For ED-Green Ribbon Schools, It's Organic to Teach Civics!

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For ED-Green Ribbon Schools, It’s Quite Organic to Teach Civics!

Earlier this year, ED released a Road Map and Call to Action to ensure that today’s youth are educated to become informed, engaged, and effective citizens. At many of the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS), integrated civic education begins early; it lies at the core of robust environmental, STEM and green technology education.>>>


36 States have Indicated their Intent to Nominate Schools for ED-GRS 2013

36 state authorities have indicated that they intend to nominate schools to ED.  State education agencies should indicate their intent to nominate schools in an email to by August 30th.  Schools cannot apply directly to ED and must be nominated by their state education agency. Their participation is voluntary and may depend on hearing from interested schools.


Secretary Duncan on Sharing Best Practices for Good Health and Education

“When we’re leveraging each other’s resources and partnering in non-traditional ways, really creative ways, then I think we create opportunities to change children’s lives forever…I think one of the important roles we at the Department can play is to share what’s working. We can be the clearinghouse for innovative practices,” the Secretary said. Read more of the interview in honor of the new National Prevention Strategy >>>.


Registration Open for the Green Strides Webinar Series

The Green Strides Webinar Series continues this month to help all schools reduce environmental impact and costs; improve health and wellness; provide effective education for the challenges of the 21st century.  August and September Green Strides Webinar Series sessions feature U.S. Environmental Protection Agency experts and programs. Register here >>>


Funding Opportunity: Facilities, Landscaping and Community Engagement

The Lowe’s Foundation is accepting applications for its Toolbox for Education Grant which supports school improvement projects at K-12 public schools. There is a preference for funding requests such as facility enhancement (both indoor and outdoor), landscaping/cleanup projects and projects that encourage community engagement. Grants may be up to $5,000. Any individual nonprofit public K-12 school or parent group associated with a nonprofit public K-12 school is eligible to apply by the October 12, 2012 deadline. See more resources and grants on our updated page >>>


NAAEE Environmental Education Career Video Contest In Partnership with the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) is seeking videos that show the diversity of people working every day as environmental education professionals committed to protecting the Earth, increasing STEM, civic engagement and green career pathways preparation for all! It seeks video stories to tell students about the infinite careers that make up the environmental education (EE) profession.  Four winners will receive a new iPad3 and their video will be featured on NAAEE’s website and at the NAAEE annual conference in Oakland, CA in October 2012. See details


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