April 2016 News

In This Issue
Congratulations Eugen Cotei
Green Schools Returns to White House
Green Schools at National Conference & expo
Welcome Brian Lovett
Educator Resources
Barron Prize for Young Heroes
National Environmental Education Week
Greening Your 21st Century School
Conferences
Programs and Competitions
Grant Opportunities
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Announcing our Key Note Speaker for the 2016 Green Schools Summit on Thursday, May 26th  and 2016 Green Difference Awards on Friday, May 27th!


We are very excited to host Xiuhtezcatl pronounced (Shu-tez-caht) Martinez. 15 years old Xiuhtezcatl and his brother Itzcuauhtli pronounced (Eat-squat-lee) Martinez are Indigenous Environmental Activist's, Eco Hip-hop artist's and public speakers from Boulder, Colorado. They have been speaking to crowds at conferences, schools and demonstrations from the Rio+20 United Nations Summit in Rio de Janeiro to addressing the General Assembly at the United Nations New York. Take a listen and watch these powerful remarks at the UN General Assembly. Learn More
Nominate Green Schools Leaders for the 8th Annual Green Difference Awards 2016!
Green Schools Signs On To Boston Women's Compact 
Green Schools was honored to sign onto the Boston Mayor's Compact for Women.


The 100% Talent: The Boston Women's Compact is a voluntary pledge that over 50 companies in Boston have signed to indicate their commitment to closing the gender wage gap in the workplace. Learn More
Congratulations Green Schools Student Vice-President  Eugen Cotei
Green Schools could not be more proud of Green Schools Student Vice-president Eugen Cotei for being accepted in Yale's prestigious Young Global Scholars Program! The world needs more leaders like Eugen, and you can meet Eugen in person at the Green Schools Summit in Boston this May! Congratulations to you!!
Green Schools Returns to The White House
Green Schools was honored to bring two of our National Green Student Leaders, Mark Thekkethala [Gr. 11] and Aubrey Organ [Gr. 6] to The White House event event highlighting the U.S. Global Change Research Program's latest report, The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment.
Left to Right_ Mark Thekkethala_ Aubrey Organ_ U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy_ Green Schools Executive Director Robin Organ
This event brought together researchers, educators, organizations, community leaders, and other stakeholders to hear from report authors about the major findings and discuss the implications of climate change for public health.
 
This event featured remarks by:
  •  Dr. John P. Holdren, Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
  • Administrator Gina McCarthy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Vice Admiral (VADM) Vivek Murthy, U.S. Surgeon General
  • Other Senior Administration and White House Officials

Green Schools Presents at National Green Schools Conference & Expo
Green Schools was excited to return and present at the National Green Schools Conference & Expo in Pittsburgh, PA on March 31- April 1st. 
Green Schools participated in the session "Passion Into Opportunity: Building Your Path to a Green Career". 

Topic Description:
Interested in turning your passion for sustainability and the environment into a career? It's never too early to start. Hear from a panel of green career professionals on how they got started and their advice for you, from classes and internships, to volunteering in your school and community.
 
Emma Arnold, Management Associate, U.S. Green Building Council, Center for Green Schools
Brett Edwards, Mr. Eco
Robin Organ, Executive Director, Project Green Schools [invited]
Moderator: Kara Angotti, Green Schools Fellow, Trenton Public Schools
Please Welcome Brian Lovett to Green Schools Advisory Board
Brian is a co-founder of Brass Valley responsible for executive management, sales, operations and corporate philanthropy.  Since Brass Valley's inception in 2002, he has helped grow the company to occupy a beautiful 100K sq. ft. facility in Milford MA by serving some of the most security conscious companies in the country with innovative risk management solutions for IT Asset Management. 

Prior to starting Brass Valley Brian founded a healthcare training business which was sold in 1997 a real estate company and served in the technology space for several companies in sales and marketing management.

Brian is passionate about philanthropy and serves on several boards serving at risk children.
Educator Resources from Eversource
Educators, would you say you are struggling with creating an environment where students can experience real life challenges and do it at their own pace to maximize the learning experience? Or how about having the proper materials due to budget constraints? Even struggling with becoming the facilitator and letting the student self guide to the answers? Eversource offers programs to educate students on energy efficiency and energy conservation There are 3-4 lessons that are curriculum based and that are at no cost to the school or you.

Watts-Ville is a 30 minute interactive life-size board game where the class will be in two teams and to advance each team will have to answer energy-based questions. For a video about Watts-Ville, click here.


 For more information visit eversourceinschool.com, email eversourceschoolprogram@eversource.com or call 1.617.929.8600
Applications Open for Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes
The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes celebrates inspiring, public-spirited young people from diverse backgrounds all across North America. Established in 2001 by author T.A. Barron, the Barron Prize annually honors 25 outstanding young leaders ages 8 to 18 who have made a significant positive impact on people, their communities, and the environment.

ELIGIBILITY
The Barron Prize welcomes applications from public-spirited young people who are, on our April 15 deadline:
  • between the ages of 8 and 18 (not yet age 19)
  • permanent residents of and currently residing in the U.S.A. or Canada
  • currently working on an inspiring service project or have done so within the past 12 months
  • working as an individual to lead their service work. The Barron Prize does not accept applications from large groups of young people.
National Environmental Education Week 2016
Celebrate Environmental Education for All!

What: NEEF's National Environmental Education Week; "Greening STEM: Rooted in Math"
When: April 17-23, 2017 (Earth Day is April 22!)
Where: Nationwide! Register your EE event
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
Conferences
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. 


The 2016 Green California Summit and Expo comes to the Sacramento Convention Center on April 21-22. Celebrating its 10-year anniversary, the Summit will highlight strategies, technologies and best practices that are essential to the attainment of California's green goals. Discover 100 companies with green products and services. Attend keynote presentations, education sessions, leadership awards and an opening reception on April 20. Pre-Summit training on April 20 will 2016 CALGreen and Energy Code updates and Zero Net Energy buildings. Group discounts available. Expo, keynotes, opening reception and Leadership Awards are free. For more information, visit www.green-technology.org or call 626-577-5700.


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.


11th Annual Summer Institute for Climate Change Education
June 21-24, 2016, Macalester College, St. Paul, MN
The 2016 Summer Institute will focus on our newest middle school curriculum resource: Next Generation Climate. 
Programs and Competitions
Video Contest: Building Green Communities - Washington State ONLY  
Deadline: June 1, 2016
In 90 seconds or less, students will tackle big-picture questions: How do we cultivate a sustainable future? How can kids lead the way? Learn More

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. Video Submission deadline: April 29, 2016 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
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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. 

May's theme is Ecosystems and Biodiversity.  Here are a few resource highlights:
 
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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

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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Robin Organ

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