October 2018
Project Green Schools Gives the Keynote Address at the 2nd NYC Green School Conference
The keynote address at the 2 nd  NYC Green School Conference 2018 was given Monday in New York City by Robin Organ, Founder of Project Green Schools, a national non-profit based in Massachusetts dedicated to developing the next generation of environmental leaders. The event was hosted by  Green Mentors  in affiliation with Climate Week NYC, a global event that occurs annually during the United Nations (UN) General Assembly. Designed as an international academic event, the NYC Green School Conference brought together the growing community of Green School educators to learn, connect and collaborate to support the shared mission of creating high-performance Green Schools.

“Project Green Schools is delighted to bring a delegation of some of our most committed young people from our National Youth Council to play a key role in Climate Week,” said Robin Organ, Founder & Executive Director of Project Green Schools.. READ MORE .

Pictured above: Harjap Singh, Student President of Project Green Schools National Youth Council, delivers opening remarks for the Council. All delegates had the opportunity to address invited guests from across the globe.
The UN has also launched  Youth 2030 .
" Youth 2030: The United Nations Youth Strategy  envisions a world in which the human rights of every young person are realized so they can achieve their full potential to advance sustainable development and peace.
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PGS Attends U.S Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Ceremony in D.C.
Honored to attend the  U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools  Ceremony as they recognized their 8th year of truly exceptional green schools across the United States! Congratulations to this year's honorees. We thank you for all that you do to make this program and your schools such exemplary places of learning.

See more pictures from Project Green Schools click here .

Click to view U.S. Dept. of Education Green Ribbon Schools photo album.

Pictured above: Jennifer Seydel, Ph.D., Executive Director Green Schools National Network; James Riley McGirt, Manager of Service-learning & Community Engagement Project Learning Tree; Robin Organ, Founder and Executive Director of PGS. Three organizations who have worked together for a decade meeting up at the Green Ribbon Schools Reception in DC, following the Ceremony.

Congratulations to Penny Taylor of the Florida Department of Education for being honored as U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools   Green Ribbon Schools Director Award recipient! A pleasure speaking with you and look forward to collaborating!
Pictured above from left to right: Member of FL Department of Education; Robin Organ, Founder and Executive Director of PGS; Penny Taylor, U.S. DOE Green Ribbon Schools Director Award Recipient
"Today is about so much more than handing out awards. Today is about recognizing excellence and taking what is learned and spreading the message so it can flourish and grow for generations to come." - Frank Brogan, Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education
PGS National Youth Council Student Raises Funds and More to Attend NYC Green School Conference

Congratulations to PGS National Youth Council student Sarah Salvatore for raising and then surpassing her goal of $1500 to attend the NYC Green School Conference a t the opening day of Climate NYC on Monday, September 24th, a week long event at the United Nations. The additional funds allowed Sarah to help support her teacher to attend as well.

The power of our youth!
National Green Schools Society

Project Green Schools' Members receive a complimentary membership to National Green Schools Society. NGSS 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 .
PGS Founder and Executive Director Featured on the NBC News 10 Boston

Robin Organ, PGS Founder and Executive Director, was featured on a local NBC News 10 Boston report regarding the new study showing that BPA free labels are not necessarily as harmfree as many consumers thought. Watch the news clip now
Congratulations to All the PIAEE and PEYA Winners

The Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators program recognizes innovative educators who bring environmental education into their classrooms through hands-on, experiential approaches. The President's Environmental Youth Award program recognizes outstanding environmental projects by K-12 youth, promotes awareness of our nation's natural resources, and encourages positive community involvement.

Click to see the PIAEE and PEYA winners!
Energy Efficiency Day 2018
From the blog of our Sponsor Planet Aid

"Trash a Focus in Cities' Fight Against Climate Change"

September 8, 2018- "Cities of the world are scrambling to step up their game in the battle against climate change.

Last week, 8 American cities joined 15 others around the globe in signing a pledge to slash the amount of trash generated within their borders.

The pledge, called the  “Advancing Towards Zero Waste Declaration,”  aims to dramatically raise the landfill “ diversion rate ” to 70 percent by 2030, thereby reducing trash volumes by  87 million tons .

The declaration is an initiative of C40 Cities, an association of municipalities around the globe seeking to lead the way towards a healthier and more sustainable future. The declaration was strategically ..." READ MORE
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 |
Grants, Recognitions, Scholarships, Internships and Competitions

Nature Works Everywhere Grants
The Nature Conservancy, through its Nature Works Everywhere program, is awarding grants of $2,000 each to 50 public or charter schools across the US to support green infrastructure projects that address local environmental challenges such as access to healthy food, air quality, heat island effect, climate change, and storm water collection. Apply by Oct. 5, 2018

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:  healthywhale.org

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
Events
Friday, October 26, 2018

Who Should Attend? Student Leaders, School Administrators, Wellness Coordinators and Educators, Athletic Directors, Coaches, Nurses, Guidance Personnel, Club Advisors, and School Resource Officers
The third annual Children’s Environmental Health Day is on October 11, 2018 .   Blueprint for Protecting Children's Environmental Health: An Urgent Call to Action  to read the recommendations and priority actions needed to protect children's health. Click  here  to see how you can get involved and cite.

Next week as part of HUBweek. Screenings will be taking place Tuesday, October 9 – Sunday, October 14 in Boston and Cambridge. The festival, the only one of its kind in the region, celebrates documentary filmmaking with six days of non-fiction programming and thought-provoking discussions with award-winning journalists, filmmakers, topical experts, and special guests. 

This year’s  GlobeDocs   lineup features 15 feature-length films and a program of shorts with over 70% of the films directed by women. The films cover topics ranging from healthcare, dance and implicit bias to food, education, and environmental issues.

You can view the full line up and descriptions of these films at:  http://filmfest.bostonglobe.com/film/.  

PGS Members receive a special $5 off promo code (SCHOOLS) when purchasing tickets.
Statewide Green Schools Conference Coming to Pasadena

The 2018 Green California Schools and Community Colleges Summit and Exposition comes to the Pasadena Convention Center October 29-30. The summit is a showcase for the best practices and the innovative technologies behind successful green school programs.

PGS Members can use code OUTREACH at checkout to receive a 20% discount.

The opening session on October 29 will feature author and Green Schoolyards America founder Sharon Danks. State Architect Chet Widom will speak in a keynote breakfast on October 30. An Expo with over 100 companies offers attendees exposure to a wide range of products and services for schools – from electric buses to green cleaning supplies. Concurrent education sessions and Pre-Summit training will focus on topics including energy efficiency, water conservation, electric school buses, Zero Net Energy buildings, funding sources and environmental literacy. On October 30, New Buildings Institute will present a half-day workshop on ZNE school retrofits. The annual Leadership Awards reception, honoring programs on California campuses, will take place on October 29.

Keynotes and exhibit hall are free. For more information and to register, go to www.green-technology.org or call 626-577-5700.
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  www.videoproject.com/straws-edu.html  for more information and to order an educational DVD. 

For screener links to the full film, bulk ordering and speaking engagement information, please contact  arlin@videoproject.com 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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