K-12 School Registration Open for the 2022-23 Green Schools Quest and Missouri Green Schools

Registration is now open for K-12 schools to participate in the 2022-23 Green Schools Quest and Missouri Green Schools

Green Schools Quest

The Green Schools Quest is an annual project-based challenge to schools to implement student-driven, no/low-cost sustainability projects with the help of a Green Mentor who assists with project ideas, implementation, and resources. Each participating school forms a team of student participants. Teams may be a single classroom, a student club, a grade level, or an entire school. Each team engages in their chosen sustainability project(s) between October and March, and submits their outcomes for a chance to win cash prizes. A Green Mentor is assigned to each school to assist with ideas, documentation and community resources.   Teams are encouraged to integrate Rainbow of Sustainability principles into their projects: Importance of Place, Interconnectedness, Respect for Limits, Systems Thinking, Cycles, Social Justice, and Global Citizenship. Registration deadline is Sept 15 for Schools and Aug 31 for Mentors. Learn more at www.GreenSchoolsQuest.org

Missouri Green Schools

Missouri Green Schools is a new statewide recognition program which supports schools in taking a systems-based approach to improve student health, reduce environmental impact, and develop a culture of sustainability. It creates a pathway for state and national recognition, including serving as the conduit for the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools award, and provides a variety of one-on-one services to support under-resourced schools in achieving “green” goals and earning recognition. Learn more at www.MissouriGreenSchools.org

Learn More about Green Schools Quest Participation at Aug 31 Virtual Event

Are you considering participating in the Green Schools Quest as a school or a mentor during the 2022-23 school year, and interested in learning a bit more? Join us on August 31, 4:30-5:30 pm for a brief overview of the program and resources – plus hear directly from past participants about their experiences.

Support Participating Schools

Community members interested in supporting schools participating in these programs may do so by serving as a Green Schools Quest Mentor or a Missouri Green Schools AmeriCorp VISTA!

Click here to learn more about becoming a Green Schools Quest Mentor and visit www.GreenSchoolsQuest.org to register.

If interested in supporting Missouri Green Schools as an AmeriCorps VISTA, click on titles below to learn more about open positions:

  • Support VISTA – focus on providing one-on-one support to assist with action planning and progress tracking as well as outreach to expand program reach
  • Partner Network Coordinator VISTA – manage the development of a statewide network of organizations that desire to help schools lower their environmental impact, improve health, and shift to a culture of sustainability
  • Marketing and Communications VISTA – focus on raising awareness, participation and support of MGS throughout the state, and will develop skills in website and social media management

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