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CONTENTS:
Great Places: Snow Birds
Green Knight newsletter -- February 2016 -- News of Environmental Issues and Events in New Jersey
February Littoral News
EE at EPA: New Student Challenges, Resources and Grant Recipients
Gardener News February 2016
SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS: Schools Enews Update: Winter 2016
Updates from PAEE
A Top 5 Winterizing List for Your School's Pollinator Garden
Bird Migrations Revealed by Citizen Science Data
News from the Earth Day Network
Opportunities for Green Team Support and More!
The Almost Impossible Task of Filming Songbirds in Flight 
RHA: Exciting New Tidings for the New Year
January Littoral News
Great Places: Nature's Force Awakens
Green Knight Newsletter - News and Events for January
Check out the latest Water Pages eNewsletter!
Green Knight Newsletter - News and Events for December
EE at EPA: PEYA deadline extended, GIS challenge opening, NOAA funding available
NEEF: All New Greening STEM Announcements!
Communicating Nature-Based Solutions
Science Update: Ivory Poaching Reduced
Welcome to the first issue of "Green School Voices"!
Rutgers Environmental Stewards Program in Central Jersey
eNews: Try One of These 7 Ways to Help Birds at Home
NAAEE: EE News for December 14, 2015
Great Places: Wild Winter Wonderland
Schools Enews Update: 46 Schools Receive Sustainability Grants
December Littoral News
ANJEE Online 340th Edition December 1, 2015
Check out the latest Water Pages eNewsletter!
November Highlights Fun Fall STEM News at Girls STEM Collaborative (GSGSC)
NAAEE: EE News for November 25, 2015
EE at EPA: approaching deadlines, climate education webinar, new grantees
What type of birder are you?
Green Knight newsletter -- November 2015 -- News of Environmental Issues and Events in New Jersey
November 2015: New Jersey's Piping Plover Population Rebounds!
Thankful for Wildlife and Wild Places
Give thanks for the wildlife in your garden this November
New! November Sustainability Hero
NJHEPS Fall Newsletter
Be a FeederWatcher and Help Your Backyard Birds
Great Places: Hawk Watch
Top 5 Bat-Facts We Bet You Didn't Know
November Littoral News
Water Pages eNewsletter
Cloud Institute: New On Our Blog + Special Offer
New Book is a Joyful Celebration of Birds from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology
E-News Update: 59 Schools Certified for 2015
New guide to sustainable college living
EE at EPA: National Environmental Education Advisory Council 2015 Report
The Nature Conservancy - Great Places: Amazing Migrations
NAAEE: EE-News Plus
Now It’s Time to Get Every Kid in a Park!
Your quarterly update: Sustainable Jersey
The Coastodian Oct. 2015
The Cloud Institute | October News & Upcoming Events
D&R Greenway Establishes Conservation Campus
Green Knight Newsletter - News and Events for October
October Littoral News
Water Pages eNewsletter
Great Places: Snow Birds             (Posted: 2-3-16)

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Green Knight newsletter -- February 2016 -- News of Environmental Issues and Events in New Jersey             (Posted: 2-3-16)

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February Littoral News             (Posted: 2-3-16)

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EE at EPA: New Student Challenges, Resources and Grant Recipients             (Posted: 2-3-16)

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Gardener News February 2016             (Posted: 2-3-16)

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SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS: Schools Enews Update: Winter 2016             (Posted: 1-27-16)

SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS
 
Leading by example, New Jersey schools focus on sustainability

Sustainability Champions Three Bridges Elementary School, Galloway Township Middle School and Egg Harbor Township High School are featured on the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation blog.  Read about their sustainability efforts here.

  
 Free Technical Support On Energy Initiatives 

Sustainable Jersey for Schools is partnering with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) to provide a powerful program to assist school districts and municipalities within the NJNG service territory to complete Sustainable Jersey energy actions.  The focus is on implementing projects that will improve building performance through energy efficiency analysis, planning and upgrades, but may include renewable energy and other energy-related improvements.  Application deadline is March 18, 2016. For more information, click here. 
  NEW ACTION ALERT with FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR IMPLEMENTATION: 
"Radon Testing & Mitigation"
The Sustainable Jersey for Schools Health & Wellness Task Force has created a new action in the Healthy School Environments section to encourage schools to test for radon. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States after cigarette smoking, resulting in 15,000 to 22,000 deaths per year. Testing a school for radon is easy, and schools with high levels of radon can be addressed (mitigated). Schools may request a grant from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Radon Section, for up to $2,000 to be used toward school testing costs.   A limited number of grants are available. View the detailed guidance available for the Radon Testing & Mitigation action here. 

Welcome Newly Registered Schools & Districts!

Atlantic County

Folsom Elementary School (Folsom Borough School District)
 
Camden County

Environment Community Opportunity Charter School

 
Cape May County

Middle Township High School (Middle Township School District)

 
Hunterdon County

Ethel Hoppock Elementary School (Bethlehem Twp School District)

Tewksbury Twp School District
 
Mercer County

Community Park Elementary School (Princeton Public Schools)

John Witherspoon Middle School (Princeton Public Schools)

Littlebrook Elementary School (Princeton Public Schools)

Princeton High School (Princeton Public Schools)

Riverside Elementary School (Princeton Public Schools)

West Windsor Plainsboro Regional School District

Middlesex County

Oak Tree Elementary School (Monroe Twp School District)

Morris County

Madison High School (Madison Public School District)
 
Passaic County

Paterson Public School District
 
Union County

Brayton Elementary School (Summit Public Schools)

Summit Middle School (Summit Public Schools)

TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES WITH SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS PARTNERS

JANUARY 29 TRENTON, NJ 9:00 AM-3:30 PM
New Jersey School Boards Association, Sustainability Services
NJSBA is offering members and school district personnel an opportunity to attend a one-day Sustainable Practices Working Session. In this session your district/school will review a Sustainability Wellness Check, which will be in alignment with the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification program. Learn more about this service and register for the working session that best suits your green team's schedule: January 29, February 12, February 26, March 11, or March 25.

FEBRUARY 11, 2016 - 5:00 PM- 7:00 PM  PLAINSBORO TWP, NJ

FEBRUARY 19, 2016 - 8:00 AM- 12:30 PM  WESTAMPTON, NJ
NJ Association of Designated Persons

FEBRUARY 20, 2016 - 9:00 AM- 2:00 PM  PALMYRA, NJ
NJ Earth Science Teachers Association (NJEST)

FEBRUARY 24, 2016 - 8:00 AM- 12:30 PM  CLAYTON, NJ
NJ Association of Designated Persons

FEBRUARY 26, 2016 - 8:30 AM- 4:00 PM  SAYREVILLE, NJ
Rutgers Water Resources Program- Green Infrastructure Conference

MARCH 5, 2016 - 8:00 AM- 12:30 PM  PISCATAWAY, NJ
Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County

We hope you will join us to take steps to create a brighter future, one school at a time!  If you have questions, email us at schools@sustainablejersey.com or visit www.SustainableJerseySchools.com.

Sustainable Jersey for Schools

Updates from PAEE             (Posted: 1-27-16)

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A Top 5 Winterizing List for Your School's Pollinator Garden             (Posted: 1-27-16)

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Bird Migrations Revealed by Citizen Science Data             (Posted: 1-27-16)

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News from the Earth Day Network             (Posted: 1-27-16)

Planting Trees

With 2016 off to an exciting start, I want to share with you our successes from 2015 and our exciting plans for this year!

Earth Day Network (EDN) had an amazing year delivering the climate message to new and critical constituencies, engaging new partners in the conversation, and mobilizing for action. A small sample of our accomplishments from 2015 include:


– April 22nd marked our 45th anniversary with the global theme: It’s Our Turn to Lead. Millions took part worldwide to link the issues of extreme poverty and climate change, gathering groundbreaking new commitments from both public and private sector leaders;

– Launching The Story of Climate Change – the first of its kind, interactive digital textbook for middle school teachers and their students;


 Rallying for climate justice on the National Mall during Pope Francis’s address to Congress. This showed our shared support for his encyclical and addressed climate change as a moral, not just an environmental and economic, issue (see the video here);

 Partnering with Angry Birds to create a climate tournament reaching millions of people all around the world, educating a new group of global climate activists;

– Planting millions of trees all around the world through our Canopy Project;

And much more!


Now, here’s a preview what’s ahead in 2016.
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SECURING THE CLIMATE AGREEMENT
EDN is working hard to get world leaders to sign the Paris Climate Agreement on Earth Day 2016. We’ll be there every step of the way to ensure that the Agreement becomes legally binding. 
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MOBILIZING CLIMATE VOTERS
EDN and our partners are working to register/mobilize 1 million new climate voters and to make sure that climate change is a big part of the 2016 campaign.
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GREENING SCHOOLS
EDN cares about equity and the state of our nation’s schools - especially in low income communities. We will keep pushing to bring clean air and healthy food to schools so every child can learn in the classrooms they deserve.
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TREES FOR THE EARTH
Keep an eye out for our next email describing our #EarthDay2016 campaign!

We are incredibly excited and proud to have had you as a partner and supporter throughout 2015 and truly look forward to sharing our success with you throughout 2016.

Warm regards, 

Kathleen Rogers

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Earth Day Network
1616 P Street NW STE 340
Washington, DC 20036
202-518-0044
info@earthday.net


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Opportunities for Green Team Support and More!             (Posted: 1-20-16)

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The Almost Impossible Task of Filming Songbirds in Flight              (Posted: 1-20-16)

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RHA: Exciting New Tidings for the New Year             (Posted: --)

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New Year Starts With State Kudos
 
Great news! In December we were awarded the 2015 Governor's Environmental Excellence Award. It's an honor and a privilege that our commitment to protect, preserve and improve water quality and natural resources of the Raritan River headwaters region is recognized. 
 
   

Big Wins for Clean Water!
 
We're proud to have played a key role in helping  important federal and state conservation legislation reach fruition. 
 
Director of Policy Bill Kibler played an active role in encouraging Congressional legislators to restore federal Land and Water Conservation funding. He also led a call to action resulting in the state Assembly's passage of a key implementation bill  for open space programs, and participated in a push resulting in the NJ Assembly overriding of NJDEP flood hazard rules that would have set conservation back by decades.
 
 
                    
 
George Schaberg On Board
 
We are thrilled to welcome George Schaberg as RHA's new Land Projects Manager!
 
George comes to us after recently serving as Director of Conservation and Stewardship for Orange County Land Trust in New York, where he handled all aspects of land preservation and stewardship activities related to protected lands. He is also a trustee and Vice President of the Ridge and Valley Conservancy headquartered in Blairstown.

   
 
Enjoy An Aerial Watershed Tour
 
Brayden Donnelly, our Rutgers Raritan Scholar, recently took to the skies with long-time RHA supporter Bill Leavens to answer the question, What is a Watershed? Visit our YouTube site and experience the answer!
 
 
   
 
Jan. 23: Tracks and Scat.10 a.m. - noon, Fairview Farm. Family Fun.
 
Jan. 24: Family Storytime at Fairview Farm presents The Puddle Garden. 2 - 4 p.m. Family Fun.
 
And Don't Forget...
 
April 16: Annual Stream Clean Up. Volunteer info coming soon!
 
April 22"Our River Runs Through It" Earth Day Celebration. 6 p.m., Ryland Inn, Whitehouse. Stay tuned for more info!




 
  
Raritan Headwaters Association is on a mission to protect clean water in the north and south branch region of the Raritan River. Join Us!
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January Littoral News             (Posted: 1-12-16)

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Great Places: Nature's Force Awakens             (Posted: 1-12-16)

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Green Knight Newsletter - News and Events for January             (Posted: 1-12-16)

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Check out the latest Water Pages eNewsletter!             (Posted: 1-11-16)

A Homeowner's Guide to Environmentally Friendly Landscaping Practices
Jersey-Friendly Yards, a website promoting landscaping for a healthy Barnegat Bay environment, was launched in November 2015 by the Barnegat Bay Partnership. Funded in part by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, the website is also a resource for homeowners in New Jersey interested in learning about the importance of implementing environmentally friendly landscaping practices. Combining several resources into a user-friendly and visually impressive package, Jersey-Friendly Yards provides a homeowner with a step-by-step guide to a sustainable property that includes practices like proper fertilizer use, the importance of soil testing, and even how to create wildlife habitat. 

A key feature of the Jersey-Friendly Yards website is an interactive learning tool called The Interactive Yard, designed in part by Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) Water Resources Program. The Interactive Yard allows the user to model their own “Jersey-friendly yard” by reducing stormwater runoff, eradicating existing invasive species, and harvesting rainwater, and incorporating additional landscape practices. Users can then select plants best suited to their New Jersey yard from a searchable native plant database and learn about the benefits of a rain garden from the Rain Garden Manual of New Jersey developed by the RCE Water Resources Program and free to download. Ending with an illustrative design plan and images, the tool helps homeowners better visualize sustainable landscaping in their own New Jersey yard. 
Impervious Cover Action and Reduction Plans for 54 Municipalities in the Raritan River Basin
The Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) Water Resources Program received a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) to address concerns of climate resilience in the Raritan River Basin. The project focused on partnering with 54 municipalities within the Raritan River Basin watershed. Climate models predict increased storm intensity in New Jersey due to climate change. 

This leads to concerns of increased stormwater runoff from parking lots, rooftops, roadways, and other impervious surfaces during these intensified rainfall events. Many municipalities already have high areas of impervious cover than is deemed appropriate for protecting waterways. Therefore, the RCE Water Resources Program aims to address these concerns through the implementation of green infrastructure (GI) projects throughout the state of New Jersey. GI is designed to capture or retain stormwater and allow it to slowly infiltrate into the soil rather than flow directly into storm drains and into local waterways. GI practices include, but are not limited to, rain gardens, pervious pavements, and rainwater harvesting systems like rain barrels. These practices will be designed to handle the increased stormwater runoff generated from the large rainfall events predicted by future climate change and address concerns of flooding and water quality. Over the summer of 2015, the RCE Water Resources Program presented to each of the 54 municipalities an impervious cover assessment report which details impervious cover and the amount of stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces that would need to be managed. 

The reports also included three model sites where GI projects could be easily implemented (e.g., schools and churches). Some of these projects have already begun implementation. Throughout the summer, 25 summer interns conducted site assessments to identify potential sites in each municipality and were later surveyed for further GI opportunities. 

Stormwater runoff from the sites was observed by students to determine locations for potential rain gardens and opportunities to repave areas with pervious pavements, along with other GI opportunities. Interns then worked on creating detailed plans for each site which include a visual aerial plan of the site where projects could be implemented as well as calculations for determining the size, impact, and approximate costs for each site. Plans for each site were then put together into impervious cover reduction action plans and reviewed by the RCE Water Resources Program staff. Once completed, these plans will be presented to each municipality to provide them with several sites where GI can be implemented to reach their goals for managing stormwater runoff. This project has been a tremendous learning opportunity for each of the 25 interns to apply real science practices into the environment. The RCE Water Resources Program looks forward to working with these municipalities to help implement some of the identified GI projects to improve stormwater infrastructure in the Raritan River Basin.

By: Matt Leconey, Bioenvironmental Engineer Intern

Available Grant Opportunities for Water Resources Projects
RCE Water Resources Program | New Brunswick, NJ 08901 | M-F 8:30 - 4:30pm
Green Knight Newsletter - News and Events for December             (Posted: 1-11-16)

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EE at EPA: PEYA deadline extended, GIS challenge opening, NOAA funding available             (Posted: 1-11-16)

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NEEF: All New Greening STEM Announcements!             (Posted: 1-11-16)

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Communicating Nature-Based Solutions             (Posted: 12-18-15)

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Science Update: Ivory Poaching Reduced             (Posted: 12-17-15)

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Welcome to the first issue of "Green School Voices"!             (Posted: 12-17-15)

December 2015

Green School Voices

Connecting Healthy & Sustainable School Communities in Cherry Hill, NJ

Welcome to Sustainable Cherry Hill Green School Voices.  Hear from the people who are committed to making our schools healthy and sustainable. 

We know that when added up, small and big actions help us move towards real change for the future. Each month, we'll bring you moments and inspiration from right here in Cherry Hill and from all corners of the world.

Let us know if you have Green School news to share! 

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Lori Braunstein, Founder 

Sustainable Cherry Hill 

The Barclay No Idling Campaign at SCH Earth Fest

 

Barclay Early Education Center: Green School of the Month

 

This month, we highlight the greening efforts of Barclay Early Childhood Education Center. Barclay offers a comprehensive preschool that serves both typically developing and special needs children, ranging in ages from three to five years old. Barclay's approach to sustainability emphasizes its commitment to education and a strong connection to the community. Read about their "No Idling" campaign and how the school is fostering its young learners to become stewards of the planet. 

Teacher Gina Oh Celebrates Bottle Refilling Station at East

 

Educating for the Future: A Classroom Perspective

 

Education for Sustainability (EfS) can help prepare students to play a role in creating a sustainable future.  Much more than simply providing content related knowledge and skills, EfS encourages learners to consider new ways of thinking about the world, their relationship to it, and the possibilities for change. Hear from four Cherry Hill educators who are leading by example and inspiring the district and community.

Carusi Middle School Funded for Garden Project

All Smiles for Carusi Middle School

 

More Cherry Hill Schools Receive Grants for Sustainability Projects

Sustainable Jersey for Schools recently announced that four Cherry Hill schools were among 46 New Jersey schools and school districts selected to receive Sustainable Jersey for Schools small grants funded by the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA.) The Sustainable Jersey for Schools grants are intended to help school districts and schools make progress toward a sustainable future in general, and specifically toward Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification. Eleven $10,000 grants and 35 $2,000 grants were awarded.

Carusi Middle School received a $10,000 grant for its project,  

Homegrown Carusi Community Garden. A community garden  will be established within a school courtyard, providing an opportunity for teachers to bring horticulture and environmental education directly to the classrooms. Carusi will work with community organizations to explore where food comes from, why healthy choices impact our bodies and world and how to live sustainably . 

 

 

Three Cherry Hill elementary schools received $2,000 towards projects to engage students and enhance the sustainability of their schools in areas of waste reduction, green infrastructure, biodiversity and growing healthy food. 

Sharp:

Lunchroom Sustainability 

Horace Mann:

Teaching Farm 

Johnson:

  Operation Wildflowers

This latest round of funding brings the total to over $50,000 in support for Cherry Hill schools' green initiatives from a variety of sources, including Sustainable Jersey, Cherry Hill Education Foundation, Recyclebank, SCA and Cherry Tree Corporate Center. 

 

The Blossoming Health and Academic Benefits of School Gardens

 

School gardens have been picking up in popularity over the last 15 years. "I think it's a shift, it's a realization of childhood obesity issues and gardening as a really good way to address those issues through exercise, changes in diet and nutrition, and [also] a focus on improving academic performance," said Kathryn S. Orvis, associate professor of youth development and agricultural education at Purdue University.  In addition to the academic gains, studies suggest that students who have a school garden have a better attitude about vegetables, consume more fruits and veggies, and get more exercise.  

 

New K-12 Education Bill Passes House, Will Strengthen Environmental Education


Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 8, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a bipartisan bill that replaces the widely-criticized No Child Left Behind Act and includes numerous policies to improve K-12 education across the country - including one provision introduced by Congressmen John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) that would bolster environmental education programs for young students.  

  The No Child Left Inside initiative would provide federal grant funding for teachers who design and implement environmental education programs in, and importantly, outside of the classroom. By encouraging new environmental curricula, the bill would also cultivate partnerships and strengthen relationships between school districts, colleges, environmental nonprofits, parks and other community-based organizations. 

 

Sustainable Cherry Hill | www.SustainableCherryHill.org

Rutgers Environmental Stewards Program in Central Jersey             (Posted: 12-17-15)

Rutgers Environmental Stewards Program: Helping Citizens Make A Difference in Central New Jersey

Imagine being able to discuss climate change with the State Climatologist or learn about New Jersey's Geology from the people who map it. How about hearing how New Jersey's environmental regulations get enforced from someone who actually enforces them? These are some of the opportunities available to enrollees in the 2016 Rutgers Environmental Steward Training Program.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County will offer the Environmental Stewards Program at the EARTH Center, in Davidson's Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave, South Brunswick. Classes take place on Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm starting January 27th until June 8th.

The program will introduce non-scientists to the science underlying key environmental issues in the Garden State. Leading authorities from academia are joined by colleagues from government and the non-profit sector to share understanding and insights with the students. The Middlesex County program will be covering issues such as climate change, soil health, energy conservation, water resource protection, invasive species management, and open space management and habitat conservation. In addition, we are partnering with the Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership to focus on watershed health and volunteer monitoring so students can learn how to become citizen scientists and help collect data about our local river.

The 60 plus hours of training does not replace a science degree, but helps citizens educate themselves when presented with a real world environmental problem. Students are introduced to a network of expert individuals and organizations who can be of service to them in the future as they wrestle with solving local environmental problems

"So far our Stewards have gotten involved with a variety of projects including helping farmers adapt to climate change, invasive species mapping and eradication in local parks, helping schools become more sustainable through the Sustainable Jersey program, and also installing rain gardens in their communities" said Michele Bakacs, coordinator of the Rutgers Environmental Stewards program in Middlesex County. "I am excited for the 2016 program because we have added some new topics including the importance of pollinators and how we can all be promoting pollinator habitat."

To register or for further information visit http://envirostewards.rutgers.edu or contact Michele Bakacs at bakacs@njaes.rutgers.edu or call 732-398-5274.

eNews: Try One of These 7 Ways to Help Birds at Home             (Posted: 12-17-15)

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NAAEE: EE News for December 14, 2015             (Posted: 12-14-15)

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NAAEE Announcements

A Brighter Future—With Your Help

Join our year-end campaign to support environmental education and create a more sustainable future for all. Consider making a tax-deductible gift to NAAEE this year to support much-needed scholarships, programming, and more for 2016 and beyond.

We couldn't provide education we need for the world we want with your help! Make your donation through our secure site today: www.naaee.net/donate2015 and then share your #NAAEEgiving story with us through Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram (@NAAEEStaff).


Conference News

2015 Keynote Speakers and Photos
Our Keynotes are now available online on our YouTube Channel.

Check out the NAAEE’s Facebook page and our Storify page highlighting photos, tweets, and posts from conference  attendees! 

Mark Your Calendars for Madison, Wisconsin!
October 19–22, 2016

The 2016 Call for Presentations will be announced in January. Contact conference manager Lori Mann if you’re interested in volunteering on one of our conference committees or have any questions.


The UL Innovative Education Award is Back for a Another Year

Deadline: February 22, 2016
For the second year, UL and NAAEE are proud to be awarding a total of $250,000 in recognition awards to nonprofits that embrace E-STEM. The UL Innovative Education Award is meant to inspire the next generation of scientists, business leaders, researchers, inventors, and engineers.

http://ulinnovationeducation.naaee.net


News from Natural Start

This month, learn how you can start a family nature club in your community, visit a North Georgia public school with a forest kindergarten, take a survey to help shape professional development in nature-based education, and more.

http://eepurl.com/bH3MbH


Environmental Education: Trans-disciplinary Approaches to Addressing Wicked Problems ~ Online

February 1–April 24, 2016: Expert Certificate
February 1–March 11, 2016: Five-week Achievement Certificate

This new online course from Cornell University, University of Bristol, Gothenburg University, NAAEE, and other collaborators will provide participants access to short lectures, readings, and multi-media resources contributed by over 40 US and global experts in environmental education and related environmental fields. Learn more about the course: www.GlobalEE.net and meet participants and instructors on the Global EE course Facebook group.


Awards, Grants, Contests

EPA Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Grants

Deadline: February 12, 2016
The US EPA is seeking applicants for a total of $1.2 million in Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving (EJCPS) cooperative agreements to be awarded in 2016. Cooperative agreements will be awarded to local community-based organizations seeking to address environmental and/or public health concerns in their communities through collaboration with other stakeholders, such as state and local governments, industry, academia and nongovernmental organizations. One award per region in amounts of up to $120K per award for a two-year project period.

http://www.grants.gov/web/grants


Student Stories Contest

Deadline: December 20, 2015
The Nature’s Voices Project and Green Schools Alliance third annual Student Stories Contest offer students in grades 6–12 the opportunity to win a cash prize and paid trip to share their story as a keynote speaker at the Green Schools Conference and Expo March 31–April 1, 2016. The contest seeks inspiring stories about how green schools and environmental education transform young people's learning and lives. Stories may be published on the NaturesVoices.org website.

http://www.naturesvoices.org/2016-student-stories-contest


FIRST Trash Trek and Waste Wise Robotics Challenges

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) inspires young people’s interest and participation in STEM. Founded 26 years ago, FIRST offers a progression of programs that engage kids in age-appropriate, hands-on STEM challenges.

http://beta.usfirst.org/node/4326


North American Events, Training, Announcements


A Winter of Webinars

Green Teacher's upcoming webinars are an interactive way for formal and nonformal youth educators to learn from some of the most important thinkers in the field. Registration is free and all sessions take place from 7:30–8:30pm EST. The next of six upcoming sessions is "How to be a Better Teacher-Naturalist" with presenter Clare Walker Leslie, on December 9. In addition, recent webinars on the following topics can be freely viewed until the end of December: "Welcoming Immigrants via Outdoor Recreation Programs" and "Fostering Leadership for Sustainability."

http://greenteacher.com/webinars


Conservation and Environmental Education and Evaluation ~ Online

January 18–March 25, 2016
Methods for Change is bringing together international experts in conservation education, environmental education, and evaluation in this special 10-week online course. The objective of this course is to provide participants with firm grounding in up-to-date theory, research, and practice from conservation and environmental education and an introduction to gathering evidence of learning and impact. Contact Trish Patrick at trish.patrick.ise@gmail.com.

http://www.methodsforchange.org/event/conservation-environmental-education...


Presentations and Publishing Opportunities

Call for Papers: Research in Outdoor Education

Research in Outdoor Education (ROE) is soliciting manuscripts for publication. ROE, the official journal of the Coalition for Education in the Outdoors, is peer-reviewed and seeks to further outdoor education and its goals, including personal growth and moral development, team building and cooperation, outdoor knowledge and skill development, environmental awareness, education and enrichment, and research that directly supports assessment and/or evidence-based advances. Articles explore perspectives on the theoretical, empirical, and practical aspects of outdoor education in its broadest sense.

http://js.sagamorepub.com/roe/index


Resources for Students and Educators

New Book Promotes Environmental Education

Reflections, Learning by Doing, is the story of a lifelong educator, explores creating meaningful environmental educational experiences. It emphasizes the importance of experiential education where students are inspired and involved in their learning. The theme is that high quality education goes beyond what is measured on tests. It promotes curiosity, exploration, communication, and teamwork. Engaged students develop skills to ask questions, investigate their environment, become involved with their community, and discover innovative solutions.

http://www.amazon.com/Reflections-Learning-Doing-BJ-Meadows...


Colorado's Jeff and Paige Release Mighty Wolf

Jeff and Paige met at the Audubon Expedition Institute where both were studying EE. After receiving their Master of Science degrees, decided to make the stage their science classroom and music-loving families their students. Within the setting of a family hiking expedition, their fifth album (released November 2015), Mighty Wolf, features songs that touch upon insect migration, Arctic adaptations, keystone species, ladybug ecology, spider anatomy, lightning safety, scavengers, nature appreciation, ungulates, and the Appalachian Trail, interwoven with Jeff and Paige's colorful, informative narrative.

http://jeffandpaige.org


Monarch Magic!

Monarch Magic! by Lynn Rosenblatt has won numerous awards, including the Parent’s Choice Honor Award. For the classroom or butterfly enthusiast, Monarch Magic! features photographs and scientific information on the monarch life cycle, preservation of milkweed habitat, the incredible 3000-mile migration, raise/release of monarch butterflies, butterfly gardening, and more.

http://www.monarchbutterflyusa.com

Great Places: Wild Winter Wonderland             (Posted: 12-14-15)

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Schools Enews Update: 46 Schools Receive Sustainability Grants             (Posted: 12-14-15)


SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS
  
 
46 Schools and School Districts Receive Grants for Sustainability Projects

Sustainable Jersey for Schools announced the 46 New Jersey schools and school districts selected to receive Sustainable Jersey for Schools small grants funded by the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA.) Eleven $10,000 grants and 35 $2,000 grants were distributed to fund a variety of projects including rain gardens, outdoor learning classrooms, a winter greenhouse, an aquaponics system, native habitat gardens, sustainability curricula and more.
 
"NJEA is proud to work with Sustainable Jersey on this important program that directs resources into our schools," said NJEA Secretary-Treasurer Sean Spiller. "It is our job to help create a new generation of engaged citizens and leaders. By emphasizing the value of sustainability, we also help ensure that we leave a better world for our students."
 
Earlier this year, Sustainable Jersey formed an underwriting partnership with NJEA. In addition to funding this cycle of the grant program, NJEA provides in-kind support through research and technical expertise. NJEA's leadership and members serve on Sustainable Jersey task forces and over 137 districts and 328 schools are currently participating in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program.
 
"We know that schools and districts are in the best position to determine the needs for their schools," said Donna Drewes, who co-directs Sustainable Jersey with Randall Solomon. "These NJEA-funded grants will allow school communities to come together to improve outcomes for students, teachers and the environment. Collaboration is key, and we are proud to have support from important strategic partners like NJEA."
 
Proposals were judged by an independent Blue Ribbon Selection Committee. The Sustainable Jersey for Schools grants are intended to help school districts and schools make progress toward a sustainable future in general, and specifically toward Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification. 
 
See the list of award winners and sustainability projects supported, read the whole story  here and check out #SJGrants on Twitter.
2016 Certification Assistance:
  Getting Ready for Certification Webinar January 7th 3:30-4:30pm
The 2016 Application Round is now open. Begin organizing your school or district green team for success by downloading our green team resources here and preparing your submissions for our first application deadline, January 15th.    Learn more about navigating the application for Sustainable Jersey for Schools certificatiohere   and sign up for our informational webinar on January 7th from 3:30-4:30pm here
  
 New Funding Available for 2016
PSEG Foundation is contributing $100,000 to support another cycle of the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Small Grants Program.  With this contribution, the PSEG foundation has provided over one million dollars in funding to support local sustainability initiatives in municipalities and schools across the state.  This funding cycle encourages schools to implement projects that help schools gain points needed for Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification and make progress toward a sustainable future. Grant proposals are being accepted from school districts and schools registered with Sustainable Jersey through January 24, 2016. For this grant cycle, Sustainable Jersey is offering grants in two amounts; $10,000 and $2,000.  To submit a simple, online application, school districts should visit the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Small Grant Program page here.  An informational webinar about this grant opportunity is archived on our past webinars page here.
UPCOMING SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS WEBINARS 

january 7, 2016 - 3:30 PM TO 4:30 PM
Is your school or district participating in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program?  Whether you are already certified or just getting started, this webinar will provide helpful tips for making progress toward making your school or district more sustainable.
The webinar will provide:
  • A brief overview of the program and the Sustainable Jersey for Schools website
  • Tips for selecting and documenting actions at both the district and schools' level
  • Timeline for the certification cycle for 2016
TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES WITH SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS PARTNERS

DECEMBER 9, 2015 - 1:00 PM- 2:00 PM
"How to Protect Indoor Air Quality During School Energy Efficiency Upgrades"

DECEMBER 9, 2015 - 4:00 PM- 4:30 PM
Action for Healthy Kids Webinar Series

JANUARY 8, 2016 - 8:00AM- 12:30 PM, Montclair State University
NJ Association of Designated Persons IPM Coordinator Free Training Series 

JANUARY 13, 2016 - 4:00 PM- 4:30 PM
Action for Healthy Kids Webinar Series

JANUARY 22&23  PLAINSBORO, NJ
Alliance for New Jersey Environmental Education Conference
Visitors to the Sustainable Jersey for Schools website can now search the participating schools map for examples of approved actions completed by certified schools in a variety of action categories. Looking for sample lesson plans on sustainability? Wondering how to do a waste audit? The answers are now available from your peers in New Jersey!
 
Over 300 Schools Strong!

There are now 137  New Jersey school districts and 328 schools registered across all New Jersey counties.  Is your school or district registered? Check the list of participating schools and districts.
 

 

We hope you will join us to take steps to create a brighter future, one school at a time!  If you have questions, email us at schools@sustainablejersey.com or visit www.SustainableJerseySchools.com.

 

Sustainable Jersey for Schools
Sustainability Institute at the College of New Jersey
Forcina Hall, 3rd Floor
2000 Pennington Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628-0718

December Littoral News             (Posted: 12-3-15)

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ANJEE Online 340th Edition December 1, 2015             (Posted: 12-3-15)

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Check out the latest Water Pages eNewsletter!             (Posted: 11-30-15)

Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) Water Resources Program
Water Pages eNewsletter
Promoting Water Resources Sustainability from New Jersey to China
China's Ministry of Water Resources is committed to strengthening academic cooperation and technical exchanges with the world to jointly promote researches and practices on estuary and coastal water resources issues that are confronted globally. In an effort to build partnerships to strengthen cooperation, exchange experiences, share technology, and working together to promote sustainable water resources, the Chinese Ministry of Water Resources traveled to Rutgers University from November 11 - 13. Dr. Christopher C. Obropta had the opportunity to meet with 18 officials from China's Ministry of Water Resources to demonstrate how New Jersey and specifically the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program works to address water resources issues with sustainable and practical science-based solutions.
 Assessing the Effectiveness of Subsurface Gravel Wetlands in Toms River, NJ
The RCE Water Resources Program has partnered with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to explore options for reducing pollution in the Barnegat Bay.

This study looks at how well subsurface gravel wetlands (SGWs) can reduce nitrogen in stormwater. These SGWs have the potential to be a strong tool in improving the health of the Barnegat Bay and the larger New Jersey area.

A SGW mimics a typical wetland that can be found throughout New Jersey's shores and low lying areas. The study included the placement of SGWs in existing detention basins to treat stormwater for contaminants while mitigating stormwater. These SGWs also have the added benefit of providing wildlife habitat.

By: Robert Brown, Intern
Rutgers Environmental Stewards Program
Do you want to learn more about the environment and help create a positive change in your community? Anyone with an interest in the environment and a commitment to volunteer service can become a Rutgers Environmental Steward!                                                 
Click here to register today!
New Jersey Urban Water Conference
Join the Urban Water Solutions Initiative, state and local decision-makers, practitioners, and community stakeholders to raise awareness about drinking water, stormwater and wastewater infrastructure as a key to New Jersey’s prosperity.

The conference will be held on December 10th from 8 to 12:30 p.m. at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, NJ.                                                  
Register now for this free event!
RCE Water Resources Program | New Brunswick, NJ 08901 | M-F 8:30 - 4:30pm

November Highlights Fun Fall STEM News at Girls STEM Collaborative (GSGSC)             (Posted: 11-30-15)

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November Highlights Fun Fall STEM News at Girls STEM Collaborative (GSGSC)
 
Greetings from GSGSC! The Garden State Girls STEM Collaborative is the New Jersey initiative of the National Girls Collaborative Project, a program focused on providing high quality STEM activities to girls. Our primary goal is to strengthen the capacity of girl-serving STEM programs to effectively reach and serve underrepresented girls in STEM by sharing promising practice research and program models, outcomes, products and by connecting formal and informal educators, business and industry in order to maximize the resources that can positively influence our girls. 
As always, this newsletter is for you as members of the Collaborative. It can serve as a forum to promote events and to highlight the good work that you all do, so please let me know what is going on so we can include your program in upcoming issues.
 
In this issue:
 
Mike MacEwan
Collaborative Lead, Garden State Girls STEM Collaborative
Click here to watch the winning video!

Kids are always told to dream big - afterschool programs allow them to do just that. Uncover the work of your program and students, and tell us what really happens in STEM afterschool.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2015 STEM VIDEO COMPETITION WINNERS! THE WINNING VIDEOS WERE FEATURED AT THE 2015 AFTERSCHOOL STEM SUMMIT.

2015 STEM Video Competition Winners

ACE YOUTH PROJECT (CT)
FIRST ROBOTICS TEAM 4057 (OR)
GRADUATION GENERATION ZERO ROBOTICS (GA)
DIMENSION LEARNING (NY)
GIRLSTART (TX)
PRINCETON YWCA (NJ)


ANNOUNCING:

A video competition for kids learning about science, technology, engineering and mathematics outside of school. In three minutes, tell us how you are engaged in STEM learning and dream of a STEM future!

TELL YOUR STEM STORY! HOW DOES YOUR AFTERSCHOOL OR SUMMER LEARNING PROGRAM INSPIRE YOU TO BUILD, CREATE, EXPLORE, DREAM?

STEM learning opportunities are like charging stations that power up kids' learning. Afterschool programs, summer camps, libraries, museums and science centers all provide "charging stations" with hands-on activities, deep-learning experiences and opportunities to explore.

Young people get the charge with the support of afterschool professionals to see themselves as scientists, engineers, technology gurus and mathematicians - both now and in the future.

Click here to read more.

Written by Wilford Shamlin

Schools and businesses are working together to expose students to in-demand careers in science, technology, engineering and science, or STEM.

That was obvious during a career day recently hosted by Girard College and that engaged students with such attractions as a laser show, three-dimensional printing and the designing a prosthetic dolphin fin. Student participants also walked away from the STEM Career Accelerator Day with experience at applying 'soft skills,' which according to organizers, can make them more competitive as job candidates.

More then 200 students attended the Day, with 50 parents assisting 15 employees from Deloitte, a global business analytics firm with offices in Philadelphia. In neighboring New Jersey, Campbell's Soup, headquartered in Camden, was a lead sponsor for STEM Career Accelerator Day, which was also organized in schools in more than 18 states.

The STEM Career Day Accelerator initiative is aimed at high school and middle school students, particularly females and minorities who are under-represented in STEM fields. Girls made up more than half of the participants at last week's event with minority participation exceeding 75 percent of those in attendance, event organizers said.

For Sheila Boyington, creator of Learning Blade software, the event was a chance to inspire a younger generation.
"For me, this is, personally, a passion," she said. "Having a STEM background gives you the ability to follow any career path you want." She said she created the STEM-related software because she felt it would appeal to students and extend her reach across the country.

A 12-week program geared for Girard College's extended-day students launched on the same day, Oct. 23. Part of the interactive, science-based academic exercises called for dividing students into teams and working as engineers and scientists who handled different phases of the group project.

"An integrated task force focuses not only on STEM disciplines and activity that amplifies the STEM skill sets, it introduces critical thinking, soft-skill collaboration such as team work, innovation and leadership," said Tonie Leatherberry, of Deloitte Consulting LLP. "That's what we're really trying to do at these sites. The number one reason kids don't go into STEM careers is they don't know about them. We're trying to expose as many kids to as many career options as we can."

The structured day of hands-on activities included work on computer software, solving business problems with such technology as 3-D printers used in manufacturing, and learning about light and laser in the application of other technology. Students worked to solve issues related to water irrigation and involving turbine wind. They also designed a prosthetic device for a dolphin with a damaged fin.

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Professional Learning to Serve Youth in Poverty: Obtain professional learning from nationally recognized presenters on how to serve youth in high-poverty schools and communities.

Research-Based Programs and Best Practices: Choose from over 120 training sessions providing research-based programs and best practices to empower the school and life success of youth at risk.

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Hosted by: The National Youth-At-Risk Center, College of Education and The Division of Continuing Education at Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA

View the Complete Schedule At-A-Glance Online at Digital Commons!

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Written by Diane D'Amico

ATLANTIC CITY - The Convention Center exhibit hall was packed with technology Thursday as about 30,000 teachers arrived for the annual New Jersey Education Association Convention.

But it was a box of popsicle sticks that had the full attention of 12-year-olds Liam Hogan and Brian Millward, of Plumsted Township, who created catapults from the sticks and some rubber bands, then gleefully shot plastic eyeballs across the exhibit area.

"This is what they are interested in," said Liam's mother, Renee, a teacher. "They need hands-on learning, too."

The catapults were part of a Makerspace exhibit created by the NJEA this year to promote STEM - science, technology, engineering and math.

"Dollar Store Science" was Mantua Township teacher Meredith Martin's effort to show that STEM can be taught on a budget.

"You don't need to go out and buy robots," she said. "People will say they don't have money to go out and buy 3D printers, but you don't need them to teach STEM. STEM is about problem-solving, not buying things."

Teachers at the annual event had their choice of hundreds of workshops, many having to do with the new state PARCC tests.

New Jersey Education Commissioner David Hespe is scheduled to speak Friday morning and will likely outline the recently released statewide PARCC results and talk about how teachers can use the results to improve learning. School districts are expected to get their students' PARCC results this month.

Testing aside, teachers focused on how to make lessons effective and interesting for students.

"The challenge is to get beyond the fun factor," said Northfield Community School computer and technology teacher Kevin Jarrett, who watched as Matthew Malespina, 12, of South Orange, used the Tickle app on an tablet to program a Sphero robot. When it ran off on him, Jarrett challenged Matthew to figure out what went wrong and how to fix it.

"This is a great way to learn programming," Matthew said of the app.

Over in a corner, Steve Crawley, of Piscataway, used an old cardboard box, some dowels and clothespins to create a foosball game for his children, Aidon, 7, and Kathryn, 5, who twirled the dowels to make the clothespins strike a pumpkin-shaped candy. Other families built a maze out of cardboard pieces and created electrcial circuits.

Martin said the most important word in STEM education is FAIL, which for her stands for First Attempt In Learning. She expects students to fail. Then she expects them to figure out why they failed, and how to fix it.

"Too often kids shut down if they fail," she said. "I actually do projects designed to fail so they have to think about what do they do next."

Click here to read more.
 Got STEM? Let us Know How You're Supporting STEM or STEAM in Afterschool!
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NJSACC knows that a lot of great things are being achieved through STEM education in afterschool programs, but we need to know more. Help us make a difference by pinpointing STEM activity taking place in your programs and let's find out what is being accomplished!

With that in mind, please take a moment and fill out our quick survey to express your interests in incorporating STEM or STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) into your programs or how you are currently implementing STEM. Please note that programs that do not currently offer STEM are encouraged to complete the survey as well. We'd like to hear from all of you!

We encourage as many programs to respond as possible, whether or not you have strong involvement with STEM.

Thank you, in advance, for your help.

Click here to access the survey and begin!
Join The Connectory
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Use The Connectory to collaborate with STEM programs and promote your upcoming STEM opportunities to families. Programs are organizations providing STEM opportunities. Opportunities are time-bound STEM events such as summer camps, one-day events, workshops, career fairs, and competitions, and are automatically promoted to visitors based on their location.

Add your opportunities now so they will be available to the families across the country accessing The Connectory!
  • Join: Make an account profile
  • Create: Add your organization/program
  • Approval: Your program listing will be approved so it can be searched for by program providers
  • Add: Add all your STEM opportunities
  • Approval: Your time-bound opportunities will be approved so they can be searched for by families
  • Discover: Search for other programs providers to connect with
  • Opportunities are visible publicly to families. Programs are visible to other STEM providers.
The National Girls Collaborative Project Program Directory is now The Connectory.
Contact
Michael MacEwan 
Collaborative Lead  
Garden State Girls STEM Collaborative 

NAAEE: EE News for November 25, 2015             (Posted: 11-30-15)


NAAEE Announcements

Conference News

2015 Conference Survey and Photos
Please take a few minutes to fill out the conference evaluation to share your thoughts about the conference and suggestions for future conferences.

Check out the NAAEE’s Facebook page and our Storify page highlighting photos, tweets, and posts from conference  attendees! 




Mark Your Calendars for Madison, Wisconsin!
October 19–22, 2016

The 2016 Call for Presentations will be announced in January. Contact conference manager Lori Mann if you’re interested in volunteering on one of our conference committees or have any questions.


NAAEE NIF Climate Choices Moderator Prep Webinar

December 7, 2015, 3:00–4:00 pm EST
Interested in moderating forums or some kind of deliberative event based on the NAAEE/NIF Climate Choices framework? This 1-hour webinar will explain the basics of moderating deliberative events: the purpose, structure, and some general guidance. This webinar will feature longtime NIF moderators Jean Johnson and Michele Archie. For More Information, contact Saravia Williams, Kettering Foundation at 937-439-9810, or swilliams@kettering.org

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Learn more about Environmental Issues Forum (EIF)


International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education Winter 2015

The winter 2015 issue of the International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education (IJECEE) is now online. IJECEE is a free online peer-reviewed journal designed to promote thoughtful sharing of information to support effective practice, research, and policy around the world. Please forward this free-access journal to your networks. The public is invited to submit scholarly written manuscripts for consideration for the next issue. Please share your thoughts about the IJECEE winter issue with editors Yash Bhagwanji (ybhagwan@fau.edu) or Bora Simmons (borasimmons@gmail.com).

http://www.naaee.net/publications/ijecee/ijecee3


NAAEE Seeking Operations and Program Associate

NAAEE is seeking a creative and accomplished Operations and Program Associate to join the staff. The position is based in Washington, DC.

http://www.naaee.net/jobs/opassociate


Awards, Grants, Contests

EPA Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Grants

Deadline: February 12, 2016
The US EPA is seeking applicants for a total of $1.2 million in Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving (EJCPS) cooperative agreements to be awarded in 2016. Cooperative agreements will be awarded to local community-based organizations seeking to address environmental and/or public health concerns in their communities through collaboration with other stakeholders, such as state and local governments, industry, academia and nongovernmental organizations. One award per region in amounts of up to $120K per award for a two-year project period.

http://www.grants.gov/web/grants


NSF Discovery Research PreK–12 Program and Solicitation

Deadline: December 7, 2015
National Science Foundation's Discovery Research PreK–12 invites proposals that address immediate challenges facing PreK–12 STEM education as well as those that anticipate radically different structures and functions of PreK–12 teaching and learning.

http://nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15592/nsf15592.htm


Student Stories Contest

Deadline: December 20, 2015
The Nature’s Voices Project and Green Schools Alliance third annual Student Stories Contest offer students in grades 6–12 the opportunity to win a cash prize and paid trip to share their story as a keynote speaker at the Green Schools Conference and Expo March 31–April 1, 2016. The contest seeks inspiring stories about how green schools and environmental education transform young people's learning and lives. Stories may be published on the NaturesVoices.org website.

http://www.naturesvoices.org/2016-student-stories-contest


FIRST Trash Trek and Waste Wise Robotics Challenges

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) inspires young people’s interest and participation in STEM. Founded 26 years ago, FIRST offers a progression of programs that engage kids in age-appropriate, hands-on STEM challenges.

http://beta.usfirst.org/node/4326


Diversity and Environmental Justice Highlights

Make Your Voice Heard on Climate Justice

Deadline: November 30, 2015
EPA is seeking young adults, ages 18–29, involved in climate change efforts and/or advocacy, to participate on this youth-led advisory work group to help the National Environmental Justice Council (NEJAC) prepare advice and recommendations that will assist EPA in developing best practices to address climate change concerns. The NEJAC Youth Perspectives on Climate Justice Work Group seeks to include young people in EPA's effort to address climate change concerns.

https://blog.epa.gov/blog/2015...


North American Events, Training, Announcements

Conservation Connect Live

Third Wednesday of every month at 2:00 PM ET
Conservation Connect is a free webinar for students to view a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Conservation Connect episode and chat with conservation professionals. This new web-based video series aims to connect youth, ages 10–14, with the great outdoors and conservation careers. Each episode will help students learn about wildlife, careers, and new technologies utilized to study and protect our wildlife and natural resources. Produced by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the National Conservation Training Center. Educator resources and featured videos are also available on the Conservation Connect website.

http://nctc.fws.gov/broadcasts


Resources for Students and Educators

Eversource Energy Conservation Education Programs

Eversource seeks to teach all students the importance of energy conservation and will bring their educational, interactive programs to Massachusetts schools. Programs include the Eversource K–12 Challenge, Change a Light Change the World Fundraiser (K–12), Watts-Ville (K–3), and Energy Quest (6–8).

http://eversourceinschool.com


Keep Wild Animals Wild: New Lesson Plans from IFAW

The International Fund for Animal Welfare's (IFAW) new Animal Action Education program Keep Wild Animals Wild is tailored to three instructional levels and meets learning objectives in language arts, geography, economics, and life science. The lessons, videos, and activities explore what makes wild animals wild; why wildlife trade threatens animals, ecosystems, and people; and how to keep wild animals wild.

http://www.ifaw.org/education


Monarch Magic!

Monarch Magic! by Lynn Rosenblatt has won numerous awards, including the Parent’s Choice Honor Award. For the classroom or butterfly enthusiast, Monarch Magic! features photographs and scientific information on the monarch life cycle, preservation of milkweed habitat, the incredible 3000-mile migration, raise/release of monarch butterflies, butterfly gardening, and more.

http://www.monarchbutterflyusa.com


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EE at EPA: approaching deadlines, climate education webinar, new grantees             (Posted: 11-24-15)

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What type of birder are you?             (Posted: 11-24-15)

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Green Knight newsletter -- November 2015 -- News of Environmental Issues and Events in New Jersey             (Posted: 11-24-15)

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November 2015: New Jersey's Piping Plover Population Rebounds!             (Posted: 11-20-15)

New Jersey's Piping Plover Population Rebounds from Historic Low
Photo by Northside Jim
Today, we released our 2015 Piping Plover Breeding Report, highlighting the number of nesting pairs, pair productivity, and coast-wide distribution for the endangered shorebird. The population of breeding piping plovers increased 17% to 108 pairs in 2015, up from 92 in 2014! Learn more.
 

Osprey Pair Get a New Home
Students install a new nesting platform for Avalon ospreys
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Oyster Reef Dedicated to New Jersey's Veterans
"Veterans Day on the Bay" brought families and veterans to South Reeds Beach along the Delaware Bayshore


New Jersey Women Recognized at Women & Wildlife Awards
MacKenzie Hall, Pat Hamilton, Tanya Oznowich honored at Duke Farms
The Creature Show Gone Batty
CWF biologist and 2015 Women & Wildlife Inspiration Award Winner featured in bat episode

 
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THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, ADOPT A SPECIES
Help protect rare wildlife. Your symbolic adoption supports our efforts to protect New Jersey's rarest animals, restore important habitat, and foster pride in New Jersey's rich wildlife heritage. Adopting a Species also makes a great gift for a friend or loved one. Give the gift that gives twice!

Available for adoption: 
  • Bald Eagle
  • Blue-spotted Salamander
  • Bobcat
  • Bobolink
  • Bog Turtle
  • Checkered White Butterfly
  • Indiana bat
  • Atlantic Loggerhead Turtle
  • Osprey
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Pine Barrens Treefrog
  • Piping Plover
 

Thankful for Wildlife and Wild Places             (Posted: 11-16-15)

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gratitude
[ ˈgratəˌt(y)o͞od ] noun

the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness:
“The National Wildlife Federation’s Eco-Schools USA team expresses their gratitude to all those who participate in the program and engage students and communities in the natural world.”
Synonyms: thankfulness, thanks, appreciation, gratefulness, recognition, indebtedness

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
-Albert Einstein

Green STEM

Check out our combined November/December newsletter. Highlights include:

  • Information on our Green STEM Guidebook and companion course,
  • Species counting on the Greater Sage-Grouse,
  • Multiple grant, contest and professional development opportunities
  • And much, much more.
Happy Holidays,

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Give thanks for the wildlife in your garden this November             (Posted: 11-16-15)

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Backyard Bird Profile: Wild Turkey

Backyard Bird Profile: Wild Turkey

 



    Meet North America’s second largest bird, the wild turkey!

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Native Plants You Can Eat

Native Plants You Can Eat


Thanksgiving is all about feasting. Did you know that the same native plants that feed wildlife can also feed you?



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Choosing a Native Tree for Your Yard

Choosing a Native Tree for Your Yard

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Berries for the Birds

Berries for the Birds




Berries are an important food source for birds and other wildlife in the fall.

Discover how to hide a "berried" treasure for the birds.

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New! November Sustainability Hero             (Posted: 11-12-15)

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NJHEPS Fall Newsletter             (Posted: 11-12-15)

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Be a FeederWatcher and Help Your Backyard Birds             (Posted: 11-12-15)

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Great Places: Hawk Watch             (Posted: 11-12-15)

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Top 5 Bat-Facts We Bet You Didn't Know             (Posted: 11-12-15)

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November Littoral News             (Posted: 11-12-15)

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Water Pages eNewsletter             (Posted: 11-12-15)

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Cloud Institute: New On Our Blog + Special Offer             (Posted: 11-12-15)

Want a Sustainable Future? Educate for it!
Contributed by Christine Kennedy who recently completed the Bard Sustainability MBA Program (follow Christine @CKennedySTEM)

Excerpt: Education for Sustainability stands in contrast to Educating about Unsustainability: the depressing story of how much is wrong with the world and how horrible we are as humans for destroying the planet and each other. While many feel that “fear, doubt and uncertainty” is an effective way to wake people up, Cloud believes that it has the opposite effect on the psyche. The brain shuts down when it perceives a threat and stops participating, leaving the body to fight or flight. A disengaged brain is not effective if you’re trying to change mindsets. continue

Jaimie Cloud Wants YOU to Say No to Waste!
Written for The Barack Obama Green Charter High Schools' resource, 'Teaching for Sustainability'. (follow Obama Green Charter @ObamaGreenHigh)

Excerpt: I don’t meet too many people with unjust values. I meet educators, students, community members, and people who work in non-profit organizations, businesses, and community based organizations, and governments. Our values are perfectly reasonable by any ethical or moral code. For the most part, the people I meet and work with are good people who love their families and friends, work hard at meaningful jobs, pay their bills, and want to leave this world better than we found it. So the question is, how could such good people be responsible for undermining the health of the living systems upon which our lives and all life depend? continue

Promotional Offer: 50% Off of Select Digital Titles
Now through the end of the month, we are offering a 50% discount on two of our most popular titles. Our EfS Curriculum Design Workbook is just $25, and the Sustainable Food Systems Activity Guide is just $20 now through October 30th. We hope you to take advantage of this flash promotion – and tell a friend.
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We appreciate you and we look forward to connecting soon!
Jaimie Cloud and The Cloud Institute Team

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New Book is a Joyful Celebration of Birds from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology             (Posted: 11-12-15)

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E-News Update: 59 Schools Certified for 2015             (Posted: 11-10-15)

SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS
  
 
59 Schools Achieve Certification
Congratulations to the fifty-nine schools that achieved certification in the inaugural year of the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program.  The certifications include 54 bronze certified and 5 silver certified.   Five school districts emerge as sustainability leaders by successfully supporting the efforts of multiple schools in their district to achieve program certification. These school districts are: Egg Harbor Township, Cherry Hill, Medford, Readington and Wayne. Schools in these districts collaborated with their district to complete actions, upload documentation and achieve certification. This first group of certified schools and school districts will be celebrated at an award ceremony during the NJSBA Workshop 2015 Conference on October 27, 2015 in Atlantic City. See the list of certified schools and read the whole story here.

The 2016 Application Round is now open. Begin organizing your school or district green team for success by downloading our green team resources here and preparing your submissions for our first application deadline, January 15th.    Learn more about navigating the application for Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification here.
Visitors to the Sustainable Jersey for Schools website can now search the participating schools map for examples of approved actions completed by certified schools in a variety of action categories. Looking for sample lesson plans on sustainability? Wondering how to do a waste audit? The answers are now available from your peers in New Jersey!
 
Earn Points and Gain Knowledge at the
New Jersey School Boards Association Workshop 2015
The annual Workshop Conference held from October 27- 29, 2015 in Atlantic City is the largest training and information conference for school officials in the state. It offers more than 200 individual sessions to New Jersey's local school officials. The conference is a destination where educational leaders from across New Jersey can come to find solutions to the challenges they face in their school districts. School officials attending Workshop can learn about ways to lower operating costs, new technology solutions, methods for improving student achievement, ways to integrate STEM and sustainability into the curriculum, ideas on creating healthier schools and more.

Take advantage of professional development opportunities at the upcoming New Jersey School Boards Association Workshop 2015. Click here for a list of sessions related to Sustainable Jersey for Schools' actions.  Register online here.   Attendance of two or more hours per person can also contribute towards the "Professional Development for Sustainabilityaction in your 2016 Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification application!
  
 
Wanted: Innovative NJ Sustainable Energy Projects
Sustainable Jersey is accepting applications from New Jersey municipalities and school districts for sustainable energy projects focused on energy conservation, efficiency and renewable energy. Funded by the Gardinier Environmental Fund, $200,000 in grant money is now available. The Gardinier Environmental Fund will support energy projects focused on energy conservation, efficiency and renewable energy. Grant proposals are being accepted from municipalities and school districts registered with Sustainable Jersey through November 1, 2015. For this grant cycle, Sustainable Jersey is offering grants in two amounts; $30,000 and $10,000. Grant applications from the municipalities and school districts are managed separately. To submit a simple, online application, school districts should visit the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Small Grant Program page here.  An informational webinar about this grant opportunity is available on our Past Webinar page here.
  
 
Need Funding to Upgrade Your Fleet? 
EPA's National Clean Diesel Campaign (NCDC) is now accepting applications for the 2015 School Bus Replacement and Retrofit Funding Opportunity. This is a rebate program to replace and retrofit older school buses in both the public and private fleets.  To learn more about the rebate program, applicant eligibility, and the selection process, please visit www2.epa.gov/cleandiesel/clean-diesel-rebates .
EPA will accept rebate applications until Friday, October 30, 2015, at 4 pm EDT.  
Over 300 Schools Strong!

There are now 120 New Jersey school districts and 306 schools registered across all New Jersey counties.  Is your school or district registered? Check the list of participating schools and districts.
 

 

We hope you will join us to take steps to create a brighter future, one school at a time!  If you have questions, email us at schools@sustainablejersey.com or visit www.SustainableJerseySchools.com.

 

Sustainable Jersey for Schools

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New guide to sustainable college living             (Posted: 11-10-15)

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EE at EPA: National Environmental Education Advisory Council 2015 Report             (Posted: 11-10-15)

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The Nature Conservancy - Great Places: Amazing Migrations             (Posted: 11-10-15)

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NAAEE: EE-News Plus             (Posted: 11-10-15)

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NAAEE Announcements


International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education Winter 2015

The winter 2015 issue of the International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education (IJECEE) is now online. IJECEE is a free online peer-reviewed journal designed to promote thoughtful sharing of information to support effective practice, research, and policy around the world. Please forward this free-access journal to your networks. The public is invited to submit scholarly written manuscripts for consideration for the next issue. Please share your thoughts about the IJECEE winter issue with editors Yash Bhagwanji (ybhagwan@fau.edu) or Bora Simmons (borasimmons@gmail.com).

http://www.naaee.net/publications/ijecee/ijecee3


News from the Natural Start Alliance

Read an interview with Natural Start's director on everything from the risk of ticks to the challenges of getting busy families outdoors, visit a family childcare center in Connecticut serving infants through preschoolers with an outdoor classroom, and catch up on all the latest news from around the Web.

http://eepurl.com/bAZXx5


World of 7 Billion Video Contest

Deadline: February 25, 2016
The World of 7 Billion student video contest can help bring technology and creativity into middle and high school classes. The contest challenges students to create a short (60 seconds or less) video illustrating the connection between world population growth and one of three global challenges dealing with deforestation, public health, or water scarcity. Students can win up to $1,000 and their teachers will receive free curriculum resources.

http://www.worldof7billion.org/student-video-contest


International Events and Resources

Educator Academy in the Amazon Rainforest and Machu Picchu

July 1–11, 2016 ~ Peru
The Educator Academy in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru is a cross-curricular professional development workshop for K–12 formal and nonformal educators. Participate in citizen science projects and inquiry based field studies on a 1/4-mile Rainforest Canopy Walkway in one of the most biologically diverse environments on the planet. Spend a day in an Amazon village as you explore the complexities of sustainability and the role of education in creating a sustainable future for Amazon children. Work with fellow educators to explore strategies for using the Amazon as a vehicle for incorporating STEM education, inquiry-based learning, and sustainability science education into your classroom. PLT Certification, BirdSleuth resources, and 50 Arizona State University PD Hours included. Academic Credit and Machu Picchu Extension optional. $1,000 scholarship deadline February 1, 2016.

http://www.amazonworkshops.com/educator-academy.html


Conservation Connect Live

Third Wednesday of every month at 2:00 PM ET
Conservation Connect is a free webinar for students to view a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Conservation Connect episode and chat with conservation professionals. This new web-based video series aims to connect youth, ages 10–14, with the great outdoors and conservation careers. Each episode will help students learn about wildlife, careers, and new technologies utilized to study and protect our wildlife and natural resources. Produced by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the National Conservation Training Center. Educator resources and featured videos are also available on the Conservation Connect website.

http://nctc.fws.gov/broadcasts


Resources for Students and Educators

NSTA Recommends Natural Inquirer

Natural Inquirer was endorsed by the National Science Teachers Association. On August 25, NSTA published a blog endorsing Natural Inquirer for all science teachers from upper elementary through high school. The blog described journal articles and highlighted favorite features and sent a link to the blog to all NSTA member middle school teachers (~15K).  Read the blog >


Three Things to Know When Taking Students on a Rainforest Trip

Ecotourism has long been viewed as a conservation strategy by grant giving institutions and nonprofit organizations. This article is intended to help environmental science educators who are planning to take students to the rainforest.

http://www.saverfn.org/media


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Guidelines for Community Engagement
Draft Framework Available

We need your help! NAAEE and EECapacity are in the process of developing another document for the Guidelines for Excellence series.  This set of guidelines will, when completed, focus on how environmental educators can work successfully in communities to protect the environment and promote community well-being and sustainability. These guidelines will also strive to help environmental educators, and others, create more inclusive working environments that support social equity, effective partnerships, and coalition building.

This is the first draft framework/outline for these guidelines. As with all of the previous Guidelines for Excellence publications, these guidelines will be developed through an iterative public participation process. 

The draft, posted on the NAAEE website, is available for download at: http://www.naaee.net/programs/community-ee-guidelines-review

Your comments will be used in the revision process.  Please submit your comments to Bora Simmons [borasimmons@gmail.com] by Monday, November 16, 2015.

THANK YOU.


EECapacity Conducting Survey on Size and Diversity of EE Field

EECapacity needs your help on an important study to estimate the size and diversity of the environmental education field in America today. Your answers will help us understand the breadth, scale, and scope of environmental education and related fields and professions in the USA.

The survey is anonymous and will take no more than 10 minutes to complete.

Please also forward this request within your organization and to other environmental education related professional networks to which you belong.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Rupu Gupta, the lead researcher, at NewKnowledge at rgupta@newknowledge.org or 347-766-3399.

To take the survey, please click this link: https://newknowledge.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cx89UVVsGeRsJCZ

Thank you for your support.

This survey is in support of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) funded project, Expanding Capacity in Environmental Education (EECapacity), led by Cornell University in collaboration with the North American Association for Environmental Education.(NAAEE). Our team at New Knowledge Organization Ltd. are the independent external evaluators commissioned to answer this question on behalf of the project.

Now It’s Time to Get Every Kid in a Park!             (Posted: 10-22-15)

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          U.S. Department of Education

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Now It’s Time to Get Every Kid in a Park!

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Fourth-graders on the grounds of Samuel W. Tucker Elementary School in Alexandria, Va., holding passes that give them and their families free admission for one year to all national parks, with ranger Kathy Kupper from the National Park Service at left.
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Now it’s Time to Get Every Kid in a Park!

Earlier this year, President Obama launched the Every Kid in a Park Initiative to get every child outside to learn about the rich history and natural wonders of our federal lands and waters.  Beginning September 1st, Every Kid in a Park (EKiP) grants every 4th grader in the country and his or her family free access to these places for one year.  Fourth graders can download their special passes on the Every Kid in a Park website.  “Experiencing the great outdoors is important for students as they learn key concepts in STEM, history, and civics,” said Secretary Duncan.  “By visiting our federal lands and waters, students can hone critical thinking and collaboration skills through engaging, project-based learning – all in a real-world context. They can also build lifelong wellness practices and learn how to better protect our nation’s most precious resources through the joy of connecting with nature.”  Educators and parents interested in taking advantage of this special teaching and learning opportunity can find activities, trip planning tools, safety and packing tips, and other helpful information.  You can also follow EKiP on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. >>>>

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States Solicit 2016 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Applicants

Participating state education authorities have launched 2016 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) competitions with deadlines to submit to them this winter.  For applications, interested colleges and universities should contact their state higher education authorities, while schools and districts should contact their state education agencies.  Schools, districts, and postsecondary institutions are only eligible if nominated by state authorities.  State education authorities’ participation is voluntary.  Hearing from interested applicants may be helpful to those states considering participation.  State education authorities can find updated criteria and other state implementation guidance on our website and may contact U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools for more information.

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Meet More of the 2015 Honorees

U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools are demonstrating innovative practices for all to follow: 

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Hillcrest Elementary School, Oak Harbor, Wash.

Hillcrest Elementary began a collaborative courtyard garden with the Oak Harbor Garden Club in 2010.  Students now plant, weed, harvest, study insect anatomy, and learn about the lifecycle of a butterfly.  Hillcrest has a covered outdoor classroom, with white board and seating, and, in 2012, added 12 new raised beds built by staff and Navy Partners in Education.  Produce from the garden is given to families and donated to a food bank.  In 2014, Hillcrest purchased chicks, and rotated them among classrooms.  Students visit the chickens daily, write about chicken behavior, collect the eggs, feed the chickens, and know each by name.  The eggs are sold and the money donated to a local food bank.  Hillcrest has replaced 25-year-old carpet with tiles and recycled materials, changed to LED lights, replaced the old boiler with a new cast iron condensing boiler, replaced the old water tank with a new condensing hot water tank, and changed to green cleaning products.  Hillcrest participates in Washington Green Schools and uses Leave No Trace, Project Bluebird, and FOSS materials to teach outdoor education.  It uses National Geographic Kids, Scholastic News, and Time for Kids for expository reading.  Hillcrest participates in Safe Routes to School, Fuel Up to Play 60, Let’s Move Active Schools, and Fitnessgram.  >>>>

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Hillcrest students in Oak Harbor, Wash. name, monitor life cycle, graph growth, write about, and care for their school chickens.
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Rockford Middle School – Center for Environmental Studies, Rockford, Minn.

Rockford Middle School-Center for Environmental Studies (RMS-CES) classes include: From Grass to Glass, Reducing Carbon Footprints, Trees and Their Uses, Mining in Minnesota, Invasive Species, and Water Quality Testing.  Students oversaw a waste challenge, auditing waste, creating signage, and calling catalogue companies to reduce unnecessary paper.  Education about composting diverted 47 tons of organic waste from a landfill into compost.  Fifth and sixth graders planted a rain garden with the local water authority.  After-school activities include Future Farmers of America, Envirothon, and Green Team.  Professional development offered by the Department of Natural Resources, Jeffers Foundation, Minnesota Association for Environmental Education, Project WET, Project WILD, and PLT provide teachers with ways to take classes outside and incorporate environmental lessons.  The agriculture curriculum includes U.S. and state gardening, animal science, soil and water science, horticulture, agricultural history, and careers in agriculture.  Students go to Baker Near Wilderness Settlement for outdoor education two times a year.  They engage in invasive species removal, trail clean-up, and wetlands maintenance work.  RMS-CES participates in farm to school and has a school garden.  An efficient new HVAC system and a new roof on one-third of the building help reduce energy use and costs, and all classroom spaces have made the transition to motion-sensor lighting.  >>>>

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A Rockford Middle School student in Rockford, Minn. makes observations about an owl during a visit from the University of Minnesota Raptor Center.
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Seeley-Swan High School, Seeley Lake, Mont.

Seeley-Swan High School has established a baseline, developed a plan, and implemented sustainability practices.  Seeley-Swan conducted an energy audit and is using Energy Cap software.  The school has developed a list of energy conservation behaviors, and conducted energy conservation professional development.  Because of its rural location, Seeley-Swan teachers and administrators take the recycling to the City of Missoula monthly, loading up their trucks with students auditing their recycling before it goes.  The high school partnered with the nearby elementary school and charitable organizations to establish safe bike routes, disseminate safe practices, and provide every student with a helmet.  Seeley-Swan High participates in Let’s Move Missoula!, and offers Brain Breaks for movement during the course of the day, along with significant outdoor physical activity programming.  The high school built a greenhouse, offering 1300 square feet of student-managed organic gardening, using low-tech sustainable methods inspired by local farmers.  The produce is used in the school cafeteria and scraps are composted.  Seeley-Swan offers a Geography of Food class, conducts field studies in science, and encourages nature journaling in English.  The geography class works with second graders at nearby Seeley Elementary, planting gardens and working on composting.  English requires a semester-long sustainability-focused writing project.  Algebra students collect data on each classroom’s use of lighting.  Students work on a stream restoration project, stocking the stream with fish and recording data that informs the U.S. Forest Service and watershed groups’ policies.  >>>>

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Students at Seeley-Swan High School in Seeley Lake, Mont. pick vegetables for lunch.
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Wilson Focus School, Omaha, Neb.

Wilson Focus School (WFS) placed first in Nebraska in 2011 in the nutrition and fitness program Fuel Up to Play 60.  Physical activities include tap dance, jazz dance, hip hop, yoga, outdoor sports, playground pals, Taekwondo, archery, and walking and biking clubs.  There are 11 raised garden beds, and each classroom is responsible for one bed.  The produce is used in cooking enrichment, science classes, and school lunches; distributed to take home; and sold by the garden club.  These beds, and their accompanying compost bin, and rain barrels have helped the students to learn about erosion, water conservation, engineering, math, and how nutrients from organic waste can cycle through the environment.  Students are part of a team that gathers recycling from around the building.  WFS participates in Omaha Public Schools Green Schools initiative and has received ENERGY STAR recognition every year from 2012 to 2014.  Students learn agricultural practices of various regions and how people in other cultures interact with their environment.  They study the long-term effects of pollution in their science courses, and use math and graphing skills to document trends over time.  In reading classes, nonfiction selections relate to the environment and renewable energy.  WFS partners with Camp Kitaki to send sixth-grade students to two days of outdoor education full of learning activities, including visiting a pond, lake, canoeing, GPS hiking, astronomy and rock climbing.  >>>>

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Wilson Focus School students sort and recycle their Grab and Go breakfast waste in Omaha, Neb.
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Resources and Opportunities

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The Green Strides Webinar Series Continues This Fall

The Green Strides Webinar Series promotes sessions offered by federal agencies and nonprofit organizations that provide free tools to reduce schools' environmental impact and costs; improve health and wellness; and teach effective environmental education.  Check out the webinar calendar and submit suggestions of webinars on school, district, and postsecondary sustainability to ed.green.ribbon.schools@ed.gov so that we may promote them.

October 1, 2015, 6:30-7:30 p.m.   InSight NASA Next Mars Mission (NASA)

October 5, 2015, 6:30-7:30 p.m.   Making Water on a Desert Planet  (NASA)

October 7, 2015, 2:00-3:00 p.m.   America Recycles Day – Event Planning (KAB)

October 7, 2015, 6:00-7:00 p.m.   Journey to MARS:  Mars Needs Food (NASA)

October 8, 2015, 1:00–2:30 p.m.  Comprehensive Recycling Program (AASHE)

October 8, 2015, 6:00-7:00 p.m.    Journey to MARS:  Getting Dirty on Mars (NASA)

October 13, 2015, 1:00-1:30 p.m.  Farm to School 101 (HSC)

October 13, 2015, 2:00-3:00 p.m.  Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS)

October 13, 2015, 2:00-3:30 p.m.   ENERGY STAR Green Building Rating System (EPA)

October 15, 2015, 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Multidimensional Kinematics (NASA)

October 19, 2015, 6:00-7:00 p.m.  Digital Library of STEM Resources (NASA)

October 20, 2015, 2:00-3:00 p.m.  Collaborative for High Performing Schools (CHPS)

October 21, 2015, 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Investigating the Climate System (NASA)

October 22, 2015, 1:00-2:00 p.m.  How to Apply for the ENERGY STAR (EPA)

October 27, 2015, 1:00-2:00 p.m.  Portfolio Manager 101 (EPA)

October 27, 2015, 2:00-3:00 p.m.  Operation Report Card (CHPS)

October 28, 2015, 1:00-2:00 p.m.  Portfolio Manager 201 (EPA)

October 29, 2015, 1:00-2:00 p.m.  Portfolio Manager 301 (EPA)

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Global Goals for Sustainable Development Offers “World’s Largest Lesson”

In September, world leaders signed the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, which aim to end poverty, inequality and climate change.  The World’s Largest Lesson aims to communicate the goals to children around the world.  Creative and engaging content, in the form of a film, comics, and lesson plans, encourage children to take individual action to make positive change in their community. You can find The Global Goals for Sustainable Development on Facebook (@TheGlobalGoals) and The World’s Largest Lesson on Twitter (@TheWorldsLesson).  >>>>

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National Wildlife Federation Launches ClimateClassroom.org

ClimateClassroom.org, a new website sponsored by National Wildlife Federation, contains educational materials for middle and high schools and colleges.  The site also contains guides for student action, case examples of on-campus greenhouse gas reduction programs, and meets Next Generation Science Standards and states’ new learning standards.  >>>>

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Whole Kids Foundation Offers School Salad Bar, Garden, & Healthy Kids Grants

The Whole Foods Salad Bar grant program gives a salad bar along with the training needed to implement a school salad bar program successfully.  Applications are available year round.  The School Garden Grant program provides a $2,000 monetary grant to a K-12 school, or a nonprofit working in partnership with a K-12 school, to support an edible garden on school grounds.  Garden grant applications are due by Oct. 31. The Healthy Kids Innovation Grant aims to bring together multi-sector leaders in food, health, fitness, and technology in support of the next big idea.  Grants range from $15,000-$25,000 and fund innovations that have been piloted in at least one classroom, and are ready to scale to the next level. Letters of intent are due Oct. 31st.  >>>>

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EPA releases new Indoor Air Quality Assessment Mobile App

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently launched a new mobile app to assist schools with conducting indoor air quality assessments (IAQ). The School IAQ Assessment app provides direct guidance from EPA’s Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Action Kit to help protect the health of children and staff.  >>>>

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Events

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October is National Farm to School Month…

National Farm to School Month was designated by Congress to symbolize the growing importance of farm to school programs as a means to improve child nutrition, support local economies, and educate children about the origins of food.  The National Farm to School Network has developed resources and activities to promote Farm to School Month in schools, communities, and media outlets. >>>>

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…And Campus Sustainability Month

Campus Sustainability Month (CSM) is a celebration of sustainability in higher education. During this month, colleges and universities organize events on campus and elsewhere to engage and inspire incoming students and other campus stakeholders to become sustainability change agents. Events include teach ins, sustainability pledge-drives, zero energy concerts, waste audits, green sporting events, letter writing campaigns, and service projects.  >>>>

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The American School Health Association Annual Conference is Oct. 15-17 in Orlando

The mission of the American School Health Association is to transform all schools into places where every student learns and thrives. >>>>

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The NAAEE Annual Conference is Oct. 15-18th in San Diego

The North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) has its annual conference Oct. 14-18th in San Diego with the theme of “Building a Stronger and More Inclusive Movement.”  >>>>

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The CEFPI Annual Conference is Oct. 22-26th in San Diego

The Council of Educational Facilities Planners International (CEFPI) hosts an annual conference for those who plan, design, equip, furnish, and maintain places where students learn, this year under the theme “Outside Out.”  >>>>

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Food Day is Oct. 24th, 2015

This year, Food Day has the theme "Toward a Greener Diet."  Hundreds of events are being planned on and around October 24th in all 50 states.  >>>>

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The AASHE Annual Conference is Oct. 25 – 28th in Minneapolis

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) 2015 Conference & Expo, themed “Transforming Sustainability Education,” will convene a diverse group of campus representatives including faculty, students, sustainability officers, staff, administrators and presidents together with business, non-profit, government and community members for a sustainable celebration.  >>>>

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America Recycles Day is Nov. 15

Sponsored by Keep America Beautiful, America Recycles Day promotes and celebrates recycling.  This year’s America Recycles Day theme, “Bathroom, Bags, and Gadgets,” focuses on bathroom products, plastic bags, and electronics recycling to educate on some of the less commonly recycled products.  Get ideas and register your event.  Also register your school for the Recycle Bowl before Oct. 13th.  >>>>

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Mark Your Calendar for the Green Schools Conference & Expo in Pittsburgh

The Green Schools Conference & Expo brings together educators, school administrators, business and community leaders, nonprofit partners, green building professionals, students, parents, and many others. Make note of the sixth annual conference and expo scheduled for March 31-April 1.  Early registration information will be available soon.  Until Oct. 2nd, the Conference & Expo is accepting proposals from potential presenters and applications from reviewers.  Until Oct. 2nd, the Conference & Expo is accepting proposals from potential presenters and applications from reviewers. >>>>

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Your quarterly update: Sustainable Jersey             (Posted: 10-20-15)

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The Coastodian Oct. 2015             (Posted: 10-20-15)

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The Cloud Institute | October News & Upcoming Events             (Posted: 10-20-15)

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D&R Greenway Establishes Conservation Campus             (Posted: 10-20-15)

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Green Knight Newsletter - News and Events for October             (Posted: 10-20-15)

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October Littoral News             (Posted: 10-20-15)

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Water Pages eNewsletter             (Posted: 10-20-15)

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