We are a forum for parents, students, educators – with representatives from 10 Newton schools – and the broader Newton community interested in promoting sustainability in the classrooms and beyond. The group offers a setting for sharing experiences and ideas, as well as support in facing challenges in implementing green initiatives at their schools and in the Newton Public District.
Some of our initiatives include:
- Sharing of past and current efforts at individual schools
- Developing and sharing recycling signage for schools, in partnership with Newton Sustainable Materials Management department.
- Advocating for the hiring of a dedicated staff person to plan and implement consistent recycling collection throughout the school district.
- Hosting discussions with stakeholders from the city government, School Committee, elected officials, and others.
- Supporting a Recycling Policy for Newton Public Schools and applying for a grant from MassDEP to fund the implementation of a district-wide recycling program
- Advocating for healthier food and more sustainable practices in school cafeterias.
- Advocating for the city’s approval to set up textile recycling collection containers outside of school buildings.
- A survey about waste management in all of Newton public schools, in partnership with Newton Sustainable Materials Management department.
- Supporting renewable energy in schools, including solar panels.
- Evaluating the possibility of implementing a Food Recovery Program in Newton school cafeterias.
Parents, students, educators, and Newton citizens and friends, all are invited to be part of our group. Just come to one of our meetings or events, or contact us at [email protected] for more information.
Together we are building a more sustainable school community in Newton.
About this website
|Joana Canedo, Board Member of Green Newton and Chair of GN School Connections, edits the School Connections website and its newsletter. Joana is a Bigelow and Newton North parent. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].|
Periodic updates about our activities, featuring what the group is working on, related news and events, plus resources and green tips to help you get involved in our work to build a healthier, more sustainable future for Newton schools.
Notes from our past meetings.