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Plant a Tree or Become a Tree City USA!
From the Arbor Day Foundation
http://www.arborday.org

Pick from the Environmental Protection Agency’s List of “Climate Change: What You Can Do”
http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/wycd/

Calculate Your Carbon Savings
From the US Environmental Protection Agency
http://www.epa.gov/climatestudents/calc/index.html
From the National Wildlife Federation
http://www.nwf.org/Eco-Schools-USA/Become-an-Eco-School/Cool-School-Challenge/Materials.aspx

Save Water with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Water Sense Program
http://www3.epa.gov/watersense/kids/index.html

Book an Alliance for Climate Education School Assembly
http://acespace.org/
ACE makes climate change presentations at schools.  Your local ACE Educator will help start an Action Team the day of your Assembly presentation and students are encouraged to pledge toDo One Thing (DOT) to help the environment - and cool the climate.

Become a National Wildlife Federation Eco-Schools USA
From the National Wildlife Federation

http://www.nwf.org/Eco-Schools-USA.aspx
Eco-Schools USA is a holistic program. It strives to make environmental awareness and action an intrinsic part of the life and culture of a school, including students, teachers, administrative staff, non-teaching staff and parents, as well as the local community. Eco-Schools USA works to extend learning beyond the classroom and develop responsible environmental attitudes and commitments, both at home and in the wider community. Whether you are a teacher, student, administrator or facilities manager, the Eco-Schools USA program can benefit your school and local communities.

Become One of Project Learning Tree and U.S. Forest Service’s GreenSchools!
From Project Learning Tree

http://www.plt.org/greenschools
Project Learning Tree® (PLT) GreenSchools! is a nationwide environmental service-learning program that inspires students to take personal responsibility for improving the environment at their school, at home, and in their community. Students, teachers, and school staff receive tools, training, and resources for student-led Green Teams to create healthier schools – and save money. PLTGreenSchools! helps improve students’ academic performance in science, technology, engineering, and math, develops students’ critical thinking skills, and grows student leaders.

Become a Green School with the Green Schools Alliance
http://www.greenschoolsalliance.org/about-us
Uniquely created by schools for schools, the GSA is a global network of schools represented by Sustainability Coordinators -- faculty, staff. students, administrators and others -- working together to solve climate and conservation challenges. GSA Member Schools share and implement sustainable best practices, and promote connections between schools, communities, and the environments that sustain them. We do this by: creating Peer-to-Peer forums; exchanging resources; offering original programs and curriculum developed  by Member Schools' goals, vision and experience; and connecting youth to nature. GSA schools set and meet goals, and quantify progress. They coordinate governance, operations and curriculum to advance sustainability.

Submit Your School’s Green Projects for the Environmental Protection Agency’s President’s Environmental Youth Awards
From the US Environmental Protection Agency

http://www.epa.gov/education/presidents-environmental-youth-award
One outstanding project from each region is selected for national recognition. Projects are developed by young individuals, school classes (K-12), summer camps, and youth organizations to promote environmental stewardship. Winning projects in the past have covered a wide range of subject areas, including: environmental science projects; recycling programs in schools and communities; construction of nature preserves; major tree planting programs; and videos, skits, and newsletters that focused on environmental issues. Evaluation results consistently demonstrate that the experience is frequently a life-changing event for many of the young people and sponsors.  The deadline is December 31 of each year.

Become a Citizen Scientist on NEON's Project BudBurst
From NEON's Project BudBurst

http://www.budburst.org/
Project BudBurst includes easy-to-use materials for teachers and student groups. Project BudBurst, a NEON citizen science education program, is a network of people across the United States who monitor plants as the seasons change. We are a national field campaign designed to engage the public in the collection of important ecological data based on the timing of leafing, flowering, and fruiting of plants (plant phenophases). Participants make careful observations of these plant phenophases. The data are being collected in a consistent manner across the country so that scientists can use the data to learn more about the responsiveness of individual plant species to changes in climate locally, regionally, and nationally.

Enter National Wildlife Federation’s Contest: Young Reporters for the Environment
From the National Wildlife Federation

http://www.nwf.org/Young-Reporters-for-the-Environment.aspx
This environmental journalism competition invites youth between the ages of 13-18 to report on topics related to the environment. Participants submit an article, photo, or video to the competition for a chance to win great prizes, plus national and international recognition. 

Enter Recycle Bowl Competition
From Keep America Beautiful

http://recycle-bowl.org/
Compete against other schools in your state and nationwide to see who recycles the most. There are lots of ways to get involved, tools and resources to get started, and GREAT PRIZES for top performers!

Apply for Department of Energy’s Wind For Schools Program
From the U.S. Department of Energy

http://apps2.eere.energy.gov/wind/windexchange/schools_wfs_project.asp
Details about how to apply for this grant program are available here.

Become a Dept. of Energy - Energy Saver
From the U.S. Department of Energy
http://energy.gov/energysaver/energy-saver
This site includes energy saving content as well as how-to articles and videos, calculators, and a blog. Beyond providing information about low-cost ways to lower household energy bills, the site also provides information about local tax credits, rebates and energy efficiency financing that may be available in different communities.

Be an Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star Kid!
From the U.S.Environmental Protection Agency
http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=kids.kids_index
This lively web site helps kids understand why and how and includes how to help.

Find Out How to Enter in Energy Efficiency Competitions
Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR Guide to Energy Efficiency Competitions for Buildings and Plants 
http://www.energystar.gov/buildings/tools-and-resources/energy-efficiency-competition-guide
Learn the benefits of hosting a competition and strategies to help you launch a successful competition in your school or school district.

Join Discovery Education’s TurfMutt Program
From Discovery Education
http://www.scholastic.com/turfmutt/parents/
Superhero TurfMutt & the Outdoor Powers teach kids and families backyard science, including how to take better care of the green spaces around them. With the activities in this hands-on science program, you can help them save the planet one yard at a time.

 

MORE OPPORTUNITIES

Eco-Schools USA
From the National Wildlife Federation
http://www.nwf.org/Eco-Schools-USA.aspx
Eco-Schools USA is a holistic program. It strives to make environmental awareness and action an intrinsic part of the life and culture of a school, including students, teachers, administrative staff, non-teaching staff and parents, as well as the local community. Eco-Schools USA works to extend learning beyond the classroom and develop responsible environmental attitudes and commitments, both at home and in the wider community. Whether you are a teacher, student, administrator or facilities manager, the Eco-Schools USA program can benefit your school and local communities.

Green Cup Challenge
http://www.greenschoolsalliance.org/program/green-cup-challenge
The Green Cup Challenge invites all schools to measure and reduce campus electricity use and GHG emissions, and supports campus greening efforts including recycling and water conservation.

GreenSchools!
From Project Learning Tree
http://www.plt.org/greenschools
Project Learning Tree® (PLT) GreenSchools! is a nationwide environmental service-learning program that inspires students to take personal responsibility for improving the environment at their school, at home, and in their community. Students, teachers, and school staff receive tools, training, and resources for student-led Green Teams to create healthier schools – and save money. PLTGreenSchools! helps improve students’ academic performance in science, technology, engineering, and math, develops students’ critical thinking skills, and grows student leaders.

Journey North: A Global Study of Wildlife Migration and Seasonal Change
http://www.learner.org/jnorth/
Seasonal change is all around us. Children see it in the length of a day, in the appearance of a flower, in the flight of a butterfly. Journey North is a free internet-based program that explores the interrelated aspects of seasonal change.

Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology
http://www.siemens-foundation.org/en/programs/the-siemens-competition-in-math-science-technology/
High school students submit innovative individual and team research projects to regional and national levels of competition as they vie for college scholarships ranging from $1,000 up to $100,000.The Siemens Competition honors the best and brightest students for their accomplishments in math and science – students who are changing the world for the better.

Ten80 Education
http://www.nationalstemleague.com/
Make a big impact in your community or an activity by transitioning from traditional to renewable sources or improving energy efficiency..

Youth Awards for Energy Achievement
From NEED (National Energy Education Development)
http://www.need.org/Youth-Awards
This award recognizes outstanding achievement and rewards student leadership for excellence in energy education in student’s schools and communities. This is a K-12 program with scrapbooks detailing projects and applications due to state coordinators in April each school year.

 

District and School-Wide Programs

Green Computing
From the Consortium for School Networking Initiative
http://www.cosn.org/GreenComputing
Growing public concern over greenhouse effects, concerns over safe disposal of e-waste, and local K-12 school district needs to conserve funding are forcing schools to address green IT issues as a matter of conscience, budget, and political value. The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) Green Computing Leadership Initiative provides tools, tips, and resources for school technology leaders to help reduce their school district carbon footprint.

Recycle Bowl Competition
From Keep America Beautiful
http://recycle-bowl.org/
Compete against other schools in your state and nationwide to see who recycles the most. There are lots of ways to get involved, tools and resources to get started, and GREAT PRIZES for top performers!

TerraCycle
http://www.terracycle.net/en-US/
TerraCycle's purpose is to eliminate the idea of waste, which is done by creating national recycling systems for previously non-recyclable or hard-to-recycle waste. Anyone can sign up for these programs, called the Brigades, and start sending their waste to TerraCycle.

Trash Redux
From Grades of Green, Inc.
http://www.gradesofgreen.org/initiatives/trash-redux
The initiative focuses on reducing the amount of trash produced by schools. It promotes conservation practices, awareness efforts and thoughtful decision making in order to obtain “zero waste” in schools.

Wind For Schools Program
From the U.S. Department of Energy
http://apps2.eere.energy.gov/wind/windexchange/schools_wfs_project.asp
Details about how to apply for this grant program are available here.

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