Sustainability Journalism Award

Writing Resources

School Lunch

Earth Day Network's NSLW Page

New rules aim to get rid of junk foods in schools

In California, Students and Parents Prefer the New School Lunches

Children who eat school lunches more likely to be overweight

Lines Grow Long for Free School Meals, Thanks to Economy

School Lunches: How The Food Industry Controls Student Meals

Do Healthier School Lunches Lead to Better Grades?

Several Minnesota & Wisconsin Schools Move Toward Healthy & Organic Lunches

New proposed USDA rules for the National School Lunch Program

Food Production & Costs

Farm Use of Antibiotics Defies Scrutiny

Food Production: The Issues

Food Production: The Issues -- Antibiotics

Food Production: The Issues – Hormones

Menu Can be Healthy for Kids Bottom Line

How the Food Industry Eats your Lunch

School Lunches: How The Food Industry Controls Student Meals

Consumer Reports scrutinizes antibiotic use in food production


Nutrition Facts

School Nutrition: Targeting Junk-Food-Filled Vending Machines

Research on Nutrition and School Performance

Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Achievement Fact Sheet

Nutrition Key to Students Performance

So Long, Sloppy Joe: What's Cooking At School

Green Schools

Green & Healthy Space

Fresh Gets Invited to the Cool Table

Sowing the Seeds of Gardening

School Gardens Blooming Teach Lessons On Nutrition, Environment, Science, Teamwork

Local Food

Eat Local, Buy Local, Be Local

United States Department of Agriculture Farm to School

Is Local Food Better?

Local Produce Increasingly Preferred To Organic

Why Buy Local Foods and How Do Consumers, Small Farms and Businesses Become Empowered in This Era of Corporatization?

SAMPLE Opinion Article

Video explains healthy updates to school meals.

What do healthy meals look like? Photos of a high school lunch in MD show they’re nutritious and filling.

From calories, to fruits & veggies, to obesity prevention – here are 5 things you need to know about school meals:

Earth Day Network is excited to announce the second annual Sustainability Journalism Award. Open to high school students ages 13 to 18, the competition seeks to bring hard facts on environmental and sustainability issues to entire school communities – in the students’ own words. This year we have opened the competition to include broadcasting and photography entries! 

What is it?

It’s a competition for high school journalists (print, broadcasting, and photography) on topics related to sustainability. Students can submit pieces on the three thematic areas:

  • The importance of healthy, sustainable food served in school
  • What your school community is doing to combat climate change
  • How your school is promoting environmental education

Submitted entries must be published in a school newspaper or broadcast on a school media channel and must cover one of the three thematic areas.

Who can enter?

U.S. high school students ages 13 to 18.

What could I win?

First prize: $500. Second prize: $250. Third prize (x3) $100

How to enter?

To enter, you must visit and submit your publication online.  The contest is open until March 31, 2014 and the winders will be announced on Earth Day – April 22, 2014!

Contest Rules

Thanks to all the students who participated! Your reporting was an inspiration for our work fighting for healthier schools.