School Programs, Events, Competitions, and Professional Development

Mark your calendars with these grant opportunities, workshops, conferences and more!

August 6 – Healthy Schools Campaign webinar: “Learn from the Leaders: Wellesley Public Schools.” The Healthy Schools Campaign’s Green Clean Schools initiative provides practical advice and resources to support sustainable school cleaning. This webinar will focus on the award-winning green cleaning program employed by Wellesley Public Schools and will include information from an expert on the use of on-site generation technology. Register here

August 6 – Registration opens for Keep America Beautiful’s Recycle-Bowl 2018. RecycleBowl is a friendly national recycling competition between K-12 schools, designed to help schools establish new recycling programs, increase recycling rates, and provide opportunities for education about recycling and waste reduction. You can register you school here. Registration is open to all elementary, middle, and high schools in the United States, including private and charter schools.

August 22-23 – Summer Institute for Teachers at Harvard Forest. The Harvard Forest offers a forest ecology training institute for teachers of grades 2-12 to learn how to implement field studies of local ecosystems in their schoolyards. Topics include Wooly Bully and the Hemlock TreesBuds, Leaves, and Global Warming, and Our Changing Forests.

September 1 – Deadline for Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom Mini-Grant applications. Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom awards mini-grants up to $1,500 to Massachusetts educators, after-school programs, farms working with schools, and youth gardening organizations for agriculturally-based educational projects. Click here to apply.

September 1 – Deadline for Toshiba America Foundation grants. The Toshiba America Foundation awards grants to educators who are passionate about making mathematics and science more engaging for their students. This deadline is for educators of grades 6-12, and offers grants up to $5,000. Click here to learn more and apply.

September 8 – Keep America Beautiful’s National Planting Day. This nationwide initiative encourages Americans to support local ecosystems by planting native species. Create an account to register your local planting event and make your town a little bit greener!

September 27 – Distribution day for GREEN TEAM recycling equipment for schools in the Boston area. Register for THE GREEN TEAM for the 2018-2019 school year and submit a recycling equipment application to request equipment. There will also be distribution dates in November and April.

September 30 – Deadline to apply for Project Learning Tree’s Greenworks! Grants. Project Learning Tree offers grants up to $1,000 to schools and youth organizations for environmental service-learning projects that link classroom learning to the real world.

October 1 – Deadline for Toshiba America Foundation grants. The Toshiba America Foundation awards grants to educators who are passionate about making mathematics and science more engaging for their students. This deadline is for educators of grades K-5, and offers grants up to $1,000. Click here to learn more and apply.

October 4 – Tenth annual Green Careers Conference at the MA Division of Fisheries and Wildlife in Westborough. This event showcases careers in sustainability, with stakeholders from the government, business, education, and non-profit sectors. Visit the Green Careers Conference website for more information.

October 12 – Registration deadline for Keep America Beautiful’s Recycle-Bowl 2018. You can register your school here. The competition begins on October 15.

October 15Recycle-Bowl 2018 competition begins. Schools will track their recyclables for four weeks during the competition, then submit their scores to be compared against their competitors. The competition ends November 15.

November 1 – Deadline for Toshiba America Foundation grants for educators of grades 6-12, for grants in excess of $5,000. The Toshiba America Foundation awards grants to educators who are passionate about making mathematics and science more engaging for their students. 

November 15 – Keep America Beautiful’s America Recycles Day. Take action in your community by taking part in a local event on this nationally-recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. Find a local event or register your own!

November 15Recycle-Bowl 2018 competition ends. Schools must report their data by December 14, 2018. Winners will be announced in February 2019.