Sunday, April 29, 2012

Green Schools Summit Event

The 5th Annual Green Schools Summit “Greening Our Schools & Communities Every Day!” took place on Friday, April 13th at Mansfield High School. Over 1,400 attendees from more than 24 Massachusetts based schools gathered to learn about Environmental Education and how to move to action!

Keynote Speakers included Joe and Jen Andruzzi. Joe is a former New England Patriots player who battled cancer and won. Also speaking were Jessica Hing, EPA Region 1 on Green Ribbon Schools and State Representative Jay Barrows.

Additional features and presenters included SAGEE [Secretaries Advisory Group on Energy Environment and Education], Superintendent of Mansfield Public Schools, Brenda Hodges, Waste Management, MA Recycle, Zumba classes, The Food Project, Invensys Foxboro, Metech Recycling, SolSolution, Planet Aid, Delicious Living Nutrition, Quincy High School’s Eco Fashion Show, South Shore Public Charter School, Newton North's Greengineers, Foxboro Regional Charter School, The Farm at Stonehill, MITS, Green Schools Student Ambassadors and many others!

Back row: Linda Fernando [MEF], Marybeth Cragan [MEF], State Representative Jay Barrows, Jillian Rizzitano [Algonquin High], Allyson Rudd [FRCS], Andrea Landy [FRCS], Anne Claire Grammer [Mansfield High], Jordan Torti, Jen [Joe Andruzzi Foundation] Andruzzi, Joe Andruzzi [Former New England Patriots Player/Joe Andruzzi Foundation]

Front row: Reily Connaughton [FRCS], Carol Bowe [Boston Latin School], Christina Prew [The Pinecroft School], Haley Organ [FRCS], Shadi Rajeh [FRCS], Tyler Casper [FRCS], Katilyn Shannon [FRCS], Brian Krentzman [Qualters Middle], Robin Organ [Green Schools], Jessica Hing [EPA]
 Photo courtesy of Guravage Studio

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


Here is another inspirational student doing great things with Green Schools.

Name: Carol Bowe

School:Boston Latin School

Grade: 11

Biography: I started working with my school's environmental group, BLS YouthCAN, when I was in 8th grade. Then in 2009 we began work on a green roof at BLS. However, it was much more than that. It wasn't simply a green roof for our students. The plan is that it will be equipped with outdoor classrooms, wind turbines, solar panels, and even a greenhouse. I will be a place where students can learn and students from any school can come and check it out. We would also put data collected on the roof on our website ( so anyone can learn from it. We have been fundraising and giving presentations about it ever since. For example just recently we presented to the mayor and the city, which was really exciting because we are now pushing this project further. We've even had design charrettes to tweak our original plans. It has been a long process but in the end it will all be worth it!

Youth CAN is what lead me to green schools and the student ambassador program. I began last year and I am so excited that I have had this opportunity. It has lead me to learn much and discover many opportunities. One of the most exciting for me was meeting Eco Orchards at a green schools event. I had always been really upset that we were recycling and trying to cut down our waste at school yet we still had styrofoam lunch trays. They are recycled by the city but it was still not good for the environment. We purchased an order of compostable trays from Eco Orchards for a two day trial. I am hoping that this leads to further use of these and eventually a complete switch from styrofoam. I am very excited to be working in the student ambassadors program!