November 2016 News

In This Issue
Green Schools Student Spotlight Spotlight
NH High Performance School Summit
A Message from our Sponsor
Green Schools Shout Out
Save the Date
Competitions, Programs and Grants
In The News
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Green Schools was honored to  Sports Day at the White House in which the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced a set of exciting new actions by Federal agencies and outside organizations to tackle climate change through sports. Honoring the Pittsburg Penquins' Stanley Cup win was an added bonus!  Read More  attend the inaugural Green

Robin organ with Justin Zeulner, Executive Director of Green Sports Alliance and Sponsor of the 1st Green Sports Day and his daughter Addison.
Green Schools Executive Director Robin Organ with Andrew Ference, former Green Boston Bruin, and daughter Ava

We are also proud to have  signed on to the 100% Talent: The Boston' Women's Compact.  The Compact is working towards closing the gender wage gap in the workplace.  Our very own Green Schools Treasurer, Marietta Courtney, attended their Best Practice's Conference on Friday, September 30, 2016 on behalf of Green Schools. 
Green Schools Student Spotlight
We are excited to share some amazing work by our very own Green Schools Student Co-President, Mark Thekkethala. Mark has been working on an international project close to his heart.  Now, in his own words. 

"When my grandfather passed away a few years ago, I wanted to do something substantial in honor of him. My grandfather and I shared a special bond because we both have had to deal with asthma throughout our lives. He served as my role model of what success should look like. One of his most important successes was the work he did with the St. Charles convent in India. After his passing, the St. Charles orphanage immediately came to mind, and so a project was born.

Working in the summers of both my sophomore and junior years, I saved up enough money to fund the beginnings of an international sustainability project that I would now put into motion as a Green Schools Student Co-President. Currently, the project to provide a solar water heater to the St. Charles orphanage in India is in motion, and the solar panels/hot-water heater have been installed at the orphanage. Within the next few days, the plumbing will be completed, and the Disol system will finally be operational. These installations will not only give these children the comfort of clean, hot water but will also reduce the financial burden on the orphanage. The funds saved from the average cost of installing a conventional water heater, along with costs of future energy consumption, will be reallocated back to caring for the needs of the children. And of course, this is not only an investment in the orphanage's ability to tend to the children, but also a step towards achieving sustainability by reducing the orphanage's carbon footprint which benefits both the air and the environment: Cleaner air as a memory to my grandfather with asthma."
Solar panels to be installed on the roof of the orphanage.
New Hampshire High Performance School Summit
Join architects, engineers, facility and energy managers, utility program administrators, school business officials and others for an interactive summit focused on exploring the multiple benefits of high performance schools and making the business case for your next school project.
Wednesday, November 9, 2016  REGISTER
A Message From Our Sponsor: Wal-Mart
By offsetting the land Walmart needs to operate with far more valuable land - both to wildlife and to people - the Acres for America program, which is a collaboration between Walmart and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, is making a real difference in the quality of life for local communities across the nation. The program has far surpassed its original goal at the time the program was started in 2005 of permanently conserving one acre of wildlife habitat for every acre of land developed by Walmart Stores - estimated to be approximately 100,000 acres. In the first 10 years, the Acres for America program has protected more than 1 million acres - an area comparable in size to Grand Canyon National Park. Last year,  Walmart and NFWF announced a 10-year, $35 million renewal of the program to continue preserving public lands.
Green Schools Shout Out: Greenworks Lending
Congratulations to Travis Estes of Greenworks Lending, former Green Schools Board Member, for being a finalist for the Emerging Company of the Year 2016. Read More
Save The Date: National Healthy Schools Day 2017
National Healthy Schools Day is a day of action and awareness where people and organizations promote and advocate for making sure children in schools across the nation are able to learn and thrive in healthy environments. Healthy Schools Network has just released their triennial report, documenting there are fewer public schools  today , more children in schools, more children in poverty, and more with special education needs, yet fewer dollars and fewer staff for our schools. This issue is more important than ever! Learn More
Competitions, Programs and Grants
GEMS Science Fair Mini Grants
Deadline: November 30, 2016
Apply Now!  GEMS Science Fair  Mini Grants  of up to $4,000  
are now available to all schools with grades 6-12 that currently do not have  a science fair program.  

2017 ASPIRE Program
Deadline: November 30, 2016
The 2017 ASPIRE program is a 5-week outreach program for students in grades 10-12 that are interested in science, engineering and technology.  Learn More and Apply

Clean Energy Activity Day Program
Deadline: Friday, December 2, 2016

2017 Ocean Awareness Student Contest 
The 2017 Ocean Awareness Student Contest is for middle and high school students. The theme of the 2017 Contest is Ocean Pollution: Challenges & Solutions. Students can earn awards of up to $1,500 for themselves and their schools.  Learn More

 2017 Marine Debris Creative Advocacy Competition
Students are challenged to implement a real-world project in their school or community that uses the creative arts to educate others and inspire action that reduces or prevents marine debris. Students can participate as groups or individuals, and they can earn awards of up to $5,000! Learn More

Now acceptiong applications for the 2017 Youth Garden Grant

Deadline: February 23, 2017

Department of Energy Student Contests and Competitions
  National Science BowlFebruary-March 2017
BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge Register Now!
  Earth Day Poster ContestApril 1, 2017 Deadline
In The News
World leaders agree that urgent climate action is a necessity, making the agreement among the fastest major international agreements ever to enter into force. 

The premier issue of EO Kids explores how NASA observes and measures fresh water from space. Hands-on activities, experiments and more. 

The STEM Spark Energy Education newsletter serves as a one-stop shop for the latest education programs partnered with timely updates about technology innovation supported by the Department of Energy.
April 2, 2017- Weston, MA
Expand Girls' STEM Horizons & Closes the Gender Gap in STEM Workforce 

Global Health & Innovation Conference
April 22-23, 2017 | Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

The Global Health & Innovation Conference is the world's leading and largest global health conference. This must-attend, thought-leading conference convenes leaders, changemakers, professionals and students from all sectors of global health, international development, and social entrepreneurship.
Start A National Green Schools Society Chapter TODAY!
Now is the time to sign up for a National Green Schools Society Chapter for your school and students. Complete a  NGSS Application  TODAY. 

National Green Schools Society (NGSS) provides a k-12 student recognition and awards program for environmentally focused students who are creating extraordinary impact in schools, organizations, and communities. 

Current Chapters RENEW now for the 2016-2017 school year! 
Join Green Schools Now
D id 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. 

December's theme is Green Living and Consumerism.  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 !
Additional Grant Opportunities
CREDO will grant up to $500 to 50 activists or local groups doing the work of Climate Heroes to fight fossil fuels in their community

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
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