Center for Green Schools articles http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/center-for-green-schools en World's first Net-Zero Zone to be unveiled at Greenbuild 2014 http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/worlds-first-net-zero-zone-be-unveiled-greenbuild-2014 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/featured_grb12_0_1_1_1_0_0_0.png?1413475342" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Washington, D.C. - (Oct. 16, 2014)&nbsp;&ndash; <a href="http://hanleywood.com/" target="_blank">Hanley Wood</a>, USGBC and <a href="http://emergealliance.org" target="_blank">EMerge Alliance</a> announced today that the world&rsquo;s first Net Zero Zone will be unveiled at the 2014 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo taking place at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans Oct. 22-24, 2014.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/worlds-first-net-zero-zone-be-unveiled-greenbuild-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/worlds-first-net-zero-zone-be-unveiled-greenbuild-2014#comments Media Thu, 16 Oct 2014 16:02:22 +0000 Marisa Long 4933001 at http://cn.usgbc.org Get in on the green schools action at Greenbuild 2014 http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/get-green-schools-action-greenbuild-2014 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">9 Oct 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/gb14_pc_0_0.jpg?1412880595" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Celebrating green building in New Orleans is like being in Memphis on Elvis&rsquo;s birthday&mdash;and you can bet it will be just as big of a party.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/get-green-schools-action-greenbuild-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/get-green-schools-action-greenbuild-2014#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 09 Oct 2014 18:49:55 +0000 Emily Riordan 4919760 at http://cn.usgbc.org Registration now open for fifth year of Campus Conservation Nationals http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/registration-now-open-fifth-year-campus-conservation-nationals <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">2 Oct 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/ccn_0.jpg?1412258626" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It takes three weeks to form a habit, and this spring, were asking college students and staff to do just that&mdash;form a habit of conservation!</p> <p>From February through April 2015, colleges and universities participating in <a href="http://www.competetoreduce.org/" target="_blank">Campus Conservation Nationals </a>(CCN) will have the opportunity to compete to reduce electricity and water consumption in the largest conservation competition for colleges and universities in the world.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/registration-now-open-fifth-year-campus-conservation-nationals" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/registration-now-open-fifth-year-campus-conservation-nationals#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 02 Oct 2014 14:03:46 +0000 Hannah Debelius 4907436 at http://cn.usgbc.org Get to know our newest Green Schools Fellow: Kristen Trovillion http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/get-know-our-newest-green-schools-fellow-kristen-trovillion <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">2 Oct 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/greenschoolsfellow_0.jpg?1412256856" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><span>The Center for Green Schools launched the Green Schools Fellowship program in 2011 to place sustainability officers in school districts around the country. More and more school systems are realizing that they need to put more focused attention on resource efficiency, health and wellness, and environmental literacy; and these important topics get the dedication they need when sustainability is someone&rsquo;s job.</span></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/get-know-our-newest-green-schools-fellow-kristen-trovillion" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/get-know-our-newest-green-schools-fellow-kristen-trovillion#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 02 Oct 2014 13:34:15 +0000 Marisa Long 4907402 at http://cn.usgbc.org Communities Across the Globe Join USGBC’s Green Apple Day of Service http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/communities-across-globe-join-usgbc%E2%80%99s-green-apple-day-service <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">30 Sep 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press_release_2014a_0_0_0.png?1412084306" /> </div> </div> </div> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>More than 3,700 service projects took place throughout the world&nbsp;</em><em>with hundreds of thousands of volunteers participating</em></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/communities-across-globe-join-usgbc%E2%80%99s-green-apple-day-service" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/communities-across-globe-join-usgbc%E2%80%99s-green-apple-day-service#comments Media Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:38:26 +0000 Marisa Long 4903564 at http://cn.usgbc.org Why I care: Getting my students to go green with Gardeneers http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/why-i-care-getting-my-students-go-green-gardeneers <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">26 Sep 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/hay105_0.png?1411763404" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><span style="font-size: 13px;">In college I studied Conservation Ecology, Biology, and Permaculture Design and then relocated to Florida after graduation for work with sea turtles and tortoises. My background allows me to understand how nature works and inspires me to seek out new information and ideas.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/why-i-care-getting-my-students-go-green-gardeneers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/why-i-care-getting-my-students-go-green-gardeneers#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 26 Sep 2014 20:30:04 +0000 4898879 at http://cn.usgbc.org Green Apple Day of Service: Bettering schools for the people inside them http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/green-apple-day-service-bettering-schools-people-inside-them <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">25 Sep 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/gados-article-25_0.jpg?1411671470" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>To call school important is a serious understatement. It&rsquo;s where roughly a quarter of all Americans spend their days. It&rsquo;s a place to mold minds and shape behaviors, which makes it the ideal place to not only raise awareness about energy efficiency and environmental sustainability, but to implement practices that can become habits and create the next generation of sustainability leaders.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/green-apple-day-service-bettering-schools-people-inside-them" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/green-apple-day-service-bettering-schools-people-inside-them#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 25 Sep 2014 18:57:49 +0000 John Mandyck 4895757 at http://cn.usgbc.org New census shows that solar energy is big in U.S. schools http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/new-census-shows-solar-energy-big-us-schools <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">24 Sep 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/cs-scottsdale-schools-solar_0.png?1411575767" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Solar Foundation (TSF) and its research partners at SEIA just released the <a href="http://thesolarfoundation.org/education/national-solar-schools-census" target="_blank">National Solar Schools Census</a>, and it's chock-full of information about solar energy use in our nation's schools.</p> <p>The Center for Green Schools at USGBC aims to support all schools in becoming healthy, safe and resource-efficient places for teaching and learning, and putting numbers to the accomplishments of U.S. schools is getting more and more important.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/new-census-shows-solar-energy-big-us-schools" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/new-census-shows-solar-energy-big-us-schools#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 24 Sep 2014 16:22:46 +0000 Anisa Baldwin Metzger 4893957 at http://cn.usgbc.org USGBC celebrates World Green Building Week with Green Apple Day of Service http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-celebrates-world-green-building-week-green-apple-day-service <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">23 Sep 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/wgb-week_1.png?1411652369" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The World Green Building Council&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.worldgbc.org/activities/wgbweek/" target="_blank">World Green Building Week</a>&nbsp;is in now full swing, celebrating the efforts of Green Building Councils (GBC) from 100 countries around the world, which represent more than 27,000 organizations.</p> <p>From Sept. 22-27, 2014, GBCs are taking part in events that encourage people to take direct action and make an environmental difference in their communities&mdash;or as this year's theme puts it, to &ldquo;Get Up, Green Up.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-celebrates-world-green-building-week-green-apple-day-service" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-celebrates-world-green-building-week-green-apple-day-service#comments Community Tue, 23 Sep 2014 19:34:13 +0000 Julia Pergolini 4892784 at http://cn.usgbc.org Canada Green Building Council crowns the first winner of the Greenest School in Canada http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/canada-green-building-council-crowns-first-winner-greenest-school-canada <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">23 Sep 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/dunbarton_0.jpg?1411493005" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.cagbc.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Home">The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC)</a>&nbsp;and its&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cagbc.org/Content/NavigationMenu/Programs/CanadianCoalitionforGreenSchools/default.htm">Canada Coalition for Green Schools</a>&nbsp;have announced that&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cagbc.org/Content/NavigationMenu/Programs/CanadianCoalitionforGreenSchools/GreenestSchoolinCanada2014/DunbartonHighSchoolCaseStudy/default.htm">Dunbarton High School in Pickering, Ontario</a>, is the winner of the inaugural CaGBC Greenest School in Canada competition.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/canada-green-building-council-crowns-first-winner-greenest-school-canada" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/canada-green-building-council-crowns-first-winner-greenest-school-canada#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 23 Sep 2014 17:23:24 +0000 4892373 at http://cn.usgbc.org Serve your teachers this Green Apple Day of Service http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/serve-your-teachers-green-apple-day-service <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">22 Sep 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/gados-article_0.jpg?1411401422" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>My mother was a teacher at my high school. I know what comes to mind &mdash; some scene from&nbsp;<em>16 Candles&nbsp;</em>of ultimate teenage embarrassment and disdain, but that&rsquo;s not how I felt.&nbsp;Instead, I just never needed the, &ldquo;Woah, my teacher is a person&rdquo; realization when you finally see them out in the wild, like grocery shopping or at the mall. Although seeing my science teacher, Mrs. Smirkovski, at the movies on my 8th&nbsp;grade date was quite the shock to me, teachers were always people. People I loved.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/serve-your-teachers-green-apple-day-service" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/serve-your-teachers-green-apple-day-service#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:57:02 +0000 Hannah Debelius 4889818 at http://cn.usgbc.org Get to know our Green Apple Day of Service champion: Lori Braunstein http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/get-know-our-green-apple-day-service-champion-lori-braunstein <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">19 Sep 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/lafayette_2_0_0.jpg?1411142992" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="960" height="1051" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Lori_Picture_f7ead3b12c727228c33bbc1677da073d-2.jpeg?1411142997" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="2448" height="2898" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/lafayette_campers_0_0.jpg?1411143019" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>In the spirit of <a href="http://www.mygreenapple.org/" target="_blank">Green Apple Day of Service</a>&nbsp;(GADOS) being right around the corner, we wanted to profile&nbsp;<em>one of our most successful and committed project captains,&nbsp;</em></em><em>Lori Braunstein. Read below for her pro-tips and ideas on how to make the best of this year&rsquo;s Green Apple Day of Service.&nbsp;</em>&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/get-know-our-green-apple-day-service-champion-lori-braunstein" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/get-know-our-green-apple-day-service-champion-lori-braunstein#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:09:52 +0000 Maria Martinez 4887615 at http://cn.usgbc.org Submit your Green Apple Day of Service video today! http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/submit-your-green-apple-day-service-video-today <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">19 Sep 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/218418_10151080527328595_1855068000_o_0_0.jpg?1411133732" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://mygreenapple.org" target="_blank">The Green Apple Day of Service</a> was established to help create green schools around the world and improve the places where our students learn.</p> <p>Now in its third year, the Day of Service, which takes place this year on Saturday, Sept. 27, reaches dozens of countries throughout the world. We are working to increase our global presence even further with a new video project, and we want you to showcase your efforts!</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/submit-your-green-apple-day-service-video-today" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/submit-your-green-apple-day-service-video-today#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:35:32 +0000 Aaron Fiber 4887448 at http://cn.usgbc.org Fifth Annual Campus Conservation Nationals Registration Opens http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/fifth-annual-campus-conservation-nationals-registration-opens <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">16 Sep 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press_release_2014e_0_0_0.png?1410900122" /> </div> </div> </div> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><em><span>CCN encourages college campuses to reduce energy consumption</span></em></strong></p> <p><span>(Washington, D.C.) Sept. 16, 2014 &ndash; Organizing partners The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, Lucid, the Alliance to Save Energy and National Wildlife Federation are pleased to announce the fifth annual Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN) competition. </span></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/fifth-annual-campus-conservation-nationals-registration-opens" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/fifth-annual-campus-conservation-nationals-registration-opens#comments Media Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:42:02 +0000 Marisa Long 4883633 at http://cn.usgbc.org 99 Green Apple Day of Service projects you can start right now http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/99-green-apple-day-service-projects-you-can-start-right-now <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/9_28_13_gados_payne_elem_school_ana_kaahanui_dsc_0860_0.jpg?1410551184" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Still wondering how you can be a part of this year&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.mygreenapple.org/" target="_blank">Green Apple Day of Service</a>?</p> <p>Have your event all planned out for Sept. 27, and looking for more to do?</p> <p>Here are 99 ideas that anyone can implement at their school or campus. Yes,&nbsp;<em>anyone.</em>&nbsp;</p> <p>In this list you&rsquo;ll see ideas for teachers, parents, volunteers and students at any grade level, from pre-kindergarten through college and beyond. Pick one, pick two, pick two dozen!</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/99-green-apple-day-service-projects-you-can-start-right-now" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/99-green-apple-day-service-projects-you-can-start-right-now#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 12 Sep 2014 19:46:24 +0000 Emily Riordan 4879315 at http://cn.usgbc.org Back to school with Green Apple Day of Service http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/back-school-green-apple-day-service <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">5 Sep 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/picture_027_0.jpg?1409943441" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The first day of school pictures have been taken, the back to school jitters have subsided and momentum is building for the third annual <a href="http://mygreenapple.org" target="_blank">Green Apple Day of Service</a>&nbsp;(GADOS).</p> <p>As we prepare for another successful GADOS season full of meaningful service projects and events, I&rsquo;d like to highlight some of the great projects from last year that went above and beyond to develop creative ways to engage their communities.</p> <p><strong>Last year at the Green Apple Day of Service&hellip;</strong></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/back-school-green-apple-day-service" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/back-school-green-apple-day-service#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 05 Sep 2014 18:57:20 +0000 Suzanne Warren 4870854 at http://cn.usgbc.org Moving sustainability forward in the Green Ribbon Schools of West Virginia http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/moving-sustainability-forward-green-ribbon-schools-west-virginia <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">4 Sep 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/eastwoodelem1_0.jpg?1409840954" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Note: U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) recognizes schools, districts and postsecondary institutions that are 1) reducing environmental impact and costs, 2) improving health and wellness, and 3) teaching environmental education. To share innovative practices and widely-available resources in these three &lsquo;Pillars,&rsquo; the Department conducts an annual Green Strides Best Practices Tour of honorees. Two non-profit organization school sustainability leaders write about the schools and district honorees visited on the tour in West Virginia.</em></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/moving-sustainability-forward-green-ribbon-schools-west-virginia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/moving-sustainability-forward-green-ribbon-schools-west-virginia#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 04 Sep 2014 14:29:14 +0000 Mark Swiger 4869105 at http://cn.usgbc.org Participate in Green Apple Day of Service social media contests http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/participate-green-apple-day-service-social-media-contests <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">20 Aug 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/ga-smcontest-01_0.png?1408564142" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica, serif;"><span style="font-size: small;">The&nbsp;</span></span></span><a href="http://mygreenapple.org/dayofservice"><span style="color: #0000ff;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica, serif;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Green Apple Day of Service</span></span></span></span></a><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica, serif;"><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;is just around the corner, and we want to know how you'll be making a difference at the schoo<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/participate-green-apple-day-service-social-media-contests" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/participate-green-apple-day-service-social-media-contests#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:49:02 +0000 Hannah Wilber 4851977 at http://cn.usgbc.org U.S. Green Building Council Selects Grand Rapids Public Schools for Fellowship Program http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/us-green-building-council-selects-grand-rapids-public-schools-fellowship-program <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press_release_2014e_0.png?1407256036" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Kristen Trovillion Chosen as 2014 Fellow and Will Serve as Full-Time Sustainability Officer for the District</em></p> <p><span>GRAND RAPIDS &mdash; (Aug. 5, 2014) &mdash; Grand Rapids Public Schools and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced today that the district has been selected to host the prestigious Center for Green Schools Fellowship program. Experienced sustainability professional Kristen Trovillion has been chosen as the 2014 Fellow.</span></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/us-green-building-council-selects-grand-rapids-public-schools-fellowship-program" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/us-green-building-council-selects-grand-rapids-public-schools-fellowship-program#comments Media Tue, 05 Aug 2014 16:27:39 +0000 Marisa Long 4830511 at http://cn.usgbc.org Meet the Green Apple Day of Service team http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/meet-green-apple-day-service-team <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">29 Jul 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/gados_team-_wrap_0.jpg?1406640439" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Center for Green Schools is thrilled to introduce six new organizers for <a href="http://www.mygreenapple.org/dayofservice">Green Apple Day of Service</a>&nbsp;2014.</p> <p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mygreenapple.org/dayofservice">Green Apple Day of </a>Service, which will take place on&nbsp;<strong>Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014</strong>, gives parents, teachers, students, companies and local organizations the opportunity to transform all schools into healthy, safe and productive learning environments through local service projects.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/meet-green-apple-day-service-team" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/meet-green-apple-day-service-team#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:27:19 +0000 Hannah Debelius 4822615 at http://cn.usgbc.org Green Sports Alliance kicks off 2014's Green Apple Day of Service http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/green-sports-alliance-kicks-2014s-green-apple-day-service <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">23 Jul 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/img_0405_0.jpg?1406123241" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We are 10 weeks out from the official&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mygreenapple.org/">Green Apple Day of Service</a>, but that didn't stop anyone at Aptitud Community Academy in San Jose, Calif., from getting his or her hands dirty this weekend.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/green-sports-alliance-kicks-2014s-green-apple-day-service" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/green-sports-alliance-kicks-2014s-green-apple-day-service#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:47:21 +0000 Emily Riordan 4813246 at http://cn.usgbc.org Tools for bringing green schools to communities everywhere http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/tools-bringing-green-schools-communities-everywhere <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/tools_schools.png?1402435895" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Green schools initiatives provide a clear avenue to reach new audiences outside of the green building profession, generating both interest and tangible results. USGBC&rsquo;s chapter network works creatively through Green School s programs, including Green Schools Challenges, to raise awareness about high-performing buildings , expanding the reach of USGBC&rsquo;s mission and vision.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/tools-bringing-green-schools-communities-everywhere" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/tools-bringing-green-schools-communities-everywhere#comments Community Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:26:58 +0000 Cindy Zork 4757934 at http://cn.usgbc.org Check out our celebration with the Congressional Green Schools Caucus http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/check-out-our-celebration-congressional-green-schools-caucus <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">29 May 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/princetonreview_event.jpg?1401395717" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Congressman Jim Matheson, Chair of the Congressional Green Schools Caucus, and the Center for Green Schools recently co-hosted an event on Capitol Hill to honor 4-year colleges and universities highlighted in&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/greenguide">The Princeton Review&rsquo;s Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2014 Edition</a></em>. The May 8 reception, held in the historic Rayburn House Office Building, brought together more than 100 attendees, including education, advocacy, government, and non-profit leaders.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/check-out-our-celebration-congressional-green-schools-caucus" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/check-out-our-celebration-congressional-green-schools-caucus#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 29 May 2014 20:35:05 +0000 Joshua Lasky 4738384 at http://cn.usgbc.org CCN saves 2.2 million kWh in fourth year! http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/ccn-saves-22-million-kwh-fourth-year <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">6 May 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="413" height="190" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/ccn14.jpg?1399409094" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>More than 265,000 students at 109 colleges and universities across the U.S. and Canada participated in Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN) 2014, competing to reduce their energy and water use on campus. Collectively, they saved over 2.2 million kilowatt-hours of electricity &mdash; equivalent to averting 3million pounds of CO2 from the atmosphere or taking 201 homes off the grid for a year. Students also saved nearly 476,000 gallons of water, or the equivalent of 1.8 million water bottles. With energy and water combined, CCN saved schools an estimate total of $198,000.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/ccn-saves-22-million-kwh-fourth-year" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/ccn-saves-22-million-kwh-fourth-year#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 06 May 2014 20:44:02 +0000 Hannah Debelius 4703858 at http://cn.usgbc.org National College Competition Saves 3 Million Pounds of CO2 and 476,000 Gallons of Water http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/national-college-competition-saves-3-million-pounds-co2-and-476000-gallons-water <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press_release_img_22.jpeg?1399302037" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Student Behavior Changes Make Big Impact During Campus Conservation Nationals 2014</em></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/national-college-competition-saves-3-million-pounds-co2-and-476000-gallons-water" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/national-college-competition-saves-3-million-pounds-co2-and-476000-gallons-water#comments Media Mon, 05 May 2014 14:33:32 +0000 4700629 at http://cn.usgbc.org Blazing the trail for green schools in Louisiana http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/blazing-trail-green-schools-louisiana <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Story </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">24 Apr 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="668" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/vol_la_apr.jpg?1398348653" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>This month, Kimberly Tseng (LEED AP BD+C) was recognized as one of USGBC's Above and Beyond Volunteers - volunteer leaders whose contributions have led to outstanding achievements in the green building movement.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/blazing-trail-green-schools-louisiana" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/blazing-trail-green-schools-louisiana#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:11:30 +0000 Kimberly Lewis 4686976 at http://cn.usgbc.org Congratulations to the 2014 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools! http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/congratulations-2014-us-department-education-green-ribbon-schools <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Milton-Union Exempted Village School in West Milton, Ohio, a 2014 Green Ribbon Schools awardee. Credit: Ruetschle Architects" alt="Milton-Union Exempted Village School in West Milton, Ohio" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/MUK12_9_windturbine_cutsheet.jpg?1398199912" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Earlier this afternoon, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and White House Council on Environmental Quality Acting Chair Mike Boots announced the 2014 class of Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) honorees, highlighting a total of 57 schools and school districts from around the country.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/congratulations-2014-us-department-education-green-ribbon-schools" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/congratulations-2014-us-department-education-green-ribbon-schools#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:39:28 +0000 Nathaniel Allen 4684485 at http://cn.usgbc.org This Earth Day start with STEM http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/earth-day-start-stem <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">22 Apr 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/usgbc_18497620-2.jpg?1398197869" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>My favorite part of my job by far is getting to watch and hear about STEM teachers who are making science and math come alive for their students; teachers who are using issues that are both interesting and applicable to their students to demonstrate how STEM truly is all around us.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/earth-day-start-stem" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/earth-day-start-stem#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:15:50 +0000 Melissa Moritz 4684354 at http://cn.usgbc.org 10 schools leading the way in Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges (photos) http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/10-schools-leading-way-princeton-review-guide-green-colleges-photos <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/GreenSchools_a.png?1397749024" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Now in its fifth year, <em><a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/greenguide.aspx">The Princeton Review&rsquo;s Guide to 332 Green Colleges, 2014 Edition</a></em>, released today, profiles higher education institutions in the United States and Canada that demonstrate notable commitments to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/10-schools-leading-way-princeton-review-guide-green-colleges-photos" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/10-schools-leading-way-princeton-review-guide-green-colleges-photos#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:42:39 +0000 Hannah Wilber 4674910 at http://cn.usgbc.org The Whole-School Sustainability Framework http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/whole-school-sustainability-framework <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">2 Apr 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/sustainability%20graphic-01.jpg?1396474231" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>This past Saturday, in her address at the National Green Schools Conference in Sacramento, our fearless leader Rachel Gutter inspired the crowd of green schools supporters to leave the conference as ONE VOICE, ONE MOVEMENT. As she pointed out, this imperative to speak with unity is why we think the Department of Education&rsquo;s Green Ribbon Schools program is so important.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/whole-school-sustainability-framework" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/whole-school-sustainability-framework#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 02 Apr 2014 21:29:17 +0000 Anisa Baldwin Metzger 4652029 at http://cn.usgbc.org Student organizations key to the Illinois CEE experience http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/student-organizations-key-illinois-cee-experience <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">26 Mar 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/577243_497718963617940_788119262_n.jpg?1395859901" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="900" height="600" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/417113_439852976071206_980016660_n.jpeg?1395859913" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="900" height="675" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/1473964_10202880460955414_1486183032_n.jpg?1395859927" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Originally published in the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Alumni Magazine, Winter 2014</em></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/student-organizations-key-illinois-cee-experience" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/student-organizations-key-illinois-cee-experience#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 26 Mar 2014 18:49:18 +0000 Nishant Makhijani 4642757 at http://cn.usgbc.org Question: Why educate for sustainability? http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/question-why-educate-sustainability <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">25 Mar 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/usgbc_59357936_Medium.jpg?1395764901" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="640" height="426" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Jaimie%20Cloud_headshot.jpeg?1395765658" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>Answer:</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;Because we have to learn how to live well in our places without undermining the ability of our places to sustain us over time. If we are to succeed at doing so, then the knowledge, skills and habits-of-mind we need to do so must be cultivated in our schools.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/question-why-educate-sustainability" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/question-why-educate-sustainability#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 25 Mar 2014 16:25:36 +0000 4640661 at http://cn.usgbc.org Education, Business and Environmental Leaders Call for Action to Ensure Universal Sustainability Literacy in all U.S. Public Schools by 2040 http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/education-business-and-environmental-leaders-call-action-ensure-universal-sustainability-li <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press_release_img_16.jpeg?1395762060" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Center for Green Schools at USGBC and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Release National Action Plan for Educating for Sustainability</em></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/education-business-and-environmental-leaders-call-action-ensure-universal-sustainability-li" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/education-business-and-environmental-leaders-call-action-ensure-universal-sustainability-li#comments Media Tue, 25 Mar 2014 15:42:21 +0000 Marisa Long 4640586 at http://cn.usgbc.org Who's counting? Center for Green Schools 2013 metrics http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/whos-counting-center-green-schools-2013-metrics <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">18 Mar 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/CFGS-Year-End-Report-2013_FINAL-2-1.jpg?1395155946" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In 2013, the Center for Green Schools reached further, leveraged greater and invested more than we ever have. How do we know? We are maniacal about tracking our work &ndash; whether it be the number of people we engage, the number of resources we distribute or the way people talk about our work in the media, their social networks or in surveys.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/whos-counting-center-green-schools-2013-metrics" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/whos-counting-center-green-schools-2013-metrics#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 18 Mar 2014 15:17:14 +0000 Jenny Wiedower 4628292 at http://cn.usgbc.org Now recruiting volunteer national chairs to support Community Green http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/now-recruiting-volunteer-national-chairs-support-community-green <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Communitygreenblog.jpg?1394651457" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Center for Green Schools at USGBC is proud to announce the expansion of Community Green, thanks to the continued and generous support of the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. Launched in 2012, <a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/communitygreen.aspx">Community Green</a>&nbsp;partners with community colleges to prepare for careers in sustainability and green building. Community Green is supported by a network of volunteer national chairs, located regionally across the U.S., who work with colleges to implement program benefits and deepen engagement with USGBC.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/now-recruiting-volunteer-national-chairs-support-community-green" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/now-recruiting-volunteer-national-chairs-support-community-green#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 12 Mar 2014 19:11:23 +0000 Joshua Lasky 4621410 at http://cn.usgbc.org Vertical gardens growing tall in crowded, urban schools http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/vertical-gardens-growing-tall-crowded-urban-schools <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/FlowerMart2013_selling%20herbs.JPG?1393539139" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>As volunteers and teachers around the world gear up for Green Apple Day of Service 2014 next September, Riyaz Gayasaddin and Mike Rennard are working with students in Baltimore City Public Schools to research, plan, plant, harvest and&mdash;of course&mdash;eat vegetables in indoor vertical gardens in their classrooms. Our friends at Teach for America first told us about Gayasaddin, who is one of their teacher trainers, and Rennard, who is a teacher at Green Street Academy.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/vertical-gardens-growing-tall-crowded-urban-schools" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/vertical-gardens-growing-tall-crowded-urban-schools#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 27 Feb 2014 22:13:14 +0000 Anisa Baldwin Metzger 4598230 at http://cn.usgbc.org Chevrolet funds campuses to “do more good” http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/chevrolet-funds-campuses-%E2%80%9Cdo-more-good%E2%80%9D <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">12 Feb 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons user poeloq" alt="Courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons user poeloq" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/259169852_8676ee09eb_b.jpg?1392242732" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Colleges and universities can now use support from Chevrolet to enhance the energy performance of individual or multiple buildings on a campus as they strive toward delivering superior LEED building performance.<span>&nbsp; </span></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/chevrolet-funds-campuses-%E2%80%9Cdo-more-good%E2%80%9D" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/chevrolet-funds-campuses-%E2%80%9Cdo-more-good%E2%80%9D#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 12 Feb 2014 21:52:05 +0000 Robert Koester 4571468 at http://cn.usgbc.org Start small with big New Year’s goals http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/start-small-big-new-year%E2%80%99s-goals <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/GADOS%20banner.jpg?1389902831" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>At the start of each year, millions of us resolve to make renewed commitments to healthy living, time with family, philanthropy, financial responsibility and countless other things that better ourselves and our communities. The most successful New Year&rsquo;s resolutions I&rsquo;ve made and kept over the years have been ones that approach a big idea through smaller, achievable milestones. When I decided a few years ago that I wanted to read more I started out, with the goal to read one book each month.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/start-small-big-new-year%E2%80%99s-goals" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/start-small-big-new-year%E2%80%99s-goals#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 16 Jan 2014 20:07:59 +0000 Emily Riordan 4527340 at http://cn.usgbc.org 2013 Center for Green Schools President's Award: Mary Spilde, Lane Community College http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/2013-center-green-schools-presidents-award-mary-spilde-lane-community-college <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/2013leadershipaward_Spilde.jpg?1389299002" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Li4Cn2xXwcg?wmode=Opaque" width="425" height="350"></iframe></p> <p>At the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Philadelphia in November 2013, USGBC recognized those who've shown outstanding dedication to the movement to green our built environment through the annual Leadership Awards.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/2013-center-green-schools-presidents-award-mary-spilde-lane-community-college" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/2013-center-green-schools-presidents-award-mary-spilde-lane-community-college#comments Community Thu, 09 Jan 2014 20:24:38 +0000 4512495 at http://cn.usgbc.org My green schools New Year’s resolution http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/my-green-schools-new-year%E2%80%99s-resolution <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/RGblogphoto.jpg?1389218142" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>I&rsquo;ve always been resistant to making New Year's&nbsp;resolutions. I&rsquo;m not really sure why. Maybe it seems clich&eacute;; maybe I&rsquo;m annoyed that my yoga classes are now swamped with&nbsp;people who have made resolutions to be more healthy, balanced and zen in the new year. But this year, I am making a new year&rsquo;s resolution of a professional nature.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/my-green-schools-new-year%E2%80%99s-resolution" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/my-green-schools-new-year%E2%80%99s-resolution#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 08 Jan 2014 22:00:54 +0000 Rachel Gutter 4504602 at http://cn.usgbc.org USGBC Georgia Chapter attracts new audiences with high performance healthy schools message http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-georgia-chapter-attracts-new-audiences-high-performance-healthy-schools-message <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="261" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Georgia_green_schools.jpg?1387571871" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In regions where words like &ldquo;sustainable&rdquo; and &ldquo;green&rdquo; have difficulty gaining traction, supporters of green building look to alternative methods of getting the message out. The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbcga.org">USGBC &ndash; Georgia Chapter</a>&rsquo;s 2013&nbsp;<a href="http://www.hphsga.org/2013-regional-summit">High Performance Healthy Schools Summit</a>&nbsp;looked to a broad audience of parents, students, and educators to address a growing need for healthier learning spaces for the state&rsquo;s children.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-georgia-chapter-attracts-new-audiences-high-performance-healthy-schools-message" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-georgia-chapter-attracts-new-audiences-high-performance-healthy-schools-message#comments Community Fri, 20 Dec 2013 20:38:49 +0000 Stuart Lipkin 4467715 at http://cn.usgbc.org Announcing the fall 2013 Trailblazing Teachers http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/announcing-fall-2013-trailblazing-teachers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/TrailblazingTeachers%5B2%5D.png?1387554125" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>This fall, the Center for Green Schools received another wave of impressive applications from around the country for our <a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/main-nav/k-12/Who/teachers/trailblazingteachers.aspx" target="_blank">Trailblazing Teacher Awards</a> - a small grant that we give out to deserving teachers to use toward an environmental initiative in their classroom. The creativity and dedication that shows through each of the educators&rsquo; applications is humbling and inspiring (it&rsquo;s no secret that our staff love to be picked as the review committee for these awards).<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/announcing-fall-2013-trailblazing-teachers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/announcing-fall-2013-trailblazing-teachers#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 20 Dec 2013 15:48:46 +0000 Anisa Baldwin Metzger 4466853 at http://cn.usgbc.org Center for Green Schools at USGBC Announces Best of Green Schools 2013 List http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-usgbc-announces-best-green-schools-2013-list <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/ladybirdfrontUSGBC.jpg?1387291762" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Recipients Demonstrate Innovative Approaches to School Sustainability, Recognized for Commitment to LEED and Healthy, High-Performing Schools</em></p> <p>&nbsp;WASHINGTON, D.C. &mdash; (Dec.17, 2013) &mdash; The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) today announced its third annual &ldquo;Best of Green Schools&rdquo; list, which recognizes top educational institutions, individuals and initiatives across the country for environmental efforts.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-usgbc-announces-best-green-schools-2013-list" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-usgbc-announces-best-green-schools-2013-list#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 17 Dec 2013 14:35:23 +0000 Mallory Shelter 4458264 at http://cn.usgbc.org A monumental day for Ohio http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/monumental-day-ohio <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Ohio_0.jpg?1386775551" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Today at the Ohio State House, teachers, school leadership and elected officials from across the state are gathering to celebrate the first 100 LEED certified schools.<span>&nbsp; </span>Ohio leads the nation with more LEED certified public schools than any other state, and hundreds more are on the way.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/monumental-day-ohio" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/monumental-day-ohio#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 11 Dec 2013 15:26:49 +0000 Rachel Gutter 4444496 at http://cn.usgbc.org Press Play: Green Apple Bike Tour http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/press-play-green-apple-bike-tour <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/GABT.png?1386773744" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>USGBC recently hosted our first <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc%E2%80%99s-green-apple-bike-tour-rides-washington-dc-philadelphia-pa-hosting-local-green-schoo">Green Apple Bike Tour</a>, an eight-day biking adventure from DC to Philadelphia with students and emerging professionals, led by the Center for Green Schools at USGBC. Green Apple is an initiative of the Center for Green Schools to put all children in schools where they have clean and healthy air to breathe, where energy and resources are conserved, and where they can be inspired to dream of a brighter future.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/press-play-green-apple-bike-tour" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/press-play-green-apple-bike-tour#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 11 Dec 2013 14:58:50 +0000 Tess Wiggins 4444442 at http://cn.usgbc.org Americans Voice Strong Mandate for Better School Buildings and Infrastructure in New Nationwide Independent Poll http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/americans-voice-strong-mandate-better-school-buildings-and-infrastructure-new-nationwide-in <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Announcement </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">21 Nov 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Featured_GRB12_0_1_2.png?1385060389" /> </div> </div> </div> <p style="text-align: left;"><em>90 percent of Americans agree that more money&nbsp; needs to go toward fixing our nation&rsquo;s school facilities</em></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/americans-voice-strong-mandate-better-school-buildings-and-infrastructure-new-nationwide-in" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/americans-voice-strong-mandate-better-school-buildings-and-infrastructure-new-nationwide-in#comments Media Thu, 21 Nov 2013 19:00:23 +0000 Mallory Shelter 4404585 at http://cn.usgbc.org The Center for Green Schools at USGBC Launches Global Coalition for Green Schools http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-usgbc-launches-global-coalition-green-schools <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">19 Nov 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Featured_GRB12_0_1_0.png?1384880931" /> </div> </div> </div> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>&nbsp;</em><em>29 countries join coalition to support healthy, sustainable&nbsp;</em><em>schools for all students around the world</em>&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-usgbc-launches-global-coalition-green-schools" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-usgbc-launches-global-coalition-green-schools#comments Media Tue, 19 Nov 2013 17:09:35 +0000 Mallory Shelter 4388999 at http://cn.usgbc.org USGBC’s Green Apple Bike Tour Rides from Washington, DC to Philadelphia, PA, Hosting Local Green School Service Projects along the Way http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc%E2%80%99s-green-apple-bike-tour-rides-washington-dc-philadelphia-pa-hosting-local-green-schoo <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press%20release%20img_11.jpeg?1384453527" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Washington, D.C. &ndash; (Nov. 14, 2013) &ndash; Yesterday, nine USGBC Students and Emerging Professionals from across the U.S. joined the <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org">Center for Green Schools</a> at the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org">U.S. Green Building Council</a> (USGBC) on an eight day bike tour to USGBC&rsquo;s annual <a href="http://greenbuildexpo.org/">Greenbuild International Conference &amp; Expo</a> in Philadelphia.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc%E2%80%99s-green-apple-bike-tour-rides-washington-dc-philadelphia-pa-hosting-local-green-schoo" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc%E2%80%99s-green-apple-bike-tour-rides-washington-dc-philadelphia-pa-hosting-local-green-schoo#comments Media Thu, 14 Nov 2013 18:26:10 +0000 Tess Wiggins 4376090 at http://cn.usgbc.org What it means to be a restorative business http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/what-it-means-be-restorative-business <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Whitesville%20Rd%20media%20center.JPG?1384453083" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>With our recent participation in the <a href="http://mygreenapple.org/">Green Apple Day of Service</a> and an inspiring <a href="http://greenbuildexpo.com/home.aspx">Greenbuild</a> show in Philadelphia before us, we&rsquo;ve been reflecting on emergent trends in the world of sustainability. Of the many conversations out there&mdash;the role of partnerships and collaboration, materials transparency, social impact, design and health and resiliency&mdash;it&rsquo;s the social impact, the concept of becoming a restorative enterprise that resonates most with us.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/what-it-means-be-restorative-business" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/what-it-means-be-restorative-business#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 14 Nov 2013 18:20:47 +0000 Melissa Vernon 4376038 at http://cn.usgbc.org The Green Apple Bike Tour begins today! http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/green-apple-bike-tour-begins-today <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Screen%20Shot%202013-11-12%20at%2012.20.46%20PM.png?1384277702" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Today kicks off the eight day <a href="http://www.mygreenapple.org/bikegreenapple">Green Apple Bike Tour</a> where 14 USGBC Students, Emerging Professionals and staff will cycle over 200 miles from Washington, D.C. to Philadelphia, PA to spread awareness about the importance of safe, healthy and sustainable schools. Along the way, we&rsquo;ll complete three service projects at local schools in D.C., Lancaster and Philadelphia.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/green-apple-bike-tour-begins-today" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/green-apple-bike-tour-begins-today#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 12 Nov 2013 17:37:27 +0000 Tess Wiggins 4369987 at http://cn.usgbc.org Green Apple Day of Service: Accelerating green building through education http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/green-apple-day-service-accelerating-green-building-through-education <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/UTC%20DOS%20photo.jpg?1383927567" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>As we look ahead to Greenbuild, we do so knowing that our schools are more sustainable today than they were a year ago thanks to the hard work of the Center for Green Schools. The Center&rsquo;s recent Green Apple Day of Service netted nearly 2,100 volunteer projects globally, with thousands of volunteers spreading the word about the benefits of a sustainable environment.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/green-apple-day-service-accelerating-green-building-through-education" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/green-apple-day-service-accelerating-green-building-through-education#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 08 Nov 2013 17:06:24 +0000 John Mandyck 4337007 at http://cn.usgbc.org USGBC Talent Force Exchange: Where innovation meets opportunity http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-talent-force-exchange-where-innovation-meets-opportunity <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Opportunity.jpg?1383147855" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>A new initiative is launching at Greenbuild in Philadelphia &mdash; <a href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.org/events/talent-force-exchange.aspx" target="_blank">USGBC Talent Force Exchange</a>, designed to help you define and realize your dream job or bring your career to the next level.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-talent-force-exchange-where-innovation-meets-opportunity" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-talent-force-exchange-where-innovation-meets-opportunity#comments Greenbuild Wed, 30 Oct 2013 15:44:54 +0000 Hannah Debelius 2773749 at http://cn.usgbc.org Visit the green schools of Greenbuild Nation http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/visit-green-schools-greenbuild-nation <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/8252324917_ed781f2c7f_b.jpg?1382988147" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>This article was originally posted on the Delaware Valley Green Building Council blog. <a href="http://dvgbc.org/greenschools/blog/tours-showcase-local-green-schools-projects-international-audience-and-you-too" target="_blank">Read the article</a>.</em></p> <p>Four innovative green schools tours will be offered in Philadelphia from Nov. 18-23. Even if you're not joining us for Greenbuild this year, you can register for these exciting tours to see great regional projects and get CEU's.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/visit-green-schools-greenbuild-nation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/visit-green-schools-greenbuild-nation#comments Greenbuild Mon, 28 Oct 2013 19:23:27 +0000 2773241 at http://cn.usgbc.org School retrofit financing: get guidance in 60 minutes http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/school-retrofit-financing-get-guidance-60-minutes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_GSIG.jpeg?1382648918" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you&rsquo;re heading to&nbsp;<a href="http://greenbuildexpo.org/">Greenbuild 2013 Conference and Expo</a>&nbsp;in November, don&rsquo;t miss the chance to attend the Center for Green School&rsquo;s education session: &ldquo;<a href="https://www.compusystems.com/servlet/EventExplorerServlet?ACTION=LOAD_SA_EVT_EXP&amp;EVT_UID=920&amp;EVT_EXP_IDENT=21ds5&amp;SEARCH_FIELD_speaker_name=Rachel%20Gutter&amp;SEARCH_FIELD_other_area_interest=Special%20Set&amp;SEARCH_KEYWORD=keyword%20search">Green Schools Investment Guide</a>.&rdquo; Led by the Center's director Rachel Gutter and colleagues from <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/school-retrofit-financing-get-guidance-60-minutes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/school-retrofit-financing-get-guidance-60-minutes#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 24 Oct 2013 21:09:41 +0000 Jenny Wiedower 2772551 at http://cn.usgbc.org How much could your school save? http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/how-much-could-your-school-save <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Behavior-based-Efficiency-1.jpg?1382538858" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Last week, the Center for Green Schools at USGBC released "Powering Down: Behavior-Based Energy Conservation in K-12 Schools," a toolkit&nbsp;that follows the experiences of five public schools that have reduced electricity use by an astonishing 20 to 37 percent through behavior-based strategies alone. The paper, which was written with lead author Kate Crosby, looks to these schools as models for others and examines common strategies for every school to reduce its energy usage.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/how-much-could-your-school-save" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/how-much-could-your-school-save#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 23 Oct 2013 21:08:42 +0000 Anisa Baldwin Metzger 2772167 at http://cn.usgbc.org Announcing the 2013 Greenest School on Earth Recipients http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/announcing-2013-greenest-school-earth-recipients <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press%20release%20img_9.jpeg?1381930326" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Capetown, South Africa (October 16, 2013) &ndash; Today, at the World Green Building Council (WGBC) Annual Congress, the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/?utm_source=Press+Releases&amp;utm_campaign=f29dd40590-Direct_PR_Greenest_School_on_Earth10_15_2013&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_term=0_167a1c7388-f29dd40590-"><span class="s3">Center for Green Schools</span></a>&nbsp;(Center) at the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/?utm_source=Press+Releases&amp;utm_campaign=f29dd40590-Direct_PR_Greenest_School_on_Earth10_15_2013&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_term=0_167a1c7388-f29dd4059<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/announcing-2013-greenest-school-earth-recipients" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/announcing-2013-greenest-school-earth-recipients#comments Media Wed, 16 Oct 2013 13:32:22 +0000 Mallory Shelter 2769661 at http://cn.usgbc.org This is why we do it. http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/why-we-do-it <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Unknown-1_0.jpeg?1381505665" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>This is why we do it. This is why we get to work early and this is why we stay late. This is why we work our hearts out nurturing relationships, scrupulously discovering and creating the newest green schools research and wracking our brains about how to be bigger, better and bolder. Because it matters.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/why-we-do-it" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/why-we-do-it#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 11 Oct 2013 15:35:40 +0000 Caroline Cowan 2768462 at http://cn.usgbc.org Second annual Green Apple Day of Service a global success http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/second-annual-green-apple-day-service-global-success <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Haynes_GADOS2013_E__1_.jpeg?1381425469" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>This year&rsquo;s Green Apple Day of Service is behind us, and volunteers at more than 2,000 schools and campuses joined us to make an impact. Projects took place in all 50 U.S. states and 40 countries, with participants showing that their communities are committed to healthy, safe and sustainable schools. Every dot on the map at mygreenapple.org represented a different commitment to better schools and a team effort from start to finish.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/second-annual-green-apple-day-service-global-success" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/second-annual-green-apple-day-service-global-success#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 10 Oct 2013 17:20:03 +0000 Emily Riordan 2768233 at http://cn.usgbc.org Sustainability from the Austrian Alps to the Pacific Coast http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/sustainability-austrian-alps-pacific-coast <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Story </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">2 Oct 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="(c) Solar Decathlon Team Austria" alt="(c) Solar Decathlon Team Austria" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_teamaustria.jpg?1380737952" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="668" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Team_Austria_-_LISI_Pictures__4_.jpg?1380737997" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="669" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Work_in_Progress__1_.jpg?1380738009" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="668" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Work_in_Progress__6_.jpg?1380738022" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="668" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Work_in_Progress__10_.jpg?1380738044" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="667" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Work_in_Progress__11_.jpg?1380738059" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="668" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Work_in_Progress__15_.jpg?1380738069" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="749" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Work_in_Progress__16_.jpg?1380738107" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="668" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Work_in_Progress__17_.jpg?1380738122" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>Team Austria's home ready to compete in the 2013 Solar Decathlon</strong></p> <p>As you stroll through the verdant green foothills of the Austrian Alps, you'll be inspired by not only the quaint farm houses and pastures, but also number of solar panels on the south facing barn roofs. Austria has a long tradition of sustainability and is well known in Europe as a dynamic leader in renewable energy and sustainability. It's therefore no surprise that we jumped at the chance to enter the 2013 Solar Decathlon in California!</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/sustainability-austrian-alps-pacific-coast" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/sustainability-austrian-alps-pacific-coast#comments LEED Wed, 02 Oct 2013 18:43:34 +0000 Benjamin Marcus Jones 2766307 at http://cn.usgbc.org Partners for good, partners for green http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/partners-good-partners-green <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/bangaloregreenapple.jpg?1380730422" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong><a href="http://www.globalcommunities.org/" target="new">Global Communities</a> supports Green Apple Day of Service worldwide </strong></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/partners-good-partners-green" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/partners-good-partners-green#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 02 Oct 2013 16:18:21 +0000 David A. Weiss 2766260 at http://cn.usgbc.org What I re-learned on Green Apple Day of Service http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/what-i-re-learned-green-apple-day-service <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/GADOS-1.jpg?1380567051" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>I joined several of my USGBC colleagues for a fantastic Green Apple Day of Service at Gladys Noon Spellman Elementary School in Cheverly, MD, my new neighborhood. As students came by to work on the school garden, paint rocks, learn about butterflies and more, we were reminded of some of life's most important lessons&nbsp;that hold as true in the workplace as they do in the schoolyard:</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/what-i-re-learned-green-apple-day-service" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/what-i-re-learned-green-apple-day-service#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 30 Sep 2013 18:51:01 +0000 Margo Street 2765644 at http://cn.usgbc.org Video spotlight: USGBC staff on the Day of Service, part III http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/video-spotlight-usgbc-staff-day-service-part-iii <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/GADOS-Video-header_A2.jpg?1380044782" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In the final installment of of the Green Apple Day of Service Spotlight, I got a chance to <a href="https://vimeo.com/74233401" target="_blank">speak with Cindy Thompson</a> about a service project she is heading up this year, taking advantage of the resources her mother can help her access as the school's principal.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/video-spotlight-usgbc-staff-day-service-part-iii" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/video-spotlight-usgbc-staff-day-service-part-iii#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 24 Sep 2013 17:47:17 +0000 Hannah Wilber 2764214 at http://cn.usgbc.org Senator Harkin calls on GAO for new survey on the condition of America's schools http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/senator-harkin-calls-gao-new-survey-condition-americas-schools <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Untitled-1_2.png?1379965593" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>When we released the Center for Green Schools&rsquo; <em><a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/Libraries/State_of_our_Schools/2013_State_of_Our_Schools_Report_FINAL.sflb.ashx">2013 State of Our Schools Report</a>,</em>&nbsp;we had one objective in mind: to rally the community around the call to Congress to commission a comprehensive survey by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on the condition of the nation&rsquo;s school facilities &ndash; a study that hasn&rsquo;t been done in a whopping 18 years.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/senator-harkin-calls-gao-new-survey-condition-americas-schools" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/senator-harkin-calls-gao-new-survey-condition-americas-schools#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 23 Sep 2013 19:47:24 +0000 Nathaniel Allen 2758309 at http://cn.usgbc.org Video spotlight: USGBC staff on the Day of Service, part II http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/video-spotlight-usgbc-staff-day-service-part-ii <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/GADOS-Video-header_C.jpg?1379687866" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In this second installment of the Green Apple Day of Service Spotlight, members of the Center for Green Schools at USGBC team took some time out of their busy schedules to tell me a bit about the different projects they have teamed up to coordinate.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/video-spotlight-usgbc-staff-day-service-part-ii" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/video-spotlight-usgbc-staff-day-service-part-ii#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 20 Sep 2013 14:37:56 +0000 Hannah Wilber 2757862 at http://cn.usgbc.org Video: USGBC staff on the Day of Service, part I http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/video-usgbc-staff-day-service-part-i <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/GADOS-Video-header_B.jpg?1379613523" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>With the second annual Green Apple Day of Service fast approaching, it's a great time to find out what kinds of projects volunteers are undertaking as part of the global effort to make all schools a healthy, sustainable, and a comfortable environment for the students and staff that walk through school doors on a daily basis.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/video-usgbc-staff-day-service-part-i" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/video-usgbc-staff-day-service-part-i#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 19 Sep 2013 18:01:33 +0000 Hannah Wilber 2757712 at http://cn.usgbc.org Interface gives back around the world for Green Apple Day of Service http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/interface-gives-back-around-world-green-apple-day-service <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/InterfaceUSGBCArticle_0.jpg?1379436468" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Green Apple is made possible by our generous and supportive partners like Interface. Not only does Interface give resources to Green Apple to ensure that we can run our initiative to show the world that&nbsp;<em>where we learn matters,</em>&nbsp;but they live that philosophy by doing good works on the ground in their communities as well.</p> <p><strong>Below is a dispatch from their recently completed Green Apple Day of Service event in Brazil:</strong></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/interface-gives-back-around-world-green-apple-day-service" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/interface-gives-back-around-world-green-apple-day-service#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 17 Sep 2013 16:48:35 +0000 Luciano Bonini 2757199 at http://cn.usgbc.org U.S. Green Building Council and Lucid to Launch Campus Conservation Nationals 2014 http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/us-green-building-council-and-lucid-launch-campus-conservation-nationals-2014 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press_release_img_3.jpeg?1379435842" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>September 17, 2013 &mdash; The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, through its USGBC Students program, and Lucid, in partnership with the Alliance to Save Energy and the National Wildlife Federation are pleased to announce Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN) 2014. From February through April 2014, participating students will have the opportunity to compete to reduce electricity and water consumption in the largest conservation competition program for colleges and universities in the world. Program registration runs from Sept. 17 through Oct.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/us-green-building-council-and-lucid-launch-campus-conservation-nationals-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/us-green-building-council-and-lucid-launch-campus-conservation-nationals-2014#comments Media Tue, 17 Sep 2013 16:38:42 +0000 Mallory Shelter 2757196 at http://cn.usgbc.org Interview with Mr. Eco, Environmental Rap Superhero http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/interview-mr-eco-environmental-rap-superhero <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Mr-Eco-Header.jpeg?1379001266" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sometimes you come across a song or an artist that completely transforms your thinking. Mr. Eco is one of these musicians. I first heard about Mr. Eco after watching &ldquo;Save so Hard,&rdquo; a video he created to support Campus Conservation Nationals, an energy reduction competition on his former campus of California Polytechnic State University. I was hooked. I've been fortunate enough to follow his career from a student writing spoof lyrics to a fully fledged environmental rap superhero releasing his first original album. <br /><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/interview-mr-eco-environmental-rap-superhero" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/interview-mr-eco-environmental-rap-superhero#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 12 Sep 2013 16:01:11 +0000 Hannah Debelius 2756180 at http://cn.usgbc.org Free first year of USGBC membership for K-12 schools and districts http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/free-first-year-usgbc-membership-k-12-schools-and-districts <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/k12membershipbanner.png?1379432526" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Center for Green Schools at USGBC is pleased to announce a new campaign to bring more K-12 schools and districts into the USGBC member community by offering a <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/membership">free first year of membership</a>. We are committed to guaranteeing that schools and districts have a specific and valued place in our member body&mdash;a body that holds serious gravity in the work we do here at USGBC.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/free-first-year-usgbc-membership-k-12-schools-and-districts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/free-first-year-usgbc-membership-k-12-schools-and-districts#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 30 Aug 2013 15:39:34 +0000 Anisa Baldwin Metzger 2757187 at http://cn.usgbc.org High school sustainability curriculum helps students achieve LEED Green Associate in South Carolina http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/high-school-sustainability-curriculum-helps-students-achieve-leed-green-associate-south-car <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="303" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/SouthCarolinaStudents-1.JPG?1377810017" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>South Carolina recently became the first state to offer a High School Sustainability Curriculum program, developed by the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbcsc.org/">USGBC South Carolina Chapter</a>, which now boasts graduates who have achieved their LEED Green Associate credentials.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/high-school-sustainability-curriculum-helps-students-achieve-leed-green-associate-south-car" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/high-school-sustainability-curriculum-helps-students-achieve-leed-green-associate-south-car#comments Community Thu, 29 Aug 2013 21:03:37 +0000 Melissa Le Roy 2753556 at http://cn.usgbc.org How do I get there? An open letter to students and Emerging Professionals http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/how-do-i-get-there-open-letter-students-and-emerging-professionals <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_openletter.jpg?1377543499" /> </div> </div> </div> Dear Students &amp; Emerging Professionals,<br /><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/how-do-i-get-there-open-letter-students-and-emerging-professionals" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/how-do-i-get-there-open-letter-students-and-emerging-professionals#comments Community Mon, 26 Aug 2013 18:59:35 +0000 Matthew Murphy 2752450 at http://cn.usgbc.org A student's perspective: Green Apple Day of Service on a college campus http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/students-perspective-green-apple-day-service-college-campus <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/SammiTrauben5.jpeg?1377283069" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>For our first year as an official group at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) in Los Angeles, California, our USGBC Students group have decided to kick off the semester with a Green Apple Day of Service project. We've decided to host a project that is close to home and utilizes some of our campus&rsquo; unique features. With these intentions in mind, the USGBC Students in partnership with the LMU Office of Sustainability, will host a Garden Learning Day for the children of the LMU Children&rsquo;s Center on campus.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/students-perspective-green-apple-day-service-college-campus" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/students-perspective-green-apple-day-service-college-campus#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 23 Aug 2013 18:39:46 +0000 Emily Hand 2752096 at http://cn.usgbc.org School sustainability leaders: the power on the front line http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/school-sustainability-leaders-power-front-line <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/309434_499344900078851_1046444792_n.jpeg?1377196135" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>For the third summer in a row, a small group of powerful people gathered in the USGBC offices this past June to talk green schools strategy. These individuals directly affect the health and education of over 4.3 million students, and their decisions sway local markets and influence the management of millions of square footage of public property. Who are they? They are school district sustainability managers, and they represent the front line of green schools work across the country.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/school-sustainability-leaders-power-front-line" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/school-sustainability-leaders-power-front-line#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 22 Aug 2013 18:32:08 +0000 Anisa Baldwin Metzger 2751863 at http://cn.usgbc.org State lawmakers continue to raise the bar around green schools http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/state-lawmakers-continue-raise-bar-around-green-schools <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Nate_State_Legislators.jpg?1377524305" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>At USGBC, we know that state legislators are some of the most influential decision makers in the movement for healthy, high-performing schools. Each year, state lawmakers <a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/utility-nav/blog/13-04-30/State_Legislatures_Sow_Seeds_of_Opportunity_for_Healthy_High-Performing_Schools.aspx">surpass expectations</a> and prove themselves to be leaders capable of driving real change.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/state-lawmakers-continue-raise-bar-around-green-schools" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/state-lawmakers-continue-raise-bar-around-green-schools#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 22 Aug 2013 15:45:40 +0000 Nathaniel Allen 2751715 at http://cn.usgbc.org Bike with us to Greenbuild! http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/bike-us-greenbuild <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/rickbus.jpg?1377881598" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The USGBC Students program is now accepting&nbsp;<a href="https://usgbc.wufoo.com/forms/green-apple-bike-trip/">applications</a> from vibrant, passionate students to become a part of the Green Apple Bike Tour this November! We are looking for 15 members of USGBC Students groups of diverse academic backgrounds and skill to make up our team of cyclists.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/bike-us-greenbuild" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/bike-us-greenbuild#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 20 Aug 2013 16:50:01 +0000 Hannah Debelius 2751141 at http://cn.usgbc.org Thomas Edison State College in NJ Awards Course Credit for LEED Professional Credentials http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/thomas-edison-state-college-nj-awards-course-credit-leed-professional-credentials <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/pressrelease.jpeg?1377883903" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 15, 2013) &ndash; The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) today announced LEED Professional Credentials have been approved for college credit through New Jersey&rsquo;s State Energy Sector Partnership (SESP) initiative. SESP is the result of an award to the NJ State Employment and Training Commission from the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration to support employment growth and retention within the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/thomas-edison-state-college-nj-awards-course-credit-leed-professional-credentials" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/thomas-edison-state-college-nj-awards-course-credit-leed-professional-credentials#comments Media Thu, 15 Aug 2013 17:48:10 +0000 Mallory Shelter 2750472 at http://cn.usgbc.org Some InSite into the Solar Decathlon Competition http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/some-insite-solar-decathlon-competition <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Story </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">14 Aug 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_middlebury.jpg?1376507475" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Team Middlebury is on a solar mission.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/some-insite-solar-decathlon-competition" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/some-insite-solar-decathlon-competition#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 14 Aug 2013 19:11:41 +0000 Patrick Li 2750050 at http://cn.usgbc.org Financing sustainability: student green fees http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/financing-sustainability-student-green-fees <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Garden.jpeg?1376488873" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Tuition increases are usually met with contention as the cost of higher education continues to rise. Nevertheless, many students across the country are lobbying for their school to institute a student green fee. Student green fees allow college campuses to finance sustainability initiatives and projects that may not have been possible otherwise. During my spring semester at Agnes Scott College, I was able to play an integral part in passing and implementing a student green fee on my campus.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/financing-sustainability-student-green-fees" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/financing-sustainability-student-green-fees#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 13 Aug 2013 17:20:01 +0000 Elizabeth Rowe 2749743 at http://cn.usgbc.org Celebrating the creativity of teachers http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/celebrating-creativity-teachers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/garden_camp_2011_115.jpg?1376062368" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>With nearly 500 teachers in our <a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/main-nav/k-12/how/classroom/Greenclassroom.aspx">Green Classroom Professional</a> (GCP) community, the Center for Green Schools is excited that our connection to classrooms around the country has become stronger than ever. The GCP online course and exam has strengthened these teachers&rsquo; ability to:</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/celebrating-creativity-teachers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/celebrating-creativity-teachers#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 09 Aug 2013 15:33:55 +0000 Anisa Baldwin Metzger 2749183 at http://cn.usgbc.org Five tips for a successful Green Apple Day of Service http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/five-tips-successful-green-apple-day-service <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/149648_537302899616384_659337618_n.jpg?1375987261" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>With this year&rsquo;s<a href="http://mygreenapple.org/dayofservice"> Green Apple Day of Service</a> just two months away, it&rsquo;s time to start thinking about how your project will come together. &nbsp;I&rsquo;m asked all the time for ideas on where to get supplies and resources for events, so I pulled together five of my favorite tips for getting what you need to make your Day of Service a success.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/five-tips-successful-green-apple-day-service" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/five-tips-successful-green-apple-day-service#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 08 Aug 2013 18:42:18 +0000 Emily Riordan 2749028 at http://cn.usgbc.org Green Sports Alliance & USGBC team up to advance sports greening http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/green-sports-alliance-usgbc-team-advance-sports-greening <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Unknown.jpeg?1375898644" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In the early summer of this year, the Green Sports Alliance officially <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-joins-forces-green-sports-alliance-promote-healthy-sustainable-sporting-venues-and-pr" target="new">teamed up with the U.S. Green Building Council</a>&nbsp;in an effort to advance the development and promotion of green building initiatives in professional and collegiate sports.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/green-sports-alliance-usgbc-team-advance-sports-greening" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/green-sports-alliance-usgbc-team-advance-sports-greening#comments Industry Wed, 07 Aug 2013 18:08:53 +0000 Sara Hoversten 2748666 at http://cn.usgbc.org New resource: the campus as a living lab http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/new-resource-campus-living-lab <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/LivingLabCover.jpg?1377883920" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Providing hands-on learning opportunities for students has been a longtime priority of the<span class="s1"> <a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/green-campus.aspx"><span class="s2">Center for Green Schools</span></a> </span>and has been championed by the<span class="s1"> <span class="s2"><a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/usgbcstudents.aspx">USGBC Students</a>&nbsp;programs</span>.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/new-resource-campus-living-lab" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/new-resource-campus-living-lab#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 07 Aug 2013 15:15:17 +0000 Kristin Ferguson 2748612 at http://cn.usgbc.org USGBC Joins Forces with Green Sports Alliance to Promote Healthy, Sustainable Sporting Venues and Programs http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-joins-forces-green-sports-alliance-promote-healthy-sustainable-sporting-venues-and-pr <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/pressrelease_0.jpeg?1377883931" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>USGBC Joins Forces with Green Sports Alliance to&nbsp;Promote Healthy, Sustainable Sporting Venues and Programs</strong></p> <p><em>Professional sports embracing LEED green building program with 25 venues currently certified</em></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-joins-forces-green-sports-alliance-promote-healthy-sustainable-sporting-venues-and-pr" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-joins-forces-green-sports-alliance-promote-healthy-sustainable-sporting-venues-and-pr#comments Media Wed, 07 Aug 2013 14:54:02 +0000 Marisa Long 2748605 at http://cn.usgbc.org Win some green to make a difference http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/win-some-green-make-difference <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/GADOS-Facebook-header.jpg?1375724769" /> </div> </div> </div> Need a little help with your Green Apple Day of Service project? We're giving away three Visa gift cards to help you<span>&nbsp;transform your school into a healthy, safe, cost-efficient and productive learning space where<span>&nbsp;students</span><span>&nbsp;have clean and healthy air to breathe, and where energy and resources are conserved. <br /><br /></span></span>It's as simple as 1, 2, 3... <br /><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/win-some-green-make-difference" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/win-some-green-make-difference#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 05 Aug 2013 17:45:49 +0000 Tess Wiggins 2748168 at http://cn.usgbc.org Mid-year report card highlights Center victories and momentum http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/mid-year-report-card-highlights-center-victories-and-momentum <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/CFGSreportcard_header_a.jpg?1375450324" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Today, the Center for Green Schools released its <a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/Libraries/Documents/CFGS_Mid-Year_Report_Card.sflb.ashx">mid-year report card</a>, which checks in on progress toward our 2013 goals and reviews the most meaningful and quantifiable moments of the first two quarters of the calendar year. The report card is organized using the Center&rsquo;s four strategic goals as subsections, and utilizes a combination of graphics, icons and imagery to illustrate our current standings as we track toward annual goals.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/mid-year-report-card-highlights-center-victories-and-momentum" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/mid-year-report-card-highlights-center-victories-and-momentum#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 02 Aug 2013 13:32:43 +0000 Jenny Wiedower 2747814 at http://cn.usgbc.org Honoring our 2013 Trailblazing Teachers http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/honoring-our-2013-trailblazing-teachers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/garden_camp_2011_115-1.jpg?1368812021" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>This week, the Center for Green Schools honored 10 teachers who are leading the way in environmental education. Our brand new "Trailblazing Teacher" award aims to honor teachers across the country who are working to bring sustainable learning into the classroom and their students' lives.&nbsp;We were flooded for applications for this award, and were humbled by the incredible work educators are undertaking to introduce creative ways to incorporate environmental components into their classrooms and curriculums.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/honoring-our-2013-trailblazing-teachers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/honoring-our-2013-trailblazing-teachers#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 24 Jul 2013 17:39:32 +0000 Anisa Baldwin Metzger 2731510 at http://cn.usgbc.org Getting to know John Mandyck of United Technologies http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/getting-know-john-mandyck-united-technologies <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/QA-Header_v2.jpg?1374615864" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.utc.com/Home" target="new">United Technologies (UTC)</a>&nbsp;is a diversified company that provides a broad range of high technology products and services to the global aerospace and building systems industries.&nbsp;As Founding Sponsor of the Center for Green Schools, UTC's generous support helps the Center raise the volume on USGBC&rsquo;s efforts to drive wholesale change in how schools are designed, constructed and operated so that they enhance the learning experience for students and save money for school districts and higher education institutions.&nbsp;<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/getting-know-john-mandyck-united-technologies" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/getting-know-john-mandyck-united-technologies#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 23 Jul 2013 21:47:22 +0000 Emily Neagle 2745372 at http://cn.usgbc.org A day in the life of a USGBC intern http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/day-life-usgbc-intern <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="306" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/interns.jpg?1373459975" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>For many college students, summer is about lounging by the pool or catching up on some much-needed pleasure reading. For others, summer is a time to gain real world job experience, also known as an internship. So I chose the latter for how I would spend my summer and flocked to the nation&rsquo;s capital to pursue some amazing opportunities.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/day-life-usgbc-intern" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/day-life-usgbc-intern#comments Community Wed, 10 Jul 2013 12:40:34 +0000 Elizabeth Rowe 2742812 at http://cn.usgbc.org Balancing preservation and energy efficiency http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/balancing-preservation-and-energy-efficiency <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Fay House at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study" alt="Fay House at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Harvard_Radcliffe_Fay_House_1.jpeg?1373033560" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study recently achieved LEED-NC v3 Gold certification for its renovation of the <a href="http://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/schlesinger-library/blog/fay-house-reopens-after-renovations"><strong>historic Fay House</strong></a>, making it the oldest LEED certified building in the United States (the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/oldest-leed-certified-building-world">oldest LEED building in the world</a> was built in 1453 and is located in Venice, Italy).<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/balancing-preservation-and-energy-efficiency" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/balancing-preservation-and-energy-efficiency#comments LEED Fri, 05 Jul 2013 14:14:49 +0000 Andrea Trimble 2741787 at http://cn.usgbc.org Green school leaders convene at USGBC's Mid Year Meeting http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/green-school-leaders-convene-usgbcs-mid-year-meeting <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Q&amp;A at the Mid Year Meeting" alt="Q&amp;A at the Mid Year Meeting" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/MYM.jpg?1372874781" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>For the third year running, USGBC dove into summer by convening our key volunteer leadership from across the country and even a few from other parts of the world at our annual mid-year meeting (affectionately known by the USGBC team as MYM). This year, our community descended upon steamy Indianapolis, Indiana, which managed to be hotter than the other two previous two locations – Stone Mountain, GA and San Antonio, TX.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/green-school-leaders-convene-usgbcs-mid-year-meeting" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/green-school-leaders-convene-usgbcs-mid-year-meeting#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 03 Jul 2013 18:07:12 +0000 Rachel Gutter 2741557 at http://cn.usgbc.org Leaders gather to envision the future of education http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/leaders-gather-envision-future-education <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/SustainabilityConvening.jpg?1372688592" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>On June 19, the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council gathered leaders, stakeholders and advocates from 30 education-related organizations to envision a future in which students, educators and everyone who supports them are prepared for their role as global citizens. With generous support from <a href="http://www.hmhco.com/">Houghton Mifflin Harcourt</a>, attendees worked for seven straight hours to craft a shared vision for what success around sustainability education in the U.S.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/leaders-gather-envision-future-education" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/leaders-gather-envision-future-education#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 01 Jul 2013 14:23:31 +0000 Jenny Wiedower 2740891 at http://cn.usgbc.org Green Building & Design: A chat with Rachel Gutter http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-design-chat-rachel-gutter <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Rachel%20Gutter%20GBD%20Interview.jpg?1372436519" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Note: This article originally ran in Green Building &amp; Design Magazine. <a href="http://gbdmagazine.com/2013/22-rachel-gutter/">View the original article.</a></em></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-design-chat-rachel-gutter" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-design-chat-rachel-gutter#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 28 Jun 2013 16:25:14 +0000 Mallory Shelter 2740615 at http://cn.usgbc.org State legislators convene in D.C. to support green school efforts http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/state-legislators-convene-dc-support-green-school-efforts <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/StateLegislatorsSummit.jpg?1371232612" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1024" height="682" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/i-sjk4rcZ-XL.jpeg?1371232769" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1024" height="682" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/i-fvZLwz6-XL.jpeg?1371233022" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>On June 3-4, nearly 30 state legislators traveled to Washington, D.C. for the 2013 Green Schools State Legislative Summit. Hosted by the Center for Green Schools at USGBC, the workshop brought together lawmakers and critical stakeholders from the education sector for two days of idea generation, best-practice sharing and communications training to advance the benefits of healthy, high-performing schools in communities across the country.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/state-legislators-convene-dc-support-green-school-efforts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/state-legislators-convene-dc-support-green-school-efforts#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 14 Jun 2013 17:57:47 +0000 Nathaniel Allen 2737753 at http://cn.usgbc.org How higher education helps shape the future of green building http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/how-higher-education-helps-shape-future-green-building <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Screen_Shot_2013-06-06_at_11.41.07_AM.png?1371047477" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>This article originally appeared on <a href="http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2013/05/02/how-higher-ed-helps-shape-future-green-building?page=0%2C1" target="new"> GreenBiz</a> in May 2013 and is authored by Ashka Naik, director of ACUPCC Initiatives at <a href="http://secondnature.org/" target="new">Second Nature. </a></em></p> <p>In spite of its growth, green building often has to defend its right to exist.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/how-higher-education-helps-shape-future-green-building" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/how-higher-education-helps-shape-future-green-building#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 12 Jun 2013 14:34:41 +0000 Ashka Naik 2737259 at http://cn.usgbc.org Net-zero house opens at Clover Park Technical College http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/net-zero-house-opens-clover-park-technical-college <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Roof-1.png?1370637988" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>This past May marked a very significant event for the students and staff at<a href="http://www.cptc.edu/"> Clover Park Technical College</a>&nbsp;(CPTC) in Lakewood, WA. The college's Zero Energy House opened, and was visited by a special guest, <a href="http://lakewood-jblm.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/gov-jay-inslee-to-speak-at-clover-park-technical-college">Governor Jay Inslee</a>, who&nbsp;remarked, &ldquo;for every one of these houses, there will be ten more built in the market.&rdquo;</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/net-zero-house-opens-clover-park-technical-college" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/net-zero-house-opens-clover-park-technical-college#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 07 Jun 2013 20:49:37 +0000 Daniel Smith 2736300 at http://cn.usgbc.org Greening our games - a Twitter chat recap http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/greening-our-games-twitter-chat-recap <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/CFGS_TwitterTranscriptHeaderImage_1-1.jpg?1370359325" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Two weeks ago, the Center for Green Schools (@mygreenschools) had the pleasure of virtually sitting down with the Green Sports Alliance (@sportsalliance) and the Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) over Twitter to talk green sports, the Green Apple Day of Service and more. In case you missed it, we've got you covered with a recap of our favorite questions of the day:</p> <p><strong>Green Sports Alliance (Alliance): Let&rsquo;s get started with a question to Scott Jenkins from the Mariners: How are your team and venue going green?</strong></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/greening-our-games-twitter-chat-recap" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/greening-our-games-twitter-chat-recap#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 04 Jun 2013 15:37:34 +0000 Tess Wiggins 2735388 at http://cn.usgbc.org LEED Lab sets the course for campus EB:O+M certification http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/leed-lab-sets-course-campus-ebom-certification <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/LEEDLab_image.jpg?1370351560" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Over the past year, USGBC and GBCI have collaborated with The Catholic University of America (CUA) on a pilot interdisciplinary studio -- coined the LEED Lab. The goal of this collaboration was to test a course concept where students are engaged in and facilitating LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations &amp; Maintenance on campus. Faculty partner Patricia Andrasik shares her thoughts on the experience. </em></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/leed-lab-sets-course-campus-ebom-certification" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/leed-lab-sets-course-campus-ebom-certification#comments LEED Tue, 04 Jun 2013 13:13:52 +0000 Patricia Andrasik 2735360 at http://cn.usgbc.org Case Study by Colorado State: Learning Gate Community School http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/case-study-colorado-state-learning-gate-community-school <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Photo by Debbie Smith" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_learninggateCU.jpg?1370268269" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Miss Patti stood on the porch of the administration building for the small charter school. For nearly 20 years she had worked hard to bring environmental education to the children in west central Florida, and this ten building school was one large step in that mission. Every day 200 children attend classes taught by passionate instructors in old ranch-home style buildings at <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/projects/learning-gate-community-school">Learning Gate Community School</a>.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/case-study-colorado-state-learning-gate-community-school" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/case-study-colorado-state-learning-gate-community-school#comments LEED Mon, 03 Jun 2013 14:05:56 +0000 David Marcus 2735126 at http://cn.usgbc.org MD Delegate Visits USGBC Students at Howard Community College http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/md-delegate-visits-usgbc-students-howard-community-college <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/HCC_Student_Group_Photo_0.jpg?1370014158" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>On May 8, Maryland Delegate Liz Bobo visited the campus of Howard Community College (HCC) to receive a tour of the LEED Certified Health Sciences Building, learn what the USGBC Students group has been up to and speak with students about the local sustainability issues. In addition to the USGBC Students group members, we were joined by faculty and facilities personnel from HCC and students from the environmental club, making it a diverse group of key stakeholders for campus sustainability.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/md-delegate-visits-usgbc-students-howard-community-college" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/md-delegate-visits-usgbc-students-howard-community-college#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 31 May 2013 15:30:00 +0000 Benjamin Fischer 2734810 at http://cn.usgbc.org LEED certification gives UCSD students a hands-on learning experience http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/leed-certification-gives-ucsd-students-hands-learning-experience <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/LEED_certification_team_1_.jpg?1369406374" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>By Cory Trusty, President of <a href="http://aps-web.ucsd.edu/sustainability/usgbcs/about.html" target="new">USGBC Students UCSD.</a></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/leed-certification-gives-ucsd-students-hands-learning-experience" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/leed-certification-gives-ucsd-students-hands-learning-experience#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 24 May 2013 15:43:03 +0000 2733184 at http://cn.usgbc.org Campus Conservation Nationals saves big in the third year! http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/campus-conservation-nationals-saves-big-third-year <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/CCN.jpg?1369329253" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="720" height="1963" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/CCN2013%20infographic.JPG?1369410314" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We just wrapped up this year's Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN) - the nation&rsquo;s largest energy and water reduction competition -&nbsp;and the 300,000 students who participated have a lot to be proud of! Through efforts from students acting on their commitments to reduce energy and water use on campus, CCN 2013 participants saved 2.4 million pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere, reduced their energy use by 2.1 GWh (equivalent of taking 187 homes off the grid for a year), and saved enough water to equate to almost 11,000 water bottles.&nbsp;</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/campus-conservation-nationals-saves-big-third-year" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/campus-conservation-nationals-saves-big-third-year#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 23 May 2013 17:15:16 +0000 Hannah Debelius 2732914 at http://cn.usgbc.org Creating a Campus Green Existing Buildings Program http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/creating-campus-green-existing-buildings-program <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/UCSB_Bren_Hall_2_1_.JPG?1369248453" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Trying to green the operations of all of the various buildings on a college campus can be a bit like trying to get all of your family members to go on a healthy diet and exercise program at the same time. It can be a daunting task. They have a range of ages, sizes, shapes and activities; they consume different things in different quantities and their aspirations vary widely. Some are ready for the quinoa salad and a marathon right now, while others are passionate about their red meat and haven&rsquo;t jumped on a bike in years. Where do you even start?</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/creating-campus-green-existing-buildings-program" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/creating-campus-green-existing-buildings-program#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 22 May 2013 18:49:33 +0000 Christopher Davis 2732708 at http://cn.usgbc.org DC Universities Build Sustainable Home for 2013 Solar Decathlon http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/dc-universities-build-sustainable-home-2013-solar-decathlon <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Unknown-1.jpeg?1369147209" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In 106 days, Team Capitol DC will be presenting Harvest Home, an off-the-grid showcase of all things sustainable in Irvine, California for the Department of Energy&rsquo;s bi-annual&nbsp;<a href="http://www.solardecathlon.gov/">Solar Decathlon</a>&nbsp;from Oct. 3-13.&nbsp;</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/dc-universities-build-sustainable-home-2013-solar-decathlon" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/dc-universities-build-sustainable-home-2013-solar-decathlon#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 21 May 2013 14:43:03 +0000 Sarah Buffaloe 2732407 at http://cn.usgbc.org Home run! Twitter Chat with the Seattle Mariners http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/home-run-twitter-chat-seattle-mariners <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/greenschoolsHeaderImage.png?1368815125" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>As we continue leveraging the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leveraging-cultural-influence-sports-advance-green-building">cultural influence of sports</a> to advance green building, we&rsquo;re taking to social media to engage players and fans alike.</p> <p>Join the Center for Green Schools (@mygreenschools) for a twitter chat with the Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) and Green Sports Alliance (@SportsAlliance). We&rsquo;ll be celebrating the sustainability initiatives of sports organizations and encouraging our followers to partake in their own.&nbsp;</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/home-run-twitter-chat-seattle-mariners" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/home-run-twitter-chat-seattle-mariners#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 17 May 2013 18:25:49 +0000 William Nutt 2731516 at http://cn.usgbc.org Historic D.C. school modernization project nearing completion http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/historic-dc-school-modernization-project-nearing-completion <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_cardozo.jpg?1368115416" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Last month, members of the <a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/team.aspx">Center for Green Schools team</a> had the opportunity to take a hard-hat tour of 100-year old <a href="http://cardozohs.com/">Cardozo High School</a> in Washington, D.C., which is undergoing renovation as part of the D.C. Education Reform Act of 2007. When the school reopens in August for the 2013-14 academic year, it will feature larger, reconfigured and technologically updated classrooms, a new gym and central staircase, two enclosed courtyards used as a cafeteria and a refurbished auditorium.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/historic-dc-school-modernization-project-nearing-completion" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/historic-dc-school-modernization-project-nearing-completion#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 09 May 2013 16:05:03 +0000 Jenny Wiedower 2729531 at http://cn.usgbc.org NSSEA Grant Program Supports Green School Renovation and Construction Projects http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/nssea-grant-program-supports-green-school-renovation-and-construction-projects <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/3ED_1388_Nssea_SE_12_1_.jpg?1368021169" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The NSSEA community - thought leaders in the movement to transform schools into healthy, high-performing learning environments - understands the importance of building and renovating schools that will promote healthy living and maximize learning.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/nssea-grant-program-supports-green-school-renovation-and-construction-projects" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/nssea-grant-program-supports-green-school-renovation-and-construction-projects#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 08 May 2013 13:56:21 +0000 Jim McGarry 2728586 at http://cn.usgbc.org If You Build It… Will They Come? http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/if-you-build-it%E2%80%A6-will-they-come <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="David Miller, Tony Bansal, Barbara Saperstone, Jaime Van Mourik, Rizwan Rahan, Rob Johnson &amp; Dan Wells stand in front of CA bldg" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/blog%20pic.png?1367516614" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Earth Day has been around my whole life.</p> <p>This year, we celebrated 43 years to the day from the first one, April 22, 1970. What&rsquo;s changed? And is anything better?</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/if-you-build-it%E2%80%A6-will-they-come" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/if-you-build-it%E2%80%A6-will-they-come#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 02 May 2013 17:55:24 +0000 Robert Johnson 2726324 at http://cn.usgbc.org Congressman Matheson Toasts 322 Green Campuses http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/congressman-matheson-toasts-322-green-campuses <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Princeton%20Review%20for%20USGBC.jpg?1367442658" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Every once in a while, it&rsquo;s kinda nice to see that over 300 colleges and universities are taking action based on the work you're doing. That&rsquo;s exactly what happened last week when the <a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/green-schools-congressional-caucus.aspx">Congressional Green Schools Caucus</a> hosted a reception at the U.S. Capitol honoring higher education institutions featured in <a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/greenguide"><em>The Princeton Review&rsquo;s Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2013 Edition</em></a>.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/congressman-matheson-toasts-322-green-campuses" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/congressman-matheson-toasts-322-green-campuses#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 01 May 2013 21:12:28 +0000 Kristin Ferguson 2725781 at http://cn.usgbc.org State Legislatures Sow Seeds of Opportunity for Healthy, High-Performing Schools http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/state-legislatures-sow-seeds-opportunity-healthy-high-performing-schools <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="The Kentucky State Capitol" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/7845183268_eaef1d6587_b.jpg?1367351330" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Since the beginning of 2013, the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council has followed more than 90 bills across 30 states that seek to advance healthy, high-performing schools.&nbsp; This number is up even from last year, and continues to validate what our movement has long understood &ndash; that there&rsquo;s a lot of common ground around the potential that healthy, high-performing schools provide (see our <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/advocacy/campaigns/green-schools">related advocacy campaign</a>).</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/state-legislatures-sow-seeds-opportunity-healthy-high-performing-schools" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/state-legislatures-sow-seeds-opportunity-healthy-high-performing-schools#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 30 Apr 2013 19:50:04 +0000 Nathaniel Allen 2725495 at http://cn.usgbc.org New Green School Investment Guide Links Opportunities With Strategies http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/new-green-school-investment-guide-links-opportunities-strategies <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/for-USGBC-website_0.jpg?1367329619" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Today, the Center for Green Schools and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/New%20Green%20School%20Investment%20Guide%20links%20opportunities%20with%20strategies%20to%20improve%20schools%E2%80%A8%E2%80%A8" target="new">Architecture for Humanity</a>&nbsp;released a new tool for catalyzing school building improvements in communities across the country.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.architectureforhumanity.org/" target="_blank">The Green School Investment Guide for Healthy, Efficient and Inspiring Learning Spaces</a>&nbsp;was designed to help school stakeholders advocate for renovations, re<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/new-green-school-investment-guide-links-opportunities-strategies" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/new-green-school-investment-guide-links-opportunities-strategies#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 30 Apr 2013 13:47:53 +0000 Jenny Wiedower 2725211 at http://cn.usgbc.org Volunteer With the Green Apple Team in Your Own Backyard! http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/volunteer-green-apple-team-your-own-backyard <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/USGBC%20banner%20image.jpg?1366838033" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong><a href="https://usgbc.wufoo.com/forms/q6x1a7/" target="new">Apply today</a> to join the Green Apple team!</strong></p> <p>Are you a leader in every sense of the word? Were you the captain of the cheerleading squad or debate team, or president of your student council? Head of the local PTA? Always being described as going “above and beyond” for your family, neighborhood, school or community?</p> <p>Was the Green Apple Day of Service the highlight of your 2012?</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/volunteer-green-apple-team-your-own-backyard" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/volunteer-green-apple-team-your-own-backyard#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 24 Apr 2013 21:15:05 +0000 Emily Riordan 2722806 at http://cn.usgbc.org U.S. Department of Education Announces Green Ribbon Schools Honorees http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/us-department-education-announces-green-ribbon-schools-honorees <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/GRS.jpeg?1366679791" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>On Monday, April 22, 2013, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Acting EPA Administrator Bob Perciasepe and White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley celebrated the 43rd Earth Day at Mundo Verde Charter School in Washington, D.C., to announce the <a href="http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/second-annual-us-department-education-green-ribbon-schools-announced-first-ever-" target="new">second year of honorees</a> of the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) award program.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/us-department-education-announces-green-ribbon-schools-honorees" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/us-department-education-announces-green-ribbon-schools-honorees#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 23 Apr 2013 01:20:32 +0000 Nathaniel Allen 2719617 at http://cn.usgbc.org Center for Green Schools Featured on the TODAY Show for Earth Day http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-featured-today-show-earth-day <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Rachel Gutter (far left) and The Green Bronx Machine&#039;s Steve Ritz + students build Green Apple living walls on the Today Show." alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/students.jpeg?1366658341" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1740" height="1536" title="Giada De Laurentiis on The Today Show" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/GDL.jpeg?1366658369" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="2448" height="3264" title="Savannah Guthrie and Steve Ritz" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/image%5B7%5D.jpeg?1366658463" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="2448" height="2448" title="The Center for Green Schools Team and The Green Bronx Machine&#039;s Steve Ritz." alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/CFGS.jpeg?1366658527" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/home.aspx" target="new">The Center for Green Schools</a> team was up bright and early this morning for the Earth Day segment on the TODAY Show, where we worked with the <a href="http://greenbronxmachine.com/" target="new">Green Bronx Machine</a> to build living walls on the plaza and teach the crowd about the importance of sustainability in schools.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-featured-today-show-earth-day" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-featured-today-show-earth-day#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 22 Apr 2013 19:29:39 +0000 Marisa Long 2719350 at http://cn.usgbc.org Accelerating our Green Building Efforts http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/accelerating-our-green-building-efforts <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="302" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/ofcc%20group%20award%5B1%5D.JPG?1366401507" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It was a big day in Ohio this week when professionals from across the region were convened by USGBC's <a href="http://www.usgbc-coh.org/" target="new">Central Ohio Chapter</a> for <a href="http://usgbccentralohio.org/design-columbus-2013/" target="new">Design Columbus</a>. Set in the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) Center, the conference featured examples of ambitious green practices and efforts to improve project design and delivery.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/accelerating-our-green-building-efforts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/accelerating-our-green-building-efforts#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 19 Apr 2013 19:28:02 +0000 Chris Pyke 2717915 at http://cn.usgbc.org Campus Conservation Nationals in the Home Stretch! http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/campus-conservation-nationals-home-stretch <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/logo_8.png?1366295054" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN) competition closes in less than two weeks, and we are just 20,000 kWhs away from our national goal! Thousands of students across the nation have dedicated their time and creativity to “compete to reduce” energy and water consumption on campus and are now waiting to see if we reach the goal of reducing energy consumption by 2 million kWhs.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/campus-conservation-nationals-home-stretch" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/campus-conservation-nationals-home-stretch#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 18 Apr 2013 14:35:05 +0000 Hannah Debelius 2716771 at http://cn.usgbc.org The Center for Green Schools at USGBC Scheduled to Help NBC’s TODAY Show Celebrate Earth Day on April 22 http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-usgbc-scheduled-help-nbc%E2%80%99s-today-show-celebrate-earth-day-april-22-0 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Today2%5B2%5D.jpeg?1366658250" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>NYC students to build green living walls on Rockefeller Plaza as part of Center’s Green Apple Initiative</em></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-usgbc-scheduled-help-nbc%E2%80%99s-today-show-celebrate-earth-day-april-22-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-usgbc-scheduled-help-nbc%E2%80%99s-today-show-celebrate-earth-day-april-22-0#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 17 Apr 2013 18:56:47 +0000 Marisa Long 2719341 at http://cn.usgbc.org The Center for Green Schools and The Princeton Review Release 4th Annual Guide to Green Colleges http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-and-princeton-review-release-4th-annual-guide-green-colleges <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/princetonreview2013.jpg?1366130020" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>At The Princeton Review, we are genuinely pleased to partner for the fourth consecutive year with our friends at the U.S. Green Building Council's Center For Green Schools on this unique, one-of-a-kind resource. We thank them and their chief sponsor, United Technologies Corp., for their long-standing and generous support for this project. We hope it helps many outstanding college applicants interested in attending "green colleges" find the best school for them.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-and-princeton-review-release-4th-annual-guide-green-colleges" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-and-princeton-review-release-4th-annual-guide-green-colleges#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 16 Apr 2013 15:00:05 +0000 2715838 at http://cn.usgbc.org The Princeton Review Releases 4th Annual Free 'Guide to Green Colleges' in Partnership With the Center for Green Schools at USGBC http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/princeton-review-releases-4th-annual-free-guide-green-colleges-partnership-center-green-sch <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press%20release%20img_8.jpeg?1366120270" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>Downloadable Book Profiles 322 Most Environmentally Responsible Colleges</strong></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/princeton-review-releases-4th-annual-free-guide-green-colleges-partnership-center-green-sch" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/princeton-review-releases-4th-annual-free-guide-green-colleges-partnership-center-green-sch#comments Media Tue, 16 Apr 2013 13:53:33 +0000 Mallory Shelter 2715710 at http://cn.usgbc.org President Clinton and Our Green Apple Partners Set the Bar High for this Year's Green Apple Day of Service http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/president-clinton-and-our-green-apple-partners-set-bar-high-years-green-apple-day-service <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="607" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/President%20Clinton%20intro%20copy.jpg?1365791613" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>For former President Bill Clinton, the “right kind of future” for today’s K-12 students includes careers in energy efficiency and green schools.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/president-clinton-and-our-green-apple-partners-set-bar-high-years-green-apple-day-service" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/president-clinton-and-our-green-apple-partners-set-bar-high-years-green-apple-day-service#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 12 Apr 2013 18:39:36 +0000 Emily Riordan 2714894 at http://cn.usgbc.org Igniting Change through Day of Service http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/igniting-change-through-day-service <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="607" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/photo%5B1%5D%5B1%5D.JPG?1365707591" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In 2012, Jason Gasperich of <a href="http://www.connorfloor.com/" target="new">Connor Sports</a>, a <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/member/involvement" target="new">USGBC Member Company</a>, received an email from the Green Apple team asking him to become involved with the <a href="http://mygreenapple.org/dayofservice" target="new">Day of Service</a>. Jason was one of the 1300 project captains across the globe who heeded that call and worked to make schools a better place for the generations of students to come.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/igniting-change-through-day-service" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/igniting-change-through-day-service#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 11 Apr 2013 19:14:19 +0000 Patrick Lane 2714288 at http://cn.usgbc.org School Leaders Stay Focused While Change Abounds http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/school-leaders-stay-focused-while-change-abounds <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="607" height="308" title="Conference attendees were all ears during presentations at AASA’s 2013 national event in Los Angeles. Photo by Lifetouch." alt="Conference attendees were all ears during presentations at AASA’s 2013 national " src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/day3-main.jpg?1364569730" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The 2013 <a href="http://nce.aasa.org/" target="new">National Conference on Education</a> took place in Los Angeles last month and saw thousands of superintendents gather from across the country to learn, network and share, but most importantly prepare for the changing landscape of public education.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/school-leaders-stay-focused-while-change-abounds" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/school-leaders-stay-focused-while-change-abounds#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 29 Mar 2013 15:09:47 +0000 Jenny Wiedower 2707340 at http://cn.usgbc.org How Can EdSpaces Provide the Ideal Home for the Green Schools Movement? http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/how-can-edspaces-provide-ideal-home-green-schools-movement <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="603" height="308" title="EdSpace Conference. This year in San Antonio, Texas, 12/4-6, 2013." alt="EdSpace Conference. This year in San Antonio, Texas, 12/4-6, 2013." src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/_2ED2581_Nssea_SE%2712%20copy.jpg?1364412824" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://www.nssea.org/" target="new">National School Supply and Equipment Association’s</a> (NSSEA) EdSpaces Planning Committee met recently to plan the 2013 event taking place December 4-6 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas. We were pleased to have Patrick Lane from USGBC’s <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/home.aspx">Center for Green Schools</a> with us help make EdSpaces the meeting place for the many relevant participants in the green schools movement whose jobs are to design, furnish, operate or maintain educational institutions.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/how-can-edspaces-provide-ideal-home-green-schools-movement" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/how-can-edspaces-provide-ideal-home-green-schools-movement#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 27 Mar 2013 19:36:02 +0000 Jim McGarry 2706646 at http://cn.usgbc.org Celebrating a CT Green School Program Worthy of Best Collaboration http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/celebrating-ct-green-school-program-worthy-best-collaboration <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="606" height="300" title=" Dr. Jewel Mullen, Mayor Pedro Segarra, Christina Kishimoto, Peter Holland, Nate Allen, and the Steering Committee " alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/GreenLEAF%20Award%2003_14_2013.jpg?1364329007" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Over the past three years, we’ve been proud to work closely with several federal agencies and more than 80 different NGOs to help develop and support the <a href="http://www2.ed.gov/programs/green-ribbon-schools/index.html" target="new">U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools</a> recognition award. There’s widespread agreement in Washington that this collaborative program, which has brought so many different stakeholders together, is an historic milestone program in the green schools movement, and we tip our hats to the U.S.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/celebrating-ct-green-school-program-worthy-best-collaboration" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/celebrating-ct-green-school-program-worthy-best-collaboration#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 26 Mar 2013 20:19:32 +0000 Nathaniel Allen 2706181 at http://cn.usgbc.org The Price of Education http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/price-education <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/BudgetCuts_Riva.jpg?1364218844" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Let’s cut to the chase, shall we? </p> <p>The legwork has been done. The research has been conducted. The numbers have been crunched. As far as we can tell, it is going to cost the U.S. an investment of nearly a quarter of a trillion dollars to upgrade our nation’s schools just to working order, and nearly <a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/stateofschools" target="new">half a trillion</a> to bring them into the 21st century.</p> <p>And the cut-to-the-chase part boils down to one simple but undeniably tough question: How can we possibly afford to do that?</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/price-education" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/price-education#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 25 Mar 2013 13:42:23 +0000 Rick Fedrizzi 2705356 at http://cn.usgbc.org A Distressing Diagnosis for the ‘Bones of Our Economy’ http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/distressing-diagnosis-%E2%80%98bones-our-economy%E2%80%99 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Rendell%20speaking.jpg?1363979559" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="2816" height="2448" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/NPA_Rendell.JPG?1363979602" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If this news were coming from your doctor, you would be very, very worried.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/distressing-diagnosis-%E2%80%98bones-our-economy%E2%80%99" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/distressing-diagnosis-%E2%80%98bones-our-economy%E2%80%99#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 22 Mar 2013 19:13:51 +0000 Nathaniel Allen 2705038 at http://cn.usgbc.org The Search is On: Win $5,000 for Your School! http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/search-win-5000-your-school <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Green%20School%20bali.jpg?1363965508" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We have a lot to learn when it comes to green schools. We acknowledge, categorize and celebrate schools in the United States that save resources and improve health and learning, yet we know far too little about comparable schools beyond this nation’s borders. At the Center for Green Schools, we’ve worked hard to come to a comprehensive definition of a “green school.” This definition has allowed us to identify schools that are improving the places where our children learn.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/search-win-5000-your-school" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/search-win-5000-your-school#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 22 Mar 2013 15:19:50 +0000 Caroline Cowan 2703658 at http://cn.usgbc.org Get Started on the 2013 Green Apple Day of Service! http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/get-started-2013-green-apple-day-service <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/GADOS%20desktop.jpg?1363899449" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>With spring finally in the air, the team at the Center for Green Schools is already getting excited for <a href="http://mygreenapple.org/" target="new">Green Apple Day of Service 2013</a>! After a <a href="http://mygreenapple.org/newsroom/green-apple-day-service-numbers" target="new">great inaugural year</a>, we can’t wait to see an even bigger impact this September 28. Join us for a kick-off webcast on <a href="http://bit.ly/ZXoeYw" target="new">Thursday, April 11 at 6 p.m.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/get-started-2013-green-apple-day-service" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/get-started-2013-green-apple-day-service#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 21 Mar 2013 20:58:16 +0000 Emily Riordan 2703408 at http://cn.usgbc.org USGBC Awards 12 New Green School Micro-Grants to Chapters http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-awards-12-new-green-school-micro-grants-chapters <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="604" height="308" title="Ohio Chapters use the grant to expand research on the use of LEED for Ohio’s schools. Photo by Eamon Queeney." alt="Ohio Chapters use the grant to expand research on the use of LEED for Ohio’s sch" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Screen%20Shot%202013-03-20%20at%2012.23.42%20PM.png?1363796624" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>They say it is better to give than to receive. Working with the <a href="http://new.usgbc.org/community/chapters">USGBC Chapter network </a>for the last five years, I sometimes feel like it’s about equal.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-awards-12-new-green-school-micro-grants-chapters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-awards-12-new-green-school-micro-grants-chapters#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 20 Mar 2013 16:25:40 +0000 Emily Riordan 2702220 at http://cn.usgbc.org An Eight Word Case for Green Schools http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/eight-word-case-green-schools <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="607" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/large_wide_PK10_Teaser_tall.jpg?1363370952" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>By <strong>Cliff Ashburner,</strong> Past-Chair, USGBC-Kentucky</em></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/eight-word-case-green-schools" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/eight-word-case-green-schools#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 15 Mar 2013 18:09:38 +0000 2700516 at http://cn.usgbc.org Cleaning Up the Cleaning Industry: A Green Schools Highlight http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/cleaning-cleaning-industry-green-schools-highlight <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Photo Credit: CosmoPolitician via Flikr" alt="Photo Credit: CosmoPolitician via Flikr" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/5492369047_40cdbf8cb3_b.jpg?1363298197" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>This spring, the National Building Museum is debuting the first-ever museum exhibition dedicated to the greening of American schools. Featuring over 40 exemplary projects from new construction to rehabs to modular classrooms, the exhibition surveys the extraordinary breadth of green school design in the United States through sample building materials, photographs, video, and green products.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/cleaning-cleaning-industry-green-schools-highlight" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/cleaning-cleaning-industry-green-schools-highlight#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 14 Mar 2013 21:58:27 +0000 Sarah Leavitt 2700180 at http://cn.usgbc.org Taking a Look at the State of Our Nation's Schools http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/taking-look-state-our-nations-schools <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/SooS-USGBC-header.jpg?1363095065" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="720" height="2728" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/USGBC_StateofSchoolsInfographic_vert_master-01.jpg?1363095345" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Everywhere I go, I see schools falling apart. On my way to work in D.C., I pass schools with broken windows and crumbling bricks. In the Bronx, I’ve been inside schools where only one out of four bathroom stalls is even remotely usable. In Georgia, I’ve met students and teachers forced to take time away from the classroom to treat headaches and asthma attacks. In my capacity as the director of the Center for Green Schools, I’ve visited schools in more than 27 states. I know that our schools are in desperate need of repair.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/taking-look-state-our-nations-schools" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/taking-look-state-our-nations-schools#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 12 Mar 2013 13:39:06 +0000 Rachel Gutter 2698616 at http://cn.usgbc.org “2013 State of Our Schools” Report from the Center for Green Schools at USGBC Calls for Immediate Examination of America’s School Facilities http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/%E2%80%9C2013-state-our-schools%E2%80%9D-report-center-green-schools-usgbc-calls-immediate-examination-amer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/SooS%20USGBC%20banner.jpg?1363056764" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 12, 2013) –The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) today released its first “State of our Schools” report, highlighting the critical need to modernize school facilities to meet current health, safety and educational standards. </p> <p>The report, featuring a foreword by former President Bill Clinton, states that schools are currently facing a $271 billion deferred maintenance bill just to bring the buildings up to working order – approximately $5,450 per student.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/%E2%80%9C2013-state-our-schools%E2%80%9D-report-center-green-schools-usgbc-calls-immediate-examination-amer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/%E2%80%9C2013-state-our-schools%E2%80%9D-report-center-green-schools-usgbc-calls-immediate-examination-amer#comments Media Tue, 12 Mar 2013 02:53:29 +0000 Mallory Shelter 2698571 at http://cn.usgbc.org ‘Greenest Student on Earth’ Scholarship Competition Launches Today http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/%E2%80%98greenest-student-earth%E2%80%99-scholarship-competition-launches-today <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="The USGBC Center for Green School’s 2012 “Greenest School on Earth,” Green School in Bali" alt="The USGBC Center for Green School’s 2012 “Greenest School on Earth,” Green Schoo" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/greenschoolphoto.jpg?1362153310" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-emvideo field-field-art-videos"> <div class="field-label">Videos:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="emvideo emvideo-video emvideo-youtube"><div id="media-youtube-1" class="media-youtube"> <div id="media-youtube-default-external-1"> <object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" height="505" width="853" data="https://www.youtube.com/v/_8cLaGRcj3s&amp;amp;rel=0&amp;amp;enablejsapi=1&amp;amp;playerapiid=ytplayer&amp;amp;fs=1" id="media-youtube-default-external-object-1"> <param name="movie" value="https://www.youtube.com/v/_8cLaGRcj3s&amp;amp;rel=0&amp;amp;enablejsapi=1&amp;amp;playerapiid=ytplayer&amp;amp;fs=1" /> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="sameDomain"/> <param name="quality" value="best"/> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF"/> <param name="scale" value="noScale"/> <param name="salign" value="TL"/> <param name="FlashVars" value="playerMode=embedded" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /> <!-- Fallback content --> <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8cLaGRcj3s"><img src="http://img.youtube.com/vi/_8cLaGRcj3s/0.jpg" alt="See video" title="See video" width="853" height="505" /></a> </object> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>The following is a guest post by Kaia Roman, International Communications Manager, Green School Bali</em></p> <p>As the inaugural recipient of the USGBC Center for Green School’s ‘Greenest School on Earth’ award in 2012, Green School Bali launched a worldwide scholarship competition today seeking the '<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8cLaGRcj3s" target="new">Greenest Student on Earth.</a>' Exceptional young people who are working on environmental projects in their local communities are encouraged to apply.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/%E2%80%98greenest-student-earth%E2%80%99-scholarship-competition-launches-today" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/%E2%80%98greenest-student-earth%E2%80%99-scholarship-competition-launches-today#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 05 Mar 2013 09:30:00 +0000 2695199 at http://cn.usgbc.org National Green Week Contests and Prizes! http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/national-green-week-contests-and-prizes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="The Trash Monster at Greenway" alt="The Trash Monster at Greenway" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Greenway%20trash%20monster_0.jpg?1361995555" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>National Green Week is a time to make students aware of important sustainability topics and get them excited to do their part to make a difference! What better way to drum up enthusiasm than with a fun and educational contest?</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/national-green-week-contests-and-prizes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/national-green-week-contests-and-prizes#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 27 Feb 2013 20:08:02 +0000 Molly Hislop 2694624 at http://cn.usgbc.org D.C. Mayor Unveils Landmark Sustainability Plan, Creates Model for Other Cities to Follow http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/dc-mayor-unveils-landmark-sustainability-plan-creates-model-other-cities-follow <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/DC%20kickoff%203.jpg?1361487015" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="507" height="408" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/DC%20kickoff%20nate%202%20copy.jpg?1361487077" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em><strong>“I remain fully committed to the goal I first stated in July of 2011, that we will make the District of Columbia the healthiest, greenest city in the nation...this is my promise to everyone.”</strong> – Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, February 20, 2013</em></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/dc-mayor-unveils-landmark-sustainability-plan-creates-model-other-cities-follow" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/dc-mayor-unveils-landmark-sustainability-plan-creates-model-other-cities-follow#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 21 Feb 2013 22:59:08 +0000 Nathaniel Allen 2690807 at http://cn.usgbc.org School Security and our Built Environment http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/school-security-and-our-built-environment <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/NWWk902mlFfDzfoWKkcPXtEO80iZ-kQD5CsecdtUsdE.jpeg?1360186343" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Since the horrible and ghastly tragedy in Newtown, CT, schools across the nation are engaged in one of our country’s most important conversations – school safety and security. For the sake of our children (and I have two in school), it’s paramount that we get it right.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/school-security-and-our-built-environment" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/school-security-and-our-built-environment#comments Advocacy and policy Wed, 06 Feb 2013 21:34:06 +0000 Jason Hartke 2649087 at http://cn.usgbc.org Campus Conservation Nationals 2013 Kicks Off! http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/campus-conservation-nationals-2013-kicks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/CCN%20USGBC.png?1360098104" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Today <a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/Libraries/Documents/Campus_Conservation_Nationals_-_kick_off_release_FINAL_2_4_13.sflb.ashx" target="new">marks the start</a> of the third <a href="http://www.competetoreduce.org/" target="new">Campus Conservation Nationals</a> (CCN) - the largest nationwide electricity and water reduction competition on college and university campuses.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/campus-conservation-nationals-2013-kicks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/campus-conservation-nationals-2013-kicks#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 05 Feb 2013 21:03:48 +0000 Hannah Debelius 2648786 at http://cn.usgbc.org Green Apple Day of Service, by the Numbers http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/green-apple-day-service-numbers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Infographic%20USGBC%20feature.jpg?1358538016" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="2000" height="6562" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/USGBC_DayOfService2012Infographic_final%5B1%5D%5B1%5D_Page_3.jpg?1358538077" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The first-ever <a href="http://mygreenapple.org/" target="new">Green Apple Day of Service</a> on September 29, 2012 was a tremendous day of action with projects in nearly 1,300 communities around the world. People connected to their schools in an entirely new way, and demonstrated the potential for international engagement in support of healthy, high performing schools.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/green-apple-day-service-numbers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/green-apple-day-service-numbers#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 18 Jan 2013 19:43:37 +0000 Emily Riordan 2636911 at http://cn.usgbc.org Announcing the Best Of Green Schools 2012 http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/announcing-best-green-schools-2012 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/USGBC%20cover%20image%20best%20of.jpg?1358359401" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>As moms, as dads, and even as taxpayers, we all want to do everything we can to ensure our children have opportunities to grow, thrive and succeed. 2012 proved to be a tough year for U.S. public education, with budgets stretched thin, and a teach-to-the-test mentality imposed on our teachers. Who can really blame us as a nation for worrying that we won’t be able to produce graduates and future leaders who can compete in the global economy?</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/announcing-best-green-schools-2012" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/announcing-best-green-schools-2012#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 16 Jan 2013 18:03:59 +0000 Rachel Gutter 2636452 at http://cn.usgbc.org Green School Facts http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/green-school-facts <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Article_Feature.png?1355766225" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>FACT: LEED-certified schools are designed to save energy, water and money. The operations and maintenance of a building are critical components to ensuring ongoing building performance.</strong></p> <p>Whether it’s a school, a data center or an office building, proper operation and maintenance of any green building is critical to ensure ongoing, long-term LEED performance.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/green-school-facts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/green-school-facts#comments LEED Mon, 17 Dec 2012 17:46:42 +0000 Ashley Katz 2632309 at http://cn.usgbc.org Finding Common Ground on Green Schools in Paradise http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/finding-common-ground-green-schools-paradise <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-all-authored-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/people/matt-pearce/0010744516">Matt Pearce</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Photo credit: Center for Green Schools, Andy Shelter" alt="Photo credit: Center for Green Schools, Andy Shelter" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/ES%20Photo%20Credit_Center%20for%20Green%20Schools_Andy%20Shelter%5B2%5D.JPG?1355329563" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Last week, state legislators, educators and USGBC chapter members from Pennsylvania and the surrounding region gathered at the <a href="http://www.educationdesignshowcase.com/view.esiml?pid=298">LEED Gold-certified Paradise Elementary School</a> outside Lancaster for a summit to discuss the successes of the green schools movement and to share ways to promote healthy, high-performing schools in their local communities.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/finding-common-ground-green-schools-paradise" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/finding-common-ground-green-schools-paradise#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 12 Dec 2012 16:33:11 +0000 Matt Pearce 2631654 at http://cn.usgbc.org Green Apple Partnerships Come to Life @Greenbuild http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/green-apple-partnerships-come-life-greenbuild <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/USGBC%20booth%20pic.jpg?1356118407" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>For me, one of the highlights of <a href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.org/home.aspx" target="new">Greenbuild 2012</a> in San Francisco was the faux show hosted by Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough at the opening plenary. I was particularly struck by Biz Stone, the founder of Twitter, who came on stage and announced that “philanthropy is the new marketing.” He described a world in which a company would spend more money on philanthropy then they would on actually promoting the work that they did to further elevate their brand.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/green-apple-partnerships-come-life-greenbuild" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/green-apple-partnerships-come-life-greenbuild#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 03 Dec 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Rachel Gutter 2633108 at http://cn.usgbc.org Reflections from the Road – A Cross-Country Journey on the Green Apple Bus http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/reflections-road-%E2%80%93-cross-country-journey-green-apple-bus <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Bus%20tour%20USGBC%20banner.jpg?1352298492" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Today marks our third day on the road for the <a href="http://mygreenapple.org/getonthebus" target="new">Students@Greenbuild Bus Tour</a>, and we’re currently making our way through Ohio into Illinois, where we will stop at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to host a sustainability fair at a local middle school. I’ve managed to find a moment of solitude while the students are asleep after a late night of excitement from the election, and the open road is serving as a time for reflection and a much-needed change of pace from my busy life in Washington, D.C.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/reflections-road-%E2%80%93-cross-country-journey-green-apple-bus" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/reflections-road-%E2%80%93-cross-country-journey-green-apple-bus#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 07 Nov 2012 14:31:06 +0000 Mallory Shelter 2624779 at http://cn.usgbc.org Making Green Schools Less Extraordinary http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/making-green-schools-less-extraordinary <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/USGBC%20SC%20homepage.jpg?1351778485" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>One of our customers recently wrote us to share a fresh perspective on sustainability—from her son. From his perspective, the solar panels on their roof are the norm, and he seems genuinely puzzled if his friends’ homes don’t have them as well. To him, solar panels are as much a part of modern life as TVs and refrigerators.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/making-green-schools-less-extraordinary" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/making-green-schools-less-extraordinary#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 31 Oct 2012 04:00:00 +0000 2623917 at http://cn.usgbc.org Burton Energy Group and Staples Team Up for the Green Apple Day of Service http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/burton-energy-group-and-staples-team-green-apple-day-service <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Burton%20blog%20photo.jpg?1351026449" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Going from the ‘college world’ to the ‘real world’ has been a difficult transition for me. And I’m not just talking about how hard it is to wake up at six in the morning every day (although I do miss sleeping until noon). But in college, there is no such thing as ‘free time.’ For me, there was class, work, studying, internships, or… oh yeah… work again. When I graduated and started working in the real world, all of a sudden I had all of this free time that used to be taken up by studying.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/burton-energy-group-and-staples-team-green-apple-day-service" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/burton-energy-group-and-staples-team-green-apple-day-service#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 23 Oct 2012 21:10:58 +0000 Samantha Frost 2622587 at http://cn.usgbc.org University of Wisconsin – Madison Receives 2012 Innovation in Green Building Award http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/university-wisconsin-%E2%80%93-madison-receives-2012-innovation-green-building-award <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/UWM%20USGBC%20banner.jpg?1350485596" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Los Angeles, Calif. – (Oct. 17, 2012) – The <a href="centerforgreenschools.org" target="new">Center for Green Schools</a> at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the <a href="http://www.aashe.org/" target="new">Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education</a> (AASHE) today announced the <a href="http://www.wisc.edu/" target="new">University of Wisconsin – Madison</a> as the winner of the 2012 Innovation in Green Building Award.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/university-wisconsin-%E2%80%93-madison-receives-2012-innovation-green-building-award" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/university-wisconsin-%E2%80%93-madison-receives-2012-innovation-green-building-award#comments Media Wed, 17 Oct 2012 14:59:53 +0000 Mallory Shelter 2620086 at http://cn.usgbc.org Excel Promotes Sustainability for Green Apple Day of Service http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/excel-promotes-sustainability-green-apple-day-service <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/handprint_3_1220x480.jpg?1350589111" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>On Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, <a href="http://www.exceldryer.com/" target="new">Excel Dryer Inc.</a>, manufacturer of the energy-efficient XLERATOR® hand dryer, joined thousands of organizations around the world in helping to create healthier learning environments for kids. For the inaugural Green Apple Day of Service, Excel Dryer teamed up with a long-time community organization with which it has an ongoing partnership.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/excel-promotes-sustainability-green-apple-day-service" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/excel-promotes-sustainability-green-apple-day-service#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 17 Oct 2012 04:00:00 +0000 2621916 at http://cn.usgbc.org Community Support Leads to Green Apple Week in India http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/community-support-leads-green-apple-week-india <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/CHF%20for%20USGBC%20site.jpg?1349286250" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.chfinternational.org" target="new">CHF International</a>, a humanitarian relief and development organization, has been working with slum communities in India since 2003. With support from the Caterpillar Foundation and in partnership with the <a href="http://csa.christuniversity.in/" target="new">Centre for Social Action (CSA)</a> of Christ University, CHF is improving waste collection and management in the slums of Bangalore and raising the dignity of the waste recyclers, who had been working informally and were often targeted by police as thieves.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/community-support-leads-green-apple-week-india" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/community-support-leads-green-apple-week-india#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 03 Oct 2012 17:44:39 +0000 2616800 at http://cn.usgbc.org Green Apple Day of Service: We Did It! http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/green-apple-day-service-we-did-it <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/DOS%20blog%20photo.jpg?1349279852" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The first annual Green Apple Day of Service has come and gone, and what a weekend it was. More than 1,200 communities around the world took a moment to think differently about where they learn, and participated in meaningful steps towards change. Events and school improvement projects happened in all 50 states, on every continent, and in more than 40 countries. We elevated the discussion around healthy, high-performing schools with positive press, seeing more than 34 million impressions in print, online, television and radio, and over 1,000 social media posts about events.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/green-apple-day-service-we-did-it" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/green-apple-day-service-we-did-it#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 01 Oct 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Emily Riordan 2616779 at http://cn.usgbc.org Green Apples For Everyone http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/green-apples-everyone-0 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/CLINTON.jpg?1348926082" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>This week, I had the extraordinary opportunity to attend the Annual Meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative, a gathering that brings together leaders from around the world and encourages them to make a commitment to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing the global community.</p> <p>USGBC's mission is nothing short of building a better world, so we spend a lot of time thinking up game-changing ideas. And we had one ready to share with CGI this week, a new initiative that I'm so proud of: Green Apple.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/green-apples-everyone-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/green-apples-everyone-0#comments Center for Green Schools Sat, 29 Sep 2012 13:42:34 +0000 Rick Fedrizzi 2616033 at http://cn.usgbc.org Small Tasks for Momentous Change: Green Apple Day of Service http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/small-tasks-momentous-change-green-apple-day-service <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/jordangbc.jpg?1348514407" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>700 million children around the world walk into primary schools each morning. These students are supported by parents, teachers, and communities that work to provide them with the best possible resources to advance their education. Unfortunately, one of the crucial factors responsible for the kind of physical, emotional, and intellectual growth that would allow each child to reach their full potential is often completely overlooked: the physical space they learn in each day.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/small-tasks-momentous-change-green-apple-day-service" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/small-tasks-momentous-change-green-apple-day-service#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 24 Sep 2012 19:25:03 +0000 Mahesh Ramanujam 2614799 at http://cn.usgbc.org Leaving A Green Legacy For Our Schools http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/leaving-green-legacy-our-schools-0 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Interface%20team.jpg?1347999500" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>Leadership. Respect. Care for our future leaders. Leaving a legacy. </strong></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/leaving-green-legacy-our-schools-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/leaving-green-legacy-our-schools-0#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 18 Sep 2012 21:36:41 +0000 Melissa Vernon 2613482 at http://cn.usgbc.org Association for Preservation Technology DC Chapter supports Green Apple Day of Service http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/association-preservation-technology-dc-chapter-supports-green-apple-day-service <p>The <a href="http://www.aptdc.org/">Association for Preservation Technology DC Chapter</a> is proud to support the USGBC Center for Green School’s International Green Apple Day of Service Campaign. As advocates for historic properties in the DC area, APT DC’s membership cares deeply for those greenest of green buildings – the ones that are already built! The majority of school structures in our nation’s capital are historic properties in historically significant neighborhoods, but like many school districts around the US, the buildings suffer from chronically low school system budgets.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/association-preservation-technology-dc-chapter-supports-green-apple-day-service" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/association-preservation-technology-dc-chapter-supports-green-apple-day-service#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 14 Sep 2012 04:00:00 +0000 2612465 at http://cn.usgbc.org An Intern’s Perspective: My First Month with USGBC http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/intern%E2%80%99s-perspective-my-first-month-usgbc <p>Smiles, speed and skill pretty much sums up the beginning of my internship at the U.S. Green Building Council.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/intern%E2%80%99s-perspective-my-first-month-usgbc" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/intern%E2%80%99s-perspective-my-first-month-usgbc#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 13 Sep 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Brittany Ireland 2612042 at http://cn.usgbc.org Ripe Idea: The Non-Artist’s Guide to Creating Big Art http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/ripe-idea-non-artist%E2%80%99s-guide-creating-big-art <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_cfgs_09072012_2.jpeg?1347308209" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Green Apple Day of Service is less than a month away, but it’s not too late to plan something great! When I was in elementary school, we had a giant map of the United States painted on the blacktop. This simple picture let students have fun outside, use their imagination and learn about geography all at the same time. Whether it is a map of the United States, the globe, or an image about sustainability and healthy living, there's an easy way to scale your image to blacktop size, and make a great Day of Service project out of it.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/ripe-idea-non-artist%E2%80%99s-guide-creating-big-art" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/ripe-idea-non-artist%E2%80%99s-guide-creating-big-art#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 06 Sep 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Hannah Debelius 2611422 at http://cn.usgbc.org My Year on Smith Island http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/my-year-smith-island <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_cfgs_09072012.jpg?1347307955" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Standing on the county dock in Crisfield, Maryland where route 413 dead ends at the Chesapeake Bay, I felt like a kindergartener waiting for the bus on the first day of school. Another outdoor educator at the <a href="http://www.cbf.org/" target="new">Chesapeake Bay Foundation</a> had showed me how to find my ferry and then left me standing on the dock with a metaphorical pat on the head.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/my-year-smith-island" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/my-year-smith-island#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 05 Sep 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Hannah Debelius 2611418 at http://cn.usgbc.org Ripe Idea: 10 Day of Service Activities for your Classroom http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/ripe-idea-10-day-service-activities-your-classroom <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Kittner_MPES%202.jpg?1347308850" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Now that school has already begun, it’s the perfect time to think about ways to get involved in the <a target="new" href="http://mygreenapple.org">Green Apple Day of Service</a>! Here are 10 great projects that any parent or teacher can plan for their classroom.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/ripe-idea-10-day-service-activities-your-classroom" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/ripe-idea-10-day-service-activities-your-classroom#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 04 Sep 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Emily Davis 2610600 at http://cn.usgbc.org Back to School – Without a Bathroom! http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/back-school-%E2%80%93-without-bathroom <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/CHF%20ghana%20blog.jpg?1347308496" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Imagine the bathrooms at the school you attend or the school your children attend are out of order – what would you do? In the U.S., it’s likely the school would be closed for the day and children sent home until the repairs could be made. Unfortunately, in many places around the world, the school bathrooms are permanently out of order forcing children to go in the street. If that were the case – would you keep your child home from school?</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/back-school-%E2%80%93-without-bathroom" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/back-school-%E2%80%93-without-bathroom#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 30 Aug 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Tamara Arsenault 2611424 at http://cn.usgbc.org Green Apple Day of Service: Six Project Ideas You Can Do In Under 60 Minutes http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/green-apple-day-service-six-project-ideas-you-can-do-under-60-minutes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_flickr_onTask.jpg?1346256470" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The countdown has begun. One month from now on September 29, the Center for Green Schools at USGBC will host the first annual <a href="http://mygreenapple.org" target="new">Green Apple Day of Service</a>, an initiative to have volunteers around the world participate in small acts of service to improve their local school environments. Now that kids are back in school, projects are showing up on the map at a record pace. But one of the things we hear more and more as we get closer to the date is: “I really want to get involved, but I’m worried that there isn’t enough time.”</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/green-apple-day-service-six-project-ideas-you-can-do-under-60-minutes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/green-apple-day-service-six-project-ideas-you-can-do-under-60-minutes#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 29 Aug 2012 17:09:09 +0000 Rachel Gutter 2609808 at http://cn.usgbc.org Going Green at Rasmussen College http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/going-green-rasmussen-college <p>At Rasmussen College, you see a lot of green. It’s not only one of the school’s main colors, but staying eco-friendly or “green” is something Rasmussen College tries to implement at all 22 of its campuses. The college is focusing on energy management, lighting, and small steps to become more environmentally friendly and make smarter sustainable decisions.</p> <p><strong>Energy Management:</strong></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/going-green-rasmussen-college" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/going-green-rasmussen-college#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 27 Aug 2012 04:00:00 +0000 2609621 at http://cn.usgbc.org Green Schools for Children In Romania http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/green-schools-children-romania <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/EcoBiblioteca%20%2B%20Cathedral_Jun2012.jpg?1347904663" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Romania is a country with a deep, historical connection to agriculture and nature and includes some of Europe’s richest and largest (and most threatened) areas of biodiversity. A history of forced depopulation of the villages and industrialization removed many of the citizens from their connection to the land. Consequently, many school children seldom have the chance to experience nature, what it has to teach and benefits for mind, health and soul.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/green-schools-children-romania" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/green-schools-children-romania#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 24 Aug 2012 04:00:00 +0000 2609135 at http://cn.usgbc.org Introducing the Sustainable Water Challenge for K-12 Schools and Youth Groups http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/introducing-sustainable-water-challenge-k-12-schools-and-youth-groups <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="462" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Water%20Audit.jpeg?1347312475" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Did you know that around 700 million people in 43 countries suffer from water scarcity today? This alarming statistic is one of many that indicates the seriousness of the global water crisis planet earth is currently facing. One factor that contributes to the freshwater shortage is human consumption for personal uses such as cooking, cleaning, landscaping, and unnecessary waste due to leaks and fixture inefficiencies. In America, the average household of four uses 400 gallons of water each day, significantly more than is typically used in any other country.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/introducing-sustainable-water-challenge-k-12-schools-and-youth-groups" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/introducing-sustainable-water-challenge-k-12-schools-and-youth-groups#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 23 Aug 2012 04:00:00 +0000 2609007 at http://cn.usgbc.org Columbia’s Manhattanville Campus: A Model of Sustainable Neighborhood Development http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/columbia%E2%80%99s-manhattanville-campus-model-sustainable-neighborhood-development <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/article_manhattanville_08202012.jpg?1345493514" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="480" height="640" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Full%20Build%20Site%20Plan%20w-no%20560%20and%20PS.JPG?1345493514" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://neighbors.columbia.edu/pages/manplanning/index.html" target="new">Columbia University’s Manhattanville campus expansion</a> in West Harlem recently achieved Stage 1 Platinum certification under the LEED for Neighborhood Development pilot rating system. The 17 acre site, a former industrial neighborhood, was targeted for redevelopment by university officials tasked with addressing one of the great challenges facing many institutions of higher education today: how to effectively grow its physical identity as it looks to expand its educational offerings.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/columbia%E2%80%99s-manhattanville-campus-model-sustainable-neighborhood-development" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/columbia%E2%80%99s-manhattanville-campus-model-sustainable-neighborhood-development#comments LEED Mon, 20 Aug 2012 20:59:40 +0000 2608371 at http://cn.usgbc.org State Legislators Celebrate Green Schools While Paying Tribute to One of the Movement’s Greatest Champions http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/state-legislators-celebrate-green-schools-while-paying-tribute-one-movement%E2%80%99s-greatest-cham <p>Earlier this week, the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council co-hosted a reception at the National Conference of State Legislatures <a href="http://www.ncsl.org/" target="new">(NCSL)</a> alongside the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators <a href="http://www.ncel.net/" target="new">(NCEL)</a> to celebrate the impressive growth of green schools policy activity. More than 80 related bills across 28 states have been considered in state legislatures just this year. Additionally, 28 of these bills have been signed into law, and more may still be on the way.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/state-legislators-celebrate-green-schools-while-paying-tribute-one-movement%E2%80%99s-greatest-cham" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/state-legislators-celebrate-green-schools-while-paying-tribute-one-movement%E2%80%99s-greatest-cham#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 13 Aug 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Nathaniel Allen 2609151 at http://cn.usgbc.org Ripe Idea: Planting Fresh Suggestions, Preparing for Green Apple Day of Service http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/ripe-idea-planting-fresh-suggestions-preparing-green-apple-day-service <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Planting%20Seeds%20USGBC%20blog%20image.jpg?1347906420" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>As the summer days are winding down, the <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/home.aspx">Center for Green Schools</a> is gearing up for the upcoming school year and the <a href="http://mygreenapple.org/greenservice.aspx">Green Apple Day of Service</a> on Saturday, Sept. 29. We want to make sure you’re all fully equipped with what do to on the <a href="http://mygreenapple.org/greenservice.aspx">Day of Service</a> to make it as successful as it can be!</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/ripe-idea-planting-fresh-suggestions-preparing-green-apple-day-service" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/ripe-idea-planting-fresh-suggestions-preparing-green-apple-day-service#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 13 Aug 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Brittany Ireland 2609152 at http://cn.usgbc.org Sowing Seattle Seeds for the Green Apple Day of Service http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/sowing-seattle-seeds-green-apple-day-service <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Emily Knupp and Lucas Luetge" alt="Emily Knupp and Lucas Luetge" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Emily-and-Lucas.jpg?1344636640" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Last week, I had the opportunity to travel to Seattle for our very first <a href="http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.507521895927818.131979.285965221416821&amp;type=3" target="new">Day of Service</a> project.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/sowing-seattle-seeds-green-apple-day-service" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/sowing-seattle-seeds-green-apple-day-service#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 08 Aug 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Emily Riordan 2607165 at http://cn.usgbc.org Setting Standards Of Sustainability: How Sandy Grove Middle School Can Serve As A Nationwide Model http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/setting-standards-sustainability-how-sandy-grove-middle-school-can-serve-nationwide-model <p>Our ever growing population is driving an increased need for more educational facilities for future students. Likewise, as our population continues to grow, integrating sustainable principles into design and construction is becoming absolutely crucial. Without making a concerted move toward sustainability, future resources required for educating our nation’s children will not exist. Sandy Grove Middle School in Lumber Bridge, NC, is currently being built as a net-zero energy facility, one that will return more energy to the grid than it consumes.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/setting-standards-sustainability-how-sandy-grove-middle-school-can-serve-nationwide-model" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/setting-standards-sustainability-how-sandy-grove-middle-school-can-serve-nationwide-model#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 08 Aug 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Robert Ferris 2609157 at http://cn.usgbc.org Center for Green Schools Fellows: The Year Ahead http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-fellows-year-ahead <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/20110811_Beierle_3190.jpg?1347906530" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Our Green Schools Fellows have been hard at work in the Boston and Sacramento school districts, wrapping up their first years and looking forward to the 2012-2013 school year. They’ve made some incredible accomplishments so far, and we’re looking forward to the year ahead!<br /> <em> Sacramento City Unified School District update – Farah McDIll</em></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-fellows-year-ahead" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-fellows-year-ahead#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 07 Aug 2012 22:57:57 +0000 Phoebe Beierle 2609213 at http://cn.usgbc.org USGBC Students Kicks Off Another Stellar Year! http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-students-kicks-another-stellar-year <p>College students across the nation are gearing up for another great year with <a href="//www.centerforgreenschools.org/Libraries/Blog_headshots/Pat_for_Blog.sflb.ashx&quot; style=&quot;margin: 10px; float: left;&quot; /&gt; &lt;/p&gt;">USGBC Students</a> to transform their campuses and build their careers. After an action-packed spring semester with building tours, job fairs and service projects, USGBC Students took the summer to recharge and organize and are ready to hit the ground running this fall.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-students-kicks-another-stellar-year" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-students-kicks-another-stellar-year#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 07 Aug 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Patrick Lane 2609158 at http://cn.usgbc.org Chapter Spotlight: SoCal School Gets a “Greenovation” http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/chapter-spotlight-socal-school-gets-%E2%80%9Cgreenovation%E2%80%9D <p>On July 11, 2012 the USGBC Orange County (USGBC OC) Chapter in California proudly announced that the green school renovation project is under construction! After nine months of design, planning approvals and fundraising, our local design and construction community has successfully achieved ’liftoff’ to pilot a blueprint for all Orange County schools to improve their learning environments and grow their environmental curriculum.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/chapter-spotlight-socal-school-gets-%E2%80%9Cgreenovation%E2%80%9D" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/chapter-spotlight-socal-school-gets-%E2%80%9Cgreenovation%E2%80%9D#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 07 Aug 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Wendy Rogers 2609177 at http://cn.usgbc.org The First Day of the Rest of Our Movement http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/first-day-rest-our-movement <p>Since starting at USGBC four years ago, I have encountered a lot of firsts: my first experience working in a LEED certified space (and my first cubicle!), earning my first professional credential, my first Greenbuild; and that milestone of many young professionals – my first business trip. It also happened to be my first tornado.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/first-day-rest-our-movement" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/first-day-rest-our-movement#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 07 Aug 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Emily Riordan 2609210 at http://cn.usgbc.org USGBC’s Community College Members Educate the Next Generation of Green Building Professionals http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc%E2%80%99s-community-college-members-educate-next-generation-green-building-professionals <p>Starting this month, USGBC will offer free institutional memberships (a $750 value) to community colleges across the country, as part of the Center for Green Schools’ newest program, <a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/communitygreen.aspx">Community Green</a>. This program supports community colleges in bringing green building training and educational opportunities to their campuses. USGBC’s community college members will receive specific resources, discounts and support to help them become local hubs for green building education./p&gt;</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc%E2%80%99s-community-college-members-educate-next-generation-green-building-professionals" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc%E2%80%99s-community-college-members-educate-next-generation-green-building-professionals#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 07 Aug 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Vanessa Santos 2609211 at http://cn.usgbc.org Director's Corner: Where We Learn Matters http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/directors-corner-where-we-learn-matters <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_cfgs_08072012_wherewelearn.jpg?1347044807" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Following a recent speaking engagement, I was approached by a young teacher who asked me how she could convince her school to go green. She told me that her classroom has one broken window that was positioned directly above the dumpster, her ceiling tiles are covered in mold, there’s a funky smell that she can never seem to find the source of and there is a flimsy partition that separates her class from the next, creating a noisy and chaotic learning environment and not nearly enough space for the 55 students crammed into her classroom.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/directors-corner-where-we-learn-matters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/directors-corner-where-we-learn-matters#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 07 Aug 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Rachel Gutter 2609212 at http://cn.usgbc.org School Sustainability Leaders Summit: Day One http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/school-sustainability-leaders-summit-day-one <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/school%20sustainability%20summit%202.jpg?1347907352" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Note: This blog was originally posted on the <a target="new" href="http://verdisgroup.com/blog/2012/06/school-sustainability-leaders-summit-day-one/">Verdis Group blog</a>.</em></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/school-sustainability-leaders-summit-day-one" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/school-sustainability-leaders-summit-day-one#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 03 Aug 2012 04:00:00 +0000 2609670 at http://cn.usgbc.org How Students See Sustainability http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/how-students-see-sustainability <p>The Center for Green Schools was recently invited to present on LEED v4 at the Society for College and University Planners’ (SCUP) annual conference. With my colleague Chrissy Macken, manager of LEED technical development, we provided an overview of what changes are coming, suggestions for how to implement these changes into campus planning now and a sense of timing for the release of the new rating system.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/how-students-see-sustainability" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/how-students-see-sustainability#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 31 Jul 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Kristin Ferguson 2609215 at http://cn.usgbc.org Transforming the Way We Think About Schools http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/transforming-way-we-think-about-schools <p>For the last four years I have been able to see the green schools movement grow out of the communities USGBC represents. The Green Schools Committee volunteers and the chapter staff that support them are working around the clock, every day of the year to improve learning environments in their communities. The people I have the privilege of working with over email, phone and webcast are making real change happen at the local, state and national level.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/transforming-way-we-think-about-schools" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/transforming-way-we-think-about-schools#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 30 Jul 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Emily Riordan 2609216 at http://cn.usgbc.org Share Your Campus Story, Receive Recognition for Your Efforts http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/share-your-campus-story-receive-recognition-your-efforts <p>While summer brings a quieter time on campus in some respects, we at the Center for Green School know that summers are also hectic times for new construction, renovations and maintenance projects across campus. If your campus has been undertaken innovative sustainability projects that you are proud of over the last year, you should consider submitting your story to one of two places:</p> <ul> 1. The Innovation in Green Building Award – Deadline is <strong> today, July 27</strong></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/share-your-campus-story-receive-recognition-your-efforts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/share-your-campus-story-receive-recognition-your-efforts#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 27 Jul 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Kristin Ferguson 2609217 at http://cn.usgbc.org Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the Green Apple Day of Service (But Were Afraid to Ask) http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/everything-you-always-wanted-know-about-green-apple-day-service-were-afraid-ask <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_cfgs_07282012.jpg?1347034895" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Hello San Antonio! The Center for Green Schools team arrived this week in the great state of Texas for USGBC’s annual mid-year meeting, chatting with our most engaged stakeholders about Green Apple and the Day of Service. It’s been inspiring to hear how engaged so many of our leaders are planning to be on Sept. 29, and what they’ve already done to promote this day.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/everything-you-always-wanted-know-about-green-apple-day-service-were-afraid-ask" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/everything-you-always-wanted-know-about-green-apple-day-service-were-afraid-ask#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 26 Jul 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Mallory Shelter 2609623 at http://cn.usgbc.org Teaching our USGBC Family the Importance of the "Where" http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/teaching-our-usgbc-family-importance-where <p>This week, I’ve had the pleasure of spending my time in San Antonio, Texas with some of the most engaged members of our USGBC family for our annual mid-year meeting. These folks are the heartbeat of the green building community – the lifeblood of our movement. And the mid-year meeting serves as a way to celebrate their many victories and vision into the future.</p> <p>I told this audience at my opening remarks on Tuesday night that we have some very important work to do in the coming months. The stakes have never been so high, the opportunities never been so tremendous.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/teaching-our-usgbc-family-importance-where" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/teaching-our-usgbc-family-importance-where#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 26 Jul 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Rachel Gutter 2609625 at http://cn.usgbc.org Think and Be Greener: A Visit to Woodland Hill Montessori School http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/think-and-be-greener-visit-woodland-hill-montessori-school <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="The students had ideas for greening your computer - included revamping with stickers. (Source: Phil Hawksworth, Flickr)" alt="The students had ideas for greening your computer - included revamping with stic" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/laptopnewusgbc.jpg?1342455111" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>What would you do if you found yourself in front of an audience of 20 kids, all convinced they know it all, yet totally open to new thoughts and ideas? If you were bold and a bit naïve, you might try to teach them about the triple bottom line, only to be blown away by their reception of the concept.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/think-and-be-greener-visit-woodland-hill-montessori-school" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/think-and-be-greener-visit-woodland-hill-montessori-school#comments Community Mon, 16 Jul 2012 16:12:35 +0000 Jodi Smits Anderson 2602441 at http://cn.usgbc.org School Sustainability Leaders Summit: Days Two & Three http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/school-sustainability-leaders-summit-days-two-three <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/school%20sustainability%20summit%201.jpg?1347907414" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Note: This blog was originally posted on the <a target="new" href="http://verdisgroup.com/blog/2012/07/school-sustainability-leaders-summit-days-two-three/">Verdis Group blog</a>.</em></p> <p>I’m on the plane headed home from D.C. after a torrid and invigorating few days at the USGBC’s School Sustainability Leaders Summit. My mind is simultaneously racing and completely at ease. Yes, I know that sounds a little impossible. Let me explain.</p> <p><strong>Mind Status: Racing<br /> Why: Opportunity Overload?</strong></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/school-sustainability-leaders-summit-days-two-three" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/school-sustainability-leaders-summit-days-two-three#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 03 Jul 2012 04:00:00 +0000 2609654 at http://cn.usgbc.org All I Ever Needed to Know About Bike Safety I Learned in Germany http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/all-i-ever-needed-know-about-bike-safety-i-learned-germany <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_cfgs_07022012.jpg?1347036531" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Guttentag!</p> <p>Five years ago, in preparation to lead USGBC’s green school efforts, I spent three months working alongside a wonderful born and educated German, Anja Caldwell, who at the time was the green building program manager for Montgomery County Public Schools. In this field, Anja was a pioneer and visionary, and she never missed an opportunity to remind me that all she really needed to know she learned in Germany.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/all-i-ever-needed-know-about-bike-safety-i-learned-germany" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/all-i-ever-needed-know-about-bike-safety-i-learned-germany#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 02 Jul 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Rachel Gutter 2609674 at http://cn.usgbc.org School Sustainability Leaders Summit Kicks Off! http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/school-sustainability-leaders-summit-kicks <p>Yesterday, we kicked off our School Sustainability Leaders Summit, which brought in our two <a target="new" href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/fellowship.aspx">green schools fellows</a>, along with other school district staff from across the country.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/school-sustainability-leaders-summit-kicks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/school-sustainability-leaders-summit-kicks#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 28 Jun 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Mallory Shelter 2610035 at http://cn.usgbc.org Ewa Makai Middle School Celebrates Green Ribbon Schools in Washington, D.C. http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/ewa-makai-middle-school-celebrates-green-ribbon-schools-washington-dc <p>From June 3-5, I had the opportunity to attend the National Green Ribbon Ceremony in Washington, D.C. on behalf of <a target="new" href="http://www.ewamakai.org/&quot; target=&quot;new&quot;&gt;Ewa Makai Middle School&lt;/a&gt;, a recent recipient of the U.S. Department of Education">Green Ribbon Schools Award</a>. Wow! The ceremony and the ensuing meetings and events were just fantastic! Washington D.C. was the perfect place for these ceremonies where the Green Ribbon Schools were honored by the U.S.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/ewa-makai-middle-school-celebrates-green-ribbon-schools-washington-dc" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/ewa-makai-middle-school-celebrates-green-ribbon-schools-washington-dc#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 25 Jun 2012 04:00:00 +0000 2610038 at http://cn.usgbc.org Project Green Brings $5 Million to Sacramento Schools http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/project-green-brings-5-million-sacramento-schools <p>One of the many reasons Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) was selected as one of two districts to receive a Center for Green Schools UTC Fellow was the development of Project Green. The District needed support to develop, manage and implement the program, and I was brought on to help. During the Earth Day celebrations in April 2011, Superintendent Raymond announced Project Green with little more than a rough outline. The idea consisted of student-led audits, presenting recommendations to a blue-ribbon panel, and implementing the projects.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/project-green-brings-5-million-sacramento-schools" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/project-green-brings-5-million-sacramento-schools#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 21 Jun 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Farah McDill 2610044 at http://cn.usgbc.org Where We Learn Matters… Add a Little Nature! http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/where-we-learn-matters%E2%80%A6-add-little-nature <p>Over time, a recognizable pattern has developed in youth that has begun to alter their behavior, health and consciousness. Today, American children are spending more time indoors and less time engaging with nature compared to recent history. In author Richard Louv’s book, “Last Child in the Woods,” he presents a persuasive case for the importance of nature to a child’s physical and emotional well-being, while also describing youth’s disconnect today as a ‘nature-deficit disorder.’ Though not a disorder in the traditional sense, there are very real, measureable affects to be noted.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/where-we-learn-matters%E2%80%A6-add-little-nature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/where-we-learn-matters%E2%80%A6-add-little-nature#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 20 Jun 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Molly Hislop 2610050 at http://cn.usgbc.org Voices from Greenbuild: Eva Blake http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/voices-greenbuild-eva-blake <p>When I arrived at the <a href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.org/Home.aspx">2011 Greenbuild Conference &amp; Expo</a> in Toronto, Canada, I flipped through the program to find that the Greenbuild Social Equity Scholarship Program page contained photos and quotes from <a target="new" href="www.youthbuild.org">YouthBuild’s</a> participation in the 2010 Greenbuild in Chicago. What an honor! That was the first year YouthBuild attended Greenbuild as an organized team of scholars and volunteers.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/voices-greenbuild-eva-blake" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/voices-greenbuild-eva-blake#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 18 Jun 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Eva Blake 2610060 at http://cn.usgbc.org Rachel Gutter Named World Green Building Council Chairman’s Award Winner http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/rachel-gutter-named-world-green-building-council-chairman%E2%80%99s-award-winner <p>Rachel Gutter, the director of the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, received the World Green Building Council Chairman’s Award this week at the WorldGBC Congress in Stuttgart, Germany. Rachel was honored for her leadership at the forefront of the green schools movement, and working to make healthy, energy-efficient schools accessible to everyone across the globe.&nbsp;</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/rachel-gutter-named-world-green-building-council-chairman%E2%80%99s-award-winner" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/rachel-gutter-named-world-green-building-council-chairman%E2%80%99s-award-winner#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 12 Jun 2012 04:00:00 +0000 2610054 at http://cn.usgbc.org Fostering a Generation of Sustainability Natives http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/fostering-generation-sustainability-natives <p>At the <a target="new" href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/">Center for Green Schools</a> at the U.S. Green Building Council, we are fostering a generation of “sustainability natives” - children and adults who act to benefit the earth without needing to be asked - who will help us reach our vision of healthy, high-performing schools and campuses for all students within this generation.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/fostering-generation-sustainability-natives" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/fostering-generation-sustainability-natives#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 07 Jun 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Jaime Van Mourik 2610070 at http://cn.usgbc.org Announcing the 2012-2013 Community Green Chairs http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/announcing-2012-2013-community-green-chairs <p>Congratulations to the five selected leaders who will work with USGBC National and the Center for Green Schools to launch and grow its newest program, Community Green. Community Green is USGBC’s commitment to supporting community colleges in educating the next generation of green building professionals who can lead and drive strong local sustainable economies. These five Chairs will work regionally to engage community colleges in the USGBC network, and support them in bringing green building education and activities to their campuses and communities.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/announcing-2012-2013-community-green-chairs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/announcing-2012-2013-community-green-chairs#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 05 Jun 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Vanessa Santos 2610076 at http://cn.usgbc.org Whitehall Middle School Carbon Busters Win National Eco Challenge http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/whitehall-middle-school-carbon-busters-win-national-eco-challenge <p>The Whitehall Middle School Carbon Busters are a group of seven middle school students who recently competed in the <a target="new" href="http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/passion-for-the-environment-prevails-as-500000-in-grants-and-scholarships-awarded-to-teens-143479556.html">Lexus Eco Challenge</a> to win scholarships and grant money and take action to improve the surrounding environment.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/whitehall-middle-school-carbon-busters-win-national-eco-challenge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/whitehall-middle-school-carbon-busters-win-national-eco-challenge#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 30 May 2012 04:00:00 +0000 2610078 at http://cn.usgbc.org Voices of the 2011 Greenbuild Scholarship Awardees: Fin MacDonald http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/voices-2011-greenbuild-scholarship-awardees-fin-macdonald <p>Last year, I was able to attend the Greenbuild Conference and Expo in Toronto as a Greenbuild Scholarship recipient.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/voices-2011-greenbuild-scholarship-awardees-fin-macdonald" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/voices-2011-greenbuild-scholarship-awardees-fin-macdonald#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 24 May 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Fraser MacDonald 2610082 at http://cn.usgbc.org USGBC Staff Ramp Up for Green Apple Day of Service http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-staff-ramp-green-apple-day-service <p>Every month, USGBC hosts an “internal showcase” at the DC headquarters – a chance for staff to learn more about a project, idea or initiative that crosses all departments. Posters and other visuals are created to illustrate the showcase theme and applicable staff are on hand to discuss the concepts with their colleagues. Occasionally, trivia and other games are played to get staff more engaged with the event.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-staff-ramp-green-apple-day-service" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-staff-ramp-green-apple-day-service#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 17 May 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Ana Leilani Ka'ahanui 2610084 at http://cn.usgbc.org Parenting’s 2012 Mom Congress Provides Green School Inspiration http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/parenting%E2%80%99s-2012-mom-congress-provides-green-school-inspiration <p>Even though by my assessment I was the only non-parent to take the stage at Parenting Magazine’s 2012 <a target="new" href="http://www.parenting.com/blogs/mom-congress">Mom Congress</a> Conference, mom delegates from every state in the country welcomed me into their fold with open arms. It was incredibly energizing to meet so many moms who are singularly focused on helping their children succeed at any cost. I met one mother who has to fill out 19 applications a year to be able to send her children to higher performing schools on the other side of the city.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/parenting%E2%80%99s-2012-mom-congress-provides-green-school-inspiration" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/parenting%E2%80%99s-2012-mom-congress-provides-green-school-inspiration#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 16 May 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Rachel Gutter 2610085 at http://cn.usgbc.org Building Common Ground Around Green Schools in South Carolina http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/building-common-ground-around-green-schools-south-carolina <p>On Wednesday, May 1, the USGBC <a target="new" href="http://www.usgbcsc.org/">South Carolina Chapter</a> hosted an event to strategize pathways to bring political common ground on green schools to the Palmetto State. The event was held in Columbia at the LEED Gold Thomas Cooper Library at the University of South Carolina, and featured approximately 75 attendees.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/building-common-ground-around-green-schools-south-carolina" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/building-common-ground-around-green-schools-south-carolina#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 14 May 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Nathaniel Allen 2610087 at http://cn.usgbc.org The 2012 Greenest School on Earth: Green School Bali http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/2012-greenest-school-earth-green-school-bali <p>It’s been a very exciting few weeks at <a target="new" href="www.greenschool.org">Green School Bali</a> since the Center for Green School’s <a target="new" href="http://centerforgreenschools.com/rachel.aspx">Rachel Gutter</a> visited and presented us with the award as “<a target="new" href="http://centerforgreenschools.com/utility-nav/blog/12-04-24/Rachel_Gutter_Visits_Green_School_in_Bali.aspx">2012 Greenest School on Earth</a>.” There were close to 400 students, staff, parents and friends gathered in our beautiful open-air bamboo coliseum for an Earth Day assembly, and only a small handfu</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/2012-greenest-school-earth-green-school-bali" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/2012-greenest-school-earth-green-school-bali#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 10 May 2012 04:00:00 +0000 2610090 at http://cn.usgbc.org What Happened to Walking to School? http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/what-happened-walking-school <p>As we celebrate National Bike or Walk to School Day today, it is important to recognize how our culture has changed transportation behaviors.&nbsp;In 1969, riding your bike or walking to school was commonplace, and nearly 50 percent of kids chose that mode of transportation. By 2009, that number dropped to just 13 percent. What is causing kids and their families to opt for a four-wheeled ride rather than a walkable route? How can we help reverse this pattern to protect our environment and promote healthy behaviors?</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/what-happened-walking-school" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/what-happened-walking-school#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 09 May 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Molly Hislop 2610091 at http://cn.usgbc.org USGBC Loves Teachers http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-loves-teachers <p>In honor of National Teacher Day, we asked some of our staff members to tell us who their favorite teachers are. What did we learn? That a lot of our staff members have moms who are teachers! Read below to see who some of our best teachers are, and what they did to inspire us.&nbsp;</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-loves-teachers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-loves-teachers#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 08 May 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Vanessa Santos 2610095 at http://cn.usgbc.org Community Green: USGBC’s Commitment to Community Colleges http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/community-green-usgbc%E2%80%99s-commitment-community-colleges <p>Community colleges serve as the centers of educational opportunity, collectively providing millions of individuals – regardless of their wealth, cultural background or experience – an accessible place where they can gain the skills and knowledge necessary to become successful professionals.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/community-green-usgbc%E2%80%99s-commitment-community-colleges" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/community-green-usgbc%E2%80%99s-commitment-community-colleges#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 08 May 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Vanessa Santos 2610099 at http://cn.usgbc.org Harvard Achieves a Record 75 LEED Certifications http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/harvard-achieves-record-75-leed-certifications-0 <p>Harvard University recently achieved an important green building milestone: our 75th LEED certification, representing over 2.4 million square feet of our campus in LEED New Construction, Commercial Interiors, Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance and Homes systems.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/harvard-achieves-record-75-leed-certifications-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/harvard-achieves-record-75-leed-certifications-0#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 07 May 2012 04:00:00 +0000 2610102 at http://cn.usgbc.org My New Appreciation for Polar Bears http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/my-new-appreciation-polar-bears <p>Those of you who have seen me speak recently know that I have had some pretty disparaging things to say about polar bears. Not because I have anything against polar bears (though I did visit a school in Alaska once where they had to put up a big fence to keep the bears from eating students), but because I don’t believe that polar bears are deserving of being the icon for sustainability, or even climate change.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/my-new-appreciation-polar-bears" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/my-new-appreciation-polar-bears#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 04 May 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Rachel Gutter 2610104 at http://cn.usgbc.org Director's Corner: Making Green Schools an International Conversation http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/directors-corner-making-green-schools-international-conversation <p>Last month, I had the incredible opportunity to travel to Beijing, China for the 8th International Conference on Green &amp; Energy Efficient Building to <a target="new" href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/utility-nav/blog/12-03-30/Where_in_the_World_is_Rachel_Gutter.aspx">discuss the green schools movement</a>. Although there are so many implicit differences between the U.S. and China – the language and culture are incredibly diverse from ours – I tested my assumption that healthy, high performing kids are a universal value that requires no translation.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/directors-corner-making-green-schools-international-conversation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/directors-corner-making-green-schools-international-conversation#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 03 May 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Rachel Gutter 2610106 at http://cn.usgbc.org Green Apple Day of Service Kicks Off With Strong Commitments http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/green-apple-day-service-kicks-strong-commitments <p>The Center for Green Schools had barely begun to take our plans for <a href="http://www.mygreenapple.org/">Green Apple Day of Service</a> on Sept. 29<sup> </sup>beyond water cooler conversations, when two powerhouses came forward asking how they could help: Interface Global and Harvard University.</p> <p>When two sustainability leaders want to know how they can be a part of your next big idea, you start to think you might be onto something.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/green-apple-day-service-kicks-strong-commitments" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/green-apple-day-service-kicks-strong-commitments#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 03 May 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Emily Riordan 2610107 at http://cn.usgbc.org College Students Across the Country Conserve 1.74 Gigawatt-Hours Through Campus Conservation Nationals 2012 http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/college-students-across-country-conserve-174-gigawatt-hours-through-campus-conservation-nat <p>151 homes off the grid, 1,554,814 gallons of water saved, 2,642,287 lbs of CO2 diverted from the atmosphere, $157,925 saved. </p> <p>This is what 250,000 students across the country can do when they take the environment and their energy usage into their own hands for just three weeks. During <a target="new" href="http://www.competetoreduce.org/">Campus Conservation Nationals</a> (CCN) 2012, these students educated, organized and mobilized to show themselves and their peers that small behavioral changes can drastically effect energy consumption on a large scale.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/college-students-across-country-conserve-174-gigawatt-hours-through-campus-conservation-nat" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/college-students-across-country-conserve-174-gigawatt-hours-through-campus-conservation-nat#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 03 May 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Patrick Lane 2610110 at http://cn.usgbc.org Center for Green Schools Opportunities: 2012 Climate Leadership Summit http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-opportunities-2012-climate-leadership-summit <p><a target="new" href="http://www2.presidentsclimatecommitment.org/summit2012/index.php"><strong>2012 Climate Leadership Summit – The ACUPCC Celebrates Five Years!</strong></a></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-opportunities-2012-climate-leadership-summit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-opportunities-2012-climate-leadership-summit#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 03 May 2012 04:00:00 +0000 2610112 at http://cn.usgbc.org Center for Green Schools Opportunities: Call for Research http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-opportunities-call-research <p><a target="new" href="http://mcgraw-hillresearchfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/GreenSchoolsWP-2012.pdf"><strong>The Impact of School Buildings on Student Health and Performance: A Call for Research</strong></a></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-opportunities-call-research" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-opportunities-call-research#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 03 May 2012 04:00:00 +0000 2610116 at http://cn.usgbc.org Center for Green Schools Opportunities: Green Classroom Professional Certificate http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-opportunities-green-classroom-professional-certificate <p><a target="new" href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/greenclassroom"><strong>Green Classroom Professional Certificate</strong></a></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-opportunities-green-classroom-professional-certificate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-opportunities-green-classroom-professional-certificate#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 03 May 2012 04:00:00 +0000 2610118 at http://cn.usgbc.org Center for Green Schools Opportunities: Paid-From-Savings http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-opportunities-paid-savings <p><a target="new" href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/paidfromsavings.aspx"><strong>Paid-from-Savings Guide Now Available for Free Access</strong></a></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-opportunities-paid-savings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-opportunities-paid-savings#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 03 May 2012 04:00:00 +0000 2610120 at http://cn.usgbc.org Chapter Spotlight: Charlotte’s Eco Learning Lab http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/chapter-spotlight-charlotte%E2%80%99s-eco-learning-lab <p>Late last year, South Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, NC built an “<a href="http://www.ecolearninglab.com/">Eco Learning Lab</a>,” an outdoor classroom for students, instructors and green building professionals. The laboratory provides a forum for students to strengthen their educational experience and opens a dialog with green building professionals that can assist in career exploration.&nbsp; The hope is that the Eco Learning Lab can be replicated at other high schools in North Carolina.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/chapter-spotlight-charlotte%E2%80%99s-eco-learning-lab" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/chapter-spotlight-charlotte%E2%80%99s-eco-learning-lab#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 03 May 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Emily Scofield 2610121 at http://cn.usgbc.org Center for Green Schools Opportunities: Sustainability Summit http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-opportunities-sustainability-summit <p><a target="new" href="https://usgbc.wufoo.com/forms/school-sustainability-leaders-summit/"><strong>Sustainability Summit</strong></a><br /> The Center for Green Schools at USGBC is now&nbsp;<a target="new" href="https://usgbc.wufoo.com/forms/school-sustainability-leaders-summit/">accepting applications</a>&nbsp;to attend this summer’s School Sustainability Leaders Summit from June 27-29. The Summit will be held at our offices in Washington, D.C. and is designed for school district or school system staff who are the point-people for sustainability within their organization.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-opportunities-sustainability-summit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-opportunities-sustainability-summit#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 03 May 2012 04:00:00 +0000 2610122 at http://cn.usgbc.org My Job Inspiration: The Wisdom of Kids http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/my-job-inspiration-wisdom-kids <p>One of the best parts of my job is getting to listen to kids and their visions for the world and their place within it. It's reinvigorating, energizing and inspiring. It reminds me that when we provide safe and inviting places for kids to learn, grow and be creative, we directly impact how the world works right now and what it will be in the future. In the past two weeks, I've had two opportunities to soak in the wisdom of kids.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/my-job-inspiration-wisdom-kids" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/my-job-inspiration-wisdom-kids#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 02 May 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Andrew Metzger 2610123 at http://cn.usgbc.org USGBC South Florida's Generation Green Event http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-south-floridas-generation-green-event <p>The weather held off for the <a href="http://www.usgbcsf.org/">USGBC South Florida Chapter</a>&nbsp;Treasure Coast Branch's first Generation Green Event on April 21, 2012. 175 registered attendees representing four counties attended the Generation Green Awards Ceremony.</p> <p>The&nbsp;program was meant to provide recognition for green initiatives and honored people and groups including teacher, student, student group, school, principal and district.The Generation Green event was the ceremony and celebration for these Green Apple Awards.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-south-floridas-generation-green-event" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-south-floridas-generation-green-event#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 30 Apr 2012 04:00:00 +0000 2610124 at http://cn.usgbc.org Henley Middle School’s Renewable Energy Resource Center http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/henley-middle-school%E2%80%99s-renewable-energy-resource-center <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/henley-middle-school%E2%80%99s-renewable-energy-resource-center" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/henley-middle-school%E2%80%99s-renewable-energy-resource-center#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 27 Apr 2012 04:00:00 +0000 2610207 at http://cn.usgbc.org USGBC and the Congressional Green Schools Caucus Celebrate Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-and-congressional-green-schools-caucus-celebrate-princeton-review-guide-green-college <p>On Tuesday evening, April 24, USGBC co-hosted a reception with the Congressional Green Schools Caucus to celebrate the third annual release of the <a target="new" href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/greenguide">Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges, 2012 Edition.</a></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-and-congressional-green-schools-caucus-celebrate-princeton-review-guide-green-college" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-and-congressional-green-schools-caucus-celebrate-princeton-review-guide-green-college#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 25 Apr 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Nathaniel Allen 2610208 at http://cn.usgbc.org Will You Be @Greenbuild? Apply Today for a Scholarship to Attend This Year’s Conference http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/will-you-be-greenbuild-apply-today-scholarship-attend-year%E2%80%99s-conference <p>USGBC’s <a target="new" href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.org/Home.aspx">Greenbuild International Conference &amp; Expo</a> is an unparalleled event in the industry that brings together people and products that are driving the green building movement. Every year, the event serves as a culmination of what has happened in green building over the last year, and inspires us to think big about where the movement is going and how we can be a part of it.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/will-you-be-greenbuild-apply-today-scholarship-attend-year%E2%80%99s-conference" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/will-you-be-greenbuild-apply-today-scholarship-attend-year%E2%80%99s-conference#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 25 Apr 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Vanessa Santos 2610211 at http://cn.usgbc.org Pennsylvania Schools are Rocking the Green Ribbon Program! http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/pennsylvania-schools-are-rocking-green-ribbon-program <p>On April 19, the Delaware Valley Green Building Council recognized all 24 schools in their Chapter’s region that applied for the Green Ribbon program. Two of them, Radnor Middle School and Springside Chestnut Hill (pictured) were notified on Monday by the U.S. Department of Education that they had been named Green Ribbon Schools!</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/pennsylvania-schools-are-rocking-green-ribbon-program" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/pennsylvania-schools-are-rocking-green-ribbon-program#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 25 Apr 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Janet Milkman 2610213 at http://cn.usgbc.org Rachel Gutter Visits Green School in Bali http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/rachel-gutter-visits-green-school-bali <p>Last week, Rachel Gutter visited the <a href="http://www.greenschool.org/">Green School</a> in Bali, Indonesia to present them with the Center for Green Schools "2012 Greenest School on Earth" Award. The school has some incredible features, such as structures made from environmentally friendly bamboo, solar energy and vortex hydro technology projects to remove the school entirely off the grid, bio-intensive farming around campus to raise organic food and so much more. Check out the amazing video footage of her time there, along with the school's&nbsp;Earth Day celebrations!</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/rachel-gutter-visits-green-school-bali#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 24 Apr 2012 04:00:00 +0000 2610215 at http://cn.usgbc.org Introducing the Green Apple Day of Service http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/introducing-green-apple-day-service <p>Last week, I was able to visit one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to make an exciting announcement, recognizing the <a href="http://www.greenschool.org/" target="new">Green School in Bali</a> as the Center for Green School’s “2012 Greenest School on Earth.” The school has some incredible features, such as structures made from environmentally friendly bamboo, solar energy and vortex hydro technology projects to remove the school entirely off the grid, bio-intensive farming around campus to raise organic food and so much more.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/introducing-green-apple-day-service" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/introducing-green-apple-day-service#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 24 Apr 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Rachel Gutter 1735266 at http://cn.usgbc.org What You Need to Know About the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools Program http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/what-you-need-know-about-us-department-education%E2%80%99s-green-ribbon-schools-program-0 <p>In his <a target="new" href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/04/20/presidential-proclamation-earth-day">2012 Earth Day Proclamation</a>, President Obama outlines the case for green schools and recognizes the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools program as a driver for improving school sustainability, health and education for 21st century jobs.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/what-you-need-know-about-us-department-education%E2%80%99s-green-ribbon-schools-program-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/what-you-need-know-about-us-department-education%E2%80%99s-green-ribbon-schools-program-0#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 23 Apr 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Nathaniel Allen 2610217 at http://cn.usgbc.org What You Need to Know About the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools Program http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/what-you-need-know-about-us-department-education%E2%80%99s-green-ribbon-schools-program <p>In his <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/04/20/presidential-proclamation-earth-day" target="new">2012 Earth Day Proclamation</a>, President Obama outlines the case for green schools and recognizes the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools program as a driver for improving school sustainability, health and education for 21st century jobs.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/what-you-need-know-about-us-department-education%E2%80%99s-green-ribbon-schools-program" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/what-you-need-know-about-us-department-education%E2%80%99s-green-ribbon-schools-program#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 23 Apr 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Nathaniel Allen 1735269 at http://cn.usgbc.org Putting the Students in Charge http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/putting-students-charge <p>“In order to solve our climate problems, we need a coalition of leaders.” This was the message delivered by <a href="http://www.blsyouthcan.org/BLS_Youth_C.A.N./Welcome.html">Boston Latin School’s Youth Climate Action Network</a> leaders, Rebecca Park and Eshe Sherley, as they addressed two dozen peer students who had gathered to envision how a rooftop sustainability learning center could shape their educational experience in and out of school.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/putting-students-charge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/putting-students-charge#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 20 Apr 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Phoebe Beierle 2610218 at http://cn.usgbc.org The Center for Green Schools and Princeton Review Release Free Guide to 322 Green Colleges http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-and-princeton-review-release-free-guide-322-green-colleges <p>“In order to solve our climate problems, we need a coalition of leaders.” This was the message delivered by <a href="http://www.blsyouthcan.org/BLS_Youth_C.A.N./Welcome.html">Boston Latin School’s Youth Climate Action Network</a> leaders, Rebecca Park and Eshe Sherley, as they addressed two dozen peer students who had gathered to envision how a rooftop sustainability learning center could shape their educational experience in and out of school.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-and-princeton-review-release-free-guide-322-green-colleges" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-and-princeton-review-release-free-guide-322-green-colleges#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 17 Apr 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Kristin Ferguson 2610232 at http://cn.usgbc.org Using LEED on Campus: Webcast for NWF's Greenforce Initiative http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/using-leed-campus-webcast-nwfs-greenforce-initiative <p>The <a target="new" href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/home.aspx">Center for Green Schools</a> and <a target="new" href="http://www.nwf.org/">National Wildlife Federation</a> have a growing, synergistic relationship in support of transforming campuses into more resource-efficient communities with curriculum and training to underpin long term change.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/using-leed-campus-webcast-nwfs-greenforce-initiative" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/using-leed-campus-webcast-nwfs-greenforce-initiative#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 11 Apr 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Kristin Ferguson 2610257 at http://cn.usgbc.org Cornell University Competes to Reduce in This Year's Campus Conservation Nationals http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/cornell-university-competes-reduce-years-campus-conservation-nationals <p>As the energy conservation intern in Cornell University’s Sustainability Office, I was privileged to lead Cornell through its pilot year participating in Campus Conservation Nationals! When we first decided to participate in the competition, we didn’t know what to expect. Unsure of the savings we could make as well as the challenges we would face, we began to put together a vision for our campus-wide energy conservation competition.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/cornell-university-competes-reduce-years-campus-conservation-nationals" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/cornell-university-competes-reduce-years-campus-conservation-nationals#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 03 Apr 2012 04:00:00 +0000 2610259 at http://cn.usgbc.org Center Spotlight: Tiffany Coyle, Marketing Account Associate http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/center-spotlight-tiffany-coyle-marketing-account-associate <p><em>Tiffany is responsible for coordinating marketing pieces for the Center for Green Schools, as well as other initiatives at USGBC. She concentrates on ways to get the Center's</em><em>&nbsp;message out to folks and give them the tools they need to empower their local movement for sustainability. This comes in all forms and can be a simple sheet of paper with a web address to a complex guidebook to a really fun interactive digital element.</em></p> <p><strong>Position:</strong> Marketing Account Associate</p> <p><strong>Current location:</strong> Washington, DC</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/center-spotlight-tiffany-coyle-marketing-account-associate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/center-spotlight-tiffany-coyle-marketing-account-associate#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 02 Apr 2012 04:00:00 +0000 2610261 at http://cn.usgbc.org Where in the World is Rachel Gutter? http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/where-world-rachel-gutter <p>This week, Center for Green Schools Director <a target="new" href="http://twitter.com/rachelgutter">Rachel Gutter</a> traveled to Beijing, China for the 8th International Conference on Green &amp; Energy Efficient Building. Rachel spoke to the audience about the importance of green schools, a topic that is gaining a lot of momentum in China. Check out the video below of Rachel giving her presentation, and also take a look at our <a target="new" href="http://www.facebook.com/Centerforgreenschools">Facebook page</a> for lots of great photos from her trip!</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/where-world-rachel-gutter#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 30 Mar 2012 04:00:00 +0000 2610264 at http://cn.usgbc.org Where in the World is Rachel Gutter? http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/where-world-rachel-gutter-0 <p>This week, Center for Green Schools Director <a target="new" href="http://twitter.com/rachelgutter">Rachel Gutter</a> traveled to Beijing, China for the 8th International Conference on Green &amp; Energy Efficient Building. Rachel spoke to the audience about the importance of green schools, a topic that is gaining a lot of momentum in China. Check out the video below of Rachel giving her presentation, and also take a look at our <a target="new" href="http://www.facebook.com/Centerforgreenschools">Facebook page</a> for lots of great photos from her trip!</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/where-world-rachel-gutter-0#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 30 Mar 2012 04:00:00 +0000 2610265 at http://cn.usgbc.org NCEF Releases New School Building Design Report http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/ncef-releases-new-school-building-design-report <p>The National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities (NCEF) recently published a new study looking back on the designs of school buildings, identifying trends in energy consumption, ventilation, heating, air quality, lighting and acoustics. The study,<a target="new" href="http://www.ncef.org/pubs/greenschoolshistory.pdf">"A History of School Design and its Indoor Environmental Standards, 1900 to Today"</a> was written by Lindsay Baker, a doctoral candidate in the Building Sciences program of the Architecture department at the University of California, Berkeley.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/ncef-releases-new-school-building-design-report" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/ncef-releases-new-school-building-design-report#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 28 Mar 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Judy Marks 2610267 at http://cn.usgbc.org Empowering Kids to Design the Schools of the Future http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/empowering-kids-design-schools-future <p>Integrating visual arts learning throughout all disciplines significantly engages students. The <a target="new" href="http://www.cefpi.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3550">School of the Future Design Competition</a> (SOTF) offers an opportunity to illustrate the kind of creativity that students bring to the design process. The competition challenges middle school students to conceptualize or redesign their schools to enhance learning, conserve resources, be environmentally responsive and engage the surrounding community.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/empowering-kids-design-schools-future" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/empowering-kids-design-schools-future#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 27 Mar 2012 04:00:00 +0000 2610270 at http://cn.usgbc.org Creating Healthier Classrooms Through Practical Solutions http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/creating-healthier-classrooms-through-practical-solutions <p>It goes without saying, every parent wants their child to be healthy and safe. And teachers too, always have the best interest of our kids at heart. But sometimes what we don’t know can hurt us.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/creating-healthier-classrooms-through-practical-solutions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/creating-healthier-classrooms-through-practical-solutions#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 20 Mar 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Rachel Gutter 2610271 at http://cn.usgbc.org USGBC Orange County Looks To Refine the Green Classroom Concept http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-orange-county-looks-refine-green-classroom-concept <p><em>Note: This blog is reposted from <a target="new" href="http://thejournal.com/articles/2012/03/19/usgbc-looks-to-refine-the-green-classroom-concept.aspx">THE Journal</a> and was written by Bridget McCrea</em></p> <h3>USGBC Looks To Refine the Green Classroom Concept</h3> <p><em>One chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council is taking a first step in a wide-scale classroom "greening" project for public K-12 schools nationwide.</em><br /> By Bridget McCrea<br /> 03/19/12</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-orange-county-looks-refine-green-classroom-concept" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-orange-county-looks-refine-green-classroom-concept#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 20 Mar 2012 04:00:00 +0000 2610272 at http://cn.usgbc.org If You Want to See Change, Head to New Orleans http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/if-you-want-see-change-head-new-orleans <p>This past Monday, Center for Green Schools Director <a target="new" href="http://centerforgreenschools.com/rachel.aspx">Rachel Gutter</a> and I presented plaques to the <a target="new" href="http://www.doe.state.la.us/offices/publicaffairs/press_release.aspx?PR=1610">first four LEED certified schools</a> in New Orleans. These four schools represented not only a huge accomplishment for the Recovery School District and the city, but also for Louisiana, with these schools being the first in the state to become certified.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/if-you-want-see-change-head-new-orleans" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/if-you-want-see-change-head-new-orleans#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 15 Mar 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Anisa Baldwin Metzger 2610274 at http://cn.usgbc.org Arkansas Green Schools Challenge http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/arkansas-green-schools-challenge <p>The first annual Arkansas Green Schools Challenge is coming to a close, and a <a target="new" href="http://www.inarkansas.com/29429/school-of-thought-green-schools-challenge-grooms-a-new-generation-of-sustainable-thinkers">great article</a> was recently published on the program in February’s Arkansas Green Guide magazine.The Challenge was a joint effort between the <a target="new">USGBC-Arkansas Chapter</a> and the <a target="new" href="http://www.theaaea.org/site/default.aspx?PageID=1">Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators</a> (AAEA).</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/arkansas-green-schools-challenge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/arkansas-green-schools-challenge#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 12 Mar 2012 04:00:00 +0000 2610276 at http://cn.usgbc.org The Lorax Can Teach Kids Important Service Lessons http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/lorax-can-teach-kids-important-service-lessons <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-all-authored-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/people/rachel-gutter/0010035868">Rachel Gutter</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">8 Mar 2012</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Dr. Suess&#039;s &quot;The Lorax&quot; " alt="Dr. Suess&#039;s &quot;The Lorax&quot; " src="http://cn.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/lorax.jpg?1332359063" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Last weekend, I had the opportunity to attend a screening of Dr. Seuss’ <a href="http://www.theloraxmovie.com/index.php">The Lorax</a> before it hit theaters. The showing, sponsored by <a href="http://www.nea.org/">NEA</a> and <a href="http://www.mochamoms.org/">Mocha Moms</a>, brought hundreds of DC kids to view the movie and learn an important message about the environment.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/lorax-can-teach-kids-important-service-lessons" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/lorax-can-teach-kids-important-service-lessons#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 08 Mar 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Rachel Gutter 1731753 at http://cn.usgbc.org The Nation’s Capital Steps Up to Become the ‘Greenest College Town in America’ http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/nation%E2%80%99s-capital-steps-become-%E2%80%98greenest-college-town-america%E2%80%99 <p>On Feb. 29, the District of Columbia’s Mayor <a target="new" href="http://mayor.dc.gov/DC/Mayor">Vincent Gray</a> was joined by local university presidents to sign the District of Columbia Mayor's College and University Sustainability Pledge. The Mayor’s goal is for the nation’s capital to become the <a target="new" href="http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-02/au-mgu022912.php">‘Greenest College Town in America’</a> – ambitious, yet attainable with the collective energy of local universities.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/nation%E2%80%99s-capital-steps-become-%E2%80%98greenest-college-town-america%E2%80%99" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/nation%E2%80%99s-capital-steps-become-%E2%80%98greenest-college-town-america%E2%80%99#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 08 Mar 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Jaime Van Mourik 2610278 at http://cn.usgbc.org The Lorax Can Teach Kids Important Service Lessons http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/lorax-can-teach-kids-important-service-lessons-0 <p>Last weekend, I had the opportunity to attend a screening of Dr. Seuss’ <a target="new" href="http://www.theloraxmovie.com/index.php">The Lorax</a> before it hit theaters. The showing, sponsored by <a target="new" href="http://www.nea.org/">NEA</a> and <a target="new" href="http://www.mochamoms.org/">Mocha Moms</a>, brought hundreds of DC kids to view the movie and learn an important message about the environment.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/lorax-can-teach-kids-important-service-lessons-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/lorax-can-teach-kids-important-service-lessons-0#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 06 Mar 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Rachel Gutter 2610282 at http://cn.usgbc.org Center for Green Schools and McGraw Hill Foundation Release Green Schools White Paper http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-and-mcgraw-hill-foundation-release-green-schools-white-paper <p>If you pay attention to the news and chatter about education policy and schools, you’ve undoubtedly heard the heated debates over the best way to hire and compensate teachers and the most appropriate way to institute rigorous curriculum. The who and the what of education often get front stage in the conversation over how to make our schools more effective at preparing students for being active, engaged citizens.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-and-mcgraw-hill-foundation-release-green-schools-white-paper" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-and-mcgraw-hill-foundation-release-green-schools-white-paper#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 01 Mar 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Anisa Baldwin Metzger 2610285 at http://cn.usgbc.org Opening Session at Green Schools National Conference Shows Strong Support for Healthy, High Performing Schools http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/opening-session-green-schools-national-conference-shows-strong-support-healthy-high-perform <p>The <a target="new" href="http://greenschoolsnationalconference.org/index.php">2012 Green Schools National Conference</a> kicked off today with the opening session, featuring inspiring words from green schools advocates such as <a target="new" href="http://www.state.co.us/gov_dir/leg_dir/House/members/Hou26.htm">Andy Kerr</a>, Colorado state representative and a member of our Green Schools Caucus; <a target="new" href="http://www.majoracartergroup.com/">Majora Carter</a>, president of the Majora Carter Group and USGBC board member; <a target="new" href="http://lauraseydel.com/">Laura Turner</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/opening-session-green-schools-national-conference-shows-strong-support-healthy-high-perform" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/opening-session-green-schools-national-conference-shows-strong-support-healthy-high-perform#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 29 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Mallory Shelter 2610288 at http://cn.usgbc.org Five Years of Climate Leadership http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/five-years-climate-leadership <p>This year, the <a target="new" href="http://www.acupcc.org/">American College &amp; University Presidents’ Climate Commitment</a> (ACUPCC) is celebrating five years of climate leadership. Nearly 700 institutions, representing 6 million students, are implementing plans to promote education, research and community engagement to create a sustainable future.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/five-years-climate-leadership" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/five-years-climate-leadership#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 24 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Georges Dyer 2610290 at http://cn.usgbc.org What's Your Favorite Color? For SCUSD, it's Green! http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/whats-your-favorite-color-scusd-its-green <p><strong>By <a target="new" href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/2011fellows.aspx">Farah McDill</a><br /> Center for Green Schools UTC Fellow for Sacramento City Unified School District</strong></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/whats-your-favorite-color-scusd-its-green" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/whats-your-favorite-color-scusd-its-green#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 23 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Farah McDill 2610291 at http://cn.usgbc.org The Center for Green Schools at the 2012 Green Schools National Conference http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-2012-green-schools-national-conference <p>Six years ago, we launched the National Green Schools Campaign. Back then, if you had told me that just a few years later, several thousand people would be showing up at a national green schools conference to be keynoted by Secretary of Education <a target="new" href="http://greenschoolsnationalconference.org/keynote_speakers_duncan.php">Arne Duncan</a>, I would have said you were crazy. But what you and I both know is that green schools is a topic that brings so many different kinds of people together.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-2012-green-schools-national-conference" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-2012-green-schools-national-conference#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 22 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Rachel Gutter 2610293 at http://cn.usgbc.org Students Guide the Way in Sustainability at UC San Diego http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/students-guide-way-sustainability-uc-san-diego <p>The college experience: fraternity parties, football games and…LEED. <a target="new" href="http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CategoryID=19">LEED</a> (or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) has played an integral part on the <a target="new" href="http://ucsd.edu/">University of California San Diego</a> (UCSD) campus. When UCSD students help to complete LEED certification projects on campus, they prove that making a positive impact is also an essential part of the college experience.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/students-guide-way-sustainability-uc-san-diego" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/students-guide-way-sustainability-uc-san-diego#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 21 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 2610297 at http://cn.usgbc.org The Power of Persuasion: January 2012 Fellowship Training http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/power-persuasion-january-2012-fellowship-training <p>I never thought it would take me 22 hours to travel by plane from Sacramento, CA to Washington, D.C., but on Jan. 23, I was proven wrong. After a delayed flight due to mechanical issues, a missed connection in Phoenix, being rerouted through Dallas, and a canceled connection to D.C., I finally arrived at the USGBC offices for the Center for Green Schools Fellowship training. My problem-free air travel record is now officially over, but I miraculously arrived to the training a mere two hours late.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/power-persuasion-january-2012-fellowship-training" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/power-persuasion-january-2012-fellowship-training#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 13 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Farah McDill 2610294 at http://cn.usgbc.org 2011 National Wildlife Federation Campus Sustainability Case Studies are Online Now! http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/2011-national-wildlife-federation-campus-sustainability-case-studies-are-online-now <p>Want to find out what campuses nationwide are doing to green their operations and curriculum? Then take a look at <a target="new" href="http://www.nwf.org/">National Wildlife Federation’s</a> campus sustainability <a target="new" href=" www.nwf.org/campuscasestudies">case study database</a>, which is now available online. </p> <p>Close to 100 new case studies were added for 2011, highlighting efforts to dramatically reduce pollution, waste and costs, including recycling, energy efficiency improvements, alternative transportation systems and green jobs training programs.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/2011-national-wildlife-federation-campus-sustainability-case-studies-are-online-now" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/2011-national-wildlife-federation-campus-sustainability-case-studies-are-online-now#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 09 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 2610298 at http://cn.usgbc.org Director’s Corner: Bringing Green Schools to the Mainstream http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/director%E2%80%99s-corner-bringing-green-schools-mainstream <p>At the <a target="new" href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/utility-nav/blog/11-11-15/Director_s_Corner_What_s_Next_in_the_Green_Schools_Movement.aspx">end of last year</a>, I shared with you that I thought the green schools movement had reached a tipping point. Even in these first weeks of 2012, the many players in this movement are redefining this conversation and our strategy for putting every student in a green school within this generation.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/director%E2%80%99s-corner-bringing-green-schools-mainstream" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/director%E2%80%99s-corner-bringing-green-schools-mainstream#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 07 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Rachel Gutter 2610309 at http://cn.usgbc.org Green Classroom Professional Certificate Program http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/green-classroom-professional-certificate-program <p>There are many things that are important when it comes to educating students – the curriculum, student engagement and motivation and teacher effectiveness all play important roles in our nation’s classrooms. However, what is oftentimes lost in these conversations is the significant effects that the physical learning space has on student health and performance. We understand the huge impact a classroom can have on our students.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/green-classroom-professional-certificate-program" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/green-classroom-professional-certificate-program#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 07 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 m mm 2610311 at http://cn.usgbc.org Students Gain Practical Lessons Through USGBC’s Research to Practice Program http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/students-gain-practical-lessons-through-usgbc%E2%80%99s-research-practice-program <p>There are three words that strike fear in college students everywhere: “the real world.” People look back fondly on their college years, remembering late nights partying or doing things they would never dream of doing now. Others look back and remember late nights of studying and rigorous coursework. For many, it’s a mix of the two. Whatever your memories of college, for most students the specter of the real world looms in the distance, a far off place that you enter the day after graduation.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/students-gain-practical-lessons-through-usgbc%E2%80%99s-research-practice-program" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/students-gain-practical-lessons-through-usgbc%E2%80%99s-research-practice-program#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 07 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 2610299 at http://cn.usgbc.org Green Schools National Conference: A National Movement has Arrived http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/green-schools-national-conference-national-movement-has-arrived <p>U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will kick off the <a target="new" href="http://www.greenschoolsnationalconference.org/index.php">Green Schools National Conference</a> (GSNC), a gathering of K-12 school administrators, teachers, students and parents this month, focused on the greening of the nation’s schools.</p> <p>The GSNC, set for Feb. 27-29 in Denver and sponsored by the Green Schools National Network (GSNN), will provide Secretary Duncan with the opportunity to spotlight U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Awards Program.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/green-schools-national-conference-national-movement-has-arrived" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/green-schools-national-conference-national-movement-has-arrived#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 07 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 2610300 at http://cn.usgbc.org Campuses in the Sustainability Spotlight http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/campuses-sustainability-spotlight <p>Over the last three and a half years, I’ve had the pleasure of watching colleges and universities across the country prove their ability to lead and innovate as sustainability doers. Green buildings are a starting point for institutional leadership, but by no means the end. From students and faculty, to staff and senior administrators, to boards and alumni, I’ve observed a groundswell of environmental stewardship, pedagogy and practice indicating that the changes these champions are putting into place are here to stay.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/campuses-sustainability-spotlight" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/campuses-sustainability-spotlight#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 07 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Kristin Ferguson 2610301 at http://cn.usgbc.org Chapter Spotlight: Minnesota Green Schools Coalition Unites the State to Achieve Green Schools http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/chapter-spotlight-minnesota-green-schools-coalition-unites-state-achieve-green-schools <p>How can we facilitate major change in the way Minnesotans think about green schools? This was the question under discussion at USGBC Minnesota’s Green Schools Committee meeting a year ago. The committee had been struggling with how to get the message about the benefits of healthy, cost effective, high performance schools to the large and varied group of people who affect the school environment.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/chapter-spotlight-minnesota-green-schools-coalition-unites-state-achieve-green-schools" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/chapter-spotlight-minnesota-green-schools-coalition-unites-state-achieve-green-schools#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 07 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Sheri Brezinka 2610304 at http://cn.usgbc.org The Coolest (and Coldest!) Teachers in the World http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/coolest-and-coldest-teachers-world <p>Later this month, two lucky teachers will have the opportunity of a lifetime. The selected teachers, <a target="new" href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/coolestteacher#Kim">Kim Williams</a> of Sacramento and <a target="new" href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/coolestteacher#Cate">Cate Arnold</a> of Boston, will serve as representatives of the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, joining explorer Robert Swan, O.B.E. and <a target="new" href="http://www.2041.com/about-2041/robert-swan/">2041</a> on their next Antarctic Expedition, beginning Feb. 27.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/coolest-and-coldest-teachers-world" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/coolest-and-coldest-teachers-world#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 07 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Anisa Baldwin Metzger 2610306 at http://cn.usgbc.org Green Schools Regional Roundtables: Common Ground in Kentucky http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/green-schools-regional-roundtables-common-ground-kentucky <p>On Nov. 29, 2011, state legislators and key decision makers from six states across the South and Midwest convened in Bowling Green, Kentucky, to discuss the <a target="new" href="http://centerforgreenschools.com/utility-nav/blog/11-11-30/Local_Officials_Gather_to_Find_Common_Ground_on_Green_Schools.aspx">political common ground</a> around the topic of green schools.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/green-schools-regional-roundtables-common-ground-kentucky" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/green-schools-regional-roundtables-common-ground-kentucky#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 07 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Nathaniel Allen 2610307 at http://cn.usgbc.org Green Schools Community Gearing Up for History-Making Day of Service http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/green-schools-community-gearing-history-making-day-service <p><em>“Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don't have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.</em></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/green-schools-community-gearing-history-making-day-service" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/green-schools-community-gearing-history-making-day-service#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 07 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Emily Riordan 2610308 at http://cn.usgbc.org Center Spotlight: Jenny Wiedower, K-12 Manager http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/center-spotlight-jenny-wiedower-k-12-manager <p><em>As K-12 Manager, Jenny provides strategic direction and support for the Center’s programs and initiatives that help teachers, school administrators, elected officials and volunteers transform K-12 schools across the country. Her work includes growing partnerships with people and organizations where jointly, the Center can make a stronger and more widespread case for green schools. </em></p> <p><strong>Position:</strong> K-12 Manager</p> <p><strong>Current location:</strong> Washington, DC</p> <p><strong>Hometown:&nbsp;</strong>Little Rock, AR</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/center-spotlight-jenny-wiedower-k-12-manager" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/center-spotlight-jenny-wiedower-k-12-manager#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 06 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 2610313 at http://cn.usgbc.org Campus Conservation Nationals Off to a Roaring Start! http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/campus-conservation-nationals-roaring-start <p>Starting today, 160 campuses across the country are&nbsp;<a target="new" href="http://www.competetoreduce.org/">competing to reduce</a> energy and water consumption at colleges and universities. Over a quarter million students have made commitments to use less water and electricity as they race to conserve a collective gigawatt or more!</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/campus-conservation-nationals-roaring-start" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/campus-conservation-nationals-roaring-start#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 06 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Patrick Lane 2610314 at http://cn.usgbc.org The Competition Begins: Appalachian State University vs. Western Carolina University in CCN 2012 http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/competition-begins-appalachian-state-university-vs-western-carolina-university-ccn-2012 <p>The <a target="new" href="http://www.competetoreduce.org/">Campus Conservation Nationals</a> kicks off next week, and the competition is going to be fierce. Campus Conservation Nationals is a national residence hall electricity and water reduction competition that encourages colleges and universities to save energy and water. For the 2012 competition, rival schools will compete against peer schools to see which campus can have the greatest energy reductions.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/competition-begins-appalachian-state-university-vs-western-carolina-university-ccn-2012" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/competition-begins-appalachian-state-university-vs-western-carolina-university-ccn-2012#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 03 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Lisa Bishop 2610316 at http://cn.usgbc.org DVGBC Rocks the House! http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/dvgbc-rocks-house-0 <p>On Tuesday, January 25, 2012 members of the three USGBC Chapters in PA <a target="new" href="http://www.dvgbc.org/">(Delaware Valley Green Building Council</a>, <a target="new" href="http://www.gbapgh.org/">Green Building Alliance</a> and <a target="new" href="http://www.gbacpa.org/">USGBC Central PA</a>) went to Harrisburg for Advocacy Day.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/dvgbc-rocks-house-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/dvgbc-rocks-house-0#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 01 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 2610318 at http://cn.usgbc.org The Coolest Teachers in the Country http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/coolest-teachers-country <p>A growing body of research indicates that students learn better when they learn firsthand through hands-on experiences. At the Center for Green Schools, we think the same is true for everybody else, including the millions of teachers who dedicate their lives to educating our children.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/coolest-teachers-country" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/coolest-teachers-country#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 31 Jan 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Rachel Gutter 2610317 at http://cn.usgbc.org Why Galaxy Elementary is Aiming for LEED Platinum http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/why-galaxy-elementary-aiming-leed-platinum <p>Parents want to know: is building a school as a LEED school expensive? It all depends. Initial construction costs can sometimes be high, but with a careful budget and post construction energy performance studies, building to LEED standards saves a great deal of money over time. Additionally, green schools can be created at or below regional K-12 construction costs and operated within existing facilities budgets.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/why-galaxy-elementary-aiming-leed-platinum" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/why-galaxy-elementary-aiming-leed-platinum#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 26 Jan 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Anthony Dalton 2610320 at http://cn.usgbc.org A Shining Example from the Sunshine State http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/shining-example-sunshine-state <p><em>Reposted from the White House Council on Environmental Quality's <a target="new" href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/01/06/shining-example-sunshine-state">blog</a></em></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/shining-example-sunshine-state" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/shining-example-sunshine-state#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 25 Jan 2012 05:00:00 +0000 2610319 at http://cn.usgbc.org Project Haiti: Rebuilding Better for Haiti's Children http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/project-haiti-rebuilding-better-haitis-children <p>The Center for Green Schools operates within a non-profit called the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). While the Center has a mission that is focused on schools and the students who attend them, USGBC’s broader mission is to create green buildings and communities for all, believing that everyone is entitled to live, breathe, learn and work in a healthy, sustainable environment.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/project-haiti-rebuilding-better-haitis-children" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/project-haiti-rebuilding-better-haitis-children#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 12 Jan 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Rachel Gutter 2610322 at http://cn.usgbc.org Hot Off the Presses! The Center for Green Schools 2011 Report Card http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/hot-presses-center-green-schools-2011-report-card <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-all-authored-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/people/jenny-wiedower/0010692195">Jenny Wiedower</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Center for Green Schools just finished its first <a target="new" href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/Libraries/Resources_Documents/CFGS-infographic-2011.sflb.ashx">infographic</a>, which depicts our work since being founded in September 2010, highlighting our reach, resources and really inspiring events.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/hot-presses-center-green-schools-2011-report-card" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/hot-presses-center-green-schools-2011-report-card#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 10 Jan 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Jenny Wiedower 2610323 at http://cn.usgbc.org Center for Green Schools Fellowship Program Featured in Architectural Record http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-fellowship-program-featured-architectural-record <p>The Center for Green Schools <a target="new" href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/fellowship">Fellowship Program</a> was recently <a target="new" href="http://greensource.construction.com/features/other/2012/1201-Sustainable-Solutions.asp">featured</a> in Architectural Record and Greensource, publications focusing on sustainable design and green building.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-fellowship-program-featured-architectural-record" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-fellowship-program-featured-architectural-record#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 05 Jan 2012 05:00:00 +0000 2610324 at http://cn.usgbc.org Cross-Country Travel for the Center for Green Schools Fellows http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/cross-country-travel-center-green-schools-fellows <p>Last week, I had the opportunity to travel to Boston, Mass. and Sacramento, Ca. to visit our two <a target="new" href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/2011fellows.aspx">Center for Green Schools fellows</a> at their respective school districts.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/cross-country-travel-center-green-schools-fellows" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/cross-country-travel-center-green-schools-fellows#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 21 Dec 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Anisa Baldwin Metzger 2610326 at http://cn.usgbc.org Green Schools Around the World - AASA Trip Recap from the Dominican Republic http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/green-schools-around-world-aasa-trip-recap-dominican-republic <p>On Nov. 29, 2011, I began a week-long trip to Constanza, La Vega in the Dominican Republic. I am the project director of the Healthy School Environments project at the&nbsp;<a target="new" href="http://www.aasa.org/Default.aspx">American Association of School Administrators</a> (AASA) and was invited to participate in a <a target="new" href="http://www.lifetouch.com/volunteerism">Lifetouch</a> <a target="new" href="http://www.naesp.org/2011-lifetouch-memory-mission">Memory Mission Trip</a>.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/green-schools-around-world-aasa-trip-recap-dominican-republic" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/green-schools-around-world-aasa-trip-recap-dominican-republic#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 20 Dec 2011 05:00:00 +0000 2610327 at http://cn.usgbc.org Life as a Green School Fellow at Sacramento City Unified School District http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/life-green-school-fellow-sacramento-city-unified-school-district <p>Over the last six months, my life has changed dramatically. Not only did I relocate from Colorado to California, but I was given a position in an organization that I respect, in a school district that I admire, doing a job that I love. In July of 2011, <a target="new" href="http://www.scusd.edu/Pages/default.aspx">Sacramento City Unified School District</a> (SCUSD) was one of two school districts in the country to receive a <a target="new" href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/fellowship">Center for Green Schools UTC Fellow</a>.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/life-green-school-fellow-sacramento-city-unified-school-district" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/life-green-school-fellow-sacramento-city-unified-school-district#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 16 Dec 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Farah McDill 2610329 at http://cn.usgbc.org Learn Green Schools Conference and Expo Recap http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/learn-green-schools-conference-and-expo-recap <p>On November 11, the <a target="new" href="http://www.ourgreenschools.com/learngreenconference/">Learn Green Schools Conference and Expo</a> and Lessons Learned Workshop took place at the Dreyfoos School of the Arts, attracting over 900 attendees from all over the state of Florida and the country. There were 90 presenters, 88 exhibitors in addition to administrators, teachers, vendors, architects, engineers and others within the construction industry. The presenting sponsor for the event was the <a target="new" href="http://www.swa.org/default.htm">Solid Waste Authority</a>.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/learn-green-schools-conference-and-expo-recap" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/learn-green-schools-conference-and-expo-recap#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 15 Dec 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Ann Dalton 2610541 at http://cn.usgbc.org A Year of Chapter Advocacy Efforts: Green Schools http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/year-chapter-advocacy-efforts-green-schools <p>As we at USGBC wind down 2011 – and gear up for a promising 2012 I am pleased to have the opportunity to reflect on what an incredible year it’s been for green schools. With the help of our seemingly tireless volunteer and chapter network, the Center for Green Schools at USGBC has had a first year that has exceeded many expectations. Even heading into a time of year when things typically seem to slow down, USGBC’s volunteers continue to be hard at work on behalf of green schools.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/year-chapter-advocacy-efforts-green-schools" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/year-chapter-advocacy-efforts-green-schools#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 15 Dec 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Emily Riordan 2610543 at http://cn.usgbc.org Higher Education Green Schools: An Intern’s Perspective http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/higher-education-green-schools-intern%E2%80%99s-perspective <p>After an invaluable six month run with the U.S. Green Building Council as an intern, it was time to publish my final podcast. Though I’d produced podcasts with USGBC before, this was the first time I was able to use my unique position as a University of Florida student. Having spent three months at USGBC’s headquarters in Washington D.C., the time had come to head back to school in Florida and continue the internship via telecommute.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/higher-education-green-schools-intern%E2%80%99s-perspective" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/higher-education-green-schools-intern%E2%80%99s-perspective#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 14 Dec 2011 05:00:00 +0000 2610544 at http://cn.usgbc.org Q&A: Rep. Ron Kind on Healthy Kids Outdoors Act http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/qa-rep-ron-kind-healthy-kids-outdoors-act-0 <p>Representative <a target="new&#039;" href="http://kind.house.gov/">Ron Kind</a> (WI), alongside Senator <a target="new" href="http://markudall.senate.gov/">Mark Udall</a> (CO), recently introduced the <a target="new" href="http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/D?d112:9:./temp/~bd0wWg::">Healthy Kids Outdoors Act</a>. This bill would authorize the <a target="new" href="http://www.doi.gov/whoweare/secretarysalazar.cfm">Secretary of the Interior</a> to carry out programs and activities that connect Americans, especially children, youth, and families, with the outdoors. We asked Rep.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/qa-rep-ron-kind-healthy-kids-outdoors-act-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/qa-rep-ron-kind-healthy-kids-outdoors-act-0#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 14 Dec 2011 05:00:00 +0000 2610546 at http://cn.usgbc.org A Year of Chapter Advocacy Efforts: Part Two - Green Schools http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/year-chapter-advocacy-efforts-part-two-green-schools <p>As we at USGBC wind down 2011 – and gear up for a promising 2012 I am pleased to have the opportunity to reflect on what an incredible year it's been for green schools. With the help of our seemingly tireless volunteer and chapter network, the <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/">Center for Green Schools</a> at USGBC has had a first year that has exceeded many expectations. Even heading into a time of year when things typically seem to slow down, USGBC's volunteers continue to be hard at work on behalf of green schools.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/year-chapter-advocacy-efforts-part-two-green-schools" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/year-chapter-advocacy-efforts-part-two-green-schools#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 14 Dec 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Emily Riordan 2608149 at http://cn.usgbc.org Q&A: Rep. Ron Kind on Healthy Kids Outdoors Act http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/qa-rep-ron-kind-healthy-kids-outdoors-act <p>Representative <a href="http://kind.house.gov/" target="new&#039;">Ron Kind</a> (WI), alongside Senator <a href="http://markudall.senate.gov/" target="new">Mark Udall</a> (CO), recently introduced the <a href="http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/D?d112:9:./temp/~bd0wWg::" target="new">Healthy Kids Outdoors Act</a>. This bill would authorize the <a href="http://www.doi.gov/whoweare/secretarysalazar.cfm" target="new">Secretary of the Interior</a> to carry out programs and activities that connect Americans, especially children, youth, and families, with the outdoors. We asked Rep.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/qa-rep-ron-kind-healthy-kids-outdoors-act" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/qa-rep-ron-kind-healthy-kids-outdoors-act#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 14 Dec 2011 05:00:00 +0000 2608254 at http://cn.usgbc.org Americans Care About Green Schools http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/americans-care-about-green-schools <p>As a former teacher, I’ve seen first-hand the transformative effect that great educational environments can have on teacher motivation, student performance and community engagement. I also know that parents are unfailingly dedicated to their children’s education and will do just about anything to give their kids an advantage in life.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/americans-care-about-green-schools" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/americans-care-about-green-schools#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 12 Dec 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Rachel Gutter 1729625 at http://cn.usgbc.org Americans Care About Green Schools http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/americans-care-about-green-schools-1 <p>As a former teacher, I’ve seen first-hand the transformative effect that great educational environments can have on teacher motivation, student performance and community engagement. I also know that parents are unfailingly dedicated to their children’s education and will do just about anything to give their kids an advantage in life.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/americans-care-about-green-schools-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/americans-care-about-green-schools-1#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 12 Dec 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Rachel Gutter 2610549 at http://cn.usgbc.org Americans Care About Green Schools http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/americans-care-about-green-schools-0 <p>As a former teacher, I've seen first-hand the transformative effect that great educational environments can have on teacher motivation, student performance and community engagement. I also know that parents are unfailingly dedicated to their children's education and will do just about anything to give their kids an advantage in life.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/americans-care-about-green-schools-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/americans-care-about-green-schools-0#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 12 Dec 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Rachel Gutter 2608280 at http://cn.usgbc.org Green Education Foundation’s Sustainability Lesson Clearinghouse – where K-12 educators collaborate http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/green-education-foundation%E2%80%99s-sustainability-lesson-clearinghouse-%E2%80%93-where-k-12-educators-col <p>Since its founding in 2008, the <a target="new" href="http://www.greeneducationfoundation.org/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=category&amp;layout=blog&amp;id=159&amp;Itemid=509">Green Education Foundation</a> has been building a comprehensive database of K-12 sustainability lessons that are free and easily accessible to educators worldwide. Thanks to a strong partnership with the Center for Green Schools, the Sustainability Lesson Clearinghouse has become a reality, and a thriving one at that!</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/green-education-foundation%E2%80%99s-sustainability-lesson-clearinghouse-%E2%80%93-where-k-12-educators-col" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/green-education-foundation%E2%80%99s-sustainability-lesson-clearinghouse-%E2%80%93-where-k-12-educators-col#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 05 Dec 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Victoria Waters 2610551 at http://cn.usgbc.org Currently December Update: Center for Green Schools Fellowship Program http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/currently-december-update-center-green-schools-fellowship-program <p>The most effective way to positively transform our learning environment is to ensure that school districts have the tools and resources to not only implement improvements to facilities and operations, but to maintain and scale them over the years. This sustained transformation simply cannot occur without a dedicated, internal champion who can change the culture of a school district from the inside.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/currently-december-update-center-green-schools-fellowship-program" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/currently-december-update-center-green-schools-fellowship-program#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 02 Dec 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Anisa Baldwin Metzger 2610553 at http://cn.usgbc.org Center Spotlight: Pat Lane, USGBC Students Program Lead http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/center-spotlight-pat-lane-usgbc-students-program-lead <p><em>Pat oversees USGBC Students, which recruits, connects and equips the next generation of green building leaders by empowering them to transform their campuses, communities and careers. In his role, Pat leads the effort and growth of the USGBC Students program and works directly with students to assist them in integrating sustainability themes into their coursework, advocating for sustainable university practices and policies and working toward becoming LEED accredited professionals.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/center-spotlight-pat-lane-usgbc-students-program-lead" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/center-spotlight-pat-lane-usgbc-students-program-lead#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 01 Dec 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Patrick Lane 2610555 at http://cn.usgbc.org Local Officials Gather to Find Common Ground on Green Schools http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/local-officials-gather-find-common-ground-green-schools <p>Yesterday, state legislators, key decision makers and USGBC chapter members from across the South and Midwest convened at <a target="new" href="http://warrencountyschools.org/school_home.aspx?schoolid=20">Richardsville Elementary School</a> in Kentucky, the nation’s first net-zero energy school, for a “Common Ground” event to discuss the success of the green schools movement in the region and the best practices that can be applied to their own communities.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/local-officials-gather-find-common-ground-green-schools" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/local-officials-gather-find-common-ground-green-schools#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 30 Nov 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Nathaniel Allen 2610592 at http://cn.usgbc.org November 2011 Green Schools Committee Digest http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/november-2011-green-schools-committee-digest <p>While many of us are turning the focus of our free time towards holiday preparation, sale-scouting and travel planning, USGBC’s volunteers continue to be hard at work on behalf of green schools. To learn more about the recent happenings of Green Schools Committees from coast-to-coast, be sure to check out this video from this summer’s Green Schools Committee Symposium.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/november-2011-green-schools-committee-digest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/november-2011-green-schools-committee-digest#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 23 Nov 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Emily Riordan 2610604 at http://cn.usgbc.org Director's Corner: What's Next in the Green Schools Movement http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/directors-corner-whats-next-green-schools-movement <p>It seems like we only just made it through back-to-school season at the Center for Green Schools and now the holidays are right around the corner. With USGBC’s annual <a target="new" href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.org/Home.aspx">Greenbuild Conference and Expo</a> under our belt, the Center team is hard at work on many upcoming initiatives to carry us through 2011 and into 2012.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/directors-corner-whats-next-green-schools-movement" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/directors-corner-whats-next-green-schools-movement#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 15 Nov 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Rachel Gutter 2610606 at http://cn.usgbc.org From Red to Blue, States Across the Country Adopt the Green Ribbon Schools Program http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/red-blue-states-across-country-adopt-green-ribbon-schools-program <p>Just weeks after the Department of Education <a target="new" href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/utility-nav/blog/11-09-29/Department_of_Education_launches_Green_Ribbon_Schools_Program.aspx">released the framework</a> for the Green Ribbon Schools award, 22 states have announced their participation in this voluntary program. From Pennsylvania to California, red to blue, states are realizing the Green Ribbon Schools program is a way to achieve current goals around the improvement of their education systems.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/red-blue-states-across-country-adopt-green-ribbon-schools-program" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/red-blue-states-across-country-adopt-green-ribbon-schools-program#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 15 Nov 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Nathaniel Allen 2608334 at http://cn.usgbc.org "Everything is Bigger" for the USGBC Central Texas-Balcones Chapter's Green Schools Movement http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/everything-bigger-usgbc-central-texas-balcones-chapters-green-schools-movement <p><em>Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.</em> This is the mantra of the Emmy-winning television show Friday Night Lights, epitomizing the spirit of a fictional high school football team in this Texas-based drama series. These six words embody the can do – the must do –&nbsp;attitude of people in a small town, trying to do what’s right for their families and their community.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/everything-bigger-usgbc-central-texas-balcones-chapters-green-schools-movement" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/everything-bigger-usgbc-central-texas-balcones-chapters-green-schools-movement#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 14 Nov 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Emily Riordan 2610990 at http://cn.usgbc.org The Center for Green Schools Goes Viral! http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-goes-viral <div> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-goes-viral" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-goes-viral#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 14 Nov 2011 05:00:00 +0000 2610992 at http://cn.usgbc.org Watch What’s Happening in the Green Schools Movement http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/watch-what%E2%80%99s-happening-green-schools-movement <p>The Center has several new videos highlighting our work over the past year. These videos feature programs and events such as the <a target="new" href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/fellowship.aspx">Center for Green Schools Fellowship Program</a>, and the <a target="new" href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/usgbc-chapters.aspx">U.S. Green Building Council Green Schools Symposium</a>. We also created a video that gives a great overview of the importance of green schools, and how we are furthering the mission of putting every student in a green school within this generation.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/watch-what%E2%80%99s-happening-green-schools-movement#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 14 Nov 2011 05:00:00 +0000 2610995 at http://cn.usgbc.org Upcoming Webcasts http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/upcoming-webcasts <p>There are two upcoming webcasts that will be useful for campus stakeholders and advocates interested in green building and green schools. The first discusses implementing LEED in a campus setting, and the second focuses on high building performance on campuses. Below is more information, so be sure to sign up!</p> <p><strong>LEED Implementation Strategies on a Campus: Utilizing the 2010 Application Guide for Multiple Buildings &amp; On-Campus Building Projects</strong></p> <p><em>December 2, 2011, 2 p.m. EST</em></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/upcoming-webcasts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/upcoming-webcasts#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 14 Nov 2011 05:00:00 +0000 2610998 at http://cn.usgbc.org From Red to Blue, States Across the Country Adopt the Green Ribbon Schools Program http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/red-blue-states-across-country-adopt-green-ribbon-schools-program-0 <p>Just weeks after the Department of Education <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/utility-nav/blog/11-09-29/Department_of_Education_launches_Green_Ribbon_Schools_Program.aspx" target="new">released the framework</a> for the Green Ribbon Schools award,&nbsp;22&nbsp; 33* states, plus the District of Columbia and &nbsp;the Bureau of Indian Education, have announced their participation in this voluntary program.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/red-blue-states-across-country-adopt-green-ribbon-schools-program-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/red-blue-states-across-country-adopt-green-ribbon-schools-program-0#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 14 Nov 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Nathaniel Allen 2610952 at http://cn.usgbc.org Q&A: University of Texas at Dallas Vice President for Business Affairs Discusses Innovation in Green Building Award http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/qa-university-texas-dallas-vice-president-business-affairs-discusses-innovation-green-build <p>Last month, the Center for Green Schools and the <a href="http://www.aashe.org/" target="new">Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education</a> (AASHE) teamed up to present the first ever <a href="http://www.aashe.org/about/aashe-awards/innovation-green-building-award" target="new">Innovation in Green Building Award</a> at AASHE’s annual conference in Pittsburgh. The award recognizes a leading college or university that is transforming the built environment and creating living laboratories for sustainability.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/qa-university-texas-dallas-vice-president-business-affairs-discusses-innovation-green-build" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/qa-university-texas-dallas-vice-president-business-affairs-discusses-innovation-green-build#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 14 Nov 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Kenneth Simmons 2610954 at http://cn.usgbc.org Students Across the Country Compete to Reduce Campus Energy http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/students-across-country-compete-reduce-campus-energy <p>In the first two months of the academic year, USGBC Students is off to a roaring start! The national network of volunteer national and regional chairs has tripled the size of the program, and students are putting together inspiring events and activities on campuses across the country. We are now gearing up for Campus Conservation Nationals!</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/students-across-country-compete-reduce-campus-energy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/students-across-country-compete-reduce-campus-energy#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 14 Nov 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Patrick Lane 2610955 at http://cn.usgbc.org Register Now! 2012 Green Schools National Conference http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/register-now-2012-green-schools-national-conference <p>Register now for the second annual Green Schools National Conference (GSNC), taking place from Feb 27-29, 2012 in Denver, Colorado.</p> <p>Be sure to <a target="new" href="http://www.greenschoolsnationalconference.org/register_now.php">register</a> for the 2012 GSNC online by Nov. 18 to get the early bird discount rate. And, as a benefit of being a &nbsp;Center for Green Schools blog reader, you can take advantage of the special USGBC discount code</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/register-now-2012-green-schools-national-conference" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/register-now-2012-green-schools-national-conference#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 14 Nov 2011 05:00:00 +0000 2610989 at http://cn.usgbc.org Ohio School Facilities Commission Members get update on Green School Efforts http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/ohio-school-facilities-commission-members-get-update-green-school-efforts <p>Pennsylvania or Texas? Though those three are certainly out in front, you might be surprised to learn that the leader of the pack is Ohio. Last month I had the opportunity to provide the seven-member <a target="new" href="http://osfc.ohio.gov/">Ohio School Facilities Commission</a> (OSFC) – the body that oversees the public school building efforts in our state – with an update on the status of our <a target="new" href="http://osfc.ohio.gov/Home/GreenSchools.aspx">Green Schools Program</a>.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/ohio-school-facilities-commission-members-get-update-green-school-efforts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/ohio-school-facilities-commission-members-get-update-green-school-efforts#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 09 Nov 2011 05:00:00 +0000 2611000 at http://cn.usgbc.org Campus Sustainability Community Grows Through STARS Program http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/campus-sustainability-community-grows-through-stars-program <p>The campus sustainability community continues to grow as colleges and universities aim to improve their green campus initiatives. Within this growth, the <a target="new" href="http://www.aashe.org/">Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education</a> (AASHE) is serving as a professional home for those working on bringing environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient practices to campuses across the country. AASHE provides resources, support and professional development opportunities to faculty, staff, administrators and students looking to make these changes.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/campus-sustainability-community-grows-through-stars-program" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/campus-sustainability-community-grows-through-stars-program#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 08 Nov 2011 05:00:00 +0000 2611001 at http://cn.usgbc.org National Youth Policy Summit Students Present Energy-Usage Goals http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/national-youth-policy-summit-students-present-energy-usage-goals <p>Last week, eight students from the <a target="new" href="http://youthpolicysummit.org/">National Youth Policy Summit</a> for National Energy Innovation visited with the Center for Green Schools staff members to give a presentation on <a target="new" href="http://youthpolicysummit.org/images/Reports/National_2011_Final_Recommendations.pdf">policies</a> that they created on environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient issues. The students presenting were from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Fairfax, Va. and Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham, Ala.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/national-youth-policy-summit-students-present-energy-usage-goals" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/national-youth-policy-summit-students-present-energy-usage-goals#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 07 Nov 2011 05:00:00 +0000 2611002 at http://cn.usgbc.org Camellia Park Community Garden Opening http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/camellia-park-community-garden-opening <p>There is no better way to start the Halloween weekend than to celebrate the opening of a community garden. Saturday, Oct. 29 was a beautiful crisp fall morning at <a target="new" href="http://www.scusd.edu/OurSchools/Pages/CamelliaBasic.aspx">Camellia Basic Elementary School</a>, where I had the honor of participating in the ribbon cutting event for the new community garden.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/camellia-park-community-garden-opening" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/camellia-park-community-garden-opening#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 04 Nov 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Farah McDill 2611008 at http://cn.usgbc.org Rachel Gutter’s “Essential Toronto” Interview at Greenbuild http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/rachel-gutter%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%9Cessential-toronto%E2%80%9D-interview-greenbuild <p>At this year’s <a href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.org/Home.aspx" target="new">Greenbuild Conference &amp; Expo</a>, <a href="http://centerforgreenschools.com/rachel.aspx" target="new">Rachel Gutter</a>, director of the Center for Green Schools, had the opportunity to be interviewed by <a href="http://greensource.construction.com/" target="new">GreenSource Magazine’s</a> “Essential Toronto.” Rachel highlighted all the work that the Center has been doing, and the benefits green schools can provide. You can view her full interview below:</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/rachel-gutter%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%9Cessential-toronto%E2%80%9D-interview-greenbuild" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/rachel-gutter%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%9Cessential-toronto%E2%80%9D-interview-greenbuild#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 04 Nov 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2611011 at http://cn.usgbc.org Tools for Tracking Building Performance on College Campuses http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/tools-tracking-building-performance-college-campuses-2 <p>Increasing utility costs and tightening budgets have led many colleges and universities across the country to rethink the way they manage their energy consumption. Take <a target="new" href="http://www.wmich.edu/">Western Michigan University</a> for example: their facilities team has installed 718 sub-meters across 151 campus buildings, allowing the team to closely measure, track and analyze their energy and water consumption on a building-by-building basis.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/tools-tracking-building-performance-college-campuses-2" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/tools-tracking-building-performance-college-campuses-2#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 03 Nov 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Kal Wellman 2612055 at http://cn.usgbc.org Colorado Schools Awarded for Green Building Efforts http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/colorado-schools-awarded-green-building-efforts <p>This year’s <a target="new" href="http://www.cobizmag.com/articles/colorado-sustainable-design-awards/">Colorado Sustainable Design Awards</a> winners were three schools highlighted for their green building and design efforts. The award recognizes exemplary design in residential, civic and commercial properties, as well as interior design.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/colorado-schools-awarded-green-building-efforts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/colorado-schools-awarded-green-building-efforts#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 03 Nov 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Mallory Shelter 2611012 at http://cn.usgbc.org Tools for Tracking Building Performance on College Campuses http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/tools-tracking-building-performance-college-campuses-0 <p>Increasing utility costs and tightening budgets have led many colleges and universities across the country to rethink the way they manage their energy consumption. Take <a target="new" href="http://www.wmich.edu/">Western Michigan University</a> for example: their facilities team has installed 718 sub-meters across 151 campus buildings, allowing the team to closely measure, track and analyze their energy and water consumption on a building-by-building basis.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/tools-tracking-building-performance-college-campuses-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/tools-tracking-building-performance-college-campuses-0#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 03 Nov 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Nathaniel Allen 2611062 at http://cn.usgbc.org Tools for Tracking Building Performance on College Campuses http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/tools-tracking-building-performance-college-campuses-1 <p>Increasing utility costs and tightening budgets have led many colleges and universities across the country to rethink the way they manage their energy consumption. Take <a target="new" href="http://www.wmich.edu/">Western Michigan University</a> for example: their facilities team has installed 718 sub-meters across 151 campus buildings, allowing the team to closely measure, track and analyze their energy and water consumption on a building-by-building basis.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/tools-tracking-building-performance-college-campuses-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/tools-tracking-building-performance-college-campuses-1#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 03 Nov 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Nathaniel Allen 2611063 at http://cn.usgbc.org Campus Conservation Nationals Deadline Extended http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/campus-conservation-nationals-deadline-extended <p>The recent excitement around Campus Conservation Nationals has compelled us to extend the registration deadline for the spring 2012 competition to Nov. 15. Already, over 85 schools have committed, and 908 buildings and 90,800 students will compete! This competition is sure to be unlike any other, so don't forget to sign up if you haven't already.</p> <p>CCN is the first nationwide electricity and water reduction competition on college and university campuses. Now in its second year, participating schools compete to achieve the greatest possible energy reductions in residence halls.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/campus-conservation-nationals-deadline-extended" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/campus-conservation-nationals-deadline-extended#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 02 Nov 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2612058 at http://cn.usgbc.org Green Buildings and Healthy Kids http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/green-buildings-and-healthy-kids <p>What do health and green building have in common? Perhaps more than you would think. Public health researchers and green building professionals around the country are forging new relationships and working together to better understand the relationship between design and health. Currently, much of the work in this arena is centered on obesity prevention, where frameworks such as <a target="new" href="http://www.nyc.gov/html/ddc/html/design/active_design.shtml">Active Design</a> are rapidly connecting research to practice.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/green-buildings-and-healthy-kids" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/green-buildings-and-healthy-kids#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 02 Nov 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Steve Davis 2612061 at http://cn.usgbc.org Don't Miss the Center for Green Schools at Greenbuild! http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/dont-miss-center-green-schools-greenbuild <p>Stop by the Center for Green Schools display at Greenbuild and you just might learn something!</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/dont-miss-center-green-schools-greenbuild" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/dont-miss-center-green-schools-greenbuild#comments Center for Green Schools Greenbuild Sun, 30 Oct 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Marisa Long 2608534 at http://cn.usgbc.org Rachel Gutter to be featured on VoiceAmerica's "Visionary Leader, Extraordinary Life" http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/rachel-gutter-be-featured-voiceamericas-visionary-leader-extraordinary-life <p>On Monday, Oct. 31, Center for Green Schools Director Rachel Gutter will be a guest on <a href="http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/57205/us-green-building-councils-rachel-gutter-and-her-powerful-vision-in-action-to-green-our-schools" target="new">Visionary Leader, Extraordinary Life</a> on <a href="http://www.voiceamerica.com/company/about" target="new">VoiceAmerica Business</a>, the number one Internet radio show. Rachel will be featured as a trailblazing leader with her mission to bring green schools to everyone within this generation.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/rachel-gutter-be-featured-voiceamericas-visionary-leader-extraordinary-life" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/rachel-gutter-be-featured-voiceamericas-visionary-leader-extraordinary-life#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 28 Oct 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2612063 at http://cn.usgbc.org Q&A with Congressional Green Schools Caucus Co-Chair Robert J. Dold: Adlai E. Stevenson High School’s Energy Reduction Efforts http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/qa-congressional-green-schools-caucus-co-chair-robert-j-dold-adlai-e-stevenson-high-school%E2%80%99 <p>Last week, Congressman <a href="http://dold.house.gov/" target="new">Robert J. Dold</a> (IL-10) visited <a href="http://www.d125.org/" target="new">Adlai E. Stevenson High School</a> in Lincolnshire, IL to <a href="http://lincolnshire.suntimes.com/news/7809892-418/stevenson-shows-off-its-success.html" target="new">recognize</a> the school's LEED Gold for Existing Buildings certification and energy-reduction efforts. The 833,000 square foot campus was able to achieve a 7 percent reduction in energy usage and an increase in indoor environmental quality.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/qa-congressional-green-schools-caucus-co-chair-robert-j-dold-adlai-e-stevenson-high-school%E2%80%99" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/qa-congressional-green-schools-caucus-co-chair-robert-j-dold-adlai-e-stevenson-high-school%E2%80%99#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 26 Oct 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2608490 at http://cn.usgbc.org Q&A with Congressional Green Schools Caucus Co-Chair Robert J. Dold: Adlai E. Stevenson High School’s Energy Reduction Efforts http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/qa-congressional-green-schools-caucus-co-chair-robert-j-dold-adlai-e-stevenson-high-schoo-0 <p>Last week, Congressman&nbsp;<a target="new" href="http://dold.house.gov/">Robert J. Dold</a> (IL-10) visited <a target="new" href="http://www.d125.org/">Adlai E. Stevenson High School</a> in Lincolnshire, IL to <a target="new" href="http://lincolnshire.suntimes.com/news/7809892-418/stevenson-shows-off-its-success.html">recognize</a> the school’s LEED Gold for Existing Buildings certification and energy-reduction efforts. The 833,000 square foot campus was able to achieve a 7 percent reduction in energy usage and an increase in indoor environmental quality.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/qa-congressional-green-schools-caucus-co-chair-robert-j-dold-adlai-e-stevenson-high-schoo-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/qa-congressional-green-schools-caucus-co-chair-robert-j-dold-adlai-e-stevenson-high-schoo-0#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 25 Oct 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2612065 at http://cn.usgbc.org Greening the Sacramento City Unified School District http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/greening-sacramento-city-unified-school-district <p>What will it take to turn <a target="new" href="http://www.scusd.edu/Pages/default.aspx">Sacramento City Unified School District</a> into a green school district? That was the question department leaders tried to answer last week.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/greening-sacramento-city-unified-school-district" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/greening-sacramento-city-unified-school-district#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 24 Oct 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Farah McDill 2612069 at http://cn.usgbc.org Race to a Gigawatt! http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/race-gigawatt <p>*Knock Knock* That’s the sound of an RA stopping by to ensure you have committed to participating in <a target="new" href="http://www.competetoreduce.org/">Campus Conservation Nationals</a>. CCN is the first nationwide electricity and water reduction competition on college and university campuses. Now in its second year, participating schools compete to achieve the greatest possible energy reductions in residence halls.</p> <p>Last year, 120,000 students saved 500,000 kilowatt-hours in the first annual Campus Conservation Nationals.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/race-gigawatt" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/race-gigawatt#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 20 Oct 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Patrick Lane 2612073 at http://cn.usgbc.org Greenbuild is Behind Us...What's Next for Green Schools? http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/greenbuild-behind-uswhats-next-green-schools <p>Last week was USGBC’s annual <a target="new" href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.org/Home.aspx">Greenbuild Conference Expo</a>. Held in Toronto, Greenbuild brought together 23,000 builders, architects, manufacturers, policy makers, educators, advocates and environmental leaders. The Center for Green Schools at USGBC played off of this year’s Greenbuild theme, focusing on “what’s next” in the green schools movement. I wanted to share a few of my highlights with you:</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/greenbuild-behind-uswhats-next-green-schools" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/greenbuild-behind-uswhats-next-green-schools#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 13 Oct 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Rachel Gutter 2612078 at http://cn.usgbc.org Center for Green Schools and UTC Announce New Findings on Green Schools http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-and-utc-announce-new-findings-green-schools <p>Last week at the annual <a target="new" href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.org/Home.aspx">Greenbuild Conference Expo</a> in Toronto, the Center for Green Schools and <a target="new" href="http://www.utc.com/Home">United Technologies Corp.</a> held a press conference to announce findings from a new independent study conducted on green schools, as well as initiatives the Center will be taking in 2012. The results of the survey brought light to the fact that Americans are concerned about the status of high-efficiency buildings in our country.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-and-utc-announce-new-findings-green-schools" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-and-utc-announce-new-findings-green-schools#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 13 Oct 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2612080 at http://cn.usgbc.org USGBC Students National Chair Perspective: The 2011 Solar Decathlon http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-students-national-chair-perspective-2011-solar-decathlon <p>Morning rain and clouds thankfully gave way to a bright and sunny day for the U.S. Department of Energy’s <a target="new" href="solardecathlon.gov">Solar Decathlon</a> in Washington D.C. on Wednesday. University students from across the country as well as several from around the world have been displaying the fruits of their hard work in an exciting and innovative energy challenge. Seventeen student groups in total are still competing for the coveted title of the most energy-efficient solar home in a daily series of contests, ranging from affordability, comfort, and market appeal.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-students-national-chair-perspective-2011-solar-decathlon" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-students-national-chair-perspective-2011-solar-decathlon#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 30 Sep 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Jill Bellenger 2612084 at http://cn.usgbc.org Department of Education launches Green Ribbon Schools Program http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/department-education-launches-green-ribbon-schools-program-0 <p>With today’s <a target="new" href="http://www.ed.gov/blog/2011/09/final-plans-announced-for-green-ribbon-schools/">announcement</a> from Secretary Arne Duncan, the Department of Education has finalized the criteria for the Green Ribbon Schools program and is inviting schools to participate in this landmark initiative.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/department-education-launches-green-ribbon-schools-program-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/department-education-launches-green-ribbon-schools-program-0#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 29 Sep 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Nathaniel Allen 2612087 at http://cn.usgbc.org United Technologies Corp. Launches Website Dedicated to Energy-Efficient Buildings http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/united-technologies-corp-launches-website-dedicated-energy-efficient-buildings <p><a target="new" href="http://www.utc.com/Home">United Technologies Corp.</a>, founding sponsor of the <a target="new" href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/home.aspx">Center for Green Schools</a> at the U.S. Green Building Council, just launched an exciting new <a target="new" href="http://www.powerofefficiency.com/">microsite</a>&nbsp;that delves into the importance of energy-efficient building systems. Through this&nbsp;initiative, UTC continues to show its dedication to sustainability and innovation in green building.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/united-technologies-corp-launches-website-dedicated-energy-efficient-buildings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/united-technologies-corp-launches-website-dedicated-energy-efficient-buildings#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 29 Sep 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2612088 at http://cn.usgbc.org Get Schooled at Greenbuild http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/get-schooled-greenbuild <p>Stop by the Center for Green Schools display at Greenbuild and you just might learn something!</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/get-schooled-greenbuild" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/get-schooled-greenbuild#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 28 Sep 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Marisa Long 2612089 at http://cn.usgbc.org Jim Matheson Honors Utah School for Green Efforts http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/jim-matheson-honors-utah-school-green-efforts <p>This past Tuesday, Congressman <a target="new" href="http://matheson.house.gov/index.shtml">Jim Matheson</a> (D-UT), visited <a target="new" href="http://hillside.slcschools.org/">Hillside Middle School</a> in Salt Lake City, a LEED certified school, to <a target="new" href="http://matheson.house.gov/press2011/110927.shtml">award students and faculty</a> with an Energy Star Award for the building’s top energy performance. Matheson was able to see technology that is helping the school to save valuable resources such as energy and water, while keeping operating costs low.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/jim-matheson-honors-utah-school-green-efforts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/jim-matheson-honors-utah-school-green-efforts#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 28 Sep 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Bryan Howard 2612091 at http://cn.usgbc.org The Solar Decathlon Begins! http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/solar-decathlon-begins <p>Today, the Department of Energy kicked off the <a target="new" href="http://www.solardecathlon.gov/">Solar Decathlon 2011</a>, an exciting <a target="new" href="http://centerforgreenschools.com/utility-nav/blog/11-09-16/U_S_Department_of_Energy_launches_Solar_Decathlon.aspx"> event</a> that challenges students from around the world to design and build energy-efficient and solar-powered homes. The event also educates the general public about the benefits of clean-energy homes and products.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/solar-decathlon-begins" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/solar-decathlon-begins#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 22 Sep 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Mallory Shelter 2612096 at http://cn.usgbc.org USGBC South Florida Chapter Wins "Green Your Alma Mater Challenge" http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-south-florida-chapter-wins-green-your-alma-mater-challenge <p>Earlier this summer, the <a target="new" href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org">Center for Green Schools</a> hosted the “Green Your Alma Mater Challenge,” a competition that engaged both <a target="new" href="http://www.usgbc.org"> USGBC</a> staff and chapters to reach out to their alma maters and applaud their sustainability initiatives, and directing them to resources USGBC has developed to sustain and support their green initiatives.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-south-florida-chapter-wins-green-your-alma-mater-challenge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-south-florida-chapter-wins-green-your-alma-mater-challenge#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 21 Sep 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2612102 at http://cn.usgbc.org Schools Where You Can Learn, Thrive and Be Inspired http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/schools-where-you-can-learn-thrive-and-be-inspired <p><em>I've joined <a href="http://www.parenting.com/" target="new"> Parenting.com</a> and the <a href="http://www.parenting.com/blogs/mom-congress" target="new">Mom Congress</a> in a Back-to-School blog-a-thon! These posts are an opportunity for us to show children across the country that we are committed to their education. I wrote to the students who we at the Center for Green Schools work for every day.</em></p> <p>Dear students,</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/schools-where-you-can-learn-thrive-and-be-inspired" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/schools-where-you-can-learn-thrive-and-be-inspired#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 16 Sep 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Rachel Gutter 2612105 at http://cn.usgbc.org U.S. Department of Energy launches Solar Decathlon http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/us-department-energy-launches-solar-decathlon <p>From Sept. 23-Oct. 2, the <a target="new" href="http://energy.gov/">U.S. Department of Energy</a> will hold the <a target="new" href="http://www.solardecathlon.gov">DOE Solar Decathlon 2011</a>, an award-winning program that challenges 20 college teams to design, build and operate solar-powered houses. The houses are cost-effective and energy-efficient, and the event educates participants and the greater public about the beneficial opportunities that clean-energy products can offer.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/us-department-energy-launches-solar-decathlon" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/us-department-energy-launches-solar-decathlon#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 16 Sep 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2612107 at http://cn.usgbc.org Rep. Ben Chandler Speaks on the Importance of Green Schools http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/rep-ben-chandler-speaks-importance-green-schools <p>Last week, Kentucky’s <a target="new" href="http://www.fcps.net/schools/elementary/rosa-parks">Rosa Parks Elementary</a> was recognized for earning <a target="new" href="http://www.energystar.gov/">Energy Star certification,</a> and <a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/utility-nav/blog/11-08-31/Q_A_with_USGBC_Green_School_Chapter_Member_Chris_Tyler_How_one_Kentucky_school_cut_energy_at_no_cost.aspx" target="new">reducing their energy usage by 47 percent</a> with no additional cost to the school. In attendance was <a target="new" href="http://chandler.house.gov/">Rep.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/rep-ben-chandler-speaks-importance-green-schools" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/rep-ben-chandler-speaks-importance-green-schools#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 13 Sep 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2612115 at http://cn.usgbc.org President Obama Announces $25 Billion For Improving Schools http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/president-obama-announces-25-billion-improving-schools <p>Last night, President Obama made a monumental announcement – his proposed <a target="new" href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/09/08/american-jobs-act">American Jobs Act</a> will provide $25 billion for school construction and modernize over 35,000 school buildings. If this bill is passed, it would not only put thousands of teachers back to work, it would allow us to make desperately needed improvements in schools across the country, including energy-efficiency upgrades and comprehensive, green retrofits.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/president-obama-announces-25-billion-improving-schools" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/president-obama-announces-25-billion-improving-schools#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 09 Sep 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Rachel Gutter 2612116 at http://cn.usgbc.org Kicking Off the School Year: Greening Sacramento City Unified School Districts http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/kicking-school-year-greening-sacramento-city-unified-school-districts <p>With the school year just beginning, students are excited about bringing green practices to their schools. One of the main projects that I will be working on during my <a target="new" href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/main-nav/k-12/community/green-school-fellows.aspx"> with </a><a target="new" href="http://scusd.edu/Pages/default.aspx">Sacramento City Unified Schools Districts</a> is their “Project Green” initiative.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/kicking-school-year-greening-sacramento-city-unified-school-districts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/kicking-school-year-greening-sacramento-city-unified-school-districts#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 08 Sep 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Farah McDill 2612117 at http://cn.usgbc.org Send Us Your Videos! http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/send-us-your-videos <p>What is your green school doing to advance green building, education and sustainability? Get your message out to thousands at Greenbuild 2011 by participating in the <a target="new" href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.org/gbnext">Greenbuild NEXT video campaign!</a></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/send-us-your-videos" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/send-us-your-videos#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 08 Sep 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2612118 at http://cn.usgbc.org U.S. Department of Education Opens Public Comment for Green Ribbon Schools Award http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/us-department-education-opens-public-comment-green-ribbon-schools-award <p>This week, the <a target="new" href="http://www.ed.gov/">U.S. Department of Education</a> announced that the online public comment period for the <a target="new" href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/utility-nav/blog/11-04-26/Department_of_Education_Announces_Landmark_Green_Schools_Program.aspx">Green Ribbon Schools award</a> is now open, and will last through Sept. 14, 2011.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/us-department-education-opens-public-comment-green-ribbon-schools-award" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/us-department-education-opens-public-comment-green-ribbon-schools-award#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 02 Sep 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Nathaniel Allen 2612119 at http://cn.usgbc.org DC's Woodrow Wilson High School Celebrates New Green Campus http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/dcs-woodrow-wilson-high-school-celebrates-new-green-campus <p><em>Celebrating their 75th anniversary, Wilson High School recently went through a makeover. In an effort to promote a healthy learning environment, the school administration decided to put work into school improvements for a greener school building. The campus now utilizes energy efficient technology, large windows for natural light and acoustic paneling to accommodate the Tiger’s musical talent.</em></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/dcs-woodrow-wilson-high-school-celebrates-new-green-campus" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/dcs-woodrow-wilson-high-school-celebrates-new-green-campus#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 01 Sep 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Mona Kamdjou 2612174 at http://cn.usgbc.org Q&A with USGBC Green School Chapter Member Chris Tyler: How one Kentucky school cut energy at no cost http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/qa-usgbc-green-school-chapter-member-chris-tyler-how-one-kentucky-school-cut-energy-no-cost <p>Chris Tyler is a sustainability engineer for Thermal Equipment Sales, and also sits on the board of directors for <a target="new" href="http://www.usgbckentucky.org/">USGBC’s Kentucky chapter.</a> Chris’ children attend <a target="new" href="http://www.fcps.net/schools/elementary/rosa-parks">Rosa Parks Elementary,</a> a school that recently cut its energy usage by 47 percent with no additional cost to the school. They made these dramatic reductions by improving operations and educating teachers and students on energy reduction strategies.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/qa-usgbc-green-school-chapter-member-chris-tyler-how-one-kentucky-school-cut-energy-no-cost" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/qa-usgbc-green-school-chapter-member-chris-tyler-how-one-kentucky-school-cut-energy-no-cost#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 31 Aug 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2612176 at http://cn.usgbc.org Learnings from a Learning Institution http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/learnings-learning-institution <p>Things are buzzing in the facilities department and the administration building at <a target="new" href="http://www.bostonpublicschools.org/">Boston Public School (BPS)</a> as everyone is preparing for the students to return for the 2012 school year. I’m now one month into my <a target="new" href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/fellowship.aspx">Center for Green Schools UTC Fellowship</a> in Boston, and I’m finally figuring out how to describe my role.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/learnings-learning-institution" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/learnings-learning-institution#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 23 Aug 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Phoebe Beierle 2612180 at http://cn.usgbc.org Rachel on the Road: Interview with Rep. Sarbanes (D-MD) http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/rachel-road-interview-rep-sarbanes-d-md <p><a href="http://centerforgreenschools.com/main-nav/the-center/team/rachel.aspx" target="new"> Rachel Gutter,</a> the director of the <a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/">Center for Green Schools</a> at the U.S. Green Building Council, has taken her flip cam on the road to speak with everyone from teachers, parents and students to policy makers and leaders in sustainability, green building and education.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/rachel-road-interview-rep-sarbanes-d-md" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/rachel-road-interview-rep-sarbanes-d-md#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 18 Aug 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2608609 at http://cn.usgbc.org State Lawmakers Convene in Celebration of Green Schools http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/state-lawmakers-convene-celebration-green-schools <p>Green schools were the focus of a reception with more than 60 attendees – mostly state lawmakers – at the <a href="http://www.ncsl.org/" target="new">National Conference of State Legislatures</a> (NCSL) this past Tuesday, August 9.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/state-lawmakers-convene-celebration-green-schools" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/state-lawmakers-convene-celebration-green-schools#comments Advocacy and policy Center for Green Schools Fri, 12 Aug 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Nathaniel Allen 2608972 at http://cn.usgbc.org Director’s Corner: Summer’s No Break at the Center for Green Schools http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/director%E2%80%99s-corner-summer%E2%80%99s-no-break-center-green-schools <p>It’s been a crazy-busy summer at the Center for Green Schools. In the fall, the Department of Education will release the criteria for their Green Ribbon Schools Award and we’ve been working closely with agency staff and our partner organizations to make sure public and private schools have everything they need to submit applications come winter.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/director%E2%80%99s-corner-summer%E2%80%99s-no-break-center-green-schools" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/director%E2%80%99s-corner-summer%E2%80%99s-no-break-center-green-schools#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 03 Aug 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Rachel Gutter 2612183 at http://cn.usgbc.org The Five Ways Harvard Reached Its Green Building Milestone http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/five-ways-harvard-reached-its-green-building-milestone-0 <p><em>By Heather Henriksen, <a target="new" href="http://green.harvard.edu/">Harvard Office for Sustainability</a></em></p> <p>Earlier today USGBC announced that Harvard University had reached a first for any higher education institution in the world – 50 LEED certified projects. It’s an exciting green building milestone for us and one that entire Harvard community can celebrate.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/five-ways-harvard-reached-its-green-building-milestone-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/five-ways-harvard-reached-its-green-building-milestone-0#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 01 Aug 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2612184 at http://cn.usgbc.org The Center for Green Schools Brings Together Experts from Across the Country to Kick Start Fellowship Program http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-brings-together-experts-across-country-kick-start-fellowship-program <p>Last month, more than 30 school district staff, consultants and volunteers from across the country came together at USGBC's National Headquarters for a training session with the newly appointed <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/2011fellows.aspx">Center for Green Schools UTC Fellows.</a></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-brings-together-experts-across-country-kick-start-fellowship-program" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-brings-together-experts-across-country-kick-start-fellowship-program#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 01 Aug 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Anisa Baldwin Metzger 2612185 at http://cn.usgbc.org Seed Money Grows Green Schools through USGBC Chapters http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/seed-money-grows-green-schools-through-usgbc-chapters <p>These days, everyone seems to be trying to do more with less. More than a dozen <a target="new" href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/usgbc-chapters.aspx">USGBC Chapters</a> did just that by making a little money go a long way toward greening their local schools with the 2010 Green Schools Committee Innovation Grants.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/seed-money-grows-green-schools-through-usgbc-chapters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/seed-money-grows-green-schools-through-usgbc-chapters#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 01 Aug 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Emily Riordan 2612398 at http://cn.usgbc.org USGBC Students: A New Vision for USGBC and Generation Next http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-students-new-vision-usgbc-and-generation-next <p>We don't need to convince college students there are problems with the built environment around them. This is a generation of sustainability natives born into a changing planet.</p> <p>They grew up with Asthma, taking steroids for their lungs and with inhalers in their pockets, all because of the unhealthy built environments they have been living and learning in. They are ready to change the poor conditions they have grown accustomed to.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-students-new-vision-usgbc-and-generation-next" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-students-new-vision-usgbc-and-generation-next#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 01 Aug 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Patrick Lane 2612399 at http://cn.usgbc.org White House Recognizes Kids Leading Green Schools Movement http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/white-house-recognizes-kids-leading-green-schools-movement <p>A diverse group of young people who are advancing green schools within their communities were recently invited to meet with White House officials and offer insight into the role of youth in the green schools movement. Every week, the White House recognizes a group of local leaders who are helping America win the future as <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/champions" target="new"> Champions of Change</a>, and this week's award highlights the efforts of student green school leaders who are inspiring larger community action.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/white-house-recognizes-kids-leading-green-schools-movement" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/white-house-recognizes-kids-leading-green-schools-movement#comments Advocacy and policy Center for Green Schools Thu, 14 Jul 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Nathaniel Allen 2609014 at http://cn.usgbc.org White House Recognizes Kids Leading Green Schools Movement http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/white-house-recognizes-kids-leading-green-schools-movement-0 <p>A diverse group of young people who are advancing green schools within their communities were recently invited to meet with White House officials and offer insight into the role of youth in the green schools movement. Every week, the White House recognizes a group of local leaders who are helping America win the future as <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/champions" target="new"> Champions of Change</a>, and this week’s award highlights the efforts of student green school leaders who are inspiring larger community action.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/white-house-recognizes-kids-leading-green-schools-movement-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/white-house-recognizes-kids-leading-green-schools-movement-0#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 14 Jul 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Nathaniel Allen 2612402 at http://cn.usgbc.org Congressional Green Schools Caucus Hosts Green Schools Leaders http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/congressional-green-schools-caucus-hosts-green-schools-leaders <p>Representatives Ben Chandler (KY-6), Robert Dold (IL-10) and Jim Matheson (UT-2), the co-chairs of the bi-partisan Congressional Green Schools Caucus, sponsored a briefing on Monday, July 11, to educate their colleagues on the significant financial savings greening our nation's schools can have for school district budgets and the taxpayers who fund them.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/congressional-green-schools-caucus-hosts-green-schools-leaders" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/congressional-green-schools-caucus-hosts-green-schools-leaders#comments Advocacy and policy Center for Green Schools Tue, 12 Jul 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Nathaniel Allen 2609023 at http://cn.usgbc.org Boston College Launches New Model for University-Wide Engagement http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/boston-college-launches-new-model-university-wide-engagement <h2>Could alumni be a missing link in sustainable trends on campuses?</h2> <p>With over 20 times the current student population, Boston College’s alumni network is teaming up with faculty and students to keep current with the latest environmental research, help students get green jobs, and enhance Boston College’s contribution to creating a sustainable economy.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/boston-college-launches-new-model-university-wide-engagement" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/boston-college-launches-new-model-university-wide-engagement#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 08 Jul 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2612412 at http://cn.usgbc.org Boston College Launches New Model for University-Wide Engagement http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/boston-college-launches-new-model-university-wide-engagement-0 <h2>Could alumni be a missing link in sustainable trends on campuses?</h2> <p>With over 20 times the current student population, Boston College’s alumni network is teaming up with faculty and students to keep current with the latest environmental research, help students get green jobs, and enhance Boston College’s contribution to creating a sustainable economy.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/boston-college-launches-new-model-university-wide-engagement-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/boston-college-launches-new-model-university-wide-engagement-0#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 08 Jul 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2612423 at http://cn.usgbc.org Women Leading the Way at Small Liberal Arts College http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/women-leading-way-small-liberal-arts-college <h2>An Interview with Susan Kidd, Sustainability Director, Agnes Scott College</h2> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/women-leading-way-small-liberal-arts-college" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/women-leading-way-small-liberal-arts-college#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 08 Jul 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2612428 at http://cn.usgbc.org USGBC Takes Part in World Children’s Festival, Kids Turn Trash into a New City http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-takes-part-world-children%E2%80%99s-festival-kids-turn-trash-new-city <p>The National Mall was buzzing with the creativity of hundreds of kids from around the world last month, as USGBC took part in the 4th <a href="http://www.icaf.org/" target="new">World Children’s Festival</a> on June 17. As a part of the three-hour “Living City” workshop, kids were introduced to new ways of looking at old water bottles, coffee cups and to-go boxes – and with the help of USGBC volunteers put them to use designing a city of the future.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-takes-part-world-children%E2%80%99s-festival-kids-turn-trash-new-city" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-takes-part-world-children%E2%80%99s-festival-kids-turn-trash-new-city#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 05 Jul 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2612433 at http://cn.usgbc.org Using Green Schools to Teach the BEST way possible http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/using-green-schools-teach-best-way-possible <p>Students at Bacon Elementary in Ft. Collins, Colo., are overflowing with green initiatives– going above and beyond to educate others about the importance of going green, and what the green features of their school can do.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/using-green-schools-teach-best-way-possible" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/using-green-schools-teach-best-way-possible#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 28 Jun 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2612469 at http://cn.usgbc.org UMass’ new Green Guidelines highlight LEED http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/umass%E2%80%99-new-green-guidelines-highlight-leed <p>The University of Massachusetts Amherst <a target="new" href="http://www.umass.edu/"> (UMASS)</a> has become a true sustainable building leader over the years, setting an example for other institutions to follow. They have taken their work a step further, with the Green Building Committee at the university recently announcing the publication of Green Building Guidelines for use on campus.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/umass%E2%80%99-new-green-guidelines-highlight-leed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/umass%E2%80%99-new-green-guidelines-highlight-leed#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 28 Jun 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2612477 at http://cn.usgbc.org Need-Based Greenbuild Scholarships available! http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/need-based-greenbuild-scholarships-available <p>USGBC is offering 10 need-based Greenbuild scholarships for individuals interested in pursuing green careers. Scholarship applications are open to any US citizen of 18 years or older and meet federal low-income levels. Scholarship recipients will receive one full-conference registration, including travel, 3 nights lodging and limited expenses, for the 2011 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Toronto, from October 4 – 7, 2011. Applications are due July 25, 2011. The recipient will be responsible for securing a valid US passport.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/need-based-greenbuild-scholarships-available" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/need-based-greenbuild-scholarships-available#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 27 Jun 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2612470 at http://cn.usgbc.org Center Director Rachel Gutter Featured on “Career Day” http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/center-director-rachel-gutter-featured-%E2%80%9Ccareer-day%E2%80%9D <p>Rachel Gutter, director of the Center for Green Schools, was recently featured on <em>Career Day,</em> a popular program from Entertainment Studios. <em>Career Day</em> airs 30 minute episodes, interviewing five people who have “cool, innovative, or out of the box careers.” The program hopes to show students that there are many ways to follow their passion as they grow up.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/center-director-rachel-gutter-featured-%E2%80%9Ccareer-day%E2%80%9D" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/center-director-rachel-gutter-featured-%E2%80%9Ccareer-day%E2%80%9D#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 23 Jun 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2612539 at http://cn.usgbc.org Calling All Green Building Researchers! http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/calling-all-green-building-researchers <h2>Still time to apply for USGBC’s Research to Practice Program</h2> <p>The Center for Green Schools at USGBC is still accepting applications for their Research to Practice Program (R2P2) until June 30th, 2011. R2P2 seeks to conduct and collect research on the built environment, create educational tools, and to share the information gathered with the building community.R2P2 teams will engage in hands-on green building research of their campus and/or community.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/calling-all-green-building-researchers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/calling-all-green-building-researchers#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 22 Jun 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2612542 at http://cn.usgbc.org Sustainability in higher education reaches milestone in Colorado http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/sustainability-higher-education-reaches-milestone-colorado <h2>Auraria Higher Education Center Science Building Addition is 1,000th LEED certified campus project in the US.</h2> <p>Higher education reached a milestone earlier this year as the number of LEED™- certified campus projects reached 1,000 when the Auraria Higher Education Center (AHEC) Science Building Addition in Denver, Colo., achieved LEED NC 2.2 Gold certification.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/sustainability-higher-education-reaches-milestone-colorado" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/sustainability-higher-education-reaches-milestone-colorado#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 21 Jun 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2612546 at http://cn.usgbc.org 2011-2012 USGBC Students National Chairs Selected http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/2011-2012-usgbc-students-national-chairs-selected <h2>We would like to congratulate the 12 leaders who will work with USGBC National to grow the USGBC Students program.</h2> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/2011-2012-usgbc-students-national-chairs-selected" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/2011-2012-usgbc-students-national-chairs-selected#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 15 Jun 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Brittany Ireland 2612549 at http://cn.usgbc.org LEED Consultants Fore-Solutions Encourage Engagement with the Center for Green Schools http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/leed-consultants-fore-solutions-encourage-engagement-center-green-schools <p>A recent article on Fore-Solutions.com, Maine-based consultants for&nbsp;high-performance green buildings, had great things to say about the Center for Green Schools. Our local chapter work, mission, Research to Practice Program and GIS mapping system are some of the highlights. Check out the full article <a target="new" href="http://www.fore-solutions.com/stories-from-the-field/usgbc-center-for-green-schools/">here</a>.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/leed-consultants-fore-solutions-encourage-engagement-center-green-schools#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 14 Jun 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2612553 at http://cn.usgbc.org Education Week Features New Report on Green Schools from USGBC and AIA http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/education-week-features-new-report-green-schools-usgbc-and-aia <p>In the latest issue of <em>Education Week </em>, American education’s newspaper of record, Katie Ash reports on the benefits of green schools to budgets and students. "Local Leaders in Sustainability: Special Report from Sundance," which came out this month and highlights green schools benefits and a five-point plan of action for local leaders to green schools in their communities, is featured along with co-authors Vice President of National Policy at USGBC Jason Hartke and Director of Local Relations at the American Institute of Architects Brooks Rainwater.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/education-week-features-new-report-green-schools-usgbc-and-aia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/education-week-features-new-report-green-schools-usgbc-and-aia#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 30 May 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2612556 at http://cn.usgbc.org Announcing the 2011 Center for Green Schools UTC Fellows http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/announcing-2011-center-green-schools-utc-fellows <p>The Center for Green Schools and <a target="_blank" href="http://www.utc.com/">United Technologies Corporation</a> are pleased to announce that the 2011 Green Schools Fellows have been selected for placement at <a target="new" href="http://www.bostonpublicschools.org/">Boston Public Schools (BPS) </a>and <a target="new" href="http://www.scusd.edu/Pages/default.aspx">Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD).</a> Phoebe Beierle, an experienced Massachusetts green schools advocate, will be joining the staff of BPS this July.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/announcing-2011-center-green-schools-utc-fellows" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/announcing-2011-center-green-schools-utc-fellows#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 19 May 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2612562 at http://cn.usgbc.org Project Spotlight: Erie High Charter School Celebrates LEED Gold As Students Use the School as an Environmental Learning Lab http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/project-spotlight-erie-high-charter-school-celebrates-leed-gold-students-use-school-environ <p>This month, Erie High Charter students, educators and the building and design team celebrated the school’s designation as the first LEED Gold certified high school in the state of Kansas.</p> <p>Thanks to close collaboration between the local design/construction team and the students of the school, the students were instrumental in doing much of the work to obtain LEED Gold. PBA Architects, Crossland Construction and high-performance building system designers Henderson Engineers worked directly with the students who continue to use the school itself as an environmental learning lab.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/project-spotlight-erie-high-charter-school-celebrates-leed-gold-students-use-school-environ" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/project-spotlight-erie-high-charter-school-celebrates-leed-gold-students-use-school-environ#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 19 May 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2612565 at http://cn.usgbc.org Green Education Foundation and the Center for Green Schools Announce the Sustainability Education Clearinghouse http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/green-education-foundation-and-center-green-schools-announce-sustainability-education-clear <p><em>Clearinghouse offers K-12 educators a tool to share and access free green education resources</em></p> <p>Washington, D.C. (May 18, 2011) — <a href="http://www.greeneducationfoundation.org/">Green Education Foundation (GEF),</a> along with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, announce the launch of its Sustainability Education Clearinghouse, a free online tool that provides K-12 teachers with the ability to upload and share sustainability focused lessons with one another.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/green-education-foundation-and-center-green-schools-announce-sustainability-education-clear" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/green-education-foundation-and-center-green-schools-announce-sustainability-education-clear#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 18 May 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2612567 at http://cn.usgbc.org Department of Education Announces Landmark Green Schools Program http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/department-education-announces-landmark-green-schools-program-0 <p>The federal government recently&nbsp;launched an initiative that may be the biggest thing to ever happen to the green schools movement. </p> <p>U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson, and White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley announced the creation of a Green Ribbon Schools program. (Read the <a target="NEW" href="https://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/department-education-starts-award-green-schools">Green Ribbon Schools press release from the Department of Education</a>.)</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/department-education-announces-landmark-green-schools-program-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/department-education-announces-landmark-green-schools-program-0#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 26 Apr 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Nathaniel Allen 2610310 at http://cn.usgbc.org Department of Education Announces Landmark Green Schools Program http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/department-education-announces-landmark-green-schools-program <p>Today, the federal government launched an initiative that may be the biggest thing to ever happen to the green schools movement. </p> <p>U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson, and White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley announced the creation of a Green Ribbon Schools program. (Read the <a href="https://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/department-education-starts-award-green-schools" target="NEW">Green Ribbon Schools press release from the Department of Education</A>.)</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/department-education-announces-landmark-green-schools-program" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/department-education-announces-landmark-green-schools-program#comments Advocacy and policy Center for Green Schools Tue, 26 Apr 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Nathaniel Allen 2609187 at http://cn.usgbc.org Members of Congress Weigh In On Green Schools http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/members-congress-weigh-green-schools <p>Earlier this week, Representatives Jim Matheson (UT-2) and Ben Chandler (KY-6), Co-Chairs of the <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/caucus" target="new">Congressional Green Schools Caucus</a>, shared a letter with their colleagues in support of green schools. Representative Matheson noted, "As we debate the budget and seek fiscal reform at the local, state, and federal levels, we want to highlight one area where taxpayers are seeing a significant return on their investment: green building, particularly green schools." </p> <p>Read the full letter below.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/members-congress-weigh-green-schools" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/members-congress-weigh-green-schools#comments Advocacy and policy Center for Green Schools Tue, 19 Apr 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2609190 at http://cn.usgbc.org A Plan to Green Every School in Illinois: LEED Task Force Report http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/plan-green-every-school-illinois-leed-task-force-report <p>The U.S. Green Building Council-Illinois Chapter held a reception this past week in Springfield, Ill. to mark the release of a comprehensive report identifying opportunities to green all schools in Illinois. The report was the result of more than two years of collaboration between the USGBC-Illinois Chapter, civic and corporate partners, and was commissioned as a result of the October 2009 adoption of <a href="http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?DocNum=45&amp;GAID=10&amp;DocTypeID=HJR&amp;SessionID=76&amp;GA=96" target="new">House Joint Resolution 45</a> by the Illinois General Assembly.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/plan-green-every-school-illinois-leed-task-force-report" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/plan-green-every-school-illinois-leed-task-force-report#comments Advocacy and policy Center for Green Schools Mon, 04 Apr 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Nathaniel Allen 2609404 at http://cn.usgbc.org Inviting your Organization to Join the Coalition for Green Schools http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/inviting-your-organization-join-coalition-green-schools <p><a href="http://www.pta.org/charles_j_saylors.asp" target="new"><strong>Charles J. Saylors</strong></a><br /> President<br /> National PTA</p> <p>I'm asking you to join the Coalition for Green Schools not just as the President of the National PTA, but also as a parent, school board trustee and construction professional. In each of these roles I continue to see all sides of the ongoing debate about the need for better school buildings. Our children deserve a safe, secure, healthy and technologically equal learning environment.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/inviting-your-organization-join-coalition-green-schools" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/inviting-your-organization-join-coalition-green-schools#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 14 Mar 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2609434 at http://cn.usgbc.org Across the Country, Legislators and Their Constituents Actively Support Green Schools http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/across-country-legislators-and-their-constituents-actively-support-green-schools <p>Since the start of the new year, legislators at all levels of government from across the country have been busy attending and hosting big events to advance green schools. State legislators in the <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/50-for-50-caucus.aspx" target="new">50 for 50 Green Schools Caucus Initiative</a> have been particularly active. Here are the highlights:</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/across-country-legislators-and-their-constituents-actively-support-green-schools" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cn.usgbc.org/articles/across-country-legislators-and-their-constituents-actively-support-green-schools#comments Advocacy and policy Center for Green Schools Fri, 25 Feb 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Nathaniel Allen 2609453 at http://cn.usgbc.org