October 2016 News

In This Issue
Sponsor Spotlight
MA Farm to Sea conference
2016 Adirondack Youth Climate Summit
Recycle Bowl Registration
Join One Less Straw Pledge
Green Ambassadors Institute
Green Clean Schools Forum
2016 Green California Schools Summit
Green Schools Shout Out
World of 7 Billion Video Contest
Start A National Green Schools Society Chapter TODAY!
Grant Opportunities
Feature YOUR Business or Organization in Our Newsletter

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Hello FALL!! Green Schools has had a busy start to the school year already and we are excited to share what we've been up to.

Maine Environmental Education Association Retreat

We had a great time attending the MEEA Retreat in Lincolnville, ME.   View Slideshow

Massachusetts Green Careers Conference
Green Schools Student Co-President, Mark Thekkethala and
Mark Thekkethala  presenting at the conference.
Executive Director Robin Organ gave a presentation at the  Massachusetts Green Careers Conference at the DCU Center on September, 29, 2016.

RI Energy and Environmental Leaders Day
Green Schools Executive Director Robin Organ with U.S. Senator Whitehouse
On Friday, September 30, 2016 we attended U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse's 7th Annual Rhode Island Energy and Environmental Leaders Day. The event included keynote speakers and breakout sessions focusing on clean energy, resilient communities and our changing oceans. 
Johanna Jobin pictured far right

Congratulations to New Board Member
A BIG congratulations to one of our newest board  members  Johanna Jobin on being named one of Boston Business Journal's 2016 40 Under 40 Honoree s!! 
Sponsor Spotlight: Wal-Mart
As the largest grocer, many of Walmart's initiatives are dedicated to eliminating food waste, which commonly occur from confusion caused by food labels and tossing of imperfect, but perfectly usable fresh produce. To combat these culprits, Walmart has taken action:
  • Consumers often mistake date labels as food safety indicators; however, most of the labels are created based on peak quality. Adding to the confusion is the different language used on labels, including "best by", "use by" and "sell by". That's why, in the last year, Walmart started requiring suppliers of nonperishable food products under their Great Value private label to use a standardized date label, "Best if used by". The switch went into effect in July and involves thousands of products.
  • Imperfections to the surface of produce can occur when growers face obstacles such as hailstorms and high-winds, leaving their products somewhat damaged. While the texture and flavor remain perfect, the exterior damage usually renders these fruits unsellable in the fresh market because they fail to meet traditional grade standards. Walmart is proud to be the first retailer to debut this "I'm Perfect" brand of apples to over 300 stores as just one example of the ways that the retailer aims to reduce food waste, support growers, and provide value to its customers. Read Article
2016 MA Farm & Sea to School Conference 
Join us at the Massachusetts Farm & Sea to School Conference on November 4th!

We hope to see you at the 4th Massachusetts Farm & Sea to School Conference on November 4, 2016 in Leominster, MA. This conference will bring together over 400 farm to school advocates from across Massachusetts and New England. Learn about curriculum integration, reducing food waste, school gardens, engaging youth through policy and social justice, and more. There will also be thematic networking sessions, providing the opportunity to get to know farm to school advocates in your areas of interest and expertise. Learn more and register
2016 Adirondack Youth Climate Summit - Register NOW
There's still time to register for the 2016 Adirondack Youth Climate Summit November 3-4 in Tupper Lake, NY.

Deadline: October 20, 2016

Keep America Beautiful Recycle-Bowl Registration OPEN
Keep America Beautiful has opened registration for Recycle-Bowl, its national K-12 recycling competition that engages and educates youth. The competition runs from October 17th through November 15th (America Recycles Day) and includes School, Community, and District divisions.
Join the One Less Straw Pledge
Green Schools is excited to share and join the One Less Straw Pledge brought to you by two amazing students!  JOIN US!

Olivia (13) together with her brother Carter (15) started their own nonprofit called One More Generation (OMG) back in 2009 in an effort to help clean up their environment for at least One More Generation... and beyond. As the founders of  One More Generation™ and K-12 students themselves, they are constantly seeking ways for young people to be involved in the conservation and preservation of our natural world and wildlife... it's what they love to do! Learn More
Green Ambassadors Institute 
Professional Development Series for SoCal Educators
Green Ambassadors Institute 2016-17: 'Research in Action'
Dates: Oct 3, 2016 // Feb 25, 2017 // May 6, 2017

Check out the   Green Ambassadors Institute , a 3-part professional development series on incorporating real-world environmental sustainability issues in your curriculum. The kickoff date is on Mon, October 3! Participants are eligible for $300 minigrants to implement an environmental service learning project with students. Sign up now
Next Webinar:   Latest and Greatest EPA Tools for Implementing Green Infrastructure  
Wednesday, November 30th, 1-2:30 EST.   For details and to register- visit the Soak Up the Rain website at  https://www.epa.gov/soakuptherain
For questions about the webinar series or if you have ideas for additional webinar topics, please send an email to  soakuptherain@epa.gov

Green Clean Schools Forum
The Green Clean Schools Forum was created to teach facility directors how to implement these cost-savings strategies. From making data-driven decisions, to selecting green products and equipment, to hands-on demos of the latest technology in the cleaning industry, the Green Clean Schools Forum will change how you clean your school. REGISTER NOW

Oct. 25-26, 2016
McCormick Place
Chicago, IL
2016 Green California Schools and Community Colleges Summit
The tenth annual Green California Schools and Community Colleges Summit and Exposition comes to the Pasadena Convention Center on November 2-3, 2-16. The Summit is the first and largest statewide green schools event.

Keynotes and exhibit hall are free. For more information and to register, go to www.green-technology.org or call 626-577-5700.
Green Schools Shout Out - Girls STEM Summit
Girls STEM Summit - Statewide 2017 
Expand Girls' STEM Horizons & Closes the Gender Gap in STEM Workforce

Registration is now open! Hosted by Jr. Tech, Inc. Taking place at Regis College in Weston, MA on Sunday, April 2, 2017.

World of 7 Billion Video Contest
Back by popular demand, the World of 7 Billion student video contest can help you bring technology and creativity into your high school and middle school classes. The contest challenges students to create a short (60 seconds or less) video illustrating the connection between world population growth and one of three global challenges: climate change, ocean health, or rapid urbanization. Students can win up to $1,000 and their teachers will receive free curriculum resources. The contest deadline is February 23, 2017. Read more for full contest guidelines, resources for research, past winners, and more.
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. 

November's theme is Waste Management.  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 !
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
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