National org offering schools prize for sustainability efforts

Submitted by NEEF
2010-12-17 01:08:12

Green Prize in Public Education
Across the United States, schools are taking on the challenge of becoming green in a variety of ways – from incorporating environmental content in curricula to using sustainable materials in construction. Research (please see “Benefits of Environmental Education”) shows that environmental education helps build creative thinking and relationship skills, fosters leadership qualities and makes school subjects rich and relevant. Schools that adopt an environmental focus demonstrate better academic performance across the curriculum. Successful school greening efforts provide benefits to students and the local community and serve as an example for other schools.
The National Environmental Education Foundation, with major support from the NEA Foundation and in partnership with EarthEcho International, will recognize and celebrate an outstanding K-12 public school that has successfully taken on the challenge of becoming a green school through the Green Prize in Public Education.
This annual prize recognizes an innovative, sustainable and replicable greening initiative in a public school and the educators and other school community members instrumental to the greening initiatives. A green school should involve and benefit students, educators, maintenance staff, parents and the local community. Ultimately, a green school increases students’ environmental literacy, and empowers and inspires them to be more socially and environmentally responsible.
The Green Prize in Public Education will award $10,000 to a K-12 public school that has most successfully implemented an innovative, sustainable and replicable school-wide greening effort that has involved and benefited its students. Two merit awards of $5,000 each will also be given to schools that demonstrate this kind of success.
Applications for the Green Prize in Public Education are due February 15, 2011.
Apply now! See more details to learn how to create an account, on the web site:

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