Green Schools National Network-Supporting Sustainable Schools

August 28, 2014 by Andrew

Jurisdictions in the Chesapeake Bay watershed recognize the importance of green, healthy, and sustainable schools to students, teachers, and the environment. The Green Schools National Network works with thought leaders to gather, synthesize, generate, and report evidence-based resources that include practical tools, news, and commentary for the green, healthy, and sustainable schools community. Their goals align with those in the Sustainable Schools Outcome under the 2014 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement. The outcome aims to continually increase the number of schools in the region that reduce the impact on their buildings and grounds on their local watershed, environment and human health through best practices, including student-led protection and restoration projects.

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2018 NEEF Every Day Grants

August 28, 2014 by Andrew

The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF), with major funding support from Toyota, is offering $100,000 in mini-grants to support restoration and/or resilience-focused volunteer events on public lands. Awarded grantees will be expected to lead service events that either restore public lands and/or make those lands more resilient to future natural disasters. Grant-funded activities will mobilize community volunteers and educate participants about their role in protecting the long-term sustainability of their local public lands.

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Growing Healthy Schools Month

August 28, 2014 by Andrew

Growing Healthy Schools Month celebrates the health of students in public schools throughout the District. During the annual celebration, public schools collaborate with local community based organizations, District government agencies, farmers, athletes, and chefs to coordinate inspiring activities aimed at engaging students with topics concerning nutrition, the environment, and being active.

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Green Apple Day of Service

August 28, 2014 by Andrew

Green Apple Day is an international initiative of the US Green Building Council to encourage volunteering at schools.  The intention is to promote environmental awareness and improve the learning environment. The following Green Apple Day projects at Robious Elementary and Clover Hill Elementary exemplify some of the great projects being implemented throughout the Chesapeake Bay region.

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Teaching with i-Tree

August 28, 2014 by Andrew

Project Learning Tree’s Teaching with i-Tree Unit includes three hands-on activities that help middle and high school students discover and analyze the many ecosystem services that trees provide. The activities can be used in formal classroom settings or with non-formal groups, such as scouts, students enrolled in after-school programs, and visitors to nature centers and parks. In addition, students can share what they’ve learned with family members to assess the trees around their home.

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Green Schools Conference & Expo 2018

August 28, 2014 by Andrew

The Green Schools Conference & Expo (GSCE) is the only national event to bring together all the players involved in making green schools a reality: people who lead, operate, build and teach in U.S. schools. Two days of programming offer inspiring keynote speakers, informative workshops and breakout sessions and the chance to network with colleagues from across the country. This year, GSCE will be hosted in partnership with Rocky Mountain Green, a regional sustainability conference. Early bird registration ends March 2nd.

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National Environmental Education Week 2018

August 28, 2014 by Andrew

National Environmental Education Week will be held April 23rd-29th and is the nation’s largest annual celebration of environmental education. The event brings together educators, students, government agencies, businesses, communities, nonprofit organizations, and others to inspire environmental learning and encourage stewardship of our essential resources: land, air, and water.

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Chesapeake Bay Foundation Summer Professional Development for Educators

August 28, 2014 by Andrew

Join us for a five-day professional learning adventure on the Chesapeake Bay or one of its tributaries in summer 2018. CBF is offering more than 30 courses that will explore the mountains of Virginia, the rivers of Pennsylvania, the islands of the Bay, and many places in between. Learn how to integrate the environment into your classroom and to help your students achieve environmental literacy success.

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A Meaningful Watershed Education Experience Field Investigation in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor

August 28, 2014 by Andrew

Do you like catching fish while enjoying a beautiful view of Baltimore’s cityscape and learning about restoration activities currently being implemented in the Inner Harbor? On Friday, October 28th, I had the delight of accompanying Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) and the Baltimore Lab School on CBF’s Snow Goose workboat for a journey down the Patapsco River. CBF’s Baltimore Harbor Program offers kids a unique opportunity to see Baltimore’s Inner Harbor from a different viewpoint. From observing mechanisms that pick up trash to trawling for secret critters that roam the seafloor, we encountered both pleasant and disturbing sites.

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Celebrate National Environmental Education Week April 23-29, 2017

August 28, 2014 by Andrew

The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) 13th annual National Environmental Education Week (EE Week), sponsored by Samsung, is taking place April 23-29, 2017. Nationwide, environmental education events and projects will take place across the country in classrooms, after-school clubs, parks, aquariums, museums, and other formal and informal educational settings. Join formal and informal educators to celebrate achievements and support ongoing progress.

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What’s Happening in Environmental Education this Summer?

August 28, 2014 by Andrew

The Bay Backpack e-Newsletter is a great opportunity to see what events, professional development opportunities, and funding sources are available to environmental educators around the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. New this time around is a section titled “Schools in the News” where we have shared the recently announced Green Ribbon School winners! Subscribe to the e-Newsletter by visiting baybackpack.com and navigating to the bottom of the homepage.

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