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13 student finalists present their completed projects to a panel of renowned judges in replicable program piloted by Bedford Central School District and Bedford2020.org
Children & Nature Network Blog post by Steve Chase, Chief of Education & Outreach at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Conservation Training Center.
Green Schools Alliance is excited to have a “green” school fundraising solution for its members. ForestNation tree kits are a socially responsible and sustainable learning activity and fundraising tool. You can achieve your fundraising targets with a product that’s inline with health and wellness
Students from across the country wrote essays about their transformational Green Schools experiences.
The Center for Green Schools at USGBC, in collaboration with the Green Schools National Network (GSNN), announce the 2016 Best of Green School award recipients.
Micaela Macagnone is a senior at the Grace Church School in New York City, and is an Sc3 Fellow who developed a project entitled ROOTS with her Open Space Technology group while attending the Sc3 conference in 2014. Ben Wong checks in with Micaela to see how Sc3 influenced her senior year.

Environment News

Until now most projections have warned of seal level rise of up to 4 feet by 2100. Even full implementation of the pledges and a signing of the Climate Agreement will not limit global warming to 2C without accelerating technical innovation & grassroots action.
These fantastic maps display what's at stake amid a changing climate, and where climate movement is afoot including Voices of Youth.
Adopted so far by 11 States ((CA,DE,KS,KY,IL,MD,NV,OR,RI,VT,WA,DC) there is still persistent pressure to question human impact on global warming among Republicans in each state.
Earth Day Network partners up with Rovio to create "Champions for the Earth," timed to coincide with Climate Week NYC and the UN General Assembly, and just ahead of COP21 in Paris.
On May 2 2015, California State PTA adopted a resolution on climate change and climate change education, entitled "Climate Change is a Children's Issue" at its annual convention in Sacramento
The national security implications of climate change impacts are far-reaching, exacerbating existing stressors, contributing to poverty, environmental degradation, and political instability, and providing enabling environments for terrorist activity abroad.

Green Schools

Educating children about the importance of having environmentally friendly, or "green," buildings could be a key factor in whether they grow to up to own and operate buildings that are green.
The Global Student Climage Leadership Commitment: Read the moving student declaration written by NYC-area GSA students at the Lycée Français de New York/French Cultural Services event last month. Delegates will be delivering the declaration to the leadership at COP21.
The GreenLight Awards kicks off with 29 teams--56 students from both High School and Middle School in a replicable competition for schools worldwide.
Classes grow the plants from seed to provide nourishment for monarch butterflies, bees, and other pollinators in the Gateway National Recreation Area,
Science teacher, Diane Corrigan and her first grade students are learning about the life cycle of monarch butterflies and helping this declining species at the same time. Click to watch the segment on the Today’s Show.
1.73 MW solar system now covers all their electrical energy needs, while simultaneously reducing our greenhouse gas emissions by 35 percent

Green Cup Challenge™

The D.C. Recycle Right! Competition is part of the Green Schools Alliance’s Green Cup Challenge™. During the competition, students in both the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) and public charter schools used math skills in a real-world application to conduct weekly classroom bin surveys.
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.

New funding streams and strategies are urgently needed to ensure all U.S. public school buildings meet even the most basic expectations for health & safety and provide a suitable environment for our children to learn & grow.
The Lima UN climate conference set the stage for governments to deliver a new universal climate change agreement in Paris in Nov 2015 aimed at putting the world on track to a low-carbon, sustainable future while keeping a global temperature rise under 2 degrees C. How schools can help.
“Climate change is real and our kids deserve to learn real science in our schools. That’s why we’re taking a stand,” said Stanton, Chair of the Environment Committee for the US Conference of Mayors.
Six largest school districts to remove 225 million polystyrene trays a year from landfills by creating a new compostable round plate for cafeterias
Working with NOAA, NASA, and DOE, the Challenge asks grade-level teams to develop projects showcasing interdisciplinary approaches to addressing climate change.
Send your ideas, commitments, summaries of your work in this area, or even photos of you, your students, and colleagues working to enhance climate literacy to ClimateEd@ostp.gov by November 7.