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Kids Climate Summit: Focus on the Community

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Climate Activities and Events

    • October 07, 2020
    • 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM (CDT)

    Illinois Green Alliance

    Join Illinois Green Alliance Wednesday afternoons this fall for the Green Schools Webinar Series! As part of the Illinois Green Schools Project, a program of Illinois Green Alliance, we'll be sharing green schools best practices you can apply whether your school is going virtual, is at the school building, or something in-between this year. 

    Each week for the first 30 minutes we'll share tools and resources and for the last 30 minutes you'll have a chance to ask questions and connect with other Green Schools Champions.

    Becoming a Green Classroom Professional & Tools to Green Your School 

    During the first webinar in this series, we will highlight the Green Classroom Professional Certificate program and how you can create resource-efficient and environmentally sustainable learning spaces at your school. Additionally, we'll share information about Learning Lab, an online platform with standards-aligned lessons and sustainability curriculum, including free distance learning resources.

    Join us for the Green Schools Webinar Series

    Attend one or all of the webinars in this series! Check-out the rest of our line-up below:

    • 10/14 Forming a Green Team at Your School and in a Virtual Classroom

    • 10/21 Taking a Whole-School Sustainability Approach

    • 10/28 Tracking Sustainability Progress at Your School

    • 11/4 Earning Recognition for Your Green Schools Work

    • 11/11 Veterans Day - Holiday

    • 11/18 Connecting Students to Green Building Careers

    Register Here

    • October 14, 2020
    • 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM (CDT)

    Illinois Green Alliance

    Join Illinois Green Alliance Wednesday afternoons this fall for the Green Schools Webinar Series! As part of the Illinois Green Schools Project, a program of Illinois Green Alliance, we'll be sharing green schools best practices you can apply whether your school is going virtual, is at the school building, or something in-between this year. 

    Each week for the first 30 minutes we'll share tools and resources and for the last 30 minutes you'll have a chance to ask questions and connect with other Green Schools Champions.

    Forming a Green Team at Your School 

    Join us for the Green Schools Webinar Series

    Attend one or all of the webinars in this series! Check-out the rest of our line-up below:

    • 10/21 Taking a Whole-School Sustainability Approach

    • 10/28 Tracking Sustainability Progress at Your School

    • 11/4 Earning Recognition for Your Green Schools Work

    • 11/11 Veterans Day - Holiday

    • 11/18 Connecting Students to Green Building Careers

    Register Here

    • October 16, 2020
    • 11:00 PM (CDT)
    • Online Submissions
    Register

    Climate Change Writing Challenge

    No one is too small [or too young] to make a difference (Greta Thunberg)

    In anticipation of our second Kids Climate Summit, which will focus on community, we are inviting students of all ages to share their authentic concerns on climate change by emailing people running for office to represent them in the November 2020 election. 

    All students of all ages are welcome to participate, no need to participate in the Summit!  

    Write a brief (250 words or less) email setting forth your concerns; you are welcome to include a picture (pictures are worth a thousand words, but don't count against your 250 word count!) If you prefer you may write a physical letter.

    Articulate your climate-related concerns. Perhaps share evidence of how the climate crisis has impacted you or your community, just as Greta Thunberg raised her concerns initially in front of the Swedish Parliament.  Or, maybe you have ideas on adaption or mitigation in your community?  Be sure to communicate how you feel about the climate situation.

    If you want a coach to review your email, please send it to Writing Coach before October 2, 2020.   

    Submission instruction will be provide upon registration.  

    All emails will be shared on this Kids Climate Campaign webpage, unless you request anonymity. 

    Email your questions or concerns to  Kids Summit.

    • October 21, 2020
    • 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM (CDT)

    Illinois Green Alliance

    Join Illinois Green Alliance Wednesday afternoons this fall for the Green Schools Webinar Series! As part of the Illinois Green Schools Project, a program of Illinois Green Alliance, we'll be sharing green schools best practices you can apply whether your school is going virtual, is at the school building, or something in-between this year. 

    Each week for the first 30 minutes we'll share tools and resources and for the last 30 minutes you'll have a chance to ask questions and connect with other Green Schools Champions.

    Taking a Whole-School Sustainability Approach 

    Join us for the Green Schools Webinar Series

    Attend one or all of the webinars in this series! Check-out the rest of our line-up below:

    • 10/28 Tracking Sustainability Progress at Your School

    • 11/4 Earning Recognition for Your Green Schools Work

    • 11/11 Veterans Day - Holiday

    • 11/18 Connecting Students to Green Building Careers

    Register Here

    • October 28, 2020
    • 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM (CDT)

    Illinois Green Alliance

    Join Illinois Green Alliance Wednesday afternoons this fall for the Green Schools Webinar Series! As part of the Illinois Green Schools Project, a program of Illinois Green Alliance, we'll be sharing green schools best practices you can apply whether your school is going virtual, is at the school building, or something in-between this year. 

    Each week for the first 30 minutes we'll share tools and resources and for the last 30 minutes you'll have a chance to ask questions and connect with other Green Schools Champions.

    Tracking Sustainability Progress at Your School 

    Join us for the Green Schools Webinar Series

    Attend one or all of the webinars in this series! Check-out the rest of our line-up below:

    • 10/28 Tracking Sustainability Progress at Your School

    • 11/4 Earning Recognition for Your Green Schools Work

    • 11/11 Veterans Day - Holiday

    • 11/18 Connecting Students to Green Building Careers

    Register Here

    • November 04, 2020
    • 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM (CST)

    Illinois Green Alliance

    Join Illinois Green Alliance Wednesday afternoons this fall for the Green Schools Webinar Series! As part of the Illinois Green Schools Project, a program of Illinois Green Alliance, we'll be sharing green schools best practices you can apply whether your school is going virtual, is at the school building, or something in-between this year. 

    Each week for the first 30 minutes we'll share tools and resources and for the last 30 minutes you'll have a chance to ask questions and connect with other Green Schools Champions.

    Earning Recognition for Your Green Schools Work 

    Join us for the Green Schools Webinar Series

    Attend one or all of the webinars in this series! Check-out the rest of our line-up below:

    • 11/18 Connecting Students to Green Building Careers

    Register Here

    • November 18, 2020
    • 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM (CST)

    Illinois Green Alliance

    Join Illinois Green Alliance Wednesday afternoons this fall for the Green Schools Webinar Series! As part of the Illinois Green Schools Project, a program of Illinois Green Alliance, we'll be sharing green schools best practices you can apply whether your school is going virtual, is at the school building, or something in-between this year. 

    Each week for the first 30 minutes we'll share tools and resources and for the last 30 minutes you'll have a chance to ask questions and connect with other Green Schools Champions.

    Connecting Students to Green Building Careers  

    Register Here

    • November 20, 2020
    • 11:00 PM (CST)
    • Online Submissions
    Register

    Kids Climate Summit
    Art Competition

    Every summit needs a strong representative image.

    All students in 3rd through 8th grades are invited design and submit an original logo to be used for the Kids Climate Summit: Focus on the Community. Submissions accepted until November 20, 2020.

    Last year’s image was submitted by students at the Science and Arts Academy.

      • Create an image that reflects our current climate situation. Use either a computer graphics program, or ink (markers will do) to make your image. Take this year's focus into consideration: Community.  
      • Do NOT use white as a color in your design. (Commercial printing operations assume white is the absence of ink, and thus whatever color is below will show through. So if we print on blue all the white areas will actually be blue!) 
      • No need to include the words "Kids Climate Summit" or any other words - these can be included separately. 
      • If you are doing a collage, be sure to only use images that you have created or that are royalty-free.
      • Create your image to be at least 6 inches by 6 inches and not more than 12 inches by 12 inches. 
      • Render your image at a resolution of 300 dots per inch.  You can either set your graphics program to this resolution, or you can scan your image at this resolution.  In many cases you can even take a photograph with a phone and achieve this resolution.  
      • Limit of one entry per student, please. 

    Artwork submission instruction will be provide upon registration.  

    Email your questions or concerns to  Kids Summit.

    • December 14, 2020
    • (CST)

    Illinois
    Green Schools Project

    Getting Support on Your Green Schools Journey

    The Illinois Green Schools Project is a project-based challenge for K-12 schools to devise and implement creative no- to low-cost energy, water and waste initiatives, and sustainable practices for their schools. During the 2020-21 school year, join the Illinois Green Schools Project from a virtual classroom or at the school building.

    How it Works:

    Learn more about the Illinois Green Schools Project by checking out the Frequently Asked Questions below. Additional resources to help your school on its sustainability journey coming soon!


    Register Here

    • January 01, 2021
    • (CST)


    Young Filmmakers Contest submissions, from students ages 8 to 25, are due in January. Check here for specifics:   https://www.oneearthfilmfest.org/contest-details

    All winning films will premiere at the One Earth Film Festival in March. Questions? Please contact Lisa Files at lisa@greencommunityconnections.org.

For more opportunities, see the honeycomb projects

The Honeycomb Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a focus on family volunteering. Their mission is to engage, mobilize and inspire kids and their families to strengthen Chicago’s communities through public service. They have an environmental initiative.   https://events.thehoneycombproject.org 

About CGCC

The Chicago Gifted Community Center (CGCC) is a member-driven 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created by parents to support the intellectual and emotional growth of gifted children and their families. 


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