Author: Tammy Thornton

November “Operation:viralSTEMChallenge”

I hope everyone’s school year is off to a raging start! So far this year we’ve covered how to make green and healthy improvements to our schools utilizing our Transportation and Food & Agriculture Pathways. Don’t forget to share with us the actions that YOUR school took– we can’t wait to see what you did! For the month of November, in honor of America Recycles Day on the 15th, the Pathway of the Month will be Waste Management. The U.S. may be just 5% of the world’s population, but did you know we generate the most pounds of trash per person per day?? That’s about 4.6 lbs of trash per person!!  Scarier yet, it’s estimated that about 10% of that is plastic waste.  So, now, your challenge:  What is THE most creative use of re-purposing plastics or diverting trash from the landfill your school can create? Check back on our original post for more information on our “Operation:viralSTEMChallenge”  ...

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Soak Up the Rain New England Webinar Series

Soak Up the Rain New England Webinar Series Wednesday, November 15th 1:00 PM-2:30 PM EST     To Register   “Exploring the Green Infrastructure Workforce: Jobs, Training and Certification for Installation, Maintenance and Monitoring” As the number of green infrastructure projects like rain gardens, bioswales, green streets, green roofs and other best management practices expands, there is growing interest in the possibility that the green stormwater movement may be a potential source of jobs for local residents, including low-income and/or diverse neighborhoods.  This webinar will share information on key occupations involved in installation, maintenance and monitoring of urban green infrastructure, highlight findings...

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Asbestos Evaluation Reignites Talk of Possible Ban

Project Green Schools recently teamed up with the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance to help share some information about the Environmental Protection Agency’s asbestos evaluation and how we can help raise awareness. Written by Charles MacGregor  In the years following the Second World War, the American economy was booming. We were building new homes, schools and public buildings to support a growing population, and more materials were being created to help keep up with demand. Asbestos, a strong, fibrous mineral known for resisting heat and chemical reactions, was part of many building materials, and by the late 1950s was included in...

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A Message from our New Project Green Schools Student Co-Presidents

A Message from our New Project Green Schools Student Co-Presidents, Belle Allmendinger and Harjap Singh I am the 2017/2018 Co-President of Project Green Schools and have been part of the NGSS family for four years. I am a senior at Manchester Essex High School and President of my school’s Green Team. I joined Green Team as a freshman and started an aquaponics project that I continued for three years. At the end of my freshman year, I became President and have been ever since. To put it simply, I yearn to have my voice heard on issues concerning the...

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Green Strides Tour: Inspired by the Next Generation of Environmental Leaders!

Last week, Project Green Schools was delighted to take part in the Green Strides Tour in Georgia.  We had previously participated in the New England tour and we love taking learning outdoors! First stop was Pharr Elementary. We learned some brilliant ways to take learning outside at Pharr and where students were bright, articulate, environmental leaders.  I was very impressed!      Pictured: Keisha N. Ford-Jenrette, Program Manager, Excellence Recognition Georgia Department of Education and Robin Organ, Executive Director of Project Green Schools I toured several stations showcasing Best Practices in Outdoor Learning and was eager to complete their scavenger hunt.  ...

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