National Green Schools Society (NGSS) announces that students have graduated from its organization as designated youth environmental stewards. NGSS is a student recognition program run by Green Schools, Inc., a multi-award winning non-profit organization based in Massachusetts. NGSS graduates are from the following schools:
Algonquin Regional High School, Southborough, MA
- Ian Rizzitano, NGSS and Green Schools Co-President
Manchester Essex Regional High School, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA
- Samuel Koufman, NGSS and Green Schools Co-President
- Justin Eichenberger
- Christiane Noriega
- Lauren Coogan
- Molly Crehan
- Katie Glidden
- Abbey Martin
- Olivia Lantz
San Pedro High School, San Pedro, CA
- Marykathryn Stahnke
- Gabriel Islas
- Jeshua Leah Hernandez
Southeastern Regional Vocational technical School, South Easton, MA
- Emily MacDonald
NGSS honors and develops bright, civic-minded, environmentally literate citizens in schools and communities. Students in grades k-12 develop their passion for preserving the environment, while improving schools and communities through environmental service, leadership, and activism.
Students from around the country have the opportunity to apply to graduate with an honor distinction from NGSS if they have performed more than 100 hours of environmental service, environmental education, project-based learning, and community engagement.
NGSS is recognized by the following organizations:
- National Environmental Education Foundation
- North American Association for Environmental Education
- Earth Day Network
- Green Schools National Network
- Green Schools Alliance
- Keep America Beautiful
- National Wildlife Federation’s Eco-Schools USA
- Green Education Foundation
- Beyond Benign
Schools and students that have a NGSS chapter do the following things:
- Participate in environmental community service projects that have a direct impact on the local environment.
- Access a growing list national network of environmental education partners to organize events, programs, and support.
- Access ongoing one-on-one support.
- Submit award documentation for students to get state and national recognition.
- Invitation to participate in a national recognition ceremony and student environmental summit.
- Use their project work to qualify for scholarships and awards.
- Receive regular updates, publications, news, and content that will help broaden the chapter’s impact on the environment.
- Take on leadership roles on a state and national platform and participate in student-led webinars, conference calls, and events.
- Graduating seniors have the opportunity to be honored at graduation with a distinctive NGSS stole when they meet specified requirements showing exemplary environmental stewardship with 100 or more service hours in environmental education and service.
Maureen M. Aylward
Director of Students and Schools
Green Schools, Inc.