We have compiled a list of useful resources below. If you know of additional organizations that you think should be added to our list, please let us know!

 

State & Federal Government Agencies

Organizations and Associations
  • Keep America Beautiful
    Keep America (KAB) Beautiful helps end littering, improve recycling, and beautify communities. KAB hosts Recycle-Bowl, which invigorates student participation in recycling through a national K-12 competition.
  • Keep Massachusetts Beautiful
    A nonprofit organization working to make Massachusetts communities clean, green, and litter-free places to live, work and play. Keep Massachusetts Beautiful offers programs to help volunteers take action to improve and beautify their own communities.
  • Secondary Materials & Recycled Textiles (SMART)
    Trade Association that promotes the reuse and recycling of used clothing, fibers, and wiping materials. Includes information and lesson plans for educators.
  • Beyond Benign
    A Massachusetts non-profit focusing on Green Chemistry education, whose vision is to revolutionize the way chemistry is taught to better prepare students to engage with their world while connecting chemistry, human health and the environment.
  • Center for EcoTechnology (CET)
    Massachusetts non-profit organization that demonstrates and promotes practical, affordable solutions to the environmental challenges encountered in our daily activities. Provides environmental education and resources.
  • Carton Council
    Offers grants for free recycling containers to schools to start carton recycling programs. Contact Carton Council for more information. Also offers “Best Practices Guide” that includes examples of successful school carton recycling programs, posters that explain effective source separation for school carton recycling programs, and a “Model Custodial Guidelines” document that provides an outline for custodial staff on establishing a carton recycling program.
  • MassRecycle
    Massachusetts coalition of individuals, governments, businesses, institutions and non-profit organizations dedicated to promoting and realizing the vital environmental, social and economic benefits created by reducing, reusing, and recycling waste materials, and by increasing the utilization of recycled products. Provides recycling resources and links for teachers, students and parents and sponsors a recycling listserve.
  • Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA)
    A non-profit organization that provides cooperative purchasing programs, educational and networking opportunities, technical assistance and cooperative marketing programs for recycling. Their School Club has a multitude of school lesson plans, activities and links that are free to access.
  • The Green Schools Initiative
    Greenschools is a non-profit organization whose mission is to create Greener & Healthier learning environments through education and awareness.
  • The Green Education Foundation
    Provides educational resources that promote sustainable, impactful pro-green habits and practices in children, families, and communities.
  • Laboratory Safety Institute
    An international nonprofit educational organization for safety in science, industry, and education.
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation
    The academy offers toolkits and webinars as part of its Future of Food initiative engaging nutrition and hunger relief professionals to increase awareness about food insecurity while promoting access to healthy food and quality nutrition education in food banks.
  • Eco-Schools USA
    A national program for grades PreK–12 combining effective green management of school grounds, facilities, and curriculum to empower today’s students for a sustainable tomorrow. Eco-Schools USA hosts a Green STEM Course, an online, self-paced professional development course, designed to increase knowledge about environment-based STEM education.

Waste Reduction
Reuse
  • Re-Stream
    Provides green logistics planning and advisement for commercial offices to reduce waste by incorporating reuse, repurposing, and recycling services.
  • Cradle to Crayons
    Accepts and distributes donations of coats, shoes and other items to low-income and homeless children.
  • Savers State of Reuse Report
    A report by Savers about opportunities to increase reuse of consumer goods, with focus on clothing and textiles.
  • Reuse This Bag
    Reuse This Bag offers an eco-friendly fundraising option… reusable grocery bags. The bags can be personalized with your organization’s name.
  • Devens Eco-Efficiency Center
    Devens Eco-Efficiency Center works with schools and businesses to preserves the value of resources by facilitating reuse opportunities for excess materials. The donated office supplies and furniture, packing materials, facility and safety supplies, and arts and crafts materials, can be accessed by schools, non-profits, and municipal entities for reuse.
  • Green Reuse and Recycling Organization International
    GRRO International works with schools and dorms across the country to reuse and recycle all commodities. GRRO has a surplus redistribution program that helps charities both domestically and internationally.
  • IRN: The Reuse Network
    IRN matches the needs of charities and nonprofits throughout the world with surplus furnishings and equipment from schools, universities, corporations and other large organizations.  

General Recycling
  • MassDEP Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Page
    Recycling, composting, reuse, hazardous waste management, electronics, green living, municipal assistance, bottle and can deposits, kids & teachers resources
  • Earth 911
    Find out what can be recycled in your community, locate haulers for various recyclables and other environmental resources.
  • EPA Educational Resources Page for Recycling
    A wealth of materials for teachers, kids, students, and researchers to develop an increased knowledge of recycling and other solid waste issues.
  • CalRecyle
    Provides tips and resources for setting up or improving district-wide recycling.
  • The Great Locker Greenout Toolkit
    An instructional resource developed by Mass Recycle for organizing a School Locker Cleanout Day that encourages recycling and reuse.

Composting & Worm Composting

School Gardens
  • Massachusetts Horticultural Society
    Massachusetts Horticultural Society has several programs for schools, including the Plantmobile (a traveling plant science program), field trips to The Gardens at Elm Bank, and workshops for educators.
  • Massachusetts Farm to School
    Massachusetts Farm to School promotes education about farms and local food purchasing in schools by incorporating hands-on farm to school learning opportunities.
  • Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom
    Fosters an awareness and learning in all areas related to the food and agricultural industries.
  • Using Gardens to Grow Healthy Habits in Cafeterias, Classrooms, and Communities
    This fact sheet from offers information on a variety of topics, including Food Safety in the Garden, Gardens as Classrooms, and Funding Your Garden.
  • ABCs of School Garden Webinar
    This webinar created by the Healthy Schools Campaign covers how garden-based learning positively impacts students, and how to get started and explore ways school gardens offer hands-on, experiential learning opportunities.
  • School Garden Resource Guide
    The Springfield Food Policy Council’s School Garden Resource Guide for Massachusetts schools includes a checklist for getting started, recommendations for which plants to grow, and examples of other school gardens in the state.

Climate Change

Clean Air

Water
  • Project WET (Water Education for Teachers)
    Project WET is committed to educating children, teachers and communities about water education. Hands on activities and lessons that teach important concepts about water and conservation.
  • EPA Water Education
    List of websites directing you to lessons and projects for an educator to teach about water.
  • Every Little Drop Counts
    This teacher’s guide is part of “Every Little Drop Counts,” a collection of education materials developed by Southwest Florida Water Management District that helps kindergarten through third-grade students learn about water conservation through reading skill enhancement and hands-on science.
  • The Watershed Game
    An interactive game for 3rd grade students and older who want to learn about the watershed.
  • Water Resources Grants & Financial Assistance
    Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s financial assistance options are available for drinking water, wastewater, septic systems, wetlands, and watersheds in Massachusetts.
  • National School Lunch Program 
    The United States Department of Agriculture requires that schools participating in the National School Lunch Program make free, potable water available in meal-serving areas.
  • BeCause Water
    BeCause Water finds solutions to promote water consumption and has helped many schools get access to water including a Fundraising Guide for Water Access in Schools.

Household Hazardous Waste

Mercury

Kids

High School Students
Educators Organizations
  • Green Schools Alliance 
    Empowers student environmental leaders with the skills, knowledge, and tools to address climate change and create healthy and sustainable schools.
  • The North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE)
    Provides a variety of resources for educators that include information about environmental education organizations, materials, events, employment opportunities, awards, and grants programs.
  • New England Environmental Education Alliance (NEEEA)
    Promotes quality environmental education across New England in partnership with the state environmental educational organizations.
  • Massachusetts Environmental Educational Society (MEES)
    MEES provides tools for environmental educators, including an annual conference in March, the MEES Observer newsletter, massmees.org, and sponsorship of Project WET.
  • Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers (MAST)
    Provides resources, annual conference and educational information for science teachers in Massachusetts
  • National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
    NSTA is committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching in all age levels. Members are able to access NSTA’s books and journals, find out about conferences and professional development opportunities, as well as stay informed about relevant news and events.
  • Farms to Schools
    These programs connect schools with local farms with the objectives of serving healthy meals in school cafeterias, improving student nutrition, providing health and nutrition education opportunities that will last a lifetime.

School Fundraisers
  • American Paper Recycling – American Paper Retriever 
    American Paper Retriever, formerly Abitibi Paper Retriever, offers a similar service promoting recycling of paper, cardboard, aluminum cans and plastic bottles by placing bins, at no cost. Communities and organizations are then paid for the recyclables they, and members of their surrounding community, collect.
  • Bay State Textiles 
    Offers School Box Program to collect donated clothing, shoes, and linens to raise money for your school.
  • Helpsy 
    Offers collection boxes to collect donated clothing, shoes, accessories, and books/CDs/DVDs to raise money for your school.
  • Bag 2 School 
    Offers fundraising collections of clothes, soft toys, bedding, drapes, belts, purses, and shoes.
  • Mother Earth Fundraising
    Mother Earth Fundraising carries a variety of eco-friendly products to help your school or non-profit organization ‘Raise Money Responsibly.’
  • Let’s Go Green
    Let’s Go Green offers a fundraising option that allows students to get involved with helping the environment at a grassroots level.
  • Funding Factory
    Consolidate school fundraising programs under one roof by recycling empty laser and inkjet printer cartridges and/or earn commissions by shopping online.
  • Recycling Advantage
    Recycling Advantage is a program by Advantage Cartridge not only recycles but they have many programs for schools and non-profits to actually make money doing fundraisers.
  • Terracycle
    Earn money for your school by collecting used food containers.

Contests & Awards
  • Massachusetts Envirothon
    The natural education program for high school students. Teams of five students represent their organization in a state-wide competition testing their knowledge about various environmental issues.
  • North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) Student Award and Grant Programs
    A list of environmental award program opportunities for students and teachers.
  • Secretary’s Awards for Excellent in Energy and Environmental Education
    Commonwealth Awards

    The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs award program for excellence in energy and environmental education.
  • MA/RI Green Student of the Month
    A recognition program, introduced by Project Green Schools, celebrates outstanding youth-led environmental projects and initiatives by selecting three Green Students of the Month.
  • Annual Eco-Carpentry Challenge
    The Furniture Trust’s Annual Eco-Carpentry Challenge asks students to demonstrate their creativity and commitment to recycling by converting donated office furniture into repurposed products.
  • Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes
    The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes recognizes outstanding young leaders, ages from eight to eighteen who have made a significant positive impact on people, their communities, and the environment.
  • Eversource Challenge
    The Eversource Challenge is a program for K-12 students living in Eversource electric communities. The Challenge invites students to showcase their knowledge of saving energy, energy-efficient technologies, and sustainability through various assignments.
  • President’s Environmental Youth Award
    The US Environmental Protection Agency honors a wide variety of projects developed by young individuals, school classes, summer camps, public interest groups, and youth organizations, to promote environmental awareness.
  • Roots and Shoots Mini-Grants
    The Jane Goodall Institute manages the Roots and Shoots mini-grant program to start, support, or celebrate the service campaigns of schools or students.
  • Captain Planet Foundation ecoSolution Grants
    Grants of up to $2,500 are available to help support environment-focused, project-based activities performed by the next generation of environmental stewards and change-agents.

Environmental Events
  • National Green Week
    Provides educational resources that promote sustainable, impactful pro-green habits and practices in children, families and communities.
  • Earth Hour
    Join communities, businesses and governments around the world by turning off your lights for 1 hour in March.
  • Great Massachusetts Litter Cleanup
    Keep Massachusetts Beautiful sponsor this annual statewide litter cleanup that takes place during April and May each year.
  • Earth Day
    Earth Day, celebrated April 22, encourages people from around the globe to participate in an environmental movement. Toolkits, media guides, teach-in/event registration along with many other resources can be found on the Earth Day website.
  • EPA’s Earth Day Website
    Offers many tips and fun ways to protect the environment and your health every day.
  • National Environmental Education Week
    Environmental events and projects take place each April 23-April 29, across the country in classrooms, after-school clubs, parks, aquariums, museums, and other formal and informal educational settings.
  • Food Day
    Food Day, celebrated on April 24, inspires Americans to change their diets and our food policies. Offers a School Curriculumfor upper elementary and middle school students including five lessons with activities about healthy eating.
  • Arbor Day Foundation
    Arbor Day is a nationally-celebrated observance on April 24th that encourages tree planting and care.
  • International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW)
    The Composting Council Research & Education Foundation organizes the ICAW the first week in May each year. ICAW includes a poster contest and events to raise awareness about the benefits of compost.
  • Bike to School Day
    An annual event held each May to promote biking to school.
  • National Pollinator Week
    Celebrated one week each June, is a time to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what we can do to protect them.
  • Outdoor Classroom Day
    A global campaign to celebrate and inspire outdoor learning and play.
  • Walk to School Day
    An annual event held each October to promote walking to school.
  • America Recycles Day 
    Celebrated on November 15 America Recycles Day is a Keep America Beautiful initiative, to invigorate and educate people to recycle effectively at a higher rate.
  • Stop Food Waste Day
    Celebrated on April 27th, Stop Food Waste Day draws attention to the food waste epidemic and motivates people to create impactful solutions.
  • Plant Something Day
    Celebrated on May 15th, The Massachusetts Nursery and Landscape Association invites communities to pledge to plant something to beautify neighborhoods, reduce stress levels, and provide pollen or nectar for pollinators.
  • National Healthy Schools Day
    Celebrated in the 1st week of April, schools use this day to host a local activity that educates and highlights environmental successes that made the school green and healthy.