March 2017

Seeking Nominations:  2017 Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education Awards, Deadline: 3/28/2017

The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) today announced it is now accepting nominations for its annual Secretary’s Awards for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education until March 28, 2017. EEA Secretary Matthew Beaton will present awards this spring to Massachusetts teachers and students involved in school-based programs that promote environmental and energy education. All public and private Massachusetts schools (K-12) that offer energy and environmental education programs are eligible to apply for the Secretary’s Award. Click here for application.

Seeking Nominations: Green Schools Green Difference Maker, Deadline: 4/7/2017

Green Schools honors and recognizes Outstanding National Environmental Education & STEM Education efforts led in their Schools & Communities at their Annual Green Difference Awards. Project Green Schools honors and recognizes Outstanding National Environmental Education & STEM Education efforts led in our Schools & Communities through our Annual Green Difference Awards Program. Award recipients have come from the following states: MA, NY, CA, OH, MD, FL, GA, SC, AL, PA, RI, ME, TX, NH, and MI. This annual event will take place at the MA State House  where we honor Green Difference Makers made up of Principals, Teachers, Advisors, Citizens, Schools, Students, School Groups/Clubs, and our Sponsors.

Grant: United Fresh Start Foundation Community Grants Program, Deadline 4/20/17

The United Fresh Start Foundation is now accepting applications for its new Community Grants Program, established to help advance the organization’s mission to increase children’s access to fresh fruit and vegetables. The Community Grants Program extends the foundation’s work beyond the school day, with the goal to provide children in communities across the country with access to fresh fruit and vegetables afterschool, on weekends, during summer breaks and in other creative venues. Local community organizations and groups that share the United Fresh Start Foundation’s mission are encouraged to apply. Not-for-profit organizations focused on child nutrition, food access and creating healthy communities through increased access to fresh produce, can download the grant application here. Applications are due by Monday, April 20, 2017.

Grant: USDA Team Nutrition Training Grants, Letter of Intent 4/3/17, Deadline 5/22/17

The purpose of this FY 2017 Team Nutrition Training Grant is for State agencies to implement and evaluate nutrition education, training, and technical assistance activities to support implementation of USDA nutrition standards for meals and snacks offered through the Child Nutrition Programs (e.g., NSLP, SBP, and CACFP). States must apply Team Nutrition’s three behavior-focused strategies in their proposals:

  • Provide training and technical assistance to child nutrition professionals to enable them to prepare and serve nutritious meals that appeal to children.
  • Increase nutrition education through multiple communication channels to help children have the knowledge, skills, and motivation to make healthy food and physical activity choices as part of a healthy lifestyle.
  • Build support for healthy school and child care environments that encourage nutritious food choices and physically active lifestyles.

Click here for more information.