2017-2018 School Year

June 2, 2018 The Greenfield Recorder
Between the Rows: Composting Before Kindergarten

The Greenfield Recorder recounted a composting tour at the Academy of Early Learning and described other recycling and composting efforts happening in the Greenfield Public Schools.  Greenfield Public Schools were awarded a $30,000 Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection School Recycling Assistance grant, and have used that funding to establish successful cafeteria and kitchen compost programs. As a result, each school has slashed trash by 75-80%! They have also participated in THE GREEN TEAM, receiving lessons, activities, and supplies to help teachers bring environmental education into the classroom. 

May 18, 2018, WickedLocal Arlington
Arlington Public Schools Gets Sustainability Award

WickedLocal Arlington reported on Arlington Public Schools being named a 2018 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School District Sustainability Awardee. This award recognizes school districts for reducing greenhouse gases, addressing the nutrition, fitness, mindfulness and overall health of students and staff, and teaching curricula that addresses environmental topics. Congratulations to the students and staff of Arlington Public Schools!

May 13, 2018 Worcester Telegram and Gazette
Shrewsbury Town Meeting is Asked to Dump Styrofoam

The Worcester Telegram and Gazette covered efforts Shrewsbury High School students are taking to encourage the town to ban Styrofoam food containers from the school district and other food service operations.  Four high school juniors presented information to several town departments, including the School Committee, encouraging them to support the measure. More than two dozen Massachusetts cities and towns have joined communities nationwide in approving polystyrene regulations.

May 7, 2018 Gateway Regional High School
11 Years of Recycling Celebrated at Gateway!

Gateway Regional High School in Huntington recently celebrated more than 10 years of their Be Green recycling program. To commemorate the occasion, they invited founding members of the club back to the school to see the program’s growth. One former student, Kathleen Ryan, has since become a teacher and brought some of her students to Gateway to learn about starting a program at their own school.

April 20, 2018 The Springfield Republican
The Green Team: Springfield’s STEM Middle Academy has the Goal to Go Green

The Springfield Republican reported on the successful early efforts of the Green Team at STEM Middle Academy in Springfield. They have made great strides this year, including building a community garden, switching from Styrofoam to cardboard lunch trays, and establishing a compost system. In the process they have slashed lunchtime trash from 18 bags a day to just three!

March 30, 2018 WickedLocal Lexington
What Can Lexington Do to Reduce Waste?

Wicked Local Lexington reported on the great strides Arlington and Lexington Public Schools are making in reducing their cafeteria waste. Both districts have accomplished significant reductions in the amount of waste generated in their school cafeterias since implementing recycling and composting. In the elementary schools alone, lunchroom trash has been slashed from an average of six to seven bags per day to one!

February 23, 2018 The Lowell Sun
NVTHS Carpenters Take Eco-Challenge

The Lowell Sun recently described how students at Nashoba Valley Technical High School are participating in the eighth annual Eco-Carpentry Challenge sponsored by The Furniture Trust. This annual challenge asks students to demonstrate their creativity and commitment to recycling by converting donated office furniture into repurposed products.

February 16, 2018 The Boston Globe
In This Contest, the Least-Trashy Team Wins

The Boston Globe recently reported on Hingham High School’s “Slash the Trash” lunchtime competition. The program engages all 32 of the school’s varsity sports teams, with the goal of reducing the amount of trash that students generate at lunch each day. Each team takes turns setting up collecting stations in the cafeteria to help students properly separate recyclable and compostable materials from the trash. School custodians monitor the activities and issue “penalties” for compostable or recyclable materials that are thrown into the wrong bin. The award-winning program has proven to be successful in motivating students, staff, and other schools to practice environmentally-friendly habits. And they compost on-site in compost bins provided by THE GREEN TEAM!

February 20th, 2018 WickedLocal Marshfield
Marshfield Teens Join Group Advocating for Plastic Bag Ban

Wicked Local Marshfield reported on two members of the Marshfield High School Green Team who are getting involved in local government by advocating for a local plastic bag ban. The high school seniors are spreading the word among other students and inviting classmates who have turned 18 to attend upcoming town meetings.

February 1, 2018 The Woburn Patch
Woburn 5th Graders Visit Museum of Science with Celtics Player

A recent Woburn Patch article describes how fifth grade students from Linscott-Rumford Elementary School in Woburn were awarded a field trip to the Museum of Science after winning their school-wide recycling contest. The class collected more than 7,000 bottles for recycling in just 10 days as part of the JN Phillips Auto Glass Greenshield Recycling Education initiative. During the field trip, the students were also joined by Celtics center Aron Baynes, Celtics Mascot “Lucky” the Leprechaun, and JN Phillips President, Bob Rosenfield.

January 30, 2018 The Martha’s Vineyard Times
Saving the World One Kid at a Time

The Martha’s Vineyard Times reported on the Zero Waste Movie Night held at West Tisbury School on Martha’s Vineyard in January. In support of the school’s zero waste initiative, attendees were encouraged to bring their own cups and plates from home to receive reduced-priced concessions. Sixth graders also collected signatures in support of a student-founded initiative, Safe Sea MV, which would introduce a new bylaw prohibiting the intentional release of helium or lighter-than-air balloons in West Tisbury. The featured movie, Everything Connects, is the third documentary from 14 year old filmmaker Dylan D’Haeze, who traveled with his mother from the West Coast to attend this special event.

January 24, 2018 The Community Advocate
Zeh School’s Environmental Club Brings Awareness to Textile and Electronic Recycling

The Community Advocate recently described how fourth and fifth graders at Marion E. Zeh Elementary School in Northborough are bringing more awareness to textile and electronic recycling. Each month, the school’s Environmental Club focuses on a new topic that aligns with the classroom curriculum. In January, the Environmental Club organized a textile recycling competition between different classrooms and, in February, they hosted an Electronics Recycling Day fundraiser. 

January 20, 2018 The Sagamore
Composting Helps School Become More Environmentally Friendly

Brookline High School in Brookline is now diverting 3 tons of food waste per month from the cafeteria. The food waste is sent to Save that Stuff, where it is prepared for anaerobic digestion, a process converting organics into a fertilizer product and methane which can be captured to generate energy. 

December 15, 2017 WickedLocal Needham
Minuteman Girls in STEM Starts Recycling Program

Wicked Local Needham reported on the Girls in STEM Club at Minuteman High School in Lexington, which recently launched a new textile recycling program through a partnership with Bay State Textiles.

December 7, 2017 Town of Wellesley
Local Food Rescue Program to Donate Thousands of Meals

The Town of Wellesley recently issued a press release describing how Wellesley Public Schools are participating in a collaborative food rescue program, which will donate an estimates 20,000 meals to people in need this year. 

November 25, 2017 The Cape Cod Times
Barnstable High Senior Develops Compost Plan

The Cape Cod Times recently reported on the innovative composting program at Barnstable High School, which was implemented by one high school senior as part of a project for her Advanced Placement Environmental Science Club. 

November 13, 2017 WickedLocal Arlington
Arlington Students Help Compost 3K Pounds of Pumpkins

Wicked Local Arlington reports that Dallin and Brackett Elementary Schools in Arlington helped collect 3,000 pounds of pumpkins after Halloween, which were taken to Davidian Farm in Northborough for composting.  

October 9, 2017 – The Lowell Sun
Star Quarterback on The Green Team

The Lowell Sun featured Ayer Shirley Middle School’s annual Recycle Your Reusables event. This annual one-day event focuses on collecting reusable household goods.

September 20, 2017 – WickedLocal Malden
One Man’s Textile Trash is Another School’s Treasure

WickedLocal Malden profiled North Shore schools, including Salemwood School and Beebe School, that worked with Bay State Textiles to collect and recycle used clothing. As of last week, the program has made over $5,000 to benefit schools in the city of Malden.

2016-2017 School Year

June 19, 2017 – MassLive
State Honors Students at West Springfield’s Fausey Elementary School for ‘Outstanding Environmental Achievement’

Masslive reported on students at Fausey Elementary School in West Springfield being honored by Massachusetts state officials for ‘outstanding environmental actions’.

June 16, 2017 – Greenfield Recorder
5 County Schools earn ‘Green Team’ awards

The Greenfield Recorder published an article about five Franklin County schools (Greenfield High SchoolFederal Street SchoolMath and Science Academy, Bernardston Elementary School, and Hawlemont Regional School) earning their Green Team awards and being recognized by the MassDEP.

May 30, 2017 – WickedLocal Wellesley
Bates Elementary School wins Statehouse awards

Wicked Local Wellesley reports that Bates Elementary School in Wellesley won three different awards in May. The 5th Grade recycling team, Principal Toni Jolley, and custodian Al Martignetti won third place in the Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education, as well as an Honorable Mention Award from the Green Up New England Challenge. At the 2017 Green Difference Awards, Wellesley’s Food Service Director, Matt Delaney, received the Outstanding Green Community Hero award.

April 26, 2017 – Sippican Week
Save the planet, save the school, clean your closet

The Sippican Week reports that the entire school district in the tri-town area (Rochester, Marion, and Mattapoisett) has pitched in to recover textiles. Recycling bins are available at every public school in the tri-town area, and the money raised from the collected textiles will help fund teachers’ requests and help bring a community connection to the schools.

April 5, 2017 – WickedLocal Mansfield
New outdoor bins to boost recycling at Mansfield schools

Wicked Local also reports that thanks to a grant request submitted by Keep Mansfield Beautiful, the Coca-Cola Company recently awarded 18 new outdoor recycling bins to the Mansfield school system. The new bins were installed at Mansfield High School’s athletic fields, track, and other strategic locations outside Qualters Middle School, Jordan Jackson School, and Robinson School.

April 3, 2017 – WickedLocal Newburyport
Local schools address hunger, food waste with Food Recovery Program

Wicked Local published an article about the cafeteria “Food Recovery Program” at several Newburyport Schools, including Nock Middle School, Molin Upper Elementary School, and Bresnahan Elementary School. These schools have rescued nearly 1,500 pounds of food, such as milk cartons and whole fruits, and donated it to Nourishing the North Shore.

March 30, 2017 – The Greenfield Recorder
“Conway students learn about the role of worms in composting”

The Greenfield Recorder published an article on a visit from Franklin County Solid Waste Management District to set up vermicomposting bins for Conway Grammar School. These bins, which use composting worms to break down food scraps, provide a fun activity that can be integrated into the science curriculum. Conway Grammar School is one of 31 schools in Franklin County diverting food from the trash in some major way.

February 9, 2017 – The Millbury-Sutton Chronicle 
“BVT Advances Recycling Initiatives”

The Millbury-Sutton Chronicle reports that students at Blackstone Valley High School have begun a recycling initiative, as part of the Trex Plastic Film Recycling Challenge. Students are competing against other area schools to collect and recycle the most plastic film, including things like grocery bags, bubble wrap, and newspaper sleeves.

January 29, 2017 – The Greenfield Recorder
“Green teams make school composting project a success”

The Greenfield Recorder reports that five schools in Greenfield, (The Discovery School at Four
Corners, Federal Street School, Newton School, Greenfield Math and Science Academy,
andGreenfield High School,) are now diverting wasted food for composting. The five schools have
reduced waste from their cafeterias and kitchens by 79 percent. Each school has a team of students
that help monitor the sorting station in their cafeteria. This program was supported by a grant from
the MassDEP Sustainable Materials Recovery Program.

November 18, 2016 – The Greenfield Recorder
“Between the Rows: Working with worms”

The Greenfield Recorder also reported on The Discovery School at Four Corners’ vermicomposting efforts, with worms provided by THE GREEN TEAM. Kate Bailey’s first grade class is not only turning food scraps into valuable compost, but also learning about the processes and worms that help get this done.

November 18, 2016 – The Greenfield Recorder
“Federal Street School composting starts with a bang”

The Greenfield Recorder reports that Federal Street School has become the latest school in the Greenfield School Department to begin a wasted food composting program. The school is now collecting wasted food, liquids, and paper, to be sent to nearby Martin’s Farm for composting. At the end of a single day of lunch periods, the composting bins had collected 81 pounds of material, which was 91 percent of the waste from lunch!

October 21, 2016 – Wicked Local Rockport
“Around Cape Ann”

WickedLocal Rockport reports that the Manchester Essex Regional High School (MERHS) Green
Team is holding their annual compost sale fundraiser. The MERHS is selling 40-pound bags of Black
Earth Compost which is created, in part, from food scraps collected from the Manchester Essex school
district.

September 22, 2016 – The Andover Townsman Online
“Entire district goes for ‘zero food waste’”

The Andover Townsman reports that a program to eliminate wasted food at Sanborn Elementary School
has expanded to all ten schools in the Andover School District. Schools in Andover are diverting food
through a combination of composting food scraps and donating unopened packaged foods and whole
fruits to a local food pantry. Schools in the district are incorporating environmental literacy into the
curriculum, with students participating in recycling, composting, food rescue, outdoor activities, and
energy saving projects.

2015-2016 School Year

June 22, 2016 – The Recorder
“Hawlemont, Greenfield and Turners Schools Recognized for Green Efforts”

The Recorder reports on GREEN TEAM prize winners in Franklin County. As Grand Prize Winners, Hawlemont Regional School won a “Garbage is My Bag” performance by Jack Golden and Greenfield Math and Science Academy won a garden center gift certificate. Amy Donovan, from the Franklin County Solid Waste Management District, has been working with Greenfield Public Schools to implement a district-wide program to divert wasted food from cafeterias for composting with the help of a MassDEP SMRP grant.

June 21, 2016 – Worcester Patch
“Worcester Student Gets ‘Green Team’ Recognition From the Commonwealth”

The Worcester Patch reports on GREEN TEAM grand prize winner, Quinsigamond Elementary School. The school cafeteria has switched to plastic milk bottles. Students empty leftover milk in the bottles so they can be recycled.

June 17, 2016 – Winchester Patch
“Winchester Schools Win Green Team Awards”

The Winchester Patch reports on GREEN TEAM Grand Prizes received by Ambrose Elementary School and Lincoln Elementary School. Students at Ambrose received a concert by Earthtunes, while students at Lincoln received a gift certificate to a local garden center.

June 17, 2016 – Arlington Patch
“Dallin Students Receive Green Team Award”

The Arlington Patch reports on the GREEN TEAM prize received by Dallin Elementary School. Dallin was one of 66 schools to receive GREEN TEAM prizes for their environmental education activities in the 2015-2016 school year.

May 19, 2016 – Lowell Sun
“Local Schools Recognized for Efforts at Being Green”

The Lowell Sun reports on schools in Lowell, Dracut, Bedford and Littleton for receiving GREEN TEAM prizes. Washington Elementary School, Lowell, and Lt. Job Lane Elementary School, Bedford, received Grand Prizes, while Lowell’s Bartlett Community Partnership School, the St. Patrick School and Education Center, and Dracut’s Brookside Elementary received Green Team wristbands. Littleton Public Schools also received a Green Schools award from the U.S. Department of Education. Littleton was one of 15 school districts nationwide to receive this award for the 2015-2016 school year.

May 17, 2016 – Common Dreams
“Massachusetts Court Sides with Teenagers in ‘Historic’ Climate Victory”

CommonDreams reports on how four high school students from Boston and Wellesley won a case against the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection for falling short of its timeline to reduce greenhouse gas emissions set in the 2008 Global Warming Solutions Act.

May 5, 2016 – Wicked Local Ipswich
“Styrofoam, plastic bag ban up for Ipswich vote”

Wicked Local Ipswich reports on how students from Ipswich High School brought a school project about bans on Styrofoam and plastic bags to the town for a vote on May 10. Both bans passed at town meeting.

April 25, 2016 – Wicked Local Littleton
“Littleton Public Schools honored for sustainability efforts”

Wicked Local Littleton reports on how Littleton Public Schools received a US Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools award. Congratulations to Littleton Public Schools, one of 15 school districts across the country to be honored this year for innovative improvements to the health, wellness, and environmental impacts of their schools!

February 18, 2016 – Wicked Local Arlington
“Arlington EcoFest coming March 19”

Wicked Local Arlington recently reported on the Arlington EcoFest that will take place at the Town Hall on Saturday, March 19 from 10am-2pm. Activities at the EcoFest center around the “Are You Ready for Climate Change?” Students can submit artwork made from recyclable materials for display during the EcoFest. The town is also hosting information sessions on THE GREEN TEAM at the Robbins Library. The final info session is on March 7 from 10-11:30 am. Five Arlington schools participated in THE GREEN TEAM last school year.

February 15, 2016 – Sustainable City Network
“Rebates Will Fund Cleaner School Buses in Three Massachusetts Communities”

The Sustainable City Network posted an article about how three Massachusetts communities are receiving
funding from the EPA Clean Diesel Program to help pay for new school buses that emit less pollution. Wareham received funding to replace 10 buses. Dartmouth and Swansea received funding to replace one bus each.

December 17, 2015 – MetroWest News
“Taking A Look Inside Westford Academy’s Composting Program”

The WestfordCAT News recently posted a video about Westford Academy’s new composting program. The Westford Agricultural Commission, along with the schools’ environmental club and a group of special education students, are composting food scraps from the school cafeteria on site. The school plans to use some of the compost for their garden and sell the excess at school fundraisers. Westford received advice from The Green Team when they started setting up this program last year. To see a video click here.

November 19, 2015 – MetroWest Daily News
“Compost bins to be used in Ashland schools”

Ashland High School received compost bins for use by the school’s new environmental and sustainability club. Ashland Energy Manager, Phillip Williams, requested these bins through THE GREEN TEAM. Extra bins will be distributed to other schools in the district.

October 26, 2015 – Wicked Local Melrose
“Roosevelt School receives Eco-Schools Bronze certification”

Roosevelt Elementary School in Melrose received Bronze certification under the Eco-Schools Program, an initiative aimed at promoting sustainable and environmentally sound programs and practices in schools around the world.

2014-2015 School Year

July 30, 2015 – Sentinel & Enterprise
Ashburnham school finishing up biomass-boiler project

Overlook Middle School received a $350,000 grant from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources to replace its oil heating system with a biomass-boiler. A similar system, installed two years ago at Briggs Elementary School in Ashburnham, saved the school $8,000 in heating costs last winter.

July 10, 2015 – Wicked Local Norwood
Textile recycling provides budget boost for Norwood schools

In the 2014-2015 school year, Norwood Public Schools raised more than $3,100 collecting textiles for recycling through Bay State Textiles. Together, the schools collected 63,000 pounds of textiles. GREEN TEAM member, Norwood High School, earned over $400 from this textile recycling program.

June 23, 2015 – The Enterprise
Bridgewater- Raynham Students Join State ‘Green Team’

Art teacher Jessica Lazarus leads the school’s Youth Environmental Social Society, which received recognition from the state Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection for their environmental work including planting trees, studying climate change and working to reduce their carbon footprint.

June 19, 2015 – Telegram
“Berlin students honored for being ‘green'”
At Berlin Memorial School, (a GREEN TEAM member,) the school-wide recycling program is run by the fourth-graders, and the students also helped protect the rain forest and made their school an Idle-Free Zone.

May 14, 2015 – Community Advocate
“Zeh School holds Environmental Awareness Week”
The Environmental Team at Marion E. Zeh School (a GREEN TEAM member) held its annual Environmental Awareness Week during the last of week of April, which included a presentation from a beekeeper, as well as a Walk and Bike to School Day.

April 29, 2015 – Wicked Local Sharon
“Cottage Street School students recycle”
THE GREEN TEAM at Cottage Street School in Sharon organized a clothing and textile recycling event for the school, and successfully collected 3,800 pounds of textiles, earning $338.00 to support GREEN TEAM projects.

March 31, 2015 – Danvers Patch
“Danvers Receives 2015 K-12 Recycling Award for Outstanding Work Promoting Recycling”

MassRecycle recognized Danvers School District for developing a district-wide recycling program, which was implemented with help of GREEN TEAM students!

February 12, 2015 – Cape Cod Times
“Waste not, want not. Student starts recycling program at high school”

Alex Denmark, 17, discovered his school didn’t recycle and decided to do something about it.

2013-2014 School Year

October 14, 2013 – Wicked Local
THE GREEN LINK: Is your child a member of the Green Team?
Environmental education is a fundamental component to promoting a more healthy future, learn how the Green Team can help!

2012-2013 School Year

August 1, 2013 – Wicked Local
“Recycling Matters: Worm Composting for a Healthier Planet”

The fourth-grade class at Horace Mann School in Melrose, MA ran a year long worm composting project, connecting real world sustainability to the classroom!

July 19, 2013 – Hingham Patch
“Hingham Schools Honored By State Officials For Green Efforts”

With a friendly Green Team “Slash the Trash” competition among students, Hingham High School and Foster Elementary developed successful cafeteria composting and recycling programs.

July 1, 2013 – The Worcester Telegram & Gazette
“Fun Being Green at Thorndyke Road School”

Students at Thorndyke Road School in Worcester win the Green Team Grand Prize for outstanding efforts in educating peers and greening their school.

June 19, 2013 – EcoMass
“Mass. Classes Earn an A in ‘Green’ Education”

Check out the EcoMass overview of the Green Team Prize winners, recognized for their outstanding environmental achievements during the 2012-2013 school year.

October 15, 2012 – Wicked Local
“Newton’s Mason Rice PTO named ‘Parent Group of the Year”

Read about the recycling and composting successes of the Mason Rice Elementary School Parent-Teacher Organization and 2010-2011 MassDEP Green Team participants.

September 28, 2012 – Gloucester Times
“Gone Green: Essex children compost, recycle at school

Read about the Essex Elementary School’s Green Team and the success they have had with their recycling and composting initiatives.

September 7, 2012 – ActonPatch
“What’s New at the Acton Schools for 2012-2013?”

With the help of Kate Crosby and members of the high school’s Green Team, the nearly 1,000 junior high students will look to cut down on waste and promote awareness of environmentally friendly practices.