Celebrate the 46th Earth Day!

Earth-Day-2016-Poster-Earth-Day-NetworkThe first Earth Day was in 1970, the movement gave voice to an emerging consciousness, channeling human energy toward environmental issues. Forty-six years later, people continue to lead with groundbreaking ideas and by the power of example.  Earth Day is here and it is more than just a single day — April 22, 2016. Our Home should be honored every day!

Please find a sampling of Earth Day events open to the public below: http://www.earthday.org/

Find Out which Schools and Districts in Florida are Awarded with the National Green Ribbon this Friday!

US GRSU.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. and Managing Director of the White House Council of Environmental Quality Christy Goldfuss will announce Friday, April 22, at 2 p.m. ET the 2016 U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools, District Sustainability Awardees, and Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees. The announcement will be made on the Department’s YouTube channel. 

Forty-seven schools, 15 school districts and 11 postsecondary institutions will be honored this year. The honorees are being recognized for reducing their environmental impact, including energy use, waste, transportation, and water; creating healthy learning environments and fostering wellness practices; and providing effective sustainability education that prepares students to succeed in the 21st century.

Grades 6–8 Teachers: Register Your Students Now For the Bright Schools Competition

BrightSchools_NSF_NSTAThe Bright Schools Competition—a free, hands-on exploration designed especially for middle school students (grades 6–8)—creates a learning experience that helps students, parents, and teachers better understand the link between light, sleep, and student health and performance.
Engage your students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education with this free competition. Registration is now open and projects are due on January 29, 2016. The competition is free to enter and offers great prizes for students and teachers. Register now! If you have questions or comments about the competition, please contact brightschools@nsta.org.

Step it Up! – Help Make Our Communities Walkable

walking-web-bannerOnly half of American adults get enough physical activity to reduce the risk of chronic disease, the leading cause of death in the United States.  Walking is an easy way to start and maintain a physically active lifestyle.  The Surgeon General aims to increase walking across the nation by calling for access to safe and convenient places to walk and wheelchair roll.

Find more information by visiting: http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/calls/walking-and-walkable-communities/index.html