March 2015 News

In This Issue
Green Difference Award Nominations
Green Schools National Conference
Green Schools Attends NE Facilities Masters Conference
Celebrate National Healthy Schools Day
Scholarship Opportunity
Awards and Competitions
PlanetAid Earth Day Art Contest
Dept. Of Education Green Ribbon Schools Announce Awardees
Nominations for Top Environmental Award
Seed Saving with Island Grown Schools
The Element School
Hog Island Audubon Camp
Grant Opportunities
Feature YOUR Business or Organization in Our Newsletter

Interact With Green Schools!


Green Strides Webinar Series and Resources




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You are invited to join us for the 8th Annual Green Schools Summit will be held at Boston University on April 8, 2015!

Hosted by Green Schools, ARROWS and GEEI

Special addresses from:

Author Raymond FrancisInternational Author and founder of TPED...The Project to End Disease 

Doug Zook, BU, Global Ecology on Earth-centered ethics

Featuring:  LIVE performance from the Green Student, Brooke Leifer, whose new song was just featured at the Green Schools National Conference!

More than 50 MA Green Schools represented, as well as our MA Green Student Leadership Council.



  • Engage in cross-sector dialogues
  • Learn from thought leaders of all ages
  • Go back to your school and community armed with knowledge and resources to Green Your School


  • Municipal and state government officials and staff
  • K-12 & Higher Education staff and faculty
  • Students (suggested for Middle School aged students and above)
  • Businesses
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Community Members
  • Parents
  • Everyone interested in the Green Schools Movement and environmental transformation

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 from 10 am - 12 pm. 


If you would like to nominate someone for a Green Difference Award. Please complete the form below.


The Green Difference Awards honor and empower environmental excellence, innovation, and stewardship in schools, organizations, and communities across the nation.


Schools, administrators, students, clubs, organizations, and outstanding environmental leaders of all ages and from across the nation are recognized for their outstanding contributions to the Green Schools movement.
Since 2007, Green Schools, Inc. has inspired and recognized best practices and excellence in our hundreds of schools and communities.

Past Award recipients have come from the following states: MA, NY, CA, OH, MD, FL, GA, SC, AL, PA, RI, ME, TX, NH, and MI.Difference Award Nomination 2015


Green Schools honors and recognizes Outstanding National Environmental Education & STEM Education efforts led in our Schools & Communities at our Annual Green Difference Awards. PLEASE COMPLETE THIS FORM BY APRIL 12th, 2015.


For questions regarding The Green Difference Awards, please write us at:  OR call (508) 272-9653


Application period extended  until April 12, 2015 


Link to Application


Green Schools National Conference 

P ictured: Melissa Cowell (Green Schools) and Woogie (Green Schools Alliance) both National Network Student Advisory Board Members


By: Melissa Cowell, Grade 11, Ursuline Academy, National Green Schools Society Student Officer, Green Schools National Network Student Advisory Board 

This past week I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Virginia Beach for the Green Schools National Conference with Green Schools, a MA-based, leading, national nonprofit organization, organized for innovative Environmental Education. Also joining us was National Green Schools Society Co-President from Algonquian Regional High School, Ian Rizzitano, and three students from Manchester Essex Green Team, Sam Koufman

, Tasha Statz-Geary, and Christiane Noriega. Our group of nine consisted of the five students along with one parent chaperone, and Robin Organ, Green Schools Executive Director/Director of the Green Schools National Conference-STUDENT SUMMIT, Maureen Alward, Green Schools Director of Students and Schools/Facilitator of the Green Schools National Conference-STUDENT SUMMIT and Eric Magers, Director of the Manchester Essex Green Scholars Program/Facilitator of the Green Schools National Conference-STUDENT SUMMIT. All of our students are members of National Green Schools Society and will be graduating with honor and recognition of being green students. We started off the trip by flying down on Tuesday night. Despite having some harsh weather conditions and flight delays on our connecting flight, we still made it to Virginia Beach safely, arriving to the hotel at one am on Wednesday morning. Read More


Green Schools Attends New England Facilities Masters Conference

Robin Organ, Executive Director and Founder of Green Schools, delivered a Keynote address entitled: Healthy Bodies, Schools, Communities, and Planet.  


Green Schools also presented a workshop on Developing 21st Century Green Students & Schools discussing best green student and green school practices featuring National Green Schools Society, the US Green Ribbon Schools Awards Program, and more.



Celebrate National Healthy Schools Day




Celebrate the 13th annual National Healthy Schools Day on Tuesday, April 7th during National Public Health Week!




Since 2002 parents, teachers, school nurses, custodians, advocates, and agencies have promoted National Healthy Schools Day activities and events nationwide. There are many ways to be involved in Healthy Schools Day, everything from distributing Indoor Air Quality information to hosting a green cleaning workshop at your local school."


Scholarship Opportunity

The family of Craig Tufts, Family Summits, Inc., and National Wildlife Federation announce the 6th annual Craig Tufts Educational Scholarship Award, which is given to a young person between the ages of 8 and 18 to attend a week-long summer outdoor educational adventure camp with a parent or guardian. 


Application Deadline: Friday, March 27th at 5 p.m. E.S.T


Click to learn more


Awards and Competitions 


Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education Awards

Deadline March 27, 2015 - MA Only

For questions contact Meg Colclough at 617-626-1110 or 


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


PlanetAid Earth Day Art Contest

Planet Aid is hosting an Art Contest for Earth Day for 1st-5th graders

Contest rules:

  • Any child in grades 1 through 5 is eligible to participate in the contest.
  • Submission must be two-dimensional.
  • Only one entry per contestant.
  • Contestant may not enlist the help of others for their entry.
  • Artwork must be original and not violate any copyright laws.

Deadline: April 21st at 12 p.m.


Visit for a full list of rules and prizes.


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


 Green Schools will be there! 


UNEP Invites Nominations for Top Environmental Award

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is inviting nominations for the 2015 Champions of the Earth-the United Nations flagship environment award, which recognizes outstanding environmental visionaries and leaders and seeks to build momentum for the transition to a sustainable future.

Click for more information and nominations


Seed Saving with Island Grown Schools

In our farm to school program on Martha's Vineyard, seeds are one of the core curricular areas that we return to year after year with our students, as they move from preschool through elementary, middle, and high school.  Seed saving has become an integral tool for connecting with students about food culture, life cycles, and community.  We have two seed stories we'd like to share with you: This year our teen program, The Farm Project, helped facilitate the launch of the island's first community seed library, and one of our island elementary schools organized an all-school seed sale, selling seeds that they had grown, packaged, and labeled themselves to raise money for their garden.  Read More


Learn More about Island Grown Schools


Help Establish a Model School - The Element School

Join the excitement and help launch The Element School!


The Element School is based on a unique philosophy developed by Enicia Fisher, Founder, based on an approach to learning through attention to consciousness. Fisher has identified five aspects of consciousness that promote the learning process and personal growth of each individual involved in the learning community: creative consciousness, social consciousness, environmental consciousness, global consciousness, and empowerment consciousness. In her book, Learning to Thrive, Fisher details the functions of consciousness to enhance the processes learning, to expand upon the theory of multiple intelligences, and to create a culture that fosters lifelong learning 


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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


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. 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


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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Green Schools