December 2015 News

In This Issue
Avalon Theisen Heading to COP 21-Paris
#Youth4Climate Social Media Campaign
Green Schools Attends Florida Learn Green Conference
Green Ribbon Schools Deadlines
Roots & Shoots Mini-Grants
Experimental Farm Network
Earth Expeditions Applications
Florida Residents
Grant Opportunities
Feature YOUR Business or Organization in Our Newsletter

Interact With Green Schools!


Green Schools Sponsors




Green Strides Webinar Series and Resources




Visit U.S. Department of Education Green Strides


Green Schools Partners

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  First, as we enter the holiday season we are reminded of how grateful we are at Green Schools for all of the support we have received this year from local, state, national and international levels.  Thank you for your continued dedication to helping us develop the next generation of green students and schools.

 Second, we are all aware of the important United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) occurring right now.  Please help us spread the word on the #Youth4Climate Social Media campaign to engage our youth in letting their voices be heard at this important conference.  Also, follow President Obama on his trip to Paris through the White House blog, Twitter or Facebook

Happy Holidays,

Green Schools 
Avalon Theisen Heading to COP 21-Paris
We are so excited and proud of Green Schools Student Advisory Board  Member and Conserve It Forward Founder, Avalon Theisen for overwhelming dedication to youth and the environment. Through her campaigning efforts Avalon was able to raise enough money to travel to the COP 21 conference. 

Please help us in wishing Avalon the best of luck with her presentations in Paris this month. 

#Youth4Climate Social Media Campaign
There's still time for youth to participate!

This coordinated media effort which runs until December 12, 2015, is a commitment to educating, engaging, and lifting up youth in the COP 21 space. In order to create a powerful presence during this defining moment in climate history, we need your help! 

The #Youth4Climate social media campaign is an effort led by the  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration   (NOAA), the  U.S. Department of Energy , the  Association of Science-Technology Centers  (ASTC),  the CLEAN Network The Wild Center , the World Bank Group's global partnership program  Connect4Climate   Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy Alliance for Climate Education Earth Day Network Climate Interactive , and others. It is an open discussion for all to join the youth call for climate action.

Download a Media Kit

View Climate Youth Engagement Events Here
JOIN Green Schools to #CutTheRedTape
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Green Schools joins No Planeta B initiative to catalyze Climate Action from Students, Schools, and their communities around the globe in lieu of the United Nations Climate Change Negotiations ( COP21 ) in Paris in December.

SIGN THE SCHOOL DECLARATION - Schools commit to non-binding climate change mitigation actions such as implementing reduction strategies and reducing CO2 footprint, going paperless and/or meatless Mondays to name a few. Your commitment will be shared at a special UN event in Paris!

STUDENTS TAKE ACTION!  Sign the Petition to World Leaders in Paris at the United Nations Climate Change Conference and share it with your friends & family! It's Time to Act-On-Climate for our future generations!

Green Schools Attends Florida Learn Green Conference

Green Schools was honored to be a part of Learn Green, Florida's Green Schools Conference at Boynton Beach High School! 

Learn Green was a 2015 Green Difference Award winner!   Read More

Pictured: Left to Right, Robin Organ, Green Schools Founder and Executive Director; Karen Aubry, Environmental Specialist with School District of Palm Beach County 
Green Schools is Excited to Partner with iMatter
 iMatter is a youth-driven climate change organization dedicated to
 listening to and amplifying the voice of the youngest generation, the generation that will be most impacted by the effects of climate change. 

iMatter is currently piloting iMatterNow, a campaign to empower youth to stand up and demand immediate action in their cities, 
where people will have to look them in the eye and realize their future is at stake . Youth across the nation will be demanding that their local governments develop and implement a plan to be free of fossil fuels by 2040. With unique online tools, including a Climate Report Card, the campaign will equip high school and middle school students to hold the adults and leaders of their cities accountable to truly protecting their future. 
2016 U.S Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Application Deadlines Near
Green Ribbon School Most participating state education authorities have winter submission deadlines for 2016 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS), with nominations due to ED by Feb. 1.  For applications, interested colleges and universities should contact their state higher education authorities, while schools and districts should contact their state education agencies.  Schools, districts, and postsecondary institutions are only eligible if nominated by state authorities.  Hearing from interested applicants may be helpful to those states considering participation.  State education authorities can find updated criteria and other state 
implementation guidance on our website and may contact U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools for more information.
Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots Mini-Grants
Our friends at  Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots   want to help YOU identify and implement a community service campaign that benefits people, animals, and environment. This week, tell them what you have planned to better your community and you might be eligible for a $200 mini-grant to support your work. 

Visit to read how you can earn $200 for your service campaign. 

Eligibility Requirements:

To be eligible for a Roots & Shoots mini-grant, you/your group must meet the following requirements: 
  • You reside in the United States.
  • You are a registered member of Roots & Shoots. (It's free! If you're not already a member, register today.)
  • Your group plans to spend the $200 grant on only items benefiting your Roots & Shoots campaign.
  • Your group will complete a campaign report by May 27, 2016.
  • Your group will complete a project profile on the Roots & Shoots website. (When your project is finished, you'll need to enter how many people participated, how many hours were worked, and how many people benefited.)
Experimental Farm Network: Fighting Climate Change
The Experimental Farm Network is building a people-powered, grassroots, open-source plant breeding network that is focused on combating climate change. 

They are working on developing perennial crop plants and agro-ecology systems that combat climate change through carbon sequestration. They are also working on breeding plants that can adapt to climate change regionally.

Join their campaign and help fund this groundbreaking work!
Miami University's Project Dragonfly Accepting 2016 Earth Expeditions Applications

Now accepting applications for 2016 OXFORD, Ohio (Nov. 18, 2015) - Miami University's Project Dragonfly is accepting applications for 2016 Earth Expeditions graduate courses that offer extraordinary experiences in 15 countries throughout the world. New in 2016 are courses in Gal├ípagos and Paraguay. 

Earth Expeditions can build toward the Global Field Program (GFP), a master's degree that combines summer field courses worldwide with web learning communities so that students can complete the GFP master's part-time from anywhere in the United States or abroad.

Photo caption_ EE grad student and protected species observer Autumn Moore-Barkus of Seattle_ Wash._ just after swimming with manta rays at Orpheus Island_ Earth Expeditions_ Australia
Project Dragonfly also offers graduate courses and the Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) master's degree co-delivered by premier learning institutions in Cincinnati, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, New York, Phoenix, San Diego and Seattle. The AIP master's takes place on-site and near AIP Master Institutions and through web-based learning communities.

Graduate tuition for all programs is greatly reduced because of support from Miami University.

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The Language of Climate Change
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
College of the Holy Cross,  Worcester, Massachusetts

March 31-April 1, 2016
Pittsburgh, PA
ATTENTION Florida Residents

Join Sea to Shore Alliance for their monthly cleanups at Ocean Inlet Park as part of the Healthy Habitats & Oceans Program. 

Saturday, January 9th 8-10:30am 
Sunday, February 14th 8-10:30am
Saturday, March 12th 8-10:30am 
December 10, 2015 4:00PM to 4:45PM EST

The U.S. Department of Energy's Bioenergy Technologies Office is hosting the next BioenergizeME Office Hours Webinar entitled  Integrating Bioenergy into the 9th-12th Grade Classroom  on Thursday, December 10, from 4:00 p.m.-4:45 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

This webinar is designed to assist 9th-12th grade educators and administrators integrate bioenergy with the core scientific principles in their standards-based curriculum. Advisors interested in participating in the  2016 BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge can also benefit from this opportunity. 

Register NOW

Natures Voices is seeking personal and inspiring stories about students' green schools experiences. Share your journey to becoming a green schools youth leader and win a trip to the Green Schools National Conference March 31-April 2nd in Pittsburgh, PA with paid travel and hotel.

Generation Nano Challenge for h igh school students.  A written entry explaining a superhero or nanotechnology-driven gear, with a 90-second video OR 1 page comic introducing the superhero and the student's nanotechnology-enabled gear
Entry deadline: February 2, 2016 .  


SeedMoney - Crowdfunds and grants for food garden projects

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CREDO will grant up to $500 to 50 activists or local groups doing the work of Climate Heroes to fight fossil fuels in their community

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.
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