October is Energy Awareness Month and we have some great resources to help you and your students learn and celebrate!

Teachers! Register for Climate Superstars TODAY and Win!
TODAY, October 1st is the last day to register for National Environmental Education Foundation's Climate Superstars Challenge! Learn more and register here.
Register For Race for the Planet
Project Green Schools is inviting you to engage your school in meaningful climate education and action by implementing “Race for the Planet” in your school or community.

Participants compete in energy and environmental games and challenges focusing on energy, water, waste, and sustainability, and have the option to raise funds to support a unique project goal to Green Up Your School/Community.

Hosting kits with instructions, challenge materials, videos for opening/closing ceremonies, marketing & fundraising materials, and medals to award will be made available to registered participants.

Boon Supply Climate Neutral Certified
We are very excited to share that PGS Partner Boon Supply has become Climate Neutral Certified! Their recent certification shows they are committed to reducing and offsetting their carbon emissions from their business operations.

As you look at different fundraising options for your school or organization you can feel even better about choosing to collaborate with Boon Supply.

Boon Supply offers waste-free options from cleaning, personal care, and lunch on the go to goods that are eco-friendly, uplifting, and intended to make your life GREENER.

Impact doesn’t stop there. The Boon Supply platform makes it easy to give back to your school, club, and organizational projects. Shop well knowing that a percentage of your purchase will go directly towards supporting your projects and the remainder goes toward the greater good!

Keep Track of The Sun Pedal Ride Through the United States
The Sun Pedal Ride already has 1700 miles behind them as they make their way to North Dakota, Montana and Washington spreading awareness about solar energy as a sustainable energy source. Keep up with them on social media at #sunpedalride or follow their journey on Strava.

Check out some publicity from their latest stops with the Iowa Press and Trine University.

You can support The Sun Pedal Ride by clicking here.
School Building Science Fridays with CHPS
Join our partner Collaborative for High Performance Schools on the 2nd Friday of each month from September to June to learn how the science behind school buildings supports student, educator, and staff health, safety, and success. Each webinar is 45 minutes long, with 30 minutes of expert presentations followed by 15 minutes of participant Q&A.

Next School Building Science Friday is Friday, October 8th at 2:00pm EDT discussing "Ventilation: What You Need to Know" Learn more, register and view the entire schedule here.
Common Energy COP26 Climate Action Marathon Series
This fall, the Common Energy Impact Team is hosting the COP26 Climate Action Marathon to promote discussion around the United Nations’ first international climate conference since the onset of COVID-19. This will be a great experience for anyone who wants to get involved with the conversations happening around climate change and equitable solutions.

The next webinar, "Findings and Warnings of the IPCC Report", will be held on Thursday, October 14th at 3pm EST. Learn more and join in on the webinar series here.
University of Evansville Scholarship Opportunity
The University of Evansville is dedicated to empowering students to think critically, act bravely, serve responsibly, and live meaningfully in a changing world. We believe that everyone can be a changemaker.

Students entering the University of Evansville as freshmen in Fall 2022 may write an essay on one of the options listed below. Students who write meaningful essays will receive a scholarship valued at $1,000 per year for up to four years ($4,000 value). Scholarship is applicable for UE students entering in the 2022-23 academic year. Apply here.

The University of Evansville has its own spectacular study abroad center in the U.K. called Harlaxton, and it has been rated the #1 study abroad program by Students who have studied at Harlaxton often say it is one of the biggest highlights of their life. Since it is owned and operated by UE, the tuition at Harlaxton is the same as it is at UE, your financial transfers directly to Harlaxton, and credits earned at Harlaxton are UE credits.
Sustainable Fashion - Are You in the Know?
How many liters of water does it take to make 1 pair of jeans? Which fabric releases microplastics when it's washed? Take this Sustainable Fashion quiz from to find out.

You can also learn some tips and tricks on "Nifty Thrifting" from our National Youth Council Student Co-President Emory.
Get Ready for the U.S. Department of Education 2022 Green Ribbon Schools Program
Now is a great time to begin preparing for the 2021–22 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) application cycle by using resources and programs available on Green Strides. Review FAQs about all three award categories. Head to U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools for more information.  
Call for Student Designed Posters for International Compost Awareness Week
The International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) Committee invites YOU to get involved in ICAW 2022. Students in 9th grade (age 14) or older from anywhere in the world, interested in participating can submit a design for the annual ICAW Poster Contest. The winning poster will be used to promote International Compost Awareness Week 2022 which will be held May 1 -7, 2022.

For students in grades 4-8 (age 10-13) you can enter into the ICAW video contest.

Deadline for poster and video contest is November 1st. Click to learn more!
Events to Share
Calendar of Events/Days to Celebrate

  • September 26 - October 3rd - National Drive Electric Week
  • Energy Awareness Month
  • 1st Week: Junk Mail Awareness Week
  • 1st: World Vegetarian Day
  • 4th: World Animal Day
  • 8th: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Day
  • 17th: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
  • 20th: Take Me Outside Day

  • 1st: World Vegan Day
  • 5th: World Tsunami Awareness Day
  • 15th: America Recycles Day

  • 21st/22nd: Winter Solstice
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