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Summit for Educators across the Curriculum Co-hosted by New York Association of Independent Schools & GSA invites educators to submit workshop proposals on how you engage students in your classroom and/or school around sustainability for the upcoming NYSAIS.
GSA schools from across the country were out in force on Sunday, September 21st to stand shoulder to shoulder with the 400,000+ people who came to NYC asking the UNited Nations to address Climate Change
Stand with the GSA at the People's Climate March on Sunday, September 21st in NYC. In September, world leaders are coming to New York City for a UN summit . . .
More than 100 middle school and high school students gathered at City Hall this morning to urge on-the-fence council members to support a 10 cent fee on plastic bags.
UN Secy General Visits GSA Member Green School Bali
Commemorating Mandela's historic visit to Boys and Girls High Schools in Brooklyn shortly after his release from prison in 1990, a team of volunteers marked Mandela Day with a music . . . GSA's David Havens reports.

Green Schools

The event will be opened by Plastik Tidak Fantastik Festival, a student-led festival in effort to ban plastic from the island of Bali.
Their Sunday Morning show Taking Root features Elora and John Hardy beautiful approach to sustainable living and learning via GSA member the Green School.
On April 21, 2014, 250 students from 14 middle schools came together for a day of hands-on education and networking to make their schools--and communities-- a “greener” place.
100% of GSA Member The Storm King School's Electricity is now Powered by Wind
After pledging to introduce legislation at the GSA and Hewitt Schools's “Ban the Bag” Conference, a bill was introduced by the City Council Members who attended. NYC students prepared testimony last weekend to present at NY City Council in support of proposed legislation.
RSVP for this event on Tues Sept 10, 6-9. Schools can use this online platform to reach their local members as well as to connect with the global renewable energy community.

Green Cup Challenge™

A record 430 schools worldwide participated in this year’s Green Cup Challenge (GCC), collectively saving 1.5 million pounds of CO2 from entering the atmosphere and boosting school recycling programs.
For the second time in five years, Avon Old Farms School has been named the champions of the Green Cup Challenge Boarding School Division, amassing an astonishing 16.9 percent reduction in total energy usage to win the New England Boarding School division. That’s a total energy savings of 28,313
The competition, which ran from Nov. 5- Dec. 3, 2013, was created by the Green Schools Alliance (GSA), a nonprofit organization of public and private schools whose aim is to meet the Mayor’s PlaNYC target of reducing carbon emissions 30
The Green Schools Alliance, in partnership with Lucid, announces the results of the annual Green Cup Challenge electricity competition. This year more than 300 K-12 schools from across the U.S. and around the world have collectively saved 1.5 gigawatt-hours of electricity, equivalent to
Posted November 20, 2012. Follow the current data from the NYC DOE 2012 Green Cup Challenge through GSA's NEW GCC Building Dashboard interface created by Lucid.
The 2013 Green Cup Challenge plans to use Lucid’s Building Dashboard to engage, educate and motivate students to reduce electricity usage in their schools.

With 3,000 new solar installations, today's 3,752 solar schools, a 5-fold increase between 2008-12, is powering tens of thousands of classrooms and offsetting nearly 443,000 metric tons of CO2/yr.
Playing in schoolyards that feature natural habitats and trees and not just asphalt and recreation equipment reduces children’s stress and inattention
The bill would provide grant funding to colleges with green energy curriculum to expand their programs to middle and high schools, to get students interested in green jobs earlier in their educational careers.
The Center for Geoscience Education and Public Understanding at the American Geosciences Institute has released a landmark report on the status of Earth Science education in U.S. middle and high schools, describing in detail significant gaps
After several years of work by over 800 scientists from around the world, it is now considered even more certain (> 95%) that human influence is the dominant cause of the observed warming >
Congressional leaders from both sides of the aisle have come together to advance environmental education and outdoor learning opportunities for students across America. If passed, the bill would encourage states to implement environmental literacy plans for K-12 students.