February 2015 News

In This Issue
Green Schools Returns to White House
Green Difference Award Nominations
NEAQ Workshop
Awards and Competitions
Young Reporters for the Environment Competition
Farm to Cafeteria Conference
Green Ribbon Schools Announce Awardees
Hog Island Audubon Camp
Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots Internship
Stand Up For Clean AIr
Summer Sustainability Program
Save the Date
Feature YOUR Business or Organization in Our Newsletter
Grant Opportunities

Interact With Green Schools!


Green Strides Webinar Series and Resources




Visit U.S. Department of Education Green Strides 


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Check out the upcoming Green Schools National Conference's program guide and make plans to attend March 4-7 in Virginia Beach!

Green Schools will be there!

Green Schools Returns to the White House


Green Schools was invited to attend a White House Champions of Change event on Monday, February 9, 2015 highlighting Climate Education and Literacy




As part of the Champions of Change program, the White House recognizes Americans who are making extraordinary efforts to empower and inspire members of their communities.   The Championsof Change are "helping to increase science-based understanding and awareness of current and future climate change, enhancing climate literacy in K-12 classrooms, on college and university campuses, and in parks and museums across the country."


On February 9, White House officials participated in a discussion with these Champions to learn more about Climate Education and Literacy. Our students were invited to participate in a student roundtable from 3:15pm-4:45pm so that can share their views on opportunities for enhancing climate education and literacy. 


Nominate A Green Leader in Your Community

Green Schools is now accepting applications for the 7th Annual Green Difference Awards being held at the MA State House on May 26, 2015. 


Green Schools honors and recognizes Outstanding National Environmental Education & STEM Education efforts led in our Schools & Communities at our Annual Green Difference Awards. 


Awards will be given in the following areas:

  • Outstanding Green Superintendent/Principal 
  • Outstanding Green Education/Program Director 
  • Outstanding Green Community Hero
  • Outstanding Green Student [Elementary/Middle/High] Outstanding Commitment to Greenovation [GREEN + STEM + Innovation] 
  • Outstanding School-led Project in Climate Action 
  • Outstanding School-led Project in Energy Outstanding School-led Project in Conservation 
  • **NEW: SUSTAINABILITY AWARD - Outstanding Environmental Education Program w/ Proven Track Record of 3 years!
  •  **NEW: SUSTAINABILITY AWARD - Outstanding Environmental Education Program w/Proven Track Record of 5+years!

Applications Due April 5, 2015 


Download an Application


New England Aquarium Workshop for Informal Educators


Workshop for Informal Educators: Biomimicry

February 27, 2015 9am - 3:30pm


Cost: FREE
Registration is required and space is limited
Please click  to register
Join with other informal education professionals to explore Biomimicry - the process of emulating nature's strategies. For 3.8 billion years plants, animals and microbes have been evolving and solving complex problems. Using an approach to innovation that seeks inspiration from nature, Biomimicry often looks to the ocean and marine animals. You are invited to join in exploring this fascinating topic and its potential in engaging a range of audiences through informal education. 


Contact Rebekah Stendahl with questions or call



Awards and Competitions 


New Hampshire Environmental Educators Award

Application Due February 14, 2015



3rd Annual Scattergood Innovation Award

Nominate an innovative policy, project or solution that lead to postivie community impact in behavioral health

Applications Due March 12, 2015



Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators

Applications Due March 13, 2015



Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education Awards

Deadline March 27, 2015

For questions contact Meg Colclough at 617-626-1110 or meg.colclough@state.ma.us 



Eco-Comedy Video Competition - "Clean Water, Clean Air"

Entry Due March 1, 2015


Innovate to Mitigate Challenge

Innovate to Mitigate wants students or student groups to submit ideas about how to address climate change by reducing greenhouse gases. 

Round 1: February 1 - March 23, 2015


Young Reporters for the Environment Competition



Enrich your students STEM experiences with the opportunity to be environmental journalists! I hope you will take the time to post the attached flyer and share this opportunity widely.


This competition is open for students ages 13-21.

The deadline is March 15, 2015.

Great prizes all students will love.


By taking part in the Young Reporters for the Environment competition, your students will:

  •   Engage in active citizenship
  •   Build research and communication skills
  •   Inform citizens about critical environmental issues and their solutions
  •   Tell these important stories through writing, photos, or video
  •   Connect with youth around the globe
  •   Make a difference in their community

YRE USA integrates learning and action through the three interconnected elements of sustainability - social equity, environmental health and economic prosperity - all on a local, national and international level. This competition while a great complement to your core courses is also a great complement to your Eco-Schools USA program and/or your Schoolyard Habitat program.


Download Flyer


Green Schools Presented at Farm to Cafeteria Conference

On January 13th, 2015 Green Schools participated and presented at the 2015 MA Farm to Cafeteria Conference: Pollinate! 




Green Schools Executive Director and Founder Robin Organ with Anne McGovern and Kathi Mirza from MA DEP



The conference brought together farm to cafeteria advocates - farmers, food service professionals, educators, policy makers, public health advocates, community organizers, youth leaders and more - for a daylong event with workshops and panel discussions addressing a wide variety of farm to school topics including:

  • local foods procurement and promotion
  • experiential food and nutrition education
  • food, farm, and nutrition policy
  • growing for the institutional market
  • state, regional, and local networking

Learn more and see it all in action at  www.massfarmtoschool.org 


Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Announce Awardees

Green Ribbon School  



The 2015 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, District Sustainability Awardees, and Postsecondary Awardees will be announced and posted on our website on Earth Day, April 22nd at 2pm ET on http://www.ustream.tv/channel/education-department.


 Green Schools will be there! 


Hog Island Audubon Camp in Maine



National Audubon Society will  be presenting a 6 day residential program on their 330 acre spruce-covered island in mid-coast Maine this July,  entitled Sharing Nature: An Educator's Week.

 View Flyer


There is also a diversity inclusion scholarship for ethnic minority teachers and educators which pays for 80% of the costs of this program  ($800 of $1,000).   We are seeking interested candidates to competitively apply for this, and currently we have 4 openings.   View flyer




Sustainable America Blog: How The Fridge of the Future Will Fight Food Waste


14 Healthy Living Apps to Help You Kick Off a Green New Year 


This Japanese farm is 100 times more productive then outdoor farms


By Planting Seeds in His Neighborhood, This Man Got America Talking About Food Deserts


The Greenhouse of the Future: A Step-by-Step Builder's Guide


Jaimie P. Cloud Lectures on Sustainability in Schools


100 Ways to Green Your School - Excerpt from 2014 Green Ribbon Schools Awards Ceremony


Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots Internship Program

An internship position is currently open at Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots!


Click to Learn More


Stand Up for Clean Air 


President Obama's proposal to cut smog-forming pollution is good for public health and for the economy. But some are vowing to fight it every step of the way. Add your name to leave a comment for the EPA in support of cleaner, healthier air.  


Summer Sustainability Program 2015



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Save the Date
National Healthy Schools Day
April, 7, 2015

8th Annual Green Schools Summit
April 8, 2015
Boston University
More details to follow


Feature YOUR Business or Organization with Green Schools 

Green Schools is a multiple award-winning 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization, organized for innovative Environmental Education [EE], STEM Education, and Environmental Literacy purposes.Green Schools' mission is to create Greener &healthier students & schools through Innovative Environmental Education, Leadership, and Action! Green Schools provides a number of Hands-on programs and resources to help you develop the Next Generation of Students & Schools!

The most active green schools organization on social media! Green Schools reaches between 20,000-40,000 individuals per week, and is the leading place to receive Green Schools News!

Our Reach:
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Consider a listing level that works for you:  


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Your articles could be featured in one or both of our monthly newsletters: 


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 Learn More about becoming a Green Schools Sponsor 


Grant Opportunities
USDA Farm to School Grants

Office Depot Foundation Grants for Children and Communities - Deadline: Rolling
The Office Depot Foundation's funding focus aligns with its Strategic Priorities. The Foundation
prefers to fund projects and programs in the areas of Giving Children Tools for Success, Building
Capacity to Serve Communities and Disaster Preparedness, Relief, Recovery and Rebuilding.Grants of $50 to $3,000 will be awarded to select applicants. Nonprofit organizations, schools, and libraries are eligible to apply.

DoSomething.org 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


Fruit Tree Orchard Grants - Deadline: Ongoing

The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation (FTPF) is an award-winning international nonprofit charity
dedicated to planting fruitful trees and plants to alleviate world hunger, combat global warming,
strengthen communities, and improve the surrounding air, soil, and water. FTPF programs
strategically donate orchards where the harvest will best serve communities for generations, at
places such as community gardens, public schools, city/state parks, low-income neighborhoods,
Native American reservations, international hunger relief sites, and animal sanctuaries. Click Here



Robin Organ

Founder and Executive Director

Green Schools