May 2017 News

In This Issue
PGS Attends Environmental Youth Summit
SAVE THE DATE: Project Green Schools 10th Anniversary Celebration
Accepting Applications for National Youth Advisory Council
PGS Attends Peabody GreenFest 2017
Green Schools Alliance Helps Schools Save Money
Check Out This Book
Blackstone Valley Technical High School
Climate Reality Climate Leadership Training
Competitions, Programs and Grants
It's Yearbook Time... Think Tree-Free!
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Mark Thekkethala!!  Mark has just been awarded  the  1st Annual Green  Schools Scholarship of $2,000 made possible by Project Green Schools, the Boston Bruins Foundation and Walmart.

We will publicly award Mark for his Outstanding Environmental Leadership at the MA State House on May 19th as a part of our National  Green Difference Awards Program .   Learn more about Mark.  
Another BIG CONRATULATIONS to our all of our 2017 Green Difference Award Winners!!

Green Difference Awards
Friday, May 19, 2017
MA State House - Great Hall
10:00 am - Noon
PGS Attends Environmental Youth Summit
PGS Director of Student Engagement Hannah Traggis with San Pedro High School's Jennifer Cheng, Green Difference Award winner
Project Green Schools was excited to partner and send our Director of Student Engagement, Hannah Traggis, to present at the First International Trade Education Programs Environmental Youth Leadership Summit at San Pedro High School, San Pedro, CA. 

The Summit, held on Saturday, April 29th, engaged over 200 middle and high school students in environmentally focuses, hands-on exhibits, breakout sessions, student research showcase and more. Congratulations to everyone on an amazing FIRST Summit!   Summit Flyer
SAVE THE DATE: Project Green Schools 10th Anniversary Celebration
We hope you can join us as we mark our 10th year working to develop the next generation of Green Leaders!

Friday, May 19th
6:30 - 9:30pm
Invitation to Follow

Accepting Applications for National Youth Advisory Council
Keep America Beautiful is now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 National Youth Advisory Council. This is an opportunity for 10 high school students (15-18 years old) from diverse backgrounds to participate in a service-learning and leadership development program. Members will act as ambassadors and leaders for youth service in their community.  The deadline to apply is May 5, 2017. Learn More
PGS Attends Peabody GreenFest 2017

Project Green Schools was excited to attend Peabody GreenFest on Saturday April 29th! We had the chance to visit with the Environmental Eagles of Captain Samuel Brown Elementary School; a Green Up New England Challenge winner for Best Green Schools Practices. 

Environmental Eagles pictured with Chris Buchanan of Walmart, teacher Diane Bugler and Robin Organ
Green Schools Alliance Helps Schools Save Money and Meet Sustainability Goals
The Green Schools Alliance is excited to offer a  Purchasing Software to help schools meet their sustainability goals while saving money and simplifying their procurement process. To learn more, take a look at this  video and this  case study.  To get started, please email Phil Sweeney at

The Power of a Plant: A Teacher's Odyssey to Grow Healthy Minds and Schools
We are pleased to announce a new book just released by Green Difference Award winner Stephen Ritz,  Founder of Green Bronx Machine

"In The Power of a Plant, globally acclaimed teacher Stephen Ritz shows readers how, in one of the poorest communities, his students thrive in school and in life by growing, cooking, eating, and sharing the bounty of their green classroom."
Blackstone Valley Technical High School, Upton, MA- Trex Plastic Film Recycling Challenge
The students in Blackstone Valley Technical High School's Students for Environmental Awareness (S.E.A) club received Honorable Mention at the Green Up New England Challenge for their Trex Plastic Film Recycling Challenge.  

As part of the challenge, students collected plastic grocery bags, bread bags, newspaper sleeves, Ziploc bags, bubble wrap, dry cleaning bags, cereal liner and more from December 2016 until April 15, 2017. The students competed against other area schools to collect and recycle the most plastic film. Each month, the students weighed and recorded the amount of plastic film received through the recycling bins spread throughout the school. In total, the schools diverted 565 pounds of plastic from the landfill! CONGRATULATIONS! 
Climate Reality Climate Leadership Training
We'd like to invite you, your colleagues and supporters to join Climate Reality Chairman Al Gore at our next Climate Leadership Training from June 27-29 in Bellevue, Washington to help make this a turning point in the movement for climate solutions.
As the US president and his administration work to roll back critical federal environmental protections across the board, the Pacific Northwest has become a symbol of hope for the nation with citizens joining forward-looking businesses and local and state leaders to fight for a sustainable future and accelerate the clean energy revolution.
The training will explore key climate challenges in Washington State, drawing on the lessons of recent history to inform how local action can move us closer to solving the climate crisis. Sessions will explore how climate is changing the Pacific Northwest, how citizens and businesses can accelerate the development of renewable energy sources, and how together we can stop the Big Polluter agenda in its tracks

The deadline to apply is May 23rd and this training event will quickly reach capacity. We encourage anyone who would like to attend to apply early. For more information please visit our website.
Grants and Scholarships
Deadline: May 19, 2017
Amount Awarded: $1,000

Professional Development  
Thursday, May 4th, 2017  1:00 - 2:30pm EDT

Competitions and Programs 
Learn More About Planet Aid
Planet Aid has been a partner of Project Green Schools for over seven years and has helped carry out student environmental service projects since then. They are a nonprofit organization that collects and recycles used clothing and shoes (you may have seen their striking yellow bins) and also supports sustainable development in impoverished communities around the world.
Read more and LEARN how you can host a bin!
It's Yearbook Time... Think Tree-Free!!

FutureBook is the only yearbook provider in North America that is partnered with "Trees for the Future", offers Bamboo Paper, vegetable based inks, water based laminates, and FSC paper. 

Join Project 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. 

June's theme is STEM and the Future of Sustainability.  Here are a few resource highlights:
Guides and Curricula 

Scratch Curriculum Guide

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