Students Engage in COP26 with #Youth4Climate
The #Youth4Climate: #DrivingAmbition event in Milan September 28-30, 2021 will be organized around 4 major themes to guide the work of the young delegates, who will come up with recommendations for climate action on a variety of topics within these thematic areas that will feed into Pre-COP26 and COP26.

Keep an eye on @PreCop26ITA and @Connect4Climate as we announce all of the topics!
Register Your Race for the Planet Event for Climate Week NYC
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 and submitting your event with Climate Week NYC. Climate Week NYC is the week of September 20, 2021.

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.

Start Your Back To School Fundraiser with Boon Supply
Gearing up for the 2021-2022 school year? Consider Boon Market, a marketplace of goods that do good—for you, your community, and the planet. Whether you’re passionate about reducing toxins at home, donating to your local school, or eliminating single use plastic, consider using Boon Supply for your fundraising needs.

From waste-free options to cleaning, personal care, and lunch on the go, goods 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!

Please Welcome Our Youngest Advisory Board Member
Project Green Schools is excited to welcome former PGS Youth Council President, Cory Shin, to our Advisory Board!

Cory Shin, a former Project Green Schools National Co-President, hails from the Metro-Atlanta area and is a student at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Currently, he is studying International Studies and Business as a part of the dual-degree Huntsman Program between the Wharton School and the College of Arts & Sciences. Cory is a visionary leader and activist working to tackle sustainability and social impact within the business world.

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.

First School Building Science Friday is Friday, September 18th at 2:00pm EDT discussing "What is School Building Science and What Does It Mean for You?" Learn more, register and view the entire schedule here.
Meet Our New Partners
International WELL Building Institute
The International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI™) is leading the global movement to transform our buildings and communities in ways that help people thrive. The WELL Building Standard is the premier standard for buildings, interior spaces and communities seeking to implement, validate and measure features that support and advance human health and wellness.

Recently released, WELL for Schools: K-12 showcases stories and links documents supporting and promoting the importance of healthier schools. You can head to WELL for Schools main page to learn about their work in schools and how they can help your school reopen and stay open safely.
Led by Storm Cunningham, the "RECONOMICS Institute: The Society of Revitalization & Resilience Professionals, helps ensure that communities worldwide have certified Revitalization & Resilience Facilitators (RE Facilitators)."

RECONOMICS Institute helps urban, rural and natural places regenerate successfully by providing certified Revitalization & Resilience Facilitators along the way.
2021 Green Difference Award Winner Spotlight
Elizabeth Viveiros, Assistant Superintendent of Portsmouth School District (RI), received at 2021 Green Difference Award for her work on the Melville School Outdoor Learning Activity Zone. Partnering with the organization Thrive Outside, Elizabeth was able to bring this amazing outdoor learning area for students and staff to embrace into their school year.
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.  
Project Learning Tree's Forest Literacy Framework
"PLT’s Forest Literacy Framework translates the language of forests and sustainable forest management into concepts for everyone at any age. The framework offers 100 forest concepts for grades K-12 on four frameworks:

  • What is a forest?
  • Why do forests matter?
  • How do we sustain our forests?
  • What is our responsibility to forests?

Download the framework by grade level, topic, themes or other now!
Department of Energy Launches Efficient and Healthy Schools Campaign
U.S. Department of Energy, with support from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Education, has launched an Efficient and Healthy Schools campaign to engage K-12 schools to improve energy performance and indoor air quality in school buildings. The campaign aims to help schools identify practical HVAC solutions and upgrades to improve energy efficiency while promoting healthier spaces for teaching and learning. Joining the campaign is easy and free. Start by filling out a simple form to provide some basic information about your schools. For more information, please visit our website at or email
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!
Noteworthy News and Links
Calendar of Events/Days to Celebrate

  • 4th: National Wildlife Day
  • 21st: International Day of Peace
  • 21st: Zero Emissions Day
  • 20 - 26th: Climate Week
  • 22nd: World Car-free Day
  • 22nd/23rd: Fall (Autumnal) Day

  • 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
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