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Go Green Newsletter: Back to School 2015 Issue

We Have Been Busy this SUMMER! 
Check out all the GREAT Resources on CCS University

CCS Operations: Recycling with more are on the way!


Vidyo® opens up conferencing on your mobile as well as your classroom or personal computer!  Set it up and prepare for Green Team Meetings without leaving your classroom or home!  Once you have turned on your computer; keep it on all day and you can call anyone just like Google Hangouts to talk and ask questions.  In fact, it is based on Google Hangouts.

Having said this I will be available during the week for office hours so you can call in on your computer and ask questions or request or talk about your program with me.  I haven’t set the dates quite yet but I will answer if I am in my office.

News you can use!

USGBC NC 




Department of Education 
Green Ribbon Award












Grants



Environmental Education Professional Development

US Green Building Council (USGBC) is for the second year offering the Environmental Sustainability Challenge.  http://www.usgbcnc.org/.  Look for an email in the coming month.  We had 2 schools who were winners and received monies to further their efforts for the coming year (TSHS and AB Wilkins).
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We are going for the Big ONE!  The Department of Education Green Ribbon Award!   In NC there has only been one public school system that has earned this award.  Several charter schools in the state have earned the award.  We are looking toward being the first large school district to earn the Green Ribbon Award."The aim of U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) is to inspire schools, districts and Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) to strive for 21st century excellence, by highlighting promising practices and resources that all can employ. To that end, the award recognizes schools, districts, and IHEs that:
  1. Reduce environmental impact and costs;
  2. Improve the health and wellness of schools, students, and staff; and
  3. Provide environmental education, which teaches many disciplines, and is especially good at effectively incorporating STEM, civic skills, and green career pathways."  http://www2.ed.gov/programs/green-ribbon-schools/index.html
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Are you looking for grants?  Large or small?  Gardens, teaching tools, environmental and ecological funding?  Look no further!  The NC office of Environmental Education has grants from massive major project grants to small simple grants.   Need help call me (see below).
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NC Office of Environmental Education has also lots of opportunities to take part in (mostly) free professional development so check out their calendar!

Mark your Calendars NOW for these Important Dates!

Green Team Leader Meetings

Participate in a meeting and never leave your desk or your room!
All meeting times are between 4 pm to 5 pm.


Dates for Meetings:
August 31st,     September 29th,       October 26th,       November 23rd,      
January 4th,      February 1st,            February 29th,     March 28th,        
April 25th,         June 13th.

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Green Team Advisory Council

Meetings at Operations
Al meeting times are between 4 pm to 5 pm

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Dates for Meetings:
September 8th,       October 13th,       December 8th,
February 9th,           April 5th,              June 14th
Schools Recognized for Their Green, Renovations and Beautification Projects
 

 

The Fayetteville Cumberland County Community Appearance Award winners were revealed last Thursday at Gates Four. Accepting their award was Principal Rob Guzman, Major Mark Patton and STEELERS, Chief Master Sergeant Samantha McCartney. We also had submitted Ferguson Easley who was recognized.  Eastover Central was also recognized. If you have a project that is a green project such as fixing erosion and silting in parking lots, renovation of a outdoor classroom, installation of new gardens, an updated school entry beautification project OR any project YOUR school worked hard on, please let us know so we can nominate your school for recognition of your hard work!

Green-washing –What It Is and Why It Matters 

June 24, 2015  Botanie Soap
http://botaniesoap.com/blog/
When the British multinational company ICI, now Zeneca, ran a series of full-color ads in Malaysian newspapers touting paraquat – an herbicide banned in five countries – as “environmentally friendly,” they were practicing a particular form of marketing deception. The goal of this deception was diverting attention from paraquat’s links to the poisoning of thousands of Malaysian workers and its listing among the world’s “dirty dozen” by the Pesticide Action Network.
Zeneca was altering and obscuring the truth in order to cast themselves in a more flattering environmental light. They were Greenwashing. More commonly, we see this practice on the ingredient labels of food and skincare products, when all other ingredients are identified by name except for these: “natural flavors” and “natural fragrances.” Read More...

Mud pies and green spaces – why children do better when they can get outdoors

June 15, 2015 3.02pm EDT
Senior Lecturer, Director of Post-graduate Research, School of Education at University of Stirling; Dr Greg Mannion works as a Senior Lecturer at University of Stirling.  

The first warm weather here in the UK generally means a few things – the impending start of tennis at Wimbledon, school examination time, and the smell of cut grass. Inevitably, pupils and teachers start to wish they were outdoors and not stuck in a classroom. There is now a growing body of evidence why teachers should respond to these urges and incorporate outdoor places into their teaching and the school day more widely.  Read more...

HOW HELPING CHILDREN FIND NATURE HELPS US FIND OURSELVES

by Jenny Leibham | Jul 15, 2015 | THE NEW NATURE MOVEMENT 

About the Author
Jenny Leibham is a nature preschool teacher in Milwaukee, WI.
Her favorite part of her job is seeing the students find comfort and awe in nature. She was a trainer at the Natural Leaders Network Legacy Camp in 2015. Spider webs are as magical to her today as they were when she was a child.
What makes you come alive? What if you did more of that? How would the world be different? I think about these questions often when I am at a crossroads in my career or when I just feel lost.  For me, the answer to this question is nature, laughter, children, connections and learning. These feed my soul, and have led me to my career path as a nature preschool teacher, a career that lights up every part of my being and inspires me to become a better teacher and person.  Read More...


The Go Green Initiative (GGI) has created a fun, science-based 5 minute video using teen actors that explains where renewable energy comes from, how it creates electricity, and why it is beneficial to the environment. The video is appropriate for kids from kindergarten through high school, and is available to anyone with internet access on YouTube.  Read More...
 

How Walking in Nature Changes the Brain

By GRETCHEN REYNOLDS  July 22, 2015 5:44 am 

A walk in the park may soothe the mind and, in the process, change the workings of our brains in ways that improve our mental health, according to an interesting new study of the physical effects on the brain of visiting nature.

Most of us today live in cities and spend far less time outside in green, natural spaces than people did several generations ago.

City dwellers also have a higher risk for anxiety, depression and other mental illnesses than people living outside urban centers, studies show.  Read More...

Cumberland County Go Green Initiative is a partnership of Cumberland County Schools and Sustainable Sandhills, local Sandhills area environmental nonprofit. 
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