GGI e-Newsletter: September 2015

This month:

  • Energy Conservation Incentive Results are just around the corner!
  • We celebrate Green Apple Day of Service September 26, 2015 with these suggestions
  • Energy Conservation and Action Month:  Our Poster Contest is the Best EVER!
  • Take the Energy Star Pledge for Energy Conservation Month:  Plan an  Event for Energy Conservation Day October 27, 2015
  • $$ Grants $$ you can use and I can help!
  • News You Can Use
  • Journal Articles about Play,Nature and Children, and all manner of STEM and Outdoor Education

Saturday, September 26, 2015:  Green Apple Day of Service

Green Apple is a global movement to put all children in schools where they have clean and healthy air to breathe, where energy and resources are conserved, and where they can be inspired to dream of a brighter future. 


Green Apple gives individuals, companies and organizations the opportunity to transform all our schools into healthy, safe, cost-efficient and productive learning places. The Green Apple initiative is powered by volunteers who participate in community-based efforts; promoted by media partners, like-minded NGOs and high-profile ambassadors; and funded by corporate partners who contribute a portion of proceeds or make a substantial sponsorship donation and receive the right to use the Green Apple mark to show their association with and support of the Green Apple initiative.
For decades, apples have been rooted in American tradition as a symbol of education. But where did this tradition come from? The apple’s tie to education originated in Denmark and Sweden in the 1700s when poor families gave teachers apples in place of traditional payment. Americans adopted this practice in the 1920s and to this day, apples are common gifts given to teachers as a sign of gratitude. An apple has become a popular icon used in the U.S. and beyond to represent education. In creating a brand to advance healthy, safe and efficient schools for children throughout the world, the green apple was a natural choice. Projects for Your School's Green Apple Day of Service...

October Is Energy Conservation and 
Action Month 


Select Actions to Pledge

Appliances and Water Heaters
Heating and Cooling 
Sealing and Insulate


Enter Our Energy Conservation and Action Poster and Slogan Art Contest!

Click here for more contest and entry details
Id Tags for Posters


2015 Recycle-Bowl Competition registration is now open!

Please be sure to register by October 13th. The competition begins October 19th!

REGISTER!  For detailed instructions on how to register,


Organize your Event with Tool kits


News You can Use!

How Many Fish Will Reduce Your Stress Levels?

Blossoming Health and Academic Benefits of School Gardens

Healthy Eaters and Strong Minds: What School Gardens Teach Kids

Eli the Elk Promotes National Parks, Forest and Public Lands

The Light of Natural Leaders

The Electric Charging Highway!

Education Increases Belief in Climate Change

The Truth About Plastic Bags

How Much Does Clean Energy Cost?

Take Back the Tap: The Cost of Bottled Water


Fracking from a Clean Water Perspective

The Green 

Peer Reviewed Literature on STEM, Children and Play, Citizen Science, Learning and Gardens and all things green and sustainable 

Readers may need to sign in to read the variety of articles available.  Worth the effort!

Gardening While you Learn

The effect of a horseshoe crab citizen science program on middle school student science performance and STEM career motivation

Efficacy of outdoor adventure education in developing emotional intelligence during adolescence

The REAL team: A cooperative student training program in rapid ecological assessment

Use of the outdoor classroom and nature-study to support science and literacy learning: A narrative case study of a third-grade classroom



We support new ideas and practices to strengthen teaching and learning. Our goal is to fund and share successful strategies to educate and prepare students for bright and rewarding futures. We have learned that the best teaching methods come from our greatest assets: educators. That is why, over the last 10 years, we have awarded more than $7.1 million to fund nearly 4,500 grants to public school educators to enhance teaching and learning. To build our knowledge base and to uncover new, great practices in public education we invite all eligible educational professionals to apply for these grants. 

The Bee Hive Project

Help Put Honey Bee Observation Hives In 1,000 Schools

OUR MISSION: Stimulate curiosity in young people about the importance of honey bees in our
lives and the need to understand and embrace them and to care about their well-being through the
installation of bee hives in 1,000 schools.



North Carolina's Electric Cooperatives light up learning in classrooms statewide through the Bright Ideas education grant program. Tar Heel teachers in K-12 classrooms with innovative ideas for creative learning projects can submit an application from April through September.

Planet America and the Planeteers

The Captain Planet Foundation will fund as many projects as its annual resources allow.

All applicant organizations or sponsoring agencies must be exempt from federal taxation under the Internal Revenue Code Section 501, in order to be eligible for funding (this includes most schools and non-profit organizations).

September 30th- typically for spring and summer projects
January 31st- typically for fall and winter projects


Target Field Trip Grants

Some of the best learning opportunities happen outside the classroom. We're bringing students once-in-a-lifetime learning experiences through field trips they'll never forget.  It’s become increasingly difficult for schools to fund learning opportunities outside the classroom. To help them out, we launched Field Trip Grants in 2007. Since then, we’ve made it possible for millions of students to go on a field trip.  As part of the program, Target stores award Field Trip Grants to K-12 schools nationwide. Each grant is valued up to $700. We accept grant applications between noon CST Aug. 1 and 11:59 p.m. CT Oct. 1.
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