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Greenfox Newsletter

Season’s Greetings!

This month brings to a close another wonderful year here at Greenfox Schools! After moving into our new office space in Cambridge and bringing on board Will Nguyen, our program director, in August, we were able to expand our after school programs into several new Cambridge schools. Next semester, we will continue to grow, collaborating with Somerville schools to bring engaging environmental education after school programs to even more children.

So many of these wonderful accomplishments were made possible by the generosity and support of you, our community. This holiday season, please consider making a donation to Greenfox Schools to help us continue to grow in 2012. Every contribution is incredibly meaningful and makes a difference in our ability to provide quality programs and impact the lives of children in our community.

IMPRESSED by Nature and Greenfox
This month, boutique jewelry company IMPRESSED by nature has decided to partner with Greenfox Schools. IMPRESSED by nature will donate 10% of proceeds from the month of December to Greenfox Schools. These one-of-a-kind earrings and necklaces make wonderful eco-friendly gift for the holidays. To view the full collection and/or make a purchase, please visit the online shop at IMPRESSEDbynature.etsy.com. Here’s what IMPRESSED by nature founder and Greenfox Schools board member Kyla O’Neill had to say:

“I started creating hand-pressed flower and leaf jewelry during the summer of 2011. I was inspired by the petals of the Peruvian lily and thought, “I would love to be able to preserve these and share their beauty with the world.” Peruvian lily earrings were the first piece I made, and from the feedback I received, I started to think that this new hobby could really become something! The people I met were so impressed with the uniqueness of the jewelry that I felt the name IMPRESSED by nature was only fitting.

I hand press all of the natural materials I use and then seal them in thin plastic laminate to highlight the color and detail of the petals and leaves. I am especially inspired by what I find right outside my door, in abandoned parking lots, and between cracks in the sidewalk. My jewelry allows me to capture this raw beauty and preserve it long beyond it’s natural life.

Since my membership on the board of Greenfox Schools and my launching of IMPRESSED by nature jewelry hold several common beliefs, I thought it would be exciting to connect the two. This month IMPRESSED by nature will be donating 10% of its proceeds to support the expansion of Greenfox Schools programming. Please visit my online shop at IMPRESSEDbynature.etsy.com.”

Kristen Presents at Leadership Conference
For the third year in a row, Kristen von Hoffmann, Founder and Chair of Greenfox Schools, was invited to speak at the Women in Leadership Conference held at Yale Law School, hosted by the Yale Women’s Leadership Initiative (YWLI). The conference was held on Saturday, November 12th, 2011.

Kristen was on the panel entitled “Women in Social Entrepreneurship,” speaking alongside Jennifer Galvin, Founder and Producer of Reelblue, LLC, and Ruth DeGolia, Co-founder and Executive Director of Mercado Global. The panel was presented to women’s leadership attendees, students, and business professionals. Kristen, Jennifer, and Ruth answered questions about women’s leadership in business, strategies for revenue growth, and tenets of social responsibility.

When asked about her values, Kristen said, “We rise by lifting others, and that applies to the impact we have on a widespread basis, and that applies to the way we treat each other on a daily basis. Treating people well is important.”

Karl’s Take
Karl Daruwala has been an intern with Greenfox Schools since August 2011. Below he shares a bit about his experience working with classes in Cambridge elementary schools:

“So far my time working in the Greenfox organization has not only been interesting and fun, but it has also enabled me to grow professionally. Sustainability is a fairly complex idea. Therefore it has been interesting to see how the children in the class (mostly kindergarten aged) have developed their own ideas on sustainability. Despite the fact that the children I am working with are young, they are starting to understand some of the individual components that make up sustainability. Through the lesson plans that both Mr. Will Nguyen and myself are using in the classroom, the children are starting to become much more eco-conscious.”

If you’d like to make a safe and secure donation to Greenfox Schools online, please click here. If you have any questions about donating or would like to request more information about Greenfox Schools, please do not hesitate to contact us.

From all of us here at Greenfox Schools, happy holidays and best
wishes for a prosperous and healthy New Year!

Sincerely,

Ashlee

Ashlee Dahlberg
Greenfox Schools Director
amd@greenfoxschools.com

Greenfox Schools Founder to Run Road Race

Dear Friends,

As you may know, I’m a board member for a great 501c3 non profit organization called Greenfox Schools, that partners with schools in the greater Boston area to provide sustainability education & environmental programs for youth. It would be wonderful if you would consider making a donation in honor of our organization, as our fellow board member Kristen von Hoffmann competes in the upcoming Boston Mayor’s Cup.

This cause matters to me because it is all about sustainability and how to make real changes in our daily habits.

Greenfox Schools has grown from an idea into a full-fledged non-profit comprised of staff and volunteers. We have a small office in Cambridge, MA, and we partner with schools in Cambridge and Boston to provide after-school programs, curriculum, and clubs that teach youth about environmental sustainability through science, technology, engineering and math in a fun, hands-on way. There is a fast-growing demand for our services, but we need to raise the money to hire and pay our staff so that we can expand. Please help us by considering to make a donation.
Each contribution is incredibly meaningful. 100% of your donation is tax deductible.

To make a donation go to: http://www.greenfoxschools.com/donate_35.html

Thank you so much for your consideration.

David Temple

GreenFox Monthly Update

May has been a busy month here at Greenfox Schools!  In addition to our spring programs and classes, our team has taken part in several events to benefit local students and the environment. We are exited to share with you a bit about the wonderful things we have been a part of this month and the events we have in store!  Read on to find out more!
Greenfox’s Earthfest After Party

Join us this Thursday, May 26 at Kitty O’Sheas where we will hold  our  EarthFest After Party! Kick off Memorial Day weekend with a fun night of friends, drinks, and great raffle prizes, while giving back to the environment & local school children! Help us reach our goal of raising $5000 to expand afterschool programs.
To learn more about this event, click here or visit our event page at http://www.facebook.com/greenfoxschools.
 Earthfest

This past Satuday, May 21st, the Greenfox Team hosted a booth at Boston’s 92.9 Earthfest 2011. The event, which annually attracts over 100,000 people, was a huge success! Greenfox Schools’ Development Coordinators, Tara Fortunato and Kat Parkinson Gaska, organized Greenfox’s participation at the event, and were joined by Greenfox5 Global Fellow, Cece Santos, and Founder, Kristen von Hoffmann. The team was on hand running a seed-planting activity for hundreds of children and visitors who stopped by to check out Greenfox Schools, and the team educated visitors about Greenfox Schools’ educational programming and mission. Children and visitors at our booth planted a variety of organic vegetable seeds in compostable pots, which they decorated and took home to plant.
Fresh Pond Day

Fresh Pond Day was a great success this year at the Fresh Pond Reservation in Cambridge, MA.  On May 7, many people came out to celebrate one of the city’s largest open spaces with nature walks, story telling, and many other activities that celebrated our local environment.

Greenfox Schools ran a booth at Fresh Pond Day and helped with the Adopt-A-Tree program.  In an effort to increase the number of trees in Cambridge, the Adopt-A-Tree program, headed up by Ranger Jean Rogers, gave residents free pine, spruce, and cedar seedlings. Greenfox team members Ashlee Dahlberg, Tara Fortunato, Kristen von Hoffmann, and Audra Burns  handed out trees to residents and talked with children and families about tree care and Greenfox educational programs.

Greenfox at Climate Change Summit

On Saturday, May 23rd, Greenfox Schools was represented at Youth CAN’s annual Climate Change Summit at MIT. The summit brought together students in grades 7-12 and educators of students in grades 7-12 for a day of workshops, entertainment, and a key note address from Colin Beavan, No Impact Man. The special theme of this year’s summit was food, and students were empowered to become educated consumers who understand the importance of their food choices for personal health and the health and sustainability of the larger community.

A Fresh Perspective on Sustainability
Cece Santos, Greenfox5 Global Fellow, has written a recent article for Greenfox Schools entitled, “Urban Sustainability and Society.” Check it our on our blog.  Cece writes about a lecture she recently attended at Boston University’s “Discoveries Lecture Series” on behalf of Greenfox Schools. The lecture was called “We Are What We Eat: Issues of Food Supply,” and Cece writes about Professor Nathan Philip’s take on how to balance industrial food systems with high quality-of-life standards. Her take-home point was the simple question, “do my daily actions help the planet or drain it?” This question, she explains, can help students as well as adults take their first steps towards a sustainable lifestyle.

We hope that you enjoyed our May Newsletter.  Don’t forget to  visit us online at http://www.greenfoxchools.com   to learn more about the organization and to find out how you can get involved. Thank you for your support!

All the best,

Ashlee

Ashlee Dahlberg
Greenfox Schools Director
amd@greenfoxschools.com

Greenfox’s April Newsletter

Greetings!

Welcome to the April edition of the Greenfox Newsletter.  Spring has sprung and the Greenfox Team is hard at work connecting with communities, working with students, and perpetuating our mission for a greener future.  Read on to find out more about our latest projects  and upcoming events!
 Greenfox at Earthfest
Greenfox will host a table at this year’s EarthFest on the promenade in Boston. Earthfest is a free event hosted by Radio 92.9 offering live music from popular bands, countless vendor tables presenting educational displays, exhibits, food and product samples, as well as kid-friendly activities, including the Kid’s Planet Stage. Greenfox Schools will be sponsoring a table for the day and have several craft projects to entertain your kids while educating them on the environment.

Join us May 21st for a fun-filled and family-friendly day of activities. Then, celebrate the start of summer the following Thursday at Kitty O’Sheas, where we will hold  our own EarthFest party! Click here for more info on these two exciting events.
 The Great Outdoors

Cambridge Greenfox students have spent time outdoors this month exploring the Greenspace right in their back yards.  The students  watched New England come to life, observing bugs, planting seeds, learning about trees that are native to the area, and preparing for Fresh Pond Day.

Fresh Pond Day is an event on Sunday, May 7 at the Fresh Pond Reservation in Cambridge, MA.  All are invited to enjoy and explore this wonderful natural space, rain or shine.  The event includes story telling, nature walks, scavenger hunts, and much more.  Greenfox Schools will be at Fresh Pond Day helping people pot trees to take home to grow.  For more information on the event, click here.
Simply Sustainable

In an informative and fresh approach to describing the word “sustainability,” Kristen von Hoffmann, Founder and Chair, writes about sustainability and the role of sustainability in education. Click here to read the article in full, and to see pictures of Greenfox Schools programming, activities, and students.

We hope that you enjoyed our April Newsletter.  Don’t forget to  visit us online at http://www.greenfoxchools.com   to learn more about the organization and to find out how you can get involved!

All the best,

Ashlee

Ashlee Dahlberg
Greenfox Schools Director
amd@greenfoxschools.com

Clean, Green Fun at City’s Schools



News : Education Mar 18, 2011 – 9:57 AM

Clean, green fun at city schools

By Mayor’s office, city of Stamford

Mayor Michael Pavia is announcing the rollout of the “RolyPig” composter to Springdale Elementary School. The Solid Waste and Recycling Department has purchased six RolyPig composters, which will be used at six schools to compost organic food waste. This program will begin at Springdale School with the help of Mayor Pavia, Recycling Supervisor, Dan Colleluori and Phys Ed Instructor, Jeff Gruetzner, on Thursday, March 24th at 12 noon at the school.

Students and Staff from the school, along with Chartwells Food Services (the company that supplies the cafeteria food) will all be working together to “feed” the pig. The compost generated will go into the school’s gardens.

‘The RolyPig composter is a fun and easy way for our school children to take the kitchen and food waste at school and turn it into compost. It offers an interactive opportunity to participate in yet another level of recycling,” shared Mayor Michael Pavia.

After about 12-15 weeks of feeding and rolling, the RolyPig compost will be ready for the garden. Additional schools slated to receive the RolyPig are Dolan and Cloonan Middle Schools, and the International School at Rogers Magnet.

It is anticipated that continued recycling education will help make Stamford a greener environment, while helping reduce our waste removal costs.

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Top 10 Greenest Colleges in America

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Oberlin College

Recently we have been working with schools and universities on larger scale composting systems and big belly solar compacting garbage cans. As well we have been offering a range of composting curriculum and educational composters and working with educational consultants such as GreenFoxSchools. Suffice to say we are in the thick of the greening of schools movement. As a newly retired teacher, you can imagine how proud I am to be contributing to these efforts plus it keeps me in touch with my school network.

Anyway, I digress. The real reason for this post is to point out the article on the Daily Green on America’s top 10 Greenest Colleges.

America’s institutions of higher learning are some of the best incubators of sustainable solutions to myriad problems, and they are molding and inspiring the bright minds that will inherit the environment from the current generation of leaders.

CONGRATULATIONS TO TOP 10 GREENEST COLLEGES IN AMERICA ::

  • College of the Atlantic
  • Warren Wilson College
  • Evergreen State College
  • Oberlin College
  • Middlebury College
  • Berea College
  • University of California
  • UC Merced
  • Harvard University
  • Duke University

AND THE HONORABLE MENTIONS ::

  • Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin
  • Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.
  • Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut.
  • Tufts University in Massachussets.
  • Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont.
  • Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington.
  • University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont.

Northland College

Northland College