What we are reading in June

Green Matters, 06/04/20 – New Jersey Now Requires Climate Crisis Education for Grades K-12

Washington Post, 06/03/20 – I’m a black climate expert. Racism derails our efforts to save the planet

NPR, 06/03/20 – The Winners Of The NPR Student Podcast Challenge

Our Children’s Trust, 06/15/20 – A message from Juliana v. United States youth plaintiff, Isaac #youthvgov

Grist, 06/04/20 – Why racial justice is climate justice

The New Yorker, 06/17/20 – How Public Opinion Changes for the Better

Boston Magazine, 06/15/20 – Marty Walsh Declared Racism a Public Health Issue. Here’s Why

Yes!, 06/15/2020 – There Is No Climate Justice Without Racial Justice

Hartman Group, 05/28/2020 – Sustainability in Everyday Life: Plastic and Packaging Waste

Grist, 06/16/20 – 5 board games for a world that’s falling apart

What we are reading in May

Our Daily Planet’s Bright Ideas, 05/09/20 – Honoring Our Mother

Grist, 04/22/20 – Three kids learned about Greta Thunberg for Earth Day, and their reactions are 100% wholesome

The Green Teacher, 04/22/20 – Healthy Schools, Bright Futures

National Geographic, 04/27/20 – Forget homeschooling during the pandemic. Teach life skills instead

Our Daily Planet’s Bright Ideas, 04/25/20 – Turning to Nature to Help and Heal

Green Schools National Network, 03/19/20 – Student-Driven Solar: How West Bloomfield High School Students Powered Their Science Department with Solar Electricity

U.S. Green Building Council, 04/29/20 – Infographic: The elements of a LEED school

Resources – May 2020

Plastic Pollution Webinar for Kids
Do you want your elementary-aged child to learn the basics of plastic pollution and how it relates to climate change? (You’re welcome to participate, too!) Thursday, May 14th at 2:00 PM 40-minute interactive presentation. 

Learning in Places. Learning tools for families, para familias, 对于家庭 
A project with the goal of creating more culturally and community relevant, field-based learning opportunities for students.

TEDed – Earth School.  Daily adventures that will help you understand and celebrate our natural world, while learning about how dependent we are on our planet. Within each lesson, you’ll find fascinating resources compiled by Earth experts and ideas for getting involved in ways that count. Between Earth Day (April 22nd) and World Environment Day (June 5th). 

The CLEAN Network is a professionally diverse community committed to improving climate and energy literacy locally, regionally, nationally, and globally, to enable responsible decisions and actions.

Virtual Learning Resources for Sustainability-Minded Educators. Green Schools National Network remains steadfast in its commitment to provide K-12 schools and districts with the resources and support they need to educate for sustainability during this time of virtual learning. We vetted these lessons against a set of criteria we developed that looks at aspects such as deeper learning, 21st century skill building, authenticity, and sustained inquiry using a real-world context.

What we are reading in April

Project Green Schools, 04/10/20  – Staying Environmental During Quarantine

Grist, 04/2020Climate in the Time of Coronavirus

Wired, 03/24/20 – The Analogy Between Covid-19 and Climate Change Is Eerily Precise

CNN, 04/2020 – What Coronavirus Could Teach Us About Climate Change

World Economic Forum, 04/02/20How our responses to climate change and the coronavirus are linked

The Economist, 04/18/20The Climate Issue: Why covid is, and is not, like climate

What we have been reading, watching and listening to…

VIDEOMason- Rice Green Team Kids –  The Three Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

PODCASTKQED ForumHow Kids Can Stop Fearing the Future and Tackle Climate Change

ARTICLE Earth Day OrgTwo New York Times Ads, Separated by Half a Century, Call Millions to Action

PETITIONChange.orgEducational Leaders Please Pass Climate Action Resolutions to Protect Students

ACTIVISMZinn Education ProjectOrganizing Lessons from the Portland Climate Justice Resolution

Celebrating 2018-2019: Thanks Everyone for Your Hard Work

The Green Newton School Connections Committee held its final meeting for the 2018-2019 school year on a celebratory note. The group did a comprehensive survey of school recycling last year with the help of many volunteers. From there they advocated successfully for the Newton School Committee to adopt an official recycling policy and got the new food service vendor to include sustainability in the new contract. The next step is a grant application to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection to fund a schools sustainability coordinator position.  It took the time and dedication of many people to get so much accomplished in such a short time — thank you!

Highlights

Recycling Policy: Newton School Committee Unanimously Passes School Recycling Policy

MassDEP Grant: We are getting ready for the application deadline on 06/12/2019. All principals and most necessary city officials have signed the commitment to support the expansion of a recycling program. After the recycling program is improved, we will continue to support it as an ongoing program within our school district after the grant funding ends.”

Funding ideas to maintain the recycling program: Set up textile recycling collection bins outside each school.

New Food Services: An advisory committee will be established to facilitate communications with the new food service vendor Whitsons about food quality and sustainability.

Reduce and reuse school suppliesBigelow PTO is promoting the idea of buying fewer school supplies. Newton North High School is considering ways to redistribute usable supplies found in lockers at the end of the school year.

May updates

This group is committed and dedicated to making a difference in our schools. Thank you to committee members for all the ideas and support we have received in recent months! Here are some recent updates:

  1. MassDEP Grant – Good progress has been made on a School Recycling Grant from MassDEP that is due before the June 12 deadline.
  2. Newton Schools Recycling Policy – The Newton School Committee has a new Recycling Policy and here is the draft policy as it stands.
  3. Food Service Contract – Newton Public Schools announced the selection of a new food service provider for our school cafeterias: Whitsons. We were pleased that the selection committee took into consideration a “commitment to sustainable food and environmental practices” as well as the quality of the food offered. Whitsons has been serving the Wellesley School District, where they participate in the city’s successful food recovery program.

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