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Saving the planet and a few bucks in the bargain

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Saving the planet and a few bucks in the bargain

Green products should be Earth- and budget-friendly By Brennan Cassidy     Most consumers, if given the choice, will go green – as long as that choice is good for their pocketbook as well as the planet. That’s the premise behind EcoKable, an Earth-friendly technology company finding better and, yes, affordable solutions to the problem of e-waste. Our first product is a patent-pending USB cable to charge cell phones or other devices made with 100% natural cotton insulation and PET (Polyethylene terephthalate) from recycled water bottles. Most...

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Nature’s Voices Project

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Nature’s Voices Project

Wanted: Student Environmental Inspiration Stories! We’re pleased to announce our partnership with the Green Schools Initiative, which plans to feature students’ stories of inspiration during the 2014 Green Schools National Conference and Student Summit. GSI’s Nature’s Voices Project is a new initiative aimed at amplifying students’ voices, as young people share their stories of how they benefit from environmental education and green schools. The stories collected through the Nature’s Voices Project will illustrate the positive impacts of the...

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Zero Waste – Solutions Summit Report

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Zero Waste – Solutions Summit Report

During the 2013 Green Schools National Conference a solution summit was held to define the most barriers to schools in becoming zero waste and to brainstorm the best solutions to overcome those barriers. In the end, we had 5 overarching categories of barriers—education, engagement, infrastructure & feasibility, data & knowledge gaps, and resources, as well as a list of potential 31 solutions. Out of this session, a working group was formed to pursue these solutions for zero waste in schools. This working group is facilitated by Keep...

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TRASH ON YOUR BACK® 5 DAY CHALLENGE

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TRASH ON YOUR BACK® 5 DAY CHALLENGE

Sustainability News & Entertainment®’s TRASH ON YOUR BACK® 5 DAY CHALLENGE was founded by Diana Dehm & inspired by MIT/Dartmouth College to innovate & motivate, and ask the simple question…”What is my personal trash impact on the planet?”   Mission To collectively create a Zero Waste Nation & Globe, through human innovation while eliminating one piece of trash to landfill at a time.   Description What did 2300 people from 6 countries have in common in 2013?  The Sustainability News & Entertainment®...

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Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy

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Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy

Jim McGrath, CEO for the Green Schools National Network met with Geoff Grimmer, Director of VSSA during his recent visit in Colorado.  VSSA is an amazing model for having No Child Left Inside.  Students participate in daily outdoor physical activity that is integrated into their school day.  They also have the opportunity for to work on projects on stewardship, sustainability and health.  Students who attend VSSA come from across Colorado, the United States and other countries to participate in a world class Ski & Snowboard Training....

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Investing in Communities, Transforming Lives

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Investing in Communities, Transforming Lives

VMDO Architects transformed two mid-century school buildings into a modern learning campus for K-5 students with the aim to address the growing concern of student health and well being. By designing the school from a holistic perspective that includes the dining experience as an educational opportunity; the school cafeteria, kitchen, and servery have been reconsidered as an important educational experience while retaining the key food service functions. The enhanced programming includes a teaching kitchen, innovative food and nutritional...

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Solutions Summit: Moving Toward Zero Waste in Schools

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Solutions Summit: Moving Toward Zero Waste in Schools

At our 2013 Green Schools National Conference, we scheduled several work sessions – we called them “Solutions Summits” — designed to create action plans targeting several key issues: healthy food in schools, the impact of the physical environment on student achievement; reducing cost and energy consumption via policy, practice, and behavior; and creating resilient communities. This month, we take a look back at the session focused on “Moving Toward Zero Waste in Schools,” moderated by Kelley Dennings at Keep America Beautiful. This...

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Scholarships Available for July Professional Development! Act now!

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Scholarships Available for July Professional Development!  Act now!

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore “G-WOW Changing Climate, Changing Culture Teacher Institute”, July 15-18, Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center and surrounding national forest, Apostle Islands, and tribal communities. http://fyi.uwex.edu/nglvc/climate-change-institute/ Designed for teachers and educators to increase climate literacy and ability to outreach to students through use of place-based and scientific climate change investigation and application through service learning.  The Institute integrates place-based evidence of climate...

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Joining us in Sacramento? Time to register!

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Joining us in Sacramento? Time to register!

Registration is open for our 4th annual Green Schools National Conference, set for March 27-29, 2014 in beautiful Sacramento, CA.   Just follow this link — https://nationalgreenschools.org/2014/registration/ – and learn all about our registration specials, early bird discounts and deadlines. Remember, the more the merrier, so consider our group rates and be sure to invite colleagues and others to join you for this special conference.   We’re also accepting RFPs for conference presentations. Our theme is...

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Loving the questions, living our way to the answers

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Loving the questions, living our way to the answers

By Susan Gottfried, Ph.D. Executive Director, Evergreen Community Charter School Chief Communications Officer, Green Schools National Network   We spend our careers in education searching for answers, but should we instead focus on the questions?   Leah Mayor, Ph.D., an expert in the development of healthy and enduring communities, recently wrote about the needs of community-based work, including “building relationships, listening to new points of view, seeking a larger frame for understanding the questions, cultivating...

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