Congratulations to the Top Six Finalists!
Project Green Schools is pleased to announce the top six finalists for our Outdoor Classroom Challenge. These six schools will be headed to the final pitch round on May 15th for their chance to win $10,000 to design and implement a new or existing outdoor space at their school.


  • CK Burns School, Saco (ME)
  • Cross Schools (SC)
  • Environmental Charter School (PA)
  • Lowell Career Academy (MA)
  • Palmer Park Preparatory (MI)
  • The Piper Center at Baylor (TX)
Project Green Schools Partners with Planet Aid for 10,000 lbs Challenge
Project Green Schools is excited to partner with Planet Aid in order to help schools and communities come together to collect and recycle 10,000 lbs of used clothing and shoes.  

Planet Aid recognizes the Earth's resources are finite and that good stewardship is essential for the well-being of current and future generations. Planet Aid’s used textile recycling program and the projects they support aim to protect the environment, reduce waste, and increase the efficient use of vital resources.

Stay tuned for more details from Project Green Schools on how to host a clothing drive for your school or community. Contact Planet Aid
U.S. Department of Education Announces 2022 Green Ribbon School Honorees
On Earth Day, April 22nd, the U.S. Department of Education announced 2022 the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, District Sustainability Awardees, and Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees.  Across the country, 27 schools, five districts, and four postsecondary institutions are being honored for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability education.

Watch the video message sent from U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona.
Read the highlights from the 2022 Honorees..
We Are Halfway To Our Goal!
Project Green Schools is teaming up with musician and environmentalist Jack Johnson on his 2022 Summer Tour as an All At Once Non-Profit Partner! 

All At Once is Jack Johnson’s social action network connecting nonprofits with people who want to take action and give back to their community. All At Once promotes sustainable & equitable food systems, plastic free initiatives, healthy watersheds and more! Get involved at  

  • Explore All At Once! Visit to check out what you can do before, during, and after the show to get involved. 
  • Help us raise funds! Jack Johnson’s foundation is matching donations contributed to us at his concert or directly to our organization until May 31st, 2022, up to a total of $2500. Make a contribution and it will be doubled by the Johnson Ohana Foundation, founded by Kim & Jack Johnson to support environmental, art and music education. Donate though our Facebook campaign or if you are not on Facebook donate here.

Collectively, individual actions create global change. Your actions, your voice, and your choices, all have a huge impact. 
May is Asthma Awareness Month
May is Asthma Awareness Month—a time to educate friends, family, and patients about asthma and promote awareness about how this serious, sometimes life-threatening, chronic respiratory disease can be controlled, including by improving school indoor environments. During Asthma Awareness Month, EPA provides ready-to-use tools and resources for use promoting asthma awareness in your school community.
Rink Redemption In Rhode Island and Maine
Project Green Schools had incredible nights celebrating Rink Redemption at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland, ME with the Maine Mariners on April 16th and the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, RI on April 19th with the Providence Bruins.

Congratulations to Aubrey Organ for creating this inspiring and impactful initiative blending water conservation and the hockey community.

Check out photos from April Rink Redemption events here.

“Rink Redemption” is a water conservation initiative designed by high school senior and Captain/Goalie, Aubrey Organ, to reduce water usage in homes and at rinks by providing environmental education and tools to raise awareness.

Contact Rink Redemption to host your own event.
EMAIL: or follow on INSTAGRAM: @rinkredemption

LEARN more about Rink Redemption, TAKE the Pledge and SUPPORT Aubrey's work.
May's Challenge from Planting the Seeds
Project Green Schools is honored to have our PGS Advisory Board Member, Jill Sylvester a licensed mental health counselor and author, providing monthly strategies and tips for our mental health.

Challenge Yourself

1.) Is there an area of your life in which you'd like to feel better? Identify what and where that is in order to challenge yourself to grow. 

For example, do you want to feel more awake during the day? 

If so, decide how much sleep you need, and challenge yourself to go to bed earlier in order to get the hours you require. Perhaps you choose to put your phone away an hour before bed(best practice!) in order to wind your body down and prepare for sleep. 

Or, do you want to feel healthier? Make a list of what foods you tend to eat during day and decide where you can improve.

Maybe you add more protein to your meals so that you feel more grounded in your body. 
Perhaps you swap processed sugar snacks for healthier alternatives like homemade treats with maple syrup or fruit. Note how you feel.

Or, do you want to improve your relationships? Pick the person you'd like to have a better connection with and decide to do your part.

Perhaps you practice listening more versus speaking. Maybe you start asking other people questions about themselves versus only talking about yourself.

Whatever area you choose to challenge yourself in, note how you feel at the beginning of the month and then again at the end. Celebrate your measurable results. 

For more tips and techniques on how to feel healthier on all levels, please visit or listen to our Trust Your Intuition podcast on Apple, Spotify and other channels. 
Power Your Future - Career Day
Students, save the date, and join Greentown Labs to learn about careers in the climatetech industry.
YouthCAN Summit 2022
Join the16th Annual YouthCAN Climate & Sustainability Youth Summit: Intersectionality: Fighting Back Against Disproportionate Impacts!

YouthCAN will be highlighting the disproportionate impact of climate change on environmental justice communities, indigenous communities, and communities of color through interactive workshops, art, and speakers. Our society is polluting the air, getting rid of green space, and limiting access to food and water justice. Much of the damage is being done by those who are least affected by these issues, including politicians, fossil fuel CEOs and huge corporations. We must not only be aware of these issues but also work as a community, with the voices of those most hurt lifted up, to combat them.

The Summit will be taking place on Saturday, May 21st. Registration opens May 6th.
Who: Youth Climate Leaders
When: Saturday, May 21st, 2022
When: 9 AM - 3:00 PM
Where: Stata Center, 32 Vassar Street, at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Cost: Free
EPA Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Webinar
You Can’t Manage What You Don’t Measure: Monitoring IAQ in Schools for Improved Health

Join EPA for an upcoming webinar about how to implement cost-effective and comprehensive indoor air quality (IAQ) monitoring to improve the respiratory health of students and staff by reducing air pollutants and asthma triggers (e.g., viruses, allergens, mold, dust, etc.)! You’ll hear from speakers at Boston Public Schools and learn how to modify and replicate their best practices to monitor IAQ and assess ventilation and HVAC systems to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in schools and provide healthier indoor air.

Thursday, May 19, 2022 | 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET Register here.
Harvard Chan C-CHANGE Youth Summit on Climate, Equity, and Health
Harvard Chan C-CHANGE and Putney Pre College are hosting their annual Youth Summit on Climate, Equity, and Health this July in Boston, MA. This week-long summit will train high school students to be leaders in their communities through workshops, field-based activities, and meetings with scientists, health and policy experts, academics, energy innovators, and more. Students will engage with themes such as Climate Communications, Press, & Media; Climate Science; Entrepreneurship, Industry, & Technology; Environmental Justice; Global Health, Epidemiology, & Infectious Disease; Medicine & Healthcare; and Policy & Advocacy and develop a Climate Action Plan to transform their ideas into action.

The Youth Summit combine Putney’s extensive history in designing educational and innovative student programs with Harvard Chan C-CHANGE’s work to center health and equity within climate action.

Empowering Young People to Lead - July 24 – 30, 2022 Apply today!
Follow AY - Musician, UN Youth World Leader, Founder of Battery Tour
AY is one of the first artists to power his concerts with 100% renewable energy. AY's Battery Tour inspires individuals to recognize that they are all ‘outlets’ for change. Concerts are powered by renewable energy stored in Batteries hence the name “Battery Tour”.

AY has also been working on Project17 - a music album based on United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Check out AY's work and music here.
Upcoming Events, Noteworthy News, Opportunities
Calendar of Events/Days to Celebrate

  • First full week – International Compost Awareness Week 
  • 9th (2nd Saturday): International Migratory Bird Day
  • 16th Endangered Species Day
  • 3rd Friday: Bike-to-Work Day
  • 22nd: International Day for Biological Diversity
  • 23rd: World Turtle Day

  • 1st Saturday: National Trails Day
  • 5th: World Environment Day
  • 8th: World Ocean Day
  • 15th: Global Wind Day
  • 21st/22nd: Summer Solstice
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