Author: Tammy Thornton

PGS Director of Student Engagement Publishes a New Book!

Our North Atlantic right whale is on the brink of extinction. People across the country are taking action to help save this iconic and majestic species.  Local author Angela Kakabeeke has written a children’s book to engage young people and their parents in actions to help protect the right whale.  Whale Alert! (the book has an exclamation point in title) takes kids on an exciting adventure out at sea.  They will learn about the tools marine biologists use as they search for ways to help ocean animals. Angela’s concern for the right whale began while living in Savannah, Georgia.  Georgia’s warm waters provide mother whales with good calving grounds. The whale families then swim up the Atlantic coast making their way to rich feeding grounds. Off the Massachusetts coast the glorious whales can be spotted traveling in large pods. Sadly, their journey is met with many threats, including fishing rope entanglement and ship strikes. As of today only 411 North Atlantic right whales are known to exist.   Each whale has a name and is known by their individual markings. Unfortunately, most have scars from rope entanglement.  The right whale is the most endangered whale in the world. Researchers at the New England Aquarium and along the East Coast are tracking these whales and working to find ways to protect them. Scientists, citizens and kids are waiting anxiously to see if any...

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Green Schools Society Student Leadership Team Updates

Green Schools Society Student Lead Communication Officer Molly  “Right now, I’m focusing my energy on the issue of automobile idling which I feel could easily be reduced with some mindfulness and education, seeing as how it is an issue that doesn’t get much attention. Idling is when.. Read More you car or vehicle’s engine is running when it isn’t in motion, and therefore the vehicle doesn’t really need to be on. Many people do this absentmindedly which is understandable, but it results in the emitting of harmful gases and pollutants into the atmosphere. Idling for even two minutes is the equivalent of driving a mile! At my high school, I am teaming up with the STEM department to design big posters [see design right] to put around school and in the parking lot where students idle everyday, and I’m hoping to have the chance to educate my peers on the overlooked but easily reducible issue of automobile idling.” An Interview with Green Schools Society Co-President Harjap 1) What are your goals for this year? This year I plan on expanding on my project from last year for environmental sustainability and the proclamation for Earth Day that was signed by governor Murphy last year, adding on projects for the council as a whole (and trying to get more people involved in council activities) and recruiting more people to the National...

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Bring Water Conservation Curriculum to YOUR School

Recognizing that education is the foundation of all sustainability efforts, UgMO has partnered with Project Green Schools to support the next generation of environmental leaders to innovate new ways of driving water conservation. Through this partnership, UgMO develops impactful water conservation curriculum for K-12 students and sponsors the students implementing those initiatives. Learn more about UgMO and how you can bring water conservation to your school! Click...

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“STRAWS” – Documentary

“STRAWS,” is a new 30 minute documentary film that’s inspiring action around the globe on the hottest single-use plastic topic and its harm to marine animals.  Academy-award winning actor Tim Robbins, charts the history of straws and throughout the documentary, marine researchers, citizen activists and business owners discuss how it’s possible to make a sea of change through use of sustainable alternatives to plastic straws. Booklist says, the film is “Thought-provoking…This inspiring program raises important environmental issues and reinforces the positive effects of grassroots advocacy.” With colorful straw history animation narrated by Oscar winner Tim Robbins, STRAWS (33 minutes)leaves audiences with a clear understanding of the problems caused by plastic pollution and empowers individuals to be part of the solution.   It’s estimated every day 500,000,000+ plastic straws are used once and tossed in the U.S. alone. Ocean Conservancy ranks straws as the #5 most found litter item on beaches. They’re non-recyclable, so they wind up in landfills, litter streets and add to the estimated 8.5 million metric tons of plastic debris in oceans annually. The educational version of STRAWS comes with a comprehensive educational discussion guide, plastic straw FAQS, printable posters and postcards, and much more. Our partner Plastic Pollution Coalition provides free plastic pollution curriculum and lesson plans from many sources including PBS, NOAA, Algalita, California Coastal commission, and many more. Please go to for more information and to order an educational DVD....

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An Inspiring Thank You From One of our Student Scholarship Winner

Alison Carter was one of two 2018 graduating seniors to receive The Bright Future Scholarship which is given to students pursuing higher education in a related area of study; Energy, Environment, Innovation, STEM, Business, Community-related are of student. The scholarship is provided by Current, powered by GE and Project Green Schools. We are proud to share Alison’s thank you letter as she heads off to college. “As a recent graduate of Barnstable High School class of 2018, I am so grateful to have been selected as the 2018 recipient of the Energized Future Scholarships sponsored by Current powered by GE and Project Green Schools Scholarship… I intend to major in Environmental Science at UMASS Amherst to help prepare me for my future (possibly starting my own Biofuel business). I plan on partaking in a domestic university exchange program my sophomore year and studying abroad my… READ FULL...

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