Earth Day Network Blog Updates

One School’s Green Story of Success: Thurgood Marshall Academy Wins Coveted Mayoral Award

For the past four years, Earth Day Network’s Education Department has been collaborating with Thurgood Marshall Academy (TMA) in Southeast Washington, DC to introduce and integrate sustainable change on their campus. Over this time period, our Education team sponsored and collaborated with AP Environmental Science teacher Sam Ullery to enact green changes to the curriculum, helped install a 2.8 kilowatt photovoltaic solar panel system, completely swapped out the school’s food contract for a healthier and local one, and built the largest school garden in D.C.

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Earth Day Network Coalition Scores Green Ribbon Schools Program Victory!

The Earth Day Network Education Team today marked a major breakthrough in its tireless efforts to grow the National Green Schools movement!

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Shut It Down: The GenOn Potomac River Coal Plant

Last night, 1,000 concerned citizens of all ages came together at the entrance of theGenOn Potomac River Coal Plant in Alexandria, VA to demand its resignation. Environmentalists like Bill McKibben and Mike Tidwell joined hands with poets like E. Ethelbert Miller and Common Cause’s President Rev. Bob Edgar in a full moon, nighttime vigil at the plant’s heavily guarded entrance.  

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USPS “Go Green” Stamps

Nothing warms the heart like listening to elementary school kids chanting “Go green! Go green!” while waiting in line to look at… stamps?  At Thurgood Marshall Academy Thursday morning, students from TMA as well as Savoy Elementary School got excited about the new line of stamps that USPS revealed – and that doesn’t happen often.

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Pennies for the Planet

Looking for something to do with kids this Earth Day?  Check out Pennies for the Planet -- a powerful tool for motivating kids of all ages to learn about and become engaged in protecting biodiversity.  Our friends at the National Audubon Society, where EDN Education Director Sean Miller was once a Conservation Leadership Fellow with their TogetherGreen program, are running this incredibly ex

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What Are You Doing for Earth Day?

The weather may still be changing but, believe it or not, Earth Day is just around the corner!  On April 22, people all over the world will join together to celebrate our planet; don’t miss out on the celebrations!  Many schools are not in session because Earth Day falls on Good Friday BUT there is still plenty of time to plan for your own Earth Day to get your students (and you!) excited about Earth Day (even if you don’t do it on the actual day).

Here are some ideas:

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Young Green Activists: Meet Earth Day Education Director

Come check our Education Director, Sean S. Miller, at Busboys and Poets this Thursday night for a free reception to celebrate his new book on growing the sustainability education movement. Sean recently helped write "The Young Activist's Guide to Building a Green Movement and Changing the World" with Sharon J. Smith, the former director of the Brower Youth Awards.

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Rallying My Generation in the I Matter March

My name is Alec Loorz. Iʼm 16 years old, and I am a climate change activist. Iʼve spent my entire teenaged life traveling around our planet talking to my peers about global climate change. And now Iʼm planning an international event called the iMatter March, happening on May 8.

Climate change is the most urgent issue of our time. Our societyʼs addiction to fossil fuels is messing with the perfect balance of nature and threatening the survival of our generation. It needs to stop, and we will not sit idly by as our leaders make decisions that affect our future.

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How Japan’s Nuclear Crisis is Affecting Food

It’s hard to keep up with all the news coming out of Japan about their nuclear plant troubles.  According to an article in the Washington Post, damages from the events have caused about 25 trillion yen, or $309 billion, worth of damages.

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The True Story of Bottled Water

How many bottles of water do you drink every week?  Maybe not a whole lot, since the trend towards reusable water bottles has gained significant momentum over the past few years.  Yet you might be surprised to know that Americans still consume half a billion water bottles every week, according to Annie Leonard’s “The Story of Bottled Water.”

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