National Green Schools Society
NGSS [National Green Schools Society] is an Environmental Honor Society designed for the 21st Century Learner. Learn how to engage your school with solution-based learning projects, environmental education, and activism. Materials are designed to assist Middle & High School Clubs or Honor Societies.
Start a Chapter of NGSS or NJGSS Today!
**Free when your School becomes a Member.
Green Ribbon Schools
The U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) recognition award honors schools that are exemplary in reducing environmental impact and costs; improving the health and wellness of students and staff; and providing effective environmental and sustainability education, which incorporates STEM, civic skills and green career pathways. The award is part of a larger U.S. Department of Education (ED) effort to identify and disseminate knowledge about practices that are proven to result in improved student engagement, higher academic achievement and graduation rates, and workforce preparedness, as well as a government wide goal of increasing energy independence and economic security. For more information on ED-GRS, please click HERE.
The purpose of Green Ribbon Schools
1st Green Ribbon Schools Announced
Download the PowerPoint Presentation here: GRS-Presentation
The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education works to support STEM programs for teachers and students at the U. S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, and other agencies that offer STEM related programs. STEM represents all sectors of the technological workforce – from knowledge workers, to educators, to scientists, engineers, and technicians.
We’re also CLOSING THE STEM GENDER GAP – Fostering a STEM Identity
Increase interest of girls in STEM from early childhood to adulthood
In 2013, the United States is faced with a shortage of graduates educated in fields that support its position as a leader in scientific innovation, i.e., science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Referred to as the STEM Gap, the public and private sector have come together in a national effort to interest, recruit and retain students in STEM fields. Presently, men outnumber women in STEM fields, approximately 73% vs. 27%. Consequently, while ensuring the interest of boys and men is maintained, efforts need to be focused on increasing the interest of girls and women in STEM in order to close the STEM Gender Gap.
Research continues to show that the care provided for children in early childhood plays a critical role in brain development. How parents and caregivers nurture this development affects the child’s emotional well-being and cultivates personal, academic, and social skills required to learn, handle everyday problems, and succeed later in life. Introducing STEM language and concepts in early childhood will promote STEM literacy and lay the foundation for success in STEM studies in elementary, middle and high school. Fostering a STEM identity, i.e., a belief in being capable of engaging successfully in STEM endeavors, in girls and boys as they move from childhood to adulthood will support confident involvement in STEM programs in school and out of school.
Compete to Reduce
Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN) is the largest nationwide electricity and water reduction competition on college and university campuses. In its third year, CCN gives a common voice and motivation to hundreds of thousands of students, all working together to reduce consumption and mitigate the impacts of climate change.
CCN 2013 is an opportunity to organize students and staff, host educational events, and challenge your friends to participate in fun events that can have an immediate and lasting impact on your school’s carbon emissions and campus culture.
The 2013 National Science Bowl (NSB)
The 2013 National Science Bowl (NSB). This marks the beginning of the 23rdyear of the nation’s largest science competition, which is sponsored by the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Science. Local middle school and high school students form teams that compete in regional competitions. The winning teams from the regional competitions then advance to the National Science Bowl competition in Washington, DC next spring.
Designed to encourage students to excel in science and math and to pursue careers in those fields, the National Science Bowl brings together thousands of middle and high school students from across the country to compete on a range of science disciplines in a fast-paced, Jeopardy-style format. More than 200,000 students have participated in the National Science Bowl throughout its 22 year history.
To register for their respective regional competitions in the upcoming Science Bowl, teams should go to the National Science Bowl website at http://science.energy.gov/nsb/.
National Healthy Schools Day
For ten years parents, teachers, school nurses, custodians, advocates, and agencies have promoted National Healthy Schools Day activities nationwide. Whether you are at the beginning stages of investigating school environments or have an established Indoor Air/Environmental Quality program, we invite you to host a local activity that educates others and celebrates your school’s successes.
National Healthy Schools Day is coordinated by Healthy Schools Network in cooperation with US EPA and promotes the use of EPA’s IAQ Tools for Schools guidance as well as other EPA environmental health guidelines and programs for schools and children’s health.
Voluntary Guidelines for States: Development and Implementation of a School Environmental Health Program
The Voluntary Guidelines for States: Development and Implementation of a School Environmental Health Program is designed to help states address environmental health challenges in K-12 schools by:
- Outlining steps states can take to establish, promote, and sustain successful and affordable school environmental health programs;
- Assisting states in providing schools and school districts with technical tools and resources, including a comprehensive model school environmental health program, to help schools implement practical, cost-effective environmental health solutions; and
- Sharing best practices and highlighting case studies of successful, cost-effective state environmental health programs for schools that can be implemented by other states.
These voluntary guidelines identify five basic elements of a school environmental health program for states, and recommend six steps states can take to build or enhance a school environmental health program. This website includes background information, an overview of the five elements, and a brief summary of each of the six steps offered in the guidelines.
What’s Action(s) are you taking to Be Green in 2013?
Dream of a Nation
“Dream of a Nation has created innovative lessons that will engage and empower learners to seek solutions to the critical issues facing our nation and world.” – Annie Jonas PhD., Professor/Chair, Education Department, Warren Wilson College
Dream of a Nation – a new open-source book and educational initiative that focuses on solutions and restores faith that we can solve our current looming environmental, economic and societal challenges.
To make Dream of a Nation an accessible tool for teachers, comprehensive curricular materials have been crafted to suit teacher and student needs. Everything from content and lesson plans to national and state standards alignment is provided. Best of all, the book and materials are Open-Source and FREE for download!
A certificate will be offered documenting continuing education credit for the webinar. Grades: 8-12 (Social Studies, Civics, American Government, and much more)
Green Your School Challenge
Over 141,000 students participated in Green Your School Challenge in over 5,400 schools across the country!
Students and Schools work on recycling, energy saving, and green agriculture projects to make their schools and homes greener than ever.
Learn about Green Your School Challenge
Tools for Schools [IAQ]
Use EPA’s IAQ Tools for Schools Framework and sustain an effective and comprehensive indoor air quality (IAQ) management program or other overall health and safety initiatives
Get the Action Kit
Safe Routes to School… A National Partnership
Launched in August 2005, the Safe Routes to School National Partnership is a fast-growing network of hundreds of organizations, government agencies and professional groups working to set goals, share best practices, leverage infrastructure and program funding and advance policy change to help agencies that implement Safe Routes to School programs.
The Safe Routes to School National Partnership’s mission is to advocate for safe walking and bicycling to and from schools, and in daily life, to improve the health and well-being of America’s children and to foster the creation of livable, sustainable communities.
The National Partnership’s was recognized with one of six 2012 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Pioneering Innovation Awards, receiving the Game Changer Award. This award recognizes an organization that has accomplished activities that have led to paradigm shifts that have advanced obesity prevention efforts. http://www.saferoutespartnership.org/about
Never Too Early to Think Trees
Plant a tree today and help wildlife for years to come.
Spring will be knocking soon, and it is the perfect time to gather friends, school and youth groups or your family to head outdoors to plant trees. Help NWF meet its goal of planting 75,000 trees between January and May 2013 in support of the 75th anniversary of National Wildlife Week. Make a difference by “Branching Out for Wildlife.”
Schools, Youth Groups, Nonprofits and Affiliates
Tree planting is a great service project for youth. National Wildlife Federation, through the support of donors and supporters, has established a tree bank that can provide FREE trees to schools, youth groups and nonprofit organizations, including NWF affiliates.
Tree Bank Applications must be submitted by FEB.