High School Leadership Greening Summit

Earth in hands

Now gearing up for our next summit to be held on Saturday, April 5, 2014!

Create a team and join this exciting three-part competition to present your proposal to green up your high school community. Participation is free and includes keynote presentation, lunch, t-shirt, and more. Your team is guaranteed to win some level of funding, up to $2,000, to implement your greening proposal. All proposals will be forwarded to the office of Sen. Bernie Sanders for review and possible future funding.


Next Summit: April 5, 2014

To get started, please click on the "2014 Summit Team Leader Timeline" in the "See Also" box, above right. It gives you easy step-by-step directions to follow to get your team registered and on its way. Also, feel free to check out the "Example Written Proposal"for an idea of what a successful written (typed) proposal looks like.

Pre-Summit Gathering at UVM

Our recent pre-Summit Gathering at the University of Vermont was a big success! Students and mentors from six high schools received a green tour of two UVM buildings and then participated in a workshop presented by grant-writing expert Frances Huessy. You can view her helpful presentation here.


Sample Proposals and Presentation Rubrics

Click on the links below to download sample proposals and grading rubrics for the competition from past Summits:


2012 Summit a Big Success

Thanks to everyone who participated in the November 2012 summit! Check out the press release about the event here.


Further Resources

Green Mountain College's "Student Campus Greening Fund" showcases the winning proposals of that school's competition. In many cases, these proposals are excellent examples of what we're looking for. Click here to check them out.

  • Here's a site where you can learn about energy efficiency and renewable technologies, plan your project, get pricing, etc. (Go to the "Guides to Alternative Energy Solutions" section halfway down the page): www.altestore.com/learn/

The Vermont Energy Education Program "provides training and curriculum materials for VT teachers on...energy efficiency, renewable energy, and conventional energy sources" and has a Green Schools Program. For more information: VT Energy Education Program

Here's another school greening program, sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation, to check out: ecoschools


To learn more, please contact the JSC Upward Bound Office at (802) 635-1268 or Russ Weis at (802) 635-1492.