November 2014 News

In This Issue
Explore Your World
Kids Take The Lead in Climate Fight
Green Schools and America Recycles Day
Focus on Conserve School
Green Mountain College Full Tuition Scholarship
Kids and STEM
Planet Aid
DIY Solar Panels
Vermont Student Team Wins Grant for Environmental Project
Student Summit
Grant and Scholarship Opportunities

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   Our November issue brings to our readers a few inspiring stories of youth taking action for a cleaner and healthier planet as well as some amazing grant and scholarship opportunities students DO NOT want to miss! 

   If your school or community has an inspiring story to share please don't be shy.  Send us an email and we will discuss the possibility of including it in our next student newsletter.  

You're Invited to Join Us to "Explore Your World" with iGlobe and MIT

Green Schools is proud to sponsor this event at the Charles River School in Dover, MA  


NSF Grant Project - Demonstration




When:  December 5, 2014          

Time: 9am - 11am

Where: Charles River School

6 Old Meadow Road

Dover, MA


What: Explore your World! iGlobe and MIT have been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to educate students and the public on climate change.  Join us at Charles River School to learn more about the project and how you can participate.  We need your design ideas and feedback on prototypes.


Don't forget to bring some student ambassadors!

(2-3 per school)


Experience the HyperDome... our portable planetarium theater



RSVP Required by November 25th - Contact Bill Horn, for more information



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The world is yours: Kids take the lead in the climate fight


By Brentin Mock 5 June 2014



The world might be headed to hell in a plastic basket of coal, but like Bob Marley said, you can't blame the youth. In fact, the youth are rising up to make sure that nobody ever tries to pin this on them. Organizers and politicians like to use literal poster children as a way to pull on heartstrings when reaching policy impasses. But kids today are taking the climate change fight into their own hands, refusing the role of mere victim and collateral damage, as we're seeing at the local level in Baltimore, and also on the national stage.

Baltimore high school students stun school board with rap on environmental injustice!
Baltimore high school students stun school board with rap on environmental injustice!


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Green Schools Participates in America Recycle Days



The Foxboro Lions Club held their Annual Bottle and Can Drive on November 15th to benefit Green Schools!


Thank you Foxboro Lions Club for helping to Make the Green Difference 


See Official Flyer from the event


Looking for a Semester Away? Focus on Conserve School 


Focus on Conserve School
Written by Maureen Aylward 

I was recently researching semester schools for my son who is in high school. A semester school is like a high school exchange, only for one semester, and most of the programs ...provide high school curriculums that align with the sophomore or junior year. A semester school typically runs from August to December or January through May. There are about 12 semester school programs in locations across the US and some that are in Europe.

In my search, I was looking for the right mix of environmental education, academics, location, and (frankly) fun. All of the semester schools offer different visions and approaches to academics, but one was a standout in the area of environmental education and hands-on learning - Conserve School. Conserve School is focused on the theme of environmental stewardship. And, it is a 2014 national Green Ribbon School award winner. Founded by Jim Lowenstine, Conserve School was conceived of in 1965, but only started in 1996 after Lowenstine's death. The school is located on a sprawling estate in Land O'Lakes, WI, in the beautiful northern woods of Wisconsin near the Michigan border.

Learn More About Conserve School

Green Mountain College Full Tuition Scholarship

Green Mountain College is conducting an ongoing search to find students who have somehow made a significant contribution to a fellow human, to society or toward conservation and sustainability. We want to encourage the leaders of tomorrow and reward this contribution with a full tuition scholarship including fees, room, and board to Green Mountain -- a college that will foster their ideals and their desire to engage in and promote leadership practiced not for self-aggrandizement but for the greater good.


Click to learn more, fill out a nomination form and download an application


Applications must be received by March 1, 2014. Students must be applying for Fall admission and must have completed a FAFSA by March 1.  For additional information please contact the Office of Admissions at (800) 776-6675 or via e-mail at

Kids and STEM [infographic] 



Science is the future. And today's children are tomorrow's adults. And I'm a young adult writing for DailyInfographic, but I still care about the progress of technology. Science, technology, engineering, and math occupations are some of the most challenging yet rewarding fields to pursue. Jobs within these realms provide an atmosphere that promotes the union of exploratory creativity with focused practice of standard knowledge, generating some of the most intelligent individuals around. And the entire world benefits from the work of these people.


Almost 50 percent of economic growth in the past 50 years can be attributed to advances in technology alone. And every second, the world is only becoming more and more technological. Engineering jobs are expected to grow, and so engineering degrees are in high demand.



A Great Fundraiser for Your School: Planet Aid



You may have seen those yellow bins around - that's Planet Aid. We place bins at schools to collect used clothing and shoes. Schools raise funds from the donations received in the bin, and we do all the work -- from pick up to distribution. We also help schools and students by providing related project ideas and ways that they can raise more funds through clothes recycling drives. Planet Aid is dedicated to working for the environment and for people. 


To Learn More Visit 


If you live in Southern New England visit 


How To Build DIY Solar Panels Out of Pop-Cans


Ingenious solar system solution shown on the cansolair website served as inspiration to build "home-made" efficient diy solar panels. Basically, it is incredibly simple and cheap solar panel for supplemental home heating, which heats the air directly. The most interesting is the fact that solar collector is almost entirely home built and constructed out of empty aluminum cans! 


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Vermont Student Team Wins Grant for Environmental Project

EPA Release Date: 10/17/2014 


 A student team from Norwich University in Northfield, Vt., is among five teams in New England chosen by the US Environmental Protection Agency to receive up to $15,000 to pursue projects that deliver sustainable, alternative methods of addressing environmental challenges.


The team at Norwich Universithy won the funding for a project to re-design pervious, or permeable, concrete to harvest and filter storm water runoff contaminated by organics, nutrients, and metals and convert it to meet drinking water quality standards. The project is called Pervious Concrete Filters for Sustainable Water Resources Management.


"Projects and designs created by student teams each year surpass our expectations," said Curt Spalding, regional administrator for EPA's New England office. "It's exciting and hopeful that students are coming up with sustainable ways to address our country's challenging environmental issues, while also helping to create a vibrant, growing economy."


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Green Schools National Conference Student Summit 2015 

Join us for the Student Summit! 


March 4-7 2015 | Virginia Beach 


Early Bird Registration is STILL OPEN!


This year's Student Summit is designed to educate, empower, and inspire middle and high school students as our next generation of leaders. The Green Schools National  Conference Student Summit will equip students with 21st century skills, knowledge, and resources to help impact their schools and communities.  Throughout the Summit, students will be able to explore and develop solutions on critical environmental topics including; Energy, Climate, Outdoor Learning & Exploration, Food Systems & Agriculture, Sustainable Careers and more,. There will be many opportunities to engage with professionals from business, government, nonprofit and education sectors. All sessions are designed to be interactive and foster collaboration. 


Grant and Scholarship Opportunities

Youth Research for Action will award grants of up to $2,000 to youth-designed and -led action research projects across the U.S. The competition is open to teams of public high school students nationwide, along with youth in community-based organizations. Learn More


Sodexo Foundation's Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarships - Deadline: December 5, 2014

 #GET5GIVE5 and Impact Millions! Sodexo Foundation's Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarships reward students that are working to end hunger in their communities. To support their innovative efforts, winners get a $5,000 scholarship for school and a $5,000 matching grant to give to the hunger-related charity of their choice. Learn More


Increase Your Green Competition - Deadline: December 8, 2014 is calling on students to green their schools. Students who make
the biggest effort to reduce their school's carbon footprint could win up to $1,500 to further their
efforts. Schools are eligible for a first-place prize of a $1,500 grant and a banner, a plaque, an
eco-friendly gift bag and a chance to be visited by the biotour bus. Three $500 second place
prizes will also be awarded. Learn More

EPA's People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Program - Deadline: December 16, 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will award up to $15,000 for each of 42 college student teams to pursue projects that deliver sustainable, alternative approaches to address environmental challenges. Learn More


Katie's Krops Grants - Deadline: December 31, 2014

Katie's Krops is excited to offer grants to youth between the ages of 9 and 16 in the United States to start vegetable gardens with the harvest donated to feed people in need. The winners will be awarded a gift card to a garden center in their area (up to $500), support from Katie's Krops, and a digital camera to document the garden and the harvest. Learn More


Karma for Cara Foundation Micro-grants - Deadline: Rolling
 The Karma for Cara Foundation is encouraging kids 18 and under to apply for funds between $250 and $1,000 to complete service projects in their communities. Whether it is turning a vacant lot into a community garden, rebuilding a school playground or helping senior citizens get their homes ready for winter, they want to hear what project you're passionate about. Learn More

VolunTEEN Nation International Service Project Grants - Dealine: Rolling 

Students (ages 13-22) from the United States going abroad to volunteer or study in a developing country are encouraged to apply for an international service-learning mini-grant from VolunTEEN Nation. Grants are for up to $300 to create a service project in a developing country while you are visiting that country. Learn More


Robin Organ

Founder and Executive Director

Green Schools