGSS is recognition program for environmentally focused students who achieve extraordinary impact in schools and communities. Students are awarded pins and certificates for recognition of their hours of service. Seniors can achieve a graduation stole by completing a capstone project. Learn More

Current NGSS Members we have updated our NGSS Handbook so please download a copy here .

Current IGSS Members we have updated our IGSS Handbook so please download a copy here .
National Youth Council Student Profile

Meet Justin, a second grader, and our newest National Youth Council Junior Officer!

Toothbrush Project: Plastic Pollution
Justin has loved frogs for as long as he can remember and was upset to learn that frogs are among the most rapidly disappearing animals. Almost one-third of frog species are on the verge of extinction from pollution, pesticides, and habitat destruction. When Justin learned of the dangers frogs are in, he decided to begin raising money to save them and bring awareness to the issue.

Justin’s goal goes much further than just saving the frogs His goal is to help raise the issue about plastic pollution by collecting used toothbrushes and upcycling them. Over 50 million pounds of toothbrushes enter the landfills every year. He wants to empower and educate other kids about how making a small change in their life, like the type of toothbrush they use, can also have a positive impact on the planet.

Check out his website
Join the Grades of Green Waste Campaign
Starting in January, Grades of Green is launching our four-month Waste Campaign for 6th-12th grade students to engage eco-heroes across the globe to take action to reduce waste and develop sustainable, student-led solutions to waste issues relevant to their region. 

A Waste Campaign Team (a group of students, educators and community leaders) researches local waste issues, develops a solution to a water issue, and shares that idea with the community. 

Winning Campaign Teams, announced in April, will also receive up to $1,000 in Eco-Grant prizes to fund their innovative solutions.  Learn More .
To join the Waste Campaign, have an adult lead complete this  Google Form  by January 11th! 
Grants, Recognitions, Scholarships, Internships and Competitions

Budding Botanist Grant
Designed to further their mission, the Budding Botanist Grant will help our youngest citizens learn about plants, explore their world and inspire them to take care of the life they discover in their local ecosystems. Deadline: November 19, 2019

Healthy Whale, Healthy Ocean Challenge
Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs invites K-12 students in New England and the Gulf of Maine region (U.S./Canada) to create visual art, poetry, or short films that celebrate the North Atlantic right whale and inspire action for its protection. Scholarship awards for students and educators up to $750.  Deadline: December 17th, 2018.  Get started and submit at:

S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney Scholarship for Undergraduates
In memory of Mr. and Mrs. Quinney, the members of the S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney Foundation have provided a grant to ensure that the Quinney's lifelong interest in natural resources will be carried on through the educational support of Quinney scholars. Applications accepted December 1 , 2018 - January 15, 2019. Learn More

Captain Planet Foundation Grants
The Captain Planet Foundation supports programs that embrace STEM learning and empower youth to become local and global environmental change-makers. It is offering grants from $500 to $2,500 to educators (both K-12 classroom and informal) to help children and youth understand and appreciate our world through learning experiences that engage them in active, hands-on projects to improve the environment in their schools and communities.  Apply by Jan. 15

Dominion Environmental Education and Stewardship Grants
The Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation annually awards up to $1 million through a competitive environmental education and stewardship grants program . These grants are designed to develop the capacity of the future workforce, especially in STEM and energy fields. Eligible organizations include nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations and public and private K-12 schools in communities served by Dominion Energy companies in the following states: CT, ID, MD, NC, OH, RI, SC, UT, VA, WV, WY. Apply by March 1, 2019

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
The Power of One Woman by Betsy Hosp

Women today are traveling worldwide sharing knowledge and having adventures in the arctic, deserts, and oceans. Women are speaking up for food justice, water protection, animal protection, and children’s rights.

Robin Organ suffered from severe allergies when she made the decision to take back her health. A former teacher and a mother of two, she had the idea to create Project Green Schools, and she acted on it.

My daughter suffered from allergies and infections until we found a doctor who supported us in taking back our health. Our lives changed when we switched to organic foods and became more aware of what goes into our bodies. I had the idea to interview women, like Robin, who acted on an idea and who are making a difference. For six years, I spoke to women from a variety of fields all working with the planet as priority. A mother of three children, I made the decision to write the book, Power Of One Woman . And my life has changed.

The book Power of One Woman features 60 women working for the planet from a variety of passions and fields from scientists, artists, educators, authors, designers, farmers, advocates and more! Chapters are written with the perspective of: courage, support, cooperation, education, self respect, compassion, etc with women's stories woven throughout.

When we know, we know. We have the information to make better decisions for ourselves, our family, our community and the planet. Women are changing lives by making simple decisions like starting a garden, speaking up, making organic clothing, and creating community schools and much more.

The Power Of One Woman is the power we each have to act upon what we know is right and from a place in our hearts. If you have a story you’d like to share or a question , please contact me at or .
Registration is currently open and early bird rates end January 25 th .

Expo booths and tabletops are also currently available, and the early bird rate for them ends January 31 st . Click for more information.

Green Schools Conference workshop offerings (full-day on April 10 th ) are currently listed on the website .
Project Green Schools Partners with UgMo Technologies

Boston, MA, and King of Prussia, PA – July 30, 2018 - Project Green Schools and smart irrigation specialist UgMO announced today a partnership to develop impactful water conservation curriculum for K-12 students. The partners begin curriculum development this month and will sponsor individual projects and the students implementing those initiatives. The goal of this support is to inspire the next generation of environmental leaders to innovate new ways of driving water conservation and sustainability.

“Smart Irrigation Month makes the perfect backdrop for a partnership that can have a lasting impact on how the next generation views its ability to protect one of our planet’s most important and diminishing resources,” said Brian Dalmass. “It’s an honor to partner with the amazing team at Project Green Schools who has already made incredible inroads in inspiring young people across the country to do their part to reduce environmental impact and costs. We look ... READ MORE " lymouth, MA 02360 |
Educational Films, Performances and Field Trips
"STRAWS" Documentary

STRAWS ,” is a new 30 minute documentary film that's inspiring action around the globe on the hottest single-use plastic topic and its harm to marine animals.  Academy-award winning actor Tim Robbins, charts the history of straws and throughout the documentary, marine researchers, citizen activists and business owners discuss how it's possible to make a sea of change through use of sustainable alternatives to plastic straws.

Please go to  for more information and to order an educational DVD. 

For screener links to the full film, bulk ordering and speaking engagement information, please contact mouth, MA 02360 |
BEE Strong Massachusetts

Project Green Schools is partnering with Massachusetts’ award-winning Piti Theatre Company to bring their internationally acclaimed musical K – 6 performance To Bee or Not to Bee to 15 – 20 schools during the 2018 – 2019 school year.

"Let them know Project Green Schools sent you and Piti will take $50 off their performance fee!" MA 02360 |
Longwood Gardens Virtual Field Trips

Through live interactive video, our Educators bring the Gardens directly to your classr ooms.

2018 Healthy Kids Heroes Announced

"For 2018, there are three heroes. Each is known for effective advocacy and professionalism, the ability to inspire others, and especially for being compassionate, genuine and kind. Their work illustrates the power of... Read More "

Nominations for the "Who is Your 2019 Hero?" will be accepted until January 10, 2019
Project Green Schools Has A New Address

Please note that we have a new mailing address:

Project Green Schools
3 Village Green North #311 PMB 191
Plymouth, MA 02360 Plymouth, MA 02360 |
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