January 2015 News

In This Issue
White House Launches Climate Ed Initiative
Pope Fancis - Act on Climate Change
Green World Rising
San Francisco Schools Transformed by Meditation
All Big Things Start Small
Journal of Organizational Learning and Leadership
Summer Internship with Environmental Health Services
BardCEP Masters Programs
Great Articles and Video
Stand Up for Clean Air
Green Schools National Conference
Feature YOUR Business or Organization in Our Newsletter
Save the Date
Grant Opportunities

Interact With Green Schools!


Green Strides Webinar Series and Resources




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Happy New Year from everyone at Green Schools! We hope you had a wonderful holiday and are excited about all that 2015 will bring.  Here's to a Green and Healthy look to the future..2015!

To get started here are a few upcoming webinars from Green Teacher.

Engaging (Urban) Youth in Outdoor Education

with Keith Williams  
Wednesday, January 13th from 7:30-8:30 pm EST 


Envirothon - what? why? how?

with Jessica Kaknevicius 
Thursday, January 22nd from 7:30-8:30 pm EST


Taking Kids to the Community

with Bob Coulter 
Wednesday, January 28th from 7:30-8:30 pm EST 


Click to register and see the full winter schedule

White House Launches Climate Ed Initiative


On December 3, 204 the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced a new Climate Education and Literacy Initiative.  The goal of the initiative is to connect American students and citizens with the "best-available, science-based information about climate change." 


Read Full Press Release


Pope Francis Expected To Instruct One Billion Catholics To Act On Climate Change



"Francis is expected to tell the planet's 1.2 billion Catholics why acting on climate change is essential to the faith using an influential church document called an encyclical. This has been long-rumored, but will reportedly be released to the world's 5,000 bishops and 400,000 priests following a papal visit to thehurricane-damaged city of Tacloban in the Philippines."

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Leonardo DiCaprio: Green Tech Can Soon Meet 100% Of Global Energy Needs


Green World Rising
Green World Rising

By Leila Conners -- Tree Media


The short film above, "Green World Rising," is the third episode in theGreen World Rising series narrated by actor Leonardo DiCaprio and created by Tree Media. A U.N. draft to guide upcoming climate summits is due to be published on Nov. 2. The leaked U.N. report says climate change may have "serious, pervasive and irreversible´┐Ż" impacts on human society and nature.


Read Full Article


San Francisco Schools Transformed by the Power of Meditation

As reported on NBC Nightly News


Silence isn't something people usually associate with middle school, but twice a day the halls of Visitacion Valley School in San Francisco fall quiet as the sixth, seventh and eighth grade students meditate for fifteen minutes.


And school administrators tell NBC News that the violence outside of the school, which is situated in one of San Francisco's poorest neighborhoods, was spilling into the school and affecting the students' demeanor.


"The kids see guns on a daily basis," the school's athletic director, Barry O'Driscoll said, adding, "there would be fights here three-to-five times a week."


With a typical schools days filled with mayhem, O'Driscoll was skeptical when the San Francisco Public School District partnered with the Center for Wellness and Achievement in Education to introduce a meditation program, called "Quiet Time," to four of its schools, including Visitacion Valley.


Read Full Article


All Big Things Start Small

Check out this great article about how one small effort at one school turned into an integration of environmental education in that school district.




Journal of Organizational Learning and Leadership

The Winter issue of Journal of Organizational Learning and Leadership includes a study of Green Ribbon Schools and two articles on changes in formal education and their implications for leaders. 


We finally have research!


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Summer Internship with Environmental Health Services - Deadline 2/11/15

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Summer Program in Environmental Health (SUPEH) is a paid 10-week internship program for undergraduate students majoring in
environmental health in a program accredited by the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC). Interns participate in activities with the Environmental Health Services Branch (EHSB) of CDC's National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH),where they gain environmental health experience and an understanding of environmental health work at the local, state, tribal, and federal levels. 


Learn more about how to apply. 


Bard CEP Masters Programs and Riverkeeper Scholarship


Bard Center for Environmental Policy offers two masters programs: MS in Environmental Policy and MS in Climate Science and Policy Learn More

Bard CEP and Riverkeeper, New York's clean water advocacy group, are partnering together to offer a unique scholarship and career development opportunity to one incoming student each year.  Learn More



Great Articles to Read 


Energy Education and the Dilemma of Mitigating Climate Change


Turn Leftover Cafeteria Food into Hot Meals for the Hungry





Integrating STEM and Sustainability Education through Learning Gardens


Fund for Teachers Supports Sustainability One Teacher at a Time


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.  


Join the Largest Gathering of K-12 Green School Advocates in the Nation




March 4-7 2015 | Virginia Beach 


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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!

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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

Grant Opportunities
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