Author: Tammy Thornton

IGSS/NGSS Chapters – It’s time to start filling out award recognition forms!

All IGSS/NGSS Chapters are required to fill out an End Of Year Report in order to receive recognition for your hard work over the 2017 -2018 school year. As part of your report, individual students, classes or groups must submit a Tracking Sheet documenting their hours.  If you need another tracking sheet click here. Chapters submitting your End of Year Report – Complete your form here GRADUATING Seniors ONLY – Complete your form here All paperwork is due by April 15th,...

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Spotlight: Hope Street Garden at Lincoln Charter School

Happy February!  This month we are kicking off “The Year of the Green School” celebration.  There are so many great things teachers and schools are doing to create a healthier community that we want to give them the recognition they deserve.  Be on the look-out for new featured schools every Friday.  We hope these schools serve to inspire more & more schools to see what GREEN can do for their students. This week we shine a very bright spotlight on Annie Clark.  She is the Executive Director of Hope Street Garden and Learning Lab (York, PA) and Director of Community Outreach for Lincoln Charter School (York, PA).  Check out this stellar model Green School! Who’s idea was it to start a school garden? What was the inspiration behind starting this project? I always say that the garden chose me as a project instead of me choosing it. In addition, I tell volunteers that God gives you peace before he gives you purpose. In the year 2011, my mom was diagnosed with cancer. I travelled to California while she received treatment in LA. I was fascinated by the number of schools that had outdoor learning labs. When I came back to Pennsylvania, I wanted to create my own outdoor learning lab. However, I had no place to build a [one]. Approximately a year later, representatives from the Re-development Authority better-known as the RDA came to see me...

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MA Green Ribbon Schools Application Period Open

Massachusetts is now accepting applications for the 2018 Green Ribbon Schools Awards. The program honors schools that are exemplary in reducing environmental impact and costs, improving the health and wellness of students and staff, and delivering effective environmental and sustainability education that incorporates science, technology, engineering and math; civic skills; and green career pathways. Applicants may enter the competition as either a school or a district. Massachusetts will select one or more schools or districts to be honored at the state level; those honorees are then elevated to the U.S. Department of Education, where they will have the opportunity to be honored as a national Green Ribbon School winner. Applications are due by March 15. For more information, visit ESE’s Green Ribbon Schools website. Green Ribbon Schools Award Launched by the U.S. Department of Education in 2011, the Green Ribbon Schools recognition program honors schools that are exemplary in reducing environmental impact and costs, improving the health and wellness of students and staff, and delivering effective environmental and sustainability education that incorporates Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), civic skills, and green career pathways. Applicants may enter the competition either as a school or as a district. Massachusetts will select one or more schools or districts to be honored at the state level; those honorees are then elevated to the U.S. Department of Education where they will have the opportunity to be honored as a national...

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2018 Environmental Award Application for Boston Public High School Students

ATTENTION Boston Public High School Students!!  The Goal: The goal of this award is to recognize outstanding work being done by a committed Boston public high school student. BIDMC seeks to honor a high school student who has made environmental awareness and conservation a priority by taking action in their local high school. We are looking for an individual who goes above and beyond the minimum expectations (like recycling) by leading environmental change in their school, inspiring behavioral changes in their peers, innovating beyond expectations, promoting a sustainable choice or demonstrating openness to piloting/implementing new ideas. If this describes you or a student you work with, please nominate yourself or them for this award. In honor of BIDMC’s 20th anniversary of our Healthy Work/Healthy Home event that recognizes the medical center’s commitment to meeting the challenge of environmentally sustainability, we will honor our high school student awardee with a $250 college scholarship. Instructions: Complete the 2018 Student Environmental Award Application by Monday, Feb. 26, 2018 and email to HWHH@bidmc.harvard.edu. For questions, please call Jane Matlaw at (617) 667-7320 or email...

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How Schools Can Lead by Example for a Clean Energy Future

Several years ago we hosted an event at the White House to honor Champions of Change. This event honored people doing amazing work helping to address issues of climate change. One of those champions was Robin Organ, the Executive Director of Project Green Schools. At the time, I was focused on greening the Federal Government and helping them to lead by example. We had a great deal to learn from Robin and the amazing schools across the country taking on the issues of sustainability head on. ​​​​​​​In my line of work, I am fortunate to be inspired by the work I do every single day. I am also surrounded by my colleagues working across the clean energy industry to drive this industry forward with innovation and new ideas. All of this work is critical. In order to take on the challenges required to address the problems facing the world today, this work will have to go beyond my legacy and that of my colleagues. The future depends on developing the next generation of environmental leaders through education, project-based learning and community service. With that in mind, I’m excited to be joining the Advisory Board of Project Green Schools. Project Green Schools (PGS) is at the forefront to create the next generation of environmental leaders, working with over half a million students across the country. Through their programs, PGS is...

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