Check out our partners!
When you become a National Green Schools Society Chapter you can get started right away with environmental service projects from our outstanding partners. We know that it is common for students and advisors to wonder about where to go for project ideas or they may have a hard time getting the environmental club started during the first few months of the year. To help you get started and keep the momentum going, check out our partner programs and pick one. We have carefully selected these partner programs because they are well supported, easy to implement, and really deliver on environmental impact in schools and communities. At the end of the year, apply for NGSS recognition using the projects and programs from our partners or use your school-based projects! All of these programs are FREE.
Eco-Schools is an internationally acclaimed program that provides a framework to help educators integrate sustainability principles throughout their schools and curriculum. Through school-based action teams of students, administrators, educators and community volunteers, NWF’s Eco-Schools USA combines effective “green” management of the school grounds, the facilities and the curriculum; truly providing students with a unique, research and application based learning experience. The Eco-Schools program strives to model environmentally sound practices, provide support for greening the curriculum and enhance science and academic achievement. Additionally, it works to foster a greater sense of environmental stewardship among youth.
Grades of Green
Grades of Green aims to inspire and empower K-12 students with our interactive program which provides students, educators and parent volunteers with step-by-step instructions to over 40 fun, hands-on and free Grades of Green Activities they can implement at their schools. Registering on the site unlocks turn-key Grades of Green Activities and allows schools to earn badges for each Activity they implement. Grades of Green’s on a mission to make sure each school’s Grades of Green Activities are sustainable for years to come and truly instill environmental values in students that will last a lifetime. We provide every single Grades of Green school a personal Staff Advisor to mentor each school as they roll-out Grades of Green Activities. By providing personalized support to our schools, complete with online resources and incentives, we hope to make inspiring students to care for the environment easy, fun and rewarding for the entire school community! Register today.
iMatter is a youth-driven climate change organization dedicated to listening to and amplifying the voice of the youngest generation, the generation that will be most impacted by the effects of climate change. iMatter serves youth who understand the magnitude of the crisis and feel called to do something meaningful about it. iMatter is running the iMatterNow campaign to help youth stand up and demand immediate action in their cities, where people will have to look them in the eye and realize their future is at stake. With unique online tools, including a Climate Report Card and Climate Inheritance Resolution pushing for net zero human emissions by 2040, the campaign equips high school and middle school students to hold the adults and leaders of their cities accountable to truly protecting their future.
Alliance for Climate Education (ACE)
ACE does two things best. First, it teaches climate science that puts teenagers at the center of the story. The live, in-school assembly is award-winning and proven to work. Second, it gives every student a chance to take action. For some, it’s a small lifestyle change. For others, it’s hands-on preparation for a lifetime of leadership. The ACE Assembly combines climate science with pop culture entertainment to create an unforgettable experience. Since 2009, ACE has reached nearly two million students.
The Center for Green Schools at the US Green Building Council (USGBC)
Green Apple Day of Service
Green Apple is a global movement to put all children in schools where they have clean and healthy air to breathe, where energy and resources are conserved, and where they can be inspired to dream of a brighter future. The Green Apple Day of Service takes place annually in September although students and schools can host a Green Apple Day of Service any time throughout the year. The event gives parents, teachers, students, companies and local organizations the opportunity to help transform schools into healthy, safe and productive learning environments through local service projects.
HealthCorps works each day to change the lives of teens across America. Whether it’s through our in-school mentorship or our train-the-trainer programs, our advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill, or hosting community events, we always have our students in mind. We offer two programs: Living Labs, where a HealthCorps Coordinator is placed inside a high needs high school to teach wellness related classes; HealthCorps University, where we offer a two-day professional development training in the HealthCorps curriculum for educators and key organizational personnel.
Green Schools Alliance
Green Cup Challenge
The Green Cup Challenge invites all K-12 schools to measure and reduce energy use, improve recycling and waste reduction and promote water conservation. Students, teachers and staff discover they have the power to save energy in their schools, and that their actions can translate into financial savings and positive change for the world. During 2014-2015, 300 participating schools conserved over 1.5 Gigawatts of electricity over four weeks. That’s over 2.5 million lbs of CO2 that were kept out of our atmosphere in just one month! The Green Cup Challenge empowers students, raises awareness about climate change and resource conservation, and unites school communities around a common goal. Students, teachers and staff discover they have the power to save energy in their schools, and that their actions can translate into financial savings for their school, and positive change for the world.
Planet Aid is a nonprofit organization that collects and recycles used clothing and shoes to protect the environment and support sustainable development in impoverished communities around the world. The projects it support improve health, increase income, aid vulnerable children, train teachers, and help strengthen communities and reduce poverty. Planet Aid’s local offices work with schools, youth groups, and community organizations to raise environmental awareness and inspire participants help make a difference in the world. Thousands of schools and other organizations across the United States already host a bright yellow Planet Aid recycling bin, which not only makes it easy to reduce waste but also serves as a humble reminder of the good that can be done in the world.
The Wild Center and Adirondack Youth Climate Summits
The Wild Center’s Adirondack Youth Climate Summits engages high school students in climate literacy and education through meaningful dialogue and action planning on climate change. Youth Climate Summits have been found to be powerful vehicles for inspiration, learning, community engagement, and youth leadership development. Climate literacy with a focus on local climate impacts and solutions is a key component of the Youth Climate Summit. The project- based learning surrounding the creation of a unique, student driven, and sustainable Climate Action Plan promotes leadership skills and tools necessary for the 21st Century workforce. Encouraged by US government leaders and interest by other science centers and organizations, our collective goal is to share this convening program format with other national and international sites.
Cut the RED Tape Project is a multilateral approach to raising awareness on Climate Change, action commitment to Sustainability and calling on political climate action in Paris at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) conference of parties, COP21 later this year. The initiative is an international Collaboration lead and founded by No Planeta B with the Global Issues Network in partnership with several organizations like the Amazon Aid foundation, Green Schools, Climate Mama, Sachamama, iMatter, Our Kid’s Climate and several others to bring voices-to-action using schools, parents & students as agents of change to Act-On-Climate. The project aims to involve schools, students and their parents all over the world demonstrating we need everyone involved to face what has been called the biggest threat for younger generations. By signing the ACT-ON-CLIMATE declaration, schools commit to at least 5 climate change mitigation actions such as implementing reduction strategies and reducing their C02 footprint, going paperless, and/or hosting MEATLESS MONDAYS to name a few. Thus far, schools from over 11 different countries have joined. Parents also Act-On-Climate by signing their Parent Declaration committing to several actions from home looking to change past detrimental behaviors in pursuit of a more sustainable and healthier future for their children. Cut the RED Tape Project also involves children into calling for political action. Students lead petition rallies in their schools, at home and with their families for their voices to be present at the most important meeting of the planet because it is time to Act On Climate & Cut the RED Tape for our youth now.
Young Voices for the Planet (YVFP) is a non-profit that was founded with the belief that youth, who will bear the brunt of climate disruption, can play an essential role in limiting its magnitude and impacts by informing and catalyzing societal change. Young people have the power to persuade their parents and the public to act responsibly toward the environment and their successes empower others. YVFP has carved a distinctive niche in the field of climate education and action by championing and publicizing inspirational, authentic and positive youth-led models of success through the Young Voices for the Planet films which document young people learning about climate change, becoming concerned, and acting to reduce CO2. These intrepid youth speak out and reduce CO2 while tackling a range of environmental issues with creative win-win solutions. Their passion, commitment, sincerity, earnestness and moral character give the films an emotional punch–and move adult audiences to tears but empower youth to act. The films are currently being broadcast on 60 PBS stations nationwide with teacher materials available on PBS LearningMedia.
The Nature’s Voices Project and Green Schools Alliance are excited to announce the 3rd Annual Student Stories Contest! Students grades 6-12 can win a cash prize and paid trip to share their story as a keynote speaker at the Green Schools Conference and Expo March 31-April 1. We are looking for inspiring stories about how Green Schools and environmental education experiences transform young people’s learning and lives. Stories may also be published on our NaturesVoices.org website. Submit stories by December 20, 2015. The http://www.naturesvoices.org/2016-student-stories-contest/
Partner with us!
Are you looking to reach more students or educators? Become a Green Schools or NGSS partner. Green Schools and NGSS has a national reach into educational, governmental, political, and nonprofit organizations that work directly with us. Green Schools also plays a significant role in developing environmental educational initiatives on a state and national level. We have a robust presence on social media, email newsletters that reaches several thousand educators and students, as well as signature events.
Green Schools and NGSS partner with a vast array of organizations, governmental agencies, businesses, groups, events, and individuals looking to foster youth engagement on environmental and sustainability issues. Our partnerships are based on mutual benefit. Partners help us grow National Green Schools Society chapters and we help spread the word about how the partner’s programs, trainings, content, event, or project can help students, educators, schools, communities, and organizations. Contact us for more information or to discuss what a partnership looks like with Green Schools and NGSS.
Since 2007, Green Schools programs have been recognized, endorsed, or supported by:
- US Department of Education
- US Department of Labor
- US Environmental Protection Agency
- National Environmental Education Foundation
- North American Association for Environmental Education
- Earth Day Network
- Green Schools National Network
- Keep America Beautiful
- National Wildlife Federation’s Eco-Schools USA
- Green Education Foundation
- Beyond Benign and
- Stakeholders connected to environmental education on a statewide, regional, and national level.