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In This Issue
Green Schools Initiative
Makeovers Celebrated
About EcoMedia
Green School Makeover #1
Green School Makeover #2
Green School Makeover #3
Community Conversations
Funding Opportunities
EarthBox Tips
EarthBox FYI
Join Our Community
About EarthBox
Green Schools Initiative
Makeovers Celebrated
What do Rosa Parks Elementary School in California, Dirksen Middle School in Illinois, and Northwestern High School in Florida have in common? They've all received "green makeovers," courtesy of CBS!

All three schools won a "Green My School Contest" held by CBS Corporation's EcoMedia division in 2009. In response to the question "What does it mean to be green?" schools across the country sent in videos, pictures, collages, music and essays in which they composed "green" visions of their schools. EarthBox was one of several sponsors of this event.

Each of the three winning schools was awarded products and services ranging from $150,000 to $250,000, and the makeovers took over a year to complete. These prizes were funded by EcoMedia's unique business model, which gives advertisers sustainable media sponsorships adding value beyond traditional advertising. These were secured from a cross-section of public and private partnerships.

"The practice of sustainable agriculture through the EarthBox Turnkey Instructional School Gardens is a perfect fit for the CBS-EcoZone Green Schools Initiative," notes Paul Polizzotto, EcoMedia president. "The materials and curriculum provided by EarthBox to help students learn where their food comes from, and how to grow and eat healthy vegetables and fruits, is extremely valuable to children today.

"In addition, the EarthBox planting curriculum has been demonstrated to help raise test scores. This program is perfectly aligned with the goal of our Green Schools Initiative, which is to educate and inspire the next generation of environmental stewards."

Read on to find out how each winning school was transformed!

If you're interested in starting an EarthBox school project of your own, just click
here or contact our Education Department at 1-800-821-8838, ext 8348 or 8369.

About EcoMedia

EcoMedia provides the CBS Corporation with a green point-of-difference for advertisers. Each EcoMedia advertisement devotes a portion of the marketer's buy to fund local environmental projects and technologies -- like solar installations and energy efficiency retrofits -- in communities all across the United States.

Since 2002, EcoMedia has partnered with communities and advertisers across the country to actively protect oceans from pollution, safeguard endangered fishing habitats, provide harbor and watershed protection, promote recycling and ridesharing, save energy, conserve water, and plant trees. Click here for more information about EcoMedia, the EcoZone Program, and the CBS & EcoZone Green Schools Initiative.

Monthly Drawing For A $50 EarthBox Gift Certificate!
Educators, we want to support you in every way we can. One way we show our appreciation is with our monthly drawing for a $50 EarthBox gift certificate. This issue's winner is Allen Leadingham of White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) army base in New Mexico.

Allen and his summer camp kids at WSMR eat their lunches in the base EarthBox garden, and use herbs from the garden in ther meals. Allen says that he and his boss are very happy with the EarthBox production, and will be ordering more replant kits next year.

We'll have the full story and a picture for you in the next issue!

We'll be posting more winners as we choose them -- and we're still waiting to hear from you!
Quick Links

Are You in the
STEM Directory?

The National Directory of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) can help promote your after-school program, which in turn can lead to increased membership, funding, and partnership opportunities.  
The Coalition for Science After School has partnered with Time Warner Cable to create this on-line national directory, and participation is absolutely free. Time Warner Cable, to support children and families, will promote STEM with Public Service Announcements throughout a five-year campaign.

EarthBox Education wants to collectively upload information to the site. To do this, we need to hear from you. Please email your contact information and program description to Molly Philbin at for loading. When the information is uploaded, you will receive an email with a login and password information, and you're in! 


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Ag in the Classroom

EarthBox Distributors
Here's a list of Education Distributor websites to assist you in obtaining catalogs and getting more info about using the EarthBox system in your classroom.  

Carolina Biological
(Catalogs: Life Science, Environmental)

Fisher Science Education
(Catalogs: Elementary, Middle School, High School, College Science)

Kaplan Early Learning
(Catalog: K-5)

(Catalogs: Elementary Math/Science, Summit, Science, Senior Activities)

(Catalog: Secondary Science)

It's no secret that childhood obesity is epidemic. Indeed, the prevalence of obesity among elementary school age children has more than tripled in the last 30 years, rising to a staggering 19.6% of 6-11 year olds.


To help us get back on the nutritional track, the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) has developed several sites that provide critical information on preventing obesity. Their interactive websites include video clips, games, and information on nutrition, exercise and diets specifically geared to children and young adults. There are plenty of links available for adults, too. In a similar vein, the Department of Health and Human Services offers a helpful website dedicated to family health.


And of course you, our community of educators, are an effective community resource for helping to stave off this problem. Growing fresh produce in EarthBoxes with your students gives them valuable lifelong lessons about healthy choices, lessons that they can share with others. 


And on that note...

We'd like to expand our community of EarthBox educators, so we invite you to send us a list of five valid email addresses with first and last names of educators. Those of you who provide five valid email addresses (i.e., ones that don't bounce) will receive a free EarthBox replant kit! Just shoot me an email with "Educator Referrals" in the subject line. The deadline is December 31, 2010, and don't forget to let us know where you'd like us to send the replant kit.


And finally: in this issue, we offer a special feature on the three schools that were this past year's CBS-EcoMedia Award Winners. EarthBox is one of several sponsors of the contest. We donated an entire EarthBox Instructional School Garden to each winning school, including EarthBox Ready to Grow Kits, staking systems, stands, and age-appropriate curricula and guides. You can learn more about each winner below, and about EcoMedia in the column to the left.

In the fall, we'll go back to our three regular features: Schools, Community and Around the World.

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Molly Philbin
Education Director
EarthBox, Inc.
Olive Green ArrowGreen School Makeover #1
Rosa Parks Elementary, San Francisco, CA

As a result of receiving their EcoMedia award in 2009, San Francisco's Rosa Parks Elementary now has a new outdoor environmental learning center, a solar display and observatory, an extensive energy efficiency lighting retrofit, an organic garden, and much more. In addition, EcoMedia has created a sustainable environmental program for the students.


orange rosa parks 4"The students at Rosa Parks Elementary have made the city of San Francisco proud," says San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. "The school's commitment to the environment, and the students' creativity and responsibility in effecting a change in the community, should serve as a shining example for their peers as well as future generations."


Sustainable media sponsorships were secured from a cross-section of public and private partnerships, including lead sponsor Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), Microsoft, TCP, O Organics and many others. Supporters include the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the EPA's EnergyStar program.


orange rosa parks 2The initiative at Rosa Parks Elementary was overseen by a green schools coach certified by the U.S. Green Building Council. EcoMedia also worked closely with the San Francisco Unified School District to provide a sustainable environmental program along with outdoor/indoor projects and supplies.


The Rosa Parks makeover celebration took place this past May, at their newly transformed courtyard-turned-environmental learning center. You can take a look at their FaceBook video here.

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Everett M. Dirksen Middle School, Calumet City, IL 

orange dirksen 1Dirksen Middle School was retrofitted with energy-efficient lighting (courtesy of TCP, an energy-efficient lighting company), which will reduce the school's carbon footprint by over 330,000 pounds (equivalent to planting 102 trees) and save $13,500 a year. In addition, the school received green bathroom renovations courtesy of Sloan, and green tools and elements for their learning spaces and curriculum.  


Lead sponsors TCP and EarthEra provided renewable energy that balanced the carbon emissions associated with 100% of the electricity used for the 2009-2010 school year. In addition, every student and faculty member received one renewable energy certificate offsetting 1,324 lbs of carbon emissions -- equivalent to the average sized vehicle driving 1,500 miles. Other lead sponsors included Sloan and the Plumbing Council of Chicagoland. Supporters included NOAA and the EnergyStar Program.  


orange dirksen 5EcoMedia worked with the Suburban Cook County Regional School District to provide a sustainable environmental program, along with outdoor/indoor projects and supplies. The makeover celebration took place in June 2010, in a student-filled auditorium at the Everett M. Dirksen Middle School.


You can take a look at their FaceBook video here.

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Northwestern High School, Miami, FL

orange miami 3As part of the renovation project at Miami's Northwestern High School, EarthEra provided renewable energy equivalents that balanced the carbon emissions associated with 100% of the electricity used for the 2009-2010 school year. In addition, every student and faculty member also received a renewable energy certificate offsetting 1,324 lbs of carbon emissions per person. The school has also been equipped with extensive energy efficiency lighting retrofits, courtesy of TCP, which will reduce the school's carbon footprint by over 1,700,000 pounds (equivalent to planting 519 trees), and will produce significant savings on energy bills. 


In addition, this school's makeover also included green restroom renovations, courtesy of Sloan, and green tools and elements for their learning spaces and curriculum. A solar installation in the school's courtyard, courtesy of Abender Solar, is planned for completion this summer. A computer connection monitoring the energy production of solar panels will offer students additional science curriculum opportunities.


orange miami 2"Recent events have demonstrated the importance of protecting our environment and preserving our natural resources," said Alberto M. Carvalho, Miami-Dade County Superintendent of Public Schools.  "The wonderful gifts that have been shared with our students at Miami Northwestern Senior High School will go a long way in accomplishing those goals, as well as teaching our students about taking care of the world in which we live." 


The makeover celebration in Miami took place in June, in the auditorium at Northwestern High School.

Olive Green ArrowCommunity Conversations
The SPIN on EarthBox

Did you know that EarthBox is a SPIN supplier? SPIN stands for S-mall P-lot IN-tensive gardening. This is

an easy-to-learn, inexpensive-to-implement vegetable farming system that makes it possible to earn income from land smaller than an acre. SPIN can work very well for those new to farming, as well as for experienced farmers who just want to change their approach. Since growers don't need to own their own land (you can affordably rent or barter a small piece of land), SPIN works in urban, suburban and small town settings alike, and fits into any lifestyle.


Spin FarmingSPIN farmers can find many ways to take advantage of EarthBoxes. They can be used to intensify ground based production, by increasing the number of crops that can be grown on a plot during a growing season. For example, a ground based crop can be planted in a farm plot, which SPIN farming refers to as a "segment." This crop can be harvested and another ground based crop grown, while a third crop is growing in EarthBoxes in a separate area.The result is additional crops, without using extra land.


EarthBoxes also increase land-based options for urban SPIN farmers by enabling them to put contaminated sites into production. Crops can grow in the EarthBoxes on marginal or even polluted sites. The portability of the EarthBoxes is another advantage for SPIN farmers. Many urban SPIN farms occupy multiple locations, so having a movable growing medium is especially helpful in providing flexibility and increased yields.


For more information on SPIN farming, click here.  

Olive Green ArrowFunding Opportunities
The Captain Planet Foundation

Remember Captain Planet? He's still around, and still doing everything he can to save the world! The Captain Planet Foundation is committed to supporting hands-on environmental projects for young people, providing grants from $250 to $2,500 to school and community groups. Think you have what it takes to be a Planeteer? Just click here.

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Start Spreadin' the News

Want to increase your ecological literacy and spread the news about EarthBox? Click here. This is a cool "green" site that offers EarthBox Educators an opportunity to tell their stories online. We're hoping some of you will share!

Olive Green ArrowEarthBox FYI
EarthBox Videos

By the way: to see some superb education videos, just click this link.

Olive Green ArrowJoin Our Community

EarthBox is on Facebook!  Now you can become a fan of EarthBox, joining a community of fellow EarthBox users for conversations, advice and photo sharing -- or just to check out whatever new information EarthBox has to enhance your gardening experience.

And don't forget to check out our videos! This is a members only feature, so if you're not already a Facebook member, you'll need to sign up to view the videos.
Olive Green ArrowOrdering 

To place an order, call 888-445-6295 (24/7) or visit our online store.

Educators, please mention the Source Code EDUDISC when ordering your EarthBox to be eligible for a free $50 EarthBox gift certificate! Winners will be selected from our customer base and announced in each issue of our newsletter.

Olive Green ArrowAbout EarthBox 
The patented EarthBox was developed by commercial farmers, and proven in the lab and on the farm. Our maintenance-free, award-winning, high-tech growing system controls soil conditions, eliminates guesswork, and more than doubles the yield of a conventional garden -- with less fertilizer, less water and virtually no effort.

It's used successfully on a daily basis by commercial farmers, educators, and consumers. Distributors are also finding it to be a popular growing system.
EarthBox is a remarkably easy-to-set-up system that can be used to grow produce virtually anywhere. EarthBox systems have been incorporated into community gardens all over the world, enabling families and neighbors to share fresh produce, while minimizing work and expenses.

EarthBoxes can even be found in classrooms. Our EarthBox Pre-K through 12th grade standards-based curriculum support packages can bring science to life, with hands-on cross-curricula lessons that teach principles of growing and nutrition utilizing the scientific method in student-driven experiments.

To find out more, visit To request a catalog, call 888-917-3908.
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