December 2014 News

In This Issue
Green Student Field Notes
Nature's Voice Student Stories Contest
PEYA Award Deadline
Green Colleges
Hydoponic Greenhouse Business
Hydrogen Student Design Contest
Future STEM Leaders
Climate Education and Literacy Initiative
UNEP's 2014 Champions of the Earth Laureates
Post a Blog on EPA's Student Blog
"Green Revolution"
Attend Camp Quinebarge
Green Mountain College Full Tuition Scholarship
Student Summit
Grant and Scholarship Opportunities

Join National Green Schools Society



National Green Schools Society provides a structured chapter-based program for high-achieving, environmentally focused students to create extraordinary impact in schools, organizations, and communities while getting the recognition they deserve on a state and national level. The NGSS program develops bright, civic-minded, environmentally literate citizens. By establishing a NGSS chapter in your school, students in grades 2 through 12 will advance their passion for preserving the environment through environmental service projects, leadership, and activism.  


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  Green Schools would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season!  And speaking of holiday season, #didyouknow you can recycle your old incandescent holiday lights to get a discount on LEDs this holiday season? 

Check out the Top 5 Things You Didn't Know About Holiday Lights to learn more

Wondering how much you know about energy? Take Exxon Mobile's Energy Quiz.

Happy Holidays!

Green Student Field Notes: Environmental Advocacy


Up on our Student Blog a post from our Green Schools Student Co-President Sam Koufman of Manchester Essex Regional High School




"I often field questions about my environmental advocacy. My response has developed from a simple "we must treat the Earth with respect as we are its inhabitants" to a more interconnected one that discusses the openness and compatibility of environmentalism with the student life. Environmentalism does not require one area of expertise or interest, but rather many that allow for like-minded individuals to apply their knowledge and seek one collective goal."


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Nature's Voice Student Stories Contest




Green Schools Initiative and the  Green Schools National Network are launching the 2nd Annual Nature's Voices Student Story Contest to amplify the stories of young people creating a sustainable future. We invite students grades 6-12 to submit 500-1,000 word essays about how their green schools and environmental education experiences have inspired them, changed their thinking, or transformed their lives. Students grades 6-12 can win a cash prize and paid trip to share their story as a keynote speaker at the Green Schools National Conference and Student Summit in March 2015. We are looking for inspiring stories about how Green Schools and environmental education transform young people's learning and lives.  Stories may also be published on our website. Submit stories by January 16, 2015. 



About the Nature's Voices Project: The Nature's Voices Project aim to raise awareness and support among educators, funders, and policy makers about the multitude of benefits that outdoor education programs offer - health, academic achievement, social justice, hands-on science, green jobs training, and real-world relevance - by broadcasting the stories of youth whose lives and learning have been transformed through environmental education programs. For more information about the Project please contact us:


President's Environmental Youth Award (PEYA) Program Deadline

December 31, 2014 Deadline


PEYA is a program to recognize youth for the environmental stewardship efforts.  Students K-12 can apply with a sponsor as individuals or as a group.  Participants receive a certificate signed by President Obama.  Applicants that chose to can also participate in the awards competition (same application, you just need to check off the box at top of the second page).  Applicants will be evaluated based on program criteria.  A regional winner will be selected and invited to a Regional Award Ceremony around Earth Day.  Some years, including last year, the Regional winners were invited to a ceremony in Washington, DC. 

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Looking for a College with Some Green?



Check out Green Colleges connecting students to "The Greenest
and Most Socially Responsible Colleges Since 1992"



Check Out This School's Hydroponic Greenhouse Business

How amazing! A student-run business!


'Orange School's Hydroponic Greenhouse Business
'Orange School's Hydroponic Greenhouse Business

U.S. Department of Energy Hydrogen Student Design Contest

There's still time to enter! 


The 11th annual Hydrogen Student Design Contest will challenge students to develop business and financing models for hydrogen fueling stations. Through the Contest, multidisciplinary student teams from universities across the globe will demonstrate their talents in business, finance, engineering, public planning, architecture, marketing, and entrepreneurship. The top teams will be invited to present their design to a panel of industry professionals and investors, and the winning teams will be able to present their approach at a major industry conference.


How to Participate:

  • For eligibility, rules, and guidelines, visit the contest website.

Important Dates:

  • Early Registration & Abstract Deadline: December 8, 2014
  • Final Abstract Deadline: January 16, 2015
  • See the full timeline here.
Future STEM Leaders Compete in National Science Bowl


Future STEM Leaders Prepare for the National Science Bowl
Future STEM Leaders Prepare for the National Science Bowl
Watch four students from Washington, D.C.'s Woodrow Wilson High School as they prepare for and compete in the 2014 National Science Bowl. | Video by Matty Greene, Energy Department.
Climate Education and Literacy Initiative 


"The White House Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP) is launching a new Climate Education and Literacy Initiative to help connect American students and citizens with the best-available, science-based information about climate change," according (PDF) to a December 3, 2014, press release from the White House. 


As part of the launch, a series of educational videos were released.


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UNEP's 2014 Champions of the Earth Laureates



From sustainable buildings to groundbreaking science, education, and ocean conservation, the Champions of the Earth Award recognizes eight outstanding visionaries and leaders in the field of policy, science, entrepreneurship, and civil society action. 


Read about these eight amazing leaders!


Post Your Own Blog Entry on EPA's Students for the Environment Blog


Check out EPA's Students for the Environment blog for K-12 Students, Educators and Parents

Students, teachers and staff are welcome to post ideas and to blog about what they know students are doing to help the environment. Please submit an entry of 400 words or less. 

'Green Revolution' Brings Greater CO2 Swings


Published: November 19th, 2014 By Bobby Magill


Agriculture has undergone a "green revolution" over the past 50 years, with more and more crops being produced from an acre of land than ever before.


That agricultural revolution could be changing concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, and possibly having a small effect on climate change, according to two separate and unrelated studies published Wednesday in the journal Nature.


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Attend Camp Quinebarge - Green Schools Tuition Discount 

Camp Quinebarge is a traditional overnight camp for children ages 7-15, encouraging them to be actively learning, creating, discovering, and having fun all summer long. Established in 1936, Camp Quinebarge sits on 65 acres of idyllic woodland and 1,250 feet of frontage on pristine Lake Kanasatka, in the heart of New Hampshire's mountains and Lakes Region. 

Since 2012, Camp Quinebarge is owned by, an environmental non-profit. A large part of our program is dedicated to environmental education, and every camper participates in our Nature program. Campers have fun while learning to appreciate and love the natural world in which we live.  

Because of this, we have created special camper packages exclusively for the first 50 Green School students who register for summer 2015 (over 20% discount). And, for each new camper, Project Green Schools will be given a donation equivalent to 20% of the special rate. See special rates
More information on dates, tuition, and our program can be found at
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

JOIN US in Virginia Beach!!

Join us for the Student Summit! 


March 4-7 2015 | Virginia Beach 



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

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


Sedexo Foundation Youth Grants - Deadline: January 15, 2015

YSA (Youth Service America) and Sodexo Foundation are looking for 100 of the best ideas from young people about how they can help end childhood hunger in their communities. $400 grants are available for youth leaders ages 5-25 across the U.S. to turn their ideas into action and make an impact on the issue of childhood hunger during Global Youth Service Day - April 17-19, 2015 - and beyond. Learn More


Campus Kitchen Launch Grant -  Deadline: February 1, 2015

The Campus Kitchens project has numerous funding options and $5,000 grant opportunities available to schools across the country to help with the planning and implementation of a Campus Kitchen. The Campus Kitchens Project is a national non-profit that empowers student leaders to create innovative and sustainable solutions to hunger.  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