June 2015 News

In This Issue
NGSS Class of 2015
The Science of Climate Change
Green Schools attends Green Ribbon Schools National Ceremony
5% Day at Whole Foods
Access to 12 Pathways
2015 Foxborough Regional Charter School
Travel to Paris with Climate Generation
2015 Guide to Green Colleges
2015 Green Schools Naitonal Conference Videos
Competitions and Contests
June is Great Outdoors Month
7th Annual Learn Green
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








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The 2015 Green Difference Awards were a huge success!
The Green Difference Awards honor and empower environmental excellence, innovation, and stewardship in schools, organizations, and communities across the nation.
We filled the room and recognized environmental thought leaders and stewards of all ages from across  MA, CA, FL, GA, NY, DC, and VA !

Special thanks to Kristy Lee of NECN, Fenway Farms, Quincy High School for their Eco Fashion Show and Brooke Leifer for performing her song "One Earth."

View 2015 Green Difference Award Program 

View 2015 Green Difference Award Winners

View Official Photo Gallery of Green Difference Awards

National Green Schools Society Class of 2015











Pictured Left: Sam Koufman, National Green Schools Society Co-President & Christiane Noriega of Manchester Essex Regional High School, MA


Pictured Right : Jeshua Leah Hernandex of San Pedro High School, CA


CONGRATULATIONS to all of the 2015 National Green Schools Society Graduates


NGSS honors and develops bright, civic-minded, environmentally literate citizens in schools and communities. Students in grades k-12 develop their passion for preserving the environment, while improving schools and communities through environmental service, leadership, and activism.


Students from around the country have the opportunity to apply to graduate with an honor distinction from NGSS if they have performed more than 100 hours of environmental service, environmental education, project-based learning, and community engagement.


NGSS is recognized by the following organizations:

  • National Environmental Education Foundation
  • North American Association for Environmental Education
  • Earth Day Network
  • Green Schools National Network
  • Green Schools Alliance
  • Keep America Beautiful
  • National Wildlife Federation's Eco-Schools USA
  • Green Education Foundation
  • Beyond Benign

Click  to learn more about National Green Schools Society and to make YOU or YOUR students the graduating class of 2016!

Check Out This Fun Way to Engage Kids On The Science of Climate Change


To get youth thinking about greenhouse gasses have them explore how 1.5 billion cows on Earth farts are increasing the methane in our atmosphere. How does that hamburger they love so much impact our climate? Methane is more powerful heat-trapping gas than carbon dioxide. The book Climate Change: Discover How It Impacts Spaceship Earth uses cool concepts, observations, STEM activities and stories to tell about Change.



Green Schools attends U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools National Ceremony

Pictured: Adrienne Currin, Green Schools Board Member & Community Relations Manager, Planet Aid, Andrea Suarez Falken, Director, U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, U.S. Department of Education, Vicki Arthur, Education Specialist US Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Don Yu, Chief Schools Transformation Officer at U.S. Department of the Interior, and Robin Organ, Green Schools Executive Director 


Green Schools was a supporter of the 2015 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools national ceremony.  Our commitment to this recognition award allowed Green Ribbon Schools to honor 58 schools, 14 districts, nine postsecondary institutions, and one state official with plaques.

Read full Press Release of event

5% Day at Whole Foods Bellingham


Thank you Whole Foods Bellingham for partnering with Greens Schools for 5% Day.  What an amazing day for Green Schools and future programming!


Join Now! Gain Access to 12 Pathways to Greening Your School

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. 
July's theme is Transportation.  Here are a few resource highlights:
Guides and Curricula 



Useful Links

If you'd like to have access to all of these Pathways please become a FREE MEMBER NOW !
2015 Foxborough Regional Charter Schools Inductees to Green Schools Honor Society

Seated (L-R): Sarah DeFanti, Elizabeth DeFanti, and Katie Lum

Standing (L-R): Niyana DePina, Mrs. Rangaraj (Chapter Advisor), Mina Ghaly, Alan Hu, Katie McAuliffe, Elizabeth Graves, Caroline Rudd, Amyah Harris, and Dr. Logan (Superintendent)



Congratulations to the Foxborough Regional Charter School Inductees!!


Junior Katy Lum on why she is committed to the tenets of the National Green Schools Society, "It is our responsibility to learn as much as we can about the planet we live on, for in order to care for the Earth, we must know about the Earth."


Sophomore Amyah Harris quoted Margaret Mead for helping to instill a sense of environmental service in her, "We won't have a society if we destroy our environment."

Travel to Paris with Climate Generation


Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy is excited to announce a unique opportunity for educators to participate in the
 UNFCCC 21st Conference of the Parties in Paris, France November 30-December 11, 2015!

Educators that are selected will join thousands of individuals from around the world in observing UN climate change negotiations.  In addition to the official UN events, there will be side events, a People's Climate Conference and other events hosted by the NGO community and city of Paris to attend. Educators that apply will be eligible to attend the official negotiations or NGO events based on quotas provided by the UN this fall. 

If you are an educator and interested in applying for this opportunity please visit the  Climate Generation website for more information and requirements to apply.
Applications due by June 17, 2015. Your application does not guarantee selection, nor does it bind you to attending.  Participants will be notified of their acceptance by June 20 and need to accept invitation by July 1, 2015. 
A current passport is required to apply.
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


2015 Green Schools National Conference Videos

Anna-Bell Hines is this year's Nature's Voices Story Contest winner. Watch her keynote from the 5th annual Green Schools National Conference March 5, 2015.

Peter Senge's Keynote speech at the 2015 Green Schools National Conference in Virginia Beach


Competitions and Contests


Yale Environment 360 Video Contest

The contest honors the best environmental videos. Entries must be videos that focus on an environmental issue or theme, have not been widely viewed online, and are a maximum of 15 minutes in length 


June is Great Outdoors Month



Join organizations around the country for Great Outdoors Month! Go hiking, fishing, boating, camping, participate in a day of service, and more! 


Get great ideas and find events here



Photo credit:  Jessica Keating Photography
7th Annual Learn Green: Florida's Green Schools Conference

We are excited to share a wonderful event hosted by one of our 2015 Green Difference Award winner for "Outstanding Green Program!"


What is Learn Green?

A professional development and networking opportunity for the sharing of creative and practical ideas for "greening" your school's curriculum and day-to-day operations!

Who should attend?

If you are interested in learning how to make your school communities greener, then this conference is for you!

Educators, school administrators and staff, middle, high school and college students, parents, community members, and environmental professionals interested in green schools.

What happens at Learn Green?

Opening ceremony and keynote address,  followed by 70+ concurrent educational sessions, dynamic exhibit hall highlighting green programs, products and services, unique "ecochic" boutique, fabulous giveaways, and healthy and delicious lunch with live music.


Registration for teachers, administrators, school staff and students NOW OPEN!  BOGO Promototion until June 30, 2015



Call for Presenters until June 30th!!


 If presentation proposals are received before  June 30 and accepted, presenters' conference registration is  FREE !

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. 


Energy Literacy Framework Webinar

Want to earn an PDU credit and learn how to incorporate energy into your classroom? Check out this online webinar to help understand the nature and role of energy in our lives. This webinar covers how to teach about energy from the natural to the social sciences using the Energy Literacy Framework. Presentation will include example hands-on activities, videos, interactive tools and resources to engage students on energy. 


"Finding Solutions To Hunger: Kids Can Make A Difference" is an innovative guide that can help you teach your class about global poverty and hunger. Developed by former WHY board member and teacher Stephanie Kempf, the guide contains 25 lessons that provide valuable background and creative suggestions to help students answer the difficult questions dealing with hunger and poverty. You can download the guide today for free through a special offer via Planet Aid. 

EMAIL: kids@kidscanmakeadifference.org and type PLANET in the subject line. 


2015 Living Schoolyards Montly Activity Guide

Now available for FREE download


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