February 2019
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2019 Green Difference Awards
Friday, May 10th, 2019
10 - 12pm
MA State House

We honor Green Difference Makers made up of Principals, Teachers, Advisors, Students, Citizens, Schools, School Groups/Clubs, and our Sponsors nationally and internationally at our annual event.

Awards are given out this year in the following areas of Outstanding Green/Sustainable Practices in:

  • Green and Healthy Schools
  • Food and Agriculture
  • Waste Management
  • Green Living and Consumerism
  • Energy
  • Land, Air, Natural World
  • STEM and the Future of Sustainability
  • Transportation
  • Outdoor Learning and Exploration

As well as, Lifetime Achievement Award for a hero who has dedicated his or her life to Green Education
NH Governor Sununu Gives a Shout out to Project Green Schools

Project Green Schools was honored to be mentioned by Governor Sununu during his Inaugural Address of Second Term for our work at The Bridges House. We are excited to continue our work for a second year!

WATCH INAUGURAL ADDRESS  PGS mentioned at 54:50
Project Green Schools Is Headed Back to MarineLab! Join Us!
Project Green Schools & Coral Restoration Foundation are proud to announce the return of their Ocean Ambassador Program for the Summer of 2019! This summer leadership institute for middle and high school students will be held in Key Largo, FL during the weekend of July 26-28, 2019. 

Secure your spot now before it’s too late! Click to learn more!
PGS National Youth Council Corner
What Really Happens To Your Recycled Plastic?
Written by PGS National Youth Council Secretary, Sarah

Up until last year, almost half of the United States’ recycled plastic was being shipped to China for processing. This was until China instituted their Plastic Ban , deciding they no longer wanted to be the world’s dumping ground for used plastics. According to researchers at the University of Georgia, in the next dozen years an estimated 111 million metric tons of plastic waste will be produced worldwide. Since 1992 China has been accepting 45% of this waste, and with this ban countries will now have to find something else to do with these plastics. If a cost-effective method for handling these plastics can’t be found, they will likely be sent to a landfill. Various companies are looking into mixing plastic pellets with asphalt and using them in roads, bike paths, and sidewalks. But for now much of the plastic is being bought by other countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam, which are all in the top 10 for the amount of plastics polluting the ocean. China’s Plastic Ban should serve as a reminder that the best option is always to reduce the amount of plastic we use on a daily basis. Always use a reusable water bottle instead of continuing to buy plastic ones. And it is easier than you think to bring your own reusable cup when getting drinks like coffee or boba tea, and you can even bring your own container when ordering takeout food! Click here for more tips on how to reduce your plastic consumption. Remember, making your own lifestyle more sustainable is the first step to making the world a better place!

Click to read more articles about this issue.
PGS National Youth Council Attending Youth Assembly
On February 15-17, 2019 Project Green Schools National Youth Council will be attending the 23rd session of the Youth Assembly in New York City.

The theme of the event is, "Empowering the Youth for Global Development", which is exactly what Project Green Schools mission has been and PGS is excited to sponsor four National Youth Council members, Olivia, Rebecca, Molly and Heather to attend this conference and build on their skills and knowledge to see how the youth have a great impact on global challenges.  
A Note From Our Co-President, Harjap
Hello PGS Youth Council,

In our most recent online webinar, we discussed new projects that we will be taking on this year. The first of which is going to be a letter writing campaign to government officials and representatives across the country in light of the government shutdown and the effects it has been having on our national parks.

We will be sending you all more details for those of you who are interested in becoming a part of this project. For now, we have created a classroom on "Remind" to be more efficient in organizing.

Look forward to working with you all!
Harjap
Green Schools Society
  End of Year Awards and Recognition Forms are OPEN! 

Are you a graduating senior looking to receive an Honor Stole? Are you an individual student or teacher looking to get yourself or your class recognized for your many green efforts this year? 

As a reminder,  ALL submissions for end of year awards must be received through our online forms.   Directions for what is required and how to submit can be found below.  

PGS Teaming Up With LaunchX

LaunchX gives students the skills and mindset to start a company.

Their programs help students leverage their talents and tenacity to build a viable startup. They offer training in the skills and innovative thinking that allow founders to create successful businesses, challenging and supporting them as they take a real startup from idea to execution and impact.
K-12 Water Conservation Curriculum for Schools with UgMo Technologies and PGS

UgMO is committed to delivering purpose-built platform solutions that drive sustainable change in natural resource management practices and outcomes. Through agronomic expertise and cutting-edge technology solutions, UgMO delivers live soil conditions and actionable insights that conserve resources, save money and improve operations - all while guaranteeing healthy sustainable landscapes.

Recognizing that education is the foundation of all sustainability efforts, UgMO has partnered with Project Green Schools to support and inspire the next generation of environmental leaders to innovate new ways of driving water conservation and sustainability. Through this partnership, UgMO develops impactful water conservation curriculum for K-12 students and sponsors the students implementing those initiatives.

Who should sign up?
Any interested student, class, club or school who wants to explore water conservation at their school.

How do I sign up?
Sign up online for free here.

Questions?
2019 Secretary’s Awards for Excellence Program ( Massachusetts Only)

The 2019 Secretary’s Awards for Excellence Program is now accepting nominations for this year. The electronic application is now live on EEA’s website – click for application . We will accept application up to March 30, 2019.
Empowered Young Environmentalists Summit
Greening Forward and the NYC Department of Education's Sustainability Initiative will be hosting their 7th annual student summit, the Empowered Young Environmentalists Summit (EYES), in New York City from  March 29-30th . EYES develops students as leaders and provides them the insight needed to solve a variety of environmental problems. It also presents a great networking opportunity for young environmentalists to connect with students and professionals in the environmental sector. This year’s summit features an incredible speaker in young environmentalist Jade Sweeney, over 10 workshops which teach specific skills that students can use to motivate their peers and actually take action, and much more. Click for more information
Events
 This Just In...

Early bird pricing for the 2019 Green Schools Conference and Expo has been extended through February 22!


Save 25% on conference registration if you register before February 22.  GSNN members  receive early-bird pricing regardless of when they register! 

Register now for the 2019 Students for Zero Waste Week campaign March 18 - April 26, 2019
Girls STEM Summit-Statewide March 31, 2019 hosted by Jr.Tech with Facility Host Partner Wentworth Institute of Technology (WIT). 

Additional Resources, Grants, Recognitions, Scholarships, Internships and Competitions

Still-Legal!® Apparel for the Next Two Years is distributing this year's grants to young leaders ages 13-30 who are working in New England and New York to solve the climate crisis. This can consist of projects or programs that make schools or communities "greener" and more climate-friendly. Click for more information
APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 28, 2019

Application for the Impact Challenge 2019 is Now Open
The Youth Assembly Impact Challenge asks participating Delegates to develop innovative solutions to our world's most pressing issues. Winners with the best proposals are chosen by a panel of judges to receive seed funding and resources to help launch their vision into action. Click for more information
APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 28, 2019

Mathematical Rock, Paper, Scissors Challenge!
The Institute of Competition Sciences (ICS) is exploring putting a new educational spin on this game to help excite students about learning math! Public comments on the rules for this challenge are now open until February 28th! 

Tips on Winning the World of 7 Billion Video Contest
Click for contest - Deadline February 28, 2019

Feature Your Business with Project Green Schools

Consider a listing level that works for you:  
 
Gold Listing - $250...2 Featured Business articles in Newsletter and also shared over PGS Social Media Platform [Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn]. Plus year-round banner ad ½ year on our website. Choose your time of year!
  
Green Listing  - $500... 4 Featured Business articles in Newsletter and also shared over PGS Social Media Platform [Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn]. Plus year-round banner ad full year on our website.

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