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Terms of Use

Effective September 2014.

Green Schools, Inc. is a multiple award-winning 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Massachusetts. We develop and distribute resources that help students, schools, and communities engage the next generation of environmental leaders. This website is owned and operated Green Schools, Inc. headquartered in Mansfield, Massachusetts. The services offered by Green Schools include the and www.ngss.orgwebsite (“” or “Site”) and any other features, content, or applications offered from time to time by Green Schools or NGSS in connection with the or website (collectively, the “Green Schools Service”), including the National Green Schools Society program.

1. Acceptance of Terms

This Terms of Use Agreement (“Agreement”) sets forth the legally binding terms for your use of the Green Schools Service. By using the Green Schools Service, you agree to be bound by this Agreement, whether you are a “Visitor” (which means that you simply browse the Site) or you are a “Member” (which means that you have registered for membership with The term “User” refers to a Visitor or a Member. You are only authorized to use the Green Schools Service (regardless of whether your access or use is intended) if you agree to abide by all applicable laws and to this Agreement. Green Schools may modify this Agreement from time to time and such modification shall be effective upon posting by Green Schools on the Site. You can review the most current version of this Agreement at any time at: In addition, in order to participate in certain Green Schools services, you may be notified that you are required to download software or content and/or agree to additional terms and conditions. All such additional terms and conditions are hereby incorporated by reference into this Agreement.

2. Description of Services

The website currently allows Green Schools members to share their experiences and get ideas for activities and projects. Any additional or new features of the Green Schools Service, shall be subject to this Agreement.

3. Eligibility

Use of and Membership in the Green Schools Service is void where prohibited. By using the Green Schools Service, you represent and warrant that (a) all registration information you submit is truthful and accurate; (b) you will maintain the accuracy of such information; and (c) your use of the Green Schools Service does not violate any applicable law or regulation. If you provide any information that is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete, or Green Schools has reasonable grounds to suspect that such information is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete, Green Schools has the right to suspend or terminate your account and refuse any and all current or future use of the Service (or any portion thereof).

4. Member Account, Password, and Security

You select a username and password as part of the Service’s registration process. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password, and are fully responsible for all activities that occur under your password. You agree to (a) immediately notify Green Schools of any unauthorized use of your password or account or any other breach of security, and (b) ensure that you exit from your account at the end of each session. Green Schools cannot and will not be liable for any loss or damage arising from your failure to comply with this Section.

5. Non-Commercial Use

The Green Schools Service is for the personal use of Members and Visitors only and may not be used in connection with any commercial endeavors except those that are specifically endorsed or approved by Green Schools. Illegal and/or unauthorized use of the Green Schools Service is prohibited. Appropriate legal action will be taken for any illegal or unauthorized use of the Green Schools Service.

6. Content Posted

Green Schools may delete any Content that in the sole judgment of Green Schools violates this Agreement or which may be offensive, illegal or violate the rights, harm, or threaten the safety of any person. Green Schools assumes no responsibility for monitoring the Green Schools Service for inappropriate Content or conduct. If at any time Green Schools chooses, in its sole discretion, to monitor the Green Schools Service, Green Schools nonetheless assumes no responsibility for the Content, no obligation to modify or remove any inappropriate Content, and no responsibility for the conduct of the User submitting any such Content.

You are solely responsible for the Content that you post on or through the Green Schools Service, and any material or information that you transmit to other Members and for your interactions with other Users. Green Schools does not endorse and has no control over the Content. Content is not necessarily reviewed by Green Schools prior to posting and does not necessarily reflect the opinions or policies of Green Schools. Green Schools makes no warranties, express or implied, as to the Content or to the accuracy and reliability of the Content or any material or information that you transmit to other Members.

You acknowledge and agree that Green Schools may preserve Content and may also disclose Content if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such preservation or disclosure is reasonably necessary to: (a) comply with legal process; (b) enforce this Agreement; (c) respond to claims that any Content violates the rights of third parties; or (d) protect the rights, property, or personal safety of Green Schools, our members, or the public.

7. Proprietary Rights in Content Submitted to Green Schools

Green Schools does not claim ownership rights in the text, files, images, photos, video, sounds, musical works, works of authorship, or any other materials (collectively, “Content”) that you post to the Green Schools Service. After posting your Content to the Green Schools Service, you continue to retain all ownership rights in such Content, and you continue to have the right to use your Content in any way you choose. By displaying or publishing (“posting”) any Content on or through the Green Schools Service, you hereby grant to Green Schools a limited license to use, modify, publicly perform, publicly display, reproduce, and distribute such Content (in whole or in part) and to incorporate such Content into other works in any format or medium now known or later developed.

The license you grant to Green Schools is non-exclusive (meaning you are free to license your Content to anyone else in addition to Green Schools), fully-paid and royalty-free (meaning that Green Schools is not required to pay you for the use on the Green Schools Service of the Content that you post), sub-licensable (so that Green Schools is able to use its affiliates and subcontractors such as Internet content delivery networks to provide the Green Schools Service), and worldwide (because the Internet and the Green Schools Service are global in reach).

The Green Schools Service contains Content of Green Schools (“Green Schools Content”). Green Schools Content is protected by copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret and other laws, and Green Schools owns and retains all rights in the Green Schools Content and the Green Schools Service. Green Schools hereby grants you a limited, revocable, non-sublicensable license to reproduce and display the Green Schools Content (excluding any software code) solely for your personal use in connection with viewing the website and using the Green Schools Service.

The Green Schools Service contains Content of Users and other Green Schools licensors. Except for Content posted by you, you may not copy, modify, translate, publish, broadcast, transmit, distribute, perform, display, or sell any Content appearing on or through the Green Schools Service.

8. Content/Activity Prohibited

You agree to not use the Green Schools Service to:

  • upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any Content that is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortious, pornographic, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, libelous, invasive of another’s privacy, hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable;
  • harm other members in any way;
  • impersonate any person or entity, including, but not limited to, a Green Schools staff member or group member, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity;
  • forge headers or otherwise manipulate identifiers in order to disguise the origin of any Content transmitted through the Service;
  • upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any Content that you do not have a right to make available under any law or under contractual or fiduciary relationships (such as inside information, proprietary and confidential information learned or disclosed as part of employment relationships or under nondisclosure agreements);
  • upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any Content that infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary rights (“Rights”) of any party;
  • upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, “junk mail,” “spam,” “chain letters,” “pyramid schemes,” or any other form of solicitation;
  • use blanket or mass messages to reach unreasonably large numbers of groups;
  • advertise to or solicit funds from any Member or group;
  • upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any material that contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment;
  • interfere with or disrupt the Green Schools Service or servers or networks connected to the Service, or disobey any requirements, procedures, policies or regulations of networks connected to the Service;
  • intentionally or unintentionally violate any applicable local, state, national or international law;
  • “stalk” or otherwise harass another; or
  • collect or store personal data about other users.

9. Privacy

Use of the Green Schools Service is also governed by our Privacy Policy, which is incorporated into this Agreement by this reference.

10. International Use and Export Controls

Recognizing the global nature of the Internet, you agree to comply with all local rules regarding online conduct and acceptable Content. Specifically, you agree to comply with all applicable laws regarding the transmission of technical data exported from the United States or the country in which you reside.

11. Indemnity

You agree to indemnify and hold Green Schools, Inc., its subsidiaries, and affiliates, and their respective officers, agents, partners and employees, harmless from any loss, liability, claim, or demand, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, made by any third party due to or arising out of your use of the Green Schools Service in violation of this Agreement and/or arising from a breach of this Agreement and/or any breach of your representations and warranties set forth above and/or if any Content that you post on the Website or through the Green Schools Service causes Green Schools to be liable to another.

12. Links

Green Schools may provide, or third parties may provide, links to other World Wide Web sites or resources. Because Green Schools has no control over such sites and resources, you acknowledge and agree that Green Schools is not responsible for the availability of such external sites or resources, and does not endorse and is not responsible or liable for any Content, advertising, products, or other materials on or available from such sites or resources. You further acknowledge and agree that Green Schools shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with use of or reliance on any such Content, goods or services available on or through any such site or resource.

13. Disputes

This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between you and Green Schools, and govern your use of the Service, superseding any prior agreements between you and Green Schools. You also may be subject to additional terms and conditions that may apply when you use affiliate services, third-party content or third-party software. If there is any dispute about or involving the Green Schools Service, you agree that the dispute shall be governed by the laws of the State of Massachusetts, USA, without regard to conflict of law provisions and you agree to exclusive personal jurisdiction and venue in the state and federal courts of the United States located in the State of Massachusetts, City of Boston.

14. Modifications to Service

Green Schools reserves the right at any time and from time to time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, the Service (or any part thereof) with or without notice. You agree that Green Schools shall not be liable to you or to any third party for any modification, suspension or discontinuance of the Service.

15. Termination

You agree that Green Schools, in its sole discretion, may terminate your membership or use of the Service, and remove and discard any Content within the Service, for any reason, including, without limitation, for lack of use or if Green Schools believes that you have violated or acted inconsistently with the letter or spirit of this Agreement. Green Schools may also in its sole discretion and at any time discontinue providing the Service, or any part thereof, with or without notice. You agree that any termination of your access to the Service under any provision of this Agreement may be effected without prior notice, and acknowledge and agree that Green Schools may immediately deactivate or delete your membership and all related information in your account and/or bar any further access to the Service. Further, you agree that Green Schools shall not be liable to you or any third-party for any termination of your access to the Service.

16. Disclaimers

Green Schools, Inc. is not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate Content posted on the Website or in connection with the Green Schools Service, whether caused by Users of the Green Schools Service or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Green Schools Service. Green Schools is not responsible for the conduct, whether online or offline, of any User of the Green Schools Service. Green Schools assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, any User or Member communication. Green Schools is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any email or players due to technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or on the Green Schools Service or combination thereof, including any injury or damage to Users or to any person’s computer related to or resulting from participation or downloading materials in connection with the Green Schools Service. Under no circumstances shall Green Schools be responsible for any loss or damage, including personal injury or death, resulting from use of the Green Schools Service, attendance at a Green Schools event, from any Content posted on or through the Green Schools Service, or from the conduct of any Users of the Green Schools Service, whether online or offline. The Green Schools Service is provided “AS-IS” and as available and Green Schools expressly disclaims any warranty of fitness for a particular purpose or non-infringement. Green Schools cannot guarantee and does not promise any specific results from use of the Green Schools Service.



18. Other

This Agreement is accepted upon your use of the Website and/or the Green Schools Service. This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between you and Green Schools and governs your use of the Service, superseding any prior agreements between you and Green Schools. The failure of Green Schools to exercise or enforce any right or provision of this Agreement shall not operate as a waiver of such right or provision. The section titles in this Agreement are for convenience only and have no legal or contractual effect. This Agreement operates to the fullest extent permissible by law. If any provision of this Agreement is unlawful, void or unenforceable, that provision is deemed severable from this Agreement and does not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions.

19. Violations

If you become aware of misuse of the Green Schools Service by any person, please contact Green Schools at


Privacy Policy

Effective as of September 2014


Welcome to the official website of Green Schools, Inc. (Green Schools). Green Schools, Inc. is a multiple award-winning 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Massachusetts. We develop and distribute resources that help students, schools, and communities engage the next generation of environmental leaders. This website is owned and operated Green Schools, Inc. headquartered in Mansfield, Massachusetts.

We understand that your privacy is important, and we want you to be fully informed of what is going on when visiting or ("Site," "We," or "Us"). We are working to make your personal experience when visiting or using our Site as inspiring and useful as possible. To help us accomplish that goal, we will need to collect and use some information from you when you use our Site.

This Privacy Policy describes how we collect, use, and protect Personal Information we obtain from and about individuals both online and off-line. Please read this Privacy Policy carefully so that you will understand how we protect your privacy and how we may collect and use Personal Information.

To learn specifically about our online information practices concerning children who are under 13 years of age, please see the section of the Privacy Policy entitled "Children Under the Age of 13."

Personal Information We Collect

Personal Information is information that can be used to identify you or contact you, such as first and last name, email address, or mailing address. We will not collect any Personal Information unless you choose to provide it to us. We collect Personal Information that you provide such as your name, email address, and contact information when you: 1) sign up to receive newsletters and other publications; 2) participate in various activities featured on the Site; 3) make donations to Green Schools or NGSS; 4) register to join Green Schools membership or NGSS; or 5) contribute to the Site or organization.

Public Areas
Any Personal Information you share from our website on social media (including Facebook, Twitter, Linked In) blogs, boards, chat rooms, public question and answer forums, group home pages, or other public areas ("Public Areas") will be disclosed publicly by virtue of your posting and thus is not governed by this Privacy Policy and we do not control the use and disclosure of this information. Personal Information that you post to a Public Area or communicate through a Public Area may be used by third parties to contact you or to communicate this information to others, including in other Public Areas of other websites. Please do not post any information, including Personal Information, in a Public Area that you do not want disclosed to the general public and have used without limitation.

Non-Personal Information We Collect

You may use our Site without registering or submitting any Personal Information. In that case, the only information we collect will be the log information our servers automatically record and that your browser sends whenever you visit a website. This log information may include your Internet Protocol address, browser type, browser language, the date and time of your request, the pages that you visit while on our Site, and one or more cookies that may uniquely identify your browser.

We collect anonymous, non-Personal Information about your use of our Site through the use of "cookies," which are small computer files that we transfer to your computer's hard drive. Cookies allow us to know how often someone visits our Site and the activities they conduct while on our Site (such as the pages visited). The information collected by cookies helps us generate content responsive to your interests and also allows us to statistically monitor how many people are using our Site and for what purpose.

If you have set your browser setting to refuse cookies, then we cannot put a cookie on your computer. You can still participate in some of our online activities if your browser refuses cookies. However, if a cookie is not present, it will limit our ability to customize our site for you, deliver a better online experience, and improve the features of our site.


Green Schools will not use Personal Information you have provided for purposes other than those for which the information was collected, without asking for appropriate permission prior to such use. Uses for which we use your Personal Information with your permission may include: (1) addressing requested newsletters, emails, and electronic communication; (2) processing donations; and (3) processing applications.


Disclosure of Your Personal Information
Except as set forth in this Privacy Policy or as specifically agreed to by you, we will not disclose any Personal Information you provide through our Site to any company or person outside Green Schools or National Green Schools Society without obtaining appropriate permission prior to such disclosure.

Your Personal Information may be shared within our organization for the purposes of responding to any comments or questions you submit and/or providing follow-up information about our organization.

Disclosure for Legal Reasons
We may release Personal Information to third parties: (1) to comply with valid legal requirements such as a law, regulation, search warrant, subpoena, or court order; or (2) in special cases, such as a physical threat to you, others or homeland security, in which we believe it is reasonably necessary to investigate or prevent harm, fraud, abuse, or illegal conduct.

Disclosure to Operations and Maintenance Contractors
Third parties with which we contract to maintain or service the Site or assist with our operations sometimes have limited access to your Personal Information in the course of providing products or services to Us. These contractors include vendors and suppliers that provide Us with technology, services, and/or content related to better operation and maintenance of our Site and others such as companies that process billings or mailings. Access to your Personal Information by these contractors is limited to the information reasonably necessary in order for the contractor to perform its limited function for Green Schools. We require that these contractors 1) protect the privacy of your Personal Information consistent with this Privacy Policy, and 2) not use or disclose your Personal Information for any purpose other than providing us with products and services.

Disclosure to Linked Sites
For your convenience Green Schools may provide links to websites operated by organizations other than Green Schools ("Third Party Websites"). Such websites are not governed by this Privacy Policy. Green Schools does not endorse and is not responsible for the privacy practices of these Sites. If you choose to link to one of these Third Party Websites, you should review the privacy policy posted on that Site to understand how that Third Party Website collects and uses your Personal Information.

Disclosure of Aggregate Information
Green Schools may provide non-Personal Information about you to third parties that does not allow you to be identified or contacted and that is combined with the non-Personal Information of other users ("Aggregate Information"). For example, we might inform third parties regarding the number of users of our Site and the activities they conduct while on our Site. We may not limit the third parties' use of the Aggregate Information, except that we do require third parties to whom we disclose Aggregate Information to agree that they will not attempt to make this information personally identifiable by combining it with other databases or otherwise.

Green Schools uses reasonable administrative, technical, personnel, and physical measures to safeguard Personal Information in our possession against loss, theft and unauthorized use, disclosure, or modification.

To make sure you are accessing our secure server before you submit personal information, look at the lower left-hand corner of your browser. If you see an unbroken key or a closed lock (depending upon your browser), then SSL is active. To double-check for security, look at the URL or Address line of your browser. If you have accessed a secure server, the first characters of the address in that line should change from "http" to "https."

It is also important for you to protect against unauthorized access to your member password or login to and to your computer. Be sure to sign off when finished using a shared computer.

Your Privacy Choices
You are not required to submit any Personal Information to —it is completely your choice. You may also opt out of receiving emails and newsletters at any time by clicking "Unsubscribe" at the bottom of emails we send.

Updating Your Personal Information and Contacting Us
If you wish to review and/or update the Personal Information you have provided us, you may write to us at with your request.

To delete your information or to contact us with questions or concerns about our Privacy Policy, write to us at:

Green Schools, Inc.
PO Box 323
Mansfield, MA 02048

From time to time we may revise this Privacy Policy to reflect changes in the law, our information collection and use practices, the features of our Site, or technology. If we make revisions that change the way we collect or use your Personal Information, those changes will be posted in this Privacy Policy and the effective date will be noted at the beginning of this Policy. Therefore, you should review it periodically so that you are up to date on our most current policies and practices. If we materially change our practices regarding collection or use of your Personal Information, your Personal Information will continue to be governed by the Policy under which it was collected unless you have been provided notice of, and have not objected to, the change.

Green Schools is committed to providing a safe, secure, and fun online experience for children who visit our Site. We are dedicated to safeguarding any Personal Information collected online and to helping parents and children have positive experiences on the Internet. Green Schools recognizes the privacy concerns of parents and the importance of protecting the privacy of the information collected from children at

Green Schools encourages parents to supervise their children's activities online and to participate in their children's online activities whenever possible. Green Schools has developed a Site that parents can feel is safe for their children and kids will find informative, educational, and fun. Green Schools welcomes children to learn more about our organization and, where appropriate, participate in activities on the Site. However, we encourage this be done only with their parent's knowledge, supervision, and consent.

Collection, Use, and Disclosure Of Personal Information From Children Under 13
Children under 13 may also visit our Site without registering or submitting any Personal Information. In that case, the only information we collect will be the log information our servers automatically record and that your browser sends whenever you visit a website. However, certain activities require that children under 13 join Green Schools or NGSS.

In order to join Green Schools or NGSS, children under 13 will only provide the following information: Their parent/guardian first name, last name, parent/guardian email address. At this time emails will be sent to parents/guardians with instructions to approve and complete the child’s free registration. The parent/guardian will provide for their child the following information: first name, last name, username, country, state/province/territory, child’s email address and agree to the terms of service. Following this approval process, the child will be emailed with instructions to create a password to complete their registration with Green Schools.

Green Schools uses Personal Information submitted to this Site by children under 13 in compliance with the parental consent requirements of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act ("COPPA").

Collection and Use of a Child's Information by Green Schools
When a child under 13 years of age provides Green Schools Personal Information online including his/her age, for example to participate in a contest or to ask a question, we will collect that child's email address and the e-mail address of the child's parent or guardian. We may collect a child's email address in connection with a contest or game or to respond to a child's specific request for the sole purpose of communicating with the child on a one-time-only basis. This information will not be used to re-contact the child, and will be deleted from our records when the contest or game is over. If a child wins a game or contest, notification will be sent to the parent or guardian's e-mail address (provided by the child when he/she enters the contest). We will not ask the child for any Personal Information beyond e-mail addresses without obtaining prior parental consent.

In some instances we may collect a child's email address in order to respond more than once to a child's specific request. For example, a child may want to subscribe to our online newsletter or receive other online communications from Green Schools. In these instances Green Schools will also obtain a parent's email address along with the child's. Before any further contact with the child, Green Schools will send an email to the parent (1) notifying him or her that we have collected the child's email address in order to respond more than once to the child's request for a subscription, information, etc.; (2) informing the parent that he or she can refuse us permission to contact the child, and how to do so; and (3) informing the parent that if he or she does not respond to the email within one week, Green Schools may use the child's information for the purpose for which it was submitted. Under no circumstances will the child be allowed to participate without providing a parent's email address.

If Green Schools collects additional Personal Information from children, such as full name, phone number, or email address in combination with a username, we will obtain verifiable parental consent through the methods required by COPPA before allowing the child to participate.

We may collect a child's name and email address to the extent reasonably necessary to protect the security of this Site, to protect against liability, or as required or permitted by law. Information collected for these reasons will not be used for any other purpose.

Sharing Children's Personal Information with Third Parties
No Personal Information collected from children under 13 will be sold, rented, or otherwise disclosed to any organization outside Green Schools or NGSS, except for disclosure to companies we have contracted with to help us provide services requested by the child, or pursuant to court order, subpoena, or a specific request from a law enforcement agency.

Linked Sites
This Site may link directly to sites operated by third parties which are not controlled by Green Schools, and which may collect Personal Information from your child. Parents should therefore check the relevant site's privacy policy to understand how it collects and uses children's Personal Information. Green Schools will not receive any Personal Information obtained by another site from a child under the age of 13 unless that site follows the requirements of COPPA.

Reviewing And Making Changes To Personal Information Collected From Children Under 13
Parents of children under age 13 may review or delete Personal Information about their children from our records at any time. If you would like to review, change, or delete your child's Personal Information, please contact us by email at

We will delete your child's information from our database if you so request. To do this or to review Personal Information collected from children, we must verify the identity of the requesting parent. Parents who wish to review Personal Information concerning their children will be required to specify the usernames and passwords of the children concerned, and to provide their own email address for verification and contact purposes.