January 2016 News


In This Issue
Green Schools Youth Delegate in Paris
Green School ED at Harvard University
Welcome Tim Hebert
Sports & Climate Declaration
National Healthy Schools Day
Conferences
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What a way to ring in 2016!! YOU helped Cut the Red Tape! YOU were part of history and YOUR voice was heard!  

Our report from COP21. 

On December 3, 2015 - Cut the RED Tape Project hosted a Side event at COP21 called The School, Student & Parent Call to Climate Action as part of their year culmination campaign in life of the climate talks in Paris. The project presented schools commitments from 14 different countries that signed the School's Act On Climate Declaration demonstrating their collective effort and commitment to do their part to face the biggest threat for future generations thanks to the support of Green Schools in the United States and the Global Issues network in South America.


On December 4, 2015 - Cut the RED Tape project participated in the GIN Paris School Conference at Marymount School of France where schools from different parts of the world including the Green School of Bali gathered for two days to discuss global solutions to our most pressing environmental problems with distinguished keynotes including Conspiracy director, Kip Anderson and No Planeta B Director, Yoca Arditi-Rocha, among many others.  Students leaders from around the world like Avalon Theisen from  Conserve it Forward  where present and supported the Call of Action to COP21 Leaders.

And because we have been raising our voice for the past year, on December 12, 2015 world leaders finally listened. 196+ countries signed the Paris Agreement sending a clear and loud message that the transition to a clean base economy is here to stay!  Like the landing on the Moon, this is another Giant Leap for humanity.  
Many years from now, all of us will be able to say to our children's children we were part of history, that we called on leaders to Cut the Red Tape.... and our voice was indeed heard in Paris.(Read Full Report) 

Thank you again for your support.  We couldn't have done it without you!

With much gratitude,
Yoca, Robin & the Cut The RED Tape Team!
Green Schools Youth Council Delegate Avalon Theisen's Journey to COP 21

"I arrived in Paris on a cold, winter day. A nervous excitement bubbled in me, as I stared into the clouds, which hid the sun. Signs advertising COP21, the United Nations Climate Change Conference. dotted the landscape, from the tall buildings near the airport, to the city signs on the Champs-Élysées. With only an hour's sleep the night before, I was exhausted, and was powered only by my imminent anticipation.
 
Read Avalon's Entire Journey
Green Schools Executive Director Robin Organ Presents at Harvard University's Igniting Innovation Summit

The Igniting Innovation Summit  unites students, academics, and leaders in the field who are passionate about developing innovative solutions to today's most pressing problems. The 6th annual Summit explored wide-ranging themes through TED-style talks, practical skill-development workshops, and an Innovation Showcase.


Read about our Green Schools Co-Presidents' Experiences at the Summit
Please Welcome Green Schools New Advisory Board Member, Tim Hebert
As CEO and President of Atrion, a leading IT services firm, Tim Hebert is committed to elucidating on the importance of fusing business and technology and propelling Atrion to become a top 1 percent organization. At the helm of Atrion, Hebert is responsible for identifying ways to expand the company's array of technology services, forging strategic partnerships and creating lasting impact by being a responsible leader, enabling others to reach their leadership potential and conceptualizing workforce development models and frameworks. Read More
Sports & Climate Declaration
Join athletes and fans around the globe in encouraging our world leaders to take climate action.

The Green Sports Alliance has launched an international social media campaign with athletes and fans around the world to focus attention on the health of our planet, and urge our world leaders to take action on climate change when they meet at the United Nations COP 21 Climate Meeting in Paris and beyond.
National Healthy Schools Day 2016

It's never too early to start planning for this year's National Healthy Schools Day on April 5, 2016! 

If you already have planning in the works, don't forget to register your activity so we can add it to our Activities Map.
Conferences


Attend the Green Schools Conference & Expo (GSCE) to learn, collaborate and celebrate!         
 
GSCE brings together green schools thought leaders and champions to advance the shared mission of green schools for all within this generation.
 
March 31-April 1, 2016
Pittsburgh, PA
Early Bird Registration until January 29, 2016


The Language of Climate Change
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts

BOOST (Best of Out-of-School Time) Conference
April 26-29, 2016
Palm Springs, CA
 
The BOOST Conference is the largest, most recognized and comprehensive global convening for after school, expanded learning, and out-of-school time professionals. Set in a retreat-like atmosphere, this annual, extraordinary event will rejuvenate your passion, boost your direction for quality programming and provide tools and resources that will inspire you to create change.
News 
U.S. Congress passed a renewed version of the National Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 entitled the Every Student Succeeds Act.  This is the federal government's main legislation supporting public K-12 education and replaces the 2001 No Child Left Behind.
Competitions
 Generation Nano Challengefor high school students.  A written entry explaining a superhero or nanotechnology-driven gear, with a 90-second video OR 1 page comic introducing the superhero and the student's nanotechnology-enabled gear
Entry deadline: February 2, 2016.  


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Did 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. 
 
January's theme is Land, Air and the Natural World.  Here are a few resource highlights:
 
Guides and Curricula 

Games

Useful Links

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Grant Opportunities
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

GEMS Science Fair Mini Grants - MA Teachers only - Deadline: September 30, 2015
GEMS Science Fair Mini Grants of up to $1,000 are now available to all schools with grades 6-12 that currently do not have a science fair program.

Project Learning Tree GreenWorks! Grants
Schools and community programs that wish to improve the environment are encouraged to apply. Grants up to $1,000 are available and funding will be distributed in January 2016. You must have attended a PLT professional workshop either in person or online to be eligible to apply.

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
Feature YOUR Business or Organization with Green Schools 
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Sincerely,

Robin Organ

Founder and Executive Director

Green Schools