Author: Tammy Thornton

Meet Our Green Schools Student Co-Presidents 2016-2017

Mark Thekkethala “My name is Mark Thekkethala and I am a senior at Xaverian Brothers High School. I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to be a leading voice in Green Schools as your co-president for this upcoming year. I hope to inspire a youth movement towards sustainability and climate change awareness throughout the world. Just this April, I was honored to represent Green Schools at the White House Event on Climate Change and Public Health, which included prominent leaders in the field such as Dr. John P. Holdren, Administrator Gina McCarthy, US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, and Senator Markey. During this summer, I had an amazing experience visiting Alaska, engaging in dialogue with park rangers, and witnessing first hand the consequences of climate change on the rate of glacial melt and rising sea level. Currently, I am working on an international sustainability project which brings solar power to underprivileged orphanages so that they may reallocate monthly energy spending back towards the needs of the children, all while contributing to a healthy, cleaner, and more sustainable environment. I look forward to interacting with and supporting the great work that our members are already engaged with this year. And, I know that WE can lead the charge towards a Greener planet!”   Olivia Gieger “I’m so pleased to be coming into the 2016-2017 school year as co-president with a...

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Green Schools Teams Up With Miss New Mexico Earth United States 2016

Green Schools is excited to team up with Christy Waite, Miss Earth New Mexico Christy graduated from Eastern New Mexico University with a degree in Communications & Broadcast Journalism.  She earned her Master’s of Education with an emphasis in Clinical and Educational Counseling from New Mexico Highlands University. When asked “what makes you a beauty for a cause?” Christy replied; “I am a victim and advocate for child abuse and homelessness. I speak to children and families about the importance of healthy watersheds and conserving energy and water. New Mexico faces serious drought conditions, and it is vital that...

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2016 Green Difference Award Winner Spotlight: PSGR Krishnammal Nursery and Primary School, India

Recipient of THREE Green Difference Awards, we are excited to spotlight PSGR Krishnammal Nursery and Primary School  from Tamil Nadu, India.      Outstanding Green Superintendent/Principal Dhanam Sivalingam has encouraged numerous green initiatives at her school over the years.  Recently, in October 2015 the school joined with Golakal Biruthavan Trust to plant trees across the city to create awareness towards the protection of the environment. “We are excited in seeing the Green Difference award 2015-16. We are very proud in receiving and fortunate to have this flag in our schools as a great appreciation.” ~ Dhanam Sivalingam Outstanding School-led...

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2016 Green Difference Award Winner Spotlight: Backyard Growers

Congratulations to Lara Lepionka, Executive Director of Backyard Growers in Gloucester, MA! Lara was recognized in the Outstanding Green Education/Program Director category.  Backyard Growers is a grassroots organization aimed at reshaping Gloucester’s relationship with food. The program started off in 2010 with a handful of members helping other community members grow gardens, and the program just kept expanding. Backyard Growers provides support and resources to establish vegetable gardens at homes, housing communities, organizations, and schools. In the end, we create life-long gardeners inspired by the power of growing one’s own food. The program has had a positive impacts on schools...

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Congratulations and Thank You to Our Outgoing Green Schools Student Co-Presidents

CONGRATULATIONS and THANK YOU to Melissa Cowell and Ehasanuzzaman Satu on your graduations and for an amazing job as our 2015 – 2016 Green Schools Student Co-Presidents.   Green Schools wishes you the best of luck in your future endeavors. Click to read the speeches both Co-Presidents gave at our 2016 Green Difference Awards held at the MA State House.  ...

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