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November 14, 2017:
Little Contributions Can Create Meaningful Changes!
October 16, 2017:
Getting started: Conversations, Intentions and Transformations
September 12, 2017:
How to: Create a Green Culture at School; Build a School Garden; Stay Motivated and Give Back!
August 8, 2017: 
Students Translate Dreams Into Action at Sc3 2017

November 2017

 
Whether it is projects, people or plans, the little things all add up.
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A Small Group Can Create Significant Change
by Melanie, School Professional

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
– Margaret Mead, American Anthropologist

 
I didn't think a John Deere ride-on lawn mower could make me so happy. But there I was, gleefully watching a parent, Pete, load some of the 30 tree logs I had a dump truck place onto our school's front lawn on a Tuesday, into a small trailer attached to the green machine. Pete seemed pretty content, too, riding that mower on a gorgeous Fall day towards the location of our forthcoming outdoor classroom.

What I wanted was a large group of people - adults and children from our 500 student body - meeting up to roll logs across the schoolyard together, happy and laughing. Yet I knew that in my community, it was hit or miss to get onto people's calendar at the last minute, no matter how much they supported an initiative. As it turned out, I was worried that I wouldn't get enough people to help at all.
 
And yet, once I put an announcement out to our PTA's Facebook page and invited anyone willing to help to join when they could, Pete volunteered not only his time, but his machinery. Then I heard from a handful of others who wanted to. A big gathering wasn't going to happen, but people could help when they could to get this done.
 
 

 

Simple Steps to Build Youth Sustainability Summit

by Emily, student intern at Besant Hill School, CA

What is the easiest and most important thing you can do for the environmental movement? Start a dialogue about it. Talk to your friends, family, neighbors, coworkers, and even strangers about environmental sustainability. Connecting with people and engaging them on a personal level is the most effective thing you can do for the environmental movement.

At the end of my sophomore year of high school, the ultimate honor was bestowed upon me. I was chosen by Tod Cossairt, my school’s well-adored Director of Environmental Sustainability, to be Besant Hill School’s 2016-2017 Student Sustainability Representative. As a budding environmentalist, I didn’t take this title lightly. I was absolutely determined to be the best representative our school had ever seen.

The summer before junior year began, I began connecting with local farms to create student volunteer opportunities and contacting other School Sustainability Directors. My ultimate goal was to foster a network of connections between environmentally concerned individuals in my local community.

What were Emily's next steps?...

   

Small Seeds = Great Harvest at Fountain Valley
by Laura Fawcett, Fountain Valley School
 
 
Last May, Fountain Valley School of Colorado boarding student Preston Nash ’19 was moving hay bales on the ranch with Land Manager Tyson Phillips. As Nash told the FVS community in a recent All-School, the two were talking about life, the universe and everything, and Nash asked why the School doesn’t grow its own food. Good question, Phillips probably said. So, Nash said, “Let’s make a garden!”
 
Nash, fellow senior J.T. Winston and Dave Brudzinski’s outdoor education group planted the seeds, literally and figuratively, before FVS let out for the summer. Then, Phillips and math faculty Blake Pelton took over for the summer. Pelton heard about the garden from Brudzinski, and she took it upon herself to plant even more seeds over the summer.
 
“The students had gotten so into it in the spring that they came back on their free time and brought their friends,” Pelton said. “With Tyson’s help, they created a really big raised bed garden, sided with hay bales and filled with the dirt from the compost pile.”

Discover the garden's impact...

 

Banding Together to Clean Up Gifft Hill School
On September 6th, Hurricane Irma tore through the U.S. Virgin Islands, causing untold damage and devastation to once idyllic St. John and St. Thomas. Two weeks later, another Category 5 storm, Hurricane Maria, hit the Caribbean and caused even more destruction. Green Schools Alliance reached out to our member schools on the islands and got a response from Molly Murrill, Assistant to the Director of Advancement & Communications Director at Gifft Hill School in St. John. Their school community came together in the initial days following Hurricane Irma to help clean up.
 
Every Gift Makes A Difference... #GivingTuesday
 
by Lynn Santiago-Calling, GSA Director of Development
 
It is November and if you are engaged with any kind of media, you have probably been hearing about “Black Friday,” “Cyber Monday,” and all of the other “deals” that stores - in person or online - are offering for the holidays. This always strikes me as funny since the holidays are, typically, a time of reflection and giving to others. It was this thought that inspired The Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact to create “Giving Tuesday.”

Giving Tuesday is entering its’ 6th year of inspiring others to give back. After a weekend of shopping in stores and online to grab the best deals, Giving Tuesday is a day to think about what inspires you, what moves you, and give back to that cause, project, or organization. Green Schools Alliance is excited to be participating in Giving Tuesday this year, November 28. With a lofty vision of a world where every person is aware of and accountable for the impact they have in creating an environmentally, economically and equitably sustainable future, we know that we have a lot of work to do, but we are also well on our way!

When you are thinking about who you would like to support this holiday season, please consider making a gift to Green Schools Alliance. Just as our vision is lofty, so is our year end fundraising goal. Our aim is to engage (at least!) 100 new donors and raise $100,000! WOW! That is a big goal, but we need to raise money in order to keep moving forward, empowering our students and educators, and inspiring the next generation of change-makers.
 
You can help make this happen by making a donation today. Every gift makes a difference!
We can not do this without your support!
 

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If you would like more information on how you can support the GSA, please email me: lynn@greenschoolsalliance.org

 

 

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It's easy to choose Green Schools Alliance as your charity and we will receive a percentage of your purchase. Do good while grabbing those holiday deals!

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Join our #GivingTuesday
Facebook event!

If you make a gift to Green Schools Alliance through Facebook on Tuesday, November 28, your gift will be matched by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation!

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