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2016 School Environmental Action Showcase




Wednesday, April 6, 2016

9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.



George Mason University

Center for the Arts

4400 University Drive

Fairfax, VA 22030



What is the School Environmental Action Showcase?


For the fifth year, NoVA Outside and GMU are hosting the School Environmental Action Showcase (SEAS) on the GMU Fairfax campus.  This is a regional event welcoming students from Alexandria City, Arlington County, Fairfax County,  Falls Church City, Loudoun County, and Prince William County Public Schools.  

This event is all about empowering students.  The speakers are students and the participants are students and student eco team sponsors.  Last year’s event hosted over 520 student participants from 44 schools.   

The teams from across the region celebrate the “Green or Eco” work they are doing at their school and in their communities.  The student teams apply STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) concepts to real, authentic, environmental problems they identify.   They develop action plans to solve the problems and go to work—reducing waste, conserving energy, providing habitat for animal species, creating sustainable food programs, cleaning watersheds, etc.

Besides showcasing student work, regional Caring for Our Watersheds (Earth Force) and KidWind (JMU Center for Wind Energy) competitions are part of the event.  We will also have an eco-art event for the second time - this year the event will be SEAS Video Visions, a short film festival celebrating students' visions of a greener future.  All of this allows students, teachers and administrators to network, build knowledge and gain ideas to further their school’s efforts in environmental stewardship.  Participation in an event like this and the work that leads up to it is instrumental in helping students build 21st Century life skills (collaboration, critical thinking, communication, etc.) and service to the community.  

In addition to the above participants, over two dozen other partner organizations such as federal, state and local agencies and NGOs are invited to participate in the event to run hands on learning activities for the students and talk to kids about their careers.

In addition to the student activities, area elected officials, senior school personnel, corporations, state education officials, etc. are invited to the event to share with the students and to become more aware of the strength of student environmental action in Northern Virginia and the importance of supporting such work.



How can you participate? 

Students can participate by entering:

• General Showcase (grades K-12) - bring a 5-8 students with a tri-fold display highlighting the environmental stewardship efforts at your school.

SEAS Video Visions (grades K-12) - create a video showing your vision of a greener future and what you're doing to make that future a reality.

Caring for Our Watersheds (grades 6-8) - Earth Force hosts this competition that asks students what they can do to improve their watershed.

KidWind (grades 4-12) - students design and build their own wind turbines to test in the wind tunnels at the KidWind Regional Competition.

• High School Track (grades 9-12) - high school students registering for SEAS are automatically enrolled in the High School Track hosted by GMU Admissions.  Students will tour GMU science labs, network with other high school and GMU students, join sustainability and STEM career topic sessions, and more!

Want to share all the ways schools can participate?  Help us spread the word with our SEAS School Flyer!


School registration is now closed for SEAS 2016.


Eco-Partners can sign up to lead an activity for student groups at the partner village (outdoor tent area).  Our Eco-Partner invitation has more details. 

Register as an Eco-Partner for SEAS 2016 at by March 30.

Volunteers can help in a variety of ways during the Showcase.  Register to volunteer at

Sponsors are needed! Please contact


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NoVA Outside is a fiscally sponsored project of United Charitable Programs, a registered 501(c)(3) public charity.