January 2018
Now Accepting Nominations for Green Difference Awards 2018

Nominate Green Schools Leaders for the 10th Annual Green Difference Awards!

Nominate a Green Difference Maker  today  through our  online application! Applications due March 22, 2018.

Project Green Schools honors and recognizes Outstanding National Environmental Education & STEM Education efforts led in our Schools & Communities at our Annual  Green Difference Awards .

This event will take place at the MA State House – Great Hall  [May -2018]

Green Difference Makers can be: Principals, Teachers, Advisors, Citizens, Schools, Students, or School Groups/Clubs.
Awards will be given in the following areas:
Outstanding Green Superintendent/Principal
Outstanding Green Educator/Program Director
Outstanding Green Community Hero
Outstanding Green Student [Elementary/Middle/High]
Outstanding Commitment to Greenovation [GREEN + STEM + Innovation]
Outstanding School-led Project in Energy
Outstanding School-led Sustainability Project in Sports
Outstanding Global School-led Project in Climate Action
SUSTAINABILITY AWARD – Outstanding Environmental Education Program w/Proven Track Record of 5+ years!
Lifetime Achievement Award for a hero who has dedicated his or her life to Green Education
Project Green Schools New Website

We are so excited to announce the launch of our new website! Check it out!

A special thanks to GraphicDesignMe.Com for creating our new website.
A Letter from Our PGS Board Chair, Stacy Goodman

Dear colleagues and friends of Project Green Schools,

The most exciting thing in this world, to me, is change… Large-scale changes in companies, industries, communities, and countries… The changes that fundamentally shift the way things operate, what people believe, what is needed to succeed, the culture. Change is hard, but the results of evolution are rewarding.

This past year I have had the pleasure of serving Project Green Schools, an organization with a measurable impact on developing the next generation to lead in the face of environmental challenges and our changing world. 2017 was a year of evolution for Project Green Schools. We celebrated our 10 Year Anniversary and looked back on our journey.

Our programs… started as a project to make schools healthier for children and teachers. Today we’re an organization that develops youth into change-makers who can lead the world into a green and sustainable future.

Our operations…  Read More
Free Educational Materials From World Wildlife Fund

Explore World Wildlife Fund’s  Wild Classroom , which offers downloadable learning activities centered on science, language arts, social studies, art, and physical education. Our toolkits include an educator’s resource guide, lesson plans aligned with national education standards, and colorful posters – and they’re free. Enter  Wild Classroom  and find:
  • access to a growing library of free toolkits about our environment
  • fun ways to teach kids about wildlife and nature – from apps and quizzes to videos and interactive stories
  • meaningful opportunities for students to support wildlife and wild places
  • Wild Classroom email updates and the latest news in conservation

Learn more at  wildclassroom.org
Who is Your 2018 Hero?

Do you know someone whose sense of responsibility, inspirational leadership, and exemplary persistence and courage protects children from school hazards and unhealthy conditions?

The annual  Healthy Kids Hero Award   was created as an annual opportunity to tell the story of the 1937 Texas School Explosion and to inspire leadership for school and community safety. 

March 18, 2018 is the 81th anniversary of the   1937 Texas School Explosion  -- the worst school disaster in American history. A gas explosion killed more than 300 people, mostly students in their new state-of-the-art public school where no expense had been spared  except when it came to safety.

Let's make March 18 an annual day to prioritize the values and technical skills we need to live safely with 21st century chemicals and technology.

Send your hero's story, name, and email/phone number by  January 10, 2018  to ellie.goldberg@healthy-kids.info
2018 Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for Education for Sustainable Development

If you are a full-time K-12 teacher or administrator committed to education for sustainable development (ESD) and with an interest in international exchange, you may be eligible to participate in the 2018 Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for ESD, a unique, short-term professional development opportunity that will have long-term impact on you, your students, and your community!

The Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for ESD will provide 10 U.S. teachers and 10 Japanese teachers and administrators with a fully-funded opportunity to travel to learn about ESD efforts and strengthen ESD curricula in both countries. Learn more and apply. Deadline, January 12, 2018
Rhode Island Schools - Apply for the 2017-2018 Compass School Garden Outreach Grant

With generous support from the Newman's Own Foundation, The Science Engagement Center at the Compass School Farm is excited to offer 6 schools the opportunity to build or enhance their own school gardens.

Recipients will be awarded based on the quality of response to the application questions below.

Click to learn more about benefits, eligibility and commitments of this grant opportunity. Deadline: January 15, 2018 by 3:00pm
BostonEd Talks: Call for Presenters

Are you a talented Massachusetts educator with a big idea, creative solution, or innovative classroom practice that you think is worth sharing?
The Boston Foundation is seeking to offer outstanding educators the opportunity to share their ideas with a large audience of local education and civic leaders at the Boston EdTalks event on May 10, 2018.  Application Deadline:  Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 8:00 a.m.
Apply for the 2018 Green Cleaning Award

The Green Cleaning Award for Schools and Universities recognizes and honors schools with outstanding green cleaning programs. The application for the 2018 award is now available online. Applications are due on Jan. 16, 2018. 
EarthWatch Institute: Girls in Science Program

Girls in Science equips young women with the confidence and STEM learning skills to effectively develop and share their own narrative of science.

Earthwatch will award talented young women with a fully-funded opportunity to spend a week performing field research on a U.S.-based project during the summer. Girls in Science seeks candidates who are interested in science and are interested in supporting and learning from female scientists in the field while collecting critical research data. Applications due February 25, 2018.
President's Environmental Youth Award - Application Period Open

The President’s Environmental Youth Award (PEYA) recognizes outstanding environmental projects by K-12 youth. The PEYA program promotes awareness of our nation's natural resources and encourages positive community involvement. Since 1971, the President of the United States has joined with EPA to recognize young people for protecting our nation's air, water, land, and ecology. It is one of the most important ways EPA and the Administration demonstrate commitment to environmental stewardship efforts created and conducted by our nation's youth. Applications are due by March 1, 2018.
Green Strides Webinar Series

The Green Strides Webinar Series promotes sessions that provide free tools to reduce schools' environmental impact and costs; improve health and wellness; and teach effective environmental education. 

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 3:00pm 
Placing Equity at the Center of Farm to Early Care and Education (National Farm to School Network)

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 6:30pm
NASA Aeronautics: Exploring the Extreme - Force and Motion (NASA)

Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy Educator Trainings

March 12-13, 2018
Wilder Foundation, St. Paul, MN
Registration Fee $80

Join Climate Generation for this two-day intensive workshop designed to empower people to talk about climate change. Understand the powerful factors that shape opinions, and gain the practical skills needed to influence behavior and inspire commitments to solutions.

Participants will have the opportunity to:
  • Learn about climate change and how to decipher credible sources
  • Understand what influences people to make decisions, and how to communicate effectively to inspire solutions
  • Cultivate your own personal climate story and learn how to use it as a tool to build understanding
  • Hear about innovative solutions and opportunities to harness them at the individual and community levels

June 26-28, 2018
St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN
Registration: $200
Lodging: $37/night in double room on campus
22 Clock Hours
Join a network of teachers from across the country dedicated to bringing science, critical thinking, and problem solving about climate change into the classroom!

Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Hear from experts and scientists on their research on climate science and climate change solutions
  • Dive deep into Climate Generation’s Next Generation Climate curriculum, a six lesson, interdisciplinary, middle school climate change curriculum that has students investigate the cause of the global temperature change, research the major repercussions of climate change, and find out how they can monitor and minimize those repercussions
  • Experience St. John’s University’s 3,000 acre Arboretum, the largest solar array in Minnesota, LEED certified buildings, and much more
Grants, Recognitions, Scholarships, Internships and Competitions

This application is open to all Massachusetts middle and high schools that either do not currently offer -- or aim to signifigantly expand -- an annual Science & Engineering Fair program.  Rolling Deadline!

Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships Careers and Internships

Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Internship Challenge
The program facilitates the placement of college students and recent graduates who are considering career opportunities in the life sciences in paid internships across the state.  Apply Today

Registration is Open for Future City Competition
Future City is a project-based learning program where students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future. January 2018

The AMP it up! Video Challenge invites students to visit a local Massachusetts manufacturer and research the inner workings of the company’s manufacturing operation.  What does the company make? Why is it important? How does the product impact the world around them?  We’re challenging students to answer these questions in a 2-minute video that will be uploaded to the AMP it up! website. The video must include original footage of the visit and/or an interview with the company. Submission Deadline: February 28, 2018
Help Us Bring Project Green Schools to More Schools!

People are asking  "What can I do to   protect our environment?"

As the year comes to a close, everyone gets in the giving mood and as you make your end of year donations we'd like to inspire you to inspire students in learning about protecting our environment. Never before has there been a more important time to protect our environment and shape the future.

Creating a culture of environmental concern and action starts with students. In every school. In every state. Across the U.S. And we can make a green difference. From the ground up. 

Project Green Schools has been growing a Giving Tree throughout 2017. We are looking for businesses, organizations, government leaders and individuals who share our vision to make a commitment now and help us grow our Giving Tree. We need your help.

Sprout a new leaf  with your donation .  

Project Green Schools  is developing the next generation of environmental leaders ...(read more) 
THANK YOU to our most recent donors:
Chuck Bates
James Cohen
Vivian James Rigney
June Sidman
Morris Singer
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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