2019 Cornell Lab of Ornithology Summer K-12 Educator Retreat

Join the Cornell Lab of Ornithology education team in Ithaca, New York for a one-of-a-kind program, July 16 – 19, 2019. Participants will experience four days of activities, guest speakers, and field trips highlighting best practices and the latest resources in using citizen science and inquiry to revitalize your educational program or classroom. Registration costs $495 (not including lodging). Visit the website to register and learn more about the program and lodging options.

2019 Natural Start Conference

Attend the nation’s largest professional event for teaching, administration, research, educator preparation, and advocacy in nature-based early learning. This year’s conference will take place July 31 – August 3, 2019 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Take part in engaging presentations, experiential workshops, site tours, and professional networking with nature-based early childhood professionals from around the country and beyond. 

Aldo Leopold Foundation Land Ethic Leader Workshop

In A Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold set forth his most enduring idea – the “land ethic,” a moral responsibility of humans to the natural world. During this two-day Land Ethic Leaders workshop, to be held August 8 – 9, 2019, participants will explore and deepen their own land ethic together through outdoor observation, environmental service, and reflective discussions.

Cost to attend is $200. This includes most meals and program materials, including a copy of the Green Fire film licensed for public screening (a $350 value). Travel and lodging are on your own.

American Forest Kindergarten Association 2019 Conference

The 2nd Annual American Forest Kindergarten Association Conference will be held August 9 – 11, 2019 at Nature Nuts Forest School in Maple Valley, Washington. Learn valuable “tools of the trade” for best practices, business strategies, research, and advocacy from experts in the field, like keynote speaker Niki Buchan. Share successes and take advantage of networking opportunities with community gatherings throughout the conference. See examples of a program in action through observation of Nature Nuts, the first Cedarsong-accredited school.

Association for Learning Environments LearningSCAPES 2019

LearningSCAPES is the conference for those who plan, design, equip, furnish, and maintain places where students learn. This year’s conference will be held October 4 – 6 in Anaheim, California. Join your colleagues for groundbreaking educational sessions, inspiring keynote speakers, and a showcase of state-of-the-art tools that move learning into the future.

EDspaces 2019

EDspaces is the gathering place for architects, dealers, preK-12 schools, colleges and universities, independent manufacturers representatives, exhibitors, and corporations to learn about trends and experience the latest products and services to enhance student learning. This year’s conference will be held October 23 – 25, 2019 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

National Children and Youth Garden Symposium

The 2019 National Children and Youth Garden Symposium (NCYGS) will be held July 10 – 13, 2019 at the University of Wisconsin Extension Pyle Center in Madison, Wisconsin. This year’s focus is Building Blocks for a Sustainable Future. NCYGS 2019 will explore innovative sustainable gardening curriculum and practices and “green” career resources and highlight model partnerships for attracting the human, financial, and intellectual capital needed to sustain youth gardening endeavors. 

North American Association for Environmental Education Annual Conference

The 48th North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) annual conference will be held in Lexington, Kentucky from October 15 – 19, 2019. The theme for this year’s conference is Educating for a Just and Sustainable Future. NAAEE convenes one of the leading annual conferences for environmental education professionals, designed to promote innovation, networking, learning, and dissemination of best practices. The annual Research Symposium, held in advance of the conference, attracts new and established researchers to examine in-progress environmental education research and promote dialogue between researchers and practitioners.

NAAEE is now accepting applications for conference scholarships. The deadline to submit an application is June 17, 2019.

Occidental Arts & Ecology Center School Garden Teacher Training

Is your school ready to launch a new school garden program? Or, does your school have an existing garden team excited to expand their knowledge and reimagine what is possible in your school garden? Take your school garden to the next level with our friends at the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center. Join them this summer for their School Garden Teacher Trainings June 17 – 21 and July 8 – 12. CEUs are available and there is a $50 discount for teams of two or more from the same school. This course is appropriate for teachers, administrators, parent volunteers, and homeschoolers alike. 

Safe Routes to School National Conference

The 2019 Safe Routes to School National Conference will be held at the Hilton Tampa Downtown from November 12-14, 2019. Join hundreds of active transportation and public health advocates and practitioners from across the country for valuable networking, sharing best practices, and exploring one of Florida’s most vibrant and active cities.

Wade Institute for Science Education – Summer Professional Development Institutes for K-12 Teachers

Join the Wade Institute for Science Education for one of four regional inquiry-based hands-on, minds-on, STEM-focused professional development institutes held across Massachusetts. Spend a week with fellow teachers on-site at multiple partner organizations and experience field and classroom investigations to take back to your classroom. The 2019 institutes’ theme is Engaging Your Students in Science and Engineering Practices.

Institutes will be held July 8 – 12 and July 15 – 19, 2019. Cost is $425 per participant ($400 per participant if attending in a team of two teachers from the same district; $375 per participant if attending in a team of three or more teachers from the same district). The deadline to register is June 1, 2019.

Professional Development and GSNN PD Partner Resources

Biomimicry Institute

The Biomimicry Institute is the world’s leading nonprofit dedicated to innovation inspired by nature. Biomimicry offers an exciting project-based approach that helps teachers blend STEM and environmental education in creative, hands-on lessons students love. The Biomimicry Institute helps educators and organizations bring biomimicry into their teaching by providing curriculum and training, networking opportunities, and content development support. Learn more about our services and visit the online library, AskNature, for the resources and information you need to bring biomimicry into your teaching practice.

Upcoming Programming

Veracruz Biomimicry and Design Expedition
July 5 – July 13, 2019

Immerse yourself in the beauty of Veracruz State while learning about biomimicry – the practice of developing sustainable technologies inspired by ideas from nature – with peers from all over the world. This event is designed for teachers, faculty, students, and professionals seeking an intensive, interdisciplinary, and experiential introduction to biomimicry in a vibrant natural setting. The ten-day expeditionary workshop will open your eyes, your brain, and your heart to new ways of engaging in the world around you. Along with international colleagues from a variety of disciplines, you will explore ten different ecosystems in Mexico’s beautiful Veracruz State as you learn to see nature differently and work your way through the biomimicry methodology to solve a design challenge.

Captain Planet Foundation

Captain Planet Foundation supports educators with grants, resources, tools, and models to spark children’s curiosity, cultivate a love of nature, and engage students in science and engineering practices to solve real-world problems. Our programs and materials have co-evolved with education priorities over the years to ensure educators have the tools and strategies to meet their needs in and out of the classroom.

Upcoming Programming

June 7, 2019

Schoolyard Science: How Volunteers Can Help Make Learning More Relevant, Authentic, and Engaging

Georgia PTA Convention Leadership Training Conference

Atlanta, Georgia

Times to be determined

No cost other than conference registration

June 8, 2019

Farm 2 STEAM: Transforming School Gardens into STEAM Labs

Georgia Farm to School and Early Care and Education Summit

Macon, Georgia

Times to be determined

No cost other than conference registration

CELF Summer Institute: Education for Sustainability

The Annual CELF Summer Institute in Education for Sustainability is an intensive multi-day workshop that equips K-12 teachers with practices and teaching methods to address the core concepts of education for sustainability – the intersection of social, economic, and ecological systems – and how the balance of those three systems is vital to a sustainable future, and relevant to all subject areas. Participants build a learning community and a common vocabulary around sustainability through hands-on activities, case studies, special guest presentations, and field work. The schedule includes supported planning time so that participants will have tangible materials to bring back to their classrooms.

2019 Summer Institute locations include Westchester County, New York and New York City.

Center for Green Schools School Board Advocacy Toolkit

The School Board Advocacy Toolkit from the Center for Green Schools is a free resource that helps green schools allies address sustainability issues and impact greener policies at the school district level. It is designed to make local green schools advocacy approachable and actionable. The toolkit contains talking points, template letters and presentations, sample policy language, and more for you to use to promote greener policy options related to any school sustainability issue.

The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education

The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education works with schools and school districts to help them integrate Education for Sustainability (EfS) into their curriculum. Core services include consulting and leadership development (on-site and off-site); professional development and faculty coaching; curriculum design, assessment, mapping, and alignment; and school and community partnerships. The Cloud Institute holds an annual Summer Design Studio that enables educators, administrators, and program designers to learn how to design and embed EfS into curriculum, assessments, and programs.

Upcoming Programming

2019 Goethe Institut Sustainability Summit

May 24 – 26, 2019

Chicago, Illinois

At this three-day Sustainability Summit in Chicago, you will learn from experts about systems, anticipatory, and creative thinking, the commons; the importance of diversity and multiple perspectives; and links with STEM. Jaimie Cloud will keynote. Learn more and register.

Summer Curriculum Design Studio: Educating for a Sustainable Future

August 5 – 9, 2019

Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, New York

Join the Cloud Institute for a five-day curriculum design studio where educators, administrators, and program designers will learn how to design and embed Education for Sustainability into curricula, assessments, and performance tasks without the need for additional class time! The design studio includes working sessions, learning circles, coaching, peer review, and optional mini-sessions. Participants gain access to expertise, resources, and tools to reorient and enrich curricula as they create and develop units and protocols that educate for sustainability.

Come yourself or bring a team! Space is limited. Register today.

Community Works Institute

Community Works Institute (CWI) supports and promotes exemplary teaching strategies and practices for K-16 educators and community programs that support students in becoming caring, responsible, and active members of their communities. CWI offers a variety of professional development opportunities for K-16 and community-based educators in the United States and internationally, including on-site training, retreats, coaching, and consulting. Their signature offering is a series of summer institutes that integrate field-tested service-learning best practices and principles of sustainability to engage K-16 students in academically based service that contributes to sustainable communities.

Upcoming Programming

2019 Summer EAST Institute on Place Based Service-Learning and Sustainability

June 24 – 28, 2019 • Brooklyn, New York

The longest running Service-Learning training for educators in the world, Summer EAST is a powerful learning lab for educators, set in the heart of the uniquely diverse social fabric that is Brooklyn. Experience a week of inspiration, expert training, and powerful collaborations with an exceptional group of colleagues. Join like-minded K-16 and community educators from across the U.S. and beyond for a week to remember.

2019 Summer WEST Institute on Place Based Service-Learning and Sustainability

July 22 – 26, 2019 • Los Angeles, California

Bring your vision, program, and project ideas to CWI’s acclaimed learning and design lab. Summer WEST is set in Los Angeles, one of the world’s most vibrant, culturally rich urban settings. Join us for a transformative week of project and program design, expert training and guidance, field work, and inspired networking.

Learn more about these opportunities and register online. GSNN members receive a specially reduced registration rate!


EcoRise’s school-based program empowers youth to tackle real-world challenges in their schools and communities by teaching sustainability, design innovation, and social entrepreneurship. Our curriculum, classroom grants, ongoing training, and support engages educators and students in meaningful learning experiences. Our program empowers teachers to confidently champion sustainability and innovation in their classrooms, while students cultivate 21st century skills and sustainable living practices.

Facing the Future 

Facing the Future is an international program, based out of Western Washington University, creating tools for educators that equip and motivate students to develop critical thinking skills, build global awareness, and engage in positive solutions for a sustainable future. The curriculum is organized around eight sustainability big ideas: Connecting with Nature; Equity and Justice; Health and Resiliency; Interconnectedness; Local to Global; Peace and Collaboration; Respect for Limits; and Universal Responsibility.

Facing the Future curriculum materials and resources are available for K-12 teachers, teachers in colleges of education, and for some community college and undergraduate classes. All materials are developed for teachers, by teachers, with best teaching and learning practices in mind and are aligned with Common Core Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and most state standards frameworks.

Green Strides Webinar Series Calendar

The Green Strides Webinar Series provides school communities with the tools they need to reduce their schools’ environmental impact and costs; improve health and wellness; and teach effective environmental education. It provides all schools access to the resources that help them move toward the Pillars of the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools recognition award. Sign up for Green Strides Webinar Series email updates to receive information on future webinars.

Learning Lab

A product of the U.S. Green Building Council’s The Center for Green Schools, Learning Lab provides K-12 teachers and school leaders with comprehensive, project- and STEM-based curriculum that encourages student leadership, environmental literacy, and real-world action. Discover best-in-class content, training, and tools. Access their curated catalogue of lesson plans, interactive projects, assessment opportunities, and other multimedia resources in English and Spanish. Lessons are mapped to meet current educational standards and were created by educators, for educators.

Shelburne Farms 

Shelburne Farms is a nonprofit organization educating for a sustainable future. That means learning that links knowledge, inquiry, and action to help students build a healthy future for their communities and the planet. Its home campus is a 1,400-acre working farm, forest, and National Historic Landmark. Shelburne Farms’ school programs staff support student learning and educator professional development by offering experiences that inspire deep connections to community and a commitment to a healthy future.

Upcoming Programming

Project Seasons for Young Learners: Cultivating Joy and Wonder

July 8 – 12, 2019

Are you looking for new ways to connect your program to the community outside of your classroom? Join us at the Farm for hands-on, interdisciplinary activities and explore ways in which these can be adapted to your own learning community. Connect with other early childhood professionals to share best practices over these four days in a picturesque setting, leaving you energized and inspired to create even more meaningful opportunities and experiences within your program.

Cost $575. Includes light breakfast and lunch; excludes accommodations and graduate credit. A limited number of partial scholarships are available. Learn more and register here.

The Summer Institute on Education for Sustainability

July 22 – 26, 2019

Spend five rich days with colleagues from around the country at an informative and restorative institute created to give you the opportunity to deepen your understanding of education for sustainability. This week is part conference, part workshop, part retreat. The 2019 Summer Institute will use the lens of sustainability to focus on local, regional, and global food systems.

Cost $600. Includes light breakfast and lunch; excludes travel and graduate credit. A limited number of on-site accommodations are available. Scholarships may be available on a need-based scale. Learn more and register here

Education for Sustainability Immersion

August 15 – 16, 2019

This two-day Education for Sustainability Immersion provides an opportunity to reflect, learn, and collaborate with a small group of colleagues from across the country. The Immersion has a design studio feel with participants self-directing much of their work with a few inspirational speakers and workshops/explore times. Expect to take a deep dive into topics like place-based education, social justice, and systems thinking. This course is action-oriented with an expectation at the end that each participant has a solid project or curriculum to implement.

Cost $375. Includes meals, tax, and accommodations; excludes graduate credits. Limited to 16 participants. Scholarships may be available on a need-based scale. Learn more and register here.

Strategic Energy Innovations

Strategic Energy Innovations (SEI) is a nonprofit that builds leaders to drive climate solutions. For over 20 years, SEI’s focus has been on building capacity to create sustainable communities through scalable programs and models. Its flagship programs (Energize Schools, Energize Colleges, School of Environmental Leadership, and Climate Corps) integrate climate education, training, and career development. From young students to emerging professionals to communities, SEI programs engage local talent to directly address their community’s sustainability goals by leading projects with measurable environmental, economic, and social benefits.

Upcoming Programming

Innovations in Green Technology Teacher Training

June 24 – 28, 2019

SunPower Corporation 1414 Harbor Way South, Richmond, California 94804

Innovations in Green Technology is a project-based learning course designed to prepare students for careers in the energy industry. This year-long course is approved as a University of California A-G D-lab science and is the first in a two-course series designed to meet California Technical Education Standards for the Energy and Power Technology Pathway in the Energy, Environment, and Utilities sector. Highlights include designing and building wind turbines, constructing a solar USB charger, creating a climate protection policy plan, networking with educators who are teaching sustainability curriculum, and earning CEU credits.  ​

Energy and Environmental Design Teacher Training

July 29 – August 2, 2019

High Tech High International 2855 Farragut Road, San Diego, California 92106

Energy and Environmental Design is a project-based learning course in which students complete projects related to sustainable design, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. This year-long course is approved as a University of California A-G G-elective and is the second in a two-course series designed to meet California Technical Education Standards for the Energy and Power Technology Pathway in the Energy, Environment, and Utilities sector. Highlights include completing a mock solar installation, building a residential circuit, designing a green building, networking with educators who are teaching sustainability curriculum, and earning CEU credits.

Susan Santone

Susan Santone is an internationally recognized educator with over 20 years of experience in curriculum reform, educational policy, and sustainability. Through her nonprofit Creative Change Educational Solutions, Susan has led teacher education and curriculum reform initiatives with clients ranging from K-12 districts to universities to the United Nations. Susan offers the following services:

  • Facilitator training that prepares school and university teams to lead professional development in their own settings. Training is based on the book Reframing the Curriculum.
  • Leadership development and strategic communication to advance understanding of sustainability and social justice.
  • Consultation for schools, universities, and other entities.

Learn more about these services and upcoming events.

Ongoing and Upcoming Courses

Understanding Sustainability through Transdisciplinary Narratives

Free webinar sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

3:00 – 4:00pm

The concepts of “more” and “better” drive social narratives about they kind of world we are creating: a future of more stuff and strife, or one based on a better life. This webinar will explain sustainability in terms of these narratives and show how to use them as a framework for teaching sustainability and social justice across any discipline. Participants will receive resources describing activities and strategies to leverage the More and Better narratives as teaching tools. Learn more and register.

Introduction to Sustainability

Learning about sustainability is easier than ever thanks to “Introduction to Sustainability,” a free online course developed by Kappa Delta Pi in partnership with Creative Change Educational Solutions. The self-paced course introduces sustainability as a context for learning, highlights connections across grades and disciplines, and provides strategies for reframing curriculum to emphasize these connections. With activities, videos, discussions, off-line projects, and guided curriculum design, the course engages adult learners in an integrative and reflective learning experience that emphasizes practical applications. The course is based upon (and includes excerpts from) Susan Santone’s book, Reframing the Curriculum: Design for Social Justice and Sustainability

Introduction to Social Justice

Introduction to Social Justice introduces the notion of social justice and guides teachers in the development of awareness and skills needed to reframe lessons and units to have a social justice lens. This micro-course is a follow up to Susan Santone’s Intro to Sustainability Online Course. Cost is $49 for members and $74 for non-members.

Teaching Our Cities Practice Toolkits

Teaching Our Cities, a project of Common Ground, is creating a collection of toolkits that share best practices that are working at partner schools. Toolkits include videos, blog-style reflections, resources, and practice descriptions. Current toolkits cover teaching a sense of place, learning expeditions, green exhibitions, environmental leadership portfolios, and magnet theme days.

Innovation for the 22nd Century Related Resources

American Society for Engineering Education Teacher Resources

This website features a variety of tools and resources dedicated to exploring and teaching engineering education, including lesson plans, class activities, K-12 outreach programs, and web resources.

Deeper Learning 4 All

This website offers a deep dive into deeper learning, including an overview of critical competencies fostered by deeper learning; teaching, learning, and assessment methods that support deeper learning; examples of what deeper learning looks like in K-12 schools; and opportunities to take action to support policies and practices that advance deeper learning in schools.

Deeper Learning for Every Student Every Day

This paper, authored by Carri Schneider and Tom Vander Ark, is dedicated to dispelling the myths around deeper learning and showing it can happen anywhere with any students and all teachers. Deeper Learning for Every Student Every Day includes 20 school profiles, each one offering advice and best practices for creating a deeper learning culture for students and teachers.

Deeper Learning: How Eight Innovative Public Schools are Transforming Education in the Twenty-First Century

From While education reformers and policy makers grapple with big fixes and the politics of national initiatives, most teachers and parents share the simple and urgent desire for students―especially those from low-income communities―to be on the road to college and ultimately to develop into people who will be equipped to thrive in the unpredictable future ahead of them. Nevertheless, the great majority of American schools do not respond to this urgent need. And just what this sort of education looks like, day to day, remains elusive.

In Deeper Learning, education strategist Monica R. Martinez and sociologist Dennis McGrath take us inside eight schools that have set out to transform the experience of learning. In these schools, we meet teachers and students who show us just what “Deeper Learning” looks like. The examples from these pages―from high school kids developing energy-saving solutions alongside engineers to young people discovering the complexities of sustainability on an oral history expedition to Appalachia―offer an inspiring and expanded vision of what’s possible in schools today.

An accessibly written showcase of schools and practices designed to empower educators and students alike, here is a book for all who are concerned with the dual need for American schools to be genuinely innovative and to embrace what works. Deeper Learning demonstrates how students in their teen years can become passionate learners and global citizens ready to take on a world increasingly defined by new technologies, economic shifts, and profound social challenges.

Deeper Learning: The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

This resource from the Hewlett Foundation explores deeper learning in K-12 schools; that is, students using their knowledge and skills in such a way that prepares them for real life. You will learn what deeper learning is, why it is important, how it helps prepare students, and where you can find additional resources.

Engineer Your World

Developed by a team of University of Texas faculty, NASA engineers, and secondary teachers working with funding from the National Science Foundation, Engineer Your World is an innovative, student-centered curriculum that engages learners in authentic engineering experiences and inspires them to embrace an engineer’s habits of mind. Collaborative, student-directed projects build resilient problem-solving skills and empower students to think like engineers, to adopt engineering processes, and to pursue engineering disciplines for the betterment of our world.

EntreEd Teacher Resources

EntreEd, the National Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education, is a leader in making the case for providing entrepreneurship education to young people. The website features a library of teacher classroom resources that introduce students to entrepreneurship, the key competencies and skills needed to start and run a business, and the steps involved in taking ideas from concept to product.


LinkEngineering is a community of educators interested in providing meaningful engineering experiences to PreK-12 students of all abilities. The website provides background information on engineering and engineering design, as well as examples of engineering in educational settings. It also serves as a forum where educators can connect with others to learn how to effectively implement engineering in PreK-12 settings. 

National Science Foundation Engineering Classroom Resources

This collection of lessons, activities, and web resources curated by the National Science Foundation aims to help educators, students, and students’ families learn more about engineering.

Project Lead the Way

Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for K-12 students and teachers across the United States. PLTW empowers students to develop and apply in-demand, transportable skills by exploring real-world challenges. Through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science, students not only learn technical skills, but how to solve problems, think critically and creatively, communicate, and collaborate. PLTW also provide teachers with training, resources, and support they need to engage students in real-world learning.


TeachEngineering is a searchable, web-based digital library collection comprised of standards-based engineering curricula for use by K-12 educators to make applied science and math come alive through engineering design in K-12 settings. The TeachEngineering collection provides educators with free access to a growing curricular resource of activities, lessons, units, maker challenges, and sprinkles for use in informal education settings. Every lesson and activity is explicitly aligned to the science and/or math educational standards of the state in which it was first developed and classroom tested, as well as to the Common Core Math, Next-Gen Science, and ITEEA standards, if they apply.


TryEngineering aims to empower educators to foster the next generation of technology innovators. This initiative from IEEE provides educators and students with resources, lesson plans, and activities that engage, inspire, and foster interest in engineering and technology careers.


VentureLab is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating the next generation of innovators and change makers through entrepreneurial learning. Their website offers free curriculum resources as well as information about professional development opportunities and custom curriculum development.

Grants and Awards

ASM Materials Education Foundation K-12 Education Grants

The ASM Materials Education Foundation awards 20 grants of $500 annually to help K-12 teachers bring the real world of materials science into their classrooms. “Living in a Material World” grants recognize creativity and enhance awareness of materials science and the role that materials play in society. Teachers must describe a hands-on, curriculum-based K-12 project that involves student observation, teamwork, mathematics, and science skills that enhance student awareness of the everyday materials around them. The deadline for applications is May 25, 2019. 

Captain Planet Foundation ecoSolution Grants

The Captain Planet Foundation’s ecoSolution Grants (previously called “Small Grants”) have been the defining basis of the organization’s work over the last 25 years. The Foundation has funded over 2,100 projects that have impacted 1.2 million youth around the world – actively fulfilling its mission to build the next generation of environmental stewards and change agents.

ecoSolution Grants range from $500 – $2,500 and are intended to support solution-oriented, youth-led projects that result in real environmental outcomes. Visit the website to learn more about eligibility and restrictions and to fill out an application. The next deadline for applications is July 15, 2019.

Captain Planet Foundation ecoTECH Grants

Originally developed in partnership with the Ray C. Anderson Foundation and with ongoing support from Voya Financial, ecoTech Grants are specifically offered to engage children in inquiry-based, STEM-related projects that leverage technology and/or use nature-based design to address environmental problems in local communities. ecoTech Grants were created to combat the notion that students needed to choose between “the screen” or “the green” and to encourage educators and students to explore the role technology can play in designing and implementing solutions to some of our most pressing environmental challenges. ecoTECH grant projects must:

  • Be based in the U.S.
  • Integrate the use of technology to address environmental problems (not iPads or other tablets)
  • Be project-based
  • Be youth-led
  • Result in real, demonstrable environmental outcomes

ecoTECH grants are available as cash grants of up to $2,500 and support the purchase of materials and other project implementation expenses. The deadline to submit an application is July 15, 2019.


GetEdFunding is a curated collection of grants and awards created by education professionals for education professionals. Its database was designed to be easy-to-use and reliable, and all grant and funding opportunities are updated daily. Users can search by six criteria, including 43 areas of focus, 8 content areas, and 14 twenty-first century themes and skills, including environmental literacy. Once registered on the site, users can save grants of interest and return to them at any time.

Salad Bars to Schools Grants

Salad Bars to Schools launched in 2010 with the mission of donating salad bars to U.S. schools so that every child has daily access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Any district or independent school participating in the National School Lunch Program is invited to apply. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Visit the website to learn about eligibility, award criteria, and the application process.

The Shell Science Teaching Award

A partnership between Shell Oil Company and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), this award recognizes one outstanding classroom teacher (grades K–12) who has had a positive impact on his or her students, school, and the community through exemplary science teaching. The recipient of the Shell Science Teaching Award will receive $10,000, as well as an all-expense-paid trip (along with the two finalists) to attend the NSTA National Conference on Science Education. All three will be honored at the Awards Banquet. The recipient will also be recognized at the Teacher Awards Banquet. The 10 semifinalists will receive certificates of distinction. Completed applications must be received by December 18, 2019.

Toshiba America Foundation Grants

K-5 teachers are invited to apply online for a $1,000 Toshiba America Foundation grant to help bring an innovative hands-on project into their classroom. With a Toshiba America Foundation grant, elementary teachers can bring their best new teaching ideas to life.

Grant applications are due on October 1 each year. Grants are also available for teachers in grades 6-12 who are passionate about making science and mathematics more engaging for their students. Applications for grants less than $5,000 are accepted at any time. For grant requests of more than $5,000 deadlines are May 1 and November 1.

Voya Foundation Grants

Voya Foundation grants are focused on Financial Resilience. We work to ensure that youth are equipped with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) expertise and financial knowledge necessary to compete in the 21st century workforce and make smart financial decisions that lead to a secure retirement.

We accept year-round grant applications from organizations that:

  1. Provide innovative and experiential K-8 STEM learning opportunities to promote an early interest in STEM career fields and improve teachers’ capabilities in STEM; or
  2. Provide financial education curriculum to grade 9-12 students focused on navigating major financial milestones including student debt, credit, home ownership, financial products and services/financial capability, and family needs.