NGSS is operated by the multi-award winning non-profit organization, Project Green Schools, Inc. (PGS), a nationally recognized organization based in Massachusetts. Building on its reputation as a national leader in student recognition, Project Green Schools launched NGSS in 2012 as a way to bring a more formal structure to the student recognition process for environmental service. Project Green Schools is one of most respected environmental education organizations in the country when it comes to youth development.

Description: 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 K through 12 will advance their passion for preserving the environment through environmental service projects, leadership, and activism. 100-300 Green Student Leaders [Gr K-12] are recognized annually for their accomplishments in the form of National Green Schools Society Certificates, Pins [Bronze, Silver, Gold], and Honor stoles based on their accomplishments with this nationally-recognized program

Essentially, this is the formula:

  • Your school or organization starts a NGSS chapter.
  • Students are inducted as members and leaders are elected.
  • Each student or the group selects an environmental service project or multiple projects for the year.
  • Your chapter submits a year end project report.
  • Your chapter and students apply for student recognition and awards on the local, state, and national level through NGSS national.

NGSS Chapters focus on these areas:

  • Environmental education
  • Environmental literacy
  • Environmental protection
  • STEM/eSTEM (Environment, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)
  • Climate change
  • Environmental justice
  • Agricultural/Food literacy
  • Healthy schools and communities
  • Clean energy
  • Outdoor learning
  • Sustainability
  • Waste reduction

A chapter is  largely student-led and self-sufficient, our job at the national organization is to funnel information, ideas, and opportunities to keep momentum high and connect you to our network for resources, partnerships, and successful projects. To get a chapter started, ask a teacher or other school mentor to sign on. Make sure to follow procedures to get the chapter recognized with administration.

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