Author: Tammy Thornton

“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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Project Green Schools and UgMO Partner to Inspire Water Conservation and Innovation Through Education

Project Green Schools and UgMO Partner to Inspire Water Conservation and Innovation Through Education Organizations collaborate to develop water conservation curriculum for K-12 students Boston, MA, and King of Prussia, PA – July 30, 2018 – Project Green Schools and smart irrigation specialist UgMO announced today a partnership to develop impactful water conservation curriculum for K-12 students.  The partners begin curriculum development this month and will sponsor individual projects and the students implementing those initiatives. The goal of this support is to inspire the next generation of environmental leaders to innovate new ways of driving water conservation and sustainability. Developer of a leading smart irrigation platform, UgMO is committed to significantly reducing water usage without sacrificing landscape health.  In addition to collaborating with a number of government agencies, Project Green Schools partners with more than 6,300 schools and 500,000 students from over 43 U.S. states and 9 countries to facilitate the development of student leaders who have engaged in E-STEAM learning and projects and are pursuing higher education and jobs in the green workforce. This combination of expertise, mission and reach will support and sponsor student projects that research and recommend water conservation efforts to their schools. “Smart Irrigation Month makes the perfect backdrop for a partnership that can have a lasting impact on how the next generation views its ability to protect one of our planet’s most important...

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Students Joined by Policy Leaders for Mock Session at Rhode Island State House

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Students Joined by Policy Leaders for Mock Session at Rhode Island State House Interactive Session Provides Hands-On Experience in Citizenship & Sustainability PROVIDENCE, RI – MAY 24, 2018—Rhode Island students and policy leaders attended a Mock Legislative Session yesterday at the State House presented by Project Green Schools, Rhode Island Department of Education and the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce. The interactive session gave middle and high school students hands-on experience with the legislative process to inspire the next generation of engaged citizens and environmental leaders. “We are so glad to be back at the Rhode Island State House to give students a chance to discuss solutions to real-world sustainability issues in a policy setting,” said Robin Organ, Executive Director of Project Green Schools. “On behalf of Project Green Schools, I would like to thank Leader Joe Shekarchi for sponsoring this event as well as our Mock Session leader, Representative Susan Donovan, and all of today’s participants for facilitating such a thought provoking conversation on policies that can help achieve a healthier planet for all living things.” Students learned about one energy policy and one food policy topic as a prelude to the debate. Commissioner Carol Grant of the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources presented background on “An Act Relating to Public Utilities And Carriers-The Energy And Consumer Savings Act Of 2005” (2018-H-7828). Sue AnderBois,...

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Rhode Island Student Scholarship and Mock State House Session

Join us at the Rhode Island Mock State House session on Wednesday, May 23, 2018.  DESCRIPTION More than 50 students have been invited to be part of the Rhode Island Green Student Leadership Council, representing elementary, middle and high school students throughout the Ocean State. Students will hear from and meet with Rhode Island business, government and education leaders. The purpose of the day is to inspire the next generation of environmental leaders who will make up Rhode Island’s future “green” workforce. Students will participate in a tour of the State House and an interactive session on sustainability and citizenship with the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, RI Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education, and Project Green Schools. Students and invited guests will also participate in a one-hour Meet & Greet session. Topics of discussion include: “Energy,” and “Food Policy.” Agenda Please arrive by 8:15 am 8:15 – 9:15 a.m. – Welcome & Breakfast – 2nd floor 9:15 – 10 a.m. – State House tours, 1st floor 10 – 11 a.m. – Interactive Program – House Chamber, 2nd floor 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Meet & Greet with Business and Policy Officials – (Room TBD) DATE & TIME: Weds, May 23, 2018 8:15 AM – 12:00 PM LOCATION: Rhode Island State House 82 Smith Street Providence, RI 02903 Register Now Green Difference Maker Scholarship sponsored by Project Green...

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