November 2014 News

In This Issue
Green Ribbon Schools Application Period Open
How to Explain Climate Change to Our Kids
NSTA Awards and Recognitions
Green Schools National Conference
Meet SunSaluter
Article by Green Schools Partner
Documentary: Glacial Balance
N.H. Student Honored at White House
Great Articles to Read
Green World Rising
Grant Opportunity

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U.S. Department of Green Ribbons Schools Application Period Open 



You've got a green school - here is another opportunity to show it off!

The U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) recognition award honors schools that are exemplary in: reducing environmental impact and costs; improving the health and wellness of students and staff; and providing effective environmental and sustainability education.

Eleven states that are covered by  state or regional CHPS Criteriaparticipate in the Green Schools award- click on the links for more details about each state application process (note deadlines are not yet posted for all states):

Click for more details about the award and how to apply

How to Explain Climate Change to Our Kids




How can you explain climate change to your kids? What clues can they look for to help them understand how significant this issue is? And what can they do, together with you and your family, to make a difference?


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has pulled together one of the best sites I've seen for explaining climate change and its impacts. Though the site is aimed at kids, I find it valuable for people of all ages, thanks to its great graphics and clear explanations of what is going on with our climate and how families can make a difference.


8 climate change clues that families and kids can look for together! 


  1. Stronger Storms Have you noticed that storms in your part of the country are becoming more fierce? Hurricanes and other tropical storms get their energy from warm ocean water. Thanks to climate change, the top layer of the ocean is getting warmer, causing hurricanes and other tropical storms to grow stronger, with faster winds and heavier rains.
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NSTA Awards and Recognitions


 The 2015 award applications are open for submission. November 30, 2014 deadline

You can't win if you don't apply! You may apply for more than one award; however, each application must be based on a unique program and process and you will be eligible to win only one NSTA award per year.

Click for a list of Awards and Recognitions and download an application


Green Schools National Conference 2015 




March 4-7 2015 | Virginia Beach 


Early Bird Registration is STILL OPEN!


The Green Schools National Network has created a "culture of collaboration," as a result of year-round networking and partnerships, and through an annual national conference.  We bring together like-minded people committed to the creation and support of healthy, green and sustainable schools.


As the only national conference bringing together experts and stakeholders to influence sustainability throughout K-12 schools and school districts, the annual Green Schools National Conference has grown in terms of attendance and scope.  Colleagues who share their passion and offer their own green schools experiences are put together in a true collaborative event with thought leaders and early adopters of green school best practices.   Attendees are passionate about transforming schools and the way they operate.  The annual conference is designed to allow attendees to learn about creative strategies for success and to take home real-life tools that can transform schools.



Meet SunSaluter; A Green Schools Partner


SunSaluter aims to make solar energy more accessible and affordable through its innovative solar panel rotator. The SunSaluter uses only gravity and water to rotate a panel throughout the day and boost efficiency by 30%. It can be built from common materials like wood or bamboo, so anyone can make their own. 

SunSaluter is great for school projects! 

If you are interested in building a SunSaluter, please contact

Featured Article from Green Schools Partner




By Scott Sklar, President, The Stella Group, Ltd., and Adjunct Professor at The George Washington University


There are many news stories every month of installing solar on school buildings, using LEDs inside schools, and biodiesel in buses, among many others. And I applaud the forward thinking school boards, administrators, teachers, and students that drove these projects. Many of these projects are good projects with local support and receive good fanfare.  But we need to do better by insuring that these expenditures of time and money address several requirements - not just one.


Documentary Glacial Balance Can Come to You


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"Glacial Balance takes the viewer on a trip along the Andes mountain range, meeting the locals and hearing their methods and needs to adapt to the changing climate. Simultaneous to that, the film profiles teams of scientists working in the mountains to record the glacial record before it disappears. These stories join to paint a picture as to what effect glacier disappearance will have on the rest of the world."
"Beautifully filmed... highly recommended" - Video Librarian

"Piercing" - Bill McKibben

"Stunningly beautiful... haunting" - The Japan Times
Please visit glacialbalance.orgor email Ethan at  if you would be interested in arranging a speaking engagement, hold a public screening, or purchase a special edition DVD for your school. Pricing is available on a sliding scale.  


Nashua, N.H. Student Honored by White House and EPA


BOSTON - A 15-year old student from Nashua N.H. was a recently awarded a "President's Environmental Youth Award" (PEYA), given jointly by the White House Council on Environmental Quality and EPA.

The Nashua student, Deepika Kurup, developed a green and sustainable method to purify water. Her project also increased the awareness of children and the general public in her community of how clean and safe water is an indispensable natural resource.

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Great Articles to Read 


Students Find Recycling at CHS a Waste and Set their Sights on New Program Design 



Fans More Likely to Attend Sporting Events When Stadiums Compost and Recycle 



At Denver Green School project-based learning leads to better test scores, sustainability 




Kids and STEM [infographic] 


Green World Rising: Narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio

Green World Rising is a series of short films on the state of climate and solutions to the climate crisis. 




WATCH: Green World RisingWill you too take action against the climate crisis? #GreenWorldRising #ClimateChange

Grant Opportunity 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