March 2017 News

In This Issue
An Exclusive Screening of "A Plastic Ocean"
It's Yearbook Time... Think Tree-Free!
News from a 2016 Green Difference Award Winner
2017 Green Schools Conference and Expo
National Healthy Schools Day 2017
PD and Webinars
Competitions, Programs and Grants
Start A National Green Schools Society Chapter TODAY!
Addtional Grant Opportunities
Feature YOUR Business or Organization in Our Newsletter

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DON'T MISS OUT! There's still time to apply to these great recognition programs! 
Green Difference Awards
May 19, 2017 MA State House
Complete a nomination form  online NOW ! Nominations must be received by April 7, 2017. 

Green Up New England Challenge
Schools across New England that enter the challenge will be asked to compete in energy reduction, waste reduction, water reduction, best green school practices, best green community practices, and best green sports practices. 
Applications must be received by March 22, 2017

MA/RI Green Student of the Month
Thanks to a grant made possible by the Walmart Foundation students in grades K-12 in the states of Massachusetts or Rhode Island can be nominated for Green Student of the Month for the 2016-2017 school year.  Accepting nominations until May 2017. Nominate a Student. 
Check out our 2016 Green Difference Award winners!
Keep Massachusetts Beautiful Invites You To An Exclusive Screening of "A Plastic Ocean" on March 9
Join us for an exclusive, one-night-only screening of "A Plastic Ocean" at Showcase Cinema/Patriot Place in Foxboro, MA on March 9 at 7:30 p.m. 

This eye-opening documentary explores the fragile state of our oceans, uncovering alarming truths about plastic pollution (including its source), and reveals working solutions that can be put into immediate effect. 
Project Green Schools has sponsored 50 spaces to this event. REGISTER for free now!

Have plastic 6-pack rings around your house? The Ring Leader is a great new program to help safely recycle those rings so they don't end up in the ocean. If you are joining us for the screening bring your 6-pack rings along to recycle at the event. 
It's Yearbook Time... Think Tree-Free!!

FutureBook is the only yearbook provider in North America that is partnered with "Trees for the Future", offers Bamboo Paper, vegetable based inks, water based laminates, and FSC paper. 

Here are some great reasons to consider printing with FutureBook's bamboo paper stock: 

* Bamboo paper's carbon footprint is dramatically smaller than tree paper.
* Bamboo grows and is ready for harvesting much quicker than trees; it can be harvested in one to five years, and the stalks can be repeatedly harvested for 20-50 years.
* More frequent harvests of bamboo provides for a larger job market and a healthier economy. 
* And more...

News from a 2016 Green Difference Award Winner
We are always excited to share the amazing work of our Green Difference Award winners. 
Pictured left to right: Tony Bautista (National Wildlife Federation), Jennifer Cheng (San Pedro HS) and Angela Shih (Stella Maris High School).

Jennifer Cheng of San Pedro High School, CA received Outstanding Commitment to Green-o-vation [GREEN + STEM + Innovation] Award at our 2016 Green Difference Awards.

This past February, Jennifer and her students hosted ten  students from Stella Maris School from Kaohsiung, Taiwan. These two groups have been collaborating on an online BIODIVERSITY Project by National Wildlife Federation. They have been working together in comparing biodiversity and environmental issues that both countries are facing. During the visit students collaborated on lessons on biodiversity, received a tour of San Pedro High School as well as participated in a Valentine's Day Clean up.  Keep up the great work! 
Maine Environmental Education Association Conference
The Maine Environmental Education Association invites students who are passionate about the environment to join us for... 

The 2017 Maine Environmental Education Conference Resilience in Environmental Education: Connecting Schools, Communities and Nature

Friday, March 24th 2017
Colby College, Waterville Maine Diamond Building
2017 Green Schools Conference and Expo
  This year's Green Schools Conference and Expo will be held in Atlanta, GA, from March 21 - 22, 2017 and will bring together
 hundreds of green school leaders, educators, administrators, advocates, practitioners and enthusiasts from across the nation. This event presents a unique opportunity for the brightest and most influential individuals in the fields of education, building design and construction, facilities management, public administration, and more, to gather, share, and learn from one another while advancing the green schools movement.
Save The Date: National Healthy Schools Day 2017
National Healthy Schools Day is a day of action and awareness where people and organizations promote and advocate for making sure children in schools across the nation are able to learn and thrive in healthy environments.  Learn More
Professional Development  and Webinar Opportunities
March 7th, 2:00 - 5:00 PM - Boston, MA
Learn how the education sector is leading the market in ZNE buildings and the aggressive goals around these extremely high-performing buildings. This workshop will feature case studies of schools with ZNE design goals and performance, tools and exercises to help plan and advocate for ZNE buildings internally, and resources for creative financing, planning, and integrating curriculum into new school buildings and retrofits.

March 13-15, 2017
Audubon Center of the Northwoods, Sandstone, MN
Are you a naturalist, museum educator, or after school youth program leader? Do you work with community members and the public? This Institute is geared toward anyone interested in learning skills on how to communicate about climate change in non-formal educational settings

The National Sustainability Teachers' Academy provides K-12 teachers with the knowledge, skills and tools to become agents of change. By infusing sustainability concepts and practices into schools, teachers can have a profound impact on motivating future leaders to create and innovate solutions to the economic, social and environmental challenges of our world.
June 5-9, 2017 - Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
June 26-30, 2017 - Emory and Henry College, Emory, VA
Applications are due April 13, 2017. 
Summer Institute in Education for Sustainability with Children's Environmental Literacy Foundation (CELF)
For K-12  teachers and administrators in all subject areas. Re-ignite your passion for teaching at this transformative professional development experience in Education for Sustainability. July 10-13, 2017 at Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY. The theme for 2017 is "Activating  Change."
Learn More and Register. Discounts are available for schools teams and those registering prior to May 1, 2017. 
Competitions and Programs 
March 2017 - June 2017

Deadline: March 30, 2017

Deadline: March 31, 2017. 

Department of Energy Student Contests and Competitions
BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge Register Now!
Earth Day Poster ContestApril 1, 2017 Deadline

May 18, 2017  Resources to use

Deadline: June 19, 2017

Deadline: June 19, 2017
April 2, 2017- Weston, MA
Expand Girls' STEM Horizons & Closes the Gender Gap in STEM Workforce 

April 18 - April 21, 2017  - Palm Springs, CA
Inspire Youth, Inspire Learning, Inspire  Change                    
Redefining Leadership in Out-of-School Time

Global Health & Innovation Conference
April 22-23, 2017 | Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

The Global Health & Innovation Conference is the world's leading and largest global health conference. This must-attend, thought-leading conference convenes leaders, changemakers, professionals and students from all sectors of global health, international development, and social entrepreneurship.
Start A National Green Schools Society Chapter TODAY for FREE!
Now is the time to sign up for a National Green Schools Society Chapter for your school and students. Complete a  NGSS Application  TODAY. 

National Green Schools Society (NGSS) provides a k-12 student recognition and awards program for environmentally focused students who are creating extraordinary impact in schools, organizations, and communities. 

Current Chapters RENEW now for the 2016-2017 school year! 
Join Project Green Schools Now
D id you know when you become a   Free Member  of Green Schools you have access to our 12 Pathways to Greening Your School? 
The   12 Pathways to Greening Your School are designed for you to use September - June (1-10) with two serving as year-round learning tools. But, you can put them in any order that aligns with your program. 

April's theme is Atmosphere and Climate.  Here are a few resource highlights:
Guides and Curricula 

Weather and Climate games with NASA's Climate Kids

If you'd like to have access to all of these Pathways please become a  FREE MEMBER NOW !
Additional Grant Opportunities
If you are an eligible current or college-bound student, you can also enter to win the  $2,500 Discover Student Loans Scholarship Awards

CREDO will grant up to $500 to 50 activists or local groups doing the work of Climate Heroes to fight fossil fuels in their community

A curated collection of thousands of grants and awards and grant writing resources

Grants, awards, and contests created for teachers

Resources for finding grants, grant writing, and fundraising for schools
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Project Green Schools