Newton South Global Community’s program receives a Green Difference Award

We are excited to celebrate with the Newton South High School group of around 250 students and teachers in the Global Communities Program who have recently been honored with a “2020 Green Difference Award” from Project Green Schools.

Green Newton board member, Andrew Thompson (on the right), and around a dozen of his colleagues serve as teachers in the Global Communities Program that was recognized mainly because of their outstanding environmental work on students’ senior year projects. Over the past ten years, students have engaged dozens of local and global issues, including starting Newton South’s farm, combating fast fashion, improving recycling and composting at South, encouraging Newton residents to sign up for 100% renewable electricity, holding an e-waste drive and much more. In addition, the Global Communities Program highlights having students work with other students abroad, such as their ongoing collaboration with Norra Real School in Stockholm, which culminated in a student trip in 2019 to Sweden and Iceland to study climate change and sustainability in Arctic countries.  

A list of senior projects can be found on this link:
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Earth Day 2020 Boston, by Newton South Students

A promotion for Earth Day 2020 Boston by students from Newton South High School. Let’s  join them as we celebrate the start Earth Week tomorrow.

Earth Day 2020 Boston is being organized by a Newton South teacher, Michael Kozuch. The live event, Earth Day 2020 Boston Facebook Live Rally, is Saturday, April 18, and includes Marty Walsh, Jean-Luc Pierite, Reverend Rob Mark, Senator Ed Markey, City Councilors Michelle Wu and Andrea Campbell, Mass Sierra Club, Mass Audubon, musical performers and more.

Earth Day 2020 Boston Program

Climate Change Teach-In at Newton South

Green Newton is one of the guests of the “Climate Change Teach-in”, on Feb. 12. The event is organized by the NSHS Global Program and invites students to learn from environmental leaders and activists including:

Mass Audubon, Biodiversity for a Livable Climate, The Sunrise Movement, Newton South Students, The Environmental Voters Project, Communities Responding to Extreme Weather (CREW), Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, Citizens Climate Lobby, The City of Newton, A former Obama Administration official, Greenovate Boston, Green Newton and more.

More about the NSHS Global Program here

Idling on School Grounds

Newton South student Sophie Lewis wrote an article about how “illegal idling on school grounds is a popular morning habit among students, prompting environmental concerns”.  The piece was published in the December 2019 issue of  The Lion’s Roar, the student newspaper of Newton South High School. Below are short excerpts. Please read the full article on pages 12-13.

Car Craze

By Sophie Lewis

“There are 32 parking spots on Brandeis Road that fill up by about 7:15 a.m. While a few students choose to enter the building, most remain in their cars with the engine still running until the bell is about to ring. Some use this time to eat breakfast, others put their seats back and fall back asleep. The habit of leaving a car on while it’s not in motion, or idling, on Brandeis Road isn’t anything new. ”

“Sustainability teacher Andrew Thompson is working with seniors in his classes to think of ‘out-of-the-box’ solutions to incentivize green transportation. He’s interested in providing wellness credits for students who bike to school or creating a shuttle service between South and Newton Centre during lunch so students won’t need to drive their own cars.”

Photos by Netta Dror

Please read the full article on pages 12-13

Students for a Greener World: Green Newton Series

Join us for the annual spring program produced and hosted by Students for a Greener World (SGW), Green Newton’s student group! At this lively presentation, students of all ages from Newton schools come together to show how they’re helping the environment through projects such as:

  • Angier Elementary School’s Cafeteria Recycling & Composting
  • Oak Hill Middle School’s Global Goals Exhibition
  • Newton South High School’s Capstone Healthy Landscaping Project
  • Newton North High School’s Student Climate March
  • SGW’s community environmental outreach 

Come Hear What Newton Students are Doing for the Environment on May 20

Please join Students for a Greener World showing how they are contributing to the sustainability of Newton and beyond. Highlighted will be:

  • Angier Elementary School’s Cafeteria Recycling & Composting
  • Oak Hill Middle School’s Global Goals Exhibition
  • Newton South High School’s Capstone Healthy Landscaping Project
  • Newton North High School’s Student Climate March
  • SGW’s community environmental outreach

Following these presentation and the Students for a Greener World (SGW) Wild Boar Awards, Green Newton will present the 2019 Green Newton Environmental Leadership Awards to the following recipients:

  • Individual: Andy Gluck
  • Local Organization: The Newton Citizens Commission on Energy
  • City Department:  Newton’s Public Buildings Department and Design Review Committee
  • Green Newton Special Appreciation Award: Ira Krepchin

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Event: Monday, May 20 at 7pm at the Newton Free Library (330 Homer St. Newton)

From: Green Newton