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CONTENTS:
News from Raritan Headwaters
NAAEE: EE News for July 30, 2014
New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium 2013 Annual Report is Now Available
Water Pages eNewsletter
Alliance for Childhood: July Update
The Heat Is On with July STEM News at Girls Stem Collaborative (GSGSC)
Cornell Lab eNews: Summer Birdhouse Tips and Great Feeder Ideas
Free Rain Gardens in the Neshanic Watershed
NJ Sustainable Schools Consortium July Newsletter
COASTodian Newsletter - Summer 2014 Issue
NJCCVTS Newsletter - July, 2014
News from Raritan Headwaters
Trees, Trees, Trees: A Successful Spring
News: EDF Climate Fellow; Best Summer Party; Regional Hubs Rise Up; 4 Towns Get Grants; Board Spotlight
Summer 2014 NPSNJ Newsletter
Green Knight Newsletter - News and Events for July
Don't Overheat This Summer
Water Pages eNewsletter
Video Contest & Online Media Toolkit
NAAEE: EE News for June 18, 2014
News Release: Maybe Birds Can Have It All: Dazzling Colors and Pretty Songs, Too
June Temperatures Rise with Fun Summer STEM News at Girls STEM Collaborative (GSGSC)
Healthier in Nature: New Tools to Engage Communities in Outdoor Activities
NJ Sustainable Schools Consortium June Newsletter
Creating a Healthier Next Generation and Supporting a Healthier School Day
National Wildlife NJ Eco-Schools Action Newsletter
Cornell Lab eNews: Learn to "See" Bird Songs With Our Fun New Game
NJ Trails Association is looking for your photographs!
Get Outside NJ
Green Knight Newsletter - News and Events for June
Water Pages eNewsletter
New! Countdown to Certification Webinar and Other Sustainable Jersey Trainings
Barnegat Bay Partnership video blog on Blitz Day
Protect Yourself from Energy Vampires
Green Knight newsletter -- May 2014 -- News of Environmental Issues and Events in New Jersey
May NSTA Field Reports
Great Places: Spring's Top 10 Wildlife Spectacles
Links from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology
NJ Afterschool Action: April 2014
News from Raritan Headwaters             (Posted: 7-31-14)

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NAAEE: EE News for July 30, 2014             (Posted: 7-31-14)


NAAEE Announcements

Conference News

Register Now!

Presenter Notification & Registration Reminder

Notifications regarding the results of the conference proposal review were sent to all submitters in early July. If you haven't received your results, please check with the primary contact for your proposal.

All conference presenters need to register by August 8 to confirm acceptance of your conference session.

Don’t forget: it takes six weeks to process US passport renewals and applications, and passports are required to enter Canada.

Looking for Volunteer Mentors

The NAAEE/EECOM 2014 Young Professionals committee is organizing an informal “mentworking” session (mentoring + networking) during lunch on Friday at the Ottawa conference. During this time, young environmental educators will have the opportunity to connect with seasoned professionals and researches and benefit from their experience.

If you can give 90 minutes of your conference time to share your experience with young professionals, please sign up as a mentor on your conference registration form or contact Kristian Gareau at kristian.gareau@gmail.com.

For more information: http://www.naaee.net/conference

Exhibits and Advertisements

The best way to share your resources and services with more than 1,000 interested environmental educators is to participate in the conference Exhibit Fair or advertise in the conference program. Information and registration forms are posted on the NAAEE website. www.naaee.net/conference/exhibits-ads

Hotel Reservations are Open

Information about reserving hotel rooms is posted on NAAEE's website. Book early to ensure your preferred spot. The closest hotel to the Convention Centre is the Novotel, which also offers free wifi.

http://www.naaee.net/conference


Countdown to Ottawa: 10 Weeks!

The countdown continues to our 43rd Annual Conference in Ottawa, Canada! Check out our micro-site through Ottawa Tourism and our Facebook and Twitter to learn about amazing Ottawa and find helpful information to keep you on track with deadlines and announcements.

When you're in Ottawa, check out UrbanQuest, an urban scavenger hunt that makes for a great way to find your way around the very walkable city! A clue package will lead the way as you solve fun puzzles and see interesting sights. http://www.urbanquest.com/purchaseaquest?city=Ottawa


Awards, Grants, Contests

Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science: Call for Nominations

Deadline: October 15, 2014
Nominations are now open for the Advancing Science, Serving Society (AAAS) Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science. This award recognizes early career scientists who demonstrate excellence not only in their research careers but also in promoting meaningful dialogue between science and society.

The recipient of the award will receive a $5,000 prize, a commemorative plaque, and complimentary registration and travel to the AAAS Annual Meeting in San Jose, California.

http://www.aa as.org/aboutaaas/awards/public_engagement


Race 4 Birds Birding Competitions for Young People

The Race 4 Birds Foundation (R4B) launched a new nonprofit organization to promote youth birding competitions. The birding competitions challenge youth participants to identify and quantify the number of birds sighted within 24 hours. The site offers a planning guide, detailed instructions, and resources.

http://www.race4birds.org/


Project Learning Tree GreenWorks! Grants

Deadline: September 30, 2014
Project Learning Tree® (PLT), an award-winning national environmental education program for educators and students in grades PreK-12, has GreenWorks! grants of up to $2,000 available to schools and youth organizations for environmental service-learning projects. Students “learn by doing” through community action projects they design and implement to improve an aspect of their school or neighborhood’s environment. These environmental action projects blend community service with academic curriculum to link classroom learning to the real world. Since 1992, PLT has helped fund more than 1,000 GreenWorks! projects across the country. From North Pole, Alaska to Key West, Florida, students have planted trees, restored habitats, improved streams, constructed trails, and more. PLT also provides grants to schools to implement recycling programs, conserve water and energy, or establish school gardens or outdoor classrooms—and integrate these projects into the curriculum. Apply online.

http://www.greenworks.org


Diversity and Environmental Justice Highlights

EPA EJ in Action Blog: Harvest of Shame

The latest blog post "Harvest of Shame," by Ashley Nelsen of EPA's Certification and Worker Protection Branch, discusses how a bottom-up approach to pesticide safety training leads to successes in improving farmworker protections, and the proposed changes to the Worker Protection Standard to include pesticide safety measures. Comments are invited on the proposed standard.

The Climate Justice in Action Series focuses on reframing the conversation on climate change to include environmental justice issues. In the latest post in the series, Neha Misra talks about health impacts in developing countries from fuel based lighting, such as kerosine lamps, and how her organization is making a visible difference with education, empowering women, and solar light bulbs.

http://blog.epa.gov/ej/2014/07/harvest-of-shame


EE Research

Crucial Steps Toward Climate Action by Individuals

The Yale Project on Climate Change Communication has just published research on what motivates individuals in the U.S. to take action about climate issues. Key steps for non-activists to move toward taking action include: belief that global warming is happening and human-caused; perception that global warming as a serious threat; belief that global warming is solvable; and that their own and our collective actions can make a difference. Read the full report: http://bit.ly/UH1i4L

Additional valuable climate change reports are available, including Climate Change in the American Mind (April 2014) and Global Warming's Six Americas.

http://environment.yale.edu/climate-communication


North American Events, Training, Announcements

Geologic Map Day

October 17, 2014
The third annual Geologic Map Day is the final major event for Earth Science Week 2014 (October 12-18) promoting the study, uses, and importance of geologic mapping. Students will have access to activities and materials for participation including the Geologic Map Day poster. Hosted by the U.S. Geological Survey, the Association of American State Geologists, the National Park Service, the Geological Society of America, NASA, and Esri in partnership with AGI, the organizer of Earth Science Week.

http://www.earthsciweek.org/g eologicmap


Next Steps Institute 2014 Focuses on Building a STEM Community

September 22–23, 2014 ~ Washington, DC
The Next Steps Institute brings thought leaders together to address, learn, and plan how to move STEM forward in ways that put youth and their learning front and center. The Fall Institute, Integrating STEM Learning in Communities, will gather STEM-focused stakeholders, including experts from NOAA, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, WestEd, Murray State University, Earth Force, and Clemson University’s College of Engineering and Science, providing unique perspectives on STEM learning opportunities.

http://earthforce.org/?q=node/236


Seeking Climate and Energy Science Educational Resources

The CLEAN (Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network, cleanet.org) team is soliciting submissions of excellent climate and energy science educational resources for review and inclusion in the CLEAN Collection.

Send resource submissions to Marian Grogan (Marian_Grogan@terc.edu).

http://cleanet.org


Resources for Students and Educators

Pumpkins and Petunias; Things for Children to Do in Gardens

By Esther Railton-Rice and Irene Winston (XLibris, 2014).
This book is for anyone who enjoys being in a garden with children. Each activity includes objectives, information for the leader, materials, directions for doing the activity, relation to the subject standards, and suggestions for related activities. The book includes all the disciplines and the teaching strategies of inquiry, playing, questioning, creating, constructing, etc. The appendices match the activities to Next Generation Science Standards, National State Core Standards, and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) curriculum standards.

http://pumpkinsandpetuniasbook.com


Harford County Public Schools Save Big with Energy Efficiency

Located 30 miles northeast of Baltimore, Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) is home to more than 38,000 students in grades K–12. School officials believe that in order to provide students with a modern education, sustainability must be a priority. Baltimore Gas and Energy (BGE) and HCPS teamed up to create and release a video sharing information on how the school district improved energy efficiency in 42 schools, cutting energy use by more than 4 million kilo-watt hours and saving $443,000 annually in energy cost.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xsrC1baxJo

STEM and ArcGIS Resources Part of ConnectED Initiative

Esri is providing free ArcGIS Online subscriptions for instuctional use for all K-12 schools in the United States as part of the White House's ConnectED initiative. GIS professionals are encouraged to volunteer to help schools set up their ArcGIS Online account, provide data for the local community, and provide local expertise. Resources to help schools get started with ArcGIS Online are available here.

New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium 2013 Annual Report is Now Available             (Posted: 7-31-14)

Click HERE.

Water Pages eNewsletter             (Posted: 7-31-14)

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Alliance for Childhood: July Update             (Posted: 7-28-14)

July Update
July 2014
EventsUpcoming Events

* On Saturday, September 13, the second annual Sacramento Play Summit will take place. This is being presented by Fairytown in partnership with the Sacramento Public Library. Read more here.

* The International Council for Children's Play will hold its 27th international World Play Conference on February 1-3, 2015 in Brussels. Deadline for submission of abstracts is September 30.

* The 2015 Conference on the Value of Play will take place February 15-18. Sponsored by the U.S. Play Coalition, it will be held in Clemson, South Carolina. Session proposals are now being accepted, with a deadline of September 17.

* The Association of Children's Museums' InterActivity 2015: Bringing the World to Children and Families will take place May 13-15. It will be hosted by The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Session proposals are now being accepted. The deadline is August 1.

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RecentArticlesRecent Videos, Articles, and Publications

* The International Play Association has created a wonderful 3-minute video entitled "This Is Me: Article 31 and a Child's Right to Play."

* Take a look at adventure playgrounds in Germany in this delightful video called "Playing for Life."

Remember! The Alliance for Childhood Publications page  (http://allianceforchildhood.org/publications) is filled with many reports, articles, books, and policy briefs, many of which you can download for free.

We invite you to keep up with media coverage of issues affecting children by visiting our Facebook page regularly. You'll find many interesting articles from around the country and the world.

ALLIANCE FOR CHILDHOOD
P.O. Box 20973 | Park West P.O. | New York, NY 10025 | 202-643-8242

The Heat Is On with July STEM News at Girls Stem Collaborative (GSGSC)             (Posted: 7-21-14)

July
2014
The Heat Is On with July 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:
  • Powerful Ad Shows What A Little Girl Hears When You Tell Her She's Pretty 
  • Full STEM Ahead is the #1 Resource for New Jersey STEM News - All Aboard! 
  • Got STEM? Let us Know How You're Supporting STEM in Afterschool!
  • Support STEM Education and Take the Dow Teacher Challenge by 7/30/14! 
  • Take Advantage of this Valuable FREE Resource: Is your program listed?
  • NIOST and NJSACC Offer A New and Incredible STEM Fellowship Opportunity! Apply by 7/31

 
Mike MacEwan
Collaborative Lead, Garden State Girls STEM Collaborative
 
By Caroline Bologna

A new Verizon commercial cites a sad statistic by the National Science Foundation: 66 percent of 4th grade girls say they like science and math, but only 18 percent of all college engineering majors are female.

  

People have offered many potential explanations for this discrepancy, but this ad highlights the importance of the social cues that push girls away from math and science in their earliest childhood years.

  

The video depicts one girl's development from toddler to teenager. She wanders curiously through nature, examines the plants and animals around her, creates an astronomy project, and builds a rocket with her older brother. But all along the way, she hears many all-too-common refrains from her parents: "Who's my pretty girl?" "Don't get your dress dirty," "You don't want to mess with that," and "Be careful with that. Why don't you hand that to your brother?" These statements are subtle, but the ad suggests that they can ultimately discourage girls from pursuing traditionally male-dominated STEM subjects in school.

  

According to AdWeek, the powerful commercial is the result of a partnership between Verizon and Makers and is narrated by Girls Who Code founder, Reshma Saujani.

  

The video ends with a thought-provoking question: Isn't it time we told her she's pretty brilliant, too?

  

 
It sure is.
 
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misstated the name of the National Science Foundation.
 
Click here to read from this article's source.
Full STEM Ahead is the #1 Resource for New Jersey STEM News - All Aboard!
 
Eighty percent of jobs created in the next decade will require math and science skills (National Science Foundation). NJSACC's new Full STEM Ahead! Afterschool Initiative continues to help New Jersey afterschool providers become STEM leaders, preparing students for these jobs.
 
Some of their latest informative STEM news include such items as:
Click here to stay up-to-date at FullSTEMAhead.org
 Got STEM? Let us Know How You're Supporting STEM in Afterschool!
 
NJSACC: The Statewide Network for New Jersey's Afterschool Communities promotes and supports the development, continuity and expansion of quality programs for children and youth during out-of-school time.

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 into your programs or how you are currently implementing STEM.

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!
  Support STEM Education and Take the Dow Teacher Challenge by 7/30/14!
 
The Center for Science Teaching and Learning (CSTL) and Dow have come together to support STEM education in our schools. STEM education is absolutely vital for our children and our future. We need to encourage children to pursue science, technology, engineering and math related fields. Our real challenge lies in how to achieve our goal of improving STEM education.

Take the Dow Teacher Challenge!

Teachers of all fields are invited to submit their ideas for increasing STEM education in the classroom. The top 25 entries will earn a $1,000 grant to be used in the classroom!

How do I participate?
  • Visit www.dow.com/education to submit an entry.
  • The deadline for all Summer Teacher Challenge submissions is July 30, 2014.
  • The Fall Teacher Challenge will begin on August 4, 2014 and the deadline for all submissions is October 31, 2014.
  • The top 50 entries will earn a $1,000 grant.
Together we can build a STEM-strong future!
Take Advantage of this Valuable FREE Resource: Is your program listed?
 
The Online Program Directory lists organizations and programs that focus on motivating girls to pursue STEM careers. The purpose of the directory is to help organizations and individuals network, share resources, and collaborate on STEM-related projects for girls. 


When you sign up for the Program Directory, you will enter your program description, resources available within your organization, program and/or organizational needs, and contact information.

The Directory contains program descriptions, resources available within each organization, program and/or organization needs, and contact information. Submitted entries undergo review and verification prior to publication.

 

Click here to register your STEM program
 
NIOST and NJSACC Offer A New and Incredible STEM Fellowship Opportunity! Apply by 7/31

National Afterschool Matters STEM Practitioner Fellowship
A collaborative effort between the National Institute on Out-of-School Time, the National
Writing Project, and NJSACC: The Network for NJ's Afterschool Communities
 
The National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) at the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College and the National Writing Project (NWP), with generous funding support from the Robert Bowne Foundation, launched the National Afterschool Matters Initiative Practitioner Fellowship in September 2008. The first two participating cities were Philadelphia through the Philadelphia Writing Project, and the San Francisco Bay area through the Bay Area Writing Project.

We have also have or had Fellowships in Minneapolis, Seattle, Pittsburgh, and New York City. NIOST and NJSACC are excited to bring this opportunity to out-of-school-time (OST) practitioners  and classroom teachers in New Jersey. The fellowship is grounded in the inquiry-based, writing, and professional development approaches of the National Writing Project (NWP) and NIOST. This effective professional development model provides frequent and ongoing opportunities for educators in and out of school to write and to examine theory and practice together systematically. Educators who are well informed and effective in their practice can be successful teachers of other practitioners as well as partners in development and implementation of effective and quality practice. Research findings by the fellows will be presented at a research roundtable in the Fall of 2015, and fellows will be encouraged to submit papers for publication.

Participants in the Practitioner Fellowship are selected by application. Through the year-long course the Fellows will explore some of the issues emerging from recent studies that challenge the dichotomy of learning experiences as well as traditional structures of learning. Researchers and policy makers have increasingly questioned the split between in-school and out-of-school programs, calling for new policy and innovative thinking to bridge these divides. 
 
Click here to download the fellowship flyer
Click here to download the fellowship application
 
Those selected for the New Jersey STEM Practitioner Fellowship will:
  • Become part of a community of practitioners. Fellows work collaboratively to study effective practices and investigate the structures in which effective practice happens - at the program/classroom, activity, curriculum, and individual levels using their own Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Mathematics curricula as the objects of study.
  • Learn strategies to engage in program reflection and inquiry. Fellows learn approaches and strategies that will help them become better at program/classroom observation and analysis.
  • Improve programs and practice. Fellows identify and investigate effective instructional strategies and bring these strategies back to their classrooms and/or OST programs.
  • Collaborate to identify ways that schools and OST programs can better work together to support youth in STEM learning and engagement.
  • Engage in leadership activities to disseminate program/classroom improvement strategies. Fellows present their work to peers, administrators, parents and community members. They are encouraged to design and deliver workshops based on their work to share new expertise with others in the field.
  • Write a STEM-focused inquiry paper that intentionally brings the worlds of OST and the school classroom together as part of an article for professional journals.
Responsibilities of Fellows:
  • September 2014 to November 2014: twice monthly Saturday meetings at the NJSACC office in Westfield, NJ
  • December 2014 to May 2015: monthly meetings, one Saturday per month in Westfield, NJ
  • April or May 2015: a spring writing retreat, where rough drafts of STEM research articles will be completed. Location TBD.
  • October 2015: a formal Round Table Presentation of research to the broader community
Application Process:

Employer approval must be obtained (see Memorandum of Understanding). Please complete the Practitioner Fellowship application and return, along with the MOU, by Thursday, July 31st 2014 by e-mail, fax, or mail to:

National Institute on Out-of-School Time,
National Afterschool Matters Practitioner Fellowship
Wellesley College, Waban House
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481

fax: 781-283-3657

For more general information contact: Elizabeth Meister, (781) 283-2607 or emeister@wellesley.edu

If you have specific questions in regards to the New Jersey Fellowship please contact Mike MacEwan, Director of STEM Initiatives for NJSACC at: mmacewan@njsacc.org

To apply, request the National Afterschool Matters Practitioner Fellowship application and the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) from mmacewan@njsacc.org, the NJSACC website at: www.NJSACC.org or on the NIOST website here.
Contact
Michael MacEwan 
Collaborative Lead  
Garden State Girls STEM Collaborative 

Cornell Lab eNews: Summer Birdhouse Tips and Great Feeder Ideas             (Posted: 7-21-14)

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Free Rain Gardens in the Neshanic Watershed             (Posted: 7-21-14)

Are you interested in protecting water quality in your community? North Jersey Resource Conservation and Development is currently recruiting residents in the Neshanic Watershed to sign up to receive a FREE rain garden! Rain Gardens are beautiful, engineered gardens that protect water quality by reducing flooding and preventing pollution from entering our waterways. To see if you are eligible, residents that live in Flemington Borough, Raritan Township, East Amwell and Delaware Township can e-mail their address to Blaire Langston at blangston@northjerseyrcd.org. Or give us a call 908-439-2518!
NJRC&D is a nonprofit organization working to protect New Jersey's natural resources.

NJ Sustainable Schools Consortium July Newsletter             (Posted: 7-14-14)

 NJ SUSTAINABLE SCHOOLS CONSORTIUM
     Creating Healthier Schools at Lower Costs
Issue: # 4July 2014

 Competitions and Grants
Enter the EPA Food Recovery Challenge 
 
Enter your school in the Food Recycling Challenge sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reduce your bottom line, support your community, reduce your environmental footprint and receive recognition. Winners will be recognized on the EPA's website. READ MORE

President's Environmental Youth Award (PEYA) 
Deadline: Ongoing 
 
The PEYA program promotes awareness of our nation's natural resources and encourages positive community involvement. Since 1971, the President of the United States has joined with EPA to recognize young people across the U.S. for protecting our nation's air, water, land, and ecology. It is one of the most important ways EPA and the Administration demonstrate commitment to environmental stewardship efforts created and conducted by our nation's young people. READ MORE


Project Learning Tree Greenworks! Grants

Deadline: September 30, 2014 

  

Up to $2,000 available! Do you have an idea for a community garden, habitat restoration, recyclying, or energy conservation project? Need funds to implement it? Apply for a GreenWorks! grant from Project Learning Tee® (PLT). READ MORE

  

Model Program Initiative Grant Winners Announced
10 NJ Districts will Pilot Environmental Education Program
 

The NJSSC would like to congratulate the following school districts selected to participate in a Model Program Initiative Grant in cooperation with NJ Project Learning Tree (PLT), NJ Sustainable Schools Consortium (NJSSC), and Rutgers University. This exciting pilot project is designed to prepare NJ school districts to participate in the national Project Learning Tree Green Schools! program through professional development training in PLT materials and personalized support and guidance from a local PLT facilitator. The selected schools will receive free professional development in the area of environmental education, and the student investigations conducted through this program will foster a strong connection between your efforts to "green" the building and the curriculum. The winners are: 

  • Newark
  • Fairfield
  • Green Brook
  • Long Branch
  • Monroe
  • Pittsgrove
  • Bellmawr
  • Kellman Brown Academy
  • Milltown
  • Ogdensburg
  • West Orange

 

EIRC Grant Evaluation Services
 

For information on EIRC's Grant Evaluation Services, contact Pat Bruder at pbruder@eirc.org

 Announced by US DOE's July 2014 Edition of Green Strides
Watch Live: ED-Green Ribbon Schools to be Honored July 22
NJ Schools: Kellman Brown Academy and Three Bridges Elementary  

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality Mike Boots, and Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce Mark Schaefer will honor the 2014 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools and District Sustainability Awardees at 2:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, July 22 at the U.S. Department of Commerce Herbert C. Hoover Auditorium in Washington, D.C. At the awards ceremony, Secretary Duncan will also announce the legs of the second annual Green Strides Best Practices Tour. 
 
EPA Proposes National Limits on Carbon Pollution
Reduction in Carbon Pollution Could Reduce Asthma Attacks and Missed School  

In July, the EPA proposed national limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants that would reduce carbon pollution from the power sector by 30%. One anticipated result would be 150,000 fewer asthma attacks in children each year -- and they would miss an estimated 180,000 fewer days of school. READ MORE
 Pillar I - Reduce Environmental Impact & Cost
How Can my District Reduce Energy Costs and Finance Building Upgrades through Energy Saving Improvement Programs (ESIPs)?
ESIPs maximize savings created by combining all possible Energy Conservation Measures including the retrofit of outdated systems with all new equipment. 
 
The EIRC  "RENEW Program" assists your district with the implementation of a "Do-It-Yourself" ESIP involving capital improvements aimed at reducing energy costs, while concurrently educating your district staff.

 

Interested in finding out more about RENEW?  Call Carol James at 732-329-6642 or cjames@eirc.org and set up a complimentary district consultation, or attend one of our up and coming Breakfast Briefs. READ MORE

TCPN Makes Purchasing Green Products Easier - NO BID!
TCPN wants to make purchasing green products and services offered by their vendors easier. Below is a portion of their green products that NJ school districts buy and skip the bidding process. To make a purchase, contact the vendors below and mention the TCPN contract numbers listed here: 
Breakfast Brief at 2014 NJ Green Ribbon Award Recipient
Tour Kellman Brown and learn the path to earning a Green Ribbon 

Attend our first Breakfast Brief of the new school year on October 23, 2014 at Kellman Brown Academy, a 2014 Green Ribbon Schools award recipient!  Kellman Brown Academy (Voorhees, NJ) will host a tour of their facility for the NJSSC and our guests, while our EIRC Green Team Partners focus on how schools can become more energy efficient and sustainable. Your district leaders will meet key Green Team Members from the Kellman Brown Academy staff so you can learn first hand how they achieved Green Ribbon Status.  Includes complimentary breakfast. 
 
Date:   October 23, 2014
Time:   9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
What does the Newark Public School District have in common with NJ Transit and the NJ State Aquarium?  

The NJ Energy Tracking System! School districts and public entities are realizing the savings that can be achieved by tracking and analyzing their energy usage. The NJ Energy Tracking System has already been implemented at the NJ Transit Authority, NJ State Facilities, School Districts, Municipalities, Counties and more!  NJ ETS has discovered billing errors that have resulted in the recouping of $$ millions of dollars that would have been impossible to find without the auditing capabilities of NJ ETS. LEARN MORE
 Pillar II - Health & Wellness of Schools, Students and Staff
Expansive Classrooms: Take Learning Outside 

"Outdoor and experiential lessons guide students to become leaders who are balanced physically, emotionally, and academically." From snow shoeing to outdoor poetry, Erin Nicoldi provides a examples of outdoor learning experiences. Read the full article at
2014 Right to Know Update - July 11th Webinar 

This year school districts must submit a "Full Survey Online Report" to the state.  There are important changes that districts must be aware of. Partner Engineering provides full service Right-to-Know compliance and hazard communication support to school district. To learn about these changes, EIRC and Partner are providing the following complimentary webinar:
 
Topic: IMPORTANT 2014 Right to Know Update 
Date:  July 11th, 2014
Time:  11:00 a.m. 
Security Assessment, Design, Equipment & Installation

IP Security Cameras & Access Control 
  • No Bid  Services for CCTV and Door Access Control
  • Design & Install all new systems based on open standards
  • Will not lock districts into a proprietary solution that will create vendor lock-in
  • Will support legacy installations
Network Security (Intrusion Prevention)
  • Secure Network from Compromises from Hackers, Malware, Bots and Viruses
  • Secure all content and vital information from any outside interference
For a free consultation in your district, contact sales@eirc.org
Summer Health & Safety Alert
Ticks and Lyme Disease

Did you know that in 2012, 95% of Lyme Disease cases were from 13 states including New Jersey and Pennsylvania? Lyme disease is a serious illness that is caused by the infection of the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi spread to people by the bite of an infected tick. Short-term symptoms include...READ MORE 
Tips for Greening Your School
 Because it's more than just saving energy

Health and Air Quality

  • Install and maintain entryway mats or grills to keep dirt and particles from entering the school
  • Implement a green cleaning policy using non-toxic cleaning materials and sustainable products, equipment and paper products
  • Require procedures for safe handling and storage of cleaning chemicals
  • Set up a hand washing or sanitizing program to keep everyone healthy
  • Use high efficiency air filters 
  • Require a green indoor integrated pest management program to reduce human exposure to harmful chemicals  
 Pillar III - Environmental Education
Green Challenge for K - 12 Students 

Empower K - 12 students to take ownership of their local environments! Students develop green solutions that give them the ability to make changes in their homes, their schools and in their communities. The Green Challenge is intended to bridge connections between students and green professionals, resulting in an exchange of knowledge not available in a classroom setting.
 

Green Schools Leadership Institute (GSLI)

 

Are you ready to transform your student body into Environmental Stewards? Utilize Project Based Learning to create and implement a green plan for transforming your schools. The green plan and your school buildings become your teaching tools! Integrate existing school content, 21st century skills, and state & national education standards into instructional designs. Focus on the following six areas:

  • Sustainable Sites
  • Water Efficiency
  • Energy and Atmosphere
  • Materials and Resources
  • Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Innovation and Design (ID)
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    Our team at the NJSSC hopes this newsletter provides you with valuable insight and inspiration that will help you implement green initiatives in your school.

     

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    Carol James 

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    COASTodian Newsletter - Summer 2014 Issue             (Posted: 7-11-14)

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    News from Raritan Headwaters             (Posted: 7-3-14)


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    July 2014
    Getting Ready for Nature Day Camp: Spots Still Available!

    We can't wait for Nature Day Camp to start next week!  Registration has openings for Wild Creativity! Arts and Crafts Camp, Tree Frogs Nature Day Camp for ages 7 to 10 and Honey Bees Nature Day Camp for ages 3 and 4!


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    Bird & Butterfly Garden Spruced Up            
    We are the happy recipients of a generous grant from the Garden Club of Somerset Hills to restore the Bird & Butterfly Garden at Fairview Farm. Please come by Fairview Farm at 2121 Larger Cross Road in Bedminster, dawn till dusk, to enjoy the full display of blooms, hummingbirds, and butterflies. 
    Will you be a voice for the Raritan River?
    Here is your chance to be a River Ambassador!
    Raritan Headwaters is looking for volunteers to help spread awareness about the importance of leaving no trace at the streams and rivers enjoyed by fisherman, kayakers and boaters. River Ambassadors will table at community events, locals parks and present information to recreational groups. No experience necessary. Training provided.
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    Greetings from the Stream!

    Raritan Headwaters is visiting a stream near you

    Our stream monitoring season is underway! Volunteers have been busy collecting visual and biological data from 56 stream monitoring sites throughout the watershed. Check out our volunteers in action.

    Volunteers Needed!          
    There are plenty of volunteer opportunities here at RHA and we could always use an extra hand:
    • Garden Maintenance and Weeding
    • Stream Clean-Ups
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    • You name it!
    Please register yourself and your interests in our Volunteer Database, or contact Patty Smeltzer for more information.
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    July 7th
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    August 21st 
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    Trees, Trees, Trees: A Successful Spring             (Posted: 7-3-14)

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    Since 1998, the NJ Tree Foundation has planted 200,754 trees across the state of New Jersey.
    ISSUE NO. 1 / JUNE 2014 
    Trees, Trees, Trees: A Successful Spring
    April and May, 2014

    The NJ Tree Foundation is proud to announce a successful spring tree planting season! Thanks to our partners, volunteers, donors, and sponsors, we planted 640 big, beautiful trees across NJ! Check out the accomplishments of our three largest programs!

    GREEN STREETS

    Planted 406 trees in Haworth, Red Bank, Liberty State Park, Glen Rock, Bergenfield, Metuchen, Asbury Park, Bound Brook, Seer Farm,Vineland, Montclair, Bloomfield, and Newark while employing  3 individuals in transition
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    CAMDEN URBAN AIRSHED REFORESTATION PROGRAM
    Planted 116 trees in the City of Camden with 347 volunteers
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    NEWARK RENAISSANCE TREES PROGRAM
    Planted 118 trees in the City of Newark with 275 volunteers
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    TreeKeepers Workshops
    Camden and Newark, Summer 2014

    The NJ Tree Foundation's TreeKeepers Workshop Series is a fun way to learn how to care for your community's trees, from identification to pruning to preventing hazards! Newark sessions were held in June, and Camden workshops will be held in July. For a full list of workshops or to sign up for a session in Camden, please click here.
    Green Streets Crew for Hire
    for Fall 2014 Tree Planting Season

    Is your New Jersey town looking for high-quality tree planting and landscaping services? Then Green Streets is the program for you! This fee-for-service division of the NJ Tree Foundation bids on opportunities to plant "the right tree for the right place" across the state, while providing jobs to individuals in transition from the prison system. 

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    Summer 2014 NPSNJ Newsletter             (Posted: 7-3-14)

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    PROMOTING THE APPRECIATION, PROTECTION, AND STUDY 
    OF NEW JERSEY'S NATIVE FLORA
    President's Letter
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    Membership in Regional Chapters is no additional fee. Your membership in the NPSNJ supports the efforts of regional chapters, including the one in your neck of the woods!

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    NPSNJ Fundraiser
    FundraiserSaturday September 27
    2:00 - 5:00

    Join New Moon Nursery owner James Brown for a unique behind-the-scenes tour of his Wholesale Only Native Perennial Nursery in Bridgeton NJ. For a donation of $100 to the NPSNJ you will receive an empty tray and as you tour the nursery you will be able to fill your flat with up to 50 perennial plugs of your choosing. You may mix and match your plants, straight species and native cultivars will be available. Light refreshments will be served. 

    To make a donation go to the NPSNJ website and click the donation button. 
     
    NATIVE PLANT SALES
    Wondering where you can buy native plants? Be sure to keep an eye on our Facebook Page for upcoming sales. 

    Saturday September 13 - Clemenson Farms Native Nursery

    Sundays from 9-1 until November find Toadshade Wildflower Farm selling native plants at the Hunterdon Land Trust Farmer's Market.
    Not Finding Native Plants at your Favorite Nursery?
    Simply print out these cards from our website. List the name of the native plants you are looking for and your contact information and leave it at the nursery. Let the nurseries and garden centers know you are looking for native plants!
    NPSNJ's Woodland Preserve in 
    Hunterdon County
    Attention! Hunterdon County Residents and those interested in traveling to Hunterdon County! We are forming a Kracji Preserve Chapter of the NPSNJ which will focus on the stewardship of the NPSNJ's woodland property in Holland Township, Hunterdon County NJ. If you are interested in helping out, an introduction to the property will be held on Thursday July 10 at 6PM. If interested please email for details and directions. 
     
    Thank you! 
     
    Please share with anyone you think may be interested in participating.

     

    We Need Your Photos of
    Jersey Friendly Yards!
    The Barnegat Bay Partnership is looking for photos of yards landscaped with mostly native plants (doesn't have to be all native) to use on a new website about environmentally friendly landscaping in New Jersey, to be called Jersey Friendly Yards. 
     
    We already have photos of individual plants - now we need photos from around the state that show front, back, or side yards with beautiful native landscaping. 
     
    Please email all photos to Karen Walzer. 
     
    Not sure what to send? We are modeling the Jersey Friendly Yard site after the Florida Yards site. Take a look at this site and then send us your photos of Jersey Friendly Yards!

     

    Mark Your Calendars!
    Saddler's Woods Seasonal Botany Series
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    Saddler's Woods, a unique old growth forest in urban NJ, enjoyed offering the NPSNJ Seasonal tours last year so much they have decided to continue them this year, through their organization. 

    For more information visit their webpage.
    Greetings!

    Happy Summer! 

    After all these years, I am sure you have realized by now that summer is not my favorite season. I could do without the heat and humidity just fine. Every time this season rolls around I daydream of moving to the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, where, I imagine, it never gets this hot or this humid. But really, with how wonderful winter, fall and spring are around here, I can stick the summers out for a couple of steamy months. Besides, summer is the time of fragrant milkweeds, plate-sized hibiscus and hydrangea blooms and THOSE are worth being around for! 

    Only a few days into summer I found myself planting some plants that just seemed to end up in our home-nursery pile. (Does that ever happen to you plant people?) I don't remember purchasing them and I don't remember receiving them as a gift, they are just there. So I planted them. They were Itea virginica 'Merlot' and Hamamelis vernalis 'Autumn Embers'. Both of these are reported to sport vibrant fall foliage, which I am very excited about. Both have the typical flowers and flowering time for their species. The Itea will stay smaller and more compact than the species. Both of these are native to the Southeast and the South and wouldn't naturally be found where I live. But they do just fine in this climate and perhaps will be a part of the continuing discussion on climate change and the new palette of plants we will be working with into the future.

    More and more often we have been getting questions regarding cultivars of native plants. Sometimes called 'nativars', these plants are bred from native plants for a specific characteristic: double flowers, leaf color, fragrance, disease resistance, cold or heat tolerance. There are many debates as to whether or not these are true 'native' plants. There is also quite a bit more discussion around the value of these 'nativars' to native and non-native pollinators. While the discussion still continues and debates ensue, some folks are doing some really important research on the topic. We encourage you to come up to speed on research that has happened and follow the research happening now and draw your own conclusions regarding these native cultivars. Here are just some of the research projects and results we have come across:




     From the Center for Plant Conservation: Genetic Consideration in Ecological Restoration Bibliography

    One thing we always recommend, however, is that you should always, always stick with straight species native plants for any restoration project. 

    Have you been a part of any research regarding native plants and cultivars? Or just native plants in general? We are looking for projects to recognize at an upcoming event. If you have been doing research on native plants, please send your information to president@npsnj.org, we would like to learn more about what you are doing.

    Speaking of events, be sure to look left to learn of an upcoming NPSNJ fundraising event and read farther below to learn what the NPSNJ regional chapters are up to.

    See you on the trail.

    Kathy 
    Kathleen V Salisbury
    President, Native Plant Society of NJ
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    2014 Fall Conference 
    We Want Your Input & Participation!
    Keep your eye out for an email announcing our annual Fall conference date and details. This year's conference will focus on the NPSNJ mission of appreciation,protection and study. We will be highlighting various projects and programs throughout the state that work towards the NPSNJ's mission to promote the appreciation, protection and study of New Jersey's native flora.
     
     
    If you would like to nominate someone to participate, or would like to tell us about your projects and have them considered as part of this event please reach out to Kathy Salisbury, President of the NPSNJ to discuss the details.  
     
    We will send out a separate email with date, time and location details.
    NJ Native Plant Resources
    We have a lot of great resources on the NPSNJ webpage, but to our delight there are a lot of other organizations spreading the word about the value of NJ native plants. Have you checked out these NJ-Specific Native Plant Resources?







    Upcoming Native Plant Events
    Click on the links for more details about these upcoming native plant events happening around the state.

    Saturday July 19 - Duke Farms - Creating Meadows
    Sunday July 29 - New Jersey Botanical Garden - Butterfly Gardening with Native Plants
    Friday September 19 - Duke Farms - Native Seed Collection
    Friday September 19 - Frelinghuysen Arboretum - Berries, Bark and Buds Native Plants for Multiple Seasons of Interest

    Know of other native plant events going on around the state? Send them to president@npsnj.org and we will announce them to the 1100 Fans of our Facebook page and put them in the next newsletter scheduled for the Autumn Equinox.
    REGIONAL CHAPTER UPDATES


    NPSNJ Bergen Passaic Chapter display at the Hackensack Riverkeepers Earth Day Event at Overpeck Park

    You will now be able to find us at events all over the state. Regional Chapters allow the NPSNJ to address local native plant issues and participate in regional events like the Hackensack Riverkeepers Earth Day and the Morris County Butterfly Bonanza. We are growing and growing! With 8 chapters going strong and a couple in the works, there is a regional chapter near you. To become involved simply send an email to the chapter leader. Chapter membership is free with membership in the NPSNJ.
     
    Bergen/Passaic - bergenpassaic@npsnj.org
    North (Morris) - north@npsnj.org
    Kracji (Hunterdon) - president@npsnj.org
    Highland Park (Middlesex)  - highlandpark@npsnj.org
    Jersey Shore (Ocean/Monmouth) -  jerseyshore@npsnj.org
    Rancocas (Burlington) - rancocas@npsnj.org
    Delaware Bayshore (Cumberland/Salem) - debayshores@npsnj.org
    Southeast (Atlantic/Cape May) - southeast@npsnj.org
    Warren (Somerset County) - president@npsnj.org

    Our chapters are hosting some exciting events this year. See below for just some of the highlights! 

    Bergen/Passaic Chapter - 

    September 18 - 7pm - Chapter Meeting - Wetlands 

    October 23 at 7pm - Chapter Meeting 

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    Southeast Chapter -  

    July -  SATURDAY, JULY 12, 9:00-11:30 AM

     

    The Rain Garden Workshop, led by Jesse Connor and Barbara Fielder, will feature the nuts and bolts of rain garden installation as well as an opportunity to visit three nearby rain gardens of varying sizes and configurations. The workshop will begin at the Ambulance Building directly behind the Galloway Main Municipal Building on Jimmie Leeds Road in Galloway Township where we'll go over the basics of rain garden design, native plant choices, and installation. We'll proceed from there by foot to a rain garden located near the Ambulance Building and then we'll travel by car to two additional rain gardens, both a short drive from our starting point.  Registration is limited to fifteen and the registration deadline is Monday, July 7.  Register by emailing Barbara Fiedler.   We will send a confirmation email with directions to workshop participants on Tuesday, July 8.  

     

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    North Chapter - 

    July:  Moth night on July 19 to celebrate the beginning of National Moth Week.  We will try to identify moths and then cross reference them with Douglas Tallamy's list of host plants.  To be held in Mendham.

     
    August:  Field/buying trip to Timber Creek Nursery in Farmingdale    
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    Delaware Bayshore Chapter -  

    August - Saturday, August 9 9 A.M. Summer Botany Walk led by Renee, on the Maurice River Walking Trail, led by Renee. Chance to use photo and sketch pad and record changes across the seasons, ie: Phenology! Fall, Winter, Spring walks to follow.

      

    October - Saturday, October 4 10 A.M. Fall Botany Walk. Maurice River Walking trail. This is our third walk this year. A nice observation record is developing. We can share resulting observations at meetings and in on-line newsletters. Meet at Pedestrian Walk off City Drive.

      

    January '15 - SATURDAY, January 10, 2015 10 A.M. Winter Botany Walk led by Renee on the Maurice River Walking Trail where trees block winter breezes. We have now recorded a seasonal cycle and can be ready to compare the 2014-2015 cycles in genera and species that we have been monitoring. 

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    For more details, and to see what the rest of the chapters are up to, please visit our Chapters and Events pages on our website.

     

    We are in the Gardener News! 
    The Gardener News, "New Jersey's most influential monthly gardening newspaper", is now featuring a monthly Native Plant column written by NPSNJ president Kathy Salisbury. The July edition features an article about Milkweed (see page 17!). Follow us on Facebook or find yourself a monthly copy of the Gardener News to read more about New Jersey's native plants and the activities of the NPSNJ!

    Green Knight Newsletter - News and Events for July             (Posted: 7-3-14)

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    Don't Overheat This Summer             (Posted: 7-3-14)

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    Water Pages eNewsletter             (Posted: 6-20-14)

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    Video Contest & Online Media Toolkit             (Posted: 6-20-14)

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    We want to see you in action on a public land that is special to you. Video Contest Flier Maybe it's fishing at a public lake, getting lost in a book at a state beach or volunteering to help beautify a local park.  

     

    Enter the I Love This Public Land Because... Instagram Video Contest and share an activity that makes you happy. One grand prize winner and two runners up will each win an outdoor adventure prize pack from REI.  

     

    In an Instagram video, tell us what you love to do at your favorite public land by filling in the blanks of the below sentence:  

     

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    No purchase necessary. All contest participants must be residents of the U.S., who as of June 17, 2014 are at least 18 years of age and meet all eligibility requirements. Void where prohibited. Click here for complete rules. 

     

    Great Outdoors Month

    Go outside and explore nature!GOM
     
    With longer days and warm weather, June is an ideal time to be outside. June is Great Outdoors Month. Celebrate by getting out on our public lands.
     
    Check out our list of 20 Free & Low-Cost Summer Fun Activities, which has suggestions for kids and adults of all ages! Ideas include: tubing, star-gazing, outdoor movies and more--all of which can be done on our public lands! Jump start your adventures by reading our list of fun outdoor activities here.  
      

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    To further motivate individuals and families to get active outside, NEEF's Heath & Environment Program developed a new resource--Apps for Outdoor Activity. This list of 10 free apps provides children and their families ideas on where to go and what to do outdoors.

    The resource includes apps to help you locate a park nearby, learn how to recognize invasive species, stay fit and more. Check out the Apps for Outdoor Activity resource and discover additional materials to benefit your health at: neefusa.org/health/children_nature/resources.     

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    How does nature inspire you? Share your moment!MECM

     

    Do you remember when you first felt a personal connection to the Earth? My Earth Changing Moments is a platform to collect photo, video or written stories of the "aha" moments people experience that forever connect them to the environment.

    Visit http://myearthchangingmoments.org, share your story and inspire others to share their own!



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    NAAEE: EE News for June 18, 2014             (Posted: --)

    NAAEE Announcements

    1. Conference News

    Proposal Results Coming by Monday

    We are nearing completion of the proposal review and scheduling process. Notification of the results will be emailed to submitters early next week. The schedule of sessions will also be posted at that time. Thanks for your patience.

    Conference Registration Opening Soon

    Watch your email for the conference registration package, which will include conference details, information on pricing, and registration options. Don’t forget: it takes six weeks to process US passport renewals and applications, and passports are required to enter Canada.

    Exhibits and Advertisements—Save 10% until July 18

    The best way to share your resources and services with more than 1,000 interested environmental educators is to participate in the conference Exhibit Fair or advertise in the conference program. Information and registration forms are posted on the NAAEE website. Sign up by July 18 and save 10%. http://www.naaee.net/conference/exhibits-ads

    Hotel Reservations are Open

    NAAEE has room blocks in three hotels close to the Ottawa Convention Center and reservations are open Information about reserving a room is posted on NAAEE's website. Book early to ensure your preferred spot. The closest hotel to the Convention Centre is the Novotel, which is also the least expensive and offers free wifi.

    http://www.naaee.net/conference


    2. NAAEE Conference Scholarship Opportunity

    Deadline: July 15, 2014
    The Albert I. Pierce Foundation announces a one-time scholarship for a person who is presenting at the NAAEE Annual Conference in Ottawa, Canada, in October 2014. One $1000 scholarship will be awarded. The recipient will be notified by July 30. To apply, go to:

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/AIPscholar


    3. Countdown to Ottawa: 16 Weeks!

    The countdown continues to our 43rd Annual Conference in Ottawa, Canada! Check out our micro-site through Ottawa Tourism and our Facebook and Twitter to learn about amazing Ottawa and find helpful information to keep you on track with deadlines and announcements.

    Queen Victoria chose Ottawa as Canada’s capital city over Toronto, Kingston, Montréal and Québec City. Back in 1857, Ottawa got the nod because of its location—not immediately adjacent to the U.S. border and therefore more easily defended from possible American attack—as well as its bilingual nature. The waterways also proved to be great transporters to and from other major cities, making Ottawa the obvious choice for capital!


    4. Using Technology in Environmental Education ~ Online

    This eight-week (self-paced) online course is designed to get you up and running with technologies you can use immediately in your organization and environmental programs. Choose the technologies you want to learn. You can focus on mobile and non-mobile tools to enhance your education programs, or focus on social media apps for marketing your programs. Or you can focus on both! The course is free, funded by EPA.

    https://sites.google.com/a/eelearn.net/...


     

    Awards, Grants, Contests

    5. STEaM Photography Show and Competition

    Application Deadline: August 29, 2014
    The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History in Albuquerque, New Mexico, will host a photo art exhibit that invites members of the community to share their photographic talent and eye for everything that is science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEaM). The “Atomic STEaM Photography Show” exhibition will display photography ranging from the literal engineering feats of the Great Wall of China and the Great Pyramid of Giza, to the abstract interpretation of science as seen through a plant experiencing photosynthesis. Winners receive cash prizes and their entries will debut at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History from November 8, 2014, through January 4, 2015.

    http://www.nuclearmuseum.org/see/exhibits/atomic-steam-photography-show


    6. Zayed Future Energy Prize

    Deadline: July 14, 2014
    This $100,000 prize is awarded annually to a high school in each of five regions (The Americas, Africa, Europe, Asia and Middle East). Schools must submit a detailed proposal for a project with the main objective promoting sustainability in schools. Emphasis of the proposed project should be on specific measurable initiatives to promote renewable energy and sustainability, which may include improvements in energy or water efficiency, or a reduction in waste.

    https://www.zayedfutureenergyprize.com/...


    Diversity and Environmental Justice Highlights

    7. EJ in Action Blog: "StartUp Box: SouthBronx" Bridges the Digital Divide

    Check out the latest EJ in Action blog post: Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Environmental Justice. Sherrell Dorsey of Bridgeport, Connecticut inverviewed Majora Carter on Creative Leadership, about her achievements as an entrepreneur and her efforts to advance environmental justice. Carter's current project, StartUp Box: SouthBronx, aims to bridge the "digital divide," a gap in access to computers or the internet in lower income communities.


    North American Events, Training, Announcements

    8. Student Climate & Conservation Congress

    June 22–28, 2014
    Is your school represented? An unparalleled opportunity for national recognition and training. Apply or nominate today!

    Students in the Nation's Premier Student Environmental Training Program (and a limited number of faculty or staff) are invited to apply to become U.S. Green School Fellows and participate in the 2013 Sc3 Congress. Includes community service credit.

    Sc3 empowers outstanding high school students, entering grades 9–12, from across the country and abroad, with the skills, knowledge, and tools necessary to address climate and conservation challenges and better serve their schools and communities.

    Sc3 accepts a limited number of participants and is filling quickly. Click here for details and application links.

    Sc3 is a program of the Green Schools Alliance in partnership with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the National Conservation Training Center.

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    9. Practice Makes Perfect: MITS 2014 Professional Development Institutes

    July 7–11, July 14–18, or July 21–25, 2014 - Massachusetts
    The Museum Institute for Teaching Science (MITS) is offering a series of Professional Development Summer Institutes offering EE STEM-based professional development for formal educators. To be responsive to the interests and needs of elementary, middle and high school educators, MITS has developed three formats for these summer institutes:

    • One-week institutes for elementary and middle school educators
    • One-week institutes for middle and high school teachers
    • Hybrid institute for elementary and middle school educators

    All Institutes are collaborations of environmental education, science, and cultural institutions and organizations. Graduate credit and housing available.
    The Museum Institute for Teaching Science specializes in providing hands-on, minds-on, inquiry-based STEM professional development for formal and informal educators.

    http://mits.org/2014-summer-professional-development-institutes


    12. Ocean Sampling Day June 21

    On June 21, 2014, the summer solstice, thousands of scientists will join together to participate in Ocean Sampling Day (OSD), an international collaboration to collect water samples from the ocean and rivers around the world. Within the water samples, scientists will also be collecting things so small that, in most cases, they are invisible to the naked eye. These marine microbes—Bacteria, Archaea, Eukaryota, and viruses—make up 98 percent of the biomass in Earth’s ocean and they are responsible for most of the biological activity that takes place within it.

    http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/ocean-sampling-day/welcome.html


    Resources for Students and Educators

    13. Teaching Climate Using the National Climate Assessment (NCA)

    Teaching Climate Change Using the National Climate Assessment Report Climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present. Corn producers in Iowa, oyster growers in Washington state, and maple syrup producers in Vermont are all observing climate-related changes that are outside of recent experience. So, too, are coastal planners in Florida, water managers in the arid Southwest, city dwellers from Phoenix to New York, and Native Peoples on tribal lands from Louisiana to Alaska. The 2014 National Climate Assessment (NCA) concludes that the evidence of human-induced climate change continues to strengthen and that impacts are increasing across the country. To see the health, life-support, and economic impacts in different parts of the US, go to the map at http://www.globalchange.gov/explore. Decisions we need to be making to do something about this in our own communities and states are highlighted at http://nca2014.globalchange.gov/report#section-1949

    http://globalchange.gov


    14. Environmental Education in Teacher Education—The DEEPER Resource Guide

    Looking for ways to go deeper into environmental education in preservice and teacher education programs? DEEPER—the "Deepening Environmental Education in Pre-Service Education Resource" guide has been created to inspire university faculty, staff, and students to deepen environmental education in teacher education programs. The guide was created by a team of Canadian teacher educators and is full of practical strategies, case studies, and recommended resources.

    http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/ese/DEEPER.html


    15. PlanetExplore

    Find outdoor activities and events in your area through this online resource. PlanetExplore is a portal to the outdoors designed to inspire and enable people of all ages to become regularly active outside, and to develop the benefits gained through a connection to nature. PlanetExplore members receive updates on their interests, explore local parks and outdoor spaces using Urban Nature Guides, and have access to partners and visionaries blogs, videos, and podcasts.

    http://www.planetexplore.com


    16. Education and the Environment: Creating Standards

    In this timely book, curriculum expert Gerald A. Lieberman provides an innovative guide to creating and implementing a new type of environmental education that combines standards-based lessons on English language arts, math, history, and science with community investigations and service learning projects. By connecting academic content with local investigations, environmental study becomes not simply another thing added to the classroom schedule but an engaging, thought-provoking context for learning multiple subjects. The projects outlined in the book further students’ understanding of the way human and natural “systems” interact locally and globally, and provide the next generation with the knowledge necessary for making decisions that will be critical to their future—and ours.

    http://www.acornnaturalists.com/store/EDUCATION...

    News Release: Maybe Birds Can Have It All: Dazzling Colors and Pretty Songs, Too             (Posted: 6-20-14)

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    June Temperatures Rise with Fun Summer STEM News at Girls STEM Collaborative (GSGSC)             (Posted: 6-20-14)

    June
    2014
    June Temperatures Rise with Fun Summer 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:
    • Haddonfield Elementary Students Participate in "CAN" Program
    • To Get Ahead in STEM, the Key Is C -- Computers 
    • NIOST and NJSACC Offer A New and Incredible STEM Fellowship Opportunity! 
    • Full STEM Ahead is the #1 Resource for New Jersey STEM News! All Aboard!!
    • Take Advantage of this Valuable FREE Resource: Is your program listed?
    • Guitar building teaches Oregon students math, science, history

     
    Mike MacEwan
    Collaborative Lead, Garden State Girls STEM Collaborative
    Haddonfield Elementary Students Participate in "CAN" Program 
     

    By Kyle Carney

     

    Students from Elizabeth Haddon Elementary School came in with a "can do" attitude to participate in the We CAN Help program on May 28.

    The program challenged students to use the STEM skills they have learned during the year to build structures with canned foods.

    "This program is great for a few reasons," Denise Sellers of Haddonfield Child Care said. "The kids are able to use the STEM skills they have been learning in a fun way; we get the kids and their parents together to do something fun; and we get to help out the community by giving the canned food away."

    The students collected the cans during the school year. Cans were also donated by Wegman's Supermarket and the two teams battled it out for those cans in a chess tournament.

    The cans were put to good use on May 28, when the two teams squared off in a competition to design and build the best structure. The two teams, the Minions versus the Swagin Dawgs, were able to build anything they wanted, so long as they only used the cans they had collected. Parents were also invited to participate in the event and they pitched right in on their hands and knees stacking cans.

    "The whole concept of this event came together after Torani Syrups began their 'Power Down, Connect Up' initiative," Sellers said. "We wanted to create something that would allow the kids to turn off their screens and be with their families."

    The We CAN Help program is based on the CANstruction events that have become popular for architecture firms around Philadelphia and New York, in which architects and engineers compete is design competitions with only canned foods.

    "We took that idea and made it a little more fun," Sellers said.

    The collection of cans was extensive and after the half hour time limit, both teams had finished constructing their buildings. The Minions designed a castle with a moat surrounding it, while the Swagin Dawgs went in a different direction, building a police station and car.

    It was then left to the judges, which included architect Jay Reinert, landscape architect Joseph Sikora, Elizabeth Haddon Principal Craig Ogelby and local sculptor John Giannotti. After some intense deliberation, Mayor Jeffrey Kasko announced the winner: the Swagin Dawgs. All was not lost for the Minions though, as they took home the award for most cans collected, brining in 297 cans.

    "It's always a great thing when you can get kids and parents together having fun," Sellers said. "And it's always nice to be able to give back in the process too."

    In total, the We CAN Help program collected over 500 canned goods, which were donated to the St. Paul's Church Food Pantry after the competition ended. 


    Click here to read from this article's source.

    Click here to download the press release and learn more. 

    Op-Ed: To Get Ahead in STEM, 
    the Key Is C -- Computers 
     

    By Evan Charles

     

    STEM is more than a buzzword or a fad. President Obama has built a significant portion of his education policy around increasing interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, from hosting White House science fairs to launching a "master teaching corps" of STEM educators.

     
    The STEM focus is based, in large part, on an assessment that STEM fields will produce the most high-wage jobs and entrepreneurial innovation in the near and long term. Focusing on STEM is a smart investment based on pretty solid evidence.
     
    But at the same time, we may be under-emphasizing the best STEM opportunities out there.
     
    According to research from the University of Washington, based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 71 percent of all future STEM jobs will be "computer occupations." This chart from the research hits you over the head: It shows that nearly three out of every four jobs we expect to be open in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math will be in technology - in particular, computers. Computer coding, software design, data and system management.
     
    The next highest percentage of future STEM jobs is in engineering - at 15 percent. No other single projected STEM-related occupation tops 4 percent. When U.S. News ranked the best jobs of 2014, the first two spots were software developer and computer systems analyst. Web developer was No. 9.
     
    Computer skills will be essential to success in non-STEM fields as well. As Ed Lazowska, the author of the University of Washington report, pointed out: "Fields from anthropology to zoology are becoming information fields. Those who can bend the power of the computer to their will - computational thinking but also computer science in greater depth - will be positioned for greater success than those who can't."
     
    Perhaps it's time we start thinking of future workforce opportunities - and our corresponding investments - in terms of C for computers and then E, M and S for engineering, math and science. "CEMS" isn't as pretty an acronym, but it's a lot more accurate.
     
    The challenge is that our education system - from primary schools through graduate schools - simply isn't training people fast enough to fill these computer-related jobs. According to Code.org, in 2013, 14,000 more high school students took the Advanced Placement (AP) exam in Art (44,000) than the exam for computer science (29,555). Five times as many high school students - 151,477 - took the AP Spanish test.
     
    And less than 3 percent of college graduates are earning degrees in computer science.
     
    It's not too surprising then that the growing need for employees with computer skills has put pressure on educators and training providers to close the skills gap. I'm partial to one such solution - the coding camp. And not just because I run one. I'm partial to them because coding camps address the problem more quickly and directly than changes to our overall education can or will.
     
    To me, coding camps are a fast pass to the STEM job market. And the fact is that this type of skip-ahead option isn't viable in most other fields - especially the STEM ones. Nobody wants an engineer skipping ahead in school. And unless you're Doogie Howser, you don't get to do your undergraduate education and medical school in three years.
     
    Of course, no computer coding camp will make you an expert in eight to 10 weeks. The truth is that computer technology is changing so quickly, you'll never stop learning, whether you invested years earning an advanced degree or months at a coding camp.
     
    But the good news is that years of school isn't the only option.
     
    The demand - both now and in the future - is too high for the long lead time it will take to make computer literacy a core component of middle and high school education, although that needs to happen, too.
     
    It's time we start to focus as much on computer education as we have on STEM in general, and include computer education more directly and prominently as we adjust our classrooms to meet our workforce needs. It's time, also, to welcome computer coding camps as an indispensable part of that conversation. 

    Click here to read from this article's source.

     
    NIOST and NJSACC Offer A New and Incredible STEM Fellowship Opportunity!

    National Afterschool Matters STEM Practitioner Fellowship
    A collaborative effort between the National Institute on Out-of-School Time, the National
    Writing Project, and NJSACC: The Network for NJ's Afterschool Communities
     
    The National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) at the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College and the National Writing Project (NWP), with generous funding support from the Robert Bowne Foundation, launched the National Afterschool Matters Initiative Practitioner Fellowship in September 2008. The first two participating cities were Philadelphia through the Philadelphia Writing Project, and the San Francisco Bay area through the Bay Area Writing Project.

    We have also have or had Fellowships in Minneapolis, Seattle, Pittsburgh, and New York City. NIOST and NJSACC are excited to bring this opportunity to out-of-school-time (OST) practitioners  and classroom teachers in New Jersey. The fellowship is grounded in the inquiry-based, writing, and professional development approaches of the National Writing Project (NWP) and NIOST. This effective professional development model provides frequent and ongoing opportunities for educators in and out of school to write and to examine theory and practice together systematically. Educators who are well informed and effective in their practice can be successful teachers of other practitioners as well as partners in development and implementation of effective and quality practice. Research findings by the fellows will be presented at a research roundtable in the Fall of 2015, and fellows will be encouraged to submit papers for publication.

    Participants in the Practitioner Fellowship are selected by application. Through the year-long course the Fellows will explore some of the issues emerging from recent studies that challenge the dichotomy of learning experiences as well as traditional structures of learning. Researchers and policy makers have increasingly questioned the split between in-school and out-of-school programs, calling for new policy and innovative thinking to bridge these divides. 
     
    Click here to download the fellowship flyer
    Click here to download the fellowship application
     
    Those selected for the New Jersey STEM Practitioner Fellowship will:
    • Become part of a community of practitioners. Fellows work collaboratively to study effective practices and investigate the structures in which effective practice happens - at the program/classroom, activity, curriculum, and individual levels using their own Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Mathematics curricula as the objects of study.
    • Learn strategies to engage in program reflection and inquiry. Fellows learn approaches and strategies that will help them become better at program/classroom observation and analysis.
    • Improve programs and practice. Fellows identify and investigate effective instructional strategies and bring these strategies back to their classrooms and/or OST programs.
    • Collaborate to identify ways that schools and OST programs can better work together to support youth in STEM learning and engagement.
    • Engage in leadership activities to disseminate program/classroom improvement strategies. Fellows present their work to peers, administrators, parents and community members. They are encouraged to design and deliver workshops based on their work to share new expertise with others in the field.
    • Write a STEM-focused inquiry paper that intentionally brings the worlds of OST and the school classroom together as part of an article for professional journals.
    Responsibilities of Fellows:
    • September 2014 to November 2014: twice monthly Saturday meetings at the NJSACC office in Westfield, NJ
    • December 2014 to May 2015: monthly meetings, one Saturday per month in Westfield, NJ
    • April or May 2015: a spring writing retreat, where rough drafts of STEM research articles will be completed. Location TBD.
    • October 2015: a formal Round Table Presentation of research to the broader community
    Application Process:

    Employer approval must be obtained (see Memorandum of Understanding). Please complete the Practitioner Fellowship application and return, along with the MOU, no later June 27th 2014 by e-mail, fax, or mail to:

    National Institute on Out-of-School Time,
    National Afterschool Matters Practitioner Fellowship
    Wellesley College, Waban House
    106 Central Street
    Wellesley, MA 02481

    fax: 781-283-3657

    For more general information contact: Elizabeth Meister, (781) 283-2607 or emeister@wellesley.edu

    If you have specific questions in regards to the New Jersey Fellowship please contact Mike MacEwan, Director of STEM Initiatives for NJSACC at: mmacewan@njsacc.org

    To apply, request the National Afterschool Matters Practitioner Fellowship application and the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) from mmacewan@njsacc.org, the NJSACC website at: www.NJSACC.org or on the NIOST website here.
    Full STEM Ahead is the #1 Resource for New Jersey STEM News! All Aboard!!
     
    Eighty percent of jobs created in the next decade will require math and science skills (National Science Foundation). NJSACC's new Full STEM Ahead! Afterschool Initiative continues to help New Jersey afterschool providers become STEM leaders, preparing students for these jobs.
     
    Some of their latest informative STEM news include such items as:
     
    Click here to stay up-to-date at FullSTEMAhead.org
    Take Advantage of this Valuable FREE Resource: Is your program listed?
     
    The Online Program Directory lists organizations and programs that focus on motivating girls to pursue STEM careers. The purpose of the directory is to help organizations and individuals network, share resources, and collaborate on STEM-related projects for girls. 


    When you sign up for the Program Directory, you will enter your program description, resources available within your organization, program and/or organizational needs, and contact information.

    The Directory contains program descriptions, resources available within each organization, program and/or organization needs, and contact information. Submitted entries undergo review and verification prior to publication.

     

    Click here to register your STEM program
    Guitar building teaches Oregon students math, science, history 

    By Chelsea Davis


    COOS BAY - A group of Coos Bay fourth-graders are ending the school year on a good note.


    On Tuesday, Nick Krissie's class of nine students at Sunset Middle School put the finishing touches on their diddley bows, one-string slide guitars that originated in the South and became a big influence on the blues.


    When the music class became overcrowded this year, Krissie had an idea. In his spare time, he makes cigar box guitars.


    "They're simple enough a fourth-grader could do," he said. "When I was in fourth grade, the money to buy a guitar was outside of reality; so was making one."


    So he put a call out for essays. Out of the school's 125 fourth-graders, 70 wrote essays hoping to get into the class - 10 made the cut. Some talked about why they deserved to be in the class. Others, like Ryan Liggett, went into extensive historical detail about the one-string guitars. He was among the first on Tuesday to find the right frets and play the first three immediately recognizable notes of Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water."


    The diddley bows are made of very few parts - cookie tins, dominoes, nails and wire - but soon the students were plucking away, trying out that famous riff.


    The class did the math. After doing just a few chores, they would each be able to afford the materials required to make a diddley bow.


    "It's organized chaos," Krissie said to superintendent Dawn Granger, with the students scattered behind him, heads bent over their new instruments.


    "That's OK," Granger laughed. "That's what learning is."


    The students built everything themselves, besides the holes that Krissie drilled.


    Principal Dale Inskeep even joined in, wowing the kids with his guitar chops as lead of the Dale Inskeep Band.


    Fourth-grader Anna Quaglia said the diddley bows took four weeks to make. She plans on practicing over the summer, hoping to add some more songs to her repertoire.


    This class is a new realm of hands-on learning, incorporating science (sound waves), math (calculating fret positions) and history.


    "If you practice it, you will get better at it," Krissie told his students. "All you need to do is practice."


    Click here to read from this article's source.

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    Healthier in Nature: New Tools to Engage Communities in Outdoor Activities             (Posted: 6-20-14)

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    June 12, 2014  www.neefusa.org 
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    June is Great Outdoors Month
    President Obama has proclaimed June as Great Outdoors Month and Saturday, June 14 is National Get Outdoors Day. This is a great opportunity for health professionals and nature partners to work together, engaging communities in outdoor activities for better health. Visit NEEF's Children and Nature Initiative: Rx for Outdoor Activity to learn about our free tools and resources and how you can participate in our nationwide effort to get kids active in nature. 
    Apps for Outdoor Activity
    NEEF's new tool, Apps for Outdoor Activity, is a list of ten free apps, providing children and their families ideas on where to go and what to do outdoors. The app list was designed to be a companion to our Get Outdoors for Better Health brochure to help further motivate people to get active outside. 
    Developed with support from U.S. Forest Service (USFS), this tool also provides additional resources beyond mobile apps. NEEF is partnering with USFS' Discover the Forest, which provides a wealth of information on getting outdoors, including PSAs, an interactive map, and bilingual guides for outdoor activity. 
    NEEF's Apps for Outdoor Activity is available for download on our website, as are all of our Children and Nature Initiative tools and resources. Please feel free to share this new tool with your networks!
    Healthy Parks Healthy People Community Engagement eGuide 

    The newly released eGuide is the first in a digital series to chronicle and share the development of Healthy Parks Healthy People programs in parks and communities across the country. This first edition shares how parks and partners are engaging diverse audiences and new partners to promote parks as places for healthy living.

     

    This eGuide was created in collaboration between the National Park Service and the National Parks Conservation Association's Center for Park Management, with assistance from several partners, including NEEF. Explore this interactive toolkit to get inspired, find helpful resources, and learn about parks and partners who are integrating health into parks and communities. 
    We Want to Hear From You!
    Are you using the Healthy Parks Healthy People Community Engagement eGuide for inspiration on engaging new audiences in your programs? Are your patients motivated by NEEF's Apps for Outdoor Activity tool to get into nature? Are you prescribing National Get Outdoors Day events or other activities at local green spaces in your community? Share your story with us by taking a brief feedback survey on our website or send us a note on Twitter or email!
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    NJ Sustainable Schools Consortium June Newsletter             (Posted: 6-20-14)

     NJ SUSTAINABLE SCHOOLS CONSORTIUM
         Creating Healthier Schools at Lower Costs
    Issue: # 3June 2014

    De-Mystifying the ESIP  

    Do you have a Local Energy Audit (LGEA) sitting on a shelf collecting dust?

    null If the answer is yes, then you'll be in the company of many districts in NJ that have had an LGEA done and find themselves asking the question....Now what?

     

    The EIRC "RENEW Program" just might be the answer for you, Our uniquely managed "Do-It-Yourself" ESIP offers districts the ability to engage in capital improvements aimed at reducing costs while our green team manages the process from start to finish and currently educates your district staff.

     

    Interested in finding out more about RENEW?  Call Carol James at 732-329-6642 or cajames@me.com and set up a complimentary district consultation. Read more

    What the DOE's 2016 Mandate Means for your School
    Article by Larry Schoff

    As I walked through a 10-year-old school building recently with the district energy manager, I pointed out to him the often-overlooked "little things" that increased energy waste daily in the operation of the school. I told him these inefficiencies and waste seem insignificant, but when added up in a school or across the district, they amounted to a significant waste of energy and money annually. Read More

    2014 Right to Know Update - Free Webinar

    This year school districts must submit a "Full Survey Online Report" to the state.  There are important changes that districts must be aware of. Partner Engineering provides full service Right-to-Know compliance and hazard communication support to school district. To learn about these changes, EIRC and Partner are providing the following complimentary webinar:
     
    Topic: IMPORTANT 2014 Right to Know Update
    Date:  July 11th, 2014
    Time:  11:00 a.m. 
     
    To sign up for this webinar please send an email with you name, title, email address, and organization name to Allison Mulch at amulch@eirc.org. You will receive a login and password for the complimentary webinar. If you are unable to sit in on this session, it will also be archived for later review. 
    Health, Safety and Regulatory Compliance Consulting 

     

    NJSSC is pleased to announce it's recent partnership with the Health & Safety Division of Partner Engineering and Science. Districts can again benefit from EIRC's shared services offerings.

     

    Health and safety regulations are ever-evolving and are becoming more and more complex.  It has become increasingly difficult for both public and private entities to stay up-to-date and compliant with the latest regulations.  From the initial risk identification phase through incident management, implementation, final tracking and auditing, Partner Engineering and Science, Inc. has the expertise necessary to successfully mitigate you health, safety and regulatory compliance concerns. Learn more 

     

    For more information or a complementary Health & Safety Consultation, please contact Allison Mulch at amulch@eirc.org or call 856.582.7000 ext.115. 

    Visit a Green Ribbon School 
    Kellman Brown Academy opens their doors to the NJSSC

    This Fall the Kellman Brown Academy in Voorhees, NJ will host tours of their facility for the NJSSC and our guests. Your district leaders will meet key Green Team Members from the Kellman Brown Academy staff so you can learn first hand how they achieved Green Ribbon Status. The NJSSC will also discuss how your district can get started through our 1st Steps to Green Program, discuss establishing a Green Team in your district as well as funding mechanisms. Sign-up for tours now being scheduled by contacting Allison Mulch at (856) 582-7000 ext. 115 or amulch@eirc.org. 
     
     Pictured left to right: Voorhees Mayor Michael R. Mignogna & Kellman Browan Academy's Rabbi Moshe Schwartz
    Weequahic High School has a Blast Turning Food Waste into Soil
     
    Looking for ideas for how your school can do something useful with food waste and save money at the same time?  You might want to contact Weequahic High School in Newark and ask them about the Rocket Composter.
     

    "The Rocket Composter is an on-site aerobic system that will allow Weequahic to recycle school generated food waste into a useful soil amendment for landscaping, horticultural needs and for science projects. This automated composting system will eliminate food waste disposal costs the school now pays and it will reduce local truck traffic as well as minimize greenhouse pollution. Students at Weequahic now have a fantastic hands-on learning tool that can help them better understand biology and earth sciences. We are proud the Rocket Composter was chosen to be part of this environmental initiative and thankful for the vision of the Newark Board of Education and for Clean Water's leadership that has made this all possible", stated Peter Marcalus, NATH Sustainable Solutions. Read more

    Green Schools Leadership Institute (GSLI)
     
    The GSLI is for educators interested in promoting "the greening of education" so their schools will be environmentally healthy places to learn, work, and play, and all students will be prepared for a world of emerging green collar and STEM careers. Greening a school provides an extraordinarily cost-effective way to enhance student learning, reduce health and operational costs and, ultimately, increase school quality and competitiveness. GSLI is aligned with the three guiding pillars of the Green Ribbon Schools national award program. Following are the essential questions that guide the week - long Institute:
     
    1. How can you create a green strategic plan for your school, and get it approved by your district?
    2. How can you use the building as a teaching tool in the process of greening your school?
    3. How do you develop a culture of sustainability at your school that encourages students to develop an ethic that embodies responsible planning and management of resources (Stewardship).    

    Contact the NJSSC today to schedule GSLI in your district in 2014-2015.
    Teaching and Learning with Monarch Butterflies
    Click links below to register 

    Aug. 8th & 9th  - Raritan Valley Community College (Somerset County) 
    Aug. 14th & 15th - EIRC (Gloucester County)
     
    This workshop can also be scheduled for presentation in your district by contacting bhayes@eirc.org or call 856.582.7000 ext. 110.
    NJ Energy Tracking System

    Who audits the energy bills in your district? Most common answer...

    No one.

     

    The NJ Energy Tracking System can measure and analyze all your utilities and SAVE YOU MONEY! This system has already been implemented at the NJ Transit Authority, NJ State Facilities, School Districts, Municipalities, Counties and more!  NJ ETS has discovered billing errors that have resulted in the recouping of $$ millions of dollars that would have been impossible to find without the auditing capabilities of NJ ETS. 

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    Student Sustainability Programs

    Green Challenge
    Read a student essay submitted as one component of EIRC's Green Challenge -  Green Challenge Essay Submission 
     
    Go Green Tiger Team, Three Bridges School
    Learn how a Green Ribbon School incorporate sustainability into their curriculum as first grade students report on their field trip to the Readington Township Community Garden. Read more
    Summer Health & Safety Alert
     
    POISONOUS PLANTS This broad group of plants (poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac) causes inflammatory rashes know as eczema.These poison plants grow in and around woods, wastelands, fence rows, stone walls, and hedges. 
     
    The chemical which causes the rash is called Urishiol.2 out of 3 people will develop a rash from contact.Contract with the plant oils may cause contact dermatitis (rash).Only 1 billionth of a gram is needed to cause a reaction- ¼ ounce of pure Urishiol is enough to cause a rash on every person on the planet.The rash may occur 1 hour after contact or up to 5 days later and can last for 1-3 weeks.Severe reactions may cause breathing problems, swelling of the throat, weakness, and dizziness which may lead to professional medical treatment.   
     
    In order to protect yourself, wear gloves, long pants and shirts when working around poisonous plants.Be careful not to touch your face if you are wearing glove.If you come in contact with a poisonous plant, wash the affected area with soap and cool water as soon as possible after contact for 20-30 minutes.This action may prevent a reaction. 
    Tips for Greening Your School
     Because it's more than just saving energy

    Transportation

    • Walk (or bike) to school when the weather is nice - www.saferoutesinfo.org
    • Carpool with other students when the weather is bad
    • Carpool with other teachers/staff or use hybrid/fuel efficient vehicles
    • Be bicycle friendly - install and maintain bicycle racks
    • Implement a policy of no idling for buses
    • Use hybrid/fuel efficient vehicles for school security service

     

    Water

    • Post signs and reminders in bathrooms and classrooms to reduce water use
    • Capture rainwater and reuse it to water indoor plants, greenhouses, courtyards or gardens
    • Install low flow toilet fixtures or waterless urinals
    • Install aerators/restrictors and motion sensors on sinks to reduce the amount of that water is used
    • Install meters for irrigation, hot water and toilet fixtures - display results for everyone to see
    • Drink water from the fountain or fill a reusable bottle instead of using bottled water
    Quick Links

    Our team at the NJSSC hopes this newsletter provides you with valuable insight and inspiration that will help you implement green initiatives in your school.


    Sincerely,

    Carol James 

    Director of NJSSC

    cjames@eirc.org
    732-331-9307

    Allison Mulch
    Assistant Director of NJSSC
    amulch@eirc.org
    856-582-7000 ext. 115

    Creating a Healthier Next Generation and Supporting a Healthier School Day             (Posted: 6-12-14)

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    National Wildlife NJ Eco-Schools Action Newsletter             (Posted: 6-10-14)

    National Wildlife NJ Eco-Schools Action Newsletter 

     

    Announcement: Eco-Schools Statewide Sustainability Events Calendar - Supporting individuals and organizations contributing to the whole. Find out what opportunities exist statewide. Email events to Jennifer.Dowd@njaudubon.org.

    You may qualify for a Bronze Award!

    Have you applied for an award yet? It is time to get recognized for the work you and your students are doing to contribute to sustainability. You may be eligible for international recognition at one of these levels: bronze, silver or green flag. Sign in to your dashboard and input your measurable data on the dashboard. Get recognized for your effort and add your individual data to the larger collective so we can make the feedback visible to the larger community.  All schools who earn an award by June 15, 2014 will be recognized in a press release.

    Bronze award - These actions are self-assessed and applying is as easy as checking off boxes and filling in measurable impacts- no documentation is required until you apply for a Green Flag.

    Silver award- Energy +1 other pathway

    Green Flag award- Energy +2 other pathways
    Includes documentation of your Eco-Action team, audits, and photographs. However, if you have applied for the Green Ribbon then you can just submit that application.

    If you are unsure about any part of the process, please dont hesitate to reach out to me.

    While youre at it, have you considered working with your municipality in becoming certified with Sustainable Jersey? Many of the activities you are doing in the school also count for municipality actions points. The deadline for getting your application in is June 8, 2014.  You do not have to have completed all your actions by the submission deadline. 

    In this months newsletter you will find:

    1. Professional learning opportunities for this school year and this summer.

    2. Eco-Schools participation certificates and the latest news from the network.

    3. Funding opportunities to support sustainable school transportation.

    4. Key links for free resources to increase the biodiversity of your school grounds. 

    We love to share your stories with the community.  Contact Jessica Brown at jbrowncommunications@outlook.com or 802-522-4209 if you have a story to share.  
    Update your Eco-Schools dashboard to track your progress towards sustainability measurements. 


    PROFESSIONAL LEARNING:

    Please check out our FULL ECO-SCHOOLS CALENDAR for Eco-Schools programs as well as Partner Programs. To add your event please email Jennifer.Dowd@njaudubon.org.

    REGISTER: Eco-Schools’ Professional Learning Community: Summer Hiking Series
    July 5th, July 13th, August 2nd; 9- 11:30 am, Free
    Capacity: 30 participants/ hike

    Do you enjoy getting outside for learning? This series will explore school ground ecology and a nature center in different parts of the state, allowing you to connect with statewide key stakeholders in student learning focused on sustainability issues. We will cover outdoor classroom management techniques, instructional strategies, tools, and frameworks for engaging students in outdoor learning. 1 professional development credit per hour.

    July 5th: Sherman-Hoffman Sanctuary, Bernardsville, NJ
    July 13th
    : Phillips Academy, Newark, NJ
    August 2nd: New Egypt Primary School

    REGISTER: New Jersey Audubon 2 day in-depth Eco-School workshops at Duke Farms 
    June 30-July 1:  Focus on Biodiversity
    July 16-17:  Focus on School Ground Habitats
    Sign up through NJ Audubon or Duke Farms website

    REGISTER: New Jersey Audubon Week-long Institute: Investigating Environmental Issues in the Raritan River Watershed (with applications to any watershed) 
    For Middle and High school teachers
    July 28th to August 1st
    Sign up through NJ Audubon or Duke Farms website

    REGISTER: Arts Horizons: The Artist/ Teacher Institute
    July 7- 11, 9am- 5pm at William Paterson University
    July 27-August 2
    , 9am- 5pm Stockton College

    Hands-on Studio workshops in graphic design, poetry, ceramics, digital photography, creative writing, oil painting, printmaking, book arts, music technology, glass painting. 

    REGISTER: NJ Audubon Teacher’s School of Ecology  
    Learn effective ways to integrate ecology, S.T.E.M. and sustainability concepts into your existing curricula
    August 18- August 22 
    STIPEND: $250 
    Questions: Kelly.Wenzel@njaudubon.org

    The program offers in-depth experiences that use inquiry as a basis for building effective field studies. By connecting the classroom to the real world, teachers can help students become more aware of the world around them, take an active role in preserving their local environments and acquire the critical thinking, problem solving and basic life skills necessary to become informed global citizens.
    4th- 8th grade teachers

    REGISTER: Sustainable Jersey Web Events and In-Person Events April- June 

    Creative placemaking, energy savings improvement plans, walkable and like friendly communities, financing building upgrades, solar sitting.

    SAVE THE DATE: Certification Webinar November 17
    Unsure of how to apply for bronze or silver awards through the Eco-Schools website?  Join us for this live webinar where we will walk you through the process step by step.  If you have already met the qualifications you will be certified by the end of the webinar!  More information to come.

    PARTICIPATION CERTIFICATES

    Would you like to recognize someone in your school for exemplary contributions to the Eco-Schools program?  Download an Eco-School certificate for an individual or the entire Eco-Action team.

    ECO-SCHOOL IN THE NEWS

    The Star Ledger took an interest in Eco-Schools and their combined efforts to celebrate Earth Day in this article.

    Students in Egg Harbor Township were recognized in this Shore News Today article.

    Learn how Eco-Schools are using art to teach sustainability at National Wildlife Federations blog post, The Art of Sustainability.

    Eco-Schools USA video.  See Eco-Schools in action in schools around the country (featuring one in NJ)!

    Look here for the latest press releases about Eco-Schools in New Jersey. Have news? Contact Jennifer Dowd, Eco-Schools Coordinator NJ Audubon at jennifer.Dowd@njaudubon.org. 


    FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

    $20 Million in Grant Funding for Safe Routes to School and Transportation Alternatives Programs is Now Available.  

    Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Safe Routes to School (SRTS) and Transportation Alternatives (TAP) Programs.  The solicitation for these federally funded programs is being administered by the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), in partnership with the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA), the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), and the South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization (SJTPO). For more information, visit their website


    Application Deadline (SRTS) EXTENDED: June 30, 2014
    Application Deadline (TAP) EXTENDED: June 30, 2014

    To assist with the application process, a SRTS and TAP webinar are now available to view.  Both webinars can be found on the
    SRTS Funding page.

     
    RESOURCES

    Rutgers Department of Entomology
    At the Department of Entomology, Rutgers, faculty conducts research involving the systematics of caddisflies and dragonflies, insect plant interactions, urban entomology, biology and spread of invasive insects, public health issues, and pests of blueberries, cranberries, ornamentals, tree fruit, turf and vegetables. They have a long-standing tradition of direct interaction and education with the wider New Jersey community, through collaboration with local county government agencies, growers, landowners, local non-profit organizations and schools on various topics insect-related of interest to each group. While currently no faculty specializes in entomophagy in the Department, they maintain colonies of mealworms, Tenebrio molitor, and superworms, Zophobas morio, both of which are widely eaten globally. During their last seminar in the fall, they had a guest speaker Lou Sorkin of the American Museum of Natural History give a presentation on entomophagy. For further information please see: www.rci.rutgers.edu/~insects, and for further details on entomophagy please visit a website initiative co-advised by Lou Sorkin: http://www.insectsarefood.com/faq.html.

    Reminder! Free Milkweed Plugs for Schools and Non-Profits!  
    Monarch Watch is helping schools and non-profit organizations create a habitat for monarchs and pollinators.  They will provide a free flat of milkweed plugs as well as guidance on how to create a monarch/pollinator habitat to qualified applicants.  Funds for this project have been provided by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

    Go to 
    http://monarchwatch.org and click on the "Free Milkweeds" button or
    http://monarchwatch.org/bring-back-the-monarchs/milkweed/free-milkweeds
    for complete detail
    s.

    Facebook For more information about New Jersey Audubon activities, visit us on our web siteon Facebook, or on Twitter, 

    Cornell Lab eNews: Learn to "See" Bird Songs With Our Fun New Game             (Posted: 6-10-14)

    Click HERE.

    NJ Trails Association is looking for your photographs!             (Posted: 6-9-14)

    Click HERE.

    Get Outside NJ             (Posted: 6-9-14)

    Click HERE.

    Green Knight Newsletter - News and Events for June             (Posted: 6-3-14)

    Click HERE.

    Water Pages eNewsletter             (Posted: 6-3-14)

    Click HERE.

    New! Countdown to Certification Webinar and Other Sustainable Jersey Trainings             (Posted: 5-19-14)

    Click HERE.

    Barnegat Bay Partnership video blog on Blitz Day             (Posted: 5-19-14)

    Click HERE.

    Protect Yourself from Energy Vampires             (Posted: 5-16-14)

    Click HERE.

    Green Knight newsletter -- May 2014 -- News of Environmental Issues and Events in New Jersey             (Posted: 5-14-14)

    Click HERE.

    May NSTA Field Reports             (Posted: 5-14-14)

    Click HERE.

    Great Places: Spring's Top 10 Wildlife Spectacles             (Posted: 5-14-14)

    Click HERE.

    Links from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology             (Posted: 5-8-14)

    Join New “YardMap” Project to Restore Bird Habitat
    Click HERE.

    Results of Cornell Team's 24-Hour Birding Quest
    Click HERE.

    Celebrate Spring With a Bounty of Birding Tales and Tips
    Click HERE.

    NJ Afterschool Action: April 2014             (Posted: 5-8-14)

    Click HERE.

    Archived WEB-LINKS are available upon request throught the webmaster.