October 2015 News

In This Issue
Green Schools Attends Arrival Ceremony for Pope Francis
Welcome Hannah Traggis
Welcome Aaron Polanksy
October is Farm to School Month
Green Difference Award Winner Highlight
Articles and Videos
Grant Opportunities
Feature YOUR Business or Organization in Our Newsletter

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Green Strides Webinar Series and Resources




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Green Schools Attends Arrival Ceremony for Pope Francis 
Green Schools was honored to attend the White House arrival ceremony for Pope Francis on the morning of September 23rd. 
Read Pope Francis' Encyclical Letter, Laudato si', making the case that protecting the environment is a human issue. 
Please Welcome Green Schools New Director of Students and Schools: Hannah Traggis
Hannah Traggis holds a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology and Master's of Science in Plant Physiology with a sub-focus on Biological Oceanography from the University of New Hampshire and has spent her life studying both marine and terrestrial plants. While at UNH, Hannah created and taught Inquiry curriculum in Botany, Plants and Civilizations ethnobotany, Ecology and Introductory Biology. An avid and lifelong organic gardener, she enjoys working with local farmers and has also studied plant breeding. Read More
Please Welcome Green Schools New Clerk, Aaron Polanksy
Aaron graduated from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and secured a Master of Science degree in Administration with a research focus in Sport Psychology from Springfield College. Aaron has served in the capacity of coach, teacher, or administrator at all levels of education from pre-K through college. Aaron is currently the Principal of Bristol County Agricultural High School in Dighton, MA. Read More
October is Farm to School Month
A great way to celebrate Farm to School Month is to participate on Food Day! This year Food Day is on Saturday, October 24, so Friday, October 23 is a good day to hold an event in your school. 

 Green Difference Award Winner Highlight

We are very proud to share new milestones from one of our past Green Difference Award winners. Congratulations!

"In case you missed it, this past week marked two exciting milestones in  tennis ball recycling .  Together with our partner,  IGK Equestrian Project Green Ball  facilitated the donation of an equestrian turf to The Shared Living Collaborative (SLC) in Merrimac, MA. The turf, holding 100,000 dead tennis balls collected by Project Green Ball, will be used for  therapeutic riding for people with disabilities . The SLC turf was donated by IGK as a result of an agreement between Project Green Ball and IGK that upon the delivery of 200,000 dead balls to IGK, IGK would donate a riding surface to a therapeutic riding program.  This turf represents the third installed tennis ball based riding surface.  The other two are located at the  Dana Hall School  in Wellesley, MA and  EquiCenter  in Honeoye Falls, NY and are also used for therapeutic riding." Read More

The New Hampshire Environmental Educators and the New England Environmental Education Alliance are pleased to announce the 2015 
NEEEA conference: Climate of Change

The Language of Climate Change
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
College of the Holy Cross,  Worcester, Massachusetts

Articles and Videos
From Talking Climate: How to Go Beyond Social Marketing

Address Common Core English Language Arts and Literacy and Next Generation Science "using the greatest environmental writing of the last two centuries-exceptional nonfiction writing specially selected from the acclaimed American Earthcollection that has shaped our understanding of our world and our place in it."

Download for FREE

The Air Quality Flag Program alerts organizations to the local air quality forecast and helps them to take actions to protect people's health, including those with asthma. 
Community Solar for Minnesota Schools
It's More than "Just" a Solar Project
Going solar can be a key aspect toward helping Minnesota schools become sustainable while also curbing climbing electricity prices, but did you know it can also be an opportunity to engage and connect with the surrounding community? This webinar will cover how Minnesota schools can utilize community solar to achieve their energy and economic goals while sharing these same benefits with members of the community. Community Green Energy VP of Business Development, Michael Erickson will walk through this approach and what it can mean to your school and the community you serve.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 1:00pm - 1:30pm (CDT)

Green California Schools & Community Colleges Summit & Expo
Pasadena, CA
The Green California Schools and Community Colleges Summit and Exposition comes to the Pasadena Convention Center October 29-30. JPL climatologist and water expert Bill Patzert will keynote the opening session. Through an Expo with over 100 companies and dozens of educational sessions, the Summit offers insights into innovations in green policy, technology and practice. At a reception on October 29, the annual Leadership Awards reception will recognize outstanding projects at California campuses. Keynotes and exhibit hall are free.

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

GEMS Science Fair Mini Grants - MA Teachers only - Deadline: September 30, 2015
GEMS Science Fair Mini Grants of up to $1,000 are now available to all schools with grades 6-12 that currently do not have a science fair program.

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
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