Important Bright Green Future Grant Update

Aug 30, 2020 - 11:07 am

 

Given the many uncertainties brought by the pandemic, we are making several changes to the Bright Green Future Grant program for the 2020-21 school year.

First, applications will be accepted starting Oct. 12 through Oct. 26, 2020. Use this form to apply during the application period. Second, instead of applying with original project ideas, we will be offering a “menu” of options for schools to choose from. These options will be sustainability-themed curriculums offered through local nonprofit organizations, which are listed below. The main benefit of this change is that all curriculums offered can be completed whether you are meeting in the classroom or virtually.

We know the COVID-19 situation has impacted students and teachers tremendously, which is why we decided to push the application deadline and make things simpler this year. We hope that the program can return to its original format next year.

Please contact Mary K. Priddy at (512) 921-6843 or mary.priddy@austintexas.gov with questions or concerns.

 


 

Bright Green Future Grant Options for the 2020-21 School Year

The following sustainability-themed grant curriculums will be available:

 

Bee Project Green Intern Program

The BEE Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to training the next generation’s green workforce. The group stands for diversity and equitable pathways to green jobs. 

What will be offered as part of this grant:

The BEE Project’s Green Intern Program will help high school students prepare for green industry jobs by giving them the opportunity to become Energy and Sustainability Managers at their school. The program provides teachers and students the virtual curriculum, training and support. Students will learn the basics of saving energy and water resources in school buildings. In addition, students will work in teams to view energy and water usage data, identify waste and strategize on ways to help save our Earth’s precious resources.

This program will include 8 lessons with project-based learning opportunities. The BEE Project team will provide weekly virtual instruction over this 8-week time frame. By the end of the 8 weeks, students will understand the basics of energy management.

Organization link: www.besteartheverproject.org

Grade level served: High School (Grades 9-12)

Languages offered: English and Spanish

 

EcoRise Sustainable Intelligence Program

EcoRise helps inspire a new generation of leaders to design a sustainable future for all. Their school-based programs empower youth to tackle real-world challenges in their schools and communities by teaching sustainability, design innovation and social entrepreneurship.

What will be offered as part of this grant:

EcoRise teachers receive access to the organization’s comprehensive K-12 bilingual, STEM-based Sustainable Intelligence Curriculum that introduces students to challenges and opportunities surrounding seven distinct eco-themes (water, waste, air, energy, food, transportation and public spaces) and engages youth in developing real-world solutions in their communities through project-based activities, design labs and campus Eco-Audits.

EcoRise teachers will also receive access to their Design Studio Curriculum which guides students through a creative problem-solving process as they invent innovative solutions to a specific sustainability challenge. EV Lessons for Schools and EcoRise Environmental Justice lessons are included in the program.

Organization link: https://www.ecorise.org/

Grade level served: Grades K-12

Languages offered: English and Spanish

 

Ghisallo Cycling Initiative

Ghisallo Cycling Initiative is a 501c3 nonprofit based in Austin, Texas. Since the spring of 2011, they have provided semester-long, after-school Bike Clubs with weekly bicycle maintenance and riding classes as well as an Earn-A-Bike program, Bicycle Rodeos and maintenance and safety clinics. The majority of participants are low-income students and students of color.

What will be offered as part of this grant:

Ghisallo will offer various bicycle-related presentations, clinics and classes designed to help students learn the basics of bicycling, helmet fitting, maintenance and other safety information. The presentations will be virtual and can be offered as part of a school-wide assembly or to single grade or class. Course options will range from beginner-level lessons to more advanced Bike Clubs. Lessons can be co-taught with a PE coach or offered direct-to-student through a minimum of two Ghisallo staff members.

Organization link: http://ghisallo.org/

Grade level served: K-12

Languages offered: Instruction is offered in English, materials are available in English and Spanish

 

PEAS (Partners for Education, Agriculture and Sustainability)

PEAS is a 501c3 homegrown from Cunningham Elementary in AISD. Their staff is made up of former teachers and long-time outdoor educators who are, with support from a racial equity consultant, actively engaging in antiracist work. They firmly believe every person should have access to outdoor education.

What will be offered as part of this grant:

Studies show that there are enormous benefits to spending time outside and interacting with nature. PEAS partners with schools to create, share and implement lessons that tie together TEKS, SEL and outdoor experiences. PEAS will provide outdoor learning support and engaging cross-curricular lessons that help to deepen students' content area understanding while encouraging connections in the great outdoors.

This program will provide in-person instruction, but PEAS will modify as needed for hybrid or virtual learning if required this spring. All face-to-face instruction will take place outdoors on the school campus. PEAS uses a partner-teaching model that provides experiential professional development for our partner-teachers. PEAS will bring the lesson and materials, and partner-teachers should plan to be actively involved in the lesson.

Organization link: https://www.peascommunity.org/

Grade level served: K-8

Languages offered: English and Spanish

 

Watt Watchers

Watt Watchers of Texas is a state-sponsored STEM program to help boost energy literacy for K-12 students. Through the program, students, teachers and families will learn about saving energy, water and all the resources that make Texas a great place.

What will be offered as part of this grant:

The digital program design allows teachers to have easier access to curriculum resources and will help save on material cost for districts. Designed to go deeper than just turning the lights off, students, teachers and families will have the opportunity to learn about energy conservation and cost saving tips through categories such as food, water and transportation.

Grant funding will provide resources for students to engage with the online curriculum, such as clipboards, pens and printed materials. This self-paced program varies in length depending upon whether it’s a single class or multi-unit, and the scope of the energy savings projected is up to the teachers and students to decide. Please note that no instructors will be provided as part of this program.

Organization link: www.watt-watchers.com 

Grade level served: Grades K-12

Languages offered: English and Spanish

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