May 2015 News

In This Issue
NGSS Graduation and Awards Form
MA Farm to School Day
2015 Green Ribbon Schools Announced
Bring Growums Fundraiser to Your School
Read: Earth Patriot: Origins
Apply Now for Sc3 and Ec3 Conferences
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.

June's theme is STEM and the Future of Sustainability.  Here are a few resource highlights you could use when planning for June:

Guides and Curricula
Engineering the Future a full-year course designed to introduce students to the world of technology and engineering, as a first step in becoming technologically literate citizens.

  Curious Ruler- With Curious Ruler, children can explore and measure objects around them and learn about sizes, units of measure, and proportions. Curious Ruler is both a useful utility and a great educational tool that supports Measurement and Data Core Standards.

STEM everywhere video series- Explore STEM education in settings beyond the classroom walls, and see how opportunities to learn science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are all around us.

If you'd like to have access to all of these Pathways please become a FREE MEMBER NOW!

Will your environmental students GRADUATE from National Green Schools Society? 

Your environmentally engaged 2015 GRADUATES can apply for special recognition from National Green Schools Society and receive a certificate of service and an honor stole to wear at graduation.


Graduates must provide documentation that shows 100 hours (or more) of environmental community service, environmental education activities, project-based learning, and work with a community partner such as through an internship. Graduates must complete an online form that includes a student profile, project or activity description, service hour tracking sheet and an essay.


Students in elementary, middle school, and high school can also apply to receive a certificate for team or individual environmental service projects if they have achieved at least 20 hours of environmental service this school year. Students should complete the


DEADLINE: MAY 10, 2015


If you have any questions, please contact Maureen Aylward, Director of Students and Schools, 978-290-1507;


National Green Schools Society provides a structured chapter-based program for environmentally focused students to create extraordinary impact in schools, organizations, and communities while getting the recognition they deserve on a state and national level. The NGSS program develops bright, civic-minded, environmental leaders. By establishing a NGSS chapter in your school, students in grades 2 through 12 will advance their passion for preserving the environment through environmental service projects, leadership, and activism. National Green Schools Society is operated by the multi-award winning non-profit organization, Green Schools, Inc., a nationally recognized organization based in Massachusetts.

MA Farm to School Day at the State House
JOIN US  for the Farm to School Day at the State House to talk with your elected officials about why farm to school is important to you, your school and community.

Wednedsay, May 6, 2015

11:30am - 1:30pm



2015 Green Ribbon Schools Announced on Earth Day

Green Ribbon School  


Fifty-eight schools, 14 school districts and nine postsecondary institutions were honored this year.  The ED-GRS schools, districts, and postsecondary institutions were recognized for reducing their environmental impact, including energy use, waste and water; creating healthy learning environments and fostering wellness practices; and providing effective environmental education that prepares students to succeed in the 21st century.


View the Highlights and learn about the 2015 Awardees!


Congratulations to all!!


Bring Growums Fundraiser to Your School!

Introducing the Growums Educational Gardening Program

"Growing garden at a time."


Growums are fun garden kits that help teach all ages how to grow fresh healthy vegetables from seed to harvest. A fun cast of Growums characters come to life online in over 120 how-to-grow "edutainment" videos.


Learn more about Growums Fundraisers


Read the Introduction Letter to Families and Friends


Check out Growums FREE College Scholarship opportunity


READ: Earth Patriot: Origins

Earth Patriot: Origins is a young adult novel about a teenager who incorporates into his life the best of traditional Native Hawaiian culture with that of modern society. It also speaks about Hawaiian values and the importance of `ohana, family, as well as addressing a number of environmental issues including climate change, GMOs and land and water rights. The book is appropriate for readers in grades 6 through high school. 



Learn about the  Earth Patriot Youth Program   and their

Principles and Pledge


Visit Earth Patriot Productions



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. 


Habitat the Game

Curriculum materials are finished and ready for you!


2015 MomentUs Leadership Summit

ecoAmerica is pleased to announce our 5th annual leadership summit. Path to Positive, the 2015 MomentUs Leadership Summit, is being held on May 20th and 21st, 2015 in Washington, DC.    


NEEF Announces Extreme Weather & Climate Change Free Online Course

In the course, students learn "the basics" about extreme weather and climate change through videos, quizzes and toolkits with tips and links to preparedness resources. 

"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: and type PLANET in the subject line. 


2015 Living Schoolyards Montly Activity Guide

Now available for FREE download


Apply NOW for Sc3 and Ec3 Conferences

The Green Schools Alliance and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service invite high school students to apply for the

2015 Student Climate & Conservtaion Congress (Sc3)

 and school personnel to apply to the 2015 Edcuator Climate & Conservation Coologuium, two premier environmetnal leadership training porgrams at the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC), our nation's top environmental training facility.

Sc3: June 21-27; read more HERE

Ec3: June 28-July 3; read more HERE


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!

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!

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Robin Organ

Founder and Executive Director

Green Schools