July 2015 News

In This Issue
Parting Words From GDA Winner
Green Schools Attends White House Summit
Mayors Take Stand Against Climate Change
New Green Schools Board Members
2015 Green Apple Day of Service
Cabot Creamery's Reward Volunteers
2015 Guide to Green Colleges
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 


Green Schools Sponsors








Green Schools Partners

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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. 

August's theme is

NEW: Outdoor Learning and Exploration .  

Here are a few resource highlights:


Guides and Curricula 




Useful Links


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Parting Words from Green Difference Award Winner


Meghan Conway (pictured with green NGSS stole), Class President at Manchester-Essex Regional High School,Green Scholar and 2015 Green Difference Award winner


"From an environmental perspective, I think one of the most important things I have learned is to really take time to fully encompass and submerge yourself in your surroundings. Learn about the place you live. Know what type of trees grow in your back yard, what type of bird always visits your bird feeder, what lives in the rocks during a low tide, and what time the sun rises and sets every day. Once you have a general understanding and a respect for the place you live, becoming an activist for it will be easy. It will become something you enjoy and that you are passionate about. I have spent my entire high school career learning about my environment. And now I feel so prepared to and so enthusiastic about keeping the environment healthy. Becoming an environmental activist, or an activist for anything really, starts with gaining general knowledge and appreciation for the subject. So if I could give one piece of advice, it would be to start your journey of becoming an activist by first falling in love with what you're fighting for."
Green Schools Attends White House Public Health & Climate Summit


Pictured: Robin Organ, Exectutive Director and Founder of Green Schools


Green Schools was recently invitted and attended The White House Summit on Climate Change and Health.  


The focus of the Summit was to spur a national dialogue on "preventing the health impacts of climate change" as well as to allow the Administration to announce actions to protect communites from the health impacts of climate change. 


Speakers included a video message from President Obama; Vivek Murthy, U.S. Surgeon General; Gina McCarthy, EPA as well as other top scientists and doctors from around the country. 


Watch videos of Summit speakers


READ the White House Press Release for the Summit

Bipartisan Mayors Taking Stand Against Climate Change


Green Schools is proud to share the amazing work one of our partners, ACE (Alliance for Climate Education) has done with Mayors across the country in regards to implementing climate education in high schools nationwide.


Read the Full Story


Read the Full Resolution

Announcing New Green Schools Board Members


Green Schools is delighted to announce our new slate of Officers:


President: Matt Zajac


Vice-President: Adrienne Currin


Treasurer: Marietta Courtney  


Clerk: Marla Cohen - Thank you for your continued service over the years.



Green Schools would also like to welcome New Board Member Bill Greene, and to thank Elizabeth Nowakowski and Greg Organ for their years of service and leadership to the organization.


Many thanks and congratultions to all!

Green Apple Day of Service


The 4th Annual Green Apple Day of Service (officially on Saturday, September 26th) is an international day of action, coordinated by the U.S. Green Building Council's Center for Green Schools. Green Apply Day is a chance to bring students, teachers, business owners, government officials and community volunteers together around a green themed service project to make our schools healthier, cleaner and greener! Last year dozens of Green Apple projects took place across MA, throughout September and October, involving waste reduction educationenergy efficiency technologiesair pollution education and community gardening .  If your school wants to host a project, the  Massachusetts Chapter of the USGBC  wants to help! Schools can apply for a  competitive mini-grant to help offset material costs of your service project. Don't wait. SIGN UP beforeby August 1st to be eligible for a mini grant!  

Join Cabot Creamery's Reward Volunteers


Reward Volunteers is a free, easy way for volunteers to track the time they spend volunteering in their community and to earn rewards for their contributions. Participants log onto rewardvolunteers.coop, to log activity and encourage friends to get involved by sharing their volunteer activity via Facebook. The more hours logged, the more "likes" and comments received, the more likely participants are to win prizes each month. Prizes include cash, vacations, gift baskets with Cabot cheddar and much more. 




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. 


2015 Guide to 353 Green Colleges

Those entering their Junior year are starting to search for colleges.  When you do consider checking out these Green Colleges



Take the Green College Quiz


Great Articles from The Princeton Review


Preparing You for the Growing Green Economy


3 Reasons to Consider a Sustainable Campus


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

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


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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Robin Organ

Founder and Executive Director

Green Schools