August 2015 News

In This Issue
Green Schools Collaborative Video
Green Schools Presenting at Learn Green Florida
August is Tree Check Month
Next Generation Science Standards
Grant Opportunities
Feature YOUR Business or Organization in Our Newsletter

Interact With Green Schools!


Green Strides Webinar Series and Resources




Visit U.S. Department of Education Green Strides 


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Did you know when you become a Free Member of Green Schools you have access to our 12 Pathways to Greening Your School? 


The  12 Pathways to Greening Your School are designed for you to use September - June (1-10) with two serving as year-round learning tools. But, you can put them in any order that aligns with your program. 


September's theme is Green and Healthy Schools and Communities 


Here are a few resource highlights:


Guides and Curricula 
Useful Links

Greener School Cleaning Supplies 


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In partnership with NE-CHPS [Collaborative for High Performing Schools], NEEP [Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships], and Brooke Leifer, Green Schools was delighted to be a part of this collaborative video tour project showcasing Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School and National Green Schools Society student leaders.   


Learn more about the CHPS Criteria 


Green Schools Presenting at Learn Green Florida Green Schools Conference
We look forward to presenting at the Learn Green Florida Green Schools Conference!



Our presentation entitled "Developing the Next Generation of Environmental Leaders through National Green Schools Society" will be presented on Monday, November 16th, 2015 at Boynton Beach Community High School in Boynton Beach, Florida!   


August is Tree Check Month

More than 130,000 trees have been lost, and thousands more are at risk from a devastating pest called the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB). The beetle has led to the removal of trees in Massachusetts, New York, Illinois, Ohio, and New Jersey. Because adult beetles are most active during the summer and early fall, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has declared August as Tree Check Month


Massachusetts residents are encouraged to check their trees this August - here's what to look for:  

  • Dime-sized (one-fourth inch or larger), perfectly round exit holes in the tree
  • Oval depressions on the bark where the eggs are laid
  • Sawdust-like materials, called frass, on the ground and the branches
  • Sap seeping from wounds in the tree
  • The beetle itself on tree trunks, tree branches or on nearby items

Learn More 

Next Generation Science Curriculum Standards
The Next Generation Science Standards are K-12 science standards that are "rich in content and practice and arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally-benchmarked science education."

As states, schools and teachers begin to work the new standards into their curriculum we are excited to share resources created and provided by KnowAtom to help with the integration.

Children's Environmental Literacy Foundation
The Children's Environmental Literacy Foundation (CELF) was pleased to welcome two dynamic groups of educators to Summer Institutes in July. First CELF helped kick off an NWF Eco-Schools program for four neighborhood schools in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. A week later, CELF welcomed teachers from more than a dozen schools to its annual teacher training at Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY.  In both cases, participants spent 3-4 days immersed in the field of Education for Sustainability and learned to cultivate environmental literacy, civic responsibility and global learning while encouraging students to think about 21st century problems.


Pictured: Greenpoint participants engage in hands-on learning


Missed this year's Institutes? Not a problem. CELF's custom professional development programs can help re-energize your team and support sustainability efforts in your school. CELF helps foster a collaborative teaching environment that encourages teachers to address societal challenges and engage students in real world problem solving. CELF provides tools and guidance for teachers to identify access points for Education for Sustainability within their curriculum as well as place-based learning opportunities in their school communities.


Contact Alan Cass, Director of Education, to learn how CELF may customize a program for your school: or 914.238.4743.  

Like CELF on Facebook to see highlights of this year's Institutes.



MassFarm to School

Mass. Farm to School is available to provide technical assistance to your school to develop a farm to school plan including support with local foods purchasing, implementing a Harvest of the Month program.  


Vermont FEED

VT FEED has a wealth of resources for individuals working in classrooms, cafeterias, and as community advocates. View their many free, downloadable resources 


Climate Kids: NASA's Eyes on the Earth

For elementary and middle school students. Also a teachers section


eGuide to STEM Programs


ANDRILL Teaching Climate Science 

Resources for middle and high school teachers and students


Climate Change is Elementary 

Designed to bring elementary students and teachers up to speed on climate change in a single exciting day. 


Grant Opportunities
Project Learning Tree GreenWorks! Grants
Schools and community programs that wish to improve the environment are encouraged to apply. Grants up to $1,000 are available and funding will be distributed in January 2016. You must have attended a  PLT professional workshop  either in person or online to be eligible to apply.

A curated collection of thousands of grants and awards and grant writing resources

Grants, awards, and contests created for teachers

Resources for finding grants, grant writing, and fundraising for schools

Funding opportunities and tips for winning grants in addtion to education news

News and a contests section that includes grants and awards

Subscribe to a free monthly publication focusing on hot funding opportunities and feature articles on top author and curriculum resources

USDA Farm to School Grants Seed Grants  Deadline: Ongoing

Are you working to start a community action project or program with your friends? Do you need money to put your ideas into action? A $500 Do Something Seed Grant is given out every week to help young people just like YOU! These grants can be used towards project ideas and programs that are just getting started, or to jump-start your program and realize your ideas for the first time. These grants can also be used towards projects that are already developed and sustainable, towards the next steps of your project and organization to help you as you look to expand your project and grow your impact. Click Here   


Kellogg Foundation Grants - Deadlines: Ongoing
This grant has no submission deadlines. Applications can be submitted any time of the
year. Funding is offered to those who aspire to make progress in ensuring all children grow and
reach optimal well-being by living in secure families, having access to fresh, local healthy food,
physical activity, and access to quality health care. Click Here 


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Green Schools