February 2016 News


In This Issue
Save the Date: Green Difference Awards
Join the Call To Ban Junk Food in Boston Public Schools
New Programs from ACE
Please Welcome New Board Member
Applications for SAEEE Awards
Applications for PAEMST Awards
Greening Your 21st Century School
National Healthy Schools Day
Conferences
Programs and Competitions
Grant Opportunities
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SAVE THE DATE!
Green Schools 2016 Green Difference Awards

8th Annual Green Difference Awards
May 27, 2016
MA State House - Great Hall
More Information Coming Soon..
Join the Call To Ban Junk Food in Boston Public Schools
Care about public health? Then join our call on the Boston School Committee to ban all forms of junk food marketing in Boston public schools! We are currently facing an epidemic of diet-related disease, where 1 in 3 US children born in the year 2000 will develop Type 2 diabetes if trends continue. This health epidemic is being driven by the junk food industry that targets kids and gets them hooked on this unhealthy food while they're young. And one of the most worst ways they do this is by marketing in schools. Examples of this aggressive marketing in schools are McTeacher's Nights, where teachers actually work behind the counter at a local McDonald's and serve burgers and fries to their students, junk food coupons handed out in school report cards, and health and nutrition presentations by Ronald McDonald in schools. We can safeguard our children's health by ensuring healthy school food environments that promote proper nutrition. That's why we are calling on the Boston School Committee to pass a policy banning junk food marketing, like McTeacher's Night, in Boston public schools. Boston has been a leader among school boards on removing soda machines and junk foods from schools. We have the opportunity to heighten this leadership and make it clear to both McDonald's and other school boards nationwide that these fast food corporations responsible for the global health epidemic have no place in our schools. Get involved in our Value [the] Meal campaign by contacting Joan Cannon and signing our petition!
Exciting New Programs from our Partner Alliance for Climate Education (ACE)
Our Climate Our Future
Our partner, Alliance for Climate Education (ACE), recently released a new online resource, Our Climate Our Future, a multimedia experience that educates young people about the science of climate change and empowers them to take action. Our Climate Our Future brings the award-winning ACE Assembly on climate science and solutions online for the very first time through ACE's signature mix of dynamic animation, music, video and interactivity. Sign up  for Our Climate Our Future for a limited time at no cost 

The Get Loud Challenge is a groundbreaking climate action campaign that will motivate more than 500,000 young people (ages 13-24) in all 50 states to take highly visible, online and offline action to thrust climate change out of the shadows and into the spotlight. Young people will earn points for a range of climate actions including having climate conversations with family and friends and calling elected officials to raise the profile of climate change and clean energy policy in their communities. Youth who take the greatest actions will be celebrated as America's most influential climate leaders with experiential and reputational awards, like college scholarships and a trip to the Peruvian Amazon on a climate expedition. Learn more 
Please Welcome New Green Schools Board Member Nicole DeSantis 
Nicole DeSantis is an environmental research consultant specializing in water & energy innovation, sustainable development, youth environmental campaigns, and environmental policy.  She has worked in water, environmental, and public health research with leading international, nonprofit and academic institutions. Nicole completed a Masters of Science in Water Science, Policy and Management from Oxford University's School of Geography and the Environment where she examined the water/energy/agriculture nexus, climate change, and business sustainability. 
Online Applications are Open for 2016 Secretary's Awards for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education
The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) in collaboration with the Secretary's Advisory Group on Energy and Environmental Education (SAGEE) and the Massachusetts Environmental Trust (MET) conducts an annual award program to recognize schools and teachers (K-12 ) across the Commonwealth for their outstanding efforts in furthering energy and environmental education initiatives at their schools.

Online Application Deadline March 30, 2016
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the nation's highest honors for K-12 teachers of mathematics and science (including computer science). Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education. Since 1983, more than 4,400 teachers have been recognized for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession. If you know great teachers, nominate them to join this prestigious network of professionals. Presidential awardees receive a certificate signed by the President of the United States; a trip to Washington D.C. to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities; and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation. 
 
Please consider nominating an exceptional K-6 teacher this year. (Nominations for teachers who teach grades 7-12 will be open next year.)  
 
The deadline for nominations is April 1, 2016 and the deadline for applications is May 1, 2016.  Click for more information on nominations and applications. Click for materials to help spread the word about PAEMST.
Greening Your 21st Century School 
 
Manchester Essex Regional School District Green Team and Green Scholars are happy to announce their 2016 training session: Greening Your 21st Century School

May 6, 2016 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Manchester Essex Regional Middle High School

The principle goals of this training are to learn how to:
  1. Implement exemplary and sustainable practices in your K-12 school
  2. Reduce environmental impact and costs
  3. Provide experiential environmental education designed to learn many disciplines including STEAM subjects, develop leadership and civic skills, and hone critical thinking skills
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


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


Cultivating Climate Resilience Conference 2016
An Education Summit for Empowerment & Action
Hosted by VT SWEEP, on April 9, 2016 at Montpelier High School, Montpelier, Vermont.

This summit aims to bring together formal and non-­formal K­-12 educators to share best practices that inspire hope, empowerment and action in the face of climate change. 

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.
Programs and Competitions
Join the AMP it up! Challenge - MA Students Only
The AMP it up! Challenge invites students to create a 3-minute video about an advanced manufacturing innovation and how it impacts the world around them. Student must select a product made in Massachusetts. Learn More

The World Advanced Vehicle Expedition (WAVE) is a people's movement offering practical environmentally sustainable actions following the 2015 Paris agreement on climate change. We are looking for schools in coastal cities, where the pupils should simply write their commitment to reducing polluting carbon dioxide (CO2) gas on a piece of paper of 8 x 12 cm. We are inviting 1,000,000 school children in 100 coastal cities from around the world to submit these papers. We would then gather and unveil these at the UN in Switzerland on June 17 as part of an international climate campaign. Learn More
Join Green Schools Now
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. 

February's theme is Water.  Here are a few resource highlights:
 
Guides and Curricula 

Games

Videos

If you'd like to have access to all of these Pathways please become a FREE MEMBER NOW!
Grant Opportunities
The InvenTeam initiative, created by the Lemelson-MIT Program, offers an unparalleled opportunity for high school students to cultivate their creativity and experience invention.
InvenTeams are teams of high school students, teachers, and mentors that receive grants up to $10,000 each to invent technological solutions to real-world problems. Each InvenTeam chooses its own problem to solve.

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

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
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Sincerely,

Robin Organ

Founder and Executive Director

Green Schools