May 2016 News

In This Issue
Ag & STEM Symposium
New Green Schools Sponsors
KAB Applications
YouthCAN 10th Annual Youth Summit
Earth Day Exhibit
Congratulations to 2016 Green Ribbon Schools
Resources
Educator Resources
Programs and Competitions
Greening Your 21st Century School
Grant Opportunities
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Congratulations to our 2016 Green Difference Award Winners!
The Green Difference Award Ceremony will be held at the MA State House - Great Hall on May 27, 2016

Announcing - 2016 Green Schools Summit will take place at Waterworks Museum on May 26, 2016!

Hosting at Waterworks ties into our larger White House Commitment in which we announced a new Water Innovation Challenge. K-12 students will compete in three areas-Best Green Schools Water Practices, Best Student-led Water Practices in our Community, and Best Innovative Water.
Bristol County Agricultural High School Ag & STEM Symposium
Inspired and honored to spend the the day at Bristol County Agricultural High School's Ag & STEM Symposium on Friday, April 29, 2016!

Pictured (left to right) Green Schools Alliance's, Katy Perry; Principal of Bristol Aggie, Aaron Polansky; Green Schools Executive Director Robin Organ; Dr. Mamie Parker, former Assistant Director of Fisheries and Habitat Conservation at the US Fish and Wildlife Service. 
New Green Schools Sponsors - THANK YOU

A BIG thank you to Conserve School and the Red Sox Foundation for sponsoring Green Schools, our Green Difference Awards and our Green Schools Summit!  

Each semester Conserve School brings together sixty tenth and eleventh grade students who share a strong attachment to the natural world and who are motivated to conserve it. This semester-long immersion in environmental studies and outdoor activities deepens their love of nature, reinforces their commitment to conservation, and equips them to take meaningful action as environmental stewards. Students return to their sending schools energized to take action.


The mission of the Red Sox Foundation is to harness the passion their fans have for the Red Sox and transform it into a vehicle for positive exchange in their community. Each year the Red Sox Foundation also makes a limited number of small grants to select nonprofits in New England on a rotating basis and we also work with Front Office members, sponsors and volunteers of Red Sox Nation on a variety of community service projects
Keep America Beautiful Accepting Applications for National Youth Advisory Council
Keep America Beautiful is accepting applications for the 2016-2017 National Youth Advisory Council due May 6. This is an opportunity for ten high school students (15-18 years old) to participate in a service-learning and leadership development program. Participants will contribute to and inform Keep America Beautiful on programs while acting as ambassadors and leaders for youth service in their communities. The Youth Advisory Council, thanks to the generous support of the Wrigley Co. Foundation, creates a framework for youth engagement at the national, state, and local level in support of our mission "to inspire and educate people to take action every day to beautify and improve their community environment." YAC will attend the 2017 Keep America Beautiful National Conference in Washington D.C. from January 21-26.
 
To learn more about the 2015-2016 National Youth Advisory Council and apply for the 2016-2017 Council, please click here . Applications accepted through May 6, 2016. Application must be submitted online.
Boston Latin School's YouthCAN's 10th Annual Youth Summit on Climate and Sustainability 
Boston Latin School Youth Climate Action Network (BLS YouthCAN) in partnership with the Technology and Culture Forum at MIT will take place on Saturday, May 14, 2016, from 9: 00 A.M. - 2:30 P.M. at MIT in Bldg. 34-101 at 50 Vassar Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 

This year's topic is Climate Change and Its Impact on Wildlife, Habitats and Human Health.  We have planned an exciting selection of speakers, workshops, activities, & exhibits focusing these issues. 

In addition to keynote speakers and workshop leaders, the 2016 Summit will also feature more than 30 exhibitors as well as activitiessuch as a free photo booth, bike powered smoothies, a touch tank of ocean animals affected by climate change from the New England Aquarium, Animals from Zoo New England, youth-made public service announcements about climate change; an event mural, making garden bee houses, face painting, a youth networking session and more.  
 
For more information and to register CLICK NOW
Earth Day Exhibit at San Pedro High School, San Pedro, CA
Congratulations to all the students of Mrs. Cheng's Science and Research class at San Pedro High School for an excellent Earth Day Exhibit on on April 28.  The exhibit showcased projects that were geared towards environmental activism such as pollinator garden, vertical garden, solar panel proposal, acid rain, pets, aquaponics, paludarium and recycled projects.  Watch a short video about the exhibit.
Congratulations to the 2016 Green Ribbon Schools
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On Friday, April 22, 2016 the U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. and Managing Director of the White House Council on  Environmental Quality Christy Goldfuss announced the 2016 U.S Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, District Sustainability Awardees, and Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees.  

Green Schools is proud sponsor of the U.S Department of Eudcation Green Ribbon Schools Awards Program.  We congratulate all of this years winners
Resources
STEM and environment focused graphics that are free to publish and share. Just copy and paste the embed code found below each graphic to post to your website.
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
Conferences

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

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

2016 White House Student Film Festival 
Deadline: July 15, 2016
Have hopes for the future? Thoughts on how your generation will bring them to life? Love to make films - or ever just secretly wished to give it a shot? Well, this is your chance!
From now through July 15th, 2016, we'll be accepting submissions for the third annual White House Student Film Festival. Our theme is "The World I Want To Live In" and we're inviting U.S. students, grades K-12, to participate. Tell us what you hope the future will hold for us - sci-fi lasers? flying cars? yourself as President? - in the form of a short film. It can be fictional, animated, live-action documentary, or anything else you dream up. We're just excited to see what you make! Learn More
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
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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. 

June's theme is STEM and the Future of Sustainability.  Here are a few resource highlights:
 
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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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Sincerely,

Robin Organ

Founder and Executive Director

Green Schools