The GO GREEN Initiative is a Cooperative Partnership Between Sustainable Sandhills and Cumberland County Schools 

GGI Newsletter: December 2016

Look who's GOing GREEN!
Rudolf changed his nose!
For Starters:

  1. EARTH DAY REGISTRATION IS COMING!  START PLANNING NOW. (there are changes, see below)
  2. Energy Conservation and Action Poster Art and Slogan Contest Winners!
  3. Our E-WASTE Drive Collected 17.17 TONS of Electronics! THE MOST EVER!! THANKS TO ALL WHO HELPED!
  4. 2016 State of Our Schools
  5. Climate Change Conference Marrakesh Morroco 2016
  6. Symposium on the Atlantic Pipeline
See below for 'News You can Use'
  • Energy Resources for North Carolina Teachers: US Electric System Operating Data
  • Green Schools Alliance
  • 8 Foods You'd Never Guess Were Artificially Colored
  • Forest Service Every Kid in a Park Program Offers Field Trip Idea, Educational Resources – and a Free Holiday Tree Permit
  • Local and Organic farmers selling produce and meats during the winter
  • WINTER Energy Break 

This Month's Video: Winter Getaway

Atmospheric CO2 level: Target 360 ppm
December 11, 2016:  404.36 ppm (from:
December 11, 2015:  
402.04 ppm

March Temperatures
Warmest Sept. since 1880:  201  (from:
Coldest Sept. since 1880:  1912

Sea Level rise: 3.24 mm/annum (National Geographic)

Earth Day April 22, 2017 (During Spring Break)

CC Go Green Initiative Schools and Sustainable Sandhills: Earth Day Celebration at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden - Tuesday, April 25, 2017, and Wednesday, April 26, 2017 

All schools that were rained out on the second day last year, will be attending the first day Tuesday, April 25.  

This year, because of increased demand from previous years,  we are asking only second grade classes to attend.  



Emma Foehringer Merchant
Nov 14, 2016 1:33 pm

The future of U.S. climate action doesn’t look great, but cities around the world are stepping up. On Monday at COP22, leaders of 7,100 cities in 119 countries announced progress on locally-driven emissions reductions is already underway.

Launched as the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy, the group will formalize city-focused climate action under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. 

Local leaders committed to slash emissions by 27 percent by 2020 — higher than some national cuts promised in the Paris Agreement. An analysis from the European Commission shows a smaller group of 6,201 cities had already achieved reductions of 23 percent by September.

The coalition already represents 600 million
people, or 8 percent of the global population. According to the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, over 66 percent of people will live in cities by 2050, with the most urban growth occurring in developing countries.

Think of the cooperative as a mini-COP agreement of sorts, with cities accountable for establishing, measuring, and achieving climate goals.

“We need the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy to empower cities to take bolder steps in this fight, to challenge other cities to do the same, and to ensure that leaders from around the world recognize the significance of cities,” said Maroš Šefčovič, vice president of the European Commission, in a press release.


REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal

Emma Foehringer Merchant
Nov 15, 2016 12:20 pm

Countries announced a new global partnership to deliver on their Paris Agreement goals. If you’ve ever followed a climate conference — no? just me? — you know that they involve a lot of different coalitions coming together to push climate action. But the partnership announced Tuesday at COP22 is an especially notable example.

The partnership, named for the Nationally Determined Contributions that countries have pledged to meet Paris Agreement goals, features 23 countries — including Morocco, the U.K., and the Marshall Islands — and four international institutions.

The plan involves a three-pronged approach: creating and sharing tools and technology, providing policy and technical expertise, and working on raising money for implementation of country programs. Basically, it’s a central collaboration space for private investors, technical experts, international institutions, and countries. Anyone is welcome to join.

The launch of the partnership coincides with the release of an essential tool that allows countries to search for funds available to implement the individual country plans that form the backbone of the Paris Agreement.

“The intention behind the NDC Partnership is that we can best tackle climate change and support climate adaptation by pooling our strengths and our knowledge,” says Dr. Gerd Müller, German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development. “If we try to go it alone in limiting global warming, we will fail.”

2016 State of Our Schools

School facilities represent the second largest sector of public infrastructure spending, after highways, and yet we have no comprehensive national data source on K-12 public school infrastructure. Even at the state level, school facilities information is often scant. The dearth of official data and standards for our nation's public school infrastructure has left communities and states working largely on their own to plan for and provide high-quality facilities.

These realities inspired our three organizations to assemble the best available state-by-state data and propose a standards-based framework by which we can benchmark the nation's investment. We set out to create a common fact base to understand three critical points:
  1. the scale of elementary and secondary public school infrastructure;
  2. the significant effort that communities are making to provide safe, healthy, and adequate public school facilities; and
  3. the future investment needed to ensure adequate and equitable public school facilities for all students, including those in low-wealth communities. Read more...

Forest Service Every Kid in a Park Program Offers Field Trip Idea, Educational Resources – and a Free Holiday Tree Permit

US Forest Service - November 25, 2016 | By Kathryn Sosbe 

For the second year, the U.S. Forest Service is part of the administration’s Every Kid in a Park program, an initiative to provide American fourth graders with a free pass to more than 2,000 federal land and water sites for them, their siblings and up to three adults.

The pass includes access to 153 national forests, 20 grasslands and one tall grass prairie managed for the public by the Forest Service and other lands and waters managed by six other federal agencies. Some state parks also honor the pass. MORE

Checklist: Getting Your Facility Ready for Winter

Winter is coming and it’s heading straight for your facility. Now is the time to get out in front of it and prepare for the worst winter has to offer.

From saving energy to emergency planning, our checklist provides timely tips for:

  • Furnace heating systems—optimize system performance with these measures.

  • Boiler maintenance and operations—address their unique operational needs.

  • Around your facility—don't make your heating system work harder than it needs to.

  • Weathering winter storms—plan ahead to keep your employees safe and your facility running. 

These actions can form the basis of a sound program for energy management that can reduce your operating costs this winter and all year long. Print the Checklist and Get started today!

Acorn Naturalists Catalogue 

Acorn Naturalists is a science and environmental education supply company, Give them the tools for the outdoors.

TreeRing is a yearbook company that prints on demand, resulting in big reductions in cost and wasted paper. They've already helped more than 5,000 schools green their yearbooks. For every book sold, TreeRing donates to ForestNation to plant a tree, planting 1,283,932 trees so far. Free yearbook samples available.

The Wireless Alliance is a cell phone recycling company that repurposes phones in a zero waste, environmentally-conscious manner. Through their service, more than 500 tons of wireless equipment has been diverted from landfills. At no cost to you, The Wireless Alliance makes it easy for your school to collect and ship the phones. They handle all of the shipping expenses and send you free collection boxes.

Discount School Supply is a leader in providing schools with arts and crafts supplies. They offer a comprehensive presentation of products in addition to a wide variety of content resources for teachers and parents. Their eco-friendly products can be found by using the keyword  "environment"in the search bar.

 ForestNation provides customized tree-growing kits for schools to use as a teaching tool and/orfundraising program. When you plant a tree, ForestNation does the same in a developing country. Through school fundraising efforts, more that 924,000 trees have been planted so far! Achieve your fundraising goals with this fun and effective engagement tool. 

Looking for Organic and Local Foods?

Marsha Howe

Sustainable Neighbors

Fayetteville NC

Build Local Food Security. Eat local, support your local farmers!
The Murchison Road Community Farmers Market is closed for the season BUT the Farmers still have fresh yummy produce!  Sustainably raised,local meat and produce available now, direct from the Farmers.
Farmer Vince Evans has mini broccoli, some collards and several kinds of lettuce, Tropicanna Bib, Red Butterhead, Muir and Oakleaf...these lettuces handle the cold very well! Call Vince-910-237-3689,

Spence Family Farm has
produce, call for current availablity - 910-534-1354

Call Mike Hernson, 910-916-1240 for
grassfed (not certified organic) ground beef in 1# pkgs. He also has a great deal on a 1/4 of a cow.
David Pflugfelder of Cathis Farm has Certified Organic/Pasture Raised pork, chicken and eggs 910-502-0348.

Tiffany Toler- The Cedar Roost- Chicken and Duck eggs. Pastured/organic feed. 910-229-7840

Pineshire Farm- Pastured eggs/organic feed.

Fayetteville's Gourmet Mushroom Company has oyster mushrooms!
Matthew Legatski 910-723-5682

The Autryville Buz -
Greenhouse lettuce and tomatoes, Microgreens
Jeff & Wendy Woolard 910-366-2434

Local Organic Nursery plants - Thomas Clark
Boudeaux Regional Nursery

8 Foods You'd Never Guess were Artificially Colored

November 21, 2016, 7:13 a.m.
It’s probably no surprise that those unnaturally bright-colored soft drinks, candies, cake mixes and breakfast cereals on store shelves are artificially colored. They simply don’t look like anything found in nature. That makes it’s easier to bypass them if you don’t want to eat potentially health-harming red, orange, yellow, green and blue food dyes.  Read More...

NO TEACHER LEFT INSIDE:Professional Development Opportunities

Project WILD Mammals: Monday January 23, 2017 (10:00-3:00)
Criteria II
Registration Deadline: December 28
Explore the mammals of North Carolina through classroom and fieldwork techniques to learn about identification, natural history, habitat requirements, and human interactions with mammals.
Advanced Wild: Waterfowl  Wednesday, Jan 11, 2017 9 AM to 12 PM
Join the NC Wildlife Resources Commission on a Criteria I, III, or Continuing Ed course on waterfowl. 
Register  919-996-2760
Location: Walnut Creek Wetland Center  950 Peterson street
Raleigh, NC United States 27610
Project WILD Mammals Educator Workshop
Monday, Jan 23, 2017, 10 AM to 3 PM 
To register, please contact Ashley Hamlet at or 252-972-1139.
Project WILD Mammals: Monday, January 23, 2017 (10:00-3:00)
Criteria II  Registration Deadline: December 28
Join the NC Wildlife Resources Commission to learn about the mammals roaming North Carolina! This workshop will include classroom and fieldwork to learn identification techniques, natural history, habitat requirements and human interactions with mammals. 
Admission: Registration and materials are provided at no charge!
Event Phone: 252-972-1139
Location: The Imperial Centre for Arts & Sciences 270 Gay Street
Rocky Mount, NC United States 27804
Growing Up WILD: Saturday, February 25, 2017 (9:00-4:00)
Criteria I
Registration Deadline: February 18
Growing Up WILD is an early childhood education program that builds on children's sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Through a wide range of activities and experiences, Growing Up WILD provides an early foundation for developing positive impressions about the natural world and lifelong social and academic skills.
All workshops and material are provided at no charge- but prior registration is required. To register, please contact Ashley Hamlet at or 252-972-1139

Professional Development

Educator Opportunities at Blue Jay Point County Park in Raleigh
Serious Skills--Winter Tree ID

Saturday, January 14  9 a.m.-Noon
Learn how to identify trees in the winter. Demystify buds,leafscars and bud scales!  You will learn hands-on techniques to help you identify trees while in the classroom and then take off into the woods to practice
skills. 3 hours   Fee: $15 includes two tree ID books.  Criteria 2 or 3,
or CE credit is available for participants in the NC EE Certification
Enjoy New Year's Day in the Great Outdoors
This January 1st, North Carolina State Parks will be hosting 1st Day Hikes to start the year off right.  Many parks will be hosting guided hikes at varying levels, or you can explore your favorite park on your own.  We resolve to have a year full of fun, history and nature.  Do you?

Haw River State Park planned activities:
1st Day Hike

This easy to moderate hike will leadfirst day hikers from the conference center main lodge down to the boardwalk and head waters area of the Haw River.  We'll continue from there through a mixed forest and wind our way back to the main lodge.
No registration needed
Date of Event:
Sunday, January 1, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Start Location:
Haw River State Park, The Summit Entrance, 339 Conference Center Dr., Browns Summit 27214

1st Day 5K
This is our second annual 1st Day 5K race to help support our Friends of Haw River State Park.  All proceedsraised fund our extensive educational program and other park needs.  The race will wind through a beautiful hardwood forest and along several sections of wet lands that feed the Haw River.  The trail was built along the contour of the land, so not much ups and downs and good for beginner racers and fun for the seasoned racers.
Registration:   (Price increases after December 1, 2016)
Date of Event:
Sunday, January 1, 2017 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Start Location:
8305 Oak Arbor Rd. Greensboro, NC 27455

Professional Development

Announcing the 2017 Energy Literacy Fellows Program
A year-long teacher professional development program for grades 8-12 science and technology teachers in NC's Duke Energy service territories. Eligible teachers must teach in schools located in either the Duke Energy Progress or Duke Energy Carolinas service territory.  To see if your school is eligible click here<> and select the state of North Carolina.

This professional development opportunity will showcase current energy science,technologies and careers to enhance Energy Literacy Fellows' ability to deliver energy-related content, conduct STEM-based activities and promote STEM career opportunities to students.  Fellows will interact with diverse scientists, engineers and industry representatives to receive up-to-date, curriculum-relevant content and engage in hands-on, inquiry-based activities designed to support learning about the science of energy.

Click here to access the online application<>

Professional Development

  *   Friday, February 10, 2017   9:00am - 5:00pm
Learn techniques used by museum curators to collect, prepare, and care for bird specimens in a research collection. Get hands-on experience by preparing a spread wing and other bird parts for the museum. Explore the museum's vast research collection of birds and discover options for developing a natural history collection for educational purposes. Learn about the process and paperwork necessary for a permit.
Credit: 8 contact hours toward CEUs or Criteria III for North Carolina's Environmental Education Certification Program<>

Professional Development

Registration information: Educator Trek Registration Form<>
Join curators from the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and the NC Museum of History for a cross-curricular workshop to learn about the natural and cultural history of North Carolina's coastal plain. Explore the longleaf pine ecosystem, one of our most biologically diverse habitats and an important early economic driver for our state. And learn about a range of topics from harvesting pitch to carnivorous pitcher plants!
  *   3:30pm Friday, February 24, 2017 - 6:00pm Sunday, February 26, 2017
  *   Credit: 20 contact hours toward CEUs or Criteria II/III for North Carolina's Environmental Education Certification Program<>
  *   Registration information: Educator Trek Registration Form<>
Email<> to hold your spot. Complete, print and mail this form to register for Educator Treks. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email and/or mailed receipt. Workshop details will be sent via email one to two weeks prior to the workshop.

Professional Development

Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 Spring Semester of DataStreme Atmosphere.  Preview Week begins Monday, January 23, 2017.
DataStreme Atmosphere is a 13-week online course designed to enhance the teacher?s understanding of the atmospheric portion of the Earth system and its interaction with people.  The course is directed towards middle-school teachers but is open to all K-12 teachers.  The course utilizes electronically transmitted environmental data and learning materials, including text readings and related investigations. Created and sustained with major support from NOAA, the DataStreme Atmosphere course has a strong leadership component and is designed to be the initial step in the training of Weather Resource Teachers across the nation.Successful participants will become their school?s representative as part of a national science education program conducted by the American Meteorological Society.
All participants are enrolled in a 3 semester-hour 600-level graduate earth science course through the State University of New York at Brockport. Credit is awarded upon successful completion of course requirements the same semester as the course is taken.
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