June 2014 News

In This Issue
National Green Schools Society Graduates
President Obama's Climate Plan
Reduce Your Graduation Waste
Wetland Creation Workshop
Green Existing Schools Web Trainings
Zayad Future Energy Global High School Prize
Roots and Shoots Summer Online Course
5% Day at Whole Foods
CLIF Kid Educational Scholarship
Teens Going Green Initative
Ten Fabulous Facts About Butterflies
Save the Date
Grant Opportunity

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Congratulation to all Green Difference Award Winners and Student Ambassadors! 

The State House in Boston was the host site for the sixth Annual Green Difference Awards on Wednesday, May 28th. The Green Difference Awards Program is an annual recognition program of Green Schools, a non-profit charitable organization whose mission is to create greener and healthier learning environments.   The Green Difference Awards honor and empower Environmental Excellence, Leadership, Innovation, and Stewardship led in our Schools & Communities.  Schools, Environmental Clubs, and Individual Leaders are recognized for their outstanding contributions.


Event highlights included:

�         Key Note Address by Stephen Ritz, Green Bronx Machine

�         Inspiring address from MA State Treasurer Steve Grossman

�         USA EPA Administrator, Gina McCarthy's Award was acknowledged by EPA Region                 1 Administrator Curt Spalding

�         USA ED's Green Ribbon Schools Director, Andrea Suarez Falken

�         Address from EEA Undersecretary Maeve Vallelly Bartlell received award for Governor              Patrick and inspired the crowd

�         Words from State Representative F. Jay Barrows & Senator Jamie Eldridge

�         Green Schools Student Co-President, Ben Levine of Mansfield High School

�         An unbelievable Eco Fashion Show by Quincy High School

Congratulations National Green Schools Society Graduates



National Green Schools Society honors and develops bright, civic-minded, environmentally literate citizens in schools and communities. Students in grades 5-8 and 9-12 develop their passion for preserving the environment, while improving schools and communities through environmental service, leadership, and activism.


This year, NGSS graduated students from public, private, charter schools, and home schools from across the nation and we couldn't be more proud of their accomplishments and service!


President Obama's Action Plan for Climate Change




"As President, and as a parent, I refuse to condemn our children to a planet that's beyond fixing. The shift to a cleaner energy economy won't happen overnight, and it will require tough choices along the way. But a low-carbon, clean energy economy can be an engine of growth for decades to come. America will build that engine. America will build the future. A future that's cleaner, more prosperous, and full of good jobs - a future where we can look our kids in the eye and tell them we did our part to leave them a safer, more stable world." -President Obama, during his Weekly Address, May 31, 2014  


"When it comes to preserving our planet and all living things on it, it's time to be bold.  We support EPA's new carbon rule that could cut carbon pollution by up to 25%!"  Time to Act On Climate!

~Green Schools, Inc.



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Reduce Your Graduation Waste







Have you ever thought about all of the waste in a "one time use" graduation gown?  Greener Grads has come up with a national recover/reuse program for this material. WATCH a very short (2 minute) video that gives an overview of our program.   


Hands- On Wetland Creation Workshop



June 24-25, 2014. Mass Audubon Long Pasture Sanctuary, Barnstable, Massachusetts. 

  Hands-on Wetland Creation Workshop. Participants will help design and restore ephemeral wetlands on Cape Cod using the groundwater and surface water techniques for the rare eastern spadefoot and other wildlife species.


Who Should Attend

Biologists, city planners, land managers, foresters, hydrologists, engineers, educators, professional wetland scientists, non-profit and environmental organization professionals and technicians. You do not need wetland restoration experience to attend.



$225, which includes:

  • Lunches on both days
  • Hand-out materials
  • Signed copy of the book Wetland Restoration and Construction - A Technical Guide by Thomas Biebighauser, and more! Tom Biebighauser's book, Wetland Drainage, Restoration, and Repair will be available for sale from the author at $39.99/copy, signed.

 Please visit Mass Audubon for more information.



Green Existing Schools Web Trainings



Making the commitment to green existing schools across a campus or district requires a comprehensive plan that integrates two processes: one focused on how each school facility will improve building performance and another on adopting sustainable operations and maintenance policies and best practices. The LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance rating system provides a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green solutions. These web trainings help school and district staff organize efforts around sustainability initiatives using this framework.


Each training addresses specific steps and strategies that can be put in place by educators, parents and staff to green existing school facilities. We recommend printing out the first page of the accompanying Companion Guide to help focus your thoughts while watching the chosen training.


Examples: "How to Green Existing Schools: Overview","Waste Management", "Materials and Sustainable Purchasing" and more


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Zayad Future Energy Global High School Prize


The primary aim of the Global High Schools category is to inspire future generations across the globe by instilling an ethos of sustainability from an early age, including an appreciation of issues in energy, and broader sustainability.


The Global High Schools category will therefore not focus on past activities of the school. Instead, each school will submit a detailed proposal for a project, and the Prize will become a grant that enables the project's completion. While the main objective is to promote sustainability in schools, special emphasis of the proposed project should be on specific measurable initiatives to promote renewable energy and sustainability, which may include improvements in energy or water efficiency, or a reduction in waste.


Grant money will be allocated to one school in each of five regions: The Americas, Europe, Africa, Oceania, and Asia. Each regional winner will be allocated up to $100,000, with the final Prize amounts decided based on financial information submitted in the project proposals.

Roots and Shoots 2014 Summer Online Course - Registration Open



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Whole Foods Bellingham Market 5% Day a Success!


Thank you to Whole Foods for a successful Market 5% Day for Green Schools!


CLIF Kid $10,000 Educational Scholarship


Dear Natural Teachers and educators,

I wanted to make sure you saw last week's announcement about the opportunity for kids in your community to win a $10,000 educational scholarship through this year's CLIF Kid� Backyard Game of the Year Contest.


For the fourth year in a row, the Children & Nature Network was selected by CLIF Kid as their Outdoor Play Partner for the annual CLIF Kid Backyard Game of the Year Contest. Their goal for the contest is to inspire kids to balance screen time with creative play in nature. 


Why would this matter to you? Parents in your community are looking for creative ways to help kids unplug this summer and get outside.

All kids ages 6 through 12 can create and submit an original backyard game, now through July 3, 2014, for the chance to win a variety of fun prizes. One grand prize winner will receive a $10,000 educational scholarship, a bike and helmet, plus a block party to share their game with family, friends and classmates in their own hometown.

Our simple request: please, share this with parents and students. Here's the link with all the details and entry information:


Sarah Milligan-Toffler, Executive Director

Children & Nature Network www.childrenandnature.org

Building the Movement to Connect Children and Nature


Teens Going Green Initiative 





Join The Teens Going Green Initiative. They are a local nonprofit with the goal of making schools and communities more sustainable. Use the hash tag #TheTeensGoingGreenInitiative to show them what you are doing to go green and live a more sustainable life.



Ten Fabulous Facts About Butterflies



For great wildlife gardening, it is important to know about pollinators. They can be birds, but most often they are insects that, while feeding on flowers, will help spread pollen to other plants for healthy garden propagation. Bees are the best known pollinators and America's food supplies depend on them.  But, most peoples' favorite pollinator of all time is the butterfly (beautiful and no stinger!) Here are a few things about them you may not know.


1. They are (nearly) everywhere

Butterflies are found on every continent but Antarctica. There are an estimated 20,000 to 25,000 different species. Their cousin, the moth, is even more numerous. About 140,000 species of Moths have been counted all over the world. They come in every color in the rainbow and many have brilliant patterns that are true works of art in nature.


2. Many sizes
Butterflies range from tiny little guys that are just 1/8th of an inch across to a full 12 inches. A butterfly cousin, the Atlas Moth, is the largest and grows to about a foot in wing span.


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Grant Opportunity
DoSomething.org 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   



Robin Organ

Founder and Executive Director

Green Schools