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Awardees credited for increasing science-based understanding and awareness of current and future climate change, enhancing climate literacy in K-12 classrooms, on college and university campuses, and in parks and museums across the country. Watch panel discussion by experts.

GSA Stories

Monarch Joint Venture and GSA announce a new partnership to support a Presidential memorandum on Pollinators and encourage school communities to plant pollinator gardens.
OSTP announces a new Climate Education and Literacy Initiative to help connect American students and citizens with the best available science-based information about climate change.
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.

Green Schools

First Lady Michelle Obama got her hands dirty harvesting the White House Kitchen Garden alongside students of GSA Member, STAR School.
Morning includes tour of school's solar systems, solar success stories in the region, technical reviews and funding opportunities.
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

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.

"Re-wilded" food crops could stave off global warming, pests and diseases.
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 by November 7.
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