Center for Green Schools articles http://www.usgbc.org/articles/center-for-green-schools en Recognizing the 2016 School District Scholarship Awardees http://www.usgbc.org/articles/recognizing-2016-school-district-scholarship-awardees <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="948" height="375" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/recognizing-the-2016-school-district-scholarship-awardees_0.png?1479483134" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sustainability staff in K&ndash;12 school districts are in a tough position: they are agents of change in systems that are stretched for resources and time, and to be effective they must offer compelling solutions to these challenges.</p> <p>For the third year in a row, the School District Scholarship program at the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/" target="_blank">Center for Green Schools</a>&nbsp;is providing districts with a unique opportunity to build capacity and advance their sustainability work. This year&rsquo;s scholarship recipients will receive targeted education and technical assistance from USGBC and its partners, as well as valuable connections to a network of the nation&rsquo;s green schools experts.</p> <p>The 2016&ndash;17 scholarship cohort includes five diverse districts from across the country:</p> <ul> <li>Boulder Valley School District in Boulder, Colorado</li> <li>Lincoln Public Schools in Lincoln, Nebraska</li> <li>Albemarle County Public Schools in Charlottesville, Virginia</li> <li>Shelby County School District, in Memphis, Tennessee</li> <li>Palm Beach County Schools, in West Palm Beach, Florida</li> </ul> <p>Awardees were chosen based on the progress each has made already, plans for whole-school sustainability and their commitment to supporting staff professional development.</p> <p>A common goal of the scholarship recipients this year is connecting sustainable programs and policies to classroom learning. Reducing the district&rsquo;s utility budget is a top-line goal for Shelby County and Boulder Valley; in addition to the districts&rsquo; typical building and technology upgrades, they are incentivizing conservation actions by students, teachers and staff.</p> <p>In&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/albemarle-county-public-schools-awarded-school-district-scholarship-usgbc-greater-virginia" target="_blank">Albermarle County</a>, the current challenge is how to make real for students the 1 MW of solar power being generated on their roofs. And in Palm Beach and Lincoln Public Schools, students will be involved in modeling best practices for sorting cafeteria waste as part of the new milk carton recycling and composting programs.</p> <p>The School District Scholarship provides a package of benefits valued at $20,000, including fully paid professional development opportunities at the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.com/" target="_blank">Greenbuild Conference and Expo</a>, the&nbsp;<a href="http://greenschoolsconference.org/" target="_blank">Green Schools Conference and Expo</a><a href="http://greenschoolsconference.org/">,</a>&nbsp;and the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/school-sustainability-leaders-summit" target="_blank">School Sustainability Leaders' Summit</a>. Awardees will receive individual and group coaching, as well as complimentary year-long access to several school resources from USGBC, including <a href="https://learninglab.usgbc.org/" target="_blank">Learning Lab</a>, the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/classroom/gcp" target="_blank">Green Classroom Professional Certificate</a>, and a LEED coach for school projects. &nbsp;</p> <p>USGBC is excited to support the 2016&ndash;17 scholarship recipients in making measurable progress toward their sustainability goals. We will share their inspiring stories throughout the year.&nbsp;</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "582df69eace42cc6010009b7", "582f1ed95f52f2762a0003a2"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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HT is a leader in the historically black college and university (HBCU) community by providing innovative sustainability education, by building community and student engagement, and by framing a green campus transformation. The school has implemented a series of initiatives centered on environmental education, including the introduction of an Environmental Studies program, sustainable campus projects in food and gardening, and renewable energy, and an award-winning student movement called&nbsp;<a href="http://greenisthenewblack.org" target="_blank">Green Is the New Black</a>.</p> <p>I am the Director of Sustainability at HT and the first dedicated staff member in this role. Previously, sustainability projects were undertaken by a variety of environmentally minded university champions, including signing the original ACUPCC commitment.</p> <p><strong>What are some of the ways HT approaches sustainability throughout campus and in the classroom?</strong></p> <p>HT strives to connect sustainability to all aspects of the university: operations, academics and community engagement. Through our Center for Sustainability and Environmental Justice, we address critical environmental topics that demonstrate how sustainability interconnects with the university&rsquo;s mission to educate students and develop leaders. Sustainability is a broad field, and I want every student to know how their interests and future careers connect to the environment and can involve sustainability work.</p> <p>We have many multifaceted platforms like the&nbsp;<a href="http://dumpsterproject.org" target="_blank">Dumpster Project</a>, Green is the New Black, and the environmental justice-centered&nbsp;<a href="http://htu.edu/33569/building-green-justice-forum" target="_blank">Building Green Justice Forum</a>&nbsp;to connect resources across the many arms of campus sustainability, allowing us to serve our mission. Diversifying our network of partners while remaining focused on these unifying frameworks ultimately drives progress toward all of our goals.</p> <p><img src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1478117184-113-9193/HTStudents5489.jpg" style="vertical-align: middle;" width="948" height="533" /></p> <p><strong>As an honoree of the 2016 Climate Leadership Awards, how has this recognition inspired your community?</strong></p> <p>Receiving attention and accolades for our sustainability efforts as a university is a huge boon to driving support for these efforts, which can often be behind the scenes or deal with the less glamorous operational projects with university facilities. In the Austin community, receiving awards for these efforts reinforces our goal to be a leading green HBCU and supports HT as a forward-thinking institution. Awards give the students pride in their school, which helps drive ongoing and future sustainability initiatives forward.</p> <p><strong>What are some recent projects or initiatives on campus that have made a demonstrated difference in the university&rsquo;s operations, practices or attitudes?</strong></p> <p>The 240 kW solar array is the single largest operational sustainability initiative we have undertaken (completed in late 2015); however, I am equally proud of our Building Green Justice Forum. This is our annual environmental justice conference, which focuses on a different aspect of EJ each year and brings together a variety of keynote speakers, panelists and workshops to educate and activate our campus and the broader community. This year was our third year hosting the conference, and our theme was &ldquo;Race, Health, and the Environment.&rdquo; These are such critical conversations for us to have in the sustainability community, and as an HBCU.</p> <p>Also this year, HT was named the winner in the small-campus category of the College Sports&nbsp;<a href="http://greensportsalliance.org/university-of-texas-at-austin-and-huston-tillotson-university-named-winners-of-inaugural-college-sports-sustainability-makeover-contest-3/" target="_blank">Sustainability Makeover Contest</a>&nbsp;at the&nbsp;<a href="http://greensportsalliance.org" target="_blank">Green Sports Alliance</a>&nbsp;Summit. This award represents a joint effort between HT&rsquo;s sustainability and athletics departments and is an excellent example of what we can accomplish on campus by partnering and working across divisions.</p> <p>I&rsquo;m also proud of our relationship with the&nbsp;<a href="http://edfclimatecorps.org" target="_blank">Environmental Defense Fund&rsquo;s Climate Corps program</a>. The research these students undertake has led to several of the key operational projects, such as the solar installation, occupancy sensors and (hopefully soon) a smart irrigation control system.</p> <p><img src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1478117735-13-5520/HTClassroom110912.jpg" style="vertical-align: middle;" width="948" height="488" /></p> <p><strong>From your perspective, what has been key to developing, maintaining and growing your sustainability commitments?</strong></p> <p>Collaboration and support among all levels at the university is key. High-level support from the university presidential leadership has been the driving force behind our growing sustainability commitments, with Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette now, and Dr. Larry Earvin previously. Students, faculty and staff are key partners in both the continuation of ongoing initiatives and the development of new initiatives that drive our commitments. Moreover, student-identified areas of interests can help prioritize university sustainability projects.</p> <p>Ultimately, I want us to work on all aspects of university operations; however, taking a practical approach requires addressing certain areas before others. For us, this means focusing on areas that interest the students, serve the entire campus community and positively impact project success. For example, Green is the New Black has been keenly aware of the challenges we face with recycling on campus, and has undertaken a peer education campaign that dovetails with the operational and other awareness work required to reform our waste and recycling efforts.</p> <p><strong>Do you have any thoughts on how other institutions can demonstrate climate leadership?</strong></p> <p>We have built our sustainability successes on the intellectual and social history of our institution as an HBCU. HT strives to infuse an environmental justice focus into academics, community engagement and the physical campus environment through varied and diverse initiatives. Our goal is to develop the resources for social innovation, cultural change and transformational thinking.</p> <p>Other colleges and universities can similarly leverage their unique histories and missions to combat global climate change, whether that means serving as a technology incubator, student leadership development field, policy testing ground or social activism arena.</p> <p><strong>Are there any other initiatives in the coming year that you particularly excited about?</strong></p> <p>Two things. First, we are working to implement a Green Revolving Fund at HT. I am very excited about this initiative as we seek to implement it without adding a student fee.&nbsp;During this process, we&rsquo;ve had to investigate creative mechanisms and develop partnerships for funding initial projects that will seed the fund. Second, we will be hosting the Earth Day festival for Austin this coming April. I am very excited that we can bring this event to our campus and open our campus to the community with the specific goal of more diverse environmental awareness at the forefront.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "581a2eff0d3bc8a59f0001cd", "581b7ad9b1be3d6b91000404"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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Submit to tell your story of students getting engaged in learning at schools that are better for their health and better for the environment. View the <a href="http://greenschoolsconference.org/sites/default/files/GSCE17-Call-for-Proposals-Final.pdf">Call for Proposals document</a>, <a href="http://greenschoolsconference.org/sites/default/files/GSCE17-Submittal-Guide.pdf" target="_blank">Submittal Guide</a> and <a href="http://greenschoolsconference.org/sites/default/files/GSCE17-Program-Policies.pdf" target="_blank">Program Policies</a> to learn more.</p> <p>The deadline for submissions is Nov. 16 at 5 p.m. ET.</p> <p><a href="http://register.greenschoolsconference.org/FORMS/CFP/cfp_login.php?formid=14033438" target="_blank" class="button">Submit a proposal</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "5810c9bbdb1f0b68ad000346", "581782c469b61488000005a2"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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Here in the U.S., projects included a sensory garden installation and LED lighting retrofit to support special-needs students in Miami and a schoolyard cleanup in Hartford that brought companies and communities together. And we&rsquo;ve heard about impactful events taking place around the world, from Bogota to Bangalore, Croatia to Saudi Arabia.</p> <p><img src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1476997669-33-5679/IMG_8624.JPG" style="vertical-align: middle;" width="948" height="711" /></p> <p>Here at the Center For Green Schools headquarters in Washington, D.C., we participated in a few projects around town. On Wednesday, Sept. 21, we lent a hand at Joyful Food Market at Drew Elementary in Northeast D.C. Run by&nbsp;<a href="http://marthastable.org/" target="_blank">Martha&rsquo;s Table</a>, a nonprofit whose mission is to provide access to education, healthy food and family support, the <a href="https://marthastable.org/programs/healthy-eating/" target="_blank">Joyful Food Market program</a> offers no-cost, fresh and healthy produce for students and their families at pop-up grocery markets in schools. Later in the week, we went over to Seaton Elementary to help clean up the school grounds and spruce up the gardens. We also taught three Learning Lab lessons to more than 100 students about the value of freshwater and the &ldquo;<a href="https://learninglab.usgbc.org/5rs" target="_blank">Five Rs</a>". We even snuck in a water-themed dance party!</p> <p><img src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1476997859-163-1483/IMG_6606.JPG" style="vertical-align: middle;" width="948" height="NaN" /></p> <p>In addition, Learning Lab hosted live online lessons with college sustainability champions and a celebrity chef. Teachers were invited to attend virtual sessions presented by sustainability leaders via Learning Lab Live, our partnership with&nbsp;<a href="https://usgbc.nepris.com" target="_blank">Nepris</a>. Classrooms across the country received&nbsp;<a href="https://nepris.com/sessions/videos/details/47568" target="_blank">advice from a professional chef</a>&nbsp;about healthy cafeteria choices, and college students&nbsp;<a href="https://nepris.com/sessions/videos/details/47574" target="_blank">recommended strategies</a>&nbsp;for implementing green projects on school campuses.</p> <p>So that&rsquo;s what we are up to!&nbsp;Now how about you?&nbsp;<a href="https://usgbc.wufoo.com/forms/zfcnaup1b99ezw/">Tell us how your event went</a>.&nbsp;After we hear back from you, we will send along a Project Captain certificate of thanks and access to one free registration for the online Green Classroom Professional Certificate course. Of course, we always love hearing (and seeing) more. Share your stories, photos and videos on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, or <a href="mailto:schools@usgbc.org" target="_blank">email them to us</a>.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "580925aa7b177c82440008da", "580a2ed1eebaa088360003ff"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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After visiting the school&rsquo;s shared campus, this was the space where <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/organizations/tower-companies?view=overview" target="_blank">The Tower Companies</a> knew they could have the most impact for their company-wide volunteering event for&nbsp;<a href="http://greenapple.org/content/tower-companies-green-apple-day-sces-and-ssims" target="_blank">Green Apple Day of Service</a>.</p> <p><img src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1476294339-83-6941/P1030274.JPG" style="vertical-align: middle;" width="948" height="632" /></p> <p>The team met with the principals and staff of both schools and learned that the outdoor classroom is underutilized by students, partly because teachers were not sure how to use the space and didn&rsquo;t have the resources. So Tower&rsquo;s team of sustainability professionals, engineers, contractors and designers came together to brainstorm ways to enhance the natural classroom space for the students and staff. The team&rsquo;s goal was to help foster an environment that aided in learning and connection, given that the mission of the outdoor classroom movement nicely aligns with Tower&rsquo;s vision to develop buildings and spaces that inspire and create positive social change.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Since my father started the family business almost 70 years ago, we have enjoyed engaging in and contributing to the local community through employee volunteerism and philanthropy,&rdquo; said <a href="http://towercompanies.com/portfolio-items/jeffrey-s-abramson-partner/" target="_blank">Jeffrey Abramson</a>, partner at The Tower Companies. &ldquo;To align with this commitment, we are proud to offer paid time off to employees interested in giving back to the community, and this year, I&rsquo;m excited to see our entire Tower Team volunteering together to create an even bigger impact for our local schools.&rdquo;</p> <p>Tower has been participating in Green Apple Day of Service since the event's inception five years ago, by partnering with local schools that are located in the same or nearby districts where they own and manage residential properties. This year was the biggest effort from the team, with 100 percent participation from Tower employees and significant contributions from seven industry partners to donate an astounding 400-plus on-site volunteer hours.</p> <p>The team also worked to build a new shed and bench, construct two new vegetable gardens, upgrade an 800-square-foot rain garden and conservative landscaping, stain and repair 20 benches and tables, install two welcome signs and make new planters with herbs.</p> <p>This year, Tower was fortunate to have Montgomery County&nbsp;<a href="http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/Hucker/" target="_blank">Councilmember Tom Hucker</a>&nbsp;join in the fun and thank the entire Tower staff and partners for their contributions. Hucker stressed the importance of creating an engaged learning environment for the future of the children in the Montgomery County.&nbsp;</p> <h3>The Tower Companies&rsquo; 2016 projects</h3> <ul> <li><strong>Welcome signs</strong>: Custom-designed welcome signs to help personalize the entrances to the outdoor classroom and encourage more classes to use the space.</li> <li><strong>Edible gardens</strong>: Two new raised edible garden beds that hold fall vegetables and multiple new herb garden planters to build upon a curriculum of teaching how to grow one&rsquo;s own food.</li> <li><strong>Conservation landscape:</strong>&nbsp;Upkeep of the 800-square-foot conservation landscape, which included weeding, mulching, planting and edging. This garden is used to prevent stormwater runoff from entering the nearby Sligo Creek and is home to native perennials that host pollinators for students to study.&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Benches:&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong>In 2015, Tower planted 30 large native plants to beautify the new stage area in the outdoor classroom and also built 20 benches that convert into tables<strong>,&nbsp;</strong>so that teachers can create lessons to teach students while in the outdoor classroom. The same benches were stained and repaired this year to preserve them during the changing seasons, so they can be used for years to come.</li> <li><strong>Front entrance beautification:&nbsp;</strong>A new shed to hold garden tools and materials for the volunteer parents who maintain the space and to keep the courtyard entrances clean and safe for students and teachers. Four new herb gardens were also made out of recycled wine barrels and placed at the entrances with signage.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p><a href="http://greenapple.org" target="_blank" class="button">Learn more about Green Apple Day of Service</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "57fd4d9522334215390003e3", "57ffaa92e86703a89e0000a8"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/tower-companies-enhances-outdoor-classroom-green-apple-day-service#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 13 Oct 2016 15:42:40 +0000 Giuliana Kunkel 10493031 at http://www.usgbc.org Celebrate being green with the Green Ribbon Schools award program (USGBC Colorado) http://www.usgbc.org/articles/celebrate-being-green-green-ribbon-schools-award-program-usgbc-colorado <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="948" height="375" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/celebrating-being-green-with-usde_s-green-ribbon-schools-award-program-_usgbc-colorado__0.png?1476217289" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>$1.2 billion in energy savings, $149.5 million in water savings, $715.2 million in maintenance savings, and $54.2 million in waste savings are all of the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-facts" target="_blank">estimated benefits</a> that LEED-certified buildings will experience between 2015 and 2018. Green buildings have a variety of real and tangible impacts on their communities and environments&mdash;and not just in the form of financial savings.</p> <p>Schools across the country, including LEED-certified schools, have reported improvements in the overall learning experiences for students once they "went green." Going green in education is celebrated across the country through the nationally recognized U.S. Department of Education (ED)&nbsp;<a href="http://www2.ed.gov/programs/green-ribbon-schools/index.html" target="_blank">Green Ribbon Schools</a> (ED-GRS) award program.</p> <p>The application for the 2017 cycle of Green Ribbon Schools has been released and is due to the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) by <strong>Dec. 1, 2016</strong>. After CDE&rsquo;s review committee process concludes and site visits are conducted, nominees are forwarded to ED. Then, ED will select national honorees and announce the recipients on or around Earth Day 2017.</p> <p>The ED-GRS award program honors America&rsquo;s public and private elementary, middle and high schools, as well as school districts, for their efforts toward using their green buildings as teaching tools, improving student health and achievement and reducing their environmental impact. The award honors schools and districts that take a comprehensive approach to sustainability, health and wellness and environmental education that is measured by three &ldquo;pillars&rdquo; that set a standard of excellence for all schools.</p> <p>There are a number of benefits to being selected as an honoree for this prestigious national award. A representative from Colorado State University, one of the 2015 honorees, exclaimed, &ldquo;The recognition has been great, but the excitement it has created is even better&mdash;we all want to do better, to continue to learn and grow and improve.&rdquo;</p> <p>A representative of another 2015 honoree, Red Hawk Elementary, expressed a similar sentiment: &ldquo;Having the Green Ribbon award really is just another feather in the cap, so to speak, in terms of another good talking point that really speaks to not one or two programs, but how we really look at using our environment and resources as a system.&rdquo;</p> <p>Numerous honorees across the country have increased their energy cost savings, improved student and staff health and productivity, and increased student engagement and achievement, particularly in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.</p> <p>In addition to experiencing these benefits, honorees can play a direct role in inspiring the next generation of green leaders. The Center for Green Schools&trade; at USGBC&reg; recently reported that as many as 80 percent of young professionals would like to work in a green job. The ED-GRS award program celebrates schools, school districts, colleges and universities that encourage environmental and sustainability education and career pathways.</p> <p>Interested applicants also have access to technical assistance from CDE and USGBC. Potential participants can stream a previously recorded webinar to familiarize themselves with the application and the award requirements. CDE has partnered with USBGC to offer the Green TIES mentorship program. The Green TIES program offers schools and districts the opportunity to connect directly with experts in green buildings, energy use, sustainability efforts and environmental education. These experts lend their expertise to help their mentees prepare comprehensive and competitive applications for the 2017 cycle. Additionally, the Green TIES program offers technical assistance to help applicants prepare the logistics for their application.</p> <p><a href="http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdefinance/ccagreentiesmentorpartnership" target="_blank" class="button">Learn more about the program</a></p> <p>Do you know any schools that have a green building and successful green projects? Share this and encourage them to apply to become a 2017 Green Ribbon School.</p> <p><em>Safia Malin, Colorado Department of Education Intern, contributed to this article.</em></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "57ead5f92101b05b750002cb", "57fd4999223342433c0002cc"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/celebrate-being-green-green-ribbon-schools-award-program-usgbc-colorado#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 11 Oct 2016 20:21:29 +0000 Anna Young 10490057 at http://www.usgbc.org Albemarle County Public Schools awarded a School District Scholarship (USGBC Greater Virginia) http://www.usgbc.org/articles/albemarle-county-public-schools-awarded-school-district-scholarship-usgbc-greater-virginia <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="948" height="375" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/albemarle-county-public-schools-awarded-a-school-district-scholarship-_usgbc-greater-virginia__0.png?1476213823" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Albemarle County Public Schools (ACPS) has recently been awarded a <a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/applications-due-august-19-school-district-scholarships" target="_blank">School District Scholarship</a> from the <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/" target="_blank">Center for Green Schools</a>&trade; at USGBC&reg;. The scholarship includes travel and attendance for school representatives to the <a href="http://greenbuildexpo.com/" target="_blank">Greenbuild Conference and Expo</a> in 2016 and the <a href="http://greenschoolsconference.org/" target="_blank">Green Schools Conference</a> in 2017. It also includes access to exclusive USGBC training opportunities and resources, as well as financial assistance with a high-impact sustainability project of the district&rsquo;s choice.</p> <p>ACPS was awarded the scholarship based on the impressive list of environmental initiatives that the school system has already implemented over the past 10 years, championed by Lindsay Snoddy, the ACPS Assistant Director of Environmental, Health, and Safety.</p> <p>Energy and sustainability successes at ACPS have included</p> <ul> <li>Earning the Energy Star label for 21 schools.</li> <li>Conducting plumbing fixture audits in partnership with University of Virginia to identify and implement water-saving upgrades.</li> <li>District-wide green cleaning and integrated pest management policies.</li> <li>Composting programs in many schools.</li> <li>Rigorous recycling programs that go beyond standard curbside items to encompass such items as electronic waste, batteries, fluorescent bulbs and construction and demolition debris.</li> </ul> <p>In 2012, a Renewable Energy Resource Center was constructed at Henley Middle School with grant funds. The center includes a solar array, a wind turbine and a solar thermal system.</p> <p>In addition, ACPS recently became the first school system in Virginia to install 1 megawatt of solar photovoltaic cells under the solar power purchase agreement in Dominion Power&rsquo;s territory. Projects still in the works include upgrading all classroom lighting to LEDs to save energy and improve the learning environment.</p> <p>ACPS is excited to work with USGBC to make new connections and bring innovative ideas to its district and the entire region. According to Snoddy, the scholarship funds may be used for additional waste reduction programs or to expand the use of data from the solar installations in the educational curriculum.</p> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/usgbc-greater-virginia" target="_blank"> USGBC Greater Virginia</a> looks forward to seeing the results of some of these initiatives in future Connect the Dots for Green Schools challenge submissions. Congratulations, Albemarle County Public Schools!</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "57fbfc94adebd81f320008f9", "57fd3bc122334215390000db"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/albemarle-county-public-schools-awarded-school-district-scholarship-usgbc-greater-virginia#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 11 Oct 2016 19:23:43 +0000 Carrie Webster 10489996 at http://www.usgbc.org Become a Learning Lab K–12 Pro Reviewer and get free sustainability curriculum http://www.usgbc.org/articles/become-learning-lab-k%E2%80%9312-pro-reviewer-and-get-free-sustainability-curriculum <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="948" height="375" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Become-a-Learning-Lab-K_12-Pro-Reviewer-and-get-free-sustainability-curriculum.png?1475262377" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Are you experienced in creating and implementing environmental and sustainability literacy for early childhood, primary and secondary-level learners?</p> <p>If so, we want you to become a K&ndash;12 Learning Lab Pro Reviewer!</p> <p>As a&nbsp;Pro Reviewer, you share your expertise to help&nbsp;<a href="http://www.learninglab.usgbc.org/" target="_blank">Learning Lab</a>&nbsp;users find relevant lessons and successfully integrate them into their instruction. Additionally, Pro Reviewers&rsquo; substantial feedback helps USGBC K&ndash;12 Education Partners improve their educational materials and make sure they&rsquo;re meeting the needs of today&rsquo;s educators and students.</p> <p>In exchange, you will receive a complimentary yearlong subscription to Learning Lab.&nbsp;</p> <p>Here's the magic mix:&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Provide feedback directly to course creators and Learning Lab users.</li> <li>Do this at least five times per year.</li> </ul> <p>That's it! Sign up to further your knowledge, and be the first to view and evaluate new lessons added to the Learning Lab subscription.</p> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/help/what-are-responsibilities-and-benefits-being-k12-pro-reviewer-how-may-i-apply-become-one" target="_blank" class="button">Become a USGBC K&ndash;12 Pro Reviewer today</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "57ead6f8b8680b469d00064f", "57eeb604ba959122c20002a0"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/become-learning-lab-k%E2%80%9312-pro-reviewer-and-get-free-sustainability-curriculum#comments Education Fri, 30 Sep 2016 19:01:10 +0000 Jenny Wiedower 10465488 at http://www.usgbc.org Age limit eliminated for the LEED Green Associate exam http://www.usgbc.org/articles/age-limit-eliminated-leed-green-associate-exam <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="948" height="375" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/new-study-roadmap--prepare-for-the-leed-green-associate-exam-in-two-weeks_0_0.png?1475157784" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Individuals of all ages are now eligible to register for the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/credentials#ga" target="_blank">LEED Green Associate</a> exam.</p> <p>The LEED Green Associate is your gateway to green, and it demonstrates an up-to-date understanding of the core concepts of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed" target="_blank">LEED</a>&reg;.</p> <p>By allowing individuals of all ages the opportunity to gain a LEED Green Associate credential, students may use the credential to secure a job in a building trade or related field, while others may use it as a mark of achievement after taking a green building or related course.</p> <p>Green building education has become mainstream&mdash;college and K&ndash;12 level courses&nbsp;such as those found on <a href="https://learninglab.usgbc.org/" target="_blank">Learning Lab</a>, USGBC&rsquo;s new online education platform for K&ndash;12 educators,&nbsp;are increasingly using LEED in curriculum. Many courses now include LEED rating systems and core concepts as teaching materials&mdash;and furthermore, <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-lab-your-ticket-career-sustainability" target="_blank">LEED Lab</a> courses are now being offered at 19 higher education institutions around the globe.</p> <p>The LEED Green Associate exam measures fundamental knowledge of LEED&rsquo;s concepts, but it does not measure competency in any single green building job. Therefore, it is well suited to college and high school students who wish to demonstrate their knowledge of green building core concepts. By the way, the exam only costs $100 for students (<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/discounted-leed-green-associate-exam-pricing-students" target="_blank">that&rsquo;s 50 percent off</a>).</p> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/account/credentials" target="_blank" class="button">Register for the LEED Green Associate exam</a></p> <p>Ready to start studying for the exam? Check out USGBC's <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/education/sessions/leed-green-associate-exam-two-week-study-plan-10411482/" target="_blank">two-week, self-guided study plan</a>.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "57e435bd532f32814b000291", "57ed1fe17307f21fa9000067"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/age-limit-eliminated-leed-green-associate-exam#comments Industry Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:03:04 +0000 Nora Knox 10463379 at http://www.usgbc.org Santa Fe Community College fosters connection to advance climate leadership http://www.usgbc.org/articles/santa-fe-community-college-fosters-connection-advance-climate-leadership <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="948" height="375" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/santa-fe-community-college-fosters-connection-to-advance-climate-leadership_0.png?1474999739" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>USGBC and <a href="http://secondnature.org" target="_blank">Second Nature</a> recently announced the winners of the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-and-second-nature-announce-2016-winners-higher-education-climate-leaders-competition" target="_blank">2016 Climate Leadership Awards</a>, which recognize innovative and advanced leadership in sustainability, climate change mitigation and resilience at signatory campuses of Second Nature&rsquo;s <a href="http://secondnature.org/what-we-do/climate-leadership/" target="_blank">Climate Leadership Commitments</a>.&nbsp;We sat down with this year&rsquo; Honorable Mention recipients to get their insight into how they demonstrate sustainability leadership, and the impact the awards program has had on their communities.</em></p> <p><em>Randy Grissom, president of <a href="https://www.sfcc.edu/" target="_blank">Santa Fe Community College</a>, gives an overview of the college&rsquo;s sustainability journey and shared his perspective on how to integrate leadership into both operations and academics.</em></p> <p><strong>Tell us a bit about Santa Fe Community College.</strong></p> <p>Santa Fe Community College, located in the scenically and historically rich capital of New Mexico, serves students with a variety of programs including culinary arts, business, arts, health care and comprehensive, innovative sustainability programs. We have impressive facilities, an internationally recognized biofuels program, an expanding aquaponics program and solar and green buildings programs that attract the very best talent&shy;&shy;&shy;&shy;&mdash;both faculty and students.</p> <p><strong>In what ways has your signing on to the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment inspired your community?</strong></p> <p>Signing on to the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment in 2007 set Santa Fe Community College on a leadership course. We have made significant investments in sustainable facilities, in solar power (a 1.5-megawatt system on 5.4 acres supplies most of our power), in recycling and basically in practicing what we teach.</p> <p>The Climate Leadership Awards program has helped us learn from other institutions. The networking at the annual meetings has inspired us to take on new initiatives.</p> <p>Sustainability is the right thing to do for the environment, but as President, I can tell you that it&rsquo;s the positive effect on the bottom line that makes us keep moving forward with our efforts. Our curriculum and practices are intertwined, and we take every opportunity to collaborate with community partners. Our <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed" target="_blank">LEED</a>&reg; Platinum Trades and Advanced Technology Building is a symbol of sustainability and flexibility; features are added as the curriculum changes and class projects are tried and tested.</p> <p>The city&rsquo;s Sustainable Santa Fe Commission has included SFCC as a key component of an economic development plan, whose foundation is in green jobs and a sustainable future that includes water conservation, solar energy, bioenergy, innovative (low-water, low-impact) agriculture and microgrid development.</p> <p><img height="NaN" src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1474908580-83-4985/2_SFCC_TATC.jpg" style="vertical-align: middle;" width="948" /></p> <p><em><small>Photo by Santa Fe Community College.</small></em></p> <p><strong>What has been key to developing, maintaining and growing the college&rsquo;s sustainability commitments?</strong></p> <p>Definitely the key is getting more community partners interested in our initiatives. We offer tours, on average once a week, to business leaders, government officials, international visitors, faculty from other colleges and universities, representatives from private or public boards and scientists from Los Alamos National Laboratory. This outreach has led to great partnerships and investments as we grow our leadership role.</p> <p>Our commitment to being a &ldquo;living laboratory of ideas&rdquo; means we are always open to creative feedback that enables us to develop public-private partnerships that help us meet the need for jobs. A good example is our current exploration of a plan with Ecoponex Systems to develop a micro and full-scale REEF (Renewable Energy Efficient Farm) project&mdash;a closed-loop, controlled-environment cultivation system to produce food. We are in the early planning stages, but feel this is potentially one of the most exciting partnerships we could have on our campus. With a campus of 366 high desert acres, we have room to grow.</p> <p><strong>Do you have any advice for your peers on how they can demonstrate sustainability leadership?</strong></p> <p>I would urge other institutions to look closely at how they can integrate operations and academic programs. Here at SFCC, our campus plant operations and Trades and Advanced Technology programs are intertwined. Again, maintaining the bottom line impact is key.</p> <p>We hear a lot about the need to prepare students with technology skills, but I also believe that in order to propel students into the green economy, we need to ensure they are knowledgeable in sustainable technologies. Whether in building sciences and construction, engineering, plumbing and HVAC, solar and water resource management or alternative fuels, it&rsquo;s imperative that we prepare them to make a difference in lowering our collective carbon footprint.</p> <p><strong>Is there anything else you would like our audience to know about?</strong></p> <p>Thinking about SFCC as a kind of &ldquo;Innovation Station&rdquo; continues to help us expand our role in the community and expose students to hands-on learning and collaboration. Another example of this is our emerging partnership with biologists/scientists from NTxBio, a new company working to significantly reduce the time it takes to identify and develop new drugs to battle disease. After securing funding from a local business accelerator, the startup approached SFCC as a place they could do their work. By allowing the scientists lab space, we now have the opportunity to provide unique experiences for students to see and participate in cutting-edge research.</p> <p>This previously might have been the sole purview of research universities, but I feel community colleges have the flexibility and creativity to move quickly on ideas to bring research into daily academic life. It has been a great experience for SFCC, and I hope we see more of this type of activity in the future.</p> <p>Read more about SFCC&rsquo;s greenhouse management program in the <a href="http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/can-blackberries-and-tilapia-help-new-mexico-s-small-farmers/article_25f3ec16-4b74-5365-9a26-4eeccbf3e95f.html" target="_blank"><em>Santa Fe New Mexican</em></a>.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "57c84a74d73d6403ad00008b", "57eab52caed5500857000392"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/santa-fe-community-college-fosters-connection-advance-climate-leadership#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:08:59 +0000 Amanda Sawit 10460175 at http://www.usgbc.org Milwaukee Area Technical College: Training the next generation of green energy leaders http://www.usgbc.org/articles/milwaukee-area-technical-college-training-next-generation-green-energy-leaders <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="948" height="375" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/_milwaukee-area-technical-college--training-the-next-generation-of-green-energy-leaders_0.png?1474556605" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>USGBC&reg; and <a href="http://secondnature.org" target="_blank">Second Nature</a> recently announced the winners of the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-and-second-nature-announce-2016-winners-higher-education-climate-leaders-competition" target="_blank">2016 Climate Leadership Awards</a>,&nbsp;which recognize innovative and advanced leadership in sustainability, climate change mitigation and resilience at signatory campuses of Second Nature&rsquo;s <a href="http://secondnature.org/what-we-do/climate-leadership/" target="_blank">Climate Leadership Commitments</a>. We sat down with this year&rsquo;s Honorable Mention recipients to get their insight into how they demonstrate sustainability leadership and the impact the awards program has had on their communities.</em></p> <p>Dr. Vicki J. Martin, <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/supporting-milwaukees-better-buildings-challenge-workforce-development-usgbc-wisconsin" target="_blank">Milwaukee Area Technical College</a> president, talks about some of the current initiatives to prepare students for careers in a green economy, as well as her perspective on what it takes to make and keep sustainability commitments across a large college community.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Tell us a bit about Milwaukee Area Technical College and your role here.</strong></p> <p>Milwaukee Area Technical College is the largest technical college in the state of Wisconsin. Serving approximately 40,000 students annually at four campuses, two education centers and 40 community-based organizations, MATC prepares our students for high-demand, fast-growing careers. Backed by practical, expert-led, hands-on learning, more than 90 percent of MATC&rsquo;s associate degree graduates and more than 91 percent of our technical diploma graduates are employed within six months of graduation. Our college and graduates make significant contributions to the southeastern Wisconsin region&mdash;92 percent of our graduates live and work in the greater Milwaukee area.</p> <p>I have had the privilege of serving at MATC for 28 years and was named the college&rsquo;s 10th&nbsp;president on June 24, 2014. I am proud of the relationships the college has built with our business and industry partners, all of which strengthen our community.</p> <p><strong>How has your institution approached sustainability throughout campus and in the classroom?</strong></p> <p>MATC has become a national center for energy technology excellence. We currently offer, and continue to develop, comprehensive occupational programs and courses with programs in energy engineering, environmental health and sustainability, in addition to the training and educational offerings in wind, solar and geothermal energy.</p> <p><img height="884" src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1474556004-173-8451/usgbc_98588445.jpg" style="vertical-align: middle;" width="948" /></p> <p><em><small>Photo credit: MATC</small></em></p> <p>As we modernize our buildings&rsquo; lighting and heating, recycle aggressively, adopt hybrid vehicles and use solar, wind and geothermal energy throughout our campuses, we are preparing our students to contribute to the world&rsquo;s exciting green energy future.</p> <p><strong>How has the platform of the Climate Leadership Awards supported or inspired your community?</strong></p> <p>The Climate Leadership Awards give MATC the opportunity to showcase the wide range of sustainability commitments we have within our own facilities, our commitment to renewable technologies, our pursuit of carbon neutrality and the first-class education we provide our students in these technological fields. Our commitments run deep at this institution, and the Climate Leadership Awards provide us the opportunity to talk about our achievements and the drive to meet ambitious goals.</p> <p><strong>Can you tell us about any projects or initiatives on campus that are particularly close to your heart?</strong></p> <p>A current project that caught the imagination of our student body, faculty and cross-sections of our staff is the successful implementation of composting in our food laboratories. This initiative was spearheaded by culinary arts instructors, who pursued and won a grant to cover the costs, working with campus operations staff and students to set up infrastructure and train personnel to effectively divert one ton of food waste from our Milwaukee campus food laboratories and cafeteria operations.</p> <p><img height="662" src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1474555961-203-1267/usgbc_81806155.jpg" style="vertical-align: middle;" width="948" /></p> <p><em><small>Photo credit: MATC</small></em></p> <p><strong>From your perspective, what has been key to developing, maintaining and growing your sustainability commitments?</strong></p> <p>Our success has been built upon the deep commitments from all stakeholders as a measure of accountability to our community and our college constituents. Sustainability is highlighted at MATC as one of four transformational college goals, and a core committee with broad stakeholder involvement and support provides direction, establishes measurable goals, and ensures funding and support for initiatives that move us closer to meeting our goals. Last year, we hired a full-time sustainability manager to oversee the college&rsquo;s sustainability projects in construction services and facilities operations, guiding the college&rsquo;s continuous improvement and measurement of energy efficiency and sustainable practices.</p> <p><strong>Do you have any advice for your peer institutions on how they can demonstrate sustainability leadership?</strong></p> <p>Having a support network that puts the college in a position to succeed is critical to the success of becoming a sustainable campus. Identify stretch goals, fund key initiatives and evaluate outcomes to demonstrate strong return on investment. Incorporate sustainability into your daily work and distribute the responsibility of meeting these goals throughout various cross-functional teams and departments.</p> <p><strong>Are there any other activities or initiatives in the coming year that you would like our audience to know about?</strong></p> <p>We are working with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory on a solar screening study to identify more areas on our campuses to broaden our solar energy production. We also have a districtwide lighting initiative underway with 570,000 kilowatt hours per year in targeted annual savings, amounting to about $62,500 saved in electricity costs each year.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "57c849e51ff2c225d8000093", "57e3f1e0fceb4164aa0007c7"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/milwaukee-area-technical-college-training-next-generation-green-energy-leaders#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 22 Sep 2016 15:03:25 +0000 Amanda Sawit 10453071 at http://www.usgbc.org Green your schoolyard for Green Apple Day of Service and all year long http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-your-schoolyard-green-apple-day-service-and-all-year-long <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="948" height="375" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/green-your-schoolyard-for-green-apple-day-of-service-and-all-year-long_0.png?1474473437" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>How can we transform school grounds into rich, outdoor environments for all children? There are many things schools can do on any school ground to improve and enrich students&rsquo; daily experiences outdoors and to teach them to be stewards of their local environment.</p> <p>This coming Saturday, Sept. 24, is the fifth&nbsp;annual celebration of <a href="http://greenapple.org" target="_blank">Green Apple Day of Service</a>. On this special day, school across the country&mdash;and around the world&mdash;will gather their communities to improve their school sites and children&rsquo;s well-being by creating healthier, safer and more productive learning environments. This year, we encourage school communities to put their energy toward improving their school grounds by holding a schoolyard workday in collaboration with parents, teachers and students.</p> <h3>Making schoolyards a place to explore</h3> <p>A movement to make school grounds greener and connect students to nature is gaining momentum, interweaving the ideas of urban sustainability and ecological design with education, health and community engagement. Green schoolyards bring nature back to cities and suburbs by transforming barren asphalt and ordinary grass into vibrant environments for learning and play, set within rich, local ecosystems that nurture wildlife and the natural processes that underlie and sustain our urban areas. Green schoolyards foster students&rsquo; social, physical and intellectual growth by providing settings for collaboration, exploration and wonder.</p> <h3>Tools to get started</h3> <p>Two nonprofit organizations,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.greenschoolyards.org" target="_blank">Green Schoolyards America</a>&nbsp;and the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.internationalschoolgrounds.org" target="_blank">International School Grounds Alliance</a>, partnered this year to create a set of free online resources to help schools get started in enhancing their grounds for outdoor learning, play and ecology. The three publications in this set include a total of 147 outdoor activities for youth ages 3&ndash;18, written by 123 collaborating organizations in the United States and 16 other countries.</p> <p>The guides were written by authors from different geographic regions, but all of the activities are intended for use by all schools. Please see the links below for free digital copies of this school ground&nbsp;<a href="http://bit.ly/GSAguides">Activity Guide set</a>&nbsp;and a combined&nbsp;<a href="http://bit.ly/all3TOC">Table of Contents</a>&nbsp;that connects all three publications. We hope these ideas inspire you to engage in outdoor activities at your own school, wherever you live.</p> <h3>Setting an example in environmental stewardship</h3> <p><a href="http://www.rossvalleyschools.org/manor" target="_blank">Manor Elementary School</a> in Fairfax, California, has been teaching children to take care of their local environment for many years and has applied some ideas from the&nbsp;Activity Guides. Teacher Laura Dax Honda often leads school ground stewardship efforts with collaboration from her colleagues. The school has a Green Team that contributes to the school&rsquo;s composting and recycling efforts, helps clean up trash on the grounds and conducts energy audits of their school building.</p> <p>In addition, they set up a 3,000-gallon cistern to capture rainwater for use in their pollinator garden, reducing their need for municipal water in the dry California climate. The school&rsquo;s beautiful pollinator garden is also an outdoor science laboratory used for wildlife observation, including the study of birds, bees and butterflies. These projects not only teach the idea of stewardship to the students at Manor Elementary, they help the school reduce its impact on the local environment.</p> <p><img height="711" src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1474396520-13-8352/LauraDaxHonda_IMG_3750s.jpeg" style="vertical-align: middle;" width="948" /></p> <p><em><small>Children from Manor School water the school garden. Photo credit: Laura Dax Honda.</small></em></p> <p>Download your own copy of the school ground&nbsp;<a href="http://bit.ly/GSAguides" target="_blank">Activity Guide set</a>&nbsp;to get started with hands-on projects at your local school during Green Apple Day of Service and throughout the year:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://bit.ly/all3TOC" target="_blank">Table of Contents</a>&nbsp;[connecting the three resources below]</li> <li><a href="http://bit.ly/2016caG" target="_blank">Living Schoolyard Activity Guide: California Edition</a></li> <li><a href="http://bit.ly/2016GSAmw" target="_blank">Living Schoolyard Activity Guide: Midwest Edition</a></li> <li><a href="http://bit.ly/2016isgmG" target="_blank">International School Grounds Month Activity Guide</a></li> </ul> <p><em><small>Feature image:&nbsp;Students reuse one-gallon jugs, brought from home, as watering cans to distribute water captured from the schoolyard cistern.&nbsp;Photo credit: Laura Dax Honda.</small></em></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "57e15e5f80b22837ae000877", "57e2b0c738b5a27273000038"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-your-schoolyard-green-apple-day-service-and-all-year-long#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 21 Sep 2016 15:57:17 +0000 Sharon Danks 10451574 at http://www.usgbc.org Southern Oregon University models sustainability leadership across campus http://www.usgbc.org/articles/southern-oregon-university-models-sustainability-leadership-across-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="948" height="375" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/southern-oregon-university-models-sustainability-leadership-across-campus_0.jpg?1474309090" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>USGBC&reg; and </em><a href="http://secondnature.org" target="_blank"><em>Second Nature</em></a><em> recently announced the winners of the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-and-second-nature-announce-2016-winners-higher-education-climate-leaders-competition" target="_blank">2016 Climate Leadership Awards</a>, </em><em>which recognize innovative and advanced leadership in sustainability, climate change mitigation and resilience at signatory campuses of Second Nature&rsquo;s </em><a href="http://secondnature.org/what-we-do/climate-leadership/" target="_blank"><em>Climate Leadership Commitments</em></a><em>.&nbsp;</em><em>We sat down with this year&rsquo;s Honorable Mention recipients to get their insight into how they demonstrate sustainability leadership and the impact the awards program has had on their communities.</em><em>&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>Southern Oregon University&rsquo;s Roxane Beigel-Coryell talks about some of their major initiatives to drive eco-literacy and sustainability leadership on campus and throughout the community.</em>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Tell us a bit about Southern Oregon University and your role here.</strong>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www2.sou.edu/" target="_blank">Southern Oregon University</a> provides comprehensive educational opportunities with a strong focus on student success and intellectual creativity. Located in vibrant Ashland, Oregon, SOU remains committed to diversity and inclusion for all students on its environmentally sustainable campus.&nbsp;</p> <p>I have the privilege of serving as SOU&rsquo;s Sustainability and Recycling Coordinator. In my role, I manage the campus recycling and waste diversion programs, working with students and departments throughout campus to reduce waste and increase diversion from the landfill.</p> <p>When I&rsquo;m not peeking in the trash, I manage and facilitate campus sustainability initiatives, including integration of sustainability in our operations, policies and academics. My role includes ongoing collaboration across campus to foster the university&rsquo;s progress toward our climate action and sustainability goals. From implementing energy efficiency and solar power projects to conducting waste audits with students to making inventory of greenhouse gas emissions, SOU is perpetually advancing our goal to model sustainability.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>How has your institution approached sustainability throughout campus and in the classroom?</strong>&nbsp;</p> <p>SOU has made a deep commitment to sustainability that is modeled throughout our campus, and students, staff, faculty and administration work together to implement innovative and progressive sustainability policy, curriculum and action. SOU offers several majors, minors and certificates with a focus on sustainability, such as a certificate in sustainability leadership and a bachelor&rsquo;s degree in environmental science and policy. Additionally, sustainability curriculum is integrated into nearly 10 percent of all courses offered.</p> <p>Students and faculty also use the student-led organic campus farm as a living-learning laboratory. <a href="https://inside.sou.edu/thefarm/index.html" target="_blank">The Farm at SOU</a> is a hub for education, student and faculty research and community outreach to the Rogue Valley. It produces healthy, sustainably harvested food and inspires a generation of ecologically committed leaders who promote a vision of living and working sustainably in community and on the land.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Climate Leadership Awards provided our campus the opportunity to pause for a moment to highlight the incredible work we have been doing to cultivate a sustainable community. It brought together people from all corners of campus, highlights value and contributions of areas that don&rsquo;t typically consider themselves part of sustainability.&nbsp;</p> <p><img height="NaN" src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1474053598-109-0017/usgbc_19240611_Full-2.jpg" style="vertical-align: middle;" width="948" /></p> <p><em><small>SOU students planting trees for Arbor Day. Photo credit: Southern Oregon University.</small></em></p> <p><strong>Are there any campus initiatives that have made a demonstrated difference in operations, practices or attitudes?</strong>&nbsp;</p> <p>One of our recent and most exciting initiatives is earning the designation of the <a href="http://www.beecityusa.org/bee-campus-usa.html" target="_blank">first Bee Campus in the U.S.</a>, which was a result of the dedication, collaboration and innovation of students, faculty and staff. The initial idea, inspired by the Bee City USA movement, was to create a similar designation for college campuses to allow institutions of higher education to serve as models of pollinator-friendly practices.</p> <p>Through our efforts to help create the program, SOU has expanded on our sustainable landscape management practices, introduced pollinator gardens throughout campus, and provided courses for students and the community on the role and value of pollinators and how to foster a sustainable environment for all.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>From your perspective, what has been key to developing, maintaining and growing your sustainability commitments?</strong>&nbsp;</p> <p>The key to our success has been the support and dedication at all levels of the university, from students to faculty and staff to upper administration. SOU truly exhibits a culture of sustainability that can be felt throughout the campus. It is also important for us to celebrate our accomplishments, big and small, to acknowledge the positive impact we are having on our campus and in our community.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Do you have any advice on how others can demonstrate sustainability leadership?</strong>&nbsp;</p> <p>In SOU&rsquo;s experience, the best way to demonstrate leadership is to try new things! We have been pioneers in several endeavors: in addition to our work with Bee Campus USA, we were one the first universities to offset 100 percent of our energy use, and have so far diverted more than 62 percent of campus waste from the landfill.</p> <p>Additionally, we&rsquo;ve increased onsite solar generation by 164 percent, and are among the first universities to offset all water use with <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/credits/new-construction-core-and-shell-schools-new-construction-retail-new-construction-healthc-109" target="_blank">Water Restoration Certificates</a>. Our other advice is to work together to leverage one another&rsquo;s passion, expertise and diverse perspectives. Students come into the university with fresh minds and innovative concepts that can lead to extraordinary results when mindfully mentored by faculty and staff.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Is there anything else that you would like to share?</strong>&nbsp;</p> <p>Throughout this year and into the next, SOU is participating in the development of a Climate and Energy Action Plan for the community of Ashland, an inspirational and important endeavor that we are honored to play a role in. In addition, SOU will be reviewing and updating the campus Climate Action Plan, evaluating the relevance of the goals and actions written in 2010 and updating it to include resilience.</p> <p>Finally, we are looking forward to the addition of several LEED buildings on campus, including the newly renovated Science Building and a Student Recreation Center and Athletics Building that is currently under construction.</p> <p><em><small>Feature image: SOU's LEED Gold McLoughlin Residence. Photo credit Southern Oregon University.</small></em></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "57c84a0cd73d6429a60000ad", "57e02e76c7a0865ea60000a4"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/southern-oregon-university-models-sustainability-leadership-across-campus#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 19 Sep 2016 18:18:10 +0000 Roxane Beigel Coryell 10447972 at http://www.usgbc.org What Green Apple Day of Service means to me: Jennifer Seydel http://www.usgbc.org/articles/what-green-apple-day-service-means-me-jennifer-seydel <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="948" height="375" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/gados-a_2_0_0_0.png?1473955394" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Every movement needs a moment&hellip;or two&hellip;or three&hellip;or many, all across the planet!&nbsp;The <a href="http://greenapple.org" target="_blank">Green Apple Day of Servic</a>e is one of those moments for the green, healthy, sustainable schools movement. I am continually amazed at the capacity for the <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/" target="_blank">Center for Green Schools</a>&trade; at USGBC&reg; to mobilize their volunteers all across the planet to transform classrooms, schools and schoolyards. The growing number of projects completed each year is a reflection of the growing desire to co-create a sustainable future.</p> <p>One out of every six people&mdash;that&rsquo;s close to 60 million&mdash;work, learn and play in our school buildings every year. Unfortunately, many of our schools still operate the way public education was designed in the mid-nineteenth century: preparing students for an industrial society that no longer exists. On Green Apple Day of Service, communities have the chance to create a new vision of <em>what</em> they want their children to learn, <em>where</em> they want their children to learn and <em>how</em> they want their children to learn.&nbsp;</p> <p>The diversity of Green Apple projects reflects these hopes and dreams: creating gardens that help children understand how to nurture their bodies, doing cleanup and ecological restoration projects that honor the integral connection between human health and ecological health, replacing old incandescent lights with more energy-efficient LED lights, tearing up asphalt playgrounds and replacing them with outdoor classrooms and natural play areas and transforming classrooms with desks in rows to beautiful learning environments with sustainably forested furniture. All of these projects reflect what we in the green schools movement believe&mdash;that each of the 60 million people who spend their days in our public schools deserve to work and learn in a healthy, sustainable place. &nbsp;</p> <p>Last year, my husband and I helped build a country sink for the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/Irwin-A-and-Robert-D-Goodman-Greenhouse-at-Spring-Harbor-192770364099406/" target="_blank">Irwin A. and Robert D. Goodman Greenhouse at Spring Harbor</a>&nbsp;Middle School in Madison, Wisconsin, as well as some garden beds at Brashear High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For us, because we know that transforming every K&ndash;12 school does not happen in just one day, Green Apple Day of Service is a year-round event.</p> <p>Join the fun. Check out <a href="http://greenapple.org" target="_blank">greenapple.org</a>&nbsp;and find a school to transform. Make a commitment for this one day&hellip;and then decide how you can support their efforts to become a green, healthy and sustainable learning environment year-round!&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://greenapple.org/register-login?destination=node/add/green-apple-event" target="_blank" class="button">Register a project</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "57d31d643d2298bcbf000080", "57dac773d9413b6d19000448"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/what-green-apple-day-service-means-me-jennifer-seydel#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 15 Sep 2016 16:03:14 +0000 Jennifer Seydel 10443275 at http://www.usgbc.org Tell us you’re in: Green Apple Day of Service 2016 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/tell-us-you%E2%80%99re-green-apple-day-service-2016 <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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/gados-b_1_0.png?1473863508" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>There&rsquo;s still time to join us for&nbsp;Green Apple Day of Service on Saturday, Sept. 24, by participating in a service event near you. Tell us you&rsquo;re in by <a href="http://greenapple.org/" target="_blank">signing up now</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Green Apple Day of Service gathers parents, teachers, students, companies and local organizations to transform schools into healthy, safe and productive learning environments and celebrates our green schools champions across the globe.</p> <p>For the past few weeks, we&rsquo;ve shared some of our favorite&nbsp;<a href="http://greenapple.org/projects" target="_blank">event ideas</a>&nbsp;and ways to track progress and measure the impact of your projects. Check out&nbsp;<a href="http://greenapple.org/home" target="_blank">greenapple.org</a>&nbsp;for more ideas, promotional tools and event&nbsp;<a href="http://greenapple.org/resources" target="_blank">resources</a>&nbsp;for your project.</p> <p>With more than 700 million students worldwide, and one-sixth of all Americans entering a K&ndash;12 school building each day, there is no questioning the enormity and urgency of the task before us. Both the way we educate and the way we take care of the school environment sends a tangible sign of a community&rsquo;s willingness to provide an excellent and equitable education to all its students.</p> <p>When we educate children, we guide them toward a future we hope they will create. We choose a sustainable future, and so we must educate students to prepare them to create it&mdash;in a place that inspires them. Together, we can transform our schools while teaching valuable lessons and cultivating the world&rsquo;s next generation of sustainability leaders.&nbsp;</p> <p>Have you participated in a Green Apple Day of Service project this year?&nbsp;<a href="mailto:schools@usgbc.org" target="_blank">Let us know</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://greenapple.org/" target="_blank" class="button">Sign up for the Green Apple Day of Service</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "57d1b859ddd58b525200012d", "57d95f460b3c2594520001c7"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/tell-us-you%E2%80%99re-green-apple-day-service-2016#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 14 Sep 2016 14:31:48 +0000 Amanda Sawit 10441313 at http://www.usgbc.org First Indianapolis Public Schools to register Green Apple projects receive mini-grants (USGBC Indiana) http://www.usgbc.org/articles/first-indianapolis-public-schools-register-green-apple-projects-receive-minigrants-usgbc-in <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="948" height="375" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/gados-a_2_0.png?1473711043" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Indianapolis Public Schools looking to green their schools this fall can get help with supplies from&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/usgbc-indiana" target="_blank">USGBC Indiana</a>.&nbsp;<a href="http://greenapple.org" target="_blank">Green Apple Day of Service</a> gives parents, teachers, students, companies and local organizations to transform all schools into healthy, safe and productive learning environments. This year&rsquo;s Green Apple Day of service will take place on Saturday, Sept. 24.&nbsp;</p> <p>To encourage participation and offer support, USGBC Indiana&rsquo;s Central Branch is offering three grants of $500 to the first three Indianapolis Public Schools to <a href="http://greenapple.org/register-login?destination=node/add/green-apple-event" target="_blank">register their projects online</a>.</p> <p>We hope that these grants will open the door to a successful program for these three schools. I addition, members of the local USGBC Indiana Central Branch are available to assist with project selection and implementation.&nbsp;Tools are also available on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mygreenapple.org">mygreenapple.org</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Register before Sept. 24 to ensure your project is eligible for the Indy Green Apple grants. Keep in mind that your event can be scheduled any time during the school year to accommodate the needs of your desired program.&nbsp;</p> <p>To see what other schools are doing, visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.greenapple.org/dayofservice" target="_blank">greenapple.org/dayofservice</a>. For questions about Green Apple Day of Service in Indiana or if you are interested in having USGBC volunteers at your event, please&nbsp;<a href="mailto:indiana@usgbc.org" target="_blank">contact USGBC Indiana</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://greenapple.org/register-login?destination=node/add/green-apple-event" target="_blank" class="button">Register your project</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "57cf030d2a6ade2ca1000666", "57d70bb6396381b3d300028c"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/first-indianapolis-public-schools-register-green-apple-projects-receive-minigrants-usgbc-in#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 12 Sep 2016 20:10:43 +0000 Doug Widener 10438548 at http://www.usgbc.org Apply for a Community Green Scholars grant to become a LEED professional at no cost http://www.usgbc.org/articles/apply-community-green-scholars-grant-become-leed-professional-no-cost <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="948" height="375" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/apply-for-a-community-green-scholars-grant-to-become-a-leed-professional-at-no-cost_0.png?1473695811" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Have you thought about becoming a <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/credentials" target="_blank">LEED professional</a>, but you&rsquo;re deterred by the cost? If so, today is your day, because the Bank of America Charitable Foundation has partnered with USGBC and we are now accepting applications for the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/call-applications-now-open-community-green-scholars-grants" target="_blank">Community Green Scholars Program</a>. The program is open to all low- to moderate-income individuals who do not currently hold a LEED professional credential.</p> <p>If accepted into the program, scholars will be able to take the LEED Green Associate exam at no cost, and scholars will also receive the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-core-concepts-guide" target="_blank">LEED Core Concepts Guide</a> and a yearlong subscription to <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/education-at-usgbc" target="_blank">Education @USGBC</a>.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s never been a better time to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to differentiate your knowledge in the market and become a successful green building professional.</p> <p>Community Green Scholars Program applications are due Nov. 1, 2016.</p> <p><a href="https://fs25.formsite.com/USGBC/CommunityGreenScholars/index.html" target="_blank" class="button">Learn more and apply today</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "57d1b023ddd58bea16000071", "57d6d0366bcf2dc00a0001b2"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/apply-community-green-scholars-grant-become-leed-professional-no-cost#comments Community Mon, 12 Sep 2016 15:56:51 +0000 Nora Knox 10437634 at http://www.usgbc.org Johnson County Community College nurtures holistic, campus-wide approach to climate leadership [video] http://www.usgbc.org/articles/johnson-county-community-college-nurtures-holistic-campuswide-approach-climate-leadership-v <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="948" height="375" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/johnson-county-community-college-nurtures-holistic_-campus-wide-approach-to-climate-leadership_0.png?1473426940" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org">The Center for Green Schools</a> and <a href="http://secondnature.org">Second Nature</a>&nbsp;recently announced the winners of the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-and-second-nature-announce-2016-winners-higher-education-climate-leaders-competition" target="_blank">2016 Climate Leadership Awards</a>, which recognize innovative and advanced leadership in sustainability, climate change mitigation and resilience at signatory campuses of Second Nature&rsquo;s <a href="http://secondnature.org/what-we-do/climate-leadership/">Climate Leadership Commitments</a>.</p> <p>This year&rsquo;s recipients show leadership through practices, partnerships and initiatives designed to tackle some of the greatest modern challenges. Examples of their commitments include the ongoing pursuit of green building practices; the development of a campus culture that embraces local sourcing; alternative transportation methods; innovative partnerships with their surrounding communities; and cultivation of a sense of individual responsibility among students, faculty and staff.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Johnson County Community College</strong></p> <p>Johnson County Community College (JCCC), located in Overland Park, Kansas, won in the Two-Year Institution category and was commended for their dedication to cutting consumption and improving operational efficiencies, as well as their passion for engaging the community &ndash; operating as a living lab for students, faculty, staff and other stakeholders.</p> <p><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/x4nd-w2-vQ4" width="420" height="315" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"></iframe>&nbsp;</p> <p>The college&rsquo;s sustainability efforts, which had picked up on earlier student-led efforts around recycling and green building, received a major boost in 2008 when the college&rsquo;s then-president signed on to the American College and University Presidents&rsquo; Climate Commitment.</p> <p>Since then, JCCC has stepped up their recycling rates and cut their energy use by 25 percent despite adding new buildings, and continues to build their renewable energy capacity as well. Through JCCC&rsquo;s branded Power Switch program, the college has reduced its annual average kwh usage by 20 percent since 2009, leading to $1.5 million in savings during the same period.</p> <p>JCCC&rsquo;s Student Sustainability Committee has also committed over one hundred thousand dollars to expand solar production on campus &ndash; adding 126 kw to the campuses&rsquo; existing 30kw capacity &mdash; in conjunction with two hundred thousand dollars of College Foundation funding. JCCC&rsquo;s Center for Sustainability also supports students&rsquo; exposure to renewable energy applications on a large scale by requesting successful bidders include educational or co-curricular targets in their submissions. Additionally, the college partners with their local utility to provide additional EV charging stations to commuter emissions. These efforts, in addition to student-constructed solar charging stations and Big Belly solar trash compactors, spark campus conversations around renewable energy.</p> <p>The Center for Sustainability also leads and supports numerous formal and informal climate-related educational opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and community members. JCCC&rsquo;s Sunflower &ldquo;mini grants&rdquo; to fund sustainability-related enrichment across the curriculum have reached more than 7,000 students since 2011, and funding has supported courses in every instructional unit of the college, from the humanities to STEM fields. This has in turn promoted &ndash; even normalized &ndash; climate-related conversations among the campus community.</p> <p>In addition to curriculum development, campus engagement opportunities have given students the ability to examine the ramifications of climate change and think critically about how they can improve the sustainability of their college and the world at large. One of the most notable examples is the Student Sustainability Committee&rsquo;s effort to pilot and maintain a guide to the environmentally responsible features of campus, which both charts the work being done and narrates JCCC&rsquo;s sustainability journey. The first iteration of this brochure received international recognition and student researchers presented their work in St. Petersburg, Russia, in June 2015. The current group of students working on an update are all international students, and will conduct about half of the project&rsquo;s required interviews in their native languages, allowing JCCC to document different cultural perceptions of it&rsquo;s work to address climate change.</p> <p>The dedication of JCCC students, faculty and staff on these, and numerous other activities in and around campus, inspires others to consider steps they can take to advance the health and sustainability of their learning environments &ndash; cementing JCCC as a model higher education institution of climate leadership and environmental stewardship.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "57c846471ff2c2836600005a", "57d2b5ef4613a551cd000319"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/johnson-county-community-college-nurtures-holistic-campuswide-approach-climate-leadership-v#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 09 Sep 2016 13:15:40 +0000 Amanda Sawit 10434376 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC and Second Nature Announce 2016 Winners of Higher Education Climate Leaders Competition http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-and-second-nature-announce-2016-winners-higher-education-climate-leaders-competition <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="948" height="375" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press-release-j_0.png?1473259714" /> </div> </div> </div> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Arizona State University and Johnson County Community College demonstrate ongoing commitment to climate leadership</em></p> <p>WASHINGTON, DC&mdash;(Sept. 7, 2016)&mdash; Today, the <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/">Center for Green Schools</a> at the <a href="http://usgbc.org">U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)</a>, in partnership with <a href="http://secondnature.org/">Second Nature</a>, announced that Arizona State University and Johnson County Community College have been selected to receive the seventh annual <a href="http://secondnature.org/climate-leadership-awards">Climate Leadership Awards</a>.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are thrilled to recognize these institutions for their dedication to creating a sustainable higher education environment and incorporating green practices into their campuses&rsquo; and educational discourse,&rdquo; said Jaime Van Mourik, director of higher education, USGBC. &ldquo;By prioritizing sustainability, Arizona State University and Johnson County Community College are not only reducing their environmental impact but using green building practices as a teachable moment for students and faculty that will inform and benefit generations to come, as well as launch the next generation of global sustainability citizens.&rdquo;</p> <p>Second Nature is a national nonprofit that works to build a sustainable and positive global future through collaboration with leadership networks in higher education, and the Climate Leadership Awards recognize innovative and advanced leadership in sustainability, climate change mitigation and resilience at college and university campuses that participate in Second Nature&rsquo;s <a href="http://secondnature.org/what-we-do/climate-leadership/">climate commitments</a>. This year&rsquo;s recipients show leadership through practices, partnerships and initiatives designed to tackle some of the greatest modern challenges. Examples of commitments made by these institutions include the ongoing pursuit of green building practices; the development of a campus culture that embraces local sourcing; alternative transportation methods; innovative partnerships with their surrounding communities; and cultivation of a sense of individual responsibility among students, faculty, and staff.</p> <p>&ldquo;After 10 years of commitment, the Climate Leadership Network continues to impress us by showing us what the leading edge looks like,&rdquo; said Tim Carter, president of Second Nature. "It&rsquo;s never easy for our judges to choose winners, but it&rsquo;s inspiring to see so much great work being done on our college and university campuses across the nation.&rdquo;</p> <p>This year saw close to 40 institutions vying for the two awards: one for a two-year and one for a four-year institution. The winners were chosen from a pool of 19 finalists. In an effort to further recognize outstanding institutions at different stages of their trajectory, Second Nature and the Center for Green Schools at USGBC introduced an Honorable Mentions category this year.</p> <p>The 2016 Climate Leadership Award Winners are:</p> <p><strong>Two-Year Institution</strong></p> <ul class="styledlist"> <li>Winner: Johnson County Community College</li> </ul> <p>Honorable Mentions:</p> <ul class="styledlist"> <li> <p>Milwaukee Area Technical College</p> </li> <li> <p>Santa Fe Community College</p> </li> </ul> <p><strong>Four-Year Institution</strong></p> <ul class="styledlist"> <li>Winner: Arizona State University</li> </ul> <p>Honorable Mentions:</p> <ul class="styledlist"> <li> <p>Huston-Tillotson University</p> </li> <li> <p>Southern Oregon University</p> </li> </ul> <p>Award winners will be recognized as part of the <a href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.com/Attendee/Home/Events/LeadershipAwardsLuncheon">2016 USGBC Leadership Awards Luncheon</a> at the <a href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.com/Attendee/Home">Greenbuild International Conference &amp; Expo</a> on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016, in Los Angeles, Calif. Visit <a href="http://secondnature.org/our-impact/climate-leadership-awards/">Second Nature</a> to learn more about the Climate Leadership Awards.</p> <p>###</p> <p><strong>About the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council</strong></p> <p>The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council&rsquo;s mission is to make sure every student has the opportunity to attend a green school within this generation. The Center sits at the intersection of buildings, curriculum and community and works directly with teachers, students, administrators, elected officials and communities to create programs, resources and partnerships that transform all schools into healthy learning environments. High-performing schools result in high-performing students, and green schools go far beyond bricks and mortar. The Center advances opportunities to educate a new generation of leaders, including sustainability natives, capable of driving global market transformation. To learn more please visit <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/">centerforgreenschools.org</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Second Nature</strong></p> <p>Second Nature works to proactively build a sustainable and positive global future through initiating bold commitments, scaling successful actions, and accelerating innovative solutions among leadership networks in higher education. The Climate Leadership Commitments, a signature program of Second Nature, is based on the premise that bold commitments to climate action and resilience by higher education leaders yield positive changes at their institutions, and beyond. For more information, visit <a href="http://secondnature.org">secondnature.org</a> and follow us on <a href="https://twitter.com/LeadOnClimate">Twitter</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/LeadOnClimate">Facebook</a>.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "57c84519a23d6c0a6e00003f", "57d028bc95d992744b000775"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-and-second-nature-announce-2016-winners-higher-education-climate-leaders-competition#comments Media Wed, 07 Sep 2016 14:48:34 +0000 Rachel Gilbert 10431414 at http://www.usgbc.org Champion health in our schools with Green Apple Day of Service 2016 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/champion-health-our-schools-green-apple-day-service-2016 <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="948" height="375" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/champion-health-in-our-schools-with-green-apple-day-of-service-2016-_0.png?1471893243" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Schools have a direct impact on student and teacher health. Improving cleanliness, lighting quality, indoor air quality, lunchroom nutrition and physical activity can boost health and wellness and make the school day better for students, teachers and staff.&nbsp;</p> <p>Join us, and together, we&rsquo;ll build a healthier, brighter future for our children. Here are some ideas for how to address health in your school:&nbsp;</p> <h3><a href="http://greenapple.org/project-idea/assess-indoor-air" target="_blank">Assess the air</a></h3> <p>According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, people spend 90 percent of their time indoors, where pollutant levels can reach levels significantly higher than outdoors. Going through an air quality audit or checklist helps identify possible sources of pollution and find solutions.&nbsp;</p> <h3><a href="http://greenapple.org/project-idea/fun-fitness-neighborhood" target="_blank">Fun with fitness</a></h3> <p>Physical activity can come in all forms and at any time of day. Promote student and staff health by providing fun opportunities for active learning. Remember to track your impact through minutes of physical activity for students and staff, especially if you can sustain an increase over a period of time. In June, Green Sports Alliance hosted&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-sports-alliance-leads-gados-volunteers-houston%E2%80%99s-yes-prep-northside" target="_blank">this year&rsquo;s first flagship Green Apply Day of Service project</a>&nbsp;at Yes Prep Northside in Houston, Texas.&nbsp;</p> <h3><a href="http://greenapple.org/project-idea/train-custodians-green-cleaning" target="_blank">Adopt green cleaning practices</a></h3> <p>Green cleaning protects health and promotes better learning environments, reducing environmental hazards that negatively affect student growth and development. Training custodians on effective cleaning processes is essential for keeping schools healthy places for students to learn, which in turn keeps kids in school, achieving their highest potential.&nbsp;</p> <p>Don&rsquo;t forget to track your progress: take note of minutes of physical activity, servings of fruits and vegetables eaten or reduced grams of sugar served. You can measure impacts on your school's environmental health by assessing school cleanliness, taking steps to improve lighting quality and evaluating indoor air quality through CO<sub>2</sub> and humidity. For more ideas to support your community schools, visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.greenapple.org" target="_blank">greenapple.org</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Have you done a Green Apple Day of Service project this year and want to share your story? <a href="mailto:schools@usgbc.org" target="_blank">Send a note to us</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.greenapple.org/" target="_blank" class="button">Sign up for Green Apple Day of Service</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "57b7463785fb14d33500068c", "57bb4ee2448529da41000690"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/champion-health-our-schools-green-apple-day-service-2016#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 22 Aug 2016 19:14:03 +0000 Amanda Sawit 10410030 at http://www.usgbc.org Learning Lab gives educators the tools to teach sustainability [USGBC+ July/August 2016] http://www.usgbc.org/articles/learning-lab-gives-educators-tools-teach-sustainability-usgbc-julyaugust-2016 <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="948" height="375" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/learning-lab-gives-educators-the-tools-to-teach-sustainability_0.png?1471442713" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>This article was originally published as "Nurturing the Future" in the July/August issue of USGBC+.&nbsp;<a href="http://plus.usgbc.org/nurturing-the-future/" target="_blank">Read the original version</a>.</em></p> <p>Ensuring an educational experience that supports a sustainable future is the bedrock of the <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/" target="_blank">Center for Green Schools</a> at the U.S. Green Building Council&reg; (USGBC). In August 2015, they decided to add digital material to prepare students for 21st century jobs, many of which are in the green industry sector.</p> <p>To start, Jenny Wiedower, K&ndash;12 manager at the Center for Green Schools, and her colleagues took cues from the U.S. Department of Education&rsquo;s <a href="http://www2.ed.gov/programs/green-ribbon-schools/index.html" target="_blank">Green Ribbon Schools Program</a>, which recognizes schools making green strides. According to Wiedower, those strides include measures taken to reduce negative impacts on the environment, increase health and wellness, and produce environmentally literate graduates. &ldquo;Our role in that third pillar was very nominal,&rdquo; says Wiedower. &ldquo;We wanted to do what we could.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="http://plus.usgbc.org/nurturing-the-future/" target="_blank" class="button">Continue reading on USGBC+</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "57ab34bdc06c5cc44b00059d", "57b46ea7cb256cf3010002ad"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/learning-lab-gives-educators-tools-teach-sustainability-usgbc-julyaugust-2016#comments Community Wed, 17 Aug 2016 14:05:13 +0000 Kiley Jacques 10402978 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED Lab stories: At the University of Florida, graduates gain skills needed to hit the ground running http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-lab-stories-university-florida-graduates-gain-skills-needed-hit-ground-running <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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/leed-lab-stories_0.png?1471357911" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/impact#leed-lab" target="_blank">LEED&reg; Lab&trade;</a> isn&rsquo;t your typical college course. The LEED Lab course goes far beyond just giving students an understanding of basic concepts and actually prepares them to land the competitive 21st&nbsp;century careers they want&mdash;and to succeed in them. In LEED Lab, students participate in the entire LEED for Building Operations and Maintenance (LEED O+M) process, choosing one building on their campus that they work toward certifying themselves. In the process, students master green building concepts, gain hands-on experience and learn valuable skills applicable to any professional field.</p> <p>At the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/organizations/university-florida" target="_blank">University of Florida</a>, <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/bahar-armaghani/0000003377" target="_blank">Bahar Armaghani</a>, LEED Fellow, LEED Faculty has seen firsthand the success stories that LEED Lab generates. Bahar is a professor at the College of Design, Construction and Planning, and also the Director of the <a href="https://dcp.ufl.edu/sustainability/green-building-collaborative/" target="_blank">Green Building Learning Collaborative</a>&nbsp;at the University of Florida (UF). In the fall of 2014, Bahar started the first LEED Lab course at UF, aiming to bridge the gap between the education and operation arms of the university, and to make UF a laboratory for learning. We recently caught up with Bahar to hear some of these exciting stories.</p> <p><strong>You have shared a few stories, over the past year and a half, of employers coming to you to recruit students from your LEED Lab. Can you talk about what you are hearing from your industry colleagues?</strong></p> <p>The one thing I hear, time and time again, from the industry is the need for new graduates with skills in the green building arena. LEED Lab graduates are armed with the skills, tools and knowledge to hit the ground running. LEED Lab is not only good for students in terms of becoming marketable in the green job market, but LEED Lab is helping the industry too and saves them the time and resources that it will take to train new graduates on the skills and knowledge needed to work. LEED Lab is a win-win proposition.</p> <p>One of my LEED Lab students was hired as an intern in a consulting firm to work with a team on greening an airport. Before she graduated, she was offered a position within this firm as an intern. When I talked to the firm&rsquo;s president, she indicated that this student knew so much that &ldquo;I could not let her go.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>Five of your students recently landed jobs because of their experience having taken LEED Lab. Can you share a bit more about what transpired and where these students are now employed?</strong></p> <p>LEED Lab provides the hands-on experience on a real project that not only helps students learn skills and knowledge, but also teaches them the skills needed to succeed in the workplace&mdash;project management, teamwork, confidence and empowerment. Three of my students were hired by a consulting firm in Atlanta because of their depth of knowledge in <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed#v4" target="_blank">LEED v4</a>. Another student was hired by a nationally well-known food service company in Charlotte as an account manager; she indicated that her knowledge in greening existing buildings gained through participating in LEED Lab helped her to articulate how she can be an asset to them. As a result of my LEED Lab course, five students were hired when they graduated as sustainability consultants in the greening of existing buildings, and are all doing LEED-related work at Aramark, Eco-Preserve and Epsten Group.</p> <p>Here is what I have heard from these students:</p> <ul> <li>&ldquo;I passed the Green Associate exam on Friday! I got 192/200 points correct. I am so excited to change my email signature and to put it on my resume. Hopefully it will open up some job opportunities. Thank you so much, I could not have done it without your encouragement and your LEED Lab classes!&rdquo;</li> <li>&ldquo;I hope your LEED Lab class is doing well this semester. I wanted to inform you that I passed my LEED GA exam this past week over spring break with a score of 188/200. Your classes on LEED really prepared me for the exam, and I want to thank you again for such a great semester last fall.&rdquo;</li> <li>&ldquo;I passed the GA Exam! I got 192/200! I couldn't have done it without you! Thank you so much for everything! I'm planning on taking the AP BD+C Exam sometime in the next few months (before the fall semester).&rdquo;</li> <li>&ldquo;I took your LEED lab class this past semester (spring), and I just wanted to let you know that I took the LEED GA exam today, and I passed! No need to take me to lunch.&nbsp;But I just wanted to thank you for helping me prepare for the exam during that class! I am not on campus during summer, but during fall I was wondering if I could meet with you to talk about where to go next!&rdquo;</li> </ul> <p><strong>The LEED Lab at UF is generating a lot of buzz on campus and is becoming a model course for preparing students for 21st&nbsp;century careers. What advice can you give colleagues who are pitching this course concept to their administration?</strong></p> <p>LEED Lab allows institutions to bridge the gap between the operation and education arms of a university. My advice to colleagues pitching this course concept is to have a plan for how the course will be offered, what resources will be needed and which departments to collaborate with, and to outline the benefits of LEED Lab to students and other departments. In my experience, students are talking about the course, and it's mostly by word of mouth that students enroll in LEED Lab. It is in high demand: at this point, we are capping the course at 20 students, five graduate and 15 undergraduate. We have students from different majors: sustainability, engineering, interior design, Spanish and psychology.</p> <p>Last semester, a Spanish major enrolled in the class just because of what he has heard from other students and his sheer interest in green building and sustainability. He was focused on the course material and skills, took the LEED GA exam and passed it at the end of the semester and is currently pursuing his master's degree in business. He told me, &ldquo;I know Spanish, I have skills and knowledge in LEED and green existing buildings, and now I need to get some business knowledge so that I can start my green building business.&rdquo;</p> <p>I am so very proud of our students and what they have been accomplishing. Having LEED Lab has been the most rewarding part of my teaching career.</p> <p><em>Watch student-produced videos on LEED Lab at UF from <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBvcckCqpyI" target="_blank">Daniel Kruel</a> and <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7nJS8kCW6g" target="_blank">Jesse Jones</a>.</em></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "57ab764e6ed3a8849b0007c1", "57b323ccdf718a640100002c"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-lab-stories-university-florida-graduates-gain-skills-needed-hit-ground-running#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 16 Aug 2016 14:31:51 +0000 Sarah Buente 10401568 at http://www.usgbc.org Growing minds with Green Apple Day of Service 2016 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/growing-minds-green-apple-day-service-2016 <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="948" height="375" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/growing-minds-with-green-apple-day-of-service-2016-_0.png?1470664198" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>On <a href="http://greenapple.org" target="_blank">Green Apple Day of Service</a>, you can make an impact right inside the classroom. Advancing a culture of sustainability within schools means ensuring that students of all ages can acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors that prepare them to lead and succeed in green 21st&nbsp;century careers.&nbsp;</p> <p>Join us for Green Apple Day of Service 2016 and together, we&rsquo;ll plant the seeds of wonder, understanding and stewardship for a more sustainable future. Here are some ideas and resources to get you started!<strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <h3>Learning Lab</h3> <p>USGBC&rsquo;s <a href="https://learninglab.usgbc.org/" target="_blank">Learning Lab</a> has fantastic online resources to help K&ndash;12 educators and their students easily implement Green Apple projects. More than 300 project-based lessons in English and Spanish are free to access throughout the month of August&mdash;just&nbsp;<a href="https://learninglab.usgbc.org/user/register?destination=home">sign up</a>&nbsp;for your account, and enjoy the easy-to-follow, sustainability-infused curriculum on Learning Lab.&nbsp;</p> <h3>Fun Food Connections</h3> <p>You can plant a school vegetable garden to help students understand where food comes from, or engage students in preparing fresh meals or snacks that they can enjoy on the spot. <a href="http://greenapple.org/project-idea/you-are-what-you-eat" target="_blank">Food is a great way to connect</a> with a wide audience and talk about sustainability issues spanning topics such as social justice, economics, agriculture, operations and health. Remember to track your efforts in increased servings of fruits, vegetables and whole grains eaten by students or in decreased grams of sugars served or consumed on campus.&nbsp;</p> <h3>Dynamic Visuals</h3> <p><a href="http://greenapple.org/project-idea/communicate-your-school%E2%80%99s-sustainability-values" target="_blank">Signs and murals</a> allow a school to show its commitment to healthy and sustainable learning environments. Great signage can teach students and the rest of the community about the green (or could-be-greener) features of classrooms, bathrooms, cafeterias and hallways. A mural is a large-scale way to remind visitors and the school community about the school&rsquo;s values. Students can lend their creativity to the effort, and it&rsquo;s a great way to bring the arts into your sustainability efforts.&nbsp;</p> <p>For <a href="http://www.greenapple.org/dayofservice" target="_blank">more ideas</a> on fostering environmental literacy on Green Apple Day of Service, visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.greenapple.org" target="_blank">greenapple.org</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>And don&rsquo;t forget to measure your impact! Keep track of the number of minutes allocated to environmental and sustainability concepts in class, or engage students through written work, art projects or even a fun post-event survey.&nbsp;</p> <p>Have you implemented a Green Apple Day of Service project in your school this year and want to share your results? <a href="mailto:schools@usgbc.org" target="_blank">Send your story to us</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.greenapple.org/" target="_blank" class="button">Sign up for Green Apple Day of Service</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "57a0d37b2c5e8558b600005b", "57a88d924aaf546f5200004f"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/growing-minds-green-apple-day-service-2016#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 08 Aug 2016 13:49:58 +0000 Amanda Sawit 10389614 at http://www.usgbc.org Green Sports Alliance leads GADOS volunteers at Houston’s Yes Prep Northside http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-sports-alliance-leads-gados-volunteers-houston%E2%80%99s-yes-prep-northside <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="948" height="375" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/green-sports-alliance-leads-gados-volunteers-at-houston_s-yes-prep-northside-_0.png?1470146288" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>As we gear up to celebrate the 2016 <a href="http://www.greenapple.org" target="_blank">Green Apple Day of Service</a> on Sept. 24, let&rsquo;s take some inspiration from the communities who have come together to make a difference in their schools thus far.&nbsp;</p> <p>The first Green Apple Day of Service flagship project of the year took place this past June, in conjunction with the 2016 Green Sports Alliance Summit, one of the largest gatherings for the sports community aimed at improving the environmental performance of large public spaces. The Green Sports Alliance teamed up with Connor Sports and partners <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/organizations/hok" target="_blank">HOK</a>, <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/organizations/excel-dryer-inc" target="_blank">Excel Dryer</a> and <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/usgbc-texas" target="_blank">USGBC Texas</a> for a school makeover project at <a href="http://www.yesprep.org/schools/northside" target="_blank">Yes Prep Northside</a> charter high school in Houston, Texas.&nbsp;</p> <p>"It's important that we engage with the communities where we host the Summit each year and make a positive impact," said Justin Zeulner, Green Sports Alliance executive director. "The collaboration between the organizations involved in this year's Green Apple Day of Service truly exemplified 'The Power of Partnerships' theme for this year's Summit."&nbsp;</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 658px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);"> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BHN-LuCBEdw/" target="_blank" style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;">Enjoy this video by @flolinemedia of our Green Apple Day of Service at @ns_pride! And special thanks to our sponsors @connorsports @hoknetwork @usgbc @drivemg #xlerator #GreenSports #GreenAppleDay</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A video posted by Green Sports Alliance (@greensportsalliance) on Jun 28, 2016 at 5:29pm PDT</p> </blockquote> <p>More than 50 volunteers constructed raised-bed planters and made improvements to schoolyard green spaces for Yes Prep&rsquo;s Garden Club. The project also included upgrades to the school&rsquo;s physical education storage and weight training facilities in support of student health and wellness.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re incredibly proud of the team that came together to improve Yes Prep&rsquo;s school grounds and physical education facilities,&rdquo; said <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/anisa-baldwin-metzger/0010292645" target="_blank">Anisa Baldwin Metzger</a>, school district sustainability manager of the Center for Green Schools at USGBC. &ldquo;Projects like this are providing much-needed transformation of school facilities while advancing a culture of sustainability and health for our children.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.greenapple.org" target="_blank" class="button">Learn more about Green Apple Day of Service</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "57978d0ddfb295ed7200015a", "57a0a6de9dafc9370900002d"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-sports-alliance-leads-gados-volunteers-houston%E2%80%99s-yes-prep-northside#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 02 Aug 2016 13:58:08 +0000 Josh Lasky 10379887 at http://www.usgbc.org Call for applications now open for Community Green Scholars grants http://www.usgbc.org/articles/call-applications-now-open-community-green-scholars-grants <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="948" height="375" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/call-for-applications-now-open-for-community-green-scholars-grants_0.png?1470059802" /> </div> </div> </div> <h3>Call for Applications: Community Green Scholars&nbsp;</h3> <p>A 2011 <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/business-case-green-building" target="_blank">McGraw-Hill study</a> conveyed that 71 percent of hiring managers agree that a credential such as the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/credentials" target="_blank">LEED Green Associate or LEED AP</a> gives applicants a competitive advantage in the hiring process. Of more than 1,400 LEED APs surveyed, 80 percent agreed that earning a LEED credential increased their chances of employment.</p> <p>With generous support from the&nbsp;<a href="http://about.bankofamerica.com/en-us/global-impact/find-grants-sponsorships.html" target="_blank">Bank of America Charitable Foundation</a>, USGBC is pleased to announce this year&rsquo;s grant program to broaden access to resources that help recipients gain the skills and knowledge necessary to become successful green building professionals. The program also supports recipients in their pursuit of the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed" target="_blank">LEED</a><sup>&reg;</sup> professional credential to further differentiate their knowledge in the market&mdash;enabling more individuals to drive a green economy.</p> <h3>Community Green Scholars Program</h3> <p>The Community Green Scholars program expands on the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/impact#community-green" target="_blank">Community Green</a>&nbsp;program that&nbsp;was launched by USGBC in 2012 to engage community colleges and help prepare students for careers in the sustainability field. The original program connected two-year institutions with industry-leading green building education materials, equipping students to become qualified candidates for jobs in the green economy.</p> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/clayton-moses-audi/0010916222" target="_blank">Clayton Moses Audi</a>, a graduate of Pasadena City College, reflected on the program: "With the help of Community Green, I got access to material I needed to study for and pass the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/exam-registration/exam?exam=2773636" target="_blank">LEED Green Associate exam</a>. The support offered through Community Green proved both useful and necessary when I needed it most. I would not have succeeded without the help." And now, his fellow alumni are experiencing similar success.</p> <p>Today, USGBC is pleased to open this opportunity to a broader audience of stakeholders. The program has thrived thanks to generous support from the&nbsp;Bank of America&nbsp;Charitable Foundation, which underwrites access to learning resources and the ability to sit for LEED credentialing exams at no cost.</p> <h3>Eligibility</h3> <p>The program is open to all low- to moderate-income individuals who do no currently hold a LEED professional credential.</p> <h3>Scholar award package</h3> <p>For 2016, scholars will each receive a yearlong subscription to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/education-at-usgbc" target="_blank">Education @USGBC</a>, the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-core-concepts-guide" target="_blank">LEED Core Concepts Guide</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;the opportunity to sit for the LEED Green Associate exam&mdash;all at no cost!</p> <p><strong>Community Green Scholars Program applications are due Nov. 1, 2016.</strong></p> <p><a href="https://fs25.formsite.com/USGBC/CommunityGreenScholars/index.html" target="_blank" class="button">Apply to the Community Green Scholars Program</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "57977826366be7825a000021", "579f550af6588a0ac40000aa"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/call-applications-now-open-community-green-scholars-grants#comments LEED Mon, 01 Aug 2016 13:56:42 +0000 Rhiannon Jacobsen 10378373 at http://www.usgbc.org Applications due August 19 for School District Scholarships http://www.usgbc.org/articles/applications-due-august-19-school-district-scholarships <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="948" height="375" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/applications-due-august-19-for-school-district-scholarships_0.png?1469804117" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/" target="_blank">Center for Green Schools</a> wants to support your school district in successfully implementing whole-school sustainability, giving every student one more opportunity to succeed. The annual School District Scholarship provides support to a school district staff member who is currently undertaking sustainability work across the district&rsquo;s schools. These staff receive targeted education and technical support from the Center and its partners for the entire school year, including</p> <ul> <li>Travel, lodging and attendance at the <a href="http://www.greenschoolsconference.org/" target="_blank">Green Schools Conference</a> and the pre-conference summit for School Sustainability Leaders.</li> <li>Travel, lodging and attendance at the <a href="http://greenbuildexpo.com/" target="_blank">Greenbuild International Conference and Expo</a>.</li> <li>$3,000 grant to assist in implementing a high-impact sustainability project.</li> <li>Ongoing training through personal and small group coaching.</li> <li>Limited complimentary year-long access to several school resources from USGBC, including Learning Lab, the Green Classroom Professional Certificate, and LEED Coach for school projects.</li> </ul> <p>We know that many school districts are doing everything they can to provide their students with a quality education and a safe place to learn.</p> <p>Each district that the Center works with, of every shape and size, is dedicated to positively influencing the health and performance of the thousands of students, teachers and staff that it serves and blazing the trail for other districts to follow.</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">Read more about two 2015/2016 scholarship recipients, <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/go-green-challenge-detroit-gets-boost" target="_blank">Detroit Public Schools</a> and <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/complex-world-school-cafeteria-food-donation" target="_blank">Oakland Unified School District</a>.</p> <p>We hope your school district will apply for a School District Scholarship and join our efforts to provide all students with a school that sustains the Earth, supports health and well-being and prepares young people to create a strong and sustainable future.</p> <p>Talk to your school district about the opportunity using <a href="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1469800975-53-7435/School_District_Scholarship_07282016.pdf" target="_blank">this one-pager</a>.</p> <p><a href="https://usgbc.wufoo.com/forms/zktyog90a6sfth/" target="_blank" class="button">Apply for the School District Scholarship</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "579b60cc505bbb32b0000126", "579b6e42b47c0783ec000463"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/applications-due-august-19-school-district-scholarships#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 29 Jul 2016 14:55:17 +0000 Anisa Baldwin Metzger 10375246 at http://www.usgbc.org Make an impact on the school environment: Green Apple Day of Service http://www.usgbc.org/articles/make-impact-school-environment-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="948" height="375" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/gados-a_0.png?1469113455" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Wondering how you can make an impact on the school environment? Join us for Green Apple Day of Service 2016!&nbsp;</p> <p>On Sept. 24, join communities around the world in making school environments healthier and more efficient spaces to learn, work and play. Here are some ideas for how to organize a <a href="http://www.greenapple.org" target="_blank">Green Apple Day of Service</a> event that focuses on reducing our collective effect on the environment:&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Reduce energy use by assessing school lighting.</strong> How, when and where is energy consumed around the school? Are there opportunities to replace old, ineffective lighting with more energy-efficient, better-quality products? Can equipment be turned off or powered down during non-use hours?</p> <p>Check out this video about a recent&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rSwmxnMJK0">LED lighting retrofit project</a> at Leckie Elementary School in Washington, D.C., led by Center for Green Schools partner <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/energy-focus-brings-new-light-schools-through-green-apple-partnership" target="_blank">Energy Focus</a>.</span></p> <p><strong>Rethink your school&rsquo;s use of water resources</strong>. Are there opportunities to conserve water and teach students about the value of saving this important resource? Are there simple ways to put rainwater to use? (Hint: planting a school garden or installing a rain barrel are great ways to retain and reuse stormwater.)&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Reduce, reuse, recycle.</strong> What if some of the items we send to the landfill go elsewhere instead? How can we improve school recycling programs to divert as much waste from landfill as possible, and are there ways for schools to reuse nontraditional forms of waste, such as food scraps and textiles?&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Tips for measuring your impact:</strong> Take note of how many kilowatt hours of energy are saved, gallons of water conserved, pounds of waste kept out of the landfill or square feet of wildlife habitat restored or created. Then, <a href="mailto:schools@usgbc.org" target="_blank">share your accomplishments with us</a>.</p> <p>Want more ideas? Take a look at our <a href="http://greenapple.org/projects#impact" target="_blank">full list of opportunities</a> to get into your schools.&nbsp;</p> <p>Take action. Make an impact.</p> <p><a href="http://www.greenapple.org/dayofservice" target="_blank" class="button">Sign up today</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "578905eece9e26229a000262", "5790e461b05b523487000047"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/make-impact-school-environment-green-apple-day-service#comments Community Thu, 21 Jul 2016 15:04:15 +0000 Jesse McElwain 10364311 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED Lab uses your greatest untapped resource: students http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-lab-uses-your-greatest-untapped-resource-students <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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/leed-lab-stories--a-way-for-students-to-be-directly-involved-with-sustainability-at-ucsb_0_0_0.png?1468253724" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In the United States alone, there are more than 4,300 colleges and universities&mdash;and each of these institutions have a campus of anywhere from one to several hundred buildings. Colleges and universities are centers of communities across the nation and around the world, educating the next generation of future leaders, professionals, consumers and global sustainability citizens. At the <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/" target="_blank">Center for Green Schools</a> at USGBC, we believe that healthy, safe, inspiring and resource-efficient places for learning are vital in preparing the next generation for their professional and personal lives.</p> <h3>Creating global citizens</h3> <p>Implementing green building policies and strategies can transform our colleges and universities in powerful ways and help faculty, staff and students seize interconnected opportunities. Green schools reduce the environmental impact of buildings and grounds, have a positive effect on health and prepare students to be global sustainability citizens. Higher education institutions are committing to sustainability and climate neutrality on a daily basis and have shown tremendous leadership in the green building movement. Currently, there are over 7,400 higher education projects participating in <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed" target="_blank">LEED</a>, comprising nearly 700 million square feet of space.</p> <p>At the heart of this push are facility managers and sustainability professionals, who are responsible for managing the physical aspects and daily operations of a campus and who play a key role in contributing to sustainability planning at the campus level. In influencing campus sustainability measures such as student and staff transportation methods or how a university&rsquo;s buildings are powered, facility managers play a central role in determining the impact of the institution on the built environment.</p> <h3>Transforming campus facilities</h3> <p>However, many colleges and universities are underfunded and lack the resources facility managers need to implement campus sustainability programs. With the goal of transforming existing campus facilities, USGBC sought to develop a clear vision for the future.&nbsp;<a href="http://http://centerforgreenschools.org/impact#leed-lab" target="_blank">LEED Lab</a>, an innovative solution for integrating sustainable practices into daily campus operations and maintenance that is directly powered by students, is a critical part of our strategy.</p> <p>As an interactive multidisciplinary immersion course, LEED Lab is designed to transform both the built and academic environment at higher education institutions around the world, while preparing students for 21st&nbsp;century careers in sustainability. In the LEED Lab course, students learn the principles of LEED and assess the performance of existing facilities on campus, choosing one building where they will facilitate the LEED Building Operations and Maintenance (LEED O+M) process. Students drive the complete process of LEED O+M on a campus facility, with the goal of certifying the building.</p> <p>By participating in LEED Lab, campus sustainability professionals and facilities managers can use their greatest untapped resources to achieve LEED O+M certification&mdash;students at their own institution&mdash;and in doing so, bridge the capacity gap on campus for sustainable integration efforts. The campus environment serves as the perfect learning laboratory to engage students in projects that are experiential in nature, providing them with the knowledge, expertise and skills needed to solve 21st century challenges. Our vision for campus sustainability is simple: to integrate LEED O+M strategies so that our campus buildings perform at a higher level, human health is prioritized and enhanced and we are training the next generation of sustainability leaders by engaging students in the process.</p> <p>Offer LEED Lab at your institution, and partner with us to prepare the next generation for 21st&nbsp;century careers in sustainability.</p> <p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sa9_2IXr9VA" target="_blank" class="button">Learn more about starting a LEED Lab course on your campus&nbsp;</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "577d20a8bdbeb5803b0000f7", "5783c81085e77315c9000175"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-lab-uses-your-greatest-untapped-resource-students#comments LEED Mon, 11 Jul 2016 16:15:24 +0000 Sarah Buente 10349191 at http://www.usgbc.org More than scraping gum off desks: Green Apple Day of Service 2016 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/more-scraping-gum-desks-green-apple-day-service-2016 <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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/more-than-scrapping-gum-off-desks-_-green-apple-day-of-service-2016_0.png?1468245316" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Join us on Sept. 24 for the 2016 <a href="http://greenapple.org/" target="_blank">Green Apple Day of Service</a>, and help make an impact on schools worldwide.&nbsp;</p> <p>All over the world, communities are coming together to improve local schools, making an impact on the environment, supporting health and wellness and advancing environmental and sustainability literacy. School may have just gotten out for the summer, but the time is right to start a Green Apple Day event near you.&nbsp;</p> <h3>Getting involved is easy.</h3> <p>Visit <a href="http://greenapple.org" target="_blank">greenapple.org</a> for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.greenapple.org/projects" target="_blank">ideas</a> and <a href="http://www.greenapple.org/resources" target="_blank">resources</a>,&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.greenapple.org/dayofservice" target="_blank">sign up</a> to host an event in your community.<strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <h3>We make a difference together.</h3> <p>Since 2012, an astounding 12,660 projects have taken place under the Green Apple Day of Service banner. More than 750,000 volunteers have affected the learning environments of 7 million students in all 50 U.S. states, as well as 73 countries.&nbsp;</p> <h3>Have a story about your involvement? We want to hear it!</h3> <p>This year, we&rsquo;re keeping the momentum going strong and spotlighting the amazing commitments made between now and Sept. 24. Follow the Center for Green Schools on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Centerforgreenschools" target="_blank">Facebook</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/mygreenschools" target="_blank">Twitter</a> and <a href="https://www.instagram.com/usgbc/" target="_blank">Instagram</a> to share your stories, or <a href="mailto:schools@usgbc.org" target="_blank">email the Center</a>. We&rsquo;ll be sharing stories and photos in the weeks to come.&nbsp;</p> <p>We know that the school environment has a direct impact on students, teachers and staff, but unfortunately, many schools today face obstacles to promoting health and wellness in their facilities. According to the recent <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/groundbreaking-schools-report-shows-systemic-inequity-statebystate-analysis-investment-amer" target="_blank">State of Our Schools: America&rsquo;s K&ndash;12 Facilities report</a>, the U.S. faces a projected annual shortfall of $46 billion in school funding to adequately maintain or build new schools that are healthy and efficient. The Green Apple Day of Service is your opportunity to directly address these challenges.&nbsp;</p> <p>Together, we can transform our schools into healthy, vibrant places to learn, work and play while teaching valuable lessons about the environment and cultivating the world&rsquo;s next generation of sustainability leaders.&nbsp;</p> <p>Take action. Make an impact. Start today at <a href="http://www.greenapple.org/dayofservice">greenapple.org</a>.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "577d2fc4bd2635f93a0000a1", "5783a531565ba3565b00017d"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/more-scraping-gum-desks-green-apple-day-service-2016#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 11 Jul 2016 13:55:16 +0000 Amanda Sawit 10348400 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC partners with The Nature Conservancy to deliver sustainability education http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-partners-nature-conservancy-deliver-sustainability-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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/usgbc-partners-with-the-nature-conservancy-to-deliver-sustainability-education_0.png?1467227154" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>USGBC has partnered with <a href="http://www.nature.org" target="_blank">The Nature Conservancy</a>&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="https://www.natureworkseverywhere.org/home/" target="_blank">Nature Works Everywhere</a>&nbsp;program to educate and equip K&ndash;12 students for a more sustainable future. The Nature Conservancy is participating as a founding partner in USGBC&rsquo;s newest sustainability education initiative,&nbsp;<a href="https://learninglab.usgbc.org/" target="_blank">Learning Lab</a>. Learning Lab is&nbsp;an online education platform for K&ndash;12 teachers and school leaders that provides comprehensive, project- and STEM-based curriculum encouraging student leadership, sustainability literacy and real-world action.</p> <p>Nature Works Everywhere provides high-quality lesson plans and videos created by The Nature Conservancy and its 600 scientists to help students learn the science behind how nature works and how we can help keep nature running strong. Lessons such as &ldquo;<a href="https://learninglab.usgbc.org/module/7237" target="_blank">How Dirt Works</a>&rdquo; and &ldquo;<a href="https://learninglab.usgbc.org/module/7166" target="_blank">Sustainable Cities: Nature-based Solutions in Urban Design</a>&rdquo; give teachers, students and families everything they need to start exploring and understanding nature&rsquo;s fantastic factory, including videos, digital tools and hands-on lessons that align to national standards.</p> <p>In celebration of Learning Lab&rsquo;s recent launch, USGBC is offering free access to educators through August 2016.</p> <p><a href="https://learninglab.usgbc.org/user/register?destination=home" target="_blank" class="button">Sign up for free access</a></p> <p>Peruse the&nbsp;<a href="https://learninglab.usgbc.org/programs/nature-works-everywhere" target="_blank">Nature Works Everywhere lessons</a> and over <a href="https://learninglab.usgbc.org/browse-all" target="_blank">200 additional lessons</a> currently available.</p> <p><a href="http://www.nature.org/" target="_blank">The Nature Conservancy</a> is a leading conservation organization working around the world to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. To learn about the Conservancy&rsquo;s global initiatives, visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nature.org/global" target="_blank">www.nature.org/global</a>. To keep up with current Conservancy news, follow&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/nature_press" target="_blank">@nature_press</a>&nbsp;on Twitter.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "57714cd43c4ab0e02e000040", "57741c045a57ddbe80000106"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-partners-nature-conservancy-deliver-sustainability-education#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 29 Jun 2016 19:05:54 +0000 Jenny Wiedower 10332432 at http://www.usgbc.org School facility directors gear up for Green Clean Schools Leadership Institute http://www.usgbc.org/articles/school-facility-directors-gear-green-clean-schools-leadership-institute <div class="field field-type-text field-field-all-authorized-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Rochelle Davis </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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/school-facility-directors-gear-up-for-green-clean-schools-leadership-institute_0.png?1466603791" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The green cleaning movement is gaining momentum as schools and universities make decisions that are healthier for students, staff and the environment, and as states pass legislation to help guide these decisions. It&rsquo;s imperative to find the leaders who will help grow the movement in their programs, institutions, communities and the industry as a whole.&nbsp;</p> <p>Take, for example, the award-winning green cleaning program at the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) in Maryland. Within its custodial department, HCPSS has an exemplary training and leadership development program that is&nbsp;<a href="http://www.greenseal.org/GreenBusiness/Standards.aspx?sid=30&amp;cid=3&amp;vid=ViewStandardDetail" target="_blank">GS-42</a>-certified. Olivia Claus, manager of custodial services at HCPSS and member of the <a href="http://greencleanschools.org/" target="_blank">Green Clean Schools</a> Leadership Council, has made it her personal mission to foster leadership skills, boost morale and elevate the vital role of her custodial team in her school district and greater community.&nbsp;</p> <p>With Claus at the helm, HCPSS is hosting the Healthy Schools Campaign&rsquo;s <a href="http://greencleanschools.org/events/institute/" target="_blank">Green Clean Schools Leadership Institute</a> in Ellicott City, Md., July 28&ndash;29, 2016.</p> <p>All school and university facility leaders making a difference in the health and performance of students are invited to Maryland with the Healthy Schools Campaign this July. The Green Clean Schools Leadership Institute is a unique opportunity for school facility directors to meet, share ideas and learn from other leaders in the field.&nbsp;</p> <p>Attendees will hear firsthand from Claus and other visionary leaders of award-winning green cleaning programs on their insights into leading the movement to new heights. Additionally, attendees will tour HCPSS facilities, and participate in panels and workshops focused on cultivating leadership skills beyond the cleaning program&mdash;including the larger institution, community and field as a whole.&nbsp;</p> <h3>Leadership Development at HCPSS</h3> <p>Olivia Claus wants her custodians to understand how vital their roles are, and what a big difference they make in the lives of the children their work supports. &ldquo;I tell all of my new hires that they are ambassadors of the school,&rdquo; Claus says. &ldquo;I say, &lsquo;You are more than just a custodian. You are the key to that building&rsquo;s health and success.&rsquo;"&nbsp;</p> <p>Claus sends all supervisors to leadership development classes at a local community college, provides a master class over the summer where team members come in for more training, and even offers a process for attracting high-potential employees. For Claus, green cleaning is intrinsically related to the training, education and care her employees receive. &ldquo;People are the keys to success,&rdquo; says Claus. &ldquo;If they aren&rsquo;t totally engaged and supported, then it will be a hard struggle to be world-class.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>This approach to management has led to reduced turnover rates, sure. But it&rsquo;s also a fundamental key to a truly successful green cleaning program, one that galvanizes the entire school community around the fact that school custodians are protectors of public health. They are, after all, on the frontlines of health in an environment where young and vulnerable occupants spend the majority of their days. But all too often, school custodial operators aren&rsquo;t recognized for the weight and importance of what they do. Green cleaning presents a unique opportunity for facility team members to galvanize the entire school community around a shared vision for a healthy campus. From there, the opportunity to lead and make a true difference grows.&nbsp;</p> <p>Through a strong peer-to-peer network, we can change how our nation&rsquo;s schools are cleaned, elevate the leadership role of school custodians and help protect student health and the environment.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://greencleanschools.org" target="_blank" class="button">Learn more about Green Clean Schools</a>&nbsp;</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "5762cfb002791f7eb6000070", "576a98d51f5db22b9a000014"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/school-facility-directors-gear-green-clean-schools-leadership-institute#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 22 Jun 2016 13:56:31 +0000 10317911 at http://www.usgbc.org Greening higher education: Making good on a vision for the future http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greening-higher-education-making-good-vision-future <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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/quote-graphics-b_1_0.png?1465228213" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Last October, USGBC stood alongside our counterparts from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and Second Nature to pledge our collective&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/collaborating-future-higher-education-sustainability" target="_blank">commitment to the vision</a>&nbsp;that&nbsp;by 2025, 20 million graduates across all majors will be global sustainability citizens, learning about relationships between natural, physical, economic, social and cultural systems; understanding how their personal and professional choices impact these systems; and having the agency to create solutions that allow people and the environment to thrive.&nbsp;</p> <p>That was the easy part. As we start the challenging but necessary work towards a sustainable future for higher education, we will continue to use this blog series to update our community with news, announcements and reports on our progress towards this vision.&nbsp;</p> <p>In April, the four organizations came together for a very productive retreat. The most important outcome of this working session was a consensus on the working definition and criteria for a global sustainability citizen: individuals who have the knowledge, skills and attitudes to solve real-world challenges in ways that foster social equity, economic justice and ecological integrity on local, regional and global scales.&nbsp;</p> <p>The far-reaching, positive implications of campus-community projects and career development that focus on conserving resources, restoring and protecting biodiversity and shifting to clean energy cannot be overstated.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1464968993-133-9008/Quote-Graphics-A.png" width="442" height="203" /></p> <p>&ldquo;Around the world, colleges and universities will play key roles in the shift to pollution-free communities in which ecosystems, including wildlife populations, are returned to a healthy balance and all people benefit," said Julian Keniry, senior director for campus and community leadership at NWF. &ldquo;A goal of 20 million global sustainability citizens in the U.S. is a gesture of friendship to all people, and all wildlife, across the U.S. and [the] world.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>Why does having a common definition matter?&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1464969013-83-6849/Quote-Graphics-B.png" width="442" height="203" /></p> <p>&ldquo;We recognize that language plays a central role in motivating and accelerating a movement,&rdquo; said <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/rachel-gutter/0010035868" target="_blank">Rachel Gutter</a>, director of the <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/" target="_blank">Center for Green Schools</a> at USGBC.&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1464969030-143-3758/Quote-Graphics-C.png" width="442" height="203" /></p> <p>"Definitions are often the hardest thing to agree on. The fact that we built this collaboratively is a testament to our commitment to each other and the bigger vision,&rdquo; added Tim Carter, president of Second Nature. "In a similar vein, we are now primed to take the important next steps of building out the tracking systems and implementation frameworks for the months ahead."&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1464969044-153-6720/Quote-Graphics-D.png" width="442" height="203" /></p> <p>"I'm encouraged by the discussions our organizations are having and the collaborative spirit we're using to advance sustainability in higher education," said Meghan Fay Zahniser, executive director for AASHE.&nbsp;</p> <p>The next step is determining how we will track the number of students who meet this definition. And we can&rsquo;t do this alone. We want to hear from you. Is there a different definition you are using at your institution? Do you have suggested tools for tracking this vision that will integrate into the current reporting requirements for campuses? Let us know in the comments below.&nbsp;</p> <p>Read more in the Greening Higher Education series:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greening-higher-education-qa-meghan-fay-zahniser-aashe">Greening higher education: Q&amp;A with Meghan Fay Zahniser of AASHE</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greening-higher-education-qa-julian-keniry-nwf">Greening higher education: Q&amp;A with Julian Keniry of NWF</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greening-higher-education-qa-tim-carter-second-nature">Greening higher education: Q&amp;A with Tim Carter of Second Nature</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greening-higher-education-qa-rachel-gutter">Greening higher education: Q&amp;A with Rachel Gutter</a></li> </ul><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "574ef82d5de2f87af80000b0", "57559d8f7323cc51820004fb"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greening-higher-education-making-good-vision-future#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 06 Jun 2016 15:50:13 +0000 Jaime Van Mourik 10281471 at http://www.usgbc.org Apply for an EDspaces grant: Help schools enhance their learning environments http://www.usgbc.org/articles/apply-edspaces-grant-help-schools-enhance-their-learning-environments <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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/apply-for-an-edspaces-grant--help-schools-enhance-their-learning-environments_0.png?1464184606" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Across the country, there is a shift toward more efficient, healthier and greener schools, spurred in part by sustainable design and purchasing trends that shape today&rsquo;s cutting-edge learning environments.&nbsp;One of the premier events for practitioners is <a href="http://www.ed-spaces.com/" target="_blank">EDspaces</a>, the only international trade show and conference that gathers professionals who design, equip and manage learning environments, as well as the manufacturers and service providers who support their work.&nbsp;Attendees will be able to see and learn how healthier classrooms and more energy-efficient schools improve student performance, conserve resources and save money for school districts.</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong>When:</strong>&nbsp;Nov. 2&ndash;4, 2016<br /><strong>Where:</strong> Cincinnati, Ohio</p> <p>If you are a decision-maker at a school, college or university and involved in any part of the design, building or refurbishing of an educational institution, you may be eligible for an&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ed-spaces.com/grants/" target="_blank">Educational Facility Grant</a>&nbsp;to attend EDspaces. The grant includes hotel accommodations for up to three nights at an official EDspaces host hotel and full conference registration.&nbsp;<strong>The deadline to apply is&nbsp;Friday,&nbsp;<strong>May 27</strong></strong>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.ed-spaces.com/grants/" target="_blank" class="button">Apply for an Educational Facility Grant</a></p> <p>The <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/" target="_blank">Center for Green Schools</a>, along with esteemed architects from around the country, helped put together a robust&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ed-spaces.com/education/" target="_blank">education program</a>&nbsp;that taps into Ohio&rsquo;s commitment to sustainable building. Several sessions, including the opening plenary, will focus on the state&rsquo;s master plan at the school and college level. Additionally, the Center for Green Schools is sponsoring the Thursday plenary, &ldquo;The New Math of School Facilities: Equity, Education, and the Learning Environment&rdquo; with a panel of distinguished speakers presenting new research findings.</p> <p>The recent <a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/state-our-schools" target="_blank">State of Our Schools: America&rsquo;s K&ndash;12 Facilities Report</a> estimated that the United States as a whole underinvests in school facilities by a staggering $46 billion annually. Although the need nationwide is great, the location of this year&rsquo;s conference should be an inspiration to all attendees and the green schools community at large.</p> <p>Ohio has one of the nation&rsquo;s largest and most active public K&ndash;12 school rebuilding programs, making it the ideal location to showcase forward-thinking innovation. The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission and their public school partners are currently spending an average of $2 million dollars a day in school construction. It's no surprise then that Ohio leads the nation in the design and construction of LEED schools, with 365 registered projects and 249 LEED-certified school buildings to date.</p> <p>EDspaces will also include tours of five exceptional schools, including the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/organizations/university-cincinnati?view=overview" target="_blank">University of Cincinnati</a>&rsquo;s &ldquo;starchitect&rdquo; row of ambitious campus design programs. Schools will feature sustainability, creative design, innovative interiors and learning beyond four walls. And don&rsquo;t miss out on the architect-led tours, which will include an educational component in a variety of learning environments, and is sponsored by the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/organizations/american-institute-architects-aia" target="_blank">American Institute of Architects</a>' Committee on Architecture for Education.</p> <p>Registration is now open at <a href="http://www.ed-spaces.com" target="_blank">www.ed-spaces.com</a>. Please use the code "CGSB1" when registering.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "574314bd12c4db8e3e0001a3", "5745aeae79245684ac000077"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/apply-edspaces-grant-help-schools-enhance-their-learning-environments#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 25 May 2016 13:56:46 +0000 Jim McGarry 10259742 at http://www.usgbc.org Kick off Green Apple Day in Latin America http://www.usgbc.org/articles/kick-green-apple-day-latin-america <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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/kick-off-green-apple-day-in-latin-america_0.png?1464103790" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Join USGBC and SUMe on Monday, June 6 for a one-hour webcast to kick off&nbsp;<a href="http://www.greenapple.org/" target="_blank">Green Apple Day of Service</a>&nbsp;2016 in Latin America.</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong>When: </strong>Monday, June 6, 11:00 a.m. EDT/10:00 a.m. Mexico Daylight Time</p> <p>On this call, you will</p> <ul> <li>Hear from members of the green building community in Mexico who have organized successful Green Apple Day of Service events over the past four years.</li> <li>Get ideas for sustainability service projects you can implement in your community.</li> <li>Learn about all the resources available to you to plan your own Green Apple events.</li> </ul> <p>The Green Apple Day of Service 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. With more than 7,000 events in over 70 countries since 2012, Green Apple Day of Service is a growing global movement transforming learning environments of millions of students worldwide. More than 150 events have taken place in Latin America alone, and with your help, the impact of these events will only continue to grow. Join us for this call on June 6 to find out how you can get involved.</p> <p>This year&rsquo;s Green Apple Day of Service will officially take place on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. Be sure to check out&nbsp;<a href="http://www.greenapple.org/projects" target="_blank">project ideas</a>, pick up helpful&nbsp;<a href="http://www.greenapple.org/resources" target="_blank">event resources</a>, read&nbsp;<a href="http://mygreenapple.org/sites/all/themes/mygreenapple_sub/resources/GADOS%202014_Infographic.pdf" target="_blank">about the impact in 2014</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://greenapple.org/dayofservice" target="_blank">find an event in your area</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://greenapple.org/node/add/green-apple-event" target="_blank">register your event today</a>!</p> <p>Update: This call was recorded and may be <a href="https://usgbc.webex.com/usgbc-pt/lsr.php?RCID=dd5422d2d2f54257a675d79e4c1c00e7" target="_blank">listened to and downloaded here.</a></p> <p><a href="https://usgbc.webex.com/mw3100/mywebex/default.do?nomenu=true&amp;siteurl=usgbc&amp;service=6&amp;rnd=0.79308129824498&amp;main_url=https://usgbc.webex.com/ec3100/eventcenter/event/eventAction.do%3FtheAction%3Ddetail%26confViewID%3D4055160908%26%26EMK%3D4832534b00000002af9ce3a85a043548f8e297e143a6e62f4d9c9fbfffca155d2bce8700e9db28a7%26%26encryptTicket%3DSDJTSwAAAALiinahP1X63aKur1GJgQp-Y9OkdimYD4K3pp-KQ6VtYw2%26%26siteurl%3Dusgbc" target="_blank" class="button">Register for the webinar</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "57431392a49dce8488000114", "5744735dc0de757a5400012e"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/kick-green-apple-day-latin-america#comments Tue, 24 May 2016 15:29:50 +0000 Emily Riordan 10257787 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED Lab: Your ticket to a career in sustainability http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-lab-your-ticket-career-sustainability <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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/leed-lab--your-ticket-to-a-career-in-sustainability_0.png?1463753551" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>One of the biggest draws of the&nbsp;<a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/impact#leed-lab" target="_blank">LEED Lab</a>&nbsp;course is that it prepares students far beyond just giving them an understanding of LEED and green building projects&mdash;it actually prepares them to succeed in 21st&nbsp;century sustainability careers. In the LEED Lab course, students participate in the entire <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/getting-know-leed-building-operations-and-maintenance-om" target="_blank">LEED O+M</a> process, choosing one building on their campus that they work toward certifying. In the process, students learn valuable skills applicable to any professional field.</p> <p>But LEED Lab doesn&rsquo;t stop there&hellip;</p> <h3>LEED Lab and the value of credentials</h3> <p>After the LEED Lab course is completed, students are prepared to sit for the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/prepare-your-leed-green-associate-exam" target="_blank">LEED Green Associate</a> (LEED GA) and <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/credentials#ap" target="_blank">LEED Accredited Professional</a> (LEED AP) exams. These accreditations validate green building knowledge and expertise. A LEED professional credential signifies that you are a leader in the field and an active participant in the green building movement. With new jobs increasingly specifying the need for green building expertise, a LEED professional credential shows a clear commitment to professional growth, while also underscoring your value to LEED project teams and sustainability-focused jobs and organizations.</p> <p>The LEED GA credential is your gateway to a career in sustainability, and is incredibly valuable to potential employers, clients and colleagues. If you are looking to showcase your knowledge and credibility in the booming green building marketplace, and can speak the language of LEED, a LEED GA credential is your key to success. In fact, 71 percent of hiring decision makers maintain that being credentialed increases competitiveness, and 85 percent of LEED professionals believe that their credential gives them a competitive edge in the market. By gaining practical experience in green building and earning their LEED GA and LEED AP credentials, LEED Lab students graduate with an advantage.</p> <p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sa9_2IXr9VA" target="_blank" class="button">Learn more about starting a LEED Lab course on your campus</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "5734f027744869a1680000e5", "573f1ae3630a1d815500006a"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-lab-your-ticket-career-sustainability#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 20 May 2016 14:12:31 +0000 Sarah Buente 10250485 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED Lab in action: UCSB project certifies under LEED v4 O+M http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-lab-action-ucsb-project-certifies-under-leed-v4-om <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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/leed-lab-in-action--ucsb-project-certifies-under-leed-v4-o_m_0.png?1463594641" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>As one of the greenest campuses in the country, the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/organizations/university-california-santa-barbara?view=overview" target="_blank">University of California at Santa Barbara</a> (UCSB) is deeply committed to fostering a culture of sustainability. Green building is a top priority at UCSB: all new buildings on campus must certify to LEED Gold, and UCSB is a leader in certification for existing buildings. In total, UCSB has nearly 70 LEED-certified buildings, totaling more than 2.6 million gross square feet of certified space.</p> <h3>UCSB&rsquo;s path to a sustainable future for all</h3> <p>UCSB&rsquo;s approach to sustainability goes beyond just committing to green building. It are also focused on training the next generation to become global sustainability citizens, so that we can ensure a sustainable future for all. With this in mind, USGBC's&nbsp;<a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/impact#leed-lab" target="_blank">LEED Lab</a>&nbsp;course was a natural fit for UCSB to help them meet their vision. A multidisciplinary immersion course, LEED Lab uses the built environment to prepare students to become green building leaders. In the course, students learn the principles of LEED by choosing one existing building on their campus where they lead and facilitate the entire LEED O+M process.</p> <h3>UCSB: A LEED Lab success story</h3> <p>During the 2014&ndash;2015 year, UCSB held their first LEED Lab course&mdash;with impressive results. A diverse, interdisciplinary group of 22 students, led by <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/cassidy-green/0010849534" target="_blank">Cassidy Green</a> and <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/brandon-kaysen/0010678619" target="_blank">Brandon Kaysen</a>, worked over the course of a year to certify the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/projects/ucsb-student-resource-building" target="_blank">UCSB Student Resource Building</a> (SRB).</p> <p>LEED Lab was designed to prepare students for 21st-century careers in sustainability by providing them with the skills and competencies they need to be successful post-graduation. In the UCSB course, the students broke into six groups and each took responsibility for one of six LEED credits, gaining practical experience with the principles of LEED. UCSB&rsquo;s course kicked off with a LEED Charrette&mdash;a workshop where students brainstormed, discussed and strategized how they could meet the standards for a number of credit categories. Following this, the students conducted a 90-day analysis of the SRB&rsquo;s facilities, assessing all the features of the building that go into making it sustainable. The students worked to submit the project to <a href="http://www.gbci.org/" target="_blank">GBCI</a> for review, leading the entire documentation process themselves, and then prepared for and took the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/exam-registration/exam?exam=2773636" target="_blank">LEED Green Associate exam</a>.</p> <p>We are excited to announce that in April 2016, UCSB&rsquo;s SRB building achieved LEED Gold for LEED v4 O+M. This is the first LEED Lab project to receive certification post-pilot. Congratulations to Cassidy, Brandon and the 22 UCSB students whose hard work made this possible!</p> <p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sa9_2IXr9VA" target="_blank" class="button">Learn more about launching a LEED Lab on your campus</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "5734e37945ddfd44d000001e", "573cae8468f6100f0d00004e"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-lab-action-ucsb-project-certifies-under-leed-v4-om#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 18 May 2016 18:04:01 +0000 Sarah Buente 10246871 at http://www.usgbc.org Teacher Appreciation Week: Shout-outs from USGBC staff http://www.usgbc.org/articles/teacher-appreciation-week-shoutouts-usgbc-staff <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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/teacher-appreciation-week--shout-outs-from-usgbc-staff_0.png?1462555907" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Encouraging. Resourceful. Compassionate. Committed.&nbsp;These are just a few of the words that came up when I asked some of my USGBC colleagues about their favorite teachers.&nbsp;Whether teaching us about systems thinking or climate change, honing our leadership skills or celebrating our successes, the impacts that teachers have on their students is profound.</p> <p>Did a teacher make an impact on you that led you to where you are today in your &ldquo;green career&rdquo;? Maybe it was a science teacher who opened your eyes to climate change, or a civics class where you learned about the roots of the environmental movement. Perhaps a professor mentored you to set your sights on a career where you could put technical expertise to work for social good, or maybe your kid has a teacher who goes out of their way to introduce students or their peers to sustainability practices.</p> <p>In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, USGBC is proud to share a few stories about the teachers that have made&mdash;and continue to make&mdash;an impression on us. &nbsp;</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/stephanie-leonard/0011029666" target="_blank">Steph Leonard</a>, of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/usgbc-minnesota" target="_blank">USGBC Minnesota</a>, learned about compassion and empathy from her fifth&nbsp;and sixth&nbsp;grade teacher. &ldquo;In my career, community organizing, relationships are key. One of the people who has shown me the most compassion&mdash;which is crucial in building strong relationships&mdash;is Ms. Kelly Saliin (now Kelly Tirpack), now a dear friend. I remember creating newspapers in social studies class, leadership lessons and Poetry Friday. But what I remember most is feeling like Kelly always (and to this day) had my best interests at heart and truly cared for me and about me. When I think of mentors and teachers in my life, I always recall the way Ms. Saliin set an example for truly caring about others, the students she was molding and the community she worked within. Those values have stayed with me throughout my career. They are values I use to help build community in my life around the people, places and issues that I love."</li> </ul> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/cecilia-shutters/0010710888" target="_blank">Cecilia Shutters</a>, Data and Policy Communications Specialist, remembers the encouragement she received from her second grade teacher at Richmond Hill Primary School, in Bryan County, Ga. &ldquo;Mrs. Grant allowed me&nbsp;to do an ad-hoc presentation&nbsp;about recycling and littering,&nbsp;to ask my fellow students to pledge to do more recycling and litter pick-up at home. She reached out to the local paper and invited them to cover this as a story. Her support and attention at an early age let me see that advocacy can happen at any level and it is OK to speak up and ask people around you to listen, pay attention and act to do something about a problem.&rdquo;</li> </ul> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/jenny-wiedower/0010692195" target="_blank">Jenny Wiedower</a>, with the <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/" target="_blank">Center for Green Schools</a>, learned to incorporate creativity into problem solving from her elementary school art teacher. &ldquo;Susan Purvis saw the creativity inside every one of her students, and she challenged us to better understand life through art. Once, during a pen-and-ink drawing activity, I messed up and made the subject of my portrait cross-eyed. Rather than scrap my work and start over, Mrs. Purvis encouraged me to think about how I could embrace the mistake. I drew a fly on the nose of my subject, and later learned that Mrs. Purvis had submitted my final portrait to a statewide art competition, in which it received the first place prize for my grade. Our school district and the thousands of students, parents and fellow staff whose lives she touched are better because she was our teacher.&rdquo;</li> </ul> <p>Join us in celebrating the teachers who have made an impact on you and your career by sharing a line or two with a special shout-out to their good work. Share what you remember fondly about them in the comments, or by using #ThankATeacher.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "57239ada4440a94f83000070", "572cd4f5eba58f85a30000d9"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/teacher-appreciation-week-shoutouts-usgbc-staff#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 06 May 2016 17:31:47 +0000 Emily Riordan 10221710 at http://www.usgbc.org Paving the way for sustainable education design http://www.usgbc.org/articles/paving-way-sustainable-education-design <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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/paving-the-way-for-sustainable-education-design-_0.png?1462374146" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>The <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/top-their-class-shining-light-2016-best-green-schools-honorees-0" target="_blank">2016 Best of Green Schools Awards</a>, presented at the <a href="http://www.greenschoolsconference.org/" target="_blank">Green Schools Conference and Expo</a> earlier this month, recognizes the people, schools, campuses and organizations that create healthy, sustainable and efficient learning environments and inspiring educational experiences.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/pauline-souza/0000042044" target="_blank">Pauline Souza</a>&nbsp;is a partner and director of sustainability at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/organizations/wrns-studio" target="_blank">WRNS Studio</a>, a LEED Fellow, and this year&rsquo;s honoree in the Business Leadership category.</em>&nbsp;</p> <p>Over the course of my career, I have seen the sustainable development movement positively impact the values, commitments and practices of all those who touch the built environment, including governments, schools and school districts and students. Although we have come a long way since &ldquo;green&rdquo; entered the public domain, we have an even longer path to make it an embedded reality.&nbsp;</p> <p>Working to ensure a green school for everyone in this generation is a critical opportunity for all of us, not only because schools account for a lot of resources, but because they&nbsp;house our future&mdash;they are places where students learn. Being able to teach students early about resource conservation and helping them build good habits at a young age is key to furthering the movement.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>One of our core beliefs at WRNS Studio is that we need to approach educational design holistically&mdash;thinking about design at the policy level, as part of the curriculum, and as an educational tool for the community at large.&nbsp;</p> <p>We are shifting green from a movement to a lifestyle by working with the states of California and Hawaii. Last year, we worked with California&rsquo;s Division of the State Architect&rsquo;s 7x7x7 initiative to help 10,000 existing K&ndash;12 public schools reduce energy and water usage.&nbsp;We are continuing our work with Northern California school districts&mdash;whether it is designing LEED-targeted master plans or healthier classrooms. We are also&nbsp;working with the Hawaii Department of Education to green 256 existing campuses, developing templated strategies that can be deployed at every aspect of development.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>On a national level, we have worked with Pacific Gas and Electric Company on their Zero Net Energy Pilot Project, which includes the Stevens Library at Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton, Calif.&mdash;the first library in the United States and the first school building in California to achieve Net Zero Energy Building Certification from the International Future Living Institute (ILFI). In addition to partnering with ILFI on the Stevens Library, we are currently assisting them with five Living Building Challenge programs.&nbsp;</p> <p>Our aim is to not only transform schools into healthier environments, but to create inspired places of learning and to support the growth and development of our planet&rsquo;s future stewards, policy makers, business people, and community members. I have been blessed to be mentored and challenged by the sustainable community and am humbled to be recognized by the Best of Green Schools program as a partner in this pursuit.&nbsp;</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "571fc8feb4a863da0b0000e7", "572a0ef3e52cb4df2a000078"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/paving-way-sustainable-education-design#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 04 May 2016 15:02:26 +0000 Pauline Souza 10216940 at http://www.usgbc.org The complex world of school cafeteria food donation http://www.usgbc.org/articles/complex-world-school-cafeteria-food-donation <div class="field field-type-text field-field-all-authorized-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nancy Deming, Oakland Unified School District Sustainability Manager </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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/the-complex-world-of-school-cafeteria-food-donation_0.png?1462302457" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In my position at Oakland Unified School District, I sit between the Custodial and Nutrition Services Departments. One of my main areas of focus is in developing a district-wide food donation program, and I&rsquo;ve met with a variety of successes and challenges along the way. It is taking shape, and once it is fully developed, it can be used as a model for other schools and school districts.</p> <h3>Cafeteria food going unused</h3> <p>Anyone who spends time in K&ndash;12 school cafeterias with high participation in the federal meal program witnesses the volume of edible food that goes to waste. It goes well beyond the fruit peelings, the pizza or sandwich crust, or even the half-drunk milk that students toss. Food waste in cafeterias includes whole untouched fruit, bags of baby carrots, unopened packaged entrees, and cartons and cartons of unopened milk. For schools that are able to do scratch cooking, there are inevitably fruits and milk that go to waste. But the waste is greatest in cafeterias that are dependent on providing packaged items.</p> <p>Witnessing this tossing of good food on a daily basis is overwhelming, pushing well-meaning people in schools to do something about it, such as a coach at one middle school in Los Angeles County. He collected the fruit that students did not want during lunch and gave it out to hungry students later in the day. News reports say he was fired for this and that it violated legal and public health rules. Yes, he was in the wrong for collecting and distributing food surplus in this manner. However, the piece that these initial news reports missed was how schools might legally be able to keep this surplus food from going to the landfill or compost.</p> <h3>What's involved in donation?</h3> <p>The Good Samaritan Act and the USDA Lunch Act allow and encourage schools to donate surplus food. Great, so let's donate! Sounds relatively easy, and how difficult can it be, especially since we have complained about it for so long? Unfortunately, since the regulations are new, uncharted territory, the details are not fully formulated yet. There are different perspectives on the what and how of implementation, not to mention many different entities lending their opinions. The USDA provides the general framework for food donation. Then, the state education departments and counties&rsquo; public health departments make their final statements about what they determine to be legal. And, finally, school districts must then compile and understand all the details for themselves.</p> <p>Luckily, we have some passionate and driven folks that are working to make it easier to donate school food on local and national levels. Our model state right now is Indiana, thanks to the tireless work of <a href="http://www.foodrescue.net/" target="_blank">Food Rescue</a>, where they have passed state legislation detailing how to donate and what is allowed to be donated. We have a national school food donation assistance organization, <a href="http://www.foodbus.org" target="_blank">Food Bus</a>, which assists schools and school districts in setting up a school food donation program. And several school districts are taking the lead on developing internal district-wide food donation programs, such as California districts Oakland Unified, Los Angeles Unified and Anaheim Unified.</p> <h3>Next steps</h3> <p>In the case of the coach from Los Angeles County who was trying to donate food to students, the details are not public. But his experience in his school&rsquo;s cafeteria, witnessing with frustration good food was being wasted, is common and relatable. All of us&mdash;and our schools, school districts, counties, states and federal governments&mdash;have the responsibility to develop solutions so that good, edible food fills bellies and not the landfill. The effort is worth the end results, so take the time to</p> <ul> <li>Become familiar with the <a href="http://www.feedingamerica.org/ways-to-give/give-food/become-a-product-partner/protecting-our-food-partners.html?referrer=https://www.google.com/" target="_blank">Good Samaritan Food Donation Act</a> and the <a href="http://www.fns.usda.gov/nslp/history_5" target="_blank">National School Lunch Act</a>.</li> <li>Check to see what your county environmental health department and state have documented on school food donation.</li> <li>Check to see if your school district has, or is working on, procedures and policies for a food share donation program. Come up with creative solutions for ways it can be improved to capture more surplus food.</li> <li><a href="http://www.k12foodrescue.com/active-schools.html" target="_blank">Review Indiana&rsquo;s legislation</a> on school food donation and see what can be created for your own state.</li> </ul><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "57236c0e16a7327b1c00006f", "5728f7dd3cd4c8b243000028"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/complex-world-school-cafeteria-food-donation#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 03 May 2016 19:07:37 +0000 10215328 at http://www.usgbc.org Measuring our impact: CFGS project update http://www.usgbc.org/articles/measuring-our-impact-cfgs-project-update <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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Measuring-our-impact--CFGS-project-update.png?1462288125" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Over the past several months, the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/">Center for Green Schools</a>&nbsp;(Center) has been working with dozens of green schools organizations on a project we&rsquo;re calling &ldquo;Measuring Our Impact.&rdquo; The Measuring Our Impact project aims to define a clear and comprehensive set of measures, shared by the whole green schools community, which all schools can use to track their progress toward sustainability.</p> <p>We think about these measures in harmony with the three pillars of the U.S. Department of Education&nbsp;<a href="http://www2.ed.gov/programs/green-ribbon-schools/index.html" target="_blank">Green Ribbon Schools</a>: minimized environmental impact, improved occupant health and environmental and sustainability literacy for all graduates.&nbsp;</p> <p>We also like to think about shared measures as sitting at the intersection of three categories: information that many organizations are already gathering from schools, outcomes that research has indicated have demonstrated impact and data that is accessible or could be accessible in the near future.</p> <p><img height="460" src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1462202094-194-0140/Three_circles_slide.jpeg" width="670" /></p> <h3>Data inventory and analysis</h3> <p>For the past several months, we have been working to better understand this first category of measures and answer the question: what are the most common concepts and themes our community is asking about schools?</p> <p>In order to answer this question, we reached out to a broad network of 67 green schools organizations to collect and compile their frameworks and datasets into a central repository. We analyzed this repository in several steps, considering popularity, depth, and range of certain green schools topics.</p> <p>The results? We found that, across the first two pillars, the leading categories are as follows:&nbsp;</p> <p><img height="259" src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1462201037-204-3527/Leading_categories.jpeg" width="670" /></p> <p>To read more about the categorization and analysis, check out our <a href="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1461615662-194-0934/MOI_Overview_Doc_20160413.pdf" target="_blank">complete review</a> of the data inventory and analysis.</p> <h3>What&rsquo;s next?</h3> <p>Our next steps focus on examining the overlap between what the green schools community is asking schools and what the experts tell us has demonstrated impact on health and the environment. We&rsquo;re collaborating with Harvard&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.chgeharvard.org/" target="_blank">Center for Health and the Global Environment</a>, which is helping to identify growing consensus and gaps within existing research on the effects of school buildings on childhood health. We&rsquo;re also working with the <a href="http://www.chps.net/dev/Drupal/node" target="_blank">Collaborative for High Performance Schools</a> and the American Institute of Architects&rsquo; <a href="http://network.aia.org/committeeonarchitectureforeducation/home" target="_blank">Committee on Architecture for Education</a> toward the publication of a national research agenda for healthy schools.</p> <p>Our approach for defining measures of success for schools in environmental and sustainability literacy is being driven by a small group of diverse thought leaders from the preeminent organizations in the field. This group will furnish recommendations for targets at which schools should aim in pursuit of preparing environmentally and sustainability-literate graduates, and their work involves a comprehensive review of existing practices and literature.</p> <p>We are excited to continue our process of stakeholder engagement, working with organizations across the green schools movement to gain insights and guidance on this important initiative. If you or your organization is interested in getting involved with this work, please sign up to receive updates&nbsp;or <a href="mailto:schools@usgbc.org" target="_blank">email us</a>. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://usgbc.wufoo.com/forms/measuring-our-impact-email-preference/" target="_blank" class="button">Sign up to learn more </a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "571e7bf71ba0aad43c000164", "5728bd381dbabe18da0000b5"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/measuring-our-impact-cfgs-project-update#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 03 May 2016 15:04:56 +0000 Emma Arnold 10214757 at http://www.usgbc.org Class is now in session: It’s a new day for students at USGBC http://www.usgbc.org/articles/class-now-session-it%E2%80%99s-new-day-students-usgbc <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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/class-is-now-in-session-its-a-new-day-for-students-at-usgbc_0.jpg?1462202937" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>As of May 1, you can be a USGBC Student just by signing up and telling us! Any student, from anywhere around the globe, can become a USGBC Student. What does that mean? It means you get to showcase the knowledge, skills and credentials that will jump-start your careers. It means you get a personalized experience and can find activities and resources suited for <em>your</em> interests as a student. We are committed to providing an unparalleled opportunity for students preparing for 21st century careers. Join the fastest-growing network of students who want a sustainable future, and transform your campus, your community and your career.</p> <p>Throughout the past year, we&rsquo;ve convened students, professors, administrators and employers around a central question: &ldquo;What can USGBC do to best prepare graduates for 21st century careers?&rdquo; The answer came back clear: an individualized experience, resources to accelerate professional development, access to a network of qualified professionals and local opportunities for hands-on learning. We are committed to delivering the best opportunities to each student, and we believe that starts with serving the needs of individuals.</p> <p>Here's how to get started:</p> <ul> <li>Go to <a href="http://www.usgbc.org" target="_blank">usgbc.org</a> and create a profile by clicking Account in the upper right corner, then "Create one." Tell us you&rsquo;re a student, provide some information about yourself, and list your achievements to date. If you have a LEED professional credential, it will show up in your profile. And if you have completed a LEED Lab, you can earn a special badge.</li> <li>Already have a USGBC profile? Go to the &ldquo;About&rdquo;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/legacy/account/settings" target="_blank">section in your account settings</a>, and indicate that you&rsquo;re a student. Provide information about your current college or institution and graduation year, and we&rsquo;ll do the rest.</li> </ul> <p>As of May 1, all students who elect to be a USGBC Student will have access to a directory that you can sort by institution, major, region and even country. We&rsquo;ve been working nonstop to build out new features on usgbc.org to support your career preparation efforts and enable you to grow your community. We&rsquo;re making it easier to connect with professionals and get involved with local hands-on projects&mdash;and soon, we will add a place for you to showcase all your achievements and accomplishments in a new digital portfolio.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re excited to see what we can do as a united group of students and professionals around the world. Welcome!</p> <p>Questions? <a href="mailto:students@usgbc.org?subject=Question%20about%20USGBC%20Students">Please feel free to reach out</a>.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "5723aee94440a9ba9a000105", "57277229863b27f176000050"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/class-now-session-it%E2%80%99s-new-day-students-usgbc#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 02 May 2016 15:28:57 +0000 Jesse McElwain 10212517 at http://www.usgbc.org Rooted values: Appalachian State University’s sustainable leadership is ingrained in its culture http://www.usgbc.org/articles/rooted-values-appalachian-state-university%E2%80%99s-sustainable-leadership-ingrained-its-culture <div class="field field-type-text field-field-all-authorized-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lee Ball, Sustainability Director, ASU </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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/rooted-values-appalachian-state-universitys-sustainable-leadership-is-engrained-in-its-culture_0.png?1461873962" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>The&nbsp;<a href="http://secondnature.org/our-impact/climate-leadership-awards/" target="_blank">Climate Leadership Awards</a>&nbsp;are&nbsp;presented by USGBC&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/" target="_blank">Center for Green Schools</a> and <a href="http://secondnature.org/" target="_blank">Second Nature</a>. The awards recognize innovative and advanced leadership in sustainability, climate mitigation and resilience at signatory campuses in the climate leadership network. USGBC&nbsp;caught up with last year&rsquo;s honoree in the Four-Year Institution category, Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C., to check on their progress and accomplishments to date.</em>&nbsp;</p> <p>Sustainability at <a href="http://www.appstate.edu/" target="_blank">Appalachian State University</a> is a tradition, not a trend. Rooted in the heart of the southern Appalachian mountains, the university emerged a century ago as an institution aligned with many values of the local mountain culture. Learning to do more with less and adapting to change have contributed to Appalachian State&rsquo;s campus culture, which strongly values sustainability and resiliency.<span>&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;</p> <p>As a <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/second-nature-and-usgbc-announce-2015-winners-higher-education-climate-leaders-competition" target="_blank">recipient of the 2015 Climate Leadership Award</a>, the university continues to deliver on its mission to prepare students to lead purposeful lives as engaged, global citizens. We take pride in promoting a spirit of inclusion that leads to meaningful relationships extending well beyond graduation. Students are trained to think critically, communicate effectively, make local-to-global connections and understand the responsibilities of community engagement. They embrace their obligation to help create healthy, just and sustainable societies through knowledge, compassion, dedication, humility and dignity.&nbsp;</p> <p>The university&rsquo;s strategic plan reinforces these values, which prioritize sustainability and commitment of resources needed to succeed and positions us to continue our work as a climate and sustainability leader. Appalachian State has some of the oldest sustainability degree programs in the country, with over 1,700 hundred courses across the graduate and undergraduate curriculum that are sustainability-focused or -related.</p> <p>Our chancellor, Dr. Sheri Everts, provides the strategic direction for our collective efforts, which included becoming a charter signatory of the new Second Nature <a href="http://secondnature.org/climate-guidance/the-commitments/#Climate_Commitment" target="_blank">Climate, Carbon, and Resilience Pledge</a>. She also signed the <a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/07/27/fact-sheet-white-house-launches-american-business-act-climate-pledge" target="_blank">White House Climate Pledge</a> and attended the White House Climate Day of Action in 2015.&nbsp;</p> <p>With one of the highest sustainability rankings in the country (AASHE/STARS), we at Appalachian State are continuously looking for ways to improve the sustainability of our community. One example is the university&rsquo;s sustainability council, comprising over 80 campus participants, that includes faculty, staff and students and works to integrate and institutionalize green practices throughout the campus.</p> <p>Our current goal is to reach carbon neutrality by 2050, but are developing plans to reach this target much sooner. Since 2005, Appalachian State has reduced energy consumption by 34 percent and cut water usage by 50 percent. There is also a minimum standard of LEED Silver on all new buildings and major renovations, and the past three projects have been awarded LEED Gold.&nbsp;</p> <p>Other climate initiatives:</p> <ul> <li>Our Carbon Neutral Commuter program, which encourages commuters to purchase carbon offsets and has experienced higher-than-expected adoption rates just two years into the program.</li> <li>The campus Zero Waste program encourages and promotes climate awareness through the reduction and diversion of waste on campus. Our growing compost program is expected to produce 250 tons of compost at its on-campus facility during the 2016&ndash;2017 academic year.</li> <li>Students contribute and actively help with campus carbon neutrality goals. The Renewable Energy Initiative is responsible for allocating money for the implementation of renewable projects on campus, one of which is a 100 KW wind turbine that has become an icon for the local community.</li> <li>Appalachian State also facilitates the Appalachian Energy Summit and leads the UNC system in an effort to reduce energy expenditures, transform energy utilization and reduce the environmental impacts of both higher education and the state. The project is on track to save $1 billion by 2020.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>Learning by doing and leading by example are central to Appalachian State&rsquo;s focus on sustainability. There is much work left to be done, but the strong engagement and dedication of our faculty, staff and student community make it possible to rise to the challenge.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/squrANq9P18" width="670" height="552"></iframe></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "571643cadd1597ca22000076", "57226cb9034f12306b000067"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/rooted-values-appalachian-state-university%E2%80%99s-sustainable-leadership-ingrained-its-culture#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 28 Apr 2016 20:06:02 +0000 10203755 at http://www.usgbc.org Illumination and inspiration: Energy Focus reflects on GSCE 2016 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/illumination-and-inspiration-energy-focus-reflects-gsce-2016 <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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/celebrating-the-movement--reflections-on-gsce_1_0_0_0.png?1461777777" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Earlier this month, the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/energy-focus-brings-new-light-schools-through-green-apple-partnership" target="_blank">Energy Focus</a> team had the unique opportunity to participate in the <a href="http://www.greenschoolsconference.org/" target="_blank">Green Schools Conference and Expo</a> (GSCE). We were proud to be a Leader Sponsor of the event, but we were even more proud to have the chance to connect with the teachers, school administrators and nonprofit leaders who are so dedicated to providing healthy, safe, and efficient schools for our children.&nbsp;</p> <p>Eric Hilliard, Energy Focus&rsquo; President and COO, provided greetings to attendees at the opening general session. &ldquo;Our company, Energy Focus, possesses a core belief that the lighting conditions that exist in our schools must be improved,&rdquo; Eric said. &ldquo;For us, it&rsquo;s not just an opportunity, it&rsquo;s a responsibility. Though lighting is just one part of the equation, it is a powerful solution for reducing energy consumption and enhancing the quality of the educational environment for teachers and students.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p><img height="503" src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1461701895-14-0931/996130_832874756841461_4237336813271185297_n.jpg" width="670" /></p> <p>Last year, we launched the &ldquo;Change a Light, Change a Life&rdquo; initiative, which provides a lighting retrofit to one special-needs classroom per school, free of cost. Our company has provided LED lighting upgrades to more than 30 schools through the initiative, which applies our research about the impact of lighting on focus and attention to enhance children&rsquo;s&rsquo; learning environments. LED lighting eliminates photometric energy spikes associated with fluorescent lamps that affects individuals with Irlen Syndrome, otherwise known as scoptoic sensitivity syndrome. Full-spectrum LED lighting also enhances the color visible to the human eye, resulting in schools and classrooms that are brighter and clearer.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>One of our favorite installations was done during the 2015 Green Apple Day of Service flagship event at Leckie Elementary School in Washington, D.C. During his remarks, Eric shared with attendees a short video that captured USGBC and Energy Focus hard at work with neighborhood volunteers at Leckie Elementary. Together, we retrofitted three special-needs classrooms and three modular classrooms with LED lighting.&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/6rSwmxnMJK0" width="670" height="552"></iframe></p> <p>When we heard that Leckie&rsquo;s Principal, Atasha James, was serving as a Master Speaker at GSCE, we were excited to sponsor her session and introduce her. Principal James spoke about the value that sustainability initiatives have brought to her school community and discussed approaches to a sustainable "green" mindset for future generations. We at Energy Focus are so pleased to be a part of the transformation she is leading.&nbsp;</p> <p>We look forward to supporting the ongoing transformation of our schools with the Center for Green Schools, and we look forward to sharing more impactful stories with you at the next GSCE.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "5717c76562dfb94d18000113", "5720f563fea17024620000a0"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/illumination-and-inspiration-energy-focus-reflects-gsce-2016#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:22:57 +0000 Faye Gao 10201723 at http://www.usgbc.org Celebrating collaboration at the heart of Space to Grow http://www.usgbc.org/articles/celebrating-collaboration-heart-space-grow <div class="field field-type-text field-field-all-authorized-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Rochelle Davis and Jerry Adelmann </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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/best-of-green-schools-feature-a_2_0.png?1461679172" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>The 2016 <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-and-gsnn-announce-2016-best-green-schools-honorees-0" target="_blank">Best of Green Schools Awards</a>, presented at the Green Schools Conference and Expo earlier this month, recognize the people, schools, campuses and organizations that create healthy, sustainable and efficient learning environments and inspiring educational experiences.</em> <em><a href="https://healthyschoolscampaign.org/hsc-staff/rochelle-davis/" target="_blank">Rochelle Davis</a>, president and CEO of the Healthy Schools Campaign, and <a href="http://www.openlands.org/gerald-w.-adelmann" target="_blank">Jerry Adelmann</a>, president and CEO of Openlands, spoke about their collective efforts to transform the urban schoolyard through Space to Grow, this year&rsquo;s winning initiative for the Collaboration category.</em>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Best of Green Schools Award for Collaboration is one of the most meaningful awards we could hope for <a href="https://healthyschoolscampaign.org/programs/chicago/space-to-grow/" target="_blank">Space to Grow</a> to achieve, because collaboration has been such a powerful factor in its success. We&rsquo;re honored to be recognized with this award and thrilled to be in the company of the other impressive winners.&nbsp;</p> <p>Space to Grow transforms Chicago schoolyards into green spaces that provide students and their families and neighbors with a place to play, learn, garden and enjoy being outside. These schoolyards also help reduce flooding in the neighborhood through unique materials and designs that capture hundreds of thousands of gallons of rainwater and melting snow at each school.&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1461359911-104-5241/Copy_of_15_0806_0144_Grissom_After.jpg" width="670" height="NaN" /></p> <p>Space to Grow is made possible through a collaboration between the&nbsp;<a href="https://healthyschoolscampaign.org/" target="_blank">Healthy Schools Campaign</a> and <a href="http://www.openlands.org/" target="_blank">Openlands</a> and with the financial support and expertise of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, the Chicago Department of Water Management and Chicago Public Schools.&nbsp;</p> <p>This collaboration allows us to bring together diverse groups of people and leaders across different industries to accomplish goals that benefit our entire city. It&rsquo;s an example of a whole that adds up to more than the sum of its parts.&nbsp;</p> <p>Since its launch in 2014, Space to Grow&rsquo;s three public agency partners have committed $51 million to transform 34 Chicago schoolyards by 2019; so far, six have been built and are open to students and their communities, and many more are under way. Just as important, Space to Grow is beginning to redefine the way we think about the potential of the schoolyards in our city.&nbsp;</p> <p>Each schoolyard is designed with several goals in mind, which reflect the diverse aims of the collaborators:&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li><strong>Boosting physical activity and wellness</strong>. Schoolyards provide healthy, engaging places for students to be physically active before, during and after school.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>Improving stormwater management and reducing neighborhood flooding</strong>. Special materials, surfaces and techniques&mdash;from rain gardens to permeable play surfaces&mdash;capture significant amounts of rain during the heaviest of storms.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>Supporting learning</strong>. Outdoor classrooms, native trees and plants, vegetable gardens and even the stormwater capture techniques support opportunities for learning and exploration.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>Engaging communities with local schools</strong>. The schoolyard transformation process engages students, parents and community members in developing the design and later in celebrations, gardening and more. Plus, schoolyards are open to the public and provide a welcoming space for physical activity and connection with nature.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>We recently released the report <a href="https://healthyschoolscampaign.org/green-schoolyards/" target="_blank">Green Schoolyards: A Growing Movement Supporting Health, Education and Connection with Nature</a>, based on the findings of the 2015 National Green Schoolyards Summit. This report documents the journeys and lessons of green schoolyard programs across the country, including Space to Grow. We&rsquo;re encouraged by these stories and proud to be part of this movement. We are confident that these schoolyards and the innovative partnerships and new ideas that are a hallmark of all these models will significantly benefit our children, communities and environment.&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1461359957-44-5075/Copy_of_15_0903_0117.jpg" width="670" height="NaN" /></p> <p>We&rsquo;re so honored for Space to Grow to be recognized with this award, and see it as a testament to the power of working together. The recognition reinforces the notion that such innovative partnerships are key to a future in which all students have access to the benefits of green schoolyards.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "56c6404bc7a4dfd09f000100", "571f7497f4f59cc7be00004e"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/celebrating-collaboration-heart-space-grow#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 26 Apr 2016 13:59:32 +0000 10199116 at http://www.usgbc.org Environmental education at the local, national and global level http://www.usgbc.org/articles/environmental-education-local-national-and-global-level <div class="field field-type-text field-field-all-authorized-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cleary Vaughan-Lee </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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/environmental-education-at-the-local_-national-and-global-level_0.png?1461607189" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>This article, which discusses <a href="https://learninglab.usgbc.org/" target="_blank">Learning Lab</a> as one of several programs to help kids can learn about the environment, was originally published on </em><a href="http://www.edweek.org/ew/index.html" target="_blank">Education Week</a><em> on April 18, 2016. <a href="http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/global_learning/2016/04/environmental_education_at_the_local_national_and_global_level.html" target="_blank">Read the original</a>.&nbsp;</em></p> <p>In his book&nbsp;<a href="http://richardlouv.com/books/nature-principle/" target="_blank"><em>The Nature Principle</em></a><em>: Human Restoration and the End of Nature-Deficit Disorder</em>, Richard Louv writes, "What would our lives be like if our days and nights were as immersed in nature as they are in technology?"&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nwf.org/What-We-Do/Kids-and-Nature/Why-Get-Kids-Outside/Health-Benefits.aspx" target="_blank">Studies</a>&nbsp;have shown that spending time in nature affects numerous aspects of a child's mental and physical well-being. But let's not forget to ask: How would such immersion affect the environment?</p> <p>Our planet is rapidly changing, and environmental awareness&mdash;or lack thereof&mdash;will play a significant role in our planet's future. Just as much as kids need nature, nature needs kids. This reciprocal relationship is at the core of environmental education programs, which can be integrated into all classrooms&mdash;language arts, science, math, history, and social studies&mdash;helping students connect more deeply globally, locally, and personally to the natural world.</p> <p>How can students enhance their own connection and responsibility to the environment? The following individuals, organizations, and resources provide ways for teachers to incorporate an interdisciplinary approach to environmental awareness from the global to local level. At the core, the aim is to assist students in finding their own voices as global citizens and environmental stewards of this planet.</p> <p><a href="http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/global_learning/2016/04/environmental_education_at_the_local_national_and_global_level.html" target="_blank" class="button">Read the rest of the article</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "5717f389af55874951000148", "571e5bab1ba0aa187300004e"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/environmental-education-local-national-and-global-level#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 25 Apr 2016 17:59:49 +0000 10197330 at http://www.usgbc.org Reflections from GSCE 2016: Celebration, inspiration and motivation http://www.usgbc.org/articles/reflections-gsce-2016-celebration-inspiration-and-motivation <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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/celebrating-the-movement--reflections-on-gsce_1_0.png?1461354722" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Pittsburgh, host city of the 2016 <a href="http://greenschoolsconference.org/" target="_blank">Green Schools Conference</a>, was the perfect example of the power of &ldquo;greening.&rdquo; Mayor William Peduto welcomed the 2016 conference attendees by sharing his city&rsquo;s story of renewal and transformation&mdash;from the &ldquo;City of Smoke&rdquo; to one of the most livable cities in America. Seventy years ago, Peduto&rsquo;s predecessor, Mayor David L. Lawrence stated his intent to restore the city to health: &ldquo;I am convinced that our people want clean air. There is no other single thing which will so dramatically improve the appearance, the health, the pride, the spirit of the city.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/projects/david-l-lawrence-convention-center-1" target="_blank">David L. Lawrence Convention Center</a>, which honors Lawrence&rsquo;s legacy, housed a similar spirit of optimism through the belief that &ldquo;where we learn matters.&rdquo; The shared vision of attendees made the conference an inspired event of collaboration, conversation and reflection. One aspect that makes the Green Schools Conference unique is the presence of students, whose energy and enthusiasm remind us of who and what we are working for every day.&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1461266569-204-0270/IMG_4730__1_.JPG" width="670" height="503" /></p> <p>This year acknowledged the need to raise the bar even higher&mdash;from recycling to zero waste, from energy reduction strategies to creating net-zero energy buildings, from understanding detrimental health effects of poor indoor environmental quality to showcasing data on successful changes we can implement in our schools. The week was filled with celebration of how far the green schools movement has come, while acknowledging the challenges still in need of solution.&nbsp;</p> <p>Some of the inspired speakers related their own philosophies in facing these challenges. <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/steps-toward-sustainable-school-food" target="_blank">Greg Christian</a>, CEO and founder of Beyond Green Sustainable Food Partners, shared his mission to &ldquo;honor all&rdquo; by striving to meet schools where they are in their individual school food journeys, as opposed to telling them where they should be and how they should get here. Barry Svigals, managing partner of Svigals and Partners LLP, gave a talk on compassionate listening, which he undertook while working on the new Sandy Hook Elementary School. Svigals spoke about the importance of listening, and how working with the Sandy Hook community was a transformative experience for his firm. He reminded us of the power of the &ldquo;boundless resource&rdquo;&mdash;that the minds of a group of creative, committed individuals could be change agents for the world. We take home Barry&rsquo;s powerful wisdom that &ldquo;if we do not support and save ourselves, we cannot save the Earth.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p><em><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/sara-teaster/0010803679?view=activity" target="_blank">Sara Teaster</a>&nbsp;is the sustainability manager at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/organizations/vmdo-architects-pc" target="_blank">VMDO Architects</a>, a Thinker Sponsor for the 2016 Green Schools Conference.</em></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "571677bd808d246a2b00016c", "571a8460fb09899f0f00005b"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/reflections-gsce-2016-celebration-inspiration-and-motivation#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 22 Apr 2016 19:52:02 +0000 Sara Teaster 10193130 at http://www.usgbc.org Paving the way: Western Technical College pioneers higher education sustainability leadership http://www.usgbc.org/articles/paving-way-western-technical-college-pioneers-higher-education-sustainability-leadership <div class="field field-type-text field-field-all-authorized-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lee Rasch, President, Western Technical College </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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Paving-the-way--Western-Technical-College-pioneers-higher-education-sustainability-leadership.png?1461171202" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Nominations are now open for the&nbsp;<a href="http://secondnature.org/our-impact/climate-leadership-awards/" target="_blank">2016 Climate Leadership Awards</a>, presented by USGBC&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/" target="_blank">Center for Green Schools</a> and <a href="http://secondnature.org/our-impact/climate-leadership-awards/" target="_blank">Second Nature</a>. The awards recognize innovative and advanced leadership in sustainability, climate mitigation and resilience at signatory campuses in the climate leadership network. USGBC&nbsp;caught up with last year&rsquo;s honoree in the Two-Year Institution category, Western Technical College in La Crosse, Wis., to check on their progress and accomplishments to date.</em>&nbsp;</p> <p>Since receiving the 2015 Climate Leadership Award at last year&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.com/" target="_blank">Greenbuild</a>, we have seen a peak in interest in <a href="http://www.westerntc.edu/default.aspx" target="_blank">Western Technical College</a>&nbsp;and in our sustainability efforts. The national attention acknowledges that we are doing something special, and there is a level of respect that comes with it. Legislators, industry leaders and other educational institutions have taken note of the great strides we have made to reduce our impact on the environment, and the recognition has provided a platform for us to make a difference and implement change in our community and beyond. Most important, the efforts taken to qualify for the award have generated pride among faculty, staff and students.&nbsp;</p> <p>Since signing the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment in 2007, Western has made substantial progress in our climate leadership journey. In 2015, our energy conservation efforts reached the milestone of $1 million in certified energy savings. While Western&rsquo;s five LEED certified buildings are impressive, we are equally proud of the state recognition we receive for our successful recycling campaigns.&nbsp;</p> <p>By focusing on buildings as living laboratories, Western students are getting training on state-of-the-art technology. Western owns a passive house that provides a hands-on learning environment for students in five different programs. We also own a dam with a hydro power station that produces 1 gigawatt of power each year. Also, students have created a computer dashboard program that tracks energy usage of campus buildings in real time. Our newly completed Integrated Technology Center will be one of only 16 LEED Platinum buildings in Wisconsin. This is particularly noteworthy, since this center houses the college's equipment-intensive manufacturing and building systems programs.&nbsp;</p> <p><img height="447" src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1461076370-104-3452/Green_Wall_seating.jpg" width="670" /></p> <p><em><small>The &ldquo;Green Wall&rdquo; in the Integrated Technology Center. These live plants are maintained by Western's Landscape Horticulture students and serve as the artwork for this student study space. Image courtesy of HSR Associates, Inc.</small></em></p> <p>An advantage to being an educational institution is that these facilities are open to the public. We have the opportunity to serve as a role model for our community, demonstrate how this technology can be used on smaller scales and still have a big impact. Regular tours, certificate programs and business and industry training opportunities expose community members to the possibilities for energy reduction.&nbsp;</p> <p>In addition, it opens to the doors for many unique partnerships. A newly completed greenhouse on campus houses the &ldquo;Get Growing&rdquo; initiative between Western, the Hillview Urban Agriculture Center, and Mayo Clinic Health System&ndash;Franciscan Healthcare. The purpose is to instill healthy eating habits, promote local food sourcing and foster education about gardening, agriculture and sustainable practices. Western also serves as the host for the Sustainability Institute, a regional nonprofit organization that promotes environmentally sustainable practices through education and technical assistance to area businesses and community organizations.&nbsp;</p> <p>Our college's commitment to serve as a community leader in environmental sustainability is at the forefront, and the national recognition has given us reach beyond our district and significantly reinforced our internal efforts. We are honored to be the recipient of the 2015 Climate Leadership Award, and we encourage others to apply and experience the benefits that accompany this acknowledgement.</p> <p>Note: deadline extended for two-year institutions. Apply by May 9, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. ET.</p> <p><a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1m5D6YOe59aTIReGBjqsmfGxygbxRw6_mr3R0wLhkHSo/viewform?c=0&amp;w=1" target="_blank" class="button">Nominate your school for the 2016 Climate Leadership Awards</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "57163fc9dd159720f7000083", "5717b3c47211be4e290000f5"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/paving-way-western-technical-college-pioneers-higher-education-sustainability-leadership#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 20 Apr 2016 16:49:11 +0000 10189160 at http://www.usgbc.org Nairobi schools continue to grow from Green Apple Day of Service http://www.usgbc.org/articles/nairobi-schools-continue-grow-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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/nairobi-schools-continue-to-grow-from-green-apple-day-of-service-_0.png?1460559589" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Ann Wahinya is the&nbsp;program coordinator&nbsp;for the Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-Free, Mentored and Safe (DREAMS) program,&nbsp;which&nbsp;is implemented by&nbsp;Global Communities in the informal settlements of Nairobi.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/organizations/global-communities" target="_blank">Global Communities</a>&nbsp;is an&nbsp;international development organization working with communities around the world to bring about sustainable changes that improve the lives and livelihoods of the vulnerable.</em>&nbsp;</p> <p>For the past three years, Global Communities&rsquo; Kenya office has supported better learning environments in support of the Global Coalition for the Center for Green Schools'&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mygreenapple.org/">Green Apple Day of Service</a>&nbsp;(GADOS). GADOS is a global movement promoting sustainable schools that practice, teach and support environmentally responsible choices. In October 2015, Global Communities supported three nonformal primary schools in Majengo, one of the oldest and most marginalized informal settlements in Kenya&rsquo;s capital of Nairobi. Nearly three months later, the schools continue to harvest the benefits of the event.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Global Communities team supported Child Survival Primary School, Undugu Basic Education School and St. John&rsquo;s Community Primary School. In addition to raising money to help with water, sanitation and other infrastructure improvements to create more conducive learning environments, staff from Global Communities also met with teachers and students to identify critical improvements.&nbsp;</p> <h3>Fixing critical needs</h3> <p>Child Survival&rsquo;s floors were potholed, making seating arrangements difficult, and there was only one functional toilet for its 260 students. The head teacher shared that most girls would miss school during their menstrual cycle, because they had experienced fights and bullying from other students. At Undugu, which has 200 students, the classroom partitions were broken and walls were unpainted, making the rooms loud and dark.&nbsp;</p> <p>Through Global Communities&rsquo; teamwork, Child Survival Primary School now has 12 functional toilets, which has helped improve female students' confidence and reduce absenteeism. The floors in three lower primary classrooms were also leveled, promoting better seating arrangements and hygiene. One of the class teachers commented, &ldquo;Since the classroom floors were renovated, the students seem more excited to come to class. We just re-opened school&hellip;and were able to clean the classrooms with water, which is a major achievement for us.&rdquo;</p> <p>At Undugu Community School, the team painted the classroom walls. The local government administrative unit for Majengo was inspired by the effort and joined in to paint the outer walls, toilets and an additional classroom. In addition, both Undugu and St. John&rsquo;s schools received recycling bins, which are helping children learn to sort different types of waste. St. John&rsquo;s is using the organic matter as fertilizer for the school garden, and the plastics are being sold to local artisans to support the school&rsquo;s feeding program. Local artisans also used recycled materials, broken glass and tiles to make art for St. John&rsquo;s walls, including an apple mosaic made of recycled glass in honor of GADOS.&nbsp;</p> <h3>Celebrating teamwork</h3> <p>The event culminated in a ceremony at St. John&rsquo;s, bringing together over 500 students, teachers, community volunteers, Global Communities staff, partner organizations and representatives from the Ministry of Education, as well as sub-county and local government. The day started with a visit to Child Survival, followed by a procession led by the school&rsquo;s Boy Scouts and Girl Guides to St. John&rsquo;s.</p> <p>Students, teachers and volunteers planted trees to provide more shade in the schoolyard and participated in demonstrations on waste management. Students and community youth groups also provided entertainment, which delivered messages on waste management and environmental safety. The Ministry of Education&rsquo;s Principal Education Officer, Mwaura Wanjohi, was a guest of honor at the event. In his speech, he recognized the continuous effort of Global Communities, and noted school infrastructure as one of the areas that the government and development partners need to focus on.&nbsp;</p> <p>GADOS 2015 proved that small initiatives have a huge impact. In making small but significant changes to the schools, Global Communities highlighted the challenges facing nonformal schools and their infrastructure needs. Through partnerships developed and seeds planted, GADOS continues to grow and to support students and teachers through healthier, safer and productive spaces to learn.</p> <p><a href="http://greenapple.org/" target="_blank" class="button">Learn more about Green Apple Day of Service</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "5703fd6757cf072f590000e9", "570e5e5ab1e12bbf9200003a"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/nairobi-schools-continue-grow-green-apple-day-service#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 13 Apr 2016 14:59:49 +0000 ANN WAHINYA 10175840 at http://www.usgbc.org The greening of Pittsburgh: Next up, schools http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greening-pittsburgh-next-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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/the-greening-of-pittsburgh-next-up_-schools_0.png?1459519010" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>This article was previously published on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette website as "<a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/Op-Ed/2016/03/24/The-greening-of-Pittsburgh-Next-up-schools/stories/201603220003" target="_blank">The greening of Pittsburgh: Next up, schools</a>" on March 24, 2016. Read the <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/Op-Ed/2016/03/24/The-greening-of-Pittsburgh-Next-up-schools/stories/201603220003" target="_blank">original version</a>.</em></p> <p>Pittsburgh has the only LEED Platinum convention center in the world. The first LEED Gold sports venue in the nation. The largest LEED Silver museum in the country.</p> <p>LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a USGBC metric that measures the sustainability of a building&rsquo;s design, construction, operations and maintenance in terms of energy, water and resource use; waste and emissions reduction; indoor environmental quality; and innovative approaches to the development process. And by that benchmark, Pittsburgh is an impressively green city, a leader for the rest of the country in so many ways.</p> <p>Pittsburgh has proved it&rsquo;s ready to take on the challenge of environmental responsibility and climate change in meaningful, long-lasting ways. It has transformed the buildings that we rely on every day to use energy and water in smart, ecologically sensible ways that will help us preserve the planet for generations. But there&rsquo;s one type of building that Pittsburgh has yet to make green, and it&rsquo;s an important one: schools.</p> <p>Our nation&rsquo;s schools are in terrible shape. Across all 50 states&mdash;Pennsylvania included&mdash;students are going to schools that are in dire need of repair and are failing to create healthy and safe environments for our kids and the teachers and administrators who support them.</p> <p>The dichotomy of Pittsburgh&mdash;green public buildings but deteriorating schools&mdash;is emblematic of the challenge facing the nation. And it&rsquo;s why the U.S. Green Building Council is holding its Green Schools Conference here next week. Everyone in Pittsburgh is welcome to the discussion: those who care about sustainability, those who care about schools and those who just want to advance Pittsburgh&rsquo;s growing reputation as one of the nation&rsquo;s leading green cities.</p> <p>The conference will focus on the national conversation we need to have about the way we fund school construction and maintenance. The council&rsquo;s 2016 &ldquo;State of Our Schools&rdquo; report, an in-depth state-by-state analysis of our country&rsquo;s investment in school infrastructure, has found our funding structure inherently and persistently inequitable. Millions of students around the country are learning in dilapidated, obsolete and unhealthy facilities that are obstacles to their learning and well-being.</p> <p>Pennsylvania state government contributes only 15 percent of school districts&rsquo; total spending on school construction and facility upkeep. Every school district is expected to make up the difference for their students&mdash;and not every district has the same amount of money to spend. In fact, according to the Education Law Center, poor public schools in this state spend, on average, $3,000 less per student than wealthy schools. It&rsquo;s not by choice. It&rsquo;s a matter of unequal resources.</p> <p>With the school-district budgets so overstretched, it&rsquo;s understandable that things slip through the cracks. But our schools are too important to put on the back burner. Research shows that poor school construction affects our children&rsquo;s vision, concentration and even their breathing. Half of our nation&rsquo;s schools have problems with indoor air quality, a deficiency which plays a huge role in the 14 million days of school a year that American students miss annually due to asthma.</p> <p>Making schools healthier isn&rsquo;t just a matter of supporting Pittsburgh&rsquo;s admirable legacy of sustainable building. It&rsquo;s about providing a healthy, safe environment for our children and ensuring that they are the recipients of a 21st century education.</p> <p>This is why we are bringing to Pittsburgh thought leaders and champions of green schools, including educators, school administrators, nonprofit and corporate partners and elected officials, to advance their shared vision of healthy spaces and efficient schools for all children within this generation. We&rsquo;ll talk about sustainable food, practical strategies for reducing water and waste, turning our children&rsquo;s natural empathy for the environment into action and how to change our schools for the better.</p> <p>Pittsburgh&rsquo;s story is built on the idea of coming together, like the three great rivers that converge here. But we all have to come to the table&mdash;or, in this case, the classroom. The Green Schools Conference is a chance for us to learn from each other and build a better future for our kids, one that&rsquo;s healthy, safe and sustainable.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "56fd7e834423f0c0d9000063", "56fe7e13677cdb4ce400001d"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greening-pittsburgh-next-schools#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 01 Apr 2016 13:56:50 +0000 Rick Fedrizzi 10150292 at http://www.usgbc.org At the top of their class: Shining a light on 2016 Best of Green Schools honorees http://www.usgbc.org/articles/top-their-class-shining-light-2016-best-green-schools-honorees-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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/best-of-green-schools-feature-a_1_0.png?1459516814" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Best of Green Schools awards were announced yesterday at the opening plenary of the <a href="http://www.greenschoolsconference.org/" target="_blank">Green Schools Conference and Expo</a> in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a culmination of thoughtful planning, investment, collaboration and development efforts on the part of thousands of leaders, students and volunteers in the green schools movement.&nbsp;</p> <p>This is the first year that the awards were co-presented by the Green Schools National Network and the Center for Green Schools at USGBC. It is an opportunity to shine a light on those who have truly exemplified what it means to be a green schools champion. The announcement also marks an exciting end to a huge month for the green schools movement, which recently saw the release of the <a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/state-our-schools" target="_blank">State of Our Schools: American&rsquo;s K-12 Facilities</a> report, an in-depth analysis of funding for U.S. public school infrastructure.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;This year&rsquo;s honorees are making huge strides in their schools and communities,&rdquo; said <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/rachel-gutter/0010035868" target="_blank">Rachel Gutter</a>, director of the Center for Green Schools. &ldquo;Each &lsquo;Best of&rsquo; designee is an inspiring example of innovation and passion in pursuit of schools that educate a generation of sustainability natives, students prepared to take the lead in the 21st century. Becoming a green school is a journey, not a destination; through their work, all of our honorees are blazing new trails in this movement to transform all schools into healthy, safe and inspired places for learning.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>The Best of Green Schools recognizes the people, schools, campuses and organizations instigating positive change to the status quo by creating healthier, sustainable and more efficient learning environments, as well as inspiring educational experiences.&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe width="670" height="552" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/J5IvuR6VMEM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>&ldquo;Each of the Best of Green Schools honorees plays an essential role in propelling the green schools movement forward and setting excellent examples of how to transform schools into healthy learning environments,&rdquo; says <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/jennifer-seydel/0010944633" target="_blank">Jennifer Seydel</a>, executive director, Green Schools National Network. &ldquo;As our movement advances, having such exemplary mentors and role models across the country will help us improve our work and drive our mission.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>The 2016 honorees go beyond modeling sustainable practices and have made green schools a part of their platform and legacy. Their efforts include amplifying students&rsquo; role in the green schools movement; serving as conduits for collaboration and facilitating partnerships between businesses, school districts and local agencies; and developing and implementing plans to improve eco-literacy, building performance, and health and well-being, among others. All embody the good that can come from a holistic approach to sustainability that focuses on balancing people, planet and prosperity.&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Ambassador: Deborah Moore, Green Schools Initiative&nbsp;</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Business Leadership: Pauline Souza, WRNS Studio Partner and Director of Sustainability&nbsp;</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Collaborator: Space to Grow: Greening Chicago Schoolyards&nbsp;</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Higher Education Partner: Wings of Hope Environmental Education Program at Florida Gulf Coast University&nbsp;</li> </ul> <ul> <li>K&ndash;12 School: Environmental Charter Schools&nbsp;</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Moment for the Movement (tie): Green Schools Alliance District Collaborative&nbsp;</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Moment for the Movement (tie): Research Summit on Childhood Health and School Buildings&nbsp;</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Policymaker: Representative Chris Lee, Hawaii&nbsp;</li> </ul> <ul> <li>School System: Fayette County Public Schools<span>&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Student Leadership: Hammond Junior High Magnet School&nbsp;</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Transformation: USGBC Louisiana Green Schools Initiative&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-and-gsnn-announce-2016-best-green-schools-honorees-0" target="_blank" class="button">See more about each 2016 recipient</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "56c63f845dce4e2bb30000f1", "56fe74e1e316ee97cd00005d"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/top-their-class-shining-light-2016-best-green-schools-honorees-0#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 01 Apr 2016 13:20:14 +0000 Amanda Sawit 10150245 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC launches Learning Lab online education platform for K–12 classrooms http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-launches-learning-lab-online-education-platform-k%E2%80%9312-classrooms <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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/usgbc-launches-learning-lab-online-education-platform-for-k_12-classrooms_0.png?1459433361" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Today, USGBC unveils <a href="https://learninglab.usgbc.org/">Learning Lab</a>, an online education platform for K&ndash;12 teachers to find a robust selection of sustainability curricula. Learning Lab provides teachers and school leaders with comprehensive, project- and STEM-based curriculum (science, technology, engineering, mathematics), encouraging student leadership, sustainability literacy and real-world action. This launch is an important step toward realizing USGBC&rsquo;s goal of supporting sustainability education at all stages of a learner&rsquo;s life.</p> <p>In response to a key recommendation from the 2014 <a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/sites/default/files/resource-files/National-Action-Plan-Educating-Sustainability.pdf" target="_blank">National Action Plan for Educating for Sustainability</a> to develop digital delivery channels for high-quality curriculum, USGBC created Learning Lab and tested it in a pilot phase that included 1,400 educators from 26 countries. In celebration of the platform&rsquo;s launch, we are offering free access to educators through August 2016. Please visit <a href="https://learninglab.usgbc.org/" target="_blank">learninglab.usgbc.org</a> and sign up to take advantage of these great sustainability education resources, or attend an upcoming webinar to learn more and take a tour of the platform. <a href="http://go.usgbc.org/Learning-Lab-Registration.html" target="_blank">Request a post-webinar recording</a>.</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://usgbc.webex.com/usgbc-pt/j.php?MTID=mb2ee6d7e49413c15d803d48f45feae05" target="_blank">Friday, April 8 at 12:00 p.m. EDT</a></li> <li><a href="https://usgbc.webex.com/usgbc-pt/j.php?MTID=m430466804931c3aaf741b4832ac556d6" target="_blank">Thursday, April 14 at 5:00 p.m. EDT</a></li> <li><a href="https://usgbc.webex.com/usgbc-pt/j.php?MTID=mb5c250ef396ceddd6f990f097eaa2698" target="_blank">Wednesday, April 20 at 4:00 p.m. EDT</a></li> <li><a href="https://usgbc.webex.com/usgbc-pt/j.php?MTID=m1f684e5ec730e2d5b0126c5447b016d8" target="_blank">Tuesday, April 26 at 2:00 p.m. EDT</a></li> </ul> <p>USGBC brings together a network of Education Partners and fosters collaboration to ensure <a href="http://education.usgbc.org/education-at-usgbc" target="_blank">Education @USGBC</a> is the go-to place for sustainability professionals looking for diverse resources that extend their knowledge and practice. Similarly, the dynamic catalog of content on Learning Lab offers best-in-class, diverse resources, meeting the needs of K&ndash;12 schools across the world.&nbsp;</p> <p>Content on Learning Lab represents leading K&ndash;12 sustainability curriculum developers. Some of the founding partners for Learning Lab include <a href="http://www.ecorise.org" target="_blank">EcoRise Youth Innovations</a>, <a href="http://www.nature.org" target="_blank">The Nature Conservancy</a>, <a href="http://www.ris.lat" target="_blank">Representaciones e Inteligencia Sustentable</a>&nbsp;and the <a href="http://www.globalonenessproject.org" target="_blank">Global Oneness Project</a>. Through the platform, our Education Partners will showcase their standards-aligned lesson plans (such as &ldquo;School Food Eco-Audit,&rdquo; &ldquo;Me Gusta El Agua&rdquo; and &ldquo;Sustainable Cities,&rdquo;), interactive projects and other multimedia resources. Resources are available in a growing suite of languages to meet the needs of an expanding global audience.</p> <p>Through Learning Lab, USGBC and its network of Education Partners will drive the transformation of K&ndash;12 education by providing schools and districts with a solution for accessing curriculum that equips students of today with the skills, knowledge and dispositions they need to be prepared to foster a more sustainable future.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re hard at work recruiting the best content creators in this field. If you are interested in learning more about becoming an Education Partner and having your work included on the Learning Lab platform, please complete <a href="https://usgbc.wufoo.com/forms/z1ivodlb1te0u7s/" target="_blank">this interest form</a>.</p> <p><span>Spread the word </span>about Learning Lab to educators and schools in your community, and help us educate students to design and thrive in a future they create.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://learninglab.usgbc.org/" target="_blank" class="button">Learn more about Learning Lab</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "56f3f35b6032e59d04000038", "56fd2f837473d69955000002"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-launches-learning-lab-online-education-platform-k%E2%80%9312-classrooms#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 31 Mar 2016 14:09:21 +0000 Jenny Wiedower 10148407 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC and the GSNN Announce the 2016 Best of Green Schools Honorees http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-and-gsnn-announce-2016-best-green-schools-honorees-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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press_release_purple_8_0.png?1459370632" /> </div> </div> </div> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Recipients represent impressive environmental efforts in schools across the United States</em></p> <p>Pittsburgh&mdash;(March 31, 2016)&mdash;Today, the <a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/home.aspx" target="_blank">Center for Green Schools</a> at USGBC, in collaboration with the Green Schools National Network (GSNN), announced the 2016 Best of Green School award recipients. The awards recognize 11 individuals, institutions, projects and events representing the best environmental efforts in schools across the country and highlight the national leaders and innovators in school sustainability for the year. The awards were announced at the <a href="http://greenschoolsconference.org/" target="_blank">Green Schools Conference and Expo</a> taking place in Pittsburgh this week. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;This year&rsquo;s honorees are making huge strides in their schools and communities,&rdquo; said <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/rachel-gutter/0010035868" target="_blank">Rachel Gutter</a>, director of the Center for Green Schools at USGBC. &ldquo;Each recipient is an inspiring example of innovation and passion in pursuit of schools that educate a generation of sustainability natives, students prepared to take the lead in the 21st century. Becoming a green school is a journey, not a destination; through their work, the leaders behind this inspiring work are blazing new trails in this movement to transform all schools into healthy, safe and inspired places for learning.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>Recipients include:&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li><strong>K&ndash;12 School:</strong>&nbsp;<em>Environmental Charter Schools (Los Angeles, Calif.): </em>The Environmental Charter Schools (ECS) create and deliver vibrant, innovative, interdisciplinary learning opportunities using the environment to engage students and connect them to the wider world. ECS shares its best practices through The Green Ambassador Institute, a professional development program for educators and organizations looking to implement hands-on sustainable education.</li> <li><strong>School System:</strong>&nbsp;<em>Fayette County Public Schools (Lexington, Ky.):</em>&nbsp;The Fayette County Public Schools have&nbsp;embraced the three-pillar model of sustainability to holistically address environmental literacy, building performance and student wellness, and leverages their students&rsquo; passion and leadership in all three areas.</li> <li><strong>Higher Education Institution:</strong>&nbsp;<em>Wings of Hope Environmental Education Program at Florida Gulf Coast University (Fort Myers, Fla.): </em>The Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) Wings of Hope program seeks to protect the Florida panther and its habitat through transformational environmental education, research and awareness. The program engages thousands of fourth- and fifth-grade students in conservation through education and action.</li> <li><strong>Policy Maker:</strong>&nbsp;<em>Representative Chris Lee (House District 51, Hawaii): </em>Hawaii State Representative Chris Lee is recognized for sponsoring HB 1509, which mandated that Hawaii&rsquo;s entire public higher education system operate as net zero by 2035. Hawaii&rsquo;s energy leadership has been regarded as the most cutting-edge energy policy activity in the nation.</li> <li><strong>Collaboration:</strong>&nbsp;<em>Space to Grow: Greening Chicago Schoolyards (Chicago, Ill.):&nbsp;</em>Space to Grow is transforming Chicago schoolyards into safe and accessible spaces for students to play, explore and learn. The program connects families and communities with their local schools by engaging community members in the schoolyard design process and by providing much-needed green space in heavily urbanized neighborhoods.&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Transformation:</strong>&nbsp;<em>USGBC Louisiana Green Schools Initiative (Baton Rouge, La.): </em>The Louisiana Green Schools Initiative has invested significant time, energy and resources to transform school communities and expand the green schools conversation across the state<strong>. </strong>Through a number of programs, including the Louisiana Green School Challenge, USGBC Louisiana has engaged more than 100 schools, 250 teachers and 15,000 students over the past three years.</li> <li><strong>Student Leadership:</strong>&nbsp;<em>Hammond Junior High Magnet School (Hammond, La.): </em>Through the USGBC Louisiana Green Schools Challenge, the Hammond Junior High Magnet School student Green Club has transformed the school community. In three short years, the club has planted a schoolyard garden, initiated a recycling program, including the negotiation with a local entrepreneur to start a recycling company to service the school, and requested the school board send the green club the school&rsquo;s energy bills for analysis and performance tracking.</li> <li><strong>Moment for the Movement (Tie):</strong></li> <ul> <li><em>Green Schools Alliance District Collaborative (Washington, D.C.)</em>: Comprising 21 U.S. school districts&mdash;eight of which are among the 12 largest districts in the country&mdash;the Collaborative&rsquo;s mission is to leverage its collective knowledge, experience and influence to accelerate the implementation of sustainability principles that incorporate sound environmental, economic and equitable decisions in schools. Collectively, these districts affect the lives of 3.6 million children and operate more than 550 million square feet of space. This group is charting a course toward achieving their mission and has gained the support of district leadership.</li> <li><em>Research Summit on Childhood Health and School Buildings (Washington, D.C.)</em>: On Nov. 17, 2015, the Collaborative for High Performance Schools, American Institute of Architects Committee on Architecture for Education and the Center for Green Schools came together to host the first-ever Research Summit on Childhood Health and School Buildings. The summit brought together leading thinkers for a day of collaboration around one of the most pressing concerns of the green schools movement&mdash;the health of children as impacted by the environments in which they learn.</li> <li><strong>Ambassador:</strong>&nbsp;<em>Deborah Moore, Green Schools Initiative (Berkeley, Calif.): </em>Under Deborah Moore&rsquo;s leadership, the Green Schools Initiative helped protect children's health, promoted new funding sources for green schools and launched the Nature's Voices Project to amplify students' role in the green schools effort.</li> <li><strong>Business Leadership:</strong>&nbsp;<em>Pauline Souza, WRNS Studio Partner and Director of Sustainability (San Francisco, Calif</em>.): Pauline Souza has dedicated her more than 30-year career to building and advocating for high-quality sustainable educational environments by working with school administrators, educators and students to bring sustainable values into the educational community.<strong>&nbsp;</strong></li> </ul> <p>&ldquo;The Best of Green Schools honorees play an essential role in propelling the green schools movement foreword and setting excellent examples of how to create healthy and sustainable schools,&rdquo; said Jennifer Seydel, Ph.D, executive director of Green Schools National Network. &ldquo;As our movement advances, having such exemplary mentors across the country will help us improve our work and drive our mission.&rdquo;</p> <p>This year’s Green Apple Day of Service will take place on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. The annual Green Apple Day of Service brings together thousands of students, teachers, parents and community leaders from around the globe to improve our school environments through service projects, education, community events and more.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "56c63f265dce4e981c000083", "56fc3b7e3999b05bcc00002a"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-and-gsnn-announce-2016-best-green-schools-honorees-0#comments Media Thu, 31 Mar 2016 13:37:52 +0000 Rachel Gilbert 10147135 at http://www.usgbc.org GSCE keynote speaker Rick Fedrizzi has a passion for healthy schools http://www.usgbc.org/articles/gsce-keynote-speaker-rick-fedrizzi-has-passion-healthy-schools <div class="field field-type-text field-field-all-authorized-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cyndy Merse </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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/gsce-keynote-speaker-rick-fedrizzi-has-passion-for-healthy-schools_0.png?1459180306" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>This article was originally published on the Green Schools National Network blog as &ldquo;LEEDing by Example: Conference Keynote has Passion for Green, Healthy, and Sustainable Schools&rdquo; Read the&nbsp;</em><em><a href="http://greenschoolsnationalnetwork.org/leeding-example/" target="_blank">original version</a>.</em>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/rick-fedrizzi/0000043478" target="_blank">Rick Fedrizzi</a>, CEO and Founding Chair of USGBC, is not a stranger to the ins and outs and daily challenges faced by schools. His wife, Cathy, a third grade teacher in the Syracuse, N.Y. public school system, has inspired in him a passion for green and healthy schools, as well as a desire to enrich students&rsquo; lives and empower teachers through sustainability education.&nbsp;</p> <p>As the head of USGBC, Rick has been deeply involved in the development and expansion of the LEED building certification program, and its application to the specific challenges of schools was one of Rick&rsquo;s early goals. However, for green schools to take root, it was soon apparent, the rating system was just the starting point. Policy at the local, state and national levels, as well as education and resource development for school districts and parents, were necessary initiatives. Thus, Rick established the <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/" target="_blank">Center for Green Schools</a> at USGBC to expand the Council&rsquo;s programmatic work into these areas.<em>&nbsp;</em></p> <p><a href="http://greenschoolsnationalnetwork.org/leeding-example/" target="_blank" class="button">Read the rest of the article</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "56f40918745f06ed53000038", "56f95302be80de179e000015"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/gsce-keynote-speaker-rick-fedrizzi-has-passion-healthy-schools#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 28 Mar 2016 15:51:46 +0000 10141837 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED Lab: Preparing our students for the careers they want http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-lab-preparing-our-students-careers-they-want <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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/leed-lab--preparing-our-students-for-the-careers-they-want_0.png?1458913926" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>At USGBC, we are dedicated to greening higher education, and we concentrate on those who stand the most to gain from this&mdash;our university and college students. In support of this, we are committed to preparing students for 21st&nbsp;century careers in sustainability by delivering competency-based education and providing innovative solutions for today&rsquo;s curriculum so we can build the next generation of sustainability leaders.</p> <p>Today&rsquo;s generation of college students are more focused than ever before on jobs&mdash;and are seeking jobs in sustainability at a rapidly increasing rate. Consider the following:</p> <ul> <li>More than 70 percent of college students and 50 percent of workers are looking for jobs with social impact.</li> <li>By 2038, the United States will generate 4.2 million new green jobs, five times today&rsquo;s total count.</li> <li>As many as 80 percent of young professionals would like to work in a green job.</li> <li>61 percent of prospective college students said having information about a school&rsquo;s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend a school.</li> </ul> <p>But what students are currently learning at the college or university level isn&rsquo;t necessarily what the industry or their future employers are looking for. With these facts in mind, the <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/" target="_blank">Center for Green Schools</a> at USGBC created&nbsp;<a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/impact#leed-lab" target="_blank">LEED Lab</a>&nbsp;to better prepare our students to be ready for careers post-graduation. A multidisciplinary immersion course, LEED Lab utilizes the built environment to educate and prepare students to become green building leaders and sustainability-focused citizens. In the course, students learn the principles of LEED by choosing one building where they lead and facilitate the entire LEED O+M process and are prepared to sit for and take the LEED AP O+M exam.</p> <p>Through participation in LEED Lab, students are equipped with career-ready skills, knowledge and expertise that can be quickly deployed upon completion of the course. The course goes far beyond providing students with just an understanding of LEED and green building concepts. Students learn valuable project management skills; develop effective interpersonal, communication and problem solving skills; learn how to work on a team; and enjoy leadership opportunities&mdash;skills that are applicable to&nbsp;any&nbsp;professional field.</p> <p>Launch a LEED Lab on your campus, and help us train the next generation of leaders!&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sa9_2IXr9VA" target="_blank" class="button">Learn more about LEED Lab</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "56f190c9a4ef5573df0000e6", "56f5426716646e4c1c0000d8"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-lab-preparing-our-students-careers-they-want#comments LEED Fri, 25 Mar 2016 13:52:06 +0000 Sarah Buente 10137687 at http://www.usgbc.org Join us in April for the 2016 Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference http://www.usgbc.org/articles/join-us-april-2016-smart-and-sustainable-campuses-conference <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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/join-us-in-april-for-the-2016-smart-and-sustainable-campuses-conference_0.png?1458845939" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Spring is a favorite time of year for me. It&rsquo;s Cherry Blossom season in Washington, D.C., residents are coming out of hibernation, the city is buzzing with activities and visitors&mdash;and my colleagues in higher education and sustainability are gathering in Baltimore for the annual&nbsp;<a href="http://smartandsustainable.umd.edu/" target="_blank">Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong>When:</strong> April 4&ndash;5, 2016</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong>Where:</strong>&nbsp;Hyatt Regency Baltimore on the Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD</p> <p>This year&rsquo;s conference theme, &ldquo;Measuring Our Impact,&rdquo; describes our approach to higher education at USGBC. We are focused on collecting the most important data about sustainability efforts within the built environment to measure progress, understand the current scale of impact and develop tactics for how we will realize greater impact.</p> <p>At the conference, USGBC will come together with the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and Second Nature to host the workshop <a href="http://smartandsustainable.umd.edu/sessions/achieving-vision-20-million-global-sustainability-citizens-2025" target="_blank">Achieving the Vision: 20 Million Global Sustainability Citizens by 2025</a>. This workshop serves as a follow-up to the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/collaborating-future-higher-education-sustainability" target="_blank">announcement</a>&nbsp;made at the AASHE 2015 conference about our collective support for a vision that by 2025, a minimum of 1 in 5 (or 20 million) graduates across all majors will be global sustainability citizens.</p> <p>The first step, making the commitment, was easy. The difficult task is the execution. If you are heading to Baltimore, please join us on&nbsp;<strong>Tuesday, April 5 at 8:30 a.m.,</strong>&nbsp;when we will roll up our sleeves and get to work devising the strategy for meeting this ambitious but attainable goal. Attendees will help create new and identify existing pathways to adapt and track teaching and learning for sustainability. They will also help create a multifaceted campaign to support the goal. &nbsp;</p> <p>The conference will also be a great place to learn more about USGBC&rsquo;s higher education initiatives and the work we are doing to transform existing campuses and prepare students for competitive 21st&nbsp;century careers in sustainability.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/impact#leed-lab" target="_blank">LEED Lab</a>&nbsp;is one example of an innovative course approach that we are taking in partnership with higher education institutions to equip students with career-ready skills and knowledge that can be quickly deployed post-graduation.</p> <p><a href="http://smartandsustainable.umd.edu/register" target="_blank" class="button">Register for the conference</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "56f1849dbee571bdb4000088", "56f438e57d6163f713000018"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/join-us-april-2016-smart-and-sustainable-campuses-conference#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 24 Mar 2016 18:58:59 +0000 Jaime Van Mourik 10136501 at http://www.usgbc.org Infographic: 2016 State of Our Schools: America's K-12 Facilities http://www.usgbc.org/articles/infographic-2016-state-our-schools-americas-k12-facilities <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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/state-of-our-schools-feature_0.png?1458730076" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The 2016&nbsp;<a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/state-our-schools" target="_blank">State of Our Schools: America&rsquo;s K&ndash;12 Facilities report</a>&nbsp;shows that the nation faces a projected annual shortfall of $46 billion in school funding, despite significant effort on the part of local communities.&nbsp;The report <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/groundbreaking-schools-report-shows-systemic-inequity-statebystate-analysis-investment-amer" target="_blank">was&nbsp;released today</a> by the&nbsp;<a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/" target="_blank">Center for Green Schools</a>, the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.21csf.org/csf-home/" target="_blank">21st&nbsp;Century School Fund</a>&nbsp;and the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.facilitiescouncil.org/ncsf-home/" target="_blank">National Council on School Facilities</a>, &nbsp;</p> <p>The report features an in-depth, state-by-state analysis of investment in school infrastructure and focuses on 20 years of school facility investment nationwide, as well as funding needed moving forward to make up for annual investment shortfalls for essential repairs and upgrades. The report also proposes recommendations for investments, innovations and reforms to improve learning environments for children in all U.S. public schools.&nbsp;</p> <p>Use #StateofOurSchools on Facebook and Twitter to join the conversation and share the report with members of your community.</p> <p><img height="1340" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/2016_state_of_our_schools_infographic.png" width="670" /></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "56f1f0a59ef52e762b0000b6", "56f2744bf866bef5f000000d"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/infographic-2016-state-our-schools-americas-k12-facilities#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 23 Mar 2016 10:47:56 +0000 Aline Peterson 10133164 at http://www.usgbc.org Groundbreaking Schools Report Shows Systemic Inequity in a State-By-State Analysis of Investment in American School Infrastructure http://www.usgbc.org/articles/groundbreaking-schools-report-shows-systemic-inequity-statebystate-analysis-investment-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="2792" height="1283" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press_release_v2-06_6_0.png?1458729775" /> </div> </div> </div> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>New report by USGBC, the 21st Century School Fund and National Council on School Facilities projects a $46 billion annual deficit in U.S. school funding</em></p> <p>Washington, D.C.&mdash;(March 23, 2016)&mdash;The <a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/state-our-schools" target="_blank">State of Our Schools: America&rsquo;s K&ndash;12 Facilities report</a>, released today by the <a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/" target="_blank">Center for Green Schools</a> at the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/" target="_blank">U.S. Green Building Council</a> (USGBC), the <a href="http://www.21csf.org/csf-home/" target="_blank">21st Century School Fund</a> and the <a href="http://www.facilitiescouncil.org/ncsf-home/" target="_blank">National Council on School Facilities</a>, shows that the nation faces a projected annual shortfall of $46 billion in school funding, despite significant effort on the part of local communities.</p> <p>&ldquo;One out of every six people in the U.S. spends each day in a K&ndash;12 public school classroom, yet there is very little oversight over America&rsquo;s public school buildings,&rdquo; said <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/rick-fedrizzi/0000043478" target="_blank">Rick Fedrizzi</a>, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. &ldquo;It is totally unacceptable that there are millions of students across the country who are learning in dilapidated, obsolete and unhealthy facilities that pose obstacles to their learning and overall well-being. U.S. public school infrastructure is funded through a system that is inequitably affecting our nation&rsquo;s students, and this has to change.&rdquo;</p> <p>The report features an in-depth, state-by-state analysis of investment in school infrastructure and focuses on 20 years of school facility investment nationwide, as well as funding needed moving forward to make up for annual investment shortfalls for essential repairs and upgrades. The report also proposes recommendations for investments, innovations and reforms to improve learning environments for children in all U.S. public schools.</p> <p>&ldquo;The data on funding school infrastructure paints a clear picture of the importance of a national conversation regarding the way improvements are funded. The conversation surrounding student achievement must also include a component addressing the places where our children learn,&rdquo; said Mike Rowland, president, National Council on School Facilities and director of Facilities Services for the Georgia Department of Education.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The report compares historic spending levels to the investment that will be needed moving forward to maintain today&rsquo;s school building inventory. Estimated facilities investment requirements are based on building industry best practice standards that are adapted to public school infrastructure. This comparison reveals a projected gap of $46 billion that we as a nation must overcome to provide healthy, safe, and adequate school facilities for our children. Only three states&rsquo; average spending levels meet or exceed the standards for investment: Texas, Florida and Georgia.</p> <p>The analysis found that the federal government provides almost no capital construction funding for school facilities, and state support for school facilities varies widely. Local school districts bear the heaviest burden in making the investments needed to build and improve school facilities. When school districts cannot afford to make these significant investments, they are often forced to make more frequent building repairs from their operating funds&mdash;the same budget that pays for teacher salaries, instructional materials and general programming.</p> <p>Currently, six states (Massachusetts, Wyoming, Connecticut, Ohio, Kentucky and Hawaii) pay for all or nearly all of the capital construction costs for schools in their state, while 12 states (Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee and Wisconsin) provide no direct support to districts for capital construction responsibilities. In the remaining 32 states, the levels of state support vary greatly, and the federal government contributes almost nothing to capital construction to help alleviate disparities.</p> <p>&ldquo;Even though K&ndash;12 schools are the largest public building sector in the U.S. and represent the second largest category of public infrastructure investment, there is no current dataset at a national level, and many states could not report on the size of their public school inventory,&rdquo; said Mary Filardo, author of the report and executive director, 21st Century School Fund.</p> <p>The report highlights the need for better facilities information at the local, state and national levels. It has been more than 20 years since the federal government completed a comprehensive assessment of school facilities. At the time, more than half of U.S. schools had indoor air quality issues, and more than 15,000 schools were circulating air deemed unfit to breathe.</p> <p>&ldquo;The way we fund school infrastructure means that communities and states are working largely on their own to provide high-quality facilities. Without new funding models, schools in low-income areas will be unable to meet even the most basic standards for health and safety,&rdquo; said <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/rachel-gutter/0010035868" target="_blank">Rachel Gutter</a>, director, Center for Green Schools at USGBC. &ldquo;Federal, state and local-level stakeholders&mdash;from senators to state legislators to superintendents, from community leaders to impact investors&mdash;must collaborate to solve this problem.&rdquo;</p> <p>Overall, the report found, communities have been doing their best to address the conditions of their schools, but they are in need of additional support and more equitable funding. The State of Our Schools report identifies four key strategies for addressing the structural deficits in the K&ndash;12 public education infrastructure:</p> <ul> <li>Understand public school facilities conditions and provide communities access to accurate data about school facilities.</li> <li>Engage in education facilities planning using best practices from across the country and support local communities in proposing creative and practical plans to improve their public school facilities.</li> <li>Support new public funding to provide what is needed to build and maintain adequate and equitable school facilities.</li> <li>Leverage public and private resources to extend a community&rsquo;s investments, utilizing a new generation of structures, funding streams and partnerships.</li> </ul> <p>To download the full State of Our Schools: America&rsquo;s K&ndash;12 Facilities report, and to find out the conditions in your local school district, please visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stateofourschools.org" target="_blank">stateofourschools.org.</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "56e86969425e7d191e00011d", "56f2731690ecc2f624000003"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/groundbreaking-schools-report-shows-systemic-inequity-statebystate-analysis-investment-amer#comments Media Wed, 23 Mar 2016 10:42:55 +0000 Leticia McCadden 10133151 at http://www.usgbc.org Solution Summits at the 2016 Green Schools Conference and Expo http://www.usgbc.org/articles/solution-summits-2016-green-schools-conference-and-expo <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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/solution-summits-at-the-2016-green-schools-conference-and-expo_0.png?1458669095" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>This year&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="http://greenschoolsconference.org/register-now-green-schools-conference-and-expo" target="_blank">Green Schools Conference and Expo</a>&nbsp;features&nbsp;<a href="http://register.greenschoolsconference.org/2016/program/search_results.php?keyword=strand%3A%3ASolution+Summits&amp;orderby=DATE" target="_blank">Solution Summits</a>&nbsp;to foster meaningful dialogue, with a goal of generating ideas to actualize our collective vision of green schools for all within this generation. The summits will take place concurrently on Thursday, March 31, 2016 from 2:00&ndash;4:00 p.m.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://register.greenschoolsconference.org/2016/registration/" target="_blank" class="button">Register for the Solution Summits</a></p> <h3>Developing a Health Research Agenda</h3> <p>In 2006, the National Academies published a paper called &ldquo;<a href="http://www.nap.edu/catalog/11756/green-schools-attributes-for-health-and-learning" target="_blank">Green Schools: Attributes for Health and Learning</a>,&rdquo; which laid the foundation for some of the most impactful research on school health. In 2011, the <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/" target="_blank">Center for Green Schools</a> co-published an update. Now is the time to revisit those findings and identify focus areas to inform research for the next decade and beyond. Participants will join the Collaborative for High Performance Schools, the Center for Green Schools and the AIA Committee on Architecture and Education for a discussion about trends and research. Conversation will be informed by a school health research update from Harvard&rsquo;s Center for Health and the Global Environment. Results of the discussion will be incorporated into a forthcoming research agenda for healthy schools.&nbsp;</p> <h3>Measuring Our Impact</h3> <p>For organizations and school leaders working toward greener schools, success is typically evaluated through a wide variety of input-, action- and outcome-based measures. In 2015, 67 organizations and school districts throughout the United States pledged to come to a consensus on straightforward, standardized measures of success to enable focused investment, improved engagement and community action. Thousands of framework elements and questions were analyzed and compared to research on school buildings&rsquo; impacts on humans and the environment. The intent of this collective work is to compile critical outcomes that should be measured in the nation&rsquo;s school environments. This summit is an opportunity to join the effort by contributing thoughts and opinions during a guided forum.</p> <h3>Planning and Executing Your High-Impact Green Schools Project</h3> <p>This summit is designed for green schools champions looking for resources and tools to help create the next high-impact school improvement project. Launched in 2012, the Center for Green Schools&rsquo; <a href="http://www.greenapple.org" target="_blank">Green Apple</a> initiative provides an easy-to-deploy framework for planning and executing sustainability projects at schools worldwide. In the last three years, the Green Apple Day of Service has inspired more than 12,000 projects, commitments and events in 73 countries and all 50 U.S. states, engaging more than 700,000 volunteers. Collectively, these efforts have affected more than 7 million students worldwide. Participants in this solution summit will share their own experiences and learn hands-on skills to implement volunteer projects to support green schools.&nbsp;</p> <h3>Advocate Coalitions</h3> <p>Successful advocate coalitions in local and regional communities around the world are typically made up of both individuals and organizations, working to advance the shared goal of green schools within this generation. While united in this common mission, each coalition draws upon its unique strengths, relationships and opportunities to advance green schools. Informed by a deep understanding of the needs of their respective communities, advocate coalitions advance commitments, organize service projects and serve as advocates and advisors. This summit will focus on the necessary steps to initiate, launch and maintain coalitions and the specific resources that exist to support this local and regional action. Discussion will be facilitated by the Center for Green Schools, with support from successful coalition leaders.&nbsp;</p> <h3>Best Practices in Environmental and Sustainability Literacy</h3> <p>This summit is an opportunity for teachers, school leaders, scholars and students to report on the most effective strategies and tactics for getting students closer to environmental and sustainability literacy. Working in small groups, attendees will share what they see working (and not working) in schools that are implementing efforts to that end. Equipped with a basic briefing on existing frameworks and their associated research, attendees will identify and deconstruct the practices, principles and projects they know are having a positive outcome on students. Results of this session will contribute to an ongoing effort across the green schools movement to define common measures of success, and ultimately, provide resources for schools to adopt, prepare, implement and measure effective programs.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "56eadae1f571efb63b00009f", "56f1861ab5d6d013ea0000a3"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/solution-summits-2016-green-schools-conference-and-expo#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 22 Mar 2016 17:51:35 +0000 Amanda Sawit 10131796 at http://www.usgbc.org Nominate your school for the 2016 Climate Leadership Awards http://www.usgbc.org/articles/nominate-your-school-2016-climate-leadership-awards <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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/nominate-your-school-for-the-2016-climate-leadership-awards_0.png?1458662505" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The annual&nbsp;<a href="http://secondnature.org/our-impact/climate-leadership-awards/" target="_blank">Second Nature Climate Leadership Awards</a>, presented in partnership with USGBC&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/" target="_blank">Center for Green Schools</a>, recognize innovative and advanced leadership in sustainability, climate mitigation and resilience at signatory campuses in the climate leadership network.&nbsp;</p> <p>Recipients are selected based on demonstrated advances in innovation, embedded opportunities and student preparedness related to sustainability and climate action. Award winners will be recognized as part of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.com/attendee/home/events/leadershipawardsluncheon" target="_blank">Greenbuild Leadership Awards Program</a>, which offers a global stage for honorees to share their efforts with like-minded individuals and communities to further their good work.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://secondnature.org" target="_blank">Second Nature</a>&nbsp;is a national nonprofit that works to build a sustainable and positive future through collaboration with leadership networks in higher education.&nbsp;</p> <p>Past examples of commitments made by institutions include ongoing pursuit of green building practices; developing a campus culture that embraces local sourcing; alternative transportation methods; innovative partnerships with surrounding communities; and cultivating a sense of individual responsibility among students, faculty and staff. <a href="http://secondnature.org/our-impact/climate-leadership-awards/" target="_blank">View last year&rsquo;s winners and finalists</a>.&nbsp;</p> <h3>Apply now&nbsp;</h3> <p>Nominations are now being accepted from current&nbsp;<a href="http://secondnature.org/who-we-are/network/" target="_blank">Climate Leadership commitment signatories</a>. Nominees will be considered based on their commitment to climate neutrality, sustainability education and innovative leadership.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Applications are due April 25, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. EST.</strong></p> <p>Finalists will be announced by early June. Winners will be announced by September and will be recognized at the Leadership Awards Luncheon at the <a href="http://greenbuildexpo.com/" target="_blank">Greenbuild Conference and Expo</a> in Los Angeles in early October.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1m5D6YOe59aTIReGBjqsmfGxygbxRw6_mr3R0wLhkHSo/viewform?c=0&amp;w=1" target="_blank" class="button">Nominate your school</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "56e98d809536576206000247", "56f16c5bd035c878db0001a1"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/nominate-your-school-2016-climate-leadership-awards#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 22 Mar 2016 16:01:45 +0000 Amanda Sawit 10131520 at http://www.usgbc.org Year of advancement: Values, aspirations and direction http://www.usgbc.org/articles/year-advancement-values-aspirations-and-direction <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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/articlepic_0.png?1458574532" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In 2014,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/terry-green-ii/0010957992">Terry Green</a>, a graduate of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youthbuildcolumbus.info/" target="_blank">Youthbuild Columbus</a>,&nbsp;received a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/terry-green-ii-greenbuild-scholarship-profile" target="_blank">scholarship to Greenbuild</a>&nbsp;in New Orleans. Terry had a vision to start a six-month transitional housing and reentry program for young males ages 18&ndash;24 who were coming out of incarceration into the YouthBuild program&mdash;the "SMART Start Home."</p> <p>"There are many young men that are being released from incarceration situations without a home to return to that would connect them to resources and opportunities to become restored citizens," says Green. These young men are in need of a jump-start to begin their journey to become restored citizens in their local communities."</p> <p>Inspired by his&nbsp;<a href="https://greenbuildexpo.com/Attendee/Home/Community/Scholarships" target="_blank">Greenbuild</a>&nbsp;experience, Terry knew the project had to both be green and serve as a model for efficiency and well-being for its residents. The problem was, he didn&rsquo;t know how to get started.</p> <p>In 2015, Green met&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/jacqueline-langhals/0010920019" target="_blank">Jacqueline Langhals</a>, an emerging professional volunteer and green building consultant in Columbus, and the wheels were set in motion. Together with USGBC&rsquo;s Columbus-based <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/doug-widener/0010795481" target="_blank">Doug Widener</a>, they set out to green the design, construction and eventual programming of the SMART Start Home.&nbsp;</p> <p>Eager to bring sustainability to those who need it most, the team leveraged USGBC&rsquo;s KickSTART visioning workshop in November. &nbsp;In two hours, Terry, Langhals, Widener and other YouthBuild representatives and USGBC volunteers articulated the vision for SMART Start Home and charted a path to move it forward into reality.&nbsp;</p> <p>Langhals chose the KickSTART workshop because it was "more than just establishing where a project is at in terms of environmental goals. This workshop sets a foundation for the development of a plan that is sustainable in the sense that it can sustain itself&mdash;it can be accomplished and perpetuating."&nbsp;</p> <p>The KickSTART workshop provided Langhals with a collaborative framework that illuminated opportunity to address three major components of the project:</p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Aligning values.</strong> "We need to know what resources are available from the beginning, what work has already been done, and maybe most important, why each party is pursuing the project," she says. "Starting with a discussion of values provided an opportunity to share everyone&rsquo;s understanding of the broad ideas of sustainability. It helped showcase the truly human side of the 'green' leaders in the room," added Langhals.</p> </li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Brainstorming aspirations.</strong>&nbsp;Langhais noted, "This was the best part of the day! The exercise allowed our team to get all our ideas out, and get them on paper. Identifying 'blue sky' aspirations helps solidify what&rsquo;s most important to the project&rsquo;s success."</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Providing direction.</strong> "This exercise assisted us in understanding where Terry and the project currently stands. From there, we could articulate clear and logical steps forward. Including decision makers and influencers from YouthBuild Columbus in the process helped solidify their support," she stated.</p> </li> </ul> <p>Reflecting on the experience, Langhais remembers a profound discussion the group shared during the workshop that gets to the heart of why&nbsp;<a href="http://communicate.usgbc.org/usgbc/2006/08.15.06_guiding_principles/guidingPrinciples/" target="_blank">USGBC embraces social equity</a>:&nbsp;"We kept coming back to the questions, 'What is the why behind Terry&rsquo;s vision for Smart Start Home?' 'Why do people abuse drugs and alcohol?' 'Why do people offend?' A few of the answers to these questions were the need for family, for care, to be connected, a hunger for worth and unresolved grief issues. The KickSTART event made us realize that we cannot lose track of the fundamental intent of the project&mdash;people. This is the heart of the project. It is the full definition of sustainability, and demonstrates how green buildings can serve as a catalyst for complete community change."</p> <p>Now a KickSTART veteran, Jacqueline encourages other USGBC volunteers to leverage the KickSTART workshop and other USGBC materials to support community organizations in advancing sustainability in their buildings and communities. USGBC&rsquo;s tools and process provide a framework to generate a clear, concise path forward and maximize benefits for everyone involved. Most important, these types of community activities allow volunteers to be creative, have fun and make a tangible impact in communities that need support.</p> <h3>How to host a workshop discussion on values and brainstorm aspirations</h3> <p>Are you interested in supporting a KickSTART workshop to identify opportunities to advance green initiatives in an organization or community you care about? Join us for a digital training and discussion on how to talk about shared values, brainstorm aspirations, assess existing conditions, and build an internal green team. Hear from USGBC staff, and successful on the ground volunteers.&nbsp;</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">Call: "How to host a workshop discussion on values and brainstorm aspirations"</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">Thursday, March 31, 3:00 p.m. ET</p> <p><a href="usgbc.webex.com/meet/sgring" target="_blank" class="button">Join the call</a></p> <p>Interested in receiving direct updates on USGBC&rsquo;s social equity work?&nbsp;<a href="https://usgbc.wufoo.com/forms/z6cfy8r1f8035d/" target="_blank">Let us know</a>.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "56e9cdb30375d4f6c8000012", "56f014aeb2c09c34960000df"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/year-advancement-values-aspirations-and-direction#comments Community Mon, 21 Mar 2016 15:35:31 +0000 Shane Gring 10129058 at http://www.usgbc.org Develop your professional network at the 2016 Green Schools Conference and Expo http://www.usgbc.org/articles/develop-your-professional-network-2016-green-schools-conference-and-expo <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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/develop-your-professional-network-at-the-2016-green-schools-conference-and-expo_0.png?1458569223" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Connect with a community of professionals passionate about healthier, higher-performing schools during the 2016&nbsp;<a href="http://greenschoolsconference.org/" target="_blank">Green Schools Conference and Expo</a>&nbsp;(GSCE), taking place later this month in Pittsburgh.&nbsp;</p> <p>GSCE offers conferencegoers a wide range of&nbsp;<a href="http://greenschoolsconference.org/events#greening" target="_blank">networking opportunities</a>&nbsp;through its extensive Exhibit Hall, sessions and workshops.</p> <p>In the&nbsp;<a href="http://greenschoolsconference.org/expo-and-sponsors" target="_blank">Exhibit Hall</a>, meet the innovators behind the green schools research and special project&nbsp;<a href="http://register.greenschoolsconference.org/2016/program/search_results.php?keyword=Program+Search+tags%3A%3APosters" target="_blank">posters</a>&nbsp;on display. For new sustainable products and services, the Exhibit Hall is a must-see destination for attendees to forge relationships with vendors that last well beyond the conference.</p> <p>Also, check out the GSCE&nbsp;<a href="http://register.greenschoolsconference.org/2016/program/search_results.php?text_search_bool=OR&amp;format=Speed+Greening+Session&amp;orderby=SESSION_CODE&amp;Search=Search" target="_blank">Speed Greening Sessions</a>, where you can talk with presenters and share your experience with others in helping advance green schools. These sessions are designed to quickly cover ways to foster student environmental stewardship and implement sustainable school practices. Tracks include:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://register.greenschoolsconference.org/2016/program/session_details.php?sessionid=13980315" target="_blank">Classroom Activity</a>&mdash;Discover how you can use aquaponics as a teaching tool in the classroom, grow vegetable crops using hydroponics and create a successful school gardening community.</li> <li><a href="http://register.greenschoolsconference.org/2016/program/session_details.php?sessionid=13980424" target="_blank">Community</a>&mdash;Hear how Project Green encourages school sustainability labs, what the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools are doing and the popular sustainable practices at Virginia green schools.</li> <li><a href="http://register.greenschoolsconference.org/2016/program/session_details.php?sessionid=13980365" target="_blank">Garden Spaces on Campus</a>&mdash;Explore outdoor teaching strategies, gardening as an elective course and the impact of schoolyards on students&rsquo; health and wellness.</li> <li><a href="http://register.greenschoolsconference.org/2016/program/session_details.php?sessionid=13980406" target="_blank">Purchasing</a>&mdash;Learn about fair trade education and products, the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council and the challenges and opportunities in green purchasing for schools.</li> <li><a href="http://register.greenschoolsconference.org/2016/program/session_details.php?sessionid=13980444" target="_blank">Students, Campus Data and STEM</a>&mdash;Find out how to empower students to live more sustainably, hear from elementary students about their green school projects and learn more about how to make a global impact.</li> </ul> <p>Following the conference, GSCE attendees are invited to participate in a&nbsp;<a href="http://greenschoolsconference.org/events#tours" target="_blank">Green Apple Day of Service project</a>&nbsp;to transform a local school into a healthy, safe and resource-efficient learning environment.</p> <p>Presented by the&nbsp;<a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/" target="_blank">Center for Green Schools</a>, GSCE is the leading national event for champions of K&ndash;12 green schools. It takes place March 31&ndash;April 1 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, the only convention center in the world with two LEED certifications.&nbsp;</p> <p>Discounted hotel rates are available for GSCE conferencegoers at the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/events/start.action?id=1509235644&amp;key=285ED3E0" target="_blank">Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh</a>&nbsp;($155 per night) and at the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.marriott.com/meeting-event-hotels/group-corporate-travel/groupCorp.mi?resLinkData=USGBC%202016%20Green%20Schools%20Conference%20%26%20Expo%5Epitbr%60USGUSGA%60129.00%60USD%60false%602%603/29/16%604/3/16%603/14/16&amp;app=resvlink&amp;stop_mobi=" target="_blank">Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel</a>&nbsp;($129 per night).</p> <p><a href="https://register.greenschoolsconference.org/2016/registration/" target="_blank" class="button">Register for the conference</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "56e87a6999417b98dd000025", "56effff7b2c09cf74b00001f"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/develop-your-professional-network-2016-green-schools-conference-and-expo#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 21 Mar 2016 14:07:03 +0000 Christina Huynh 10128398 at http://www.usgbc.org Thomas Jefferson Sustainable High School: A student’s perspective http://www.usgbc.org/articles/thomas-jefferson-sustainable-high-school-student%E2%80%99s-perspective <div class="field field-type-text field-field-all-authorized-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jessica Garva Alvarez </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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/itj_article_0.png?1458324483" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>This article is the first in a series from <a href="http://home.itj.edu.mx/" target="_blank">Instituto Thomas Jefferson</a> (ITJ), a school system in Mexico with locations in Mexico City, Guadalajara and Queretaro. ITJ has been working closely with USGBC&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/" target="_blank">Center for Green Schools</a> to integrate sustainability by focusing on improvements in the physical place, educational program and organizational culture of the institution.<img src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/itj3_0.jpeg" style="float: right; border: 1px solid black; margin: 10px;" width="300" height="199" class="alignright" /></p> <p>This &ldquo;Whole School Sustainability&rdquo; framework helps integrate, document, communicate and measure the impact of their work. According to Monica Bleiberg, a leader at ITJ, &ldquo;The path to sustainability is far from being a short and easy process, but the patience it requires is also full of satisfaction and learning that helps us to get closer to successfully integrating sustainability in the life and culture of our institution.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>Jessica Garza Alvarez is a 12th&nbsp;grade student at ITJ. Here, Alvarez shares how her involvement in the design of her sustainable high school inspired her passion for sustainability and commitment to eco-literacy.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">One day, ITJ&rsquo;s High School principal, Veronica Larrea, arrived in my classroom and asked us if we wanted to be part of a new project. This project consisted of sharing our ideas for the design of a whole new sustainable high school building. When I first listened to her, I did not know what she was really talking about. I mean, I know what it is to build a new high school, but I was not sure what she meant by &ldquo;sustainable.&rdquo; I was really curious about it, so I raised my hand and she selected me for the project.&nbsp;</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">Weeks later, I was one of the nine students who were part of the project; we got together with the architects to talk about how we were going to help. We talked about what it meant for a building to be sustainable. I understood that a sustainable approach means creating a high school in which you can learn about climate change and the things that can be done to counteract it, not just read or take a class about the topic. It is about seeing and understanding how the building is capable of generating its own resources without affecting our planet. This means that we can continue to enjoy our natural resources, and that future generations will have the opportunity to have the same way of life that we have today.&nbsp;</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">The people from USGBC taught me that we need to start making people aware of how we are destroying our planet and to teach society how to change their wasteful and polluting habits. They also taught me that one of the best ways to start taking action is by building a sustainable high school in which future leaders can learn about sustainability and how to stop climate change.&nbsp;</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">For six to eight months, we got together once or twice a week to work on the project. We brought many ideas to every meeting, where we shared them and continued to think about how we could make this new high school building the best building that any student could ask for. During one meeting, we realized that we had finished, that we had already designed the best, most sustainable high school building that we could have thought of. Months passed, and we could see the new building being built. The nine of us could not wait to see how it would feel to really be in a building that we had created.&nbsp;</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">Finally, that day has arrived. I cannot believe that I am standing in it. It is perfect&hellip;just as we planned it. Wide halls, big classrooms with an octagonal shape, restrooms on every floor, a gym, a library and all those different things that we shared on paper months before have come to life. I can say that having the opportunity to design a sustainable high school building, the fact that it is the high school I now attend and that it meets all the needs that any student could have, is priceless. This project made me realize that I want to help our world and that I cannot continue day by day without making a contribution, knowing that as time passes by, we are destroying the only place that we have to live in, our planet.</p> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-schoolsnew-construction-v2009-current-version" target="_blank" class="button">Learn more about LEED for schools</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "56e33ee68f5d62ae9f000036", "56ec43ee9930c7e27400008b"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/thomas-jefferson-sustainable-high-school-student%E2%80%99s-perspective#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 18 Mar 2016 18:08:03 +0000 10124300 at http://www.usgbc.org Celebrating the movement: Reflections on GSCE http://www.usgbc.org/articles/celebrating-movement-reflections-gsce <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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/celebrating-the-movement--reflections-on-gsce_0.png?1458136655" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/jennifer-seydel/0010944633" target="_blank">Jennifer Seydel</a>&nbsp;is the Executive Director of the&nbsp;<a href="http://greenschoolsnationalnetwork.org/" target="_blank">Green Schools National Network</a>, partner presenter of the <a href="http://www.greenschoolsconference.org/" target="_blank">Green Schools Conference and Expo</a>.</em></p> <p>For the past six years, I have been honored and humbled to be part of this amazing gathering of teachers, school leaders and green school champions, better known as the Green Schools Conference and Expo, March 31&ndash;April 1 this year in Pittsburgh, Pa. I have come to refer to the annual conference as our &ldquo;tribal gathering,&rdquo; since it is the one time where we can come together and celebrate the important, cutting-edge work we are doing to transform our schools and K&ndash;12 education.&nbsp;</p> <p>As usual, I anticipate having a full schedule at the conference! I am excited to greet old friends and connect with new ones in sessions, at the expo, and over dinner after an exhausting day. The conference may end, but these relationships are lasting, and sometimes, life-changing. Some particular conference highlights for me, include&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Attending the breakout session&nbsp;<a href="http://register.greenschoolsconference.org/2016/program/session_details.php?sessionid=13953973" target="_blank">Growing Together: Building Regional Green Schools Hubs</a>. The Green Schools National Network is in the early stages of forming a network of &ldquo;catalyst schools,&rdquo; and the current efforts undertaken at Environmental Charter Schools and Common Ground set the stage for what the Network wants to accomplish at a larger scale.</li> <li>Co-presenting at the Solution Summit&nbsp;<a href="http://register.greenschoolsconference.org/2016/program/session_details.php?sessionid=13984813" target="_blank">Measuring Our Impact</a>. This project, which I am proud to be a part of, has the potential to influence how we define the green schools of the future. If you have ideas or opinions for how we should be measuring our school&rsquo;s environments, I invite you to join us and be heard!</li> <li>Attending the session&nbsp;<a href="https://register.greenschoolsconference.org/2016/program/session_details.php?sessionid=13989846" target="_blank">What&rsquo;s So Hard About This? Going Green Isn&rsquo;t for Faint of Heart: Doing the Best You Can Under Seemingly Interminable Odds</a>. Atasha James is one of this year&rsquo;s Master Series speakers, and I am excited to hear about what she has learned in her journey to remake Leckie Elementary School in Washington, D.C., into an emerging green school.</li> <li>Speaking at the&nbsp;<a href="http://greenschoolsconference.org/speakers" target="_blank">Closing Plenary</a>. As one of the closing speakers this year, I look forward to sending everyone off with an inspiring message about the green schools movement and the upcoming year&rsquo;s many adventures.</li> <li>Participating in a <a href="http://www.greenapple.org" target="_blank">Green Apple Day of Service</a>&nbsp;project. On the Saturday after the conference, I have the opportunity to lend a hand in building an internationally themed garden for the diverse and multicultural community at Brashear High School in Beechview, Pa. I cannot think of a better way to wrap up my GSCE experience!&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>As a movement, we have come a long way and celebrated many successes. We still have a long road to travel. However, I remain firm in my belief that the green schools movement is one of the most important education reform movements of our time. Together, we can accomplish much. I look forward to seeing each and every one of you, new faces and old, in Pittsburgh.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://register.greenschoolsconference.org/2016/registration/" target="_blank" class="button">Register for the conference</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "56e6d7fc699f5c234700002c", "56e96640f731f8fdce000013"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/celebrating-movement-reflections-gsce#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 16 Mar 2016 13:57:35 +0000 Jennifer Seydel 10119588 at http://www.usgbc.org Inspiration overload: Top five highlights of GSCE http://www.usgbc.org/articles/inspiration-overload-top-five-highlights-gsce <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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/inspiration-overload-top-five-highlights-of-gsce_0.png?1458053957" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Steph Leonard is a community engagement manager with <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/usgbc-minnesota" target="_blank">USGBC Minnesota</a>.&nbsp;</em></p> <p>Working in support of the green schools movement offers a breadth and depth of realities, opportunities and challenges. On any given day, I could be touring a state-of-the-art, LEED-certified school whose teaching philosophy treats the space as a learning tool and is celebrated by the community, and the next I could be huddled in a windowless classroom talking to a school representative who is trying to develop a green team to push sustainability forward while being continuously met with challenges.</p> <p>Both stories&mdash;and all stories in between the extremes<span>&mdash;</span>need to be told, celebrated and supported. Meeting and learning from green school changemakers on a national level is what I am most excited about at the&nbsp;<a href="http://greenschoolsconference.org/" target="_blank">Green Schools Conference and Expo</a>. In addition to connecting with inspiring individuals, there are five top aspects of the conference I'm most looking forward to:</p> <ol> <li>Minnesota has a robust Green Schools Coalition. I look forward to sharing our coalition-building experience in a&nbsp;<a href="http://register.greenschoolsconference.org/2016/program/session_details.php?sessionid=13984799" target="_blank">Solutions Summit</a>&nbsp;with the Center for Green Schools on Thursday.</li> <li>After recently spending the afternoon tapping maple trees with the students at Minnesota&rsquo;s Shakopee High School, I am excited to support two of their champion teachers in their session, <a href="http://register.greenschoolsconference.org/2016/program/session_details.php?sessionid=13953420" target="_blank">Outdoor Classroom: Connecting Learners and Community through Environmental Science and Service Learning</a>, and to hear more about how they started working together to combine science and social studies curriculum, as well as how they incorporate service learning into the classroom.</li> <li>Recently, I learned about timing challenges in elementary school lunchrooms and the related challenges that arise with serving fresh fruits and vegetables, making sure students get enough to eat and preventing or reducing food waste. To address these, I am excited to sit in on Greg Christianson&rsquo;s presentation&nbsp;<a href="http://register.greenschoolsconference.org/2016/program/session_details.php?sessionid=13985426" target="_blank">A New Dream for Food in our Schools</a>.</li> <li>As a staunch advocate for outdoor, experiential&mdash;even playful&mdash;learning, I&rsquo;ll be in the front row for&nbsp;<a href="http://register.greenschoolsconference.org/2016/program/session_details.php?sessionid=13952681" target="_blank">STEM Among the Leaves</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://register.greenschoolsconference.org/2016/program/session_details.php?sessionid=13980365" target="_blank">Speed Greening: Garden Spaces on Campus</a>&nbsp;on Thursday. This will help in our work on our Green Apple Day of Service themes that celebrate schoolyard gardens and outdoor classrooms in Minnesota.</li> <li>Finally, I am still holding out hope that my travel schedule will allow me to join Jenna Cramer&rsquo;s session on Wednesday,&nbsp;<a href="http://register.greenschoolsconference.org/2016/program/session_details.php?sessionid=13984071" target="_blank">Cultivating a Culture of Sustainability in Schools</a>.</li> </ol> <p>The hardest part will be figuring out how to be in two places at once. Every time I revisit the schedule, I find a new session I want to attend. I hope our paths cross in Pittsburgh!</p> <p><a href="https://register.greenschoolsconference.org/2016/registration/" target="_blank" class="button">Register for the conference</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "56df47d57f911bb53600012a", "56e82332242f21c8bd000005"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/inspiration-overload-top-five-highlights-gsce#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 15 Mar 2016 14:59:17 +0000 Stephanie Leonard 10117823 at http://www.usgbc.org Attend Master Series speaker sessions at the 2016 Green Schools Conference and Expo http://www.usgbc.org/articles/attend-master-series-speaker-sessions-2016-green-schools-conference-and-expo <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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/attend-master-series-speaker-sessions-at-the-2016-green-schools-conference-and-expo_0.png?1457982513" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Hear firsthand from leading sustainability experts on ways to integrate smart, eco-friendly strategies within our nation&rsquo;s schools during the 2016&nbsp;<a href="http://greenschoolsconference.org/" target="_blank">Green Schools Conference and Expo&rsquo;s</a>&nbsp;Master Series sessions.</p> <p><a href="http://greenschoolsconference.org/speakers" target="_blank">GSCE Master Series speakers</a>&nbsp;come from a range of industries, from academia to the nonprofit world, all offering unique insights for conferencegoers on advancing healthier, higher-performing schools and environmental stewardship.</p> <p><a href="https://register.greenschoolsconference.org/2016/registration/" target="_blank">Register now</a>&nbsp;for GSCE 2016 to hear from our Master Series speakers on:&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://register.greenschoolsconference.org/2016/program/session_details.php?sessionid=13985435" target="_blank">Discovering the hidden factors</a>&nbsp;that influence students&rsquo; food choices and how they can be used to encourage them to make healthier decisions from Cornell Food and Brand Lab&rsquo;s Deputy Director&nbsp;<a href="http://greenschoolsconference.org/adam-brumberg" target="_blank">Adam Brumberg</a>.</li> <li>Empowering students&nbsp;<a href="http://register.greenschoolsconference.org/2016/program/session_details.php?sessionid=13989821" target="_blank">to turn their empathy into action</a>&nbsp;from Captain Planet Foundation Executive Director&nbsp;<a href="http://greenschoolsconference.org/leesa-carter-jones" target="_blank">Leesa Carter-Jones</a>, who will discuss the nonprofit&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.captainplanetfoundation.org/projectheromembersform/" target="_blank">Project Hero</a>.</li> <li>Creating a sustainable dining program during &ldquo;<a href="http://register.greenschoolsconference.org/2016/program/session_details.php?sessionid=13985426" target="_blank">A New Dream for Food in Our Schools</a>&rdquo; by&nbsp;<a href="http://greenschoolsconference.org/greg-christian" target="_blank">Greg Christian</a>, CEO and founder of Beyond Green Sustainable Partners.</li> <li>Leckie Elementary School principal&nbsp;<a href="http://greenschoolsconference.org/atasha-james" target="_blank">Atasha James</a>&rsquo;&nbsp;<a href="http://register.greenschoolsconference.org/2016/program/session_details.php?sessionid=13989846" target="_blank">journey</a>&nbsp;in helping move the Washington, D.C., school toward sustainability.</li> <li>How&nbsp;<a href="http://register.greenschoolsconference.org/2016/program/session_details.php?sessionid=13985378" target="_blank">community engagement</a>&nbsp;was involved in the new Sandy Hook Elementary School&rsquo;s design from Svigals and Partners&rsquo; Managing Partner&nbsp;<a href="http://greenschoolsconference.org/barry-svigals" target="_blank">Barry Svigal</a>.</li> </ul> <p>Presented by the&nbsp;<a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/" target="_blank">Center for Green Schools</a>, GSCE is the nation&rsquo;s premier two-day event for programming, products, workshops and sessions about sustainability and our educational institutions.</p> <p>GSCE 2016 will take place March 31&ndash;April 1 in Pittsburgh, Penn., at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, the only convention center in the world with two LEED certifications&mdash;LEED Gold for New Construction and LEED Platinum for Existing Buildings.</p> <p>For GSCE attendees, special, discounted hotel rates are being offered:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/events/start.action?id=1509235644&amp;key=285ED3E0" target="_blank">Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh</a>: $155 per night</li> <li><a href="http://www.marriott.com/meeting-event-hotels/group-corporate-travel/groupCorp.mi?resLinkData=USGBC%202016%20Green%20Schools%20Conference%20%26%20Expo%5Epitbr%60USGUSGA%60129.00%60USD%60false%602%603/29/16%604/3/16%603/14/16&amp;app=resvlink&amp;stop_mobi=" target="_blank">Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel</a>: $129 per night</li> </ul> <p><a href="http://greenschoolsconference.org/sites/default/files/GSCE%20Reg%20Mailer_web.pdf" target="_blank" class="button">Learn more about GSCE 2016</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "56e05eb5135e54b71f0000c7", "56e70c21136661d709000090"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/attend-master-series-speaker-sessions-2016-green-schools-conference-and-expo#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 14 Mar 2016 19:08:33 +0000 Christina Huynh 10116009 at http://www.usgbc.org At the GSCE Student Summit, students champion green schools movement http://www.usgbc.org/articles/gsce-student-summit-students-champion-green-schools-movement <div class="field field-type-text field-field-all-authorized-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Marissa Vessels </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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/students-are-key-to-championing-green-schools-movement_0.png?1457553513" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>This year, the <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/" target="_blank">Center for Green&nbsp;</a></em><a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/" target="_blank"><em>Schools</em></a><em>&nbsp;at USGBC is hosting the 6th annual&nbsp;</em><a href="http://greenschoolsconference.org/" target="_blank"><em>Green Schools Conference and Expo</em></a><em>&nbsp;(GSCE), which brings together thought leaders and champions of green schools. The GSCE Student Summit, which runs concurrently with the GSCE, is curated by Greening Forward and the Center for Green Schools, and provides&nbsp;</em><em>a unique event for middle and high school students to convene, learn and share their environmental work.</em><em>The student summit will take place March 31 through April 1, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Penn. Students can&nbsp;</em><a href="https://register.greenschoolsconference.org/2016/registration/"><em>register online</em></a><em>&nbsp;now through March 31 for a discounted student rate of $200.</em></p> <p><em>Marissa Vessels is the program director at Greening Forward,&nbsp;</em><em>one of the largest entirely youth-driven not-for-profit organizations. Through grants, mentorships and other&nbsp;</em><a href="http://greeningforward.org/our-programs/" target="_blank"><em>programs</em></a><em>, Greening Forward catalyzes the youthful energy and mindset of students to create a more sustainable world. Here, Marissa explains why growing and supporting the green schools movement is key to growing a better future for all.</em>&nbsp;</p> <p>The habits we learn during our childhood never truly leave us. Whether it&rsquo;s eating a balanced diet, working hard in school or treating others with respect, our years of youth are the most transformative when it comes to building positive habits that stick with us for life&mdash;and caring for our planet is no different.&nbsp;</p> <p>Every single day, young people all over the United States spend between&nbsp;<a href="https://nces.ed.gov/surveys/sass/tables/sass0708_035_s1s.asp" target="_blank">six and seven hours at school</a>, or about 29 percent of their day. This means that they are spending 140 hours a month, or 1,680 hours a year, at school&mdash;more waking time than they spend at home or participating in community activities during the week. This is why growing and supporting the green schools movement is the key to helping young people develop healthy environmental habits and, in turn, a brighter (and greener) future for us all.&nbsp;</p> <p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/green-schools-and-campuses-where-we-learn-matters" target="_blank">green schools movement</a>&nbsp;is rooted in the idea that all students in all school districts should have access to environmentally equitable school buildings and the opportunity to learn environmental literacy. Whether it be indoor air quality, chemical exposure or the physical construction of school buildings, students have the ability to make tangible change on green issues that matter. The movement is the perfect opportunity for students to learn about, and take action on, these critical issues, grow their personal and professional skill set from an early age and ultimately pave the way for a future in the green collar industry.&nbsp;</p> <p>For today&rsquo;s youth, living a sustainable lifestyle means so much more than simply knowing how to recycle or compost. Instead, our planet is relying on young people to build sustainable habits that will transform the way they live their daily lives into the future. From being conscious about water consumption to knowing how the food we grow and eat affects climate change, students are the key to solving the global environmental issues we&nbsp;all<em>&nbsp;</em>face&mdash;and the green schools movement is where this change begins.&nbsp;</p> <p>Students who attend the summit will be able to</p> <ul> <li>Meet and network with other passionate young people from all over the country.</li> <li>Hone core leadership skills from industry-leading experts that will help them take sustainability projects to the next level.</li> <li>Learn more about how they can transform their passion for sustainability into a career.</li> </ul> <p>The skills, friendships and ideas students acquire during their time at the GSCE Student Summit will stay with them as they head home and put their dreams to work, bettering their local communities and creating a greener future for us all.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://register.greenschoolsconference.org/2016/registration/reg_student.php" target="_blank" class="button">Register for the Student Summit</a></p> <p>Join the conversation on&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/greenschoolscon" target="_blank">Twitter</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/greenschoolsconference" target="_blank">Facebook</a>, and let us know what you hope to gain from the Summit.&nbsp;</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "56d865cafe5e3e16400002a8", "56e08059e1ed21ed240000b7"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/gsce-student-summit-students-champion-green-schools-movement#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 09 Mar 2016 19:58:33 +0000 10107913 at http://www.usgbc.org Extend your GSCE experience: Attend a pre-conference session http://www.usgbc.org/articles/extend-your-gsce-experience-attend-preconference-session <div class="field field-type-text field-field-all-authorized-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> John Breazeale </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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/extend-your-gsce-experience-attend-a-pre-conference-session-_0.png?1457463208" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>This article was originally published on the Green Schools National Network blog as &ldquo;Extend Your Conference Experience&hellip;Attend a Pre-Conference Workshop or Tour!&rdquo; Read the&nbsp;<a href="http://greenschoolsnationalnetwork.org/extend-your-conference-experienceattend-a-pre-conference-workshop-or-tour/" target="_blank">original version</a>.</em>&nbsp;</p> <p>It&rsquo;s official! The <a href="http://www.greenschoolsconference.org/" target="_blank">2016 Green Schools Conference and Expo</a> is four weeks away. Both the <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org" target="_blank">Center for Green Schools</a> at USGBC and the <a href="http://greenschoolsnationalnetwork.org/" target="_blank">Green Schools National Network</a> are working hard to ensure your conference experience is nothing less than the best. We have a terrific line-up of speakers and breakout sessions for you to choose from. As you prepare to submit your registration for the conference, I encourage you to come a day early and take in one of the unique pre-conference tours or workshops we are offering this year.&nbsp;</p> <p>Here is a sneak peek at what you can expect:&nbsp;</p> <p>An Immersive Experience at the Environmental Charter School: Authentic Learning, Food Education, and Outdoor Classrooms:</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">Take a field trip to the Environmental Charter School (ECS) at Frick Park and see how ECS does &ldquo;school&rdquo; differently, using ecological literacy as a basis for curriculum and pedagogical development. Participants will tour classrooms with students engaged in authentic learning experiences, have a chance to interact with ECS educators, join students for a holistic school lunch, and engage in an outdoor learning activity using the 644-acre Frick Park as a laboratory.<em>&nbsp;</em></p> <p><a href="http://greenschoolsnationalnetwork.org/extend-your-conference-experienceattend-a-pre-conference-workshop-or-tour/" target="_blank" class="button">Read the rest of the article</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "56d8655afe5e3ebb4e0002a5", "56df1f9aa9b219c9a30001b5"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/extend-your-gsce-experience-attend-preconference-session#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 08 Mar 2016 18:53:28 +0000 10105377 at http://www.usgbc.org Sponsor or exhibit at the 2016 Green Schools Conference and Expo http://www.usgbc.org/articles/sponsor-or-exhibit-2016-green-schools-conference-and-expo <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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/sponsor-or-exhibit-at-the-2016-green-schools-conference-and-expo_0.png?1457375497" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Hundreds of educators and decision makers will gather this spring in Pittsburgh, Pa., for two days of inspiring programming, targeted networking and plenty of exhibits at the&nbsp;<a href="http://greenschoolsconference.org/" target="_blank">2016 Green Schools Conference and Expo</a>&nbsp;(GSCE), presented by the&nbsp;<a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/">Center for Green Schools</a>.</p> <p>Join the expanding green schools movement as a&nbsp;<a href="http://greenschoolsconference.org/expo-and-sponsors" target="_blank">GSCE exhibitor or sponsor</a>. The conference, taking place March 31&ndash;April 1, is the nation&rsquo;s largest gathering of K&ndash;12 green school advocates.</p> <h3>GSCE Exhibit Hall</h3> <p>GSCE attendees can visit the Exhibit Hall to find new products and services vital to their careers, while forging relationships with vendors that last well beyond the conference.</p> <p>A range of industries are represented at GSCE, including architecture, curriculum and instruction, construction materials and services and technology. GSCE exhibitors are innovative representatives from their respective markets, bringing real-world experience to the green schools conversation.&nbsp;</p> <p>Interested in becoming an exhibitor? Reserve a booth using our&nbsp;<a href="http://greenschoolsconference.org/sites/default/files/GSCE16%20Exhibitor%20Application.pdf" target="_blank">PDF form</a>&nbsp;or complete an&nbsp;<a href="http://s15.a2zinc.net/clients/Corcoran/GSCE2016/public/e_AddCompany.aspx?ID=5101&amp;sortMenu=104000" target="_blank">online form</a>. If you have questions, please <a href="mailto:david-berrios@corcexpo.com" target="_blank">email Exhibit Manager David Berrios</a>.</p> <h3>GSCE Sponsorships</h3> <p>As a GSCE sponsor, you&rsquo;ll be recognized prominently before, during and after the conference as a leading supporter. Sponsorship opportunities listed within the&nbsp;<a href="http://greenschoolsconference.org/sites/default/files/GSCE%20Sponsorship%20Prospectus%20110415.pdf" target="_blank">Sponsor and Exhibitor Prospectus</a>&nbsp;are designed to fit a variety of budgets and may be combined to meet a desired sponsorship level.</p> <p>Support the conference today, and set yourself apart as a leader in the industry! <a href="mailto:vhamed@usgbc.org" target="_blank">Email Tori Hamed</a>&nbsp;to become a sponsor.</p> <p><strong>Sponsorships include:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Company logo on signage onsite at GSCE 2016</li> <li>Company logo inclusion in the conference program</li> <li>Company logo in the sponsorship section of the GSCE web page, with a link to a web address of your choice</li> <li>Recognition in the&nbsp;<a href="https://greenschoolsnationalnetwork.org/" target="_blank">Green Schools National Network</a>&nbsp;(GSNN) newsletter that is distributed to over 10,000 people</li> <li>Individual benefits associated with your sponsorship choice</li> <li>Sponsors who also exhibit will receive 50 complimentary exhibit-only passes and two exhibit-only passes for booth staff</li> </ul> <p><a href="http://greenschoolsconference.org/expo-and-sponsors" target="_blank" class="button">Learn more about sponsorship and exhibition</a></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/sponsor-or-exhibit-2016-green-schools-conference-and-expo#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 07 Mar 2016 18:31:37 +0000 Christina Huynh 10102858 at http://www.usgbc.org Pittsburgh to host 2016 Green Schools Conference and Expo http://www.usgbc.org/articles/pittsburgh-host-2016-green-schools-conference-and-expo <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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/usgbc-central-pennsylvania-green-schools-conference-and-expo-in-pittsburgh-this-year_1_0.png?1457024053" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>This spring, hundreds of green school advocates and leaders will gather in Pittsburgh for the sixth annual&nbsp;<a href="http://greenschoolsconference.org/" target="_blank">Green Schools Conference and Expo</a>&nbsp;(GSCE), the nation&rsquo;s premier event for programming, products, workshops and sessions about sustainability and our educational institutions.</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong>When:&nbsp;</strong>March 31&ndash;April 1, 2016</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong>Where:</strong> <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/projects/david-l-lawrence-convention-center-1" target="_blank">David L. Lawrence Convention Center</a>, 1000 Ft. Duquesne Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA, 15222</p> <p>Presented by the&nbsp;<a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/" target="_blank">Center for Green Schools</a>, this year&rsquo;s conference has the theme of &ldquo;Three Rivers, Three Pillars.&rdquo; Long ago, major cities often were built around waterways, which acted as a mecca of commerce, ideas and meetings. Appropriately enough, the foundation of the green schools movement is its&nbsp;<a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/green-schools-and-campuses-where-we-learn-matters" target="_blank">three core pillars</a>:</p> <ul> <li>To reduce schools' environmental footprint.</li> <li>To ensure they are healthy for those who learn and work inside them daily.</li> <li>For students to demonstrate eco-literacy.</li> </ul> <p>Just like the rivers in Pittsburgh that are constantly in motion, we always are learning, improving and exchanging ideas. Dive into the sustainable schools wave at GSCE 2016 to help keep the tide rolling by&nbsp;<a href="https://register.greenschoolsconference.org/2016/registration/" target="_blank">registering for the conference</a>.</p> <h3>Special hotel rates for GSCE attendees</h3> <p>Discounted hotel rates are being offered at the Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh and the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel for conferencegoers.</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/events/start.action?id=1509235644&amp;key=285ED3E0" target="_blank">Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh</a>: $155 per night</li> <li><a href="http://www.marriott.com/meeting-event-hotels/group-corporate-travel/groupCorp.mi?resLinkData=USGBC%202016%20Green%20Schools%20Conference%20%26%20Expo%5Epitbr%60USGUSGA%60129.00%60USD%60false%602%603/29/16%604/3/16%603/14/16&amp;app=resvlink&amp;stop_mobi=" target="_blank">Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel</a>: $129 per night</li> </ul> <p>The Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh hotel is directly connected to the Pittsburgh Convention Center.&nbsp;It&rsquo;s the only convention center in the world with two LEED certifications&mdash;LEED Gold for New Construction and LEED Platinum for Existing Buildings.</p> <p><a href="http://greenschoolsconference.org/sites/default/files/GSCE%20Reg%20Mailer_web.pdf" target="_blank" class="button">Learn more about GSCE 2016</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "56d4764049ae18d85b0000df", "56d86c25e48eacfe34000012"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/pittsburgh-host-2016-green-schools-conference-and-expo#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 03 Mar 2016 16:54:13 +0000 Christina Huynh 10095746 at http://www.usgbc.org Green schools: The food connection http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-schools-food-connection <div class="field field-type-text field-field-all-authorized-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Karen Dittrich </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="1922" height="816" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/junior_chefs_0.jpg?1457020124" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Karen Dittrich&nbsp;</em><em>specializes in marketing strategies that engage school communities through food at Creatif Leaf Marketing. This article was originally published on the Green Schools National Network blog. Read the&nbsp;<a href="http://greenschoolsnationalnetwork.org/foodconnection/" target="_blank">original version</a>.</em>&nbsp;</p> <p>Food not only nourishes the body and mind, but it can also be used as a catalyst to create sustainable school communities where students gain knowledge about healthy sustainable living throughout the school grounds, which they can bring into their homes and community.&nbsp;</p> <p>I have been working in K&ndash;12 school food environments nationwide for many years and I have found that providing educational opportunities and healthy food choices throughout schools can greatly support the pathway to establishing sustainable school communities. By engaging students, their families, and school staff to participate in food, nutrition, and sustainability education together, it can lead to everyone making better choices for healthier lifestyles and a cleaner environment.&nbsp;</p> <p>Marketing approaches are changing and engagement marketing has become more prevalent recently for good reason. Approaches are shifting from talking at people to engaging with people to build strong, long-term, and personalized relationships with customers. Unlike traditional marketing approaches where prospects are targeted with direct response deals, engagement marketing allows potential customers to interact and decide how they would like to proceed with a brand or program. Engagement marketing begins when a person is interested in a product or initiative and then decides to take action and engage. After providing relevant information, it is the consumers&rsquo; choice on how to proceed, making this approach much more readily accepted by members of Gen Z (today&rsquo;s students) and their families.<em>&nbsp;</em></p> <p><a href="http://greenschoolsnationalnetwork.org/foodconnection/" target="_blank" class="button">Continue reading this article</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "56cf1eaf8ca836a24f0001ce", "56d85d1dfe5e3e5a9b00027d"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-schools-food-connection#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 03 Mar 2016 15:48:44 +0000 10095527 at http://www.usgbc.org Register for the Education Summit at the Eastern Regional Climate Preparedness Conference http://www.usgbc.org/articles/register-education-summit-eastern-regional-climate-preparedness-conference <div class="field field-type-text field-field-all-authorized-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Susan Gentile </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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/register-for-the-education-summit-at-the-eastern-regional-climate-preparedness-conference_0.png?1457016521" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Because of climate change, communities face devastating weather events, watershed management challenges and economic uncertainties. Building resilience can strengthen communities in preparing for, responding to and recovering from climate impacts and other disruptions through collaborative, innovative solutions.</p> <p>Education is the first step in building community resilience. Educators and students working together can build local strengths to ensure that their communities will be able to address the complexities of climate change and thrive. Educators in schools and in the community can educate about climate change and its effects, and students can help to lead their communities to a future where they meet challenges and solve problems with resilience.</p> <p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.communityresilience-center.org/conference-2016/education-summit/" target="_blank">2016 Education Summit</a>&nbsp;will empower educators and students to build resilience in their communities. Open to educators at all levels, both formal and informal, as well as middle school through graduate school students, the summit will take place on the third day of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.communityresilience-center.org/conference-2016/" target="_blank">Local Solutions: Eastern Regional Climate Preparedness Conference</a>&nbsp;in Baltimore, Md. The conference is co-hosted by Antioch University New England&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.antiochne.edu/community/center-climate-preparedness-and-community-resilience/" target="_blank">Center for Climate Preparedness and Resilience</a>, and the&nbsp;<a href="http://www3.epa.gov/" target="_blank">U.S. Environmental Protection Agency</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong>When:</strong> April 6, 2016</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong>Where:</strong> Sheraton Inner Harbor, 300 S. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201</p> <p>At the conference, sessions will help participants gain an understanding of how, both in schools and in the broader community, we can educate to build community resilience. Attendees will be able to take part in professional training workshops on topics such as how to integrate climate change education into curricula, how organizations are communicating about climate change and issues of climate justice and community resilience. They also will also have the opportunity to visit SciTech to explore hands-on, minds-on learning activities that help students more fully explore climate change.</p> <p>During the summit, participants will be able to collaborate on a document to influence policy makers, based on what they have learned throughout the day. Bill McKibben, author and founder of <a href="http://350.org/" target="_blank">350.org</a>, will address the importance of community resilience in his keynote speech. The Education Summit will conclude with a forum on how to move forward and apply what has been learned. Each participant will leave the summit as an agent of change, better able to build community resilience through education.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ebeqj4ax8d0cea16&amp;oseq=&amp;c=&amp;ch=" target="_blank" class="button">Register for the summit</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "56d46c572638302513000057", "56d84ebdfe5e3ee0dc000102"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/register-education-summit-eastern-regional-climate-preparedness-conference#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 03 Mar 2016 14:48:41 +0000 10095375 at http://www.usgbc.org Steps toward sustainable school food http://www.usgbc.org/articles/steps-toward-sustainable-school-food <div class="field field-type-text field-field-all-authorized-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Greg Christian </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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/steps-toward-sustainable-school-food_1.png?1456931502" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Greg Christian is a sustainable food service consultant, chef, author and entrepreneur. His company, <a href="http://www.beyondgreenpartners.com/" target="_blank">Beyond Green Sustainable Food Partners</a>, is a food service and consulting company that promotes scratch-cooked foods, local sourcing and zero waste. Don&rsquo;t miss an opportunity to hear his insights at the Master Speaker Series event during the upcoming&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/register-now-green-schools-conference-and-expo-0" target="_blank">Green Schools Conference and Expo</a>&nbsp;in Philadelphia, Penn. This article was originally published on the Green Schools National Network blog. Read the&nbsp;<a href="http://greenschoolsnationalnetwork.org/steps-towards-sustainable-school-food/">original version.</a></em></p> <p>I recently did a three-day food waste study with the Environmental Protection Agency at a school district in Illinois.&nbsp; Here is what we found: 10-20 percent overproduction, 100 percent processed food, canned vegetables that were individually cupped, and food placed in warmers by 10:00 a.m. for lunch service at 12:00 p.m. It&rsquo;s no wonder that students are tossing their lunches in the garbage can!&nbsp;</p> <p>If I could choose two things to focus on to change school food, they would be teaching the kitchen staff how to cook and about "just in time cooking." This enables them to serve fresh foods and make the right amount of food so there is no overproduction, resulting in food waste.&nbsp; Without this, none of the policies, standards, or laws will help us serve better food to our nation's children. There are many great intentions around moving school food to include tastier, fresh, local, sustainable meals, but it all starts with knowing how to cook from scratch. Scratch cooking is preparing meals using basic ingredients from a natural state rather than serving foods that have already been prepared or processed.<em>&nbsp;</em></p> <p><a href="http://greenschoolsnationalnetwork.org/steps-towards-sustainable-school-food/" target="_blank" class="button">Continue reading on the Green Schools National Network</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "56cf32ca8c501787a1000051", "56d7029bf50a80ef8f0001ca"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/steps-toward-sustainable-school-food#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 02 Mar 2016 15:11:42 +0000 10093029 at http://www.usgbc.org National Wildlife Federation: Advancing sustainable building jobs http://www.usgbc.org/articles/national-wildlife-federation-advancing-sustainable-building-jobs <div class="field field-type-text field-field-all-authorized-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Crystal Jennings </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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/national-wildlife-federation-advancing-sustainable-building-jobs_0.png?1456843838" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>This article was originally published as "Advancing Jobs in the Sustainable Building Sector" on National Wildlife Federation&rsquo;s Wildlife Promise blog. Read the&nbsp;<a href="http://blog.nwf.org/2016/02/advancing-jobs-in-the-environment-sector/" target="_blank">original version</a>.</em><em>&nbsp;</em></p> <p>Jaime Van Mourik is the Higher Education Director for USGBC. Jamie&rsquo;s work is specifically focused on 21st century career preparedness in two ways:</p> <ul> <li>Supporting faculty instructors through a new platform called <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/education-at-usgbc" target="_blank">Education @USGBC</a> to better meet the needs of faculty and instructors as they work to incorporate the concepts of sustainability and the sustainable built environment into their existing or new courses.&nbsp;</li> <li>Partnering with institutions of higher education to deliver project-based learning experiences on campus such as the LEED Lab, a multidisciplinary immersion course that utilizes the built environment to educate and prepare students to become green building leaders and sustainability-focused citizens.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>Jamie speaks with Crystal Jennings of the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/projects/national-wildlife-federation" target="_blank">National Wildlife Federation</a> about advancing job placement in the sustainable built environment and her recommendations for how community colleges can play a vital role in preparing students for 21st century green and clean jobs.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Q: What have you observed about the number, growth and types of green and clean jobs available across (your region or industry as applicable) in the last few years?</strong>&nbsp;</p> <p>There was a really compelling study released in October 2015 between Booz Allen Hamilton and USGBC titled "<a href="http://go.usgbc.org/2015-Green-Building-Economic-Impact-Study.html" target="_blank">2015 Green Building Economic Impact Study</a>." The report provides results of an analysis conducted between 2010 and 2014 of the green building industry and includes projections of industry growth up until 2018. It concludes that by 2018, green construction is going to account for 3.3 million U.S. jobs and $190.3 billion in labor earnings.<em>&nbsp;</em></p> <p><a href="http://blog.nwf.org/2016/02/advancing-jobs-in-the-environment-sector/" target="_blank" class="button">Continue reading this article</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "56cdfd1adc17eb3e980000ea", "56d5ab9d113b933f5d0001db"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/national-wildlife-federation-advancing-sustainable-building-jobs#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 01 Mar 2016 14:50:38 +0000 10090725 at http://www.usgbc.org Top 10 States 2015: Douglas Elementary School http://www.usgbc.org/articles/top-10-states-2015-douglas-elementary-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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/top-10-states-douglas-elementary-school-_0.png?1456172580" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/delve-usgbc%E2%80%99s-2015-top-10-states-leed" target="_blank">2015 Top 10 States list</a> honors transformative efforts at the state level to create healthier, more energy- and water-efficient places to live, learn, work and play. In 2015 alone, 1,633 projects were certified in the United States&mdash;equivalent to an incredible 275 million square feet.&nbsp;</p> <p>In this series, we spotlight the standout LEED-certified projects that contributed to the 2015 Top 10 rankings. Join us in celebrating some of the best examples of green building design, construction and operation.</p> <h3>#3: Massachusetts</h3> <p><img src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1456172352-18-0279/Top-10-States-Douglas-Elementary-School-main-image.jpg" width="670" height="503" /></p> <h3>Douglas Elementary School</h3> <p>The <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/projects/new-douglas-elementary-school?view=overview" target="_blank">new Douglas Elementary School</a> is an 83,095-square-foot facility, located in Douglas, Mass. It was completed in 2014 and certified LEED Silver for Schools in December 2015.</p> <p>The original Douglas Intermediate/Elementary School (grades 2&ndash;7) was constructed in 1986 as the town&rsquo;s middle/high school. In its later years, the school experienced overcrowding, with 12 portable classrooms that were 15 years old, five lunch periods and insufficient classrooms. The building itself stood in fair to good condition, with the exception of the building systems, which were at the end of their useful life.</p> <p>A study was conducted to assess the current and projected overcrowding issues at all three of the town&rsquo;s schools, and to determine the most fiscally responsible long-term solution for the educational needs of Douglas Public Schools. It was determined that the best solution would be to construct a new elementary school (grades 2&ndash;5), and modernize the existing intermediate school to repurpose it as a middle school (grades 6&ndash;8).</p> <p>With this approach, students were placed in the appropriate facilities while minimizing disruption to students, staff and site during construction. It also allowed the new facility to be constructed while the students remained in the existing intermediate school. Upon completion of the new elementary school, the students were relocated to the new school and modernization work at the intermediate school began.</p> <p>The new elementary school consists of general education classrooms, special education spaces, music and art rooms, a cafeteria and a gymnasium, as well as administrative spaces. The size configuration of the available site, its topography and adjacent wetlands posed a challenge to optimizing the orientation of the new school.</p> <p>Maximizing north/south orientation of the classrooms was an important objective, as this would afford the most usable and controllable natural daylighting for these spaces. Daylighting is beneficial to a building&rsquo;s indoor environmental quality, and through the use of controls such as the classroom lighting system, it realizes significant electrical energy savings. In addition, water-efficient landscaping, parking capacity and preservation of open space are a few of the reasons why the project scored well on the <a href="http://www.gbig.org/activities/leed-1000019194" target="_blank">LEED Scorecard</a>.</p> <h3>State snapshot</h3> <p>Massachusetts showed the greatest improvement in rank, jumping to No. 3 in 2015 from No. 5 in 2014. Overall, the state had 112 projects achieve LEED certification in 2015, equal to a little more than three square feet of LEED-certified space per resident. Massachusetts is one of four states that have made the Top 10 list every year since 2011, and it&rsquo;s no wonder&mdash;Boston alone boasts more than 10 million square feet of LEED-certified space, the seventh-most of any U.S. state.</p> <p>Between 2015 and 2018, green building is projected to add $21.91 billion to Massachusetts&rsquo; GDP, as well as 257,000 jobs and $14.68 billion in labor earnings, according to USGBC&rsquo;s <a href="http://go.usgbc.org/2015-Green-Building-Economic-Impact-Study.html" target="_blank">Green Economic Impact Study</a>, conducted by Booz Allen Hamilton. The study also expects that LEED alone will account for $13.6 billion of the state&rsquo;s GDP growth; add 155,000 jobs and $9.12 billion in labor earnings, as well as $278.5 million in tax revenue.</p> <p>Other notable projects in Massachusetts include Boston&rsquo;s LEED Gold <a href="http://www.gbig.org/buildings/209" target="_blank">One Financial Center</a>, and the LEED Gold <a href="http://www.gbig.org/activities/leed-10492607" target="_blank">Springfield Data Center</a>, which supports more then 170 agencies and public authorities and is the Commonwealth&rsquo;s primary information technology disaster recovery site.</p> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/infographic-top-10-states-leed-2015" target="_blank" class="button">Learn more about the top 10 states in 2015</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "56c4e773817ab52baa00009e", "56cb6e07239918cb690000b8"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/top-10-states-2015-douglas-elementary-school#comments LEED Mon, 22 Feb 2016 20:23:00 +0000 Amanda Sawit 10076436 at http://www.usgbc.org Register now for the Green Schools Conference and Expo http://www.usgbc.org/articles/register-now-green-schools-conference-and-expo-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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/register-now-for-the-green-schools-conference-and-expo_1_0.png?1456167352" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://greenschoolsconference.org/" target="_blank">Green Schools Conference and Expo</a> (GSCE), the most prominent event in the country designed to advance a shared vision of healthy, high-performing green schools, will take place March 31&ndash;April 1, 2016. Now presented by the Center for Green Schools at USGBC, GSCE was formerly presented by the Green Schools National Network from 2010-2015 and known as the Green Schools National Conference. Thought leaders from across the United States, including educators, administrators, parents, industry professionals, nonprofit and corporate partners and elected officials come together for two days of learning, connecting and collaborating.</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong>When:</strong> March 31&ndash;April 1, 2016</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong>Where: </strong>The LEED Platinum David Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, Penn.</p> <p><a href="https://register.greenschoolsconference.org/2016/registration/" target="_blank" class="button">Register now</a></p> <h3>Come and be inspired&nbsp;</h3> <p>At GSCE, the nation&rsquo;s education, environmental and business leaders motivate, inspire and teach our community.&nbsp;<a href="http://greenschoolsconference.org/rick-fedrizzi" target="_blank">Rick Fedrizzi</a>, CEO and founding chair of USGBC, will take the stage at the opening plenary and&nbsp;<a href="http://greenschoolsconference.org/dr-chris-emdin" target="_blank">Dr. Chris Emdin</a>, associate professor of science at Columbia University and creator of the #HipHopEd movement, will keynote GSCE&rsquo;s closing session. Don&rsquo;t forget to check out the&nbsp;<a href="http://greenschoolsconference.org/speakers" target="_blank">GSCE Master Series speakers</a>, who will inspire attendees to channel their creativity, grit and resilience in pursuit of better schools for their communities.&nbsp;</p> <h3>Engage with like-minded leaders&nbsp;</h3> <p>GSCE offers a variety of education&nbsp;<a href="http://greenschoolsconference.org/events" target="_blank">sessions, work groups and summits</a>&nbsp;that address some of the biggest challenges facing sustainability in education today, such as providing high-performing places to learn, improving the health and well-being of students, and promoting eco-literacy among students of all ages.&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li><strong>Pre-conference sessions:</strong> Curated workshops and tours of schools in the Pittsburgh area give attendees a chance to grow their knowledge about sustainability issues in schools.</li> <li><strong>Student Summit:</strong> This summit will educate, empower and inspire middle and high school students as the next generation of leaders.</li> <li><strong>Solutions Summits:</strong> These summits provide a deep dive into the challenges and solutions that advance the mission of green schools for all within this generation.</li> <li><strong>Speed Greening Sessions:</strong> Short and sweet presentations will keep participants moving and engaged.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <h3>Forge relationships and discover new products and services</h3> <p>At the GSCE Exhibit Hall, attendees can find <a href="http://greenschoolsconference.org/expo-and-sponsors" target="_blank">new products and services</a> vital to their careers, while also connecting with vendors and providers. It's a must-see destination, showcasing the best of the green schools industry. Posters throughout the hall will reflect work, research and other special projects. Attendees are encouraged to engage with these innovators and their presentations.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://greenschoolsconference.org/" target="_blank">Learn more about the conference</a>.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "56c63b285dce4ea43200006d", "56cb5813a5737769b6000025"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/register-now-green-schools-conference-and-expo-0#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 22 Feb 2016 18:55:52 +0000 Kate Hurst 10076299 at http://www.usgbc.org Greening higher education: Q&A with Meghan Fay Zahniser of AASHE http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greening-higher-education-qa-meghan-fay-zahniser-aashe <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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/q-and-a-series-a_0_0.png?1455806896" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In the final installment of our <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greening-higher-education-qa-julian-keniry-nwf" target="_blank">blog series</a>&nbsp;on&nbsp;sustainability in higher education, we talk with Meghan Fay Zahniser, Executive Director of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.aashe.org" target="_blank">Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education</a>&nbsp;(AASHE). AASHE is a nonprofit membership association that empowers higher education faculty, administrators, staff and students to be effective change agents and drivers of sustainability innovation.&nbsp;</p> <p>Her hope is that colleges and universities, in addition to championing sustainability in their operations, will integrate sustainability into the curriculum so that all students are equipped with the knowledge and tools they need to address sustainability solutions&mdash;no matter what career path they choose.</p> <p><strong>How would you describe the role education plays within the wider sustainability movement?</strong>&nbsp;</p> <p>Colleges and universities are hubs of knowledge, innovation and creativity throughout the world. Higher education is where individuals receive the training they need for their future careers. An institutional commitment to sustainability at a college or university can help set standards for other sectors. Incorporating sustainability throughout the curriculum educates all students, no matter what they are studying, on sustainability challenges and solutions. This means that graduates are bringing knowledge and a commitment to sustainability into their careers and helping to change the way we do business.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>For AASHE and its partner organizations, what is the value of this&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/collaborating-future-higher-education-sustainability" target="_blank"><strong>commitment to collaborate on furthering higher education sustainability</strong></a><strong>?</strong></p> <p>We are stronger and more impactful when we work together. Each of our organizations bring different expertise to the table, and through working collaboratively, I believe we can impact millions of students to become positive agents of change and sustainability champions.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>The pledge identifies three primary objectives: expand collective capacity to convene and empower leaders; consolidate and leverage efforts to embolden students; and cross-promote and increase alignment of respective rating systems, frameworks and recognition platforms. What sorts of basic resources or approaches are needed to help realize these goals? &nbsp;</strong>&nbsp;</p> <p>The basic resources needed to accomplish these objectives are an eagerness to collaborate and openness to ideas&mdash;especially big, bold ideas. The pledge is essentially suggesting we do things differently than what&rsquo;s been done in the past, so that each organization can better serve our constituents, and ultimately we can more quickly and efficiently advance sustainability in higher education.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Can you explain the generational nature of sustainability and what advice you would give to students or young professionals who are interested in pursuing a career in this field?</strong>&nbsp;</p> <p>Sustainability challenges and solutions are going to be constantly evolving as the world around us changes. As such, we need to be more flexible and adaptable. Everyone on this planet has an impact; we&rsquo;re consumers of water, food and many different products. Each of us has the opportunity to incorporate sustainability strategies into our daily lives, both personally and professionally. We don&rsquo;t just need individuals that are dedicated to specific sustainability jobs, we need individuals in every field, every job, that are informed, motivated and committed to implementing sustainability solutions in their every day lives.</p> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greening-higher-education-qa-rachel-gutter" target="_blank" class="button">Check our our first higher education Q&amp;A</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "56a929d691ebe9c138000073", "56c5d964ed4bd5f39c0000e7"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greening-higher-education-qa-meghan-fay-zahniser-aashe#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 18 Feb 2016 14:48:16 +0000 Amanda Sawit 10069549 at http://www.usgbc.org Greening higher education: Q&A with Julian Keniry of NWF http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greening-higher-education-qa-julian-keniry-nwf <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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Q-and-A-series-C.png?1455210160" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In the third installment of <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greening-higher-education-qa-tim-carter-second-nature" target="_blank">our blog series</a> on <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/collaborating-future-higher-education-sustainability" target="_blank">sustainability in higher education</a>, we talk with Julian Keniry, co-founder of Campus Ecology at the <a href="http://www.nwf.org" target="_blank">National Wildlife Federation</a> (NWF) and senior director for campus and community leadership. She is also the co-founder of <a href="https://www.nwf.org/Greenforce-Initiative.aspx" target="_blank">Greenforce</a>, a national community college green workforce education initiative, and the <a href="http://www.nwfecoleaders.org/home" target="_blank">EcoLeader</a> leadership and career development program.</p> <p><strong>For you, what&rsquo;s the significance of collaboration in meeting sustainability goals?</strong></p> <p>Some of the very best progress we&rsquo;ve made has been achieved by coalition. A few examples are the Energy Action Coalition and higher education association collaborations such as AASHE. More recently, USGBC has played a significant and timely national role in renewing collaboration across higher education NGOs, including AASHE, NWF and Second Nature. Already, we&rsquo;ve been able to envision ways to leverage our individual work toward a common and powerful goal, including our vision for 20 million eco-literate graduates by 2025.</p> <p>Through this commitment to collaboration, we encourage innovation, flexible approaches and opportunities to advance higher education and leadership, moving toward a strategic purpose that&rsquo;s accomplished in a shorter amount of time. We recognize that we&rsquo;re supporting colleges and universities, understanding that our collaborations are successful due to their vision.</p> <p><strong>What sort of trends will likely impact</strong><strong>, </strong><strong>or currently influence</strong><strong>,</strong><strong> this&nbsp;</strong><strong>commitment</strong><strong>?</strong><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Within the lifetimes of college students today, the world will work to nearly eliminate carbon pollution. Yet, unless students are majoring in environmental studies or biology, they are relatively <a href="https://www.nwf.org/Campus-Ecology/Resources/Reports/Campus-Report-Card.aspx" target="_blank">unlikely to learn about sustainability</a>. The discrepancy is amplified when considering that the American workforce, employers and shareholders are leaning toward sustainability, recognizing the benefits of financial savings, risk reduction and improving health.</p> <p>All students should understand how their chosen careers impact the earth, and think about solutions that can strike that triple balance of economic, social and environmental benefit. College students deserve, need and are requesting this basic education that will position them for good jobs in a clean economy and help them identify business needs. This education and training will also be particularly important at community colleges, which will prepare half of the nation&rsquo;s green STEM workforce.</p> <p><strong>What are some of the ways NWF can actualize the three pledges?</strong></p> <p>For us, equipping 20 million graduates with sustainability competencies by 2025 is the overarching framework for NWF&rsquo;s role. There are also components that we can facilitate, including an inquiry-based session (what are the policy, individual and institutional mechanisms to achieve this goal), a partner strategy (what other organizations would wish to engage and lead, and how do we empower those groups), and implementation (which components fit best with each organization).<span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p>Beyond that, we&rsquo;re engaging thousands of student and young professional leaders in EcoLeaders. In the pilot year alone, more than 1,000 students and young professionals registered in 49 states and five countries, and hundreds are registering for career development webinars. A big emphasis will be shaping the EcoLeaders career center in a way that taps the expertise of our partners. For example, USGBC may be able to elevate its credential process, related fields and members through guest columns, interviews and video blogs integrated into the career center for students.</p> <p><span></span><strong>It&rsquo;s been often said that climate change is the greatest challenge of our time. In your view, what role does education play in taking action?&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Climate change is a symptom, while clean energy, sustainable agriculture and smarter design and planning are the solutions. Climate change helps as a way to frame the problem primarily because of the consensus across the world that we must eliminate carbon pollution by 2050. There will be no more important entity in the world than U.S. higher education in addressing this global mandate to prepare graduates with the competencies to eliminate carbon pollution and protect and restore biodiversity. We&rsquo;re seeing impacts in every field, and we&rsquo;ll find the solutions in every field, especially through teamwork. The right thing to do is to scale solutions, and fortunately, these are also the steps that create healthier and happier, more peaceful people and communities.</p> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greening-higher-education-qa-rachel-gutter" target="_blank" class="button"><strong>Read our first higher education Q&amp;A blog</strong></a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "56a8e57091c822e3db000049", "56bcbc926861271ac1000021"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greening-higher-education-qa-julian-keniry-nwf#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 11 Feb 2016 16:55:49 +0000 Amanda Sawit 10057323 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC Central Pennsylvania: 12 million in grants for LEED Gold school projects http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-central-pennsylvania-12-million-grants-leed-gold-school-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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/12-million-in-grants-for-leed-gold-school-projects_0.png?1455202090" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/chapters/usgbc-central-pennsylvania" target="_blank">USGBC Central Pennsylvania</a> wants to let you know about a grant opportunity: the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) recently reopened their <a href="http://community.newpa.com/programs/alternative-clean-energy-program-ace" target="_blank">Alternative and Clean Energy (ACE) grant program</a>, which will be open only until April 1, 2016. Twelve million dollars in funding is available.</p> <p>In prior rounds of ACE, numerous K-12 schools in Pennsylvania received up to $2 million grants for their LEED Gold or higher projects. If your building project is already under way, however, it would not be eligible for this funding.&nbsp;If you have any questions about eligibility, please <a href="mailto:ryemerson@pa.gov" target="_blank">email Ryan Emerson</a> at DCED or call&nbsp;717. 346.8191.</p> <h3>Overview</h3> <p>ACE provides financial assistance in the form of grant and loan funds that will be used by eligible applicants for the utilization, development and construction of alternative and clean energy projects in the state. The program is administered jointly by the DCED and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), under the direction of the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA).</p> <p>The CFA is currently accepting Alternative and Clean Energy applications between February 1, 2016 and April 1, 2016. Eligible applicants with questions should call 717.787.6245.</p> <h3>Uses</h3> <p>Included are activities to promote the utilization, development and construction of alternative and clean energy projects, infrastructure associated with compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas fueling stations, plus energy efficiency and energy conservation projects in the state.</p> <h3>Funding</h3> <ul> <li><strong>Loans</strong> for manufacturers of alternative and/or clean energy generation equipment or components shall not exceed $40,000 for every new job created within three years after approval of the loan. Loans for any alternative energy production or clean energy project shall not exceed $5 million or 50 percent of the total project cost, whichever is less.</li> <li><strong>Grants</strong> for manufacturers of alternative and/or clean energy generation equipment or components shall not exceed $10,000 for every job projected to be created by the business within three years after approval of the grant. Grants for any alternative energy production or clean energy project shall not exceed $2 million or 30 percent of the total project cost, whichever is less. Guarantees: Grants shall not exceed $5 million and have a term of not more than five years. In the event of a default, the grant will pay up to 75 percent of the deficiency.</li> </ul> <h3>Eligibility</h3> <p>A business, an economic development organization, or a political subdivision, includes municipalities, counties and school districts.</p> <h3>Terms</h3> <p>There is a matching investment requirement of at least $1 for every $1 of program funds awarded. Also, a $100 nonrefundable application fee is due at the time of submission, payable to the CFA, and there is a 1 percent commitment fee on all approved loans.</p> <p><a href="http://community.newpa.com/programs/alternative-clean-energy-program-ace" target="_blank" class="button"><strong>Learn more about the ACE program</strong></a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "56b372a1296a0b7ac3000001", "56bca059a461c1f832000067"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-central-pennsylvania-12-million-grants-leed-gold-school-projects#comments Community Thu, 11 Feb 2016 14:48:10 +0000 Eileen Reavey 10057114 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED Lab: Sustainability in higher education goes global http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-lab-sustainability-higher-education-goes-global <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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/leed-lab-sustainability-in-higher-education-goes-global_0.png?1455123502" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Higher education institutions all over the globe are committing to sustainability and climate neutrality on a daily basis and have shown tremendous leadership in the green building movement. But there is still work to be done, especially in the realm of existing buildings.</p> <p>Existing buildings hold incredible promise for higher education institutions, offering tremendous opportunities to connect academics with operations. The implementation of <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/getting-know-leed-building-operations-and-maintenance-om" target="_blank">LEED for Building Operations and Maintenance</a> on campuses will support an institution&rsquo;s sustainability goals by reducing the environmental impact of buildings and grounds; creating a positive effect on student, faculty and staff health; and preparing students to be global sustainability citizens.</p> <p>With the goal of transforming existing campus facilities around the world, we have developed a clear vision for the future: <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/impact#leed-lab" target="_blank">LEED Lab</a>. An innovative solution for integrating sustainable practices into daily campus operations and maintenance, LEED Lab is an interactive, multidisciplinary immersion course designed to transform the academic environment by preparing students for competitive 21st century careers in sustainability.</p> <p>In the course, students learn the principles of LEED and assess the performance of existing facilities on campus, choosing one building where they will facilitate the complete LEED O+M process with the goal of certifying the facility. At the close of the semester, students are prepared to sit for and take the LEED AP O+M professional credential exam.</p> <h3>LEED Lab beginnings</h3> <p>LEED Lab meets the demands of the market by providing actual LEED project experience and equipping students with the skills needed to enter the market and implement what they have learned. The LEED Lab effort originated with a pilot course created and taught by Professor Patricia Andrasik at the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-lab-action-catholic-universitys-leed-lab-legacy" target="_blank">Catholic University of America</a> (CUA). From 2011&ndash;2014, CUA partnered with the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-lab-sets-course-campus-ebom-certification" target="_blank">Center for Green Schools</a> at USGBC and <a href="http://www.gbci.org/" target="_blank">GBCI</a> to test the course concept. LEED Lab officially launched in January 2014, and there are now LEED Lab courses in 18 institutions of higher education.</p> <h3>Going global</h3> <p>We are excited to announce that since the launch, LEED Lab has gone global. LEED Lab is now offered at six international universities in India, Latin America, the Middle East and Greater Asia. These institutions strongly believe that their participation in&nbsp;LEED Lab will allow their students to jump-start their careers upon graduation and create a more sustainable future for their universities.</p> <p>At USGBC, we believe that educating our future leaders to build capacity in the market place is critical to our mission of global market transformation for the built environment. Join <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/impact#leed-lab" target="_blank">LEED Lab</a>&nbsp;today and help us achieve green schools for everyone within this generation.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sa9_2IXr9VA" target="_blank" class="button">Learn more about LEED Lab</a></strong></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "56b4ff0da4b956442e00001a", "56bb6be4906f68ef2e00004c"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-lab-sustainability-higher-education-goes-global#comments LEED Wed, 10 Feb 2016 16:58:22 +0000 Sarah Buente 10055066 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC CEO Rick Fedrizzi to Keynote the 2016 Green Schools Conference and Expo http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-ceo-rick-fedrizzi-keynote-2016-green-schools-conference-and-expo <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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press_release_purple_5.png?1454950270" /> </div> </div> </div> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>More than 1,200 expected to convene in Pittsburgh for annual conference that brings together school thought leaders and champions</em></p> <p>Washington, D.C.&mdash;(Feb. 8, 2016)&mdash;The Green Schools Conference and Expo (GSCE), presented by the <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/" target="_blank">Center for Green Schools</a> at <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/" target="_blank">USGBC</a>, and produced in partnership with the <a href="http://greenschoolsnationalnetwork.org/" target="_blank">Green Schools National Network</a>, is coming to Pittsburgh, Pa., March 31&ndash;April 1, 2016, at the LEED Platinum David Lawrence Convention Center.</p> <p>The conference will bring together green school thought leaders and champions, including educators, school administrators, nonprofit and corporate partners and elected officials to advance the shared vision of green schools for all within this generation. <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/rick-fedrizzi/0000043478" target="_blank">Rick Fedrizzi</a>, CEO and founding chair of USGBC, will give the keynote address.</p> <p>&ldquo;As the devoted husband of a third grade teacher, Rick Fedrizzi was the original champion for green schools at USGBC," said <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/rachel-gutter" target="_blank">Rachel Gutter</a>, director of the Center for Green Schools at USGBC. "From community events across the U.S. to the global plenary stages at the <a href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.com/" target="_blank">Greenbuild International Conference and Expo</a>,&nbsp;I&nbsp;have never seen Rick miss an opportunity to make his powerful and persuasive case for greening our schools.&nbsp;I can think of no better way to kick off our Green Schools Conference and Expo&mdash;a dose of Rick&rsquo;s trademark energy and passion will be just the inspiration we need."</p> <p>As co-founder of USGBC in 1993, Rick Fedrizzi&rsquo;s leadership of the organization&rsquo;s game-changing programs and initiatives has catalyzed a global green building movement and set a market standard for sustainability achievement. USGBC&rsquo;s LEED green building program has been the cornerstone of Rick&rsquo;s efforts. Since the launch of the first version of LEED in 2000, it has quickly grown to become the world&rsquo;s most widely used green building rating system.</p> <p>Of USGBC&rsquo;s many programs, the Center for Green Schools at USGBC is Rick&rsquo;s passion. Rick established the Center in 2010 because he believes that everyone&mdash;from students and teachers to parents and whole communities&mdash;benefits when we insist on healthier, high-performing schools.</p> <p>&ldquo;Healthy, high-performing schools by definition rest on the foundation of improved buildings and grounds, but if we stopped there, we&rsquo;d be doing a huge disservice to our future,&rdquo; said Fedrizzi. &ldquo;Embedding the fundamentals of sustainability into curriculum and instruction and providing teachers with the training and tools to do this is our first, best path to real success.&nbsp;Ensuring that the next generation of leaders will accept nothing less than a world that values its resources and prioritizes the health of its citizens should be our focus.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s also the way we will ignite the innovation for the new green economy,&rdquo; he continued. &ldquo;We owe it to our business community to provide a workforce already primed for &ldquo;green think,&rdquo; to see how profit can be a powerful incentive for finding solutions to our environmental challenges. This conference brings together the people that can make this happen.&rdquo;</p> <p>This year&rsquo;s conference theme is &ldquo;Three Rivers, Three Pillars,&rdquo; reflecting the city of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s location at the convergence of three powerful rivers and the three foundational pillars that underpin the green schools movement. Green schools reduce the environmental impact of buildings, have a positive effect on student and teacher health and increase environmental literacy among students and graduates. GSCE offers attendees opportunities to help expand their school's sustainability goals and connect with other like-minded individuals.</p> <p>Leaders from schools, industry and research institutions across the globe will share best practices in formal and informal settings during the conference through summits, breakout sessions and opening and closing plenaries. Master speakers include:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Dr. Christopher Emdin </strong>is<strong>&nbsp;</strong>an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College at Columbia University. Dr. Emdin is a social critic, public intellectual and science advocate who provides commentary on issues of race, culture, inequality and education.</li> <li><strong>Adam Brumberg,</strong> the deputy director for Cornell Food and Brand Lab, coordinates academic and industry research conducted by both the Food and Brand Lab and the Behavioral Economics Nutrition Center (BEN).</li> <li><strong>Leesa Carter-Jones</strong> is the executive director for the Captain Planet Foundation, which&nbsp;supports high-quality, hands-on environmental stewardship projects that have enabled more than 1.1 million youth across the globe make significant environmental improvements to their schools or communities.</li> <li><strong>Greg Christian</strong> is the CEO and founder of Beyond Green Sustainable Food Partners, a company that provides measured strategies and solutions for organizations interested in making the switch to more sustainable food service platforms.</li> <li><strong>Atasha James</strong> is the principal of Leckie Elementary School in Washington, D.C., where she is a Mary Jane Fellow Mentor Principal and on a shortlist of school leaders recognized for closing the achievement gap in both math and reading for three consecutive years.</li> <li><strong>Barry Svigals</strong> is a managing partner for Svigals and Partners, LLP and has written and spoken widely on the healing potential of architecture. He has been tapped to design the new Sandy Hook Elementary School, a process of revitalization for all of Newtown.</li> </ul> <p>Early bird registration for GSCE has been extended to Feb. 12, 2016. To learn more about the conference and to register, please visit&nbsp;<a href="http://greenschoolsconference.org/" target="_blank">greenschoolsconference.org.</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "56aa91c588d3aa03e2000002", "56b8c675761e5c9e6400006a"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-ceo-rick-fedrizzi-keynote-2016-green-schools-conference-and-expo#comments Media Mon, 08 Feb 2016 16:48:58 +0000 Marisa Long 10050898 at http://www.usgbc.org Greening higher education: Q&A with Tim Carter of Second Nature http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greening-higher-education-qa-tim-carter-second-nature <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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/q-and-a-series-b_0.png?1454603574" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Last week, we launched a blog series featuring USGBC partners who have committed to <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/collaborating-future-higher-education-sustainability" target="_blank">collaborate for the future of higher education sustainability</a>. In this installment, we talk to Tim Carter, president of <a href="http://secondnature.org/" target="_blank">Second Nature</a>. Second Nature envisions higher education playing a prominent leadership role in shaping research, learning and communities that inspire and operationalize a sustainable global future.</p> <p><strong>As part of this commitment, your organization supports a vision that by 2025, millions of graduates will be global sustainability citizens. Can you describe what that means?</strong></p> <p>I love the term "citizen," because it implies that part of your identity is inextricably linked to something else and that by virtue of the linkage, you have personal benefits and rights, but also obligations. As a global sustainability citizen, you have a deep connection to the planet, with an obligation to understand your role in the global ecosystem, an obligation to care for things other than yourself and the ability to act upon that knowledge and moral imperative.</p> <p><strong>In what way does education play into the wider sustainability movement, and how does this commitment help amplify Second Nature&rsquo;s mission?</strong></p> <p>Education is one key source of learning that can inform future behavior and action. Ensuring that future generations are not only literate, but action-oriented, based on a holistic understanding of the Earth's life-support systems, is crucial. This is directly in line with our mission to create a global future that is better than what we have now through sustainability leadership in higher education.</p> <p><strong>Collaboration is key to making the three pledges of the commitment work. What are your early thoughts on how to leverage the partnership?</strong></p> <p>Second Nature is particularly well positioned with senior leadership in higher education through our <a href="http://secondnature.org/who-we-are/network/" target="_blank">Climate Leadership Network</a>, which includes over 600 presidents and chancellors sharing the Climate Leadership Commitments. Some early thoughts could be that with the partnership, our network could convene more regularly around particular issues and/or timely topics, could have a more effective public voice as opportunities to align with our partner constituencies emerge and could solve some technical data challenges together so that all our data could be better used and knowledge could be gained from building a sophisticated information system.</p> <p><strong>It&rsquo;s been said that sustainability is ingrained into the mindset of&nbsp;millennials. What advice or tips would you share with someone who is interested in pursuing a sustainability-focused career?</strong></p> <p>On the issue of climate, millennials consistently poll higher than other age groups in recognizing that climate impacts are real and human-caused.&nbsp;They are strongly interested in many other sustainability-related issues as well. How this has become "ingrained" is a bit more of an interesting question to unpack, but I think our higher education institutions have a huge role to play in the formative time of a young person's life that shapes their lifelong views on sustainability issues.</p> <p>I always encouraged my students to seek out a diversity of experiences and make sure to include some meandering in their career path. While there is real reward in working directly in a sustainability position, it's important to recognize that all careers contain tons of opportunity for sustainability thinking and practice. So if you don't get the job as the director of sustainability at your alma mater, you still can have a huge vocational impact with your commitment to sustainability, no matter where you end up.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "56a674816b73fa6057000049", "56b37ceb296a0b686400001c"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greening-higher-education-qa-tim-carter-second-nature#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 04 Feb 2016 16:32:54 +0000 Amanda Sawit 10043722 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED Lab Latin America: Online panel Feb. 10 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-lab-latin-america-online-panel-feb-10 <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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/leed-lab-latin-america_0.png?1454597601" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Join USGBC and a panel of <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/impact" target="_blank"></a><a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/impact#leed-lab" target="_blank">LEED Lab</a> instructors from Mexico and Peru on February 10 for a special call on LEED Lab in Latin America.&nbsp;</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong>When:</strong> Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 3:00 p.m. EST</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong>Where:</strong> <a href="https://usgbc.webex.com/usgbc/j.php?MTID=m53d3bbc7880cbc2483501073221f4332" target="_blank">Webex</a>&nbsp;online</p> <p>On this call, you will</p> <ul> <li>Learn the ins and outs of implementing the LEED Lab course, from setting the class agenda to preparing students to take a LEED professional exam.</li> <li>Hear how LEED Lab has been adapted to seamlessly integrate with university culture and classrooms in Latin America.</li> <li>Explore different models and applications for LEED Labs and the associated LEED projects.</li> <li>Ask questions of our panel of experts from Mexico, Peru and USGBC.</li> </ul> <p>LEED Lab is a multidisciplinary immersion course designed to transform the academic environment by preparing students for competitive 21st&nbsp;century careers in sustainability. Students learn the principles of LEED and assess the performance of existing facilities on campus, choosing one building where they will facilitate the LEED for Building Operations and Maintenance (LEED O+M) process. Students lead the complete process of LEED O+M on a campus facility with the goal of certifying the facility. At the close of the semester, the students are prepared to sit for the LEED AP O+M professional credential exam.</p> <p>This call will also be recorded and made available afterward. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="https://usgbc.webex.com/usgbc/j.php?MTID=m53d3bbc7880cbc2483501073221f4332" target="_blank" class="button">Take part in the meeting</a></strong></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "56afd35edf9a1a7af70000cd", "56b365d37013821ece000051"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-lab-latin-america-online-panel-feb-10#comments Thu, 04 Feb 2016 14:53:21 +0000 Nicolette Mueller 10043558 at http://www.usgbc.org Best of Green Schools 2016 call for nominations http://www.usgbc.org/articles/best-green-schools-2016-call-nominations <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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Best-of-Green-Schools-2016-A.png?1454353726" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/" target="_blank">Center for Green Schools</a>&nbsp;at USGBC is excited to announce its partnership with&nbsp;the <a href="http://greenschoolsnationalnetwork.org/" target="_blank">Green Schools National Network</a>&nbsp;to co-present the &ldquo;Best of Green Schools 2016.&rdquo; The Best of Green Schools recognizes the people, schools, campuses and organizations making a big difference in creating healthy, efficient learning environments for our students.</p> <p>2015 was another fantastic year for the green schools movement. We have a lot to celebrate, and if&nbsp;not for the outstanding efforts of thousands of leaders and volunteers across the world, we wouldn&rsquo;t be where we are today.&nbsp;Through extensive planning, experimentation, careful investments in infrastructure and technology and collaboration with community members and policymakers, schools all over the world are becoming healthier, greener places to learn, work and play.</p> <p>Best of Green Schools is here to celebrate the work that you or someone in your community is doing to push the green schools movement forward.&nbsp;<a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/usgbc-announces-2014-best-green-schools-honorees" target="_blank">Last year&rsquo;s honorees</a> included schools with innovative and curriculum-integrated activities that represent the best that 21st century learning has to offer, policymakers who&rsquo;ve made green schools part of their platform and legacy and organizations that take local collaboration to the next level, truly embodying the intersection of people, planet and prosperity.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you or someone you know made significant strides toward creating more sustainable schools in the past year, we want to hear from you! You are welcome to submit nominations for yourself and others. The call for nominations deadline is February 26, 2016.</p> <p>Winners will be announced and awarded at the <a href="http://www.greenschoolsconference.org/" target="_blank">2016 Green Schools Conference and Expo</a>, March 31&ndash;April 1 in Pittsburgh, Penn. No setting could be more fitting to announce this year&rsquo;s &ldquo;Best Of&rdquo; than this annual gathering of the leaders and innovators in the green schools movement.</p> <p>After you submit your nomination, <a href="https://register.greenschoolsconference.org/2016/registration/" target="_blank">register to attend the conference</a> so you&rsquo;ll be on hand in Pittsburgh to see (or receive!) the awards.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://greenschoolsnationalnetwork.org/bestof2016/" target="_blank" class="button">Tell us your story and submit your nomination</a></strong>&nbsp;</p> <h2>2016 Best of Green Schools Categories and Criteria</h2> <p><strong>K<span>&ndash;</span>12 School</strong>: Recognizing schools that have consistently modeled exemplary green school practices and share what they have learned with external communities.</p> <p><strong>School System:</strong> Recognizing school systems and districts that have created long-term partnerships, demonstrated a commitment to systemic change and shared best practices with external communities.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Higher Ed Institution</strong>: Recognizing higher education institutions or faculty members who have made a significant contribution to the K<span>&ndash;</span>12 green schools movement through partnership, research and/or scholarship.</p> <p><strong>Policy Maker</strong>: Recognizing individuals who have demonstrated exemplary efforts in promoting policies at the local, state or federal level that support the necessary systemic change to ensure that all children can attend a green school.</p> <p><strong>Ambassador</strong>: Recognizing individuals who have demonstrated exemplary efforts in promoting green schools in K&ndash;12 classroom settings, and have engaged community organizations to create systemic change to strengthen the green schools movement and create a more sustainable future.</p> <p><strong>Collaborator:</strong> Recognizing organizations and governmental agencies that have made substantial contributions in advancing the green schools movement.</p> <p><strong>Student Leader:</strong>&nbsp;Recognizing K<span>&ndash;</span>12 students who have demonstrated exemplary efforts in promoting improvements to their schools and communities.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Business Leader</strong>:&nbsp; Recognizing private-sector organizations and individuals who have made substantial contributions in advancing the green schools movement.</p> <p><strong>Transformation</strong>: Recognizing investments of time, energy and resources to transform a school, school community, event or policy into an exemplary model for the green schools movement.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Moment for the Movement:&nbsp;</strong>Recognizing events, initiatives or happenings that significantly advanced the green schools movement.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "56ab9501d89ebe7505000057", "56afac85388ff5870900006f"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/best-green-schools-2016-call-nominations#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 01 Feb 2016 19:06:56 +0000 Jenny Wiedower 10037333 at http://www.usgbc.org Greening higher education: Q&A with Rachel Gutter http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greening-higher-education-qa-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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Q-and-A-series-A.png?1454005822" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Last October, USGBC, along with the <a href="http://www.aashe.org/" target="_blank">Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education</a> (AASHE), the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/projects/national-wildlife-federation" target="_blank">National Wildlife Federation</a> (NWF) and <a href="http://secondnature.org/" target="_blank">Second Nature</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://usgbc.org/articles/collaborating-future-higher-education-sustainability">committed to more deeply collaborate</a>&nbsp;on sustainability in higher education toward the goal of graduating more than 20 million &ldquo;global sustainability citizens&rdquo; across all majors by 2025.</p> <p>We interviewed leaders from each organization to get their take on what the commitment means to them, and the results they hope to achieve. In the first installment of this four-part blog series, we talk with <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/rachel-gutter/0010035868" target="_blank">Rachel Gutter</a>, USGBC Senior Vice President of Knowledge and Director of the <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/" target="_blank">Center for Green Schools</a>, on her vision for greening higher education and the students who stand to grow from it.</p> <p><strong>How do you envision the effects that this commitment will have?</strong></p> <p>The four organizations involved in this commitment are setting a new tone and leading by example. We know that if we work more closely together, we can increase our capacity, magnify our impact and better support institutions of higher education in their efforts to green their campuses and prepare their students for 21st century careers in sustainability.</p> <p><strong>From your perspective, what does a 21st&nbsp;century sustainability native look like?</strong></p> <p>Sustainability natives are those who intuitively make decisions to use what they need as opposed to what they can. These individuals are adept in systems thinking and understand the complexities of cause-and-effect relationships. This generation, in particular, approaches sustainability as a solution, rather than a challenge. With this commitment comes a renewed push for project-based learning opportunities for students who already possess this mentality, so that they are better prepared for 21st&nbsp;century careers. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>What value does each of the partners bring to this commitment?</strong></p> <p>All of the organizations that brought this commitment forward have played vital roles in the shift toward greener, more efficient and healthier campuses, as well as the injection of sustainability themes into higher education curriculum and degree pathways.</p> <p>From the beginning, our organizations have been pulling in the same direction, but we haven&rsquo;t always worked together. For example, both USGBC and NWF support student groups on campuses. Through our conversations with NWF and in polling college students on what they most want from USGBC, we concluded that we could better support students (and the green campus movement at large) if we reconfigured USGBC Students to serve as a resource channel that flows through existing campus groups, like NWF EcoLeaders. Now, instead of separately organizing parallel networks of student groups with overlapping goals, USGBC and NWF can join forces to leverage our collective capacity, resources and impact.</p> <p><strong>What are some of the basic components needed to actualize the actions outlined in the pledge?</strong></p> <p>What will sustain this movement is better data and data sets that talk to one another. Each of our organizations possess a tremendous amount of campus-level data that can be organized, aggregated and put back into the hands of schools&nbsp;to help them make better decisions and drive sustainability deeper into the fabric of their institutions. Even more exciting is the kind of impact we could catalyze if each of our respective data sets could be visualized and interpreted in combination. Just think of all the valuable insights we could generate!</p> <p><strong>As someone who has spent their entire career dedicated to education, do you have words of encouragement for someone who is considering a career in sustainability?&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>There are infinite opportunities within the field of sustainability; more and more, sustainability is a theme&mdash;even a mentality&mdash;that permeates every field and every organization. To work in a capacity that focuses on how to balance humanity&rsquo;s long-term needs with the resources that are available is fulfilling and inspiring work. My advice is to get practical, seek internships and focus on gaining real-world experience, so that you can amass expertise on a broad spectrum of sustainability concepts that are likely to be applicable no matter what field or industry you elect to work in.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "56a66e576b73fa6180000087", "56aa5e5441cc84401f000001"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greening-higher-education-qa-rachel-gutter#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 28 Jan 2016 18:27:14 +0000 Amanda Sawit 10030629 at http://www.usgbc.org Leckie Elementary School in Washington, D.C., gets a green makeover http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leckie-elementary-school-washington-dc-gets-green-makeover <div class="field field-type-text field-field-all-authorized-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Eric Westerduin, Co-Founder of Suite Plants </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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/leckie-elementary-school-in-washington-dc-gets-a-green-makeover_0.png?1453222367" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Students, teachers, staff and volunteers came together on a chilly December morning at the <a href="http://www.leckielionsdc.org/" target="_blank">M.V. Leckie Elementary School</a> in Washington, D.C., for a community building project. USGBC's <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/" target="_blank">Center for Green Schools</a> arranged for <a href="http://www.suiteplants.com/" target="_blank">Suite Plants</a> to donate eight of their LiveFence living green walls to Leckie Elementary School, and volunteers constructed custom rolling wooden planter boxes for the green walls.<img src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1453214366-45-4920/IMG_6383.jpg" style="float: left; border: 1px solid black; margin: 10px;" width="300" height="200" class="alignleft" /></p> <p>The Suite Plants ivy plant walls had been used a few weeks earlier as decoration in an education room at USGBC&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.com/" target="_blank">Greenbuild International Conference and Expo</a>. Instead of shipping the LiveFence walls back to the company's greenhouse, and thereby increasing the carbon footprint, a more green solution was to find a local home.</p> <p>As&nbsp;<a href="http://www.leckielionsdc.org/" target="_blank">Leckie Elementary School</a> Principal Atasha James explains, "Installing the living walls brought life and better air into our school." Living walls act as a natural air purification system by filtering out airborne contaminants, pumping out oxygen to revitalize the air and even regulating humidity levels, which has been shown to reduce the effects of the flu. Numerous studies have demonstrated that living walls have an overwhelmingly positive effect on building occupants by increasing productivity, improving air quality, reducing stress levels, improving cognitive function and even increasing creativity.<img src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1453214547-69-5165/IMG_6378.jpg" style="float: right; border: 1px solid black; margin: 10px;" width="300" height="200" class="alignright" /></p> <p>We are happy that Suite Plants had the opportunity to install these living walls and incorporate a biophilic design concept&mdash;that humans crave a connection to nature and perform better when surrounded by natural elements that mimic the outdoor environment&mdash;at Leckie Elementary. We believe everyone should experience and benefit from nature, no matter the setting.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "569928848855afd19000001a", "569e69b14d4e82d984000044"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leckie-elementary-school-washington-dc-gets-green-makeover#comments Community Tue, 19 Jan 2016 16:52:47 +0000 10005015 at http://www.usgbc.org Apply now for the 2016 School Sustainability Leaders Summit http://www.usgbc.org/articles/apply-now-2016-school-sustainability-leaders-summit <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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Apply-now-for-the-2016-School-Sustainability-Leaders-Summit.png?1452192304" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/" target="_blank">Center for Green Schools</a>&nbsp;is hosting the sixth annual <a href="https://usgbc.wufoo.com/forms/zflmpx40xry5na/" target="_blank">School Sustainability Leaders' Summit</a> in conjunction with the&nbsp;<a href="http://greenschoolsconference.org/" target="_blank">Green Schools Conference and Expo</a>&nbsp;in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania&mdash;marking a shift in location and date from previous years. The summit will be held from March 29-30, 2016, while the conference will run March 31-April 1.</p> <p>The School Sustainability Leaders&rsquo; Summit is the only convening in the country specifically designed for staff of school districts and independent schools who are responsible for system-wide environmental sustainability strategy.</p> <p>Each year, a small number of attendees are selected through an application-based process.&nbsp;Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis until March 1, 2016.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://usgbc.wufoo.com/forms/zflmpx40xry5na/" target="_blank" class="button">Apply to the 2016 summit</a></strong></p> <p>Summit attendees will join the nation&rsquo;s leaders in school sustainability in sharing strategies for improving resource efficiency, human health and environmental education in U.S. schools and school districts. Attendees will also</p> <ul> <li>Gain a better understanding of the dynamics of organizational change leadership and how to implement sustainability programs within their school systems.</li> <li>Hear from experts in change management theory and discuss best practices to influence decision-making and system culture in their daily work.</li> <li>Create strategies for implementing sustainability practices, using the uniqueness of each school system as a foundation.</li> </ul> <p>Content requests gathered through the attendees&rsquo; applications inform both the content and the speakers for each topic discussed at the summit. A <a href="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1452018688-70-4502/School_Sustainability_Leaders_Summit_2016Info.pdf" target="_blank">one-pager</a>&nbsp;can help attendees gain support from district leaders or school administrators.</p> <p>A limited number of travel stipends are offered to help with transportation and lodging. For more information, contact&nbsp;<a href="mailto:schools@usgbc.org" target="_blank">Anisa Baldwin Metzger</a>.</p> <p>Participants are encouraged to attend both the summit and the Green Schools Conference. There is no cost to attend the summit, and registration for the Green Schools Conference is not required in order to attend.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "568bec6053c7c1004a000003", "568eae5de03bdc38f800004b"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/apply-now-2016-school-sustainability-leaders-summit#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 07 Jan 2016 18:30:54 +0000 Amanda Sawit 9972269 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC Announces New Exam Pricing for Students http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-announces-new-exam-pricing-students <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="2792" height="1283" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press_release_v2-01_4_0.png?1452025808" /> </div> </div> </div> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Higher education students will receive 50 percent discount to support future sustainability careers</em></p> <p>Washington, D.C. &ndash; (Jan. 5, 2015) &ndash; Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced for the first time that students will be able to take the LEED Green Associate exam for a reduced fee of $100. The regular exam price is $200 for USGBC members and $250 for non-members.</p> <p>&ldquo;As the need for STEM-centric professionals with proven experience and expertise grows, USGBC hopes to empower young professionals to take their studies to the next level and be well equipped to successfully move forward in the green building industry,&rdquo; said Jaime Van Mourik, director of Higher Education at USGBC.</p> <p>Students pursuing degrees in architecture, construction management, design, engineering, environmental sciences, natural resources management, and more, will find the credential helpful as they venture into the working world. LEED Green Associates have a documented, up-to-date understanding of the most current green building principles and practices.</p> <p>&ldquo;USGBC is committed to supporting the next generation of emerging sustainability professionals and expanding the reach of the green building movement,&rdquo; says Van Mourik. &ldquo;We understand the struggles many students face with debt, the unpredictable job market and cost of living once they graduate. By making the test more affordable, we hope students can focus on what matters &ndash; dreaming big and achieving the next major milestones in the sustainability industry and beyond.&rdquo;</p> <p>According to USGBC&rsquo;s <a href="http://go.usgbc.org/2015-Green-Building-Economic-Impact-Study.html">2015 Green Building Economic Impact Study</a> conducted by Booz Allen Hamilton, the green construction sector is outpacing overall construction growth in the U.S. and will account for more than 3.3 million U.S. jobs by 2018. As the industry continues to grow, the potential for job security, advancement and professional fulfillment for graduates is significant.</p> <p>Colleges and universities are preparing students for industry growth through classes like <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/impact#leed-lab">LEED Lab</a>, a multidisciplinary immersion course that utilizes the built environment to educate and prepare students to become green building leaders and sustainability-focused citizens. By engaging students in coursework that is directly related to LEED (Leadership in Energy &amp; Environmental Design), the most widely used green building rating system in the world, and preparing for the LEED credentials, students are better equipped to take the Green Associate exam.</p> <p>In addition to LEED Lab, USGBC works with students to transform their campuses, communities and careers through USGBC Students. USGBC Students provides a way for hundreds of young leaders to come together and participate in hands-on green building experiences on their own campuses. USGBC helps students integrate sustainability themes into their coursework, advocates for sustainable university practices and policies, and facilitates student attendance at green building conferences, events and collaborations with other student organizations, campaigns and initiatives.</p> <p>Students who complete the LEED Green Associate exam will join more than 38,000 credentialed professionals. To receive the new student pricing, students must confirm enrollment at a post-secondary institution and provide their graduation date. <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/credentials#ga">Learn about the LEED Green Associate exam</a>.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "568c0c5253c7c13eba000071", "568c27b9a574b2aee800011c"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-announces-new-exam-pricing-students#comments Media Tue, 05 Jan 2016 20:30:08 +0000 Leticia McCadden 9967777 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC Students http://www.usgbc.org/students <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="948" height="375" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/USGBC-Students-B.png?1473267659" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>The global USGBC Students community is working together to sustain our future.</strong> </p> <p>The global USGBC Students community is the most wide-ranging group of students — of all ages — working together to sustain our future. USGBC Students have access to the largest network of sustainability professionals around the world, opportunities to network and volunteer with local community groups, and a dynamic web-portfolio to showcase achievements and accomplishments.</p> <p><strong>Create an account</strong><br> There is only one requirement: you must currently be a student. Any student of any age can join the global USGBC Students community. Create a user profile on <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/" target="_blank">usgbc.org</a>, and register as a student in the “About” section.</p> <p><strong>Perfect your portfolio</strong><br> Add projects and accomplishments to your portfolio. Showcase all the work you’ve done with images, audio and video files, and even upload your resume.</p> <p>Why your portfolio matters: Employers are looking for creative and ambitious students like you to shape our sustainable future. A robust portfolio attracts employers — and potential colleagues — and sets you apart.</p> <p><strong>Gather!</strong><br> Students are everywhere! Anybody with a USGBC.org user profile can search for and contact other students through the USGBC Students directory. Connect with and learn from industry professionals eager to mentor students. Get involved with your local USGBC community — volunteer and advocacy opportunities abound!</p> <p>This year Greenbuild is being held from Oct. 5–7 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in California. Full-time students can attend for free as a volunteer. <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/become-volunteer-greenbuild-2016-and-attend-free">Learn more</a>.</p> <p><strong>Student discounts</strong><br> Students can also receive discounts on products, including the LEED v4 web-based reference guide ($50), Education @USGBC subscription ($99), and publications (USGBC member price). <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/store">Visit the USGBC Store</a>.</p> <hr/> <h3>Host a LEED Lab on your campus</h3> <p>LEED Lab is a multidisciplinary immersion course that utilizes the built environment to educate and prepare students to become green building leaders and sustainability focused citizens. </p> <br> <iframe width="560" height="315" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/sa9_2IXr9VA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <br> <p>In the course students assess the performance of existing facilities on campus and choose one building where they will facilitate the LEED for Building Operations and Maintenance (LEED O+M) process with the goal of certifying the facility. At the close of the semester the students are prepared to sit for the LEED AP O+M professional credential exam. <a href="http://fs25.formsite.com/USGBC/form18/index.html">Bring LEED Lab to your school</a>.</p><br> <hr/> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/students#comments Community Fri, 01 Jan 2016 17:00:00 +0000 10431635 at http://www.usgbc.org The Go Green Challenge in Detroit gets a boost http://www.usgbc.org/articles/go-green-challenge-detroit-gets-boost <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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/the-go-green-challenge-in-detroit-gets-a-boost-a_0.png?1449691391" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>As the year comes to a close, I&rsquo;m reflecting on how pleased Detroit Public Schools is to receive one of this year&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-announces-2015-school-district-scholarship-recipients" target="_blank">School District Scholarships</a> from the <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/" target="_blank">Center for Green Schools</a>. We are in the fourth year of administering our districtwide sustainability program, the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greening-detroit-public-schools-reduce-costs-and-strengthen-communities" target="_blank">DPS Go Green Challenge</a> (GGC). The opportunities presented by this scholarship will allow the district to provide professional development for its staff and overall technical assistance to the Office of Energy and Sustainability as we continue to improve the program.&nbsp;</p> <p>Each school year, hundreds of teachers and thousands of students participate in the GGC. The program has three primary goals: boost student achievement, positively impact the community and reduce operating costs. Each of the 60 participating schools form a Green Team and compete against their peers by completing STEM-focused, project-based learning activities to earn GGC points. There are 30 points available in the areas of recycling, energy and water conservation, gardening and nutrition and innovation.&nbsp;</p> <p>Last year, Green Teams completed more than 900 GGC projects&mdash;an 85 percent increase over the previous school year. These projects covered a wide range of activities, such as patrolling schools for energy and water waste, completing standards-aligned sustainability lesson plans, participating in the Rainbow Plates healthy eating competition, hosting parent recycling and energy saving workshops, and many more.&nbsp;</p> <p>During the three-month energy saving competition, DPS Go Green schools saved $253,015. Approximately 50 percent of our schools participate in the program, and the DPS Go Green schools reduced electricity usage by 3.9 percent during the competition, while non-Go Green schools increased electricity usage by 2.3 percent during the same period.&nbsp;</p> <p>We have made some great strides at DPS in making our schools more sustainable, but we know we have much more to do. The opportunities provided by this scholarship will help us take Going Green at DPS to the next level!</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "5665f2a1c21d5ee590000012", "566888eb7dc497595c000062"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/go-green-challenge-detroit-gets-boost#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 09 Dec 2015 20:03:11 +0000 Emile Lauzzana 9911850 at http://www.usgbc.org Ninety-two percent of Americans agree: Where we learn matters http://www.usgbc.org/articles/ninety-two-percent-americans-agree-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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/where-we-learn-matters-a_0.png?1449158651" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>During the <a href="http://bit.ly/1Nr3e9i" target="_blank">2015 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo</a>, the <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/" target="_blank">Center for Green Schools</a> shared the results of a recent survey that measures the perceived state of public school buildings and awareness of green issues. The findings of the survey point to a growing awareness of the need for better school infrastructure.</p> <p>This year, we saw a marked increase in support for improving schools. Up from 2013, 92 percent of Americans believe it is important to improve public school buildings, while nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of Americans feel it is "very important." The results also show a shift of public opinion in the right direction, as American support for green schools is steadily increasing each year&mdash;72 percent in 2012, compared to 80 percent in 2015.</p> <p>There was also a&nbsp;notable increase in the importance of saving tax dollars and conserving energy as reasons for improving public school buildings&nbsp;in the United States. Eighty-three percent of Americans believe saving tax dollars is an important reason for improving public school buildings, up from 73 percent in 2013. Ninety-two percent of Americans believe that saving energy is an important reason for improving public school buildings, up from 89 percent in 2013.</p> <p>This survey highlights the impact of the green building movement and shows that implementing energy efficiency measures and saving precious tax dollars, so that they can be dispersed in a meaningful way that contributes to quality education, is a growing priority for Americans. Energy-efficient schools will not only reduce our carbon footprint, but also educate generations to come about the importance of the environment and the active role they can play in conserving it.</p> <p>The survey was commissioned by USGBC and sponsored by <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/organizations/excel-dryer-inc" target="_blank">Excel Dryer, Inc.</a>, a <a href="http://www.greenapple.org" target="_blank">Green Apple</a> partner. To learn more about the results, read the <a href="http://usgbc.org/articles/energy-conservation-and-student-performance-top-reasons-improving-us-public-schools">press release</a>&nbsp;or contact <a href="mailto:jlasky@usgbc.org" target="_blank">Josh Lasky</a>.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "565e0d9ffbb2d01a7a00005e", "566067e92edb724d0e000003"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/ninety-two-percent-americans-agree-where-we-learn-matters#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 03 Dec 2015 16:04:10 +0000 Josh Lasky 9897968 at http://www.usgbc.org Discounted LEED Green Associate exam pricing for students http://www.usgbc.org/articles/discounted-leed-green-associate-exam-pricing-students <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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/usgbc-announces-new-exam-pricing-for-students-b_0.png?1449070084" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>USGBC is pleased to announce that, for the first time, students will be able to sit for the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/credentials#ga" target="_blank">LEED Green Associate exam</a>&nbsp;for a reduced fee of $100. The regular exam price is $200 for USGBC members and $250 for nonmembers. (Only one discount may be applied per exam.)</p> <p>Recognizing the struggles many students face with debt, the unpredictable job market and cost of living once they graduate, USGBC is committed to supporting emerging professionals and current students in pursuit of careers related to sustainability.</p> <p>Students graduating with degrees in architecture, construction management, design, engineering, environmental sciences, natural resources management and other related disciplines may find the Green Associate credential helpful as they venture into the working world.</p> <p>According to the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-study-finds-green-construction-major-us-economic-driver" target="_blank">2015 Green Building Economic Impact Study</a>, released by USGBC and prepared by Booz Allen, the green building sector is outpacing overall construction growth in the United States and will account for more than 3.3 million U.S. jobs by 2018. For students completing undergraduate or graduate degrees, the potential for job security, advancement and professional fulfillment is significant as the industry continues to grow.</p> <p>Many higher education institutions are engaging students in coursework that is directly related to LEED and preparing for the LEED credentials. An example is&nbsp;<a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/impact#leed-lab">LEED Lab</a>, a multidisciplinary immersion course that uses the built environment to educate and prepare students to become green building leaders and sustainability-focused citizens. LEED Lab allows for additional individual and institutional cost savings.</p> <p>As the call for STEM-centric professionals with proven experience and expertise grows ever louder, USGBC is committed to helping students&mdash;no matter their background or where they go to school. Expanding the reach of the green building movement to include young professionals and students is essential as the industry grows. USGBC looks forward to welcoming a new class of LEED Green Associates into the fold.</p> <p><a href="http://go.usgbc.org/green-associate" target="_blank">Download our free handbook</a> to prepare for the LEED Green Associate exam.</p> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/exam-registration/exam?exam=2773636" target="_blank" class="button">register to take the Green Associate exam</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "565e1a08fbb2d03063000080", "565f0de691837fa335000042"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/discounted-leed-green-associate-exam-pricing-students#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 02 Dec 2015 15:28:04 +0000 Jaime Van Mourik 9895417 at http://www.usgbc.org Join Green Apple at Greenbuild 2015 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/join-green-apple-greenbuild-2015 <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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/join-green-apple-at-greenbuild-2015-d_0.png?1447685327" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>At <a href="http://greenbuildexpo.com/" target="_blank">Greenbuild</a> 2015, you'll want to stop by the Green Apple booth (#2251). Our booth will feature lots of exciting programming, including book signings with authors and green schools champions, meet-and-greets with our Green Apple partners and the chance to see the winning student submissions of <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/chapters/north-carolina-chapter" target="_blank">USGBC North Carolina</a>&rsquo;s Natural Talent Design Competition. We&rsquo;ll also be showing photos and videos from <a href="http://www.greenapple.org" target="_blank">Green Apple Day of Service</a> projects that took place all over the world this past year.</p> <p>Visit the Green Apple booth at any time to discover more about our work and learn how to engage with a school in your community. Pick up a Green Apple pin and a special &ldquo;Good Apple&rdquo; ribbon to attach to your Greenbuild badge to show your support for healthy, safe and efficient schools. Also, be sure to follow us on Twitter at @mygreenschools and #GreenAppleDay.</p> <h3><strong>Schedule of activities at the Green Apple booth (#2251)</strong></h3> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="2"><strong>Wednesday, November 18</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="115px">10:30-11:30 am</td> <td>Book Signing: Emily Scofield, author of <em><a href="http://www.warrenpublishing.net/store/p98/CoCo_and_Dean%3A_Explorers_of_the_World_by_Emily_Scofield.html">Coco &amp; Dean: Explorers of the World</a> </em>and Executive Director of USGBC-North Carolina</td> </tr> <tr> <td>11:30 am-1:00 pm</td> <td>Meet and Greet: Winning student team of the <a href="http://www.usgbcnc.org/?page=TriangleDesignCom">USGBC-NC Natural Talent Design Competition</a> from Forsyth Technical Community College</td> </tr> <tr> <td>1:00-2:00 pm</td> <td>Book Signing: Penny Bonda and Summer Minchew, authors of <a href="http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118456297.html"><em>Sustainable Commercial Interiors, Second Edition</em></a></td> </tr> <tr> <td>2:00-2:30 pm</td> <td>Press Conference: Green schools public opinion research with Rachel Gutter, Senior Vice President of Knowledge and Director of the Center for Green Schools at USGBC, and Bill Gagnon, Vice President of Marketing at <a href="http://greenapple.org/partners">Excel Dryer, Inc.</a>, a Green Apple Partner</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2:30-3:00 pm</td> <td>Meet and Greet: <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/rachel-gutter/0010035868">Rachel Gutter</a>, Senior Vice President of Knowledge and Director of the Center for Green Schools at USGBC</td> </tr> <tr> <td>4:30-5:00 pm</td> <td>Learn About <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/impact#leed-lab">LEED Lab</a>, a conversation with <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/jaime-van-mourik/0010143628" target="_blank">Jaime Van Mourik</a>, Director of Higher Education at USGBC</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="2"><strong>Thursday, November 19</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="115px">10:30-11:00 am</td> <td>Meet and Greet: Wanda Dunaway, Director of Education and Government Markets <a href="http://greenapple.org/partners">Shaw Contract Group</a>, a Green Apple Partner</td> </tr> <tr> <td>11:00 am-12:00 pm</td> <td>Book Signing: Annie Donnelly, author of <em><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/willow-watts-and-green-school-wish">Willow Watts &amp; the Green School Wish</a> </em>and 2014 Best of Green Schools honoree</td> </tr> <tr> <td>12:00-12:30 pm</td> <td>Live Demo: Green Schools Activity Map (Beta Version) with <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/emma-arnold/0010847827" target="_blank">Emma Arnold</a>, Data and Research Associate at the Center for Green Schools at USGBC</td> </tr> <tr> <td>12:30-2:00 pm</td> <td>Live Demo: <a href="http://learninglab.usgbc.org/">Learning Lab</a>, USGBC&rsquo;s new K-12 curriculum platform, with <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/jenny-wiedower/0010692195" target="_blank">Jenny Wiedower</a>, K-12 Manager at the Center for Green Schools at USGBC</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2:00-3:00 pm</td> <td>Meet and Greet: Faye Gao, Business Development Leader for Education, <a href="http://greenapple.org/partners">Energy Focus, Inc.</a>, a Green Apple Partner</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Green Apple is an initiative of the <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/" target="_blank">Center for Green Schools</a> at USGBC that empowers parents, teachers, students, nonprofit organizations and businesses to take action in support of healthy, safe and efficient learning environments. Together, we can send a powerful message to the world that where we learn matters. Get involved at <a href="http://www.greenapple.org/">greenapple.org</a>.&nbsp;For more information about Green Apple at Greenbuild, please contact <a href="mailto:jlasky@usgbc.org" target="_blank">Josh Lasky</a>, Green Apple Manager.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "56421a2231565ccf4300008c", "5649ecaee051fc507700004f"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/join-green-apple-greenbuild-2015#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 16 Nov 2015 14:48:47 +0000 Josh Lasky 9842209 at http://www.usgbc.org MADE at TalentFX: Building big data in our big world—Eric Harting http://www.usgbc.org/articles/made-talentfx-building-big-data-our-big-world%E2%80%94eric-harting <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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/made-at-talentfx-becoming_a_community_changemaker_chi_chi_truong_0.png?1447434598" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>TalentFX is returning to <a href="http://greenbuildexpo.com/" target="_blank">Greenbuild</a>&nbsp;in 2015, held in Washington, DC. This cutting-edge program features a direct line to master speakers in an intimate setting and offers amazing opportunities to connect with your peers and leaders in the green building industry, as well as access to invaluable career advice!</p> <p>We could brag about how awesome&nbsp;<a href="http://greenbuildexpo.com/Attendee/Home/Events/TalentFX">TalentFX 2015</a>&nbsp;is going to be all day long, but why take our word for it?&nbsp;Below, <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/eric-harting/0010945330" target="_blank">Eric Harting</a>, a speaker at this year&rsquo;s TalentFX, shares his USGBC story and previews his upcoming talk, &ldquo;Building Big Data in our Big World.&rdquo;</p> <blockquote> <p>I distinctly remember the first USGBC event I attended, in March 2014. A coworker had driven us both, and we were waiting at the bar to meet the rest of the Emerging Professionals (EP) committee for its spring happy hour event. As turns out, there were two bars in the city with the same name, and we were at the wrong one! We finally made it to the correct location after half an hour of clearly being at the wrong place. After meeting all the EPs and their colleagues, I remember thinking that everyone was incredibly interesting and that this was an organization that I needed to be a part of. Everyone was passionate about their work and had amazing experiences in the local sustainability and energy markets.</p> <p>After graduating as a mechanical engineer, I started work as a building automation specialist in 2011. I got incredible hands-on experience programming building automation equipment, installing controllers and repairing faulty hardware. Almost two months prior to that first EP event, I started helping our energy engineer with analysis of chilled water plants and analyzing the trends we collected on site. That was my first real experience looking at the data our system had been collecting in a different light. Before that, I had only observed the data when trying to tune a chilled water loop or investigate why an office never cooled down in the summer, but when I worked with the energy team, I saw how that same information could be used to drive down operational costs and increase savings for our customers. The trend reports I pulled became so much more valuable.</p> <p>I continued attending EP events&mdash;monthly meetings, fundraisers and networking events. The experience introduced me to green roof advocates, LEED project managers and sustainability education coordinators. By working on events with the other EPs, I learned about their markets and how to market myself as well. Later, in 2014, an opening for an energy engineer became available with my company. I applied and was ultimately offered the position. I think that participating with the local USGBC chapter and the EP committee definitely gave me a leg up in the selection process, since I had prior knowledge of the market and the confidence to communicate it.</p> <p>Today, as an energy engineer, I am taking that same building automation data and helping our customers to reduce their energy consumption and carbon footprint. I use tools we&rsquo;ve developed to extract the information from the building automation system and turn it into a valuable deliverable that wouldn&rsquo;t have been accessible without readily available interval trend data. The team I work with has come up with great solutions to the data-value gap, but there is still a lot more work to be done. There is an untapped wealth of information that is becoming easier to access with more economic sensors and applications&mdash;and as sustainability professionals, we just need to find the value in it.</p> <p>This year at Greenbuild, I have the unique opportunity to talk about my experiences in the building automation and energy management fields at TalentFX, a speaking series for those building careers that matter.&nbsp;At my session &ldquo;Building Big Data in our Big World,&rdquo; I will share my thoughts on the value of data. I hope to educate attendees on the myriad uses of data we capture every day, not just in buildings, but all around us. I &nbsp;believe that if we can build it, we can monitor it, but the value of that information has to outweigh the cost of the technology. And the biggest question for me is, where do we go from there?</p> <p>Join me at TalentFX to explore that question on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 12:00 p.m. in Room 149A+B.&nbsp;</p> </blockquote> <p><a href="http://e.hanleywood.com/l/15182/2015-07-14/3rd13y" target="_blank" class="button">Sign up for TalentFX</a>&nbsp;</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "563b8543420d56a003000014", "564619404d26cbbac3000044"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/made-talentfx-building-big-data-our-big-world%E2%80%94eric-harting#comments Community Fri, 13 Nov 2015 17:09:57 +0000 Eric Harting 9837639 at http://www.usgbc.org Collaborating for the future of higher education sustainability http://www.usgbc.org/articles/collaborating-future-higher-education-sustainability <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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/collaborating-for-the-future-of-higher-education-sustainability-b_0.png?1446840896" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>On Monday, Oct. 26 at the annual Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) conference, USGBC announced alongside our partners&mdash;<a href="http://www.aashe.org" target="_blank">AASHE</a>, the <a href="http://nwf.org" target="_blank">National Wildlife Federation</a>&nbsp;(NWF) and <a href="http://snwp.com" target="_blank">Second Nature</a>&mdash;a commitment to collaborate more deeply and align our work in the higher education sector. With this commitment came a pledge to work together in three areas in support of a vision for the movement. Below is our joint statement describing our commitment, intentions and goals:</p> <h3>Collaborating for the Future of Higher Education Sustainability</h3> <p>College and university leaders across the United States and around the world have stepped up to model sustainability across curricula, operations, management systems and community relations. The breathtaking examples range from networked geothermal efficiency systems across hundreds of buildings; dramatic shifts toward more sustainable transportation modes; near-elimination of solid waste; and tens of thousands of graduates launching greener careers, businesses and ways of life. More than any other sector, higher education is comprehensively addressing the imperative of climate science. Nearly 700 college and university presidents have pledged to reduce carbon pollution at the scale and within the timetables recommended by scientists, with many institutions aiming to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, or within the lifetimes of most of today&rsquo;s college students.&nbsp;</p> <p>In all of these endeavors, sustainability directors, presidents and students have led the way. Walking gratefully by their side for at least the last two decades have been a handful of organizations. Most recently, AASHE, NWF, Second Nature, USGBC, and many other governmental and nongovernmental partners, have coalesced in new ways, renewing and strengthening a commitment to play a coordinated and meaningful part in the next stages of the advancement of higher education leadership for sustainability in the United States and beyond.</p> <p>In celebration of the bold strides toward sustainability made across U.S. higher education, these organizations pledge to support the next bold leaps with a collective vision that will convey to the world that the United States is serious about demonstrating social, economic and environmental sustainability, and is doing so in a way that prepares graduates for 21st century imperatives. We collectively support a vision that:</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">By 2025, 20 million graduates across all majors will be global sustainability citizens: learning about relationships between natural, physical, economic, social and cultural systems; understanding how their personal and professional choices impact these systems; and having the agency to create solutions that allow people and the environment to thrive.</p> <p>In order to achieve this vision, AASHE, NWF, Second Nature, and USGBC pledge to</p> <ul> <li>Expand our collective capacity to convene and empower higher education leaders to deepen climate commitments, share best practices and drive sustainability into their core business.</li> <li>Consolidate and leverage our efforts to embolden more students to lead whole-campus sustainability initiatives and prepare them for 21st century careers.</li> <li>Cross-promote and increase alignment of our respective rating systems, frameworks and recognition platforms.</li> </ul> <p>In response to feedback from the higher education community, our organizations will be meeting quarterly to address our ongoing collaboration. You will hear from us as this develops, and we look forward to your continued input, insights and support as we tackle these ambitious goals together.&nbsp;</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "563b9505420d56bfc3000021", "563d0a2d0e7964858f000086"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/collaborating-future-higher-education-sustainability#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 06 Nov 2015 20:14:56 +0000 Jaime Van Mourik 9822898 at http://www.usgbc.org Recognizing the 2015 School District Scholarship awardees http://www.usgbc.org/articles/recognizing-2015-school-district-scholarship-awardees <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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/recognizing-the-2015-school-district-scholarship-awardees-b_0.png?1446734923" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Each year, the <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/" target="_blank">Center for Green Schools</a> brings together, in person, a community of school system staff who are the point persons for sustainability in their cities&rsquo; or towns&rsquo; schools. However, each year, there are faces missing, because our network is full of passionate professionals who don&rsquo;t have the permission or the funding to travel to professional development or peer networking events. These are often the people who most need to connect with like-minded professionals and get refreshed and energized for the tough work of changing the status quo in their districts.</p> <p>For the second year in a row, the center is awarding scholarships to a selected group of school district staff to get these professionals the helping hand they need to bring their incredible work to the next level. The scholarships, valued at $20,000 each, support the awardees in travel and attendance at the <a href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.com/" target="_blank">Greenbuild Conference and Expo</a>, travel and attendance at the <a href="http://greenschoolsconference.org/" target="_blank">Green Schools Conference</a> and associated <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/school-sustainability-leaders-summit" target="_blank">School Sustainability Leaders' Summit</a>, ongoing individual and group coaching and additional customized support.</p> <p>This year&rsquo;s awardees are from Detroit, Oakland, Kansas City, Salt Lake City, and just outside St. Louis. In many respects, the professionals that the center will be working with this year are leading the way for other school district staff in sustainability. For example, the <a href="https://dpsgogreen.wordpress.com/" target="_blank">Detroit Go Green Challenge</a> uses Americorps-supported staff to work hand in hand with individual schools to reduce landfill waste and energy usage in targeted competitions throughout the year. And <a href="http://www.ousd.org/site/default.aspx?PageID=1" target="_blank">Oakland Unified School District</a> has begun guiding other school districts in how they can research legal and safe ways to donate unused food from school lunch programs.</p> <p>Join us in congratulating all awardees on their selection this year, and say hello when you see them at Greenbuild or the Green Schools Conference. Their work is on the front lines of our movement, and the Center for Green Schools is proud to support each of them.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "5630d9f368971b3fc900006e", "563b6c3703a66c43ed00008a"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/recognizing-2015-school-district-scholarship-awardees#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 05 Nov 2015 14:48:43 +0000 Anisa Baldwin Metzger 9812143 at http://www.usgbc.org MADE at TalentFX: Becoming a community changemaker—Chi Chi Truong http://www.usgbc.org/articles/made-talentfx-becoming-community-changemaker%E2%80%94chi-chi-truong <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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/MADE-at-TalentFX-Becoming_a_community_changemaker_Chi_Chi_Truong.png?1446654759" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>TalentFX is returning to&nbsp;<a href="http://greenbuildexpo.com/" target="_blank">Greenbuild 2015</a>, held in Washington, DC. This cutting-edge program features a direct line to master speakers in an intimate setting and offers amazing opportunities to connect with your peers and leaders in the green building industry, as well as access to invaluable career advice!</p> <p>We could brag about how awesome&nbsp;<a href="http://greenbuildexpo.com/Attendee/Home/Events/TalentFX">TalentFX 2015</a>&nbsp;is going to be all day long, but why take our word for it?&nbsp;Below, <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/2015-rising-star-award-chi-chi-truong" target="_blank">Chi Chi Truong</a>, a past TalentFX presenter, shares his story on how his experience lead to deeper collaboration for community impact.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>&ldquo;You are the future leaders of [insert issue or cause]!&rdquo; said every speaker who has stood before you.&nbsp;&ldquo;Change the world! Make a difference!&rdquo; These were your calls to action when growing up. But how does one actually go about effecting change?</strong></p> <p>For as long as I can remember, I was always involved in the community or in after-school activities&mdash;sports, academic clubs, performance groups&mdash;you name it, I was probably in it! I was your typical overachiever.</p> <p>I looked to continue that trajectory after graduating college by joining USGBC in 2010. I wanted to apply my growing leadership skills to my new responsibilities as the local <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/emergingprofessionals" target="_blank">Emerging Professionals</a> chair and a National Chair for <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/impact#students" target="_blank">USGBC Students</a>. We partnered with Paradise Key, FIU School of Architecture, Love the Everglades, Waste Management and many other organizations to organize eco-fashion shows that encouraged people to repurpose waste into something creative and interesting. We won grants, along with Net Impact, AIA Young Architects Forum, Catalyst Miami, ULI Young Leaders and over 30 other groups, to host a public space festival to encourage local residents to activate and revitalize our downtown corridor.</p> <p>For that project, my talent of bringing groups of people together and uniting them under a common cause was very useful. I also had an amazing team around me, without whom none of it would have been possible. But in a community with so many issues, so many organizations and so many events, it was a challenge to get people to care. As successful as we were, the event was not without its share of tumultuous frustrations in getting there and getting people engaged.</p> <p>Fast-forward to <a href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.com/" target="_blank">Greenbuild</a> New Orleans 2014. I was invited to present at <a href="https://greenbuildexpo.com/TalentFX" target="_blank">TalentFX</a> to share my experiences on community collaboration and how to build support for a project through key strategic partnerships. Afterward, I stuck around to answer some questions and speak with people in the audience as well as my fellow presenters. We discovered that many of us have had similar experiences in community projects, where our biggest challenge was getting people to join the effort.</p> <p>In the following months, I was elected as the president for the USGBC South Florida Chapter, where I was then responsible for hosting and organizing these community programs and projects on a monthly basis. To my amazement, a few people approached me with ideas and programs that they were working on and hoped to partner with USGBC in implementing. When I asked them how they found out about me, they mentioned that a friend of theirs had seen my presentation at TalentFX. What a small world! As we began to curate programs together and engage other community stakeholders, more and more organizations began approaching us to partner and collaborate.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s one thing to be successful at creating successful projects, but it&rsquo;s another to make people aware of what you&rsquo;ve done. Often, we&rsquo;re afraid of coming off as arrogant if we talk about our accomplishments. But TalentFX is a platform to do just that&mdash;to share your achievements and experiences, to celebrate your successes, and to connect with other like-minded community changemakers.</p> <p><a href="http://e.hanleywood.com/l/15182/2015-07-14/3rd13y" target="_blank" class="button">Sign up to receive TalentFX announcements and updates</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "562a3b88186e0ad5ff000079", "563a3278a423e906780000b0"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/made-talentfx-becoming-community-changemaker%E2%80%94chi-chi-truong#comments Community Wed, 04 Nov 2015 16:30:02 +0000 Chi Chi Truong 9788618 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC announces 2015 School District Scholarship recipients http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-announces-2015-school-district-scholarship-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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Press_Release_v2-07.png?1446566252" /> </div> </div> </div> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>School Districts to Benefit from Expertise and Ongoing Support</em><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Washington, D.C. &ndash; Nov. 3, 2015 &ndash; The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced today the 2015 recipients of its school district scholarship program. The five selected school districts will receive ongoing support from the Center for Green Schools over the course of the next year and will benefit from connections with a broad network of school sustainability leaders.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;This year&rsquo;s School District Scholarship recipients are truly deserving of the recognition and support this program provides,&rdquo; said Rachel Gutter, director of the Center for Green Schools at USGBC. &ldquo;In the coming year, these districts will benefit from professional development opportunities, increased exposure to the vast network of other school districts striving toward the same goals and the chance to grow with support from the Center for Green Schools. They know that where we learn matters and they are devoted to creating schools that are healthy, that complement curricula and that engage students every day.&rdquo;</p> <p>Districts were selected based on the merits of their applications to the Center for Green Schools, and each has assigned at least one half-time staff person to work on sustainability programs and strategies. Throughout the coming year, these district representatives will learn from each other. Using their unique experiences from disparate regions of the country, they will come together to benefit from their collective knowledge and expertise. The scholarship for all five districts is funded through the Center for Green Schools, thanks to generous sponsorship from United Technologies Corp.</p> <p>Scholarship recipients include:</p> <p>Salt Lake City Public Schools in Salt Lake City, Utah</p> <p>Parkway Public Schools near St. Louis, Mo.</p> <p>Kansas City Public Schools in Kansas City, Mo.</p> <p>Oakland Unified School District in Oakland, Calif.</p> <p>Detroit Public Schools Detroit, Mich.</p> <p>Specific benefits available to scholarship recipients include participation in the Center for Green School&rsquo;s School Sustainability Leaders Summit, an annual event that convenes staff responsible for sustainability programs at school districts of all sizes throughout the country, giving them direct access to resource conservation and energy managers, facilities directors and other industry experts. Scholarship recipients are also fully funded for travel to the annual Greenbuild Conference and Expo, ongoing professional development support and direct access to the nation&rsquo;s leading green schools experts throughout the year.</p> <p>&ldquo;These school districts have the opportunity to create sustainable learning spaces that, as studies show, can have a positive effect on both building energy efficiency and student learning,&rdquo; said John Mandyck, UTC Chief Sustainability Officer. &ldquo;Their work will foster improved environmental literacy among students, helping to inspire a future generation of sustainability leaders.&rdquo; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>To broaden the impact of the scholarship in the selected school districts, 100 teachers from each district will be offered an opportunity to take USGBC&rsquo;s Green Classroom Professional certificate course. School districts may also take advantage of LEED certification coaching, in-person sustainability workshops and district-wide sustainability master planning.</p> <p>Studies have repeatedly shown that improving specific aspects of a student&rsquo;s classroom environment leads to better memory, attention, concentration, task speed and more. The scholarship program allows administrators to evaluate and plan for changes system wide and to elevate the level of the conversation in their communities regarding green school design and operation.&nbsp;</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "561e785ff0373164ae00016d", "5638d9281061f1d108000011"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-announces-2015-school-district-scholarship-recipients#comments Media Tue, 03 Nov 2015 15:56:44 +0000 Aline Peterson 9764361 at http://www.usgbc.org MADE at TalentFX: How Greenbuild jump-started my career—Tiffany Pupa http://www.usgbc.org/articles/made-talentfx-how-greenbuild-jump-started-my-career%E2%80%94tiffany-pupa <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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/MADE-at-TalentFX--How-Greenbuild-jump-started-my-career_Tiffany-Pupa.png?1446476209" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>TalentFX is returning to <a href="http://greenbuildexpo.com/" target="_blank">Greenbuild</a>&nbsp;in 2015, held in Washington, DC. This cutting-edge program features a direct line to master speakers in an intimate setting and offers amazing opportunities to connect with your peers and leaders in the green building industry, as well as access to invaluable career advice!</p> <p>We could brag about how awesome&nbsp;<a href="http://greenbuildexpo.com/Attendee/Home/Events/TalentFX">TalentFX 2015</a>&nbsp;is going to be all day long, but why take our word for it? Below, <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/tiffany-pupa/0010837179" target="_blank">Tiffany Pupa</a>, a past TalentFX and Greenbuild attendee, shares her story on how her experience changed her life for the better.</p> <p>TalentFX at Greenbuild 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana, was so influential that it altered my career path. Initially just attracted to the idea of getting out of the Michigan weather, heading south and eating beignets on Bourbon Street, I found that networking with the professionals and hearing panels discussions on sustainability was an exciting and magnetic experience.</p> <p>Benefits of attending Greenbuild as a student are many and varied. You will be exposed to current industry information and green building trends. I was most affected and inspired by the information about designing and building biophilic cities. I had read about biophilia&mdash;our innate affinity for natural environments&mdash;in my textbooks, but I was unaware of the range of applications. Hearing the professional discussion on the topic got me hooked. I have since incorporated biophilic design into my academic research at the university level.</p> <p>As valuable as the presentations are, the most impactful experience at Greenbuild is being among the leaders of the green movement at TalentFX. There is a special energy created when people from across the globe, who share the same passion, assemble. Having the opportunity to meet and share ideas with these individuals in an open forum has not only broadened my network, but has also given me confidence in my career decisions. It is evident how meaningful our work is. TalentFX at Greenbuild is the perfect platform for igniting a sense of curiosity that will take you to greater levels in your future career.</p> <p><a href="http://e.hanleywood.com/l/15182/2015-07-14/3rd13y" target="_blank" class="button">Sign up for TalentFX announcements and updates</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "562a3b20dd3650eb6100007c", "563778fe0dbc38ec5c00004a"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/made-talentfx-how-greenbuild-jump-started-my-career%E2%80%94tiffany-pupa#comments Community Mon, 02 Nov 2015 14:54:36 +0000 Tiffany Pupa 9739091 at http://www.usgbc.org Albuquerque students' Green Apple Day of Service booth yields hundreds of energy savings pledges http://www.usgbc.org/articles/albuquerque-students-green-apple-day-service-booth-yields-hundreds-energy-savings-pledges <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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/GADOS-E.png?1446145293" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Students from the Del Norte High School&rsquo;s Earth Club in Albuquerque, New Mexico, participated in this year&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="http://greenapple.org" target="_blank">Green Apple Day of Service</a>. The DNHS Earth Club, sponsored by biology teacher Jim Butscher, partnered with the state Energy Conservation &amp; Management Division of the Minerals &amp; Natural Resources Department at their display at the opening weekend of the 2015 New Mexico State Fair.<img src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1446145085-64-3679/GADOS_APS_2.jpg" style="float: left; border: 1px solid black; margin: 10px;" width="250" height="188" class="alignleft" /></p> <p>The students had <a href="http://www.aps.edu/news/del-norte-earth-club-students-shine-at-nmsf" target="_blank">hundreds of fair-goers sign Energy Pledges</a> asking for a commitment to reduce their energy use, and they demonstrated an energy bicycle that produced electricity through pedaling. The bike created energy that provided electricity to light a box comparing incandescent, CFL, and LED light bulbs. This demonstrated kinetically that LED light bulbs are a good choice to reduce energy costs.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.aps.edu/news/del-norte-earth-club-students-shine-at-nmsf" target="_blank"><br /></a></p> <p>This experience not only provided an opportunity for these students to share their knowledge of energy conservation and efficiency, but it also developed their public speaking and leadership skills while supporting the District&rsquo;s Water and Energy Conservation Program. The Earth Club has been conducting a lighting audit of their school, as well as designing a butterfly garden that will be planted in the fall.</p> <p>The Albuquerque Public Schools Water and Energy Conservation program is looking for schools, teachers and students to organize Energy Teams. For more information, email&nbsp;<a href="mailto:rdlazar@aps.edu" target="_blank">Robert Lazar</a>.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "562ff9e7faa92b5607000079", "56326c968c33bbd72d00007c"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/albuquerque-students-green-apple-day-service-booth-yields-hundreds-energy-savings-pledges#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 29 Oct 2015 19:00:04 +0000 Tony Sparks 9650592 at http://www.usgbc.org Second Nature and USGBC announce 2015 winners in higher education climate leaders competition http://www.usgbc.org/articles/second-nature-and-usgbc-announce-2015-winners-higher-education-climate-leaders-competition <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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press_release_v2-04_5_0_0_0.png?1445277922" /> </div> </div> </div> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Two-year and four-year higher education institutions demonstrate ongoing commitment and leadership</em></p> <p>WASHINGTON, DC&mdash;(Oct. 8, 2015)&mdash;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/organizations/second-nature-inc" target="_blank">Second Nature</a>, a national nonprofit that works to build a sustainable and positive global future through collaboration with leadership networks in higher education, in partnership with the <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org" target="_blank">Center for Green Schools</a>, today announced that two academic institutions have been selected to receive the sixth annual <a href="http://secondnature.org/climate-leadership-awards" target="_blank">Climate Leadership Awards</a>.</p> <p>The awards recognize innovative and advanced leadership in sustainability, climate change mitigation and resilience at college and university campuses that participate in Second Nature&rsquo;s Climate Commitments. This year&rsquo;s recipients show leadership through practices, partnerships and initiatives designed to tackle some of the greatest modern challenges. Examples of commitments made by these institutions include ongoing pursuit of green building practices, the development of a campus culture that embraces local sourcing, alternative transportation methods, innovative partnerships with their surrounding communities and cultivation of a sense of individual responsibility among students, faculty and staff.</p> <p>&ldquo;The Climate Leadership Awards celebrate and support those at the leading edge of sustainability and climate action in higher education,&rdquo; said Tim Carter, president of Second Nature. "We are continually impressed by what our network is capable of, and know they will keep pushing what is possible for higher education further.&rdquo;</p> <p>This year marks the most competitive year yet, with close to 50 institutions vying for only two awards: one for a two-year and one for a four-year institution. The winners were chosen from a pool of 19 finalists: seven finalists in the two-year category, and 12 in the four-year category.</p> <p>&ldquo;The leadership demonstrated by this year&rsquo;s Climate Leadership Award winners is inspirational. These schools, their students, faculty and staff are committed to change through action,&rdquo; said <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/rachel-gutter/0010035868">Rachel Gutter</a>, director of the Center for Green Schools at USGBC. &ldquo;By choosing to address sustainability issues head-on, involving members of their broad communities and drawing on their resources as places of higher learning, these schools show that great achievement is possible with dedication and a willingness to innovate and iterate. Congratulations to both of this year&rsquo;s winners for so clearly demonstrating that where we learn matters!&rdquo;</p> <p>Award winners will be recognized as part of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.com/Attendee/Home/Events/LeadershipAwardsLuncheon">2015 USGBC Leadership Awards Luncheon</a> at the <a href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.com/Attendee/Home">Greenbuild International Conference &amp; Expo</a>,&nbsp;on Nov. 19 in Washington, D.C.</p> <p><strong>The 2015 Climate Leadership Award Winners are:</strong></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Two-Year Institution:</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.westerntc.edu/default.aspx" target="_blank">Western Technical College</a>, La Crosse, WI</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Four-Year Institution:</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.appstate.edu/" target="_blank">Appalachian State University</a>, Boone, NC<br /> <br /> <a href="http://secondnature.org/our-impact/climate-leadership-awards/" target="_blank">Learn more</a> about the Climate Leadership Awards.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "56129d89889a1c181200037a", "561682fe9226708b69000073"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/second-nature-and-usgbc-announce-2015-winners-higher-education-climate-leaders-competition#comments Media Thu, 08 Oct 2015 14:52:06 +0000 Aline Peterson 9124766 at http://www.usgbc.org Last call! Submit a proposal for the 2016 Green Schools Conference & Expo http://www.usgbc.org/articles/last-call-submit-proposal-2016-green-schools-conference-expo <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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/gsce-email-header-b_0.jpg?1443551007" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Don't miss the opportunity to submit your proposal for the 2016&nbsp;<a href="http://greenschoolsconference.org/" target="_blank">Green Schools Conference &amp; Expo</a>. We're looking for educators, nonprofits, governmental agencies and corporate entities who are allies and are eager to share their knowledge and efforts to create green, healthy, sustainable teaching and learning environments.</p> <p><strong>The deadline for submissions is this Friday, October 2.</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://greenschoolsconference.org/" target="_blank">Green Schools Conference &amp; Expo</a></strong></p> <p>March 31-April 1, 2016<br />Pittsburgh, PA</p> <p><a href="http://greenschoolsconference.org/education" target="_blank" class="button">Submit a proposal or learn more</a></p> <p><em>The deadline for submittals is Friday, October 2, 2015, at 5:00 p.m. EDT.<br /><br /></em> We're also looking for peer reviewers to evaluate session proposals. Reviewers are eligible to present at the conference and receive a $50 registration discount.&nbsp;<a href="http://greenschoolsconference.org/education" target="_blank">Learn more about volunteering as a reviewer</a>.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "560a97628979b2f38b000648", "560ad70b300d3c2cb000097f"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/last-call-submit-proposal-2016-green-schools-conference-expo#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 29 Sep 2015 18:23:26 +0000 Jessica Pinkston 8900373 at http://www.usgbc.org Excel Dryer has a hand in the Green Apple Day of Service http://www.usgbc.org/articles/excel-dryer-has-hand-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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/the-green-apple-day-of-service--an-especially-valuable-endeavor-a_2_0.png?1443550761" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>On September 21, I contributed a piece to the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/organizations/excel-dryer-inc" target="_blank">Excel Dryer</a> blog about the company's ongoing commitment to the Green Apple Day of Service. You can read a portion of my piece below, and see the piece in its entirety <a href="http://www.exceldryer.com/blog/2015/09/26/excel-dryer-participates-green-apple-day-service/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p> <p>As students return to the classroom and teachers organize their lessons for the next school year, volunteers all over the world are diligently preparing for the 2015 <a href="http://greenapple.org/" target="_blank">Green Apple Day of Service</a> on September 26, and if the past is any indication, this one will be the best one yet. <a href="http://mygreenapple.org/newsroom/numbers-are-2014-green-apple-day-service-stats">Last year&rsquo;s Day of Service</a> included more than 3,800 events, projects and commitments that took place in 43 countries with the help of 306,000 volunteers. Thanks to our dedicated volunteers and Green Apple partners, we&rsquo;re on track to grow our impact this year.</p> <p>One original Seed Sponsor of the Green Apple program since its inception, <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/organizations/excel-dryer-inc" target="_blank">Excel Dryer</a>, has long been a supporter of our efforts to provide healthier and more efficient learning environments on a local, national and global scale. A partner truly committed to the green schools movement, Excel Dryer has organized Day of Service projects around the United States and developed a Green Apple-branded hand dryer line, a portion of the proceeds of which goes to support Center for Green Schools&rsquo; initiatives.</p> <p>For the last three years, Excel Dryer employees have organized Day of Service events from coast to coast with projects within their home state of Massachusetts, at Boston Public Schools and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, as well as the Los Angeles Unified School District and Sacramento Unified School District in California. This year, Excel Dryer is once again helping us raise awareness for the importance of green and sustainable school environments by organizing Day of Service projects at Stefanik Memorial School in Chicopee, Massachusetts and Norwin Learning Center in Irwin, Pennsylvania.</p> <p><a href="http://www.exceldryer.com/blog/2015/09/26/excel-dryer-participates-green-apple-day-service/" target="_blank">Read more</a> on the Excel Dryer blog.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "56044ad4717175970d00025c", "560ad610caf1f59ade000910"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/excel-dryer-has-hand-green-apple-day-service#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 29 Sep 2015 18:19:20 +0000 Rachel Gutter 8900356 at http://www.usgbc.org Celebrating Green Apple Day of Service http://www.usgbc.org/articles/celebrating-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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/usgbc_s-los-angeles-chapter-gears-up-for-a-week-of-green-apple-impact-a_1.png?1443447445" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's astounding to consider that in just four short years, <a href="http://greenapple.org/" target="_blank">Green Apple Day of Service</a> has grown from the tiny seed of an idea to a truly global initiative. Since 2012, Green Apple Day of Service has inspired more than 10,000 school improvement projects, commitments and events in 72 countries and all 50 U.S. states, engaging more than 700,000 volunteers. Collectively, your efforts have impacted more than 7 million students worldwide.</p> <p>We have work yet to do&mdash;so many schools need our help. I feel optimistic about our future. Each one of our beloved volunteers and each one of their commitments to improving our schools gives me hope. This year's outpouring of action from a global community of champions demonstrates that together we're moving in the right direction, toward healthy, safe and efficient schools. Our work on Green Apple Day of Service generates an incredible outcome, beyond the schools' walls and across neighborhoods and communities. Standing together with parents, teachers, students and dedicated volunteers, we broadcast our message to the world that where our children learn matters.</p> <p>With gratitude,</p> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/rachel-gutter/0010035868">Rachel Gutter</a></p> <p>Director, Center for Green Schools</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "56044a5de05fcfa593000259", "560942804eeca0386300021c"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/celebrating-green-apple-day-service#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 28 Sep 2015 13:37:25 +0000 Rachel Gutter 8868721 at http://www.usgbc.org What the Green Apple Day of Service means to USGBC staff http://www.usgbc.org/articles/what-green-apple-day-service-means-usgbc-staff <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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/what-the-green-apple-day-of-service-means-to-usgbc-staff-b_0.png?1443193043" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>With just one more day to go until the fourth annual <a href="http://greenapple.org/" target="_blank">Green Apple Day of Service</a>, we decided it would be good to reflect, personally, on what this occasion and movement has come to mean to us as staff members of USGBC.</p> <p>The first person to volunteer her thoughts was Suzi Warren. Suzi is a Community Advancement Associate with USGBC&rsquo;s National Capital Region and has a special history with the Green Apple Day of Service, having worked as a capacity organizer for the 2014 Day of Service. Here&rsquo;s what she had to say:</p> <p><em>The <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/" target="_blank">Center for Green Schools</a>, the entity behind the Green Apple Day of Service, plans a service day of their own each year, and last year I had the privilege of attending this event. At the time, I was working for The Center doing outreach across the United States, encouraging volunteers to participate in this global movement.&nbsp;I had spent hours on the phone with strangers across the country explaining the event to those unfamiliar with it and encouraging them to get involved by planning an event of their own. I became intimately familiar with the Green Apple Day of Service before I had even attended an event of my own.</em><em>&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>When September 27, 2014 finally came around, I couldn&rsquo;t believe that all the work we had done all summer was finally accumulating in a single day of service. I was excited to celebrate this occasion at our own service project and ready for the reward of all the hard work that had gone into planning not just this&nbsp;event, but the events all over the country. After several hours of planting, painting and workshops with local students, our team finally wrapped up the 2014 season of Green Apple Day of Service knowing we had made a difference in Washington, DC and around the world. &nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>It was at this point in the day when it hit me that all of the hard work we poured into Tubman Elementary School to make it a better, healthier and safer place for the students to work and play was not the full extent of the impact that day. Projects just like ours, and projects very unlike ours, had taken place all over the world. The magnitude of the impact of being part of a global movement had taken me by surprise and I truly felt it. Something about knowing you participated in a day that reached thousands of students across the globe really brings on those warm and fuzzy feelings.&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>I have since transitioned to work for the USGBC National Capital Region and am on the other side of the table this year, ensuring NCR is represented on the map with service projects of our own. I feel a sense of ownership and pride knowing our amazing volunteers are working tirelessly to create several impactful Green Apple Day of Service projects. I am also mentoring a local Girl Scout who is executing a Green Apple Day of Service project in her community, through the Bringing Up Girls program. It is so inspiring to see the hope in her eyes and see her eagerness to make a difference formulate in a tangible service project.</em></p> <p><em>Green Apple Day of Service has meant many things to me through my various forms of involvement, and each of them have made me feel closer to my community. There is a real sense of pride in knowing you are part of a larger movement all coming together on one day to really impact our future&mdash;our students.&nbsp;</em></p> <p>Next, Whitney Terrill, Credentialing Specialist with our LEED team, offered up her thoughts on the Green Apple Day of Service:</p> <p><em>Green Apple Day of Service is such a great opportunity to give to our schools&mdash;some of the most inspirational and transformative institutions in our societies. As a USGBC staff person, this annual day of service truly brings me so much fulfillment and joy. I find it so grounded in USGBC&rsquo;s mission&mdash;the part that is really about transforming generations of people.</em></p> <p>Roger Platt, President of USGBC, also shared his feelings on the Green Apple Day of Service:</p> <p><em>For me, Green Apple Day of Service&nbsp;has been </em>personal<em>.&nbsp;Whether I was dumpster diving at the middle school near my own home in Washington to help with the auditing of the recycling program, planting trees at a school on Capitol Hill or meeting new friends of the earth from as close as DC and as far away as West Africa, I felt rooted to my home. And that is what Green Schools are all about: a place near home that makes room for learning and also for God&rsquo;s gift of nature in all its fragile beauty. &nbsp;</em></p> <p>Finally, I&rsquo;ll add my own thoughts on the Day of Service. I started working for USGBC just about one year ago, a few days prior to the 2014 Green Apple Day of Service. I participated in the flagship event at Tubman Elementary School, painting walls and relocating plants. For me, it was eye-opening to see so many of my new colleagues coming together on a weekend to really practice what they preach. While literally getting their hands dirty for the cause, there was a sense of energy and joy that was palpable. Even though I was brand-new, I felt part of a community of caring individuals.</p> <p>At its heart, I think that is what the Green Apple Day of Service is all about: cultivating community and a sense of shared responsibility, accomplishment, investment and improvement. It&rsquo;s been a year and I feel truly privileged to continue to be a part of this movement, to make thousands of schools better, brighter, healthier and happier places to live, learn, work and play. Because of my hands-on experience with the Green Apple Day of Service, I have seen for myself and truly believe that where we learn matters.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "5604333a8a0659cca1000097", "560560bd73ee42e3c700024c"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/what-green-apple-day-service-means-usgbc-staff#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 25 Sep 2015 14:57:23 +0000 Aline Peterson 8795725 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC celebrates World Green Building Week with Green Apple Day of Service http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-celebrates-world-green-building-week-green-apple-day-service-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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/usgbc-celebrates-world-green-building-week-with-green-apple-day-of-service-a_0.png?1443042601" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The World Green Building Council&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.worldgbc.org/activities/wgbweek/">World Green Building Week</a>&nbsp;is in full swing, celebrating the efforts of Green Building Councils (GBCs) from 100 countries around the world, which in turn represent more than 27,000 organizations.</p> <p>From Sept. 21-27, 2015, GBCs are taking part in events that encourage people to take direct action and make an environmental difference in their communities. This year&rsquo;s theme, &ldquo;Powering Positive Change,&rdquo; reflects our shared mission to create sustainable built environments and encourages us to find ways of sharing our many diverse, impactful stories.</p> <h3>Celebrate through Green Apple Day of Service</h3> <p>USGBC recognizes the importance of taking direct and immediate action to implement positive change, which is why we are celebrating World Green Building Week by participating in Green Apple Days of Service across the United States, all leading up to the official&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ahf1q6Eou84&amp;app=desktop" target="_blank">Green Apple Day of Service</a>&nbsp;next Saturday, Sept. 27.</p> <p>Now in its fourth year, the Day of Service gives parents, teachers, students, local organizations and businesses the opportunity to transform schools into healthy, safe and productive learning environments through local service projects.</p> <p>There are thousands of Green Apple Day of Service projects taking place this month, and you can join us by volunteering or&nbsp;<a href="https://donate.mygreenapple.org/page/event/create">registering</a>&nbsp;for one this week or any day of the year. There&rsquo;s no better time than &ldquo;right now&rdquo; to implement positive change.</p> <p>Don't forget to share your World Green Building Week photos, stories and more on social media using the hashtag&nbsp;#WGBweek. Feel free to join the discussions around Green Apple Day of Service using the hashtag #GreenAppleDay. Let&rsquo;s celebrate empowerment, sustainability and change together.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "559acf2de68fe16bd20002a2", "5603151302f432552f000bcf"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-celebrates-world-green-building-week-green-apple-day-service-0#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 23 Sep 2015 21:10:01 +0000 Julia Pergolini 8751708 at http://www.usgbc.org How are New London Public Schools saving $90k per year? http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-are-new-london-public-schools-saving-90k-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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/how-are-new-london-public-schools-saving-_90k-per-year-a_0.png?1442594521" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you're a green schools advocate, you&rsquo;re used to championing energy efficiency initiatives. However, it can be very challenging for sustainability professionals with no background in computer networking to advocate for changes related to information technology. You really need a &ldquo;green IT&rdquo; expert by your side.</p> <p>During&nbsp;our April 10&nbsp;webcast, we explored how computer networks and data centers present numerous opportunities to reduce energy costs. Examples include configuring computers to automatically drop into a low power "sleep mode" when inactive, saving $10-$100 per computer annually, according to Energy Star.</p> <p>The Energy Star Low Carbon IT Campaign, a nationwide effort to assist and recognize organizations for reducing the energy consumed by their IT equipment, provides school districts contemplating IT energy efficiency measures with free phone consultations. Energy Star&rsquo;s technical experts answer questions, address concerns and save your IT colleagues hours of work researching and testing solutions. Setting up a call between your IT manager and a green IT expert can transform your initiative from an abstract idea into a concrete implementation plan in as little as an hour.</p> <p>Energy Star has helped <a href="http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=power_mgt.pr_power_mgt_low_carbon_participants">dozens of school districts</a>, such as&nbsp;<a href="http://www.newlondon.org">New London Public Schools</a>, reduce their energy costs. Now that the district&rsquo;s 2,600 computers automatically shut down at 6:00 p.m. every weekday, the district is paying nearly $100,000 less for electricity every year.&nbsp;The solution they deployed provides New London&rsquo;s IT administrator with a very easy way to configure each computer to save energy&mdash;no matter what platform it runs on (Microsoft, Apple, Chrome, etc.). It&rsquo;s also easy to exclude a handful of computers that need to stay on overnight for remote access or other reasons.</p> <p><span class="s4">For more information, visit <a href="http://www.energystar.gov/lowcarbonit">Energy Star Low Carbon IT Campaign</a>&nbsp;and request a <a href="http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=power_mgt.pr_power_mgt_contact">free technical consultation</a>.</span></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "55f778181f1523d9520007b1", "55fc3fd3f45cdc2166000340"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-are-new-london-public-schools-saving-90k-year#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 18 Sep 2015 16:42:01 +0000 Mike Walker 8620536 at http://www.usgbc.org What if? Inspiration for service learning opportunities http://www.usgbc.org/articles/what-if-inspiration-service-learning-opportunities <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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/register-for-the-2015-green-apple-day-of-service-b_0-1_0.png?1442454204" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><span>During the economic downturn, as business slowed, one company in Minnesota looked around and asked &ldquo;what if?&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span>What if, in the face of uncertainty, we plant a garden within the abundance of green space at our corporate headquarters and donate the food to those in need in our community? Retail Construction Services, Inc. put that question into action and the <a target="_blank">Giving Garden</a> was planted in 2009. RCS made their first donation of food to Valley Outreach Food Shelf in Stillwater, MN that July. Now a thriving part of their organization, the Giving Garden provides an opportunity for employees to give back, get fresh air, and connect with each other ultimately boosting employee satisfaction, and in turn, output - giving an unexpected jolt to business.</span></p> <p><span>Beaming from the success of the garden, RCS Staff asked themselves how do we do more? The Giving Garden is now used as a full circle teaching tool; involving the children from across the St. Croix Valley. In the garden, kids learn about gardening and make a connection to our world by learning about where their food comes from, its impact on everything from fossil fuels to the collapse of the honey bee. Children learn valuable lessons about water conservation, food storage, harvesting seeds, and composting. &nbsp;Above all, they experience first-hand the spirit of giving and community service. To date, the&nbsp;Giving Garden has donated almost 17,000 pounds of food and added a teaching kitchen to Valley Outreach Food Shelf to help community members have access to a facility for cooking lessons that promote the use of fresh produce<em>.&nbsp;</em></span></p> <p><span>Impassioned by the students they&rsquo;ve met while working in the garden RCS is continuing to grow the movement. &ldquo;Every child has the right to know where their food comes from and how to grow it. Teach a man to fish&hellip; How about teach a child to garden?&rdquo; says Joni Fletty, COO/VP Operations at RCS.</span></p> <p><span>Joni remembers a day several years ago, when a struggling student from a local alternative school didn&rsquo;t have any interest in stepping over the garden fence to join his classmates. He stayed just beyond the gardens edge, stoic. For several weeks he remained on the sidelines.&nbsp; More and more the other kids opened up in the garden and began joking and sharing stories while they worked. One day a group of students were joking around about different foods, it sparked his attention, and soon he stepped over the fence and was unwittingly harvesting and sharing laughs alongside his classmates. From that day on he was one of the garden&rsquo;s hardest workers, mentoring other younger students, and even calling Joni to ask to harvest for extra credit one day. Joni decided to join in him the garden that day. They worked and talked as they harvested. He told Joni that working in the garden had made a big difference in his life. A few years later, Joni received an update on this young man, and learned that he&rsquo;s thriving.</span></p> <p><span>Wanting to reach more students with hands-on learning and to inspire others, RCS has not only implemented youth lessons in the garden three days a week during the summer, but has partnered with USGBC-MN for the 2015 Green Apple Day of Service. Together they&rsquo;re asking others - what if? What if local companies joined the effort and helped host a series of events featuring youth in service to our earth? What would the students learn from the hands-on service? What would the companies gain from the community involvement? What if you participated? What kind of difference could you make?</span>&nbsp;</p> <p><span>We&rsquo;re making it easy to get involved. Visit USGBC-MN&rsquo;s <a href="http://mngreenschools.org/take-action/coalition-in-the-community/green-apple/" target="_blank">Green Apple Day of Service</a>&nbsp;page to&nbsp;</span><span>learn how you can sponsor a gardening lesson for local students.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong><a href="http://greenapple.org/projects" target="_blank" class="button">Register your Green Apple Day of Service project now!</a></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "55f7100b04bffdc9a000051c", "55fa1a88436ed57b740001fd"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/what-if-inspiration-service-learning-opportunities#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 17 Sep 2015 01:43:24 +0000 Stephanie Leonard 8578829 at http://www.usgbc.org Energy Focus brings a new light to schools through Green Apple partnership http://www.usgbc.org/articles/energy-focus-brings-new-light-schools-through-green-apple-partnership <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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/energy-focus-brings-a-new-light-to-schools-through-green-apple-partnership-a_0.png?1442340595" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>USGBC is proud to welcome Energy Focus as our newest Green Apple Partner. Energy Focus, a leading provider of energy efficient LED lighting products and technology, is committed to transforming the places where our students learn.</p> <p>&ldquo;We believe that making our schools healthier and more efficient is more than just an opportunity&mdash;it&rsquo;s a responsibility,&rdquo; said Eric Hilliard, President and Chief Operating Officer of Energy Focus. &ldquo;Our team is excited to actively support the incredible work of the Center for Green Schools to provide green schools for all students within this generation.&rdquo; As part of their commitment to the partnership, Energy Focus will donate 2.5 cents for every tubular LED product sold, which will carry the Green Apple mark, to support the work of the Center for Green Schools to create healthier, safer, more sustainable learning environments.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/VDCaTrMD4OM" width="560" height="315"></iframe></p> <p>Hitting the ground running as a Green Apple Partner, Energy Focus has set an ambitious goal for this year&rsquo;s Green Apple Day of Service. The company&rsquo;s passion for better lighting in schools led them to create the &ldquo;Change a Light, Change a Life&rdquo; initiative, through which Energy Focus will donate, free of charge, LED lighting for 50 special needs classrooms in 50 schools across the metro New York City and tri-state area. In addition to transforming learning environments, Energy Focus hopes to increase education about the role that lighting can play improving health and well-being for students and teachers. To learn more about the &ldquo;Change a Light, Change a Life&rdquo; initiative, <a href="http://greenapple.org/bigimpact" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p> <p>Energy Focus brings longstanding commitments to sustainability along with a history of high-impact partnerships, having created energy efficient LED lighting systems for the U.S. Navy fleet.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are proud to welcome Energy Focus as our latest Green Apple Partner. Like the Center for Green Schools, Energy Focus understands that where our children learn matters,&rdquo; said Rachel Gutter, USGBC's Senior Vice President of Knowledge and the Director of the Center for Green Schools. &ldquo;We very much look forward to working together to transform our schools into healthy, efficient and productive learning environments."</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "55f734cadad798ea68000aa0", "55f85ee6c67c30890d00003f"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/energy-focus-brings-new-light-schools-through-green-apple-partnership#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 15 Sep 2015 18:09:55 +0000 Josh Lasky 8544728 at http://www.usgbc.org University Green: Last call to sign up for this monumental green building tour http://www.usgbc.org/articles/university-green-last-call-sign-monumental-green-building-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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/university-green--last-call-to-sign-up-for-this-monumental-green-building-tour_0.png?1441898231" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><span>The&nbsp;<a href="http://bit.ly/1UH6mOe" target="_blank">Greenbuild International Conference &amp; Expo</a>&nbsp; is coming to Washington, DC in less than four months; there is no better time than right now to explore the many <a href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.com/GreenBuildingTours">green building tours</a> taking place in conjunction with the conference.</span></p> <p><span>On Monday, November 16 between 1:00 and 5:00 pm, the <a href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.com/Attendee/Schedule/SessionDetails/35025" target="_blank">University Green: Living and Learning tour</a> will treat attendees to an inside look at some of the most innovative green building efforts in higher education today, stopping at both the Catholic University campus and the Gallaudet University campus.</span></p> <p><span>In order to give you a better sense of what this tour will offer, I connected with Prof. Brad Guy of Catholic University and Derrick Behm of Gallaudet University to learn more about what they have in store.<em> <a href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.com/Attendee/Register" target="_blank">Register today</a>&nbsp;to take advantage of early bird pricing, which ends on Monday, September 14.&nbsp;</em></span></p> <p><strong>There are many building tours being offered at Greenbuild 2015, what makes this tour unique and interesting?</strong><span></span></p> <p><span>Brad Guy: This is the only Greenbuild tour featuring university/campus sustainable building and education efforts. Each stop also includes unique features of interest to those who work at a campus scale, in educational environments/buildings or with the integration of curriculum and learning within their facilities. The CUA stop will highlight the <a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/impact#leed-lab" target="_blank">LEED Lab</a> program, which is now a Pilot Credit for the LEED 2009 and v4&nbsp;</span>LEED for Building Operations and Maintenance&nbsp;rating systems. The Gallaudet stop will highlight the unique development and application of Deafspace design principles within a design/build project delivery process.</p> <p><strong>Who is the intended audience for this tour? What can someone who doesn&rsquo;t work in the higher education sector hope to gain from this tour?</strong></p> <p><span>BG: The most obvious audience may be from the higher education sector, however a university has similarities to any large private or governmental organization that operates a campus facility and must address issues such as district energy and water systems, purchasing and waste management policies, and facilities operations across multiple buildings. The CUA stops are focused on existing buildings and LEED O+M certification for those interested in the application of that LEED certification program. The Gallaudet tour features an innovative building program and user-group combining both residential and learning spaces that also utilized an &ldquo;Integrated Design/Build&rdquo; process. Both stops are also in transitional areas of Washington, DC&rsquo;s urban context and provide a chance for exposure to the revitalizing Northeast sector of DC outside the core Mall area.</span></p> <p><strong>Can you tell me a little bit more about the DeafSpace design guidelines and how they integrate with concepts of sustainability and green building?</strong></p> <p>Derrick Behm: DeafSpace pays more attention to sensory diversity and how it connects to the environment, which ultimately transcends mere accessibility and makes it more sustainable. In the words of Hansel Bauman, Gallaudet University Architect and founder of the DeafSpace project, &ldquo;Perhaps the very fact that deaf people customize their environments from a cultural perspective rather than a purely technical one may be why their unique architectural ways have yet to be understood by the broader dialogue on universal design.&rdquo;</p> <p><span><img src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1441805690-19-4612/Gallaudet_LLRH6_Interior.png" width="670" height="432" /></span></p> <p>On a side note, we just launched an exciting <a href="https://competitions.malcolmreading.co.uk/gallaudet/" target="_blank">international design competition</a> for our new gateway. Considering that LLRH6 was designed through a competition with four different teams and focus groups, this international design competition takes all this to the next level.&nbsp; This tour of LLRH6 will show the beginnings of many of the exciting improvements that are coming to Gallaudet, DC, and even to the architectural community.</p> <p><strong>Why is it important for the LEED Lab students to lead the tour of Catholic&rsquo;s projects? What can they offer tour attendees that will make this tour different and memorable?&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><span>BG: Tour attendees will meet the sustainable design leaders of tomorrow while on the CUA tour. The tour guides will be using a unique app to accompany the tour information that is presented verbally. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with university students in the CUArch Master of Science in Sustainable Design (MSSD) program and gain insight into the values and interests of the next generation of architects.</span></p> <p><span><img src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1441890583-2304-0593/CUA_interior_.png" width="670" height="503" /></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>What are the takeaways you are hoping each tour attendee will carry with them after the tour is over?</strong></p> <p><span>BG: Both stops focus on the importance of sustainability in education and of the quality of environments at the university level. They also provide examples of incorporating best practice design, construction and operation into the education setting, either existing buildings in the case of CUA, or new buildings in the case of Gallaudet. Any attendee interested in the growing field of design for disabilities such as for those who are deaf should also take this tour.</span></p> <p><strong>How do you think this tour fits into the overarching Greenbuild 2015 theme of &ldquo;Monumental Green?&rdquo;</strong></p> <p><span>BG: It is hard to think of anything more &ldquo;monumental&rdquo; than looking to the design, construction and operation of our places of learning to ensure a sustainable future for the youth of today. It is of monumental importance that we bring resources and intelligence into this enterprise via curriculum and the quality of these environments, which in and of themselves are the models for knowledge and values that will be transferred to our children. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.com/Attendee/Register" target="_blank" class="button"><span>Register now for the University Green: Living and Learning tour</span></a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "55e9e6b1a4d2bbb4d40005da", "55f19ed42209dc3cd000037f"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/university-green-last-call-sign-monumental-green-building-tour#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 10 Sep 2015 15:17:10 +0000 Aline Peterson 8414694 at http://www.usgbc.org Finding resources for your Green Apple Day of Service http://www.usgbc.org/articles/finding-resources-your-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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/finding-resources-for-your-green-apple-day-of-service-b_0.png?1441814314" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>While plenty of Green Apple Day of Service projects can be low- or no-cost endeavors, some of your ideas may take a little more than elbow grease to accomplish. Inspired by Brady Barkdull from the USGBC Wyoming Chapter, who is using a crowdfunding campaign to support his 2015&nbsp;<a href="http://www.greenapple.org/">Green Apple Day of Service</a>&nbsp;project (check out his campaign for a&nbsp;<a href="https://redbasket.org/571">recycling program at Victor Elementary School</a>&nbsp;in Victor, Idaho), we&rsquo;ve gathered several creative project financing ideas so that you too can make your project dreams a reality. Here are just a few ways you can find the financial support you are looking for:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Crowdfunding</strong>&nbsp;&ndash; By accessing a large number of people online, even very small individual donations add up quickly. Find more information here about the different&nbsp;<a href="http://marketingmoxie.biz/the-big-list-of-crowdfunding-sites/">crowdfunding sites that exist</a>.</li> <li><strong>Large donation of in-kind materials</strong>&nbsp;&ndash; Talk with local hardware stores about Green Apple Day of Service and the project you are trying to do to help your local school. Find a time when you can visit to share more information about the specific materials (have all of this information ready!) that would help make your project a success.</li> <li><strong>Crowdfunded donations of in-kind materials</strong>&nbsp;&ndash; Create a detailed list of materials and tools that you will need in order to get your project done and see if you can get each person in your network to lend you a tool or give a supply item. Follow up with emails to everyone as your list gets shorter!</li> <li><strong>Set up a revolving fund with your school</strong>&nbsp;&ndash; If your project has a return period, see if your school can pledge a small amount of money up front knowing that it will pay for itself over time. Come up with plans for future projects to continue paying for themselves and you may be able to work with more money each successive year.</li> <li><strong>Your city or town officials</strong>&nbsp;&ndash; Talk to local officials as early as you can about the idea you have and what you need to get it done. There may be some discretionary funding in their budget to support at least part of the effort &ndash; plus, public schools are public facilities that need to be maintained. Who knows, maybe they will show up and pour in a few volunteer hours of their own!</li> <li><strong>Make your efforts visible to the community</strong>&nbsp;&ndash; If your local stores are unable to donate any materials directly, ask for time and space outside of a store&rsquo;s entrance for students to talk to incoming shoppers about the project. Draft a pitch for the students to effectively talk about the goal of the project and what materials, specifically, are needed. You may find that people will decide to buy an extra item for your project while they do the rest of their shopping and donate it on the way out. Be sure to invite also invite the store managers to come volunteer at your final event.</li> <li><strong>Combine multiple strategies!</strong>&nbsp;&ndash; Most of these strategies do not need to be used in isolation. Determine which could help and find other volunteers to activate as many of these strategies as you can to make sure you have everything you need for a wildly successful Green Apple Day of Service event!</li> </ul> <p>Remember to spread the word wide and far. The more people that know about your project and what you need, the better your chances of finding someone who wants to get involved. Ask your own network (<em>especially</em>&nbsp;the other volunteers and supporters) to reach out to&nbsp;<em>their&nbsp;</em>networks. Soon, the whole community will know and you will succeed.</p> <p>Finally, follow-up is extremely important. Don&rsquo;t forget to return the stuff that was only meant to be on loan, thank everyone sincerely and often, and keep them engaged in the effort by sharing before and after photos.</p> <p>What are you doing for Green Apple Day of Service? Let us know your plans, and other creative fundraising ideas, in the comments!&nbsp;</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "55e5bf86bf297eb65b0000ca", "55f0571d6abff105f3000335"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/finding-resources-your-green-apple-day-service#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 09 Sep 2015 15:58:33 +0000 Joe Nelson 8389661 at http://www.usgbc.org The greenest roof at Harvard http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greenest-roof-harvard <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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/the-greenest-roof-at-harvard-a_0.png?1441723867" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Green roofs are all the rage these days. Some merely pay lip service to the concept while others, like the green roof atop Batten Hall at Harvard University, are dreamscapes of beautiful design and functionality.</p> <p>In a recent article on Harvard's sustainability blog, Colin Durrant, the school's sustainability communications director, described the unique features of the rooftop and shared stunning photos of the view on the roof.</p> <h3>Harvard's Greenest Roof</h3> <p>Standing among the flowers and plants on the roof of Batten Hall on a recent August day is reminiscent of standing in a country meadow on a late summer afternoon. Petals flutter slightly in the wind and bees buzz from flower to flower seeking nectar. Many of the bees come from two beehives recently installed on the opposite corner of the roof. Just a floor above us, 436 solar panels are converting the intense summer sun into electricity that will be used to provide power to the Harvard Innovation Lab and modular, learning spaces (AKA &ldquo;Hives&rdquo;) clustered inside.</p> <p><img height="446" src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1440791978-8123-1418/Harvard_1.JPG" width="670" /></p> <p><img height="446" src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1440792023-23432-5959/Harvard_2.JPG" width="670" /></p> <p><span style="font-size: 8pt;"><em>&nbsp;Photos courtesy of Harvard's Office of Sustainability</em></span></p> <p>Welcome to what may be Harvard&rsquo;s greenest roof&mdash;there are other buildings with larger solar installations, other green roofs, and additional beehives on several dorms and academic buildings but we know of no other rooftop at the University that is home to all three.</p> <p><a href="http://green.harvard.edu/news/harvards-greenest-roof" target="_blank" class="button">Continue reading on Harvard's Sustainability Blog</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "55e0bc0ab91deaad620000a7", "55eef5cb091be1c413000186"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greenest-roof-harvard#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 08 Sep 2015 14:51:07 +0000 Aline Peterson 8363011 at http://www.usgbc.org Involving students in sustainability leadership http://www.usgbc.org/articles/involving-students-sustainability-leadership <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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/involving-k12-students-in-sustainability-leadership_0.png?1441372932" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&rsquo;s that time again! Students of all ages are racing back into school buildings across the country to be joined by their friends, ready for new lessons and challenges. They are learning some new names and asked to share what they did over the summer. Hundreds of students, grades 2-12, will likely be talking about the environmental service projects that they planned, ran, or volunteered at as part of their membership in the <a href="http://projectgreenschools.org/national-green-schools-society-ngss/" target="_blank">National Green Schools Society</a> (NGSS).</p> <p>Not only does NGSS, a program of&nbsp;<a href="http://projectgreenschools.org/">Green Schools</a>, provide a number of environmental programs and resources to develop the next generation of green students and schools, but it seeks to recognize student leaders who are the up-and-coming sustainability superstars of their generation. This year, the Center for Green Schools at USGBC and NGSS are teaming up to support students&rsquo; efforts to transform local schools through environmental service projects as a part of the 2015&nbsp;<a href="http://www.greenapple.org/">Green Apple Day of Service</a>&nbsp;on September 26.</p> <p>Start your year off strong by&nbsp;<a href="http://projectgreenschools.org/benefits-of-starting-a-ngss-chapter/">registering a NGSS chapter at your school</a>--all you need is a teacher or mentor to serve as an advisor, and a commitment to completing 20 service hours. NGSS will provide a handbook to get started and other resources to help the chapter become student-led.</p> <p>You can begin logging hours immediately as part of this year&rsquo;s Green Apple Day of Service on September 26--or any day that works best for your team in 2015. Identify your own project to help make a school you love healthier, safer, and more productive and efficient, or choose from any of the Green Apple&nbsp;<a href="http://www.greenapple.org/projects">project ideas</a>, including:</p> <ul> <li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://greenapple.org/project-idea/improve-indoor-air">Improve indoor air quality</a></li> <li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://greenapple.org/project-idea/show">Host a green school open house</a></li> <li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://greenapple.org/project-idea/lighting-audit">Perform a lighting or energy audit</a></li> <li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://greenapple.org/project-idea/collect-rain">Build or install rain barrels to collect rain water</a></li> <li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://greenapple.org/project-idea/recycle">Create increased focus on recycling</a></li> <li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://greenapple.org/project-idea/plant-garden">Plant a garden</a></li> <li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &hellip;or start with one of our&nbsp;<a href="http://www.greenapple.org/sites/all/themes/mygreenapple_sub/resources/GADOS-99-Project-Ideas.pdf">99 ideas you can start right now</a>!</li> </ul> <p>It's easy to get started today with a project that makes an impact in your community and gets you recognized as a student sustainability leader. Create a&nbsp;<a href="http://greenapple.org/register-login?destination=node/add/green-apple-event">sharable event page</a>&nbsp;today to promote within your network and to find volunteers. You will be well on your way to completing your environmental service hours and becoming a community hero. But in case that&rsquo;s not enough, having the best story to share the next time anyone asks what you&rsquo;ve been up to recently is pretty cool too!</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/involving-students-sustainability-leadership#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 04 Sep 2015 13:22:12 +0000 Joe Nelson 8262791 at http://www.usgbc.org Submit a proposal for the 2016 Green Schools Conference & Expo http://www.usgbc.org/articles/submit-proposal-2016-green-schools-conference-expo <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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/submit-a-proposal-for-the-2016-green-schools-conference-_-expo-a_0.png?1441217792" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://greenschoolsconference.org/" target="_blank">Green Schools Conference &amp; Expo</a>, formerly the Green Schools National Conference, is accepting proposals from industry experts eager to share their knowledge and efforts to create green, healthy, sustainable teaching and learning environments. <strong><br /><a href="http://greenschoolsconference.org/" target="_blank"></a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://greenschoolsconference.org/" target="_blank">Green Schools Conference &amp; Expo</a><br /></strong> March 31-April 1, 2016<br />Pittsburgh, PA</p> <p><a href="http://greenschoolsconference.org/education" target="_blank" class="button">Submit a proposal or learn more</a></p> <p><em>The deadline for submittals is Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, at 5:00 pm EDT.<br /><br /></em> The Green Schools Conference &amp; Expo is also seeking peer reviewers to evaluate session proposals. Reviewers are eligible to present at the conference and receive a $50 registration discount.&nbsp;<a href="http://greenschoolsconference.org/education" target="_blank">Learn more about volunteering as a reviewer</a>.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "55df82cfc7ee0d13f700059a", "55e73ceb886ade928400009a"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/submit-proposal-2016-green-schools-conference-expo#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 02 Sep 2015 18:16:31 +0000 Jessica Pinkston 8221066 at http://www.usgbc.org The Green Apple Day of Service: An especially valuable endeavor http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-apple-day-service-especially-valuable-endeavor <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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/the-green-apple-day-of-service--an-especially-valuable-endeavor-a_0.png?1441206558" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We can all agree that north of 300,000 volunteers actively contributing to healthy, safe, efficient, and productive learning environments is a tremendous benefit to the green schools movement. Each participant brings additional strength to the effort. <br /> <br /> However, it is often overlooked that participation also has tremendous value for the students who decide to roll up their sleeves and dig in. Here are some of the ways <a href="http://www.greenapple.org">Green Apple Day of Service</a> is an especially valuable endeavor for you whether you&rsquo;re currently a student, or just want to support the green schools effort:</p> <ol> <li><strong>Experience:</strong>&nbsp;Whether your school is trying to create a new garden, paint walls with low-VOC paint, start a recycling program, or perform an energy audit, your involvement allows you to learn valuable skills. Taking a few hours to learn about any one of these projects, <a href="http://greenapple.org/projects">or others</a>, is a wise investment of time.</li> <li><strong>Understanding</strong>: Your participation gives you the opportunity to observe complexity in the greater issues of sustainability and education. You can witness change and progress while coming to recognize opportunity to improve the world around you, articulate why it matters, and identify how to start. That alone is powerful.</li> <li><strong>Initiative:</strong>&nbsp;Infuse your life with action. Your participation exhibits that you are not only smart enough to see an opportunity, but that you are proactive and willing to put your efforts toward creating a transformation.</li> <li><strong>Social Responsibility</strong>: With the challenges facing younger generations becoming more complex,demonstrated commitment to public service is important for development as a valued community member and global citizen. You will also find that this work is fulfilling and fun!</li> <li><strong>Leadership:</strong>&nbsp;Organizing an event gives you the opportunity to empower others and create an impact larger than any individual can make on their own. Through Green Apple Day of Service, you can put into practice a highly sought after skill that will continue to provide you with opportunities throughout your career.</li> </ol> <p>More than ever before, colleges and employers are looking for people who demonstrate&mdash;not just talk about&mdash;experience, understanding, initiative, social responsibility and leadership. These are the essential tools needed to address our greatest challenges, and the characteristics embodied by the most productive and responsible leaders today.</p> <p>So why not start proving this now? The movement has already begun, opportunities exist, and the need is as great. <a href="http://greenapple.org/dayofservice">Find a project near you</a> or set free your own passions and address a need at a school you love by <a href="http://greenapple.org/register-login?destination=node/add/green-apple-event">registering your own event</a>.</p> <p>You can do it. We are here to provide support and your community is waiting for you.</p> <p><a href="http://greenapple.org/" target="_blank" class="button">Learn more about the Green Apple Day of Service</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "55df6fdaa87bfd10d9000125", "55e711151452f1e10f00006e"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-apple-day-service-especially-valuable-endeavor#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 02 Sep 2015 15:09:18 +0000 Joe Nelson 8217714 at http://www.usgbc.org The Climate Leadership Awards: Recognizing excellence in higher education leadership http://www.usgbc.org/articles/climate-leadership-awards-recognizing-excellence-higher-education-leadership <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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/climate-leadership-awards-a_0.png?1440519356" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Institutions of higher education represent many things to many different people. They are temples of learning, understanding and growth, centers for research and discovery, homes away from home during some of the most formative years of young adulthood and, often, beacons of leadership on challenging and controversial issues. When it comes to the mitigation of climate change, it seems only natural that the higher education sector play a leadership role.</p> <p><a href="http://www.secondnature.org/" target="_blank">Second Nature</a> is a nonprofit committed to channeling the potential of college and university leadership to combat climate change and create a more sustainable future. This year, the Center for Green Schools at USGBC has partnered with Second Nature for the <a href="http://www.secondnature.org/climate-leadership-awards" target="_blank">Climate Leadership Awards</a>, a national competition among higher education institutions that are signatories of the American College &amp; University Presidents&rsquo; Climate Commitment.</p> <p>At the end of July, a list of seven two-year institutions and 12 four-year institutions were announced as finalists. The leaders of these schools are taking charge and making real changes on campus to turn the tide of inaction and to engage students, faculty and staff as problem-solvers. They demonstrate innovative thinking and action, create opportunities and prepare their students to be champions of sustainability.&nbsp;</p> <p>This year&rsquo;s finalists are as follows:</p> <p><strong>Two-Year Institutions</strong>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Alamo Colleges, TX</li> <li>Cedar Valley College, TX</li> <li>Central New Mexico Community College, NM</li> <li>College of Lake County, IL</li> <li>SUNY Sullivan, NY</li> <li>SUNY Jefferson Community College, NY</li> <li>Western Technical College, WI</li> </ul> <p><strong>Four-Year Institutions</strong></p> <ul> <li>Agnes Scott College, GA</li> <li>Appalachian State University, NC</li> <li>California State University, Northridge, CA</li> <li>Furman University, SC</li> <li>Huston-Tillotson University, TX</li> <li>Loyola University Chicago, IL</li> <li>Southern Oregon University, OR</li> <li>The George Washington University, DC</li> <li>University at Buffalo (SUNY), NY</li> <li>University of California, Merced, CA</li> <li>University of Massachusetts Lowell, MA</li> <li>University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN</li> </ul> <p>There will be two award winners, one from a four-year institution and one from a two-year institution.&nbsp;</p> <p>The efforts being made by college and university presidents to create real and lasting change are a critical piece of the larger climate change puzzle. By recognizing those bold enough to make public commitments to change and strong enough to follow through on them, the Climate Leadership Awards bring to light the important role the higher education sector has to play in the development of a more sustainable future.</p> <p><a href="http://www.secondnature.org/climate-leadership-awards" target="_blank" class="button">Learn more about the Climate Leadership Awards</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "55d6812fb13304f783000092", "55dc94b06aea5d01050000b0"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/climate-leadership-awards-recognizing-excellence-higher-education-leadership#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 25 Aug 2015 16:15:55 +0000 Jaime Van Mourik 8061781 at http://www.usgbc.org ISSA's valuable insight into green cleaning for schools http://www.usgbc.org/articles/issas-valuable-insight-green-cleaning-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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/issa_s-valuable-insight-into-green-cleaning-for-schools-b_0.png?1440440170" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Recently, ISSA was fortunate to have the opportunity to participate in the development of a new resource authored by USGBC's Center for Green Schools&mdash;it&rsquo;s called <a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/sites/default/files/resource-files/Perspectives-on-Implementation-Effectiveness-School-Green-Cleaning-Laws.pdf" target="_blank"><em>Perspectives on Implementation and Effectiveness of School Green Cleaning Laws</em></a> (hereinafter &ldquo;<em>Perspectives</em>&rdquo;)<em>.&nbsp;</em>As the title suggests, this white paper assesses the impact of state laws and policies on the adoption of green cleaning in schools. While this resource has significant implications for public policy, it also sets forth a wealth of information that is extremely useful to cleaning industry professionals who seek to promote the widespread adoption of green cleaning in schools across the nation.</p> <h3>Why we clean green</h3> <p>High performance or effective cleaning protects the health of students and other occupants of school facilities by removing infectious pathogens and generally contributing to a healthy indoor environment. In addition, green cleaning products and services play a critical role in helping schools and other facilities achieve their environmental, safety and health goals. Implementing a green cleaning program reduces human exposure to toxic substances, reduces the amounts of pollutants released to the environment, and conserves scarce resources. These benefits are of particular importance in a school environment because of the vulnerabilities of children.</p> <h3>Industry perspective &nbsp;</h3> <p>Therein lies the importance of the lessons learned from <em>Perspectives</em>. Among other things, this white paper provides cleaning industry professionals and others with valuable insight into some of the real drivers behind the adoption of green cleaning programs by schools.</p> <p>Not surprisingly, one of the major findings set forth in <em>Perspectives</em> is that schools located in states with green cleaning laws have a significantly higher rate of adoption of green cleaning programs than those schools located in states without such laws.&nbsp; But perhaps more importantly, the underlying reasons behind this finding provide us with some interesting insights.</p> <p>Yes, state laws and policies in support of school green cleaning, in and of themselves, have a positive impact on the adoption of green cleaning programs. However, according to <em>Perspectives,</em> there are other important factors at play that impact the rate of adoption of green cleaning programs by schools. These factors when combined can be a powerful force in promoting the widespread adoption of green cleaning by schools across the nation, and include:</p> <ul> <li>The availability of instructional resources</li> <li>Training for frontline cleaning service providers</li> <li>Technical guidance on green cleaning</li> </ul> <p>The absence of these critical supporting elements presents the cleaning industry with a prime opportunity to help fill this void by providing the appropriate supportive information, training, and direction. In this way, cleaning industry professionals are perfectly situated to act as a catalyst for positive change by helping schools transition to a cleaning regimen that has a superior environmental, safety and health profile.</p> <h3>Robust resources</h3> <p>In addition, <em>Perspectives </em>has a robust collection of resources in its Appendix including a reference to the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.issa.com/certification-standards/cleaning-industry-management-standard-cims/cims-green-building#.Vdc09lNViko" target="_blank">ISSA Cleaning Industry Management Standard for Green Buildings</a> (CIMS-GB) and the ISSA Guide to Green Cleaning Procurement Policies, Initiatives and Requirements in the U.S. available to ISSA members at <a href="http://www.issa.com/greenprocure">issa.com/greenprocure</a>.</p> <p>We encourage you to review <em>Perspectives on Implementation and Effectiveness of School Green Cleaning Laws </em>for the valuable information and insight it provides into some of the major drivers behind the adoption of green cleaning programs in the educational market.</p> <p><a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/sites/default/files/resource-files/Perspectives-on-Implementation-Effectiveness-School-Green-Cleaning-Laws.pdf" target="_blank" class="button">Access&nbsp;<em>Perspectives on Implementation and Effectiveness of School Green Cleaning Laws</em></a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "55d676c3cc172ffee4000039", "55db5f5d3c60e19e3e0003ee"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/issas-valuable-insight-green-cleaning-schools#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 24 Aug 2015 18:16:09 +0000 william Balek 8043091 at http://www.usgbc.org Green Sports Alliance assembles a winning team for Green Apple Day of Service http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-sports-alliance-assembles-winning-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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Green-Sports-Alliance-assembles-a-winning-team-for-Green-Apple-Day-of-Service-FINAL_0.png?1440102256" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>On&nbsp;Sunday, June 28, the Green Sports Alliance launched their 2015 Summit in Chicago with a special <a href="http://greenapple.org/" target="_blank">Green Apple Day of Service</a> project co-presented by Connor Sports with partners Chicago Public Schools, <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/organizations/hok" target="_blank">HOK</a>, <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/organizations/skanska" target="_blank">Skanska</a>, Excel Dryer, USGBC-Illinois, and the <a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/" target="_blank">Center for Green Schools</a> at USGBC.</p> <p>&ldquo;The Green Sports Alliance is committed to promoting healthy, sustainable communities where we live and play,&rdquo; said Scott Jenkins, Board Chair of the Green Sports Alliance and Stadium General Manager of AMB Sports &amp; Entertainment Group. &ldquo;We are excited to support the Center for Green Schools at USGBC&rsquo;s Green Apple initiative and host local community school volunteer projects in association with our annual Green Sports Alliance Summit. We are striving to advance healthier, higher performing and more economical schools by leveraging the cultural influence of sports. &ldquo;</p> <p>Volunteers came together at Robert Healy Elementary School to provide upgrades to the schoolyard and school building fa&ccedil;ade. By the end of the day, the group of nearly 100 volunteers had built and planted raised bed gardens, painted a sports-themed mural, given fresh coats of paint to the school building exterior, and painted lines for a basketball court, two four-square courts, a hopscotch game and a football field.</p> <p>&ldquo;It was a long, full day, but all the hard work really paid off,&rdquo; said Sara Hoversten, director of operations for the Green Sports Alliance. &ldquo;We are very proud of what we were able to accomplish as a team in such a short period of time. We know the students and the local community will enjoy and make great use of the upgraded schoolyard.&rdquo;</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/oZ-NF79DjcA" width="670" height="377"></iframe></p> <p><a href="http://greenapple.org/" class="button">Learn more about the Green Apple Day of Service</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "55ca61637c873005080005c8", "55d2206244b0ba325c000163"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-sports-alliance-assembles-winning-team-green-apple-day-service#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 17 Aug 2015 17:57:03 +0000 Josh Lasky 7904604 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC Idaho: Green Schools Challenge http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-idaho-green-schools-challenge <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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/USGBC-Idaho-Green-Schools-Challenge.png?1455025745" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/chapters/usgbc-idaho" target="_blank">USGBC Idaho</a> is issuing a challenge&mdash;green your school! Having a more sustainable school building can lower operating costs and have a positive effect on students, teachers and the community.&nbsp;Our goal is to empower students and communities to be good stewards of their own environments.</p> <h3>About the 2016 Challenge</h3> <p>How do schools save money and improve student health and performance by being green? On average, green schools use 33 percent less energy and 32 percent less water than conventionally constructed schools, significantly reducing utility costs.</p> <p>Green schools emphasize high indoor air quality by improving air circulation, removing toxic materials and products and reducing carbon dioxide emissions. In addition, they incorporate high-quality&nbsp;acoustics and temperature control systems. They use daylight strategies to create welcoming learning environments that reduce distractions and encourage student participation.</p> <p>USGBC Idaho is energized to start a green school movement in our state, and we hope your school will join us by entering the Green Schools Challenge.&nbsp;Schools are encouraged to form a Green Team and complete the&nbsp;<a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1GvMqngYYV00DFaSdJYUaxNFqo7H537cRxr_L1PLIGww/viewform?usp=send_form" target="_blank">online application</a><strong>.</strong>&nbsp;Green Teams may be classrooms, a grade level, an entire school or a student club. One entry per school is allowed.</p> <h3>Projects</h3> <p>Green Teams will undertake a low- or no-cost project to green their school. To assist Green Teams, a USGBC Green Mentor will be assigned to each Green Team to help with ideas, documentation and community resources. Each Green Team will submit their energy or resource savings with either a five-minute video or digital presentation for judging by an impartial panel by April 1, 2016.</p> <h3>Recognition</h3> <p>Trophies will be presented to&nbsp;the top elementary school, middle/junior and senior high schools at the final awards ceremony. The Green Schools Coalition will announce winners sometime around Earth Day (April 22, 2016). Exact date and venue will be announced later.</p> <p>For more information, email the <a href="mailto:greenschools@usgbcIdaho.org" target="_blank">Idaho Green Schools Coalition</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1GvMqngYYV00DFaSdJYUaxNFqo7H537cRxr_L1PLIGww/viewform" target="_blank" class="button">Take up the Green Schools Challenge<br /><br /></a></strong></p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td><strong>Key Dates</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>September 1- October 30,2015</td> <td>Team Registration Period</td> </tr> <tr> <td>September 1- October 30, 2015</td> <td>Mentor Registration Period</td> </tr> <tr> <td>April 1, 2016</td> <td>Project Submission Deadline</td> </tr> <tr> <td>April 2016</td> <td>Winners Announced</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td><strong>Resources </strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>For Schools</strong></td> <td><strong>&nbsp;For Mentors &nbsp; &nbsp;</strong></td> <td><strong>Helpful Links&nbsp;</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1GvMqngYYV00DFaSdJYUaxNFqo7H537cRxr_L1PLIGww/viewform?usp=send_form">Online Entry Form</a></td> <td><a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1MvtX8776PJPhunwIVo0qZ9OV10LOgqTmLNWQD5Kzzx4/viewform?usp=send_form">Online Mentor Application</a></td> <td><a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/">The Center for Green Schools</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td><a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5gLr1HKzCH7bFR0QUVveTFlWWM/view?usp=sharing">Scoring Rubric</a></td> <td><a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B14L-UYQEk0MbWpZcVZwRUtIREk/view?usp=sharing">Mentor Description</a></td> <td><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/classroom/gcp">Green Classroom Professional Certificate Program</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td><a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B14L-UYQEk0MSnRVNTBaZWd5RGs/view?usp=sharing">School To-Do List</a></td> <td><a href="http://www.greenschool.org/curriculum/">Sustainable Curriculum Links</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td><a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5gLr1HKzCH7UGtCemJJbnJ1STQ/view?usp=sharing">Photo Release Form</a></td> <td><a href="http://www.greenschools.net/">Green Schools Initiative</a>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.greenschools.net/form.php?modin=53">How Green is Your School? Take a Quiz.</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td><a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5gLr1HKzCH7VUpuVkM0YnZ0TjQ/view?usp=sharing">Photo Release Form in Spanish</a></td> <td><a href="http://edibleschoolyard.org/program/green-bronx-machine">Green Bronx Machine</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td><a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_nUKpoJ6BqQUGVDVW1zTHl2Y1E/view?usp=sharing">Green Schools Challenge FAQ</a></td> <td><a href="http://ben.biomimicry.net/">Biomimicry Education Network</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td><a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5gLr1HKzCH7b1pOaWQ5WEliazA/view?usp=sharing">2015 Winners</a></td> <td><a href="http://idahoee.org/">Idaho Environmental Education Association (IdEEA)</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td><a href="http://www.usgbcidaho.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/94-ways-to-green-your-school.pdf">94&nbsp;Ways to Green Your School</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td><a href="http://www.usgbcidaho.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/GSC-Flyer-2016-.pdf">2015-2016 GSC Flyer</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td><a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B14L-UYQEk0MV256ZHVOZUl4SjA/view?usp=sharing">Cover Sheet for Project Submission</a></td> </tr> </tbody> </table><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "56af7ef9d929e7640200004c", "56b9ed49df530cb580000091"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-idaho-green-schools-challenge#comments Center for Green Schools Sat, 15 Aug 2015 13:45:58 +0000 Kris Wilson 10052422 at http://www.usgbc.org Introducing CoCo & Dean: Green Apple Day of Service inspiration http://www.usgbc.org/articles/introducing-coco-dean-green-apple-day-service-inspiration <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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/introducing-coco-_-dean--green-apple-day-of-service-inspiration-b_0.png?1439396145" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><span>With the Center for Green School&rsquo;s <a href="http://greenapple.org/" target="_blank">Green Apple Day of Service</a> right around the corner, it&rsquo;s time to start thinking about how your community or classroom can get involved in a local service project to transform schools into healthy, safe and productive learning environments.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span><span>USGBC-North Carolina&rsquo;s very own Emily Scofield offers her first book, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Coco-Dean-Explorers-Emily-Scofield/dp/1943258996" target="_blank"><em>CoCo &amp; Dean: Explorers of the World</em></a>, as inspiration. Scofield&rsquo;s book provides children with the education and enthusiasm necessary to take on some of the greatest environmental challenges of our time. I interviewed Scofield to learn more and to hear about her Green Apple Day of Service plans.</span></span></p> <blockquote> <p><strong>What inspired you to write <em>CoCo &amp; Dean: Explorers of the World</em>?</strong></p> <p>ES: When I was growing up, it was my job to collect and crush the family&rsquo;s aluminum cans.&nbsp; If I did, I could keep the change from the scrap yard. I understood we were diverting waste from the landfill and that the cans were going into new materials; so, it wasn&rsquo;t just one and done.</p> <p><span>My grandparents lived on 21 acres in my hometown and to me that might as well have been 1000 acres! Being able to roam freely in nature definitely nurtured my appreciation for the natural environment.</span></p> <p><span> Fast forward to my early career, I was an adjunct professor at several colleges in the Charlotte area, teaching courses on issues in science and environmental science, among other things. At the end of a semester, I could see people who came to class with little or no appreciation about how their daily actions impact the environment. But I could also see those who had an understanding and an awareness of these interactions.&nbsp; Students saw you don&rsquo;t have to completely overhaul your lifestyle but that you can make modifications to reduce the impact on the planet.</span></p> <p><span> After the birth of my first child, I started jotting down outlines, characters and stories for a children&rsquo;s fiction book that raises global environmental awareness.</span></p> <p><span></span><strong>Why is it important to have children&rsquo;s literature detail the environmental challenges of today?</strong></p> <p>ES: The void I saw in this genre was big. I feel strongly that children of all ages need to be introduced to environmental issues within and beyond their immediate community. What I have done with <em>CoCo &amp; Dean: Explorers of the World</em> is introduce fun, familiar characters that encounter an environmental issue like eco-impact, waste reduction and plastic trash in the ocean. The message with each story is, &ldquo;Do not be overwhelmed, but do something&rdquo; because every positive action contributes to positive change.</p> <p><strong>How do you envision this book being used in classrooms or for other educational programs?</strong></p> <p><span>ES: I worked with several teachers during the proofing of the book. I am grateful for their advice because they really improved the final product. This book is an ideal supplement to environmental lessons for traditional classrooms, homeschool networks, scouts seeking an eco-badge, STEM/Sustainability clubs, and of course USGBC&rsquo;s green schools outreach! The book contains three short stories with a glossary and sections called &lsquo;Explore Further with CoCo &amp; Dean.&rsquo; This section provides discussion points, activities and links to learn more about the environmental issue introduced.</span></p> <p><strong>As the Executive Director of the USBGC-NC, do you have any plans for the upcoming Green Apple Day of Service on Sept. 26?</strong></p> <p>ES: I will be involved in several Green Apple Day of Service projects on and around Sept. 26 and am planning to read &ldquo;Conquering Rabbit Hill&rdquo; (the second story in CoCo &amp; Dean: Explorers of the World) and have waste reduction activities and discussions with the students. I think the book is a great tool for the USGBC community and all of our Green Apple volunteers as we look for ways to engage generation green and to assist our teachers.</p> <p><strong>Do you think you could provide us with a sneak peek of CoCo &amp; Dean&rsquo;s upcoming adventures?</strong></p> <p><span>ES: Absolutely! The second book in the series is already in the works. CoCo &amp; Dean will cover topics of water availability, food supply and energy demands. The second book will also introduce ethnically diverse characters from around the world. Stay tuned! For more information, please visit </span><a href="http://www.cocoanddean.com"><span>cocoanddean.com</span></a><span> or follow <a href="https://twitter.com/CoCoandDean" target="_blank">@cocoanddean</a> on Twitter.</span></p> </blockquote> <p><span>This year&rsquo;s Green Apple Day of Service will take place on Saturday, Sept. 26. Introducing students to books like&nbsp;<em>CoCo &amp; Dean</em>, or 2014&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/moment-movement-childrens-book-inspired-center-green-schools"><em>Willow Watts and the Green Schools Wish</em></a><em>,</em>&nbsp;are great ways to participate. </span></p> <p><span>Be sure to check out&nbsp;<a href="http://mygreenapple.org/projects">project ideas</a>, pick up helpful&nbsp;<a href="http://mygreenapple.org/resources">event resources</a>, read&nbsp;<a href="http://mygreenapple.org/sites/all/themes/mygreenapple_sub/resources/GADOS%202014_Infographic.pdf">about last year's impact</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://service.mygreenapple.org/page/event/search_simple">find an event in your area</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://mygreenapple.org/node/add/green-apple-event%22">register your 2015 event today</a>!</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "55c0c266acb611dd77000088", "55cb7124ab0c7882160000e6"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/introducing-coco-dean-green-apple-day-service-inspiration#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 12 Aug 2015 16:15:45 +0000 Morgan Bulman 7804822 at http://www.usgbc.org Community Green: Building valuable skills for high-impact careers http://www.usgbc.org/articles/community-green-building-valuable-skills-high-impact-careers <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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/community-green-c_0.png?1438628530" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/communitygreen.aspx" target="_blank">Community Green</a> was launched by USGBC in 2012 to engage community colleges and help prepare students for careers in the sustainability field. The program connects two-year institutions with industry-leading green building education materials, equipping students to become qualified candidates for jobs in the green economy. The program has thrived over the past three years, thanks to generous support from the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/organizations/bank-america" target="_blank">Bank of America </a>Charitable Foundation, which underwrites access to learning resources and the ability to sit for LEED credentialing exams at no cost. To date, Community Green has provided more than 1,000 students at 22 community colleges with green building and sustainability education resources. More than 200 students have successfully earned a LEED credential with support from Community Green.</p> <p>&ldquo;I ask that all of my team members here at Mode acquire a LEED credential and certainly look for it when recruiting and hiring,&rdquo; said Stacey White, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, principal of Mode Associates. &ldquo;The credential, to me, represents a commitment to the environment and to the profession. Those that hold and maintain the appropriate LEED credential, I know have the tested technical competency, comprehensive project understanding, and environmental leadership potential that a firm like mine needs to successfully guide our clients and design projects that perform to the highest level."</p> <p>A 2011 McGraw-Hill study conveyed that 71 percent of hiring managers agree that a credential like the LEED Green Associate or LEED AP gives applicants a competitive advantage in the hiring process. Of more than 1,400 LEED APs surveyed, 80 percent agree that earning a LEED credential increases their chances of employment.</p> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/clayton-moses-audi/0010916222" target="_blank">Clayton Moses Audi</a>, a graduate of Pasadena City College, was a 2014 Greenbuild Scholarship recipient and recently attended USGBC Convergence as a volunteer with the USGBC Los Angeles Chapter. &ldquo;With the help of Community Green, I got access to material I needed to study for and pass the LEED Green Associate exam,&rdquo; said Clayton. &ldquo;The support offered through Community Green proved both useful and necessary when I needed it most. I would not have succeeded without the help.&rdquo;</p> <p><img height="458" src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1438178449-4405-4059/CMA___RF.jpg" width="670" /></p> <p><span style="font-size: 8pt;"><em>Clayton Moses Audi with Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair of USGBC, at Convergence</em></span></p> <p>Community Green works directly with a network of about 35 faculty at community colleges across the country to distribute learning materials. &ldquo;Having access to take the LEED Green Associate exam at no cost has meant a great deal to students who otherwise would not have been able to afford it,&rdquo; said John Wojciechowski, AIA, LEED AP, CEA, an instructor at Cape Fear Community College (CFCC).&nbsp;&ldquo;It&rsquo;s exciting to me whenever any student earns the LEED Green Associate credential. It validates their hard work in the classroom and gives them the confidence to bring those skills to their workplace.&rdquo; To date, all of John&rsquo;s students at CFCC who have taken the LEED Green Associate exam have passed.</p> <p>The program is served by a series of volunteer National Chairs across the country who work with community college faculty to distribute benefits. Stephenie Presseller, sustainability manager at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, has been a Community Green National Chair since the program launched in 2012. &ldquo;I recognized its potential to leverage the existing successful workforce development efforts of community colleges to further drive the growth of the green economy,&rdquo; said Presseller. &ldquo;Since my involvement in the program, I&rsquo;ve seen a tremendous improvement in the quality of educational resources we provide to faculty and students at community colleges. Better materials make for better learning outcomes, and the students we are able to support through Community Green are better positioned to secure jobs in the sustainability world.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/communitygreen.aspx" class="button">Learn more about Community Green</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "55b8db8e6129584aa10000f0", "55bfbaa2c61a9e56cf0001cb"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/community-green-building-valuable-skills-high-impact-careers#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 03 Aug 2015 19:02:10 +0000 Josh Lasky 7628945 at http://www.usgbc.org New white paper examines the impact of state level school green cleaning laws http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-white-paper-examines-impact-state-level-school-green-cleaning-laws <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="1340" height="616" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/greencleaningheader_0.png?1438289344" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Green cleaning in schools has long been championed by parents, school staff, sustainability leaders, and cleaning industry professionals, but what about by state leadership?</p> <p>Since 2006, 10 states and the District of Columbia have implemented laws which address green cleaning in schools. And while there has been an increasing push for schools, school districts, and states to adopt green cleaning practices, little work has been done analyzing the successes of these laws. Which got us thinking, what has been the real effect of state-level green cleaning policies directed at schools?</p> <p>For the past several months, the Center for Green Schools has reached out to various stakeholders and officials across these states to learn more about their green cleaning laws. These conversations, alongside policy analysis, research, and data from a national survey informed our most recent white paper, titled &ldquo;<a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/Libraries/Documents/Perspectives_on_Implementation_and_Effectiveness_of_School_Green_Cleaning_Laws_Final.sflb.ashx" target="_blank">Perspectives on Implementation and Effectiveness of School Green Cleaning Laws</a>.&rdquo;</p> <p>Our research and interviews suggest that state school green cleaning laws have tremendous potential for raising awareness around and encouraging green cleaning products and practices in schools.</p> <p>We found that laws perceived as effective tended to include reporting requirements and mandate, rather than encourage, implementation of green cleaning. Lack of adequate staff support at the state level, as well as lack of resources, can pose significant challenges to a law&rsquo;s effectiveness. The need for school-focused education about the purpose and requirements for green cleaning was also identified as critical, including not just training but broader awareness-building about green cleaning among school boards, administration, faculty, building maintenance staff and the greater school community.</p> <p>We also found that three states&mdash;Iowa, New York, and Connecticut&mdash;had quantifiable data on their laws&rsquo; successes. Overwhelmingly, this data shows that schools were compliant with the legislation, suggesting that not only are schools interested in adopting green cleaning products and practices, but want to do it well and quickly.</p> <p>With the commitments of these 10 states and D.C., twenty percent of states have enacted laws addressing green cleaning products and practices in schools. It is undeniable that this is significant progress, but this still means that the majority of public schools are not required by their states to commit to cleaning products that can keep their students and staff healthy and safe.</p> <p>The paper&rsquo;s side-by-side comparison of the laws is a valuable way to start thinking about what effective state leadership around green cleaning in schools looks like. Whether or not they consider a law addressing school green cleaning, the remainder of the states now have the opportunity to build on these experiences to find even better, more creative ways to mobilize schools in their use of cleaning materials that will promote and enhance a healthy environment for our children.</p> <p><a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/Libraries/Documents/Perspectives_on_Implementation_and_Effectiveness_of_School_Green_Cleaning_Laws_Final.sflb.ashx" target="_blank" class="button">Read the white paper</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "55ba255585cc89d67d0000af", "55ba8db291fe75041d000202"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-white-paper-examines-impact-state-level-school-green-cleaning-laws#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 30 Jul 2015 20:49:04 +0000 Emma Arnold 7552443 at http://www.usgbc.org Green Apple Day of Service buzz: Bee hotels in Kansas http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-apple-day-service-buzz-bee-hotels-kansas <div class="field field-type-text field-field-all-authorized-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Liz Mayes </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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/bee-hotel-b_0.png?1438188606" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>A&nbsp;<a href="http://www.greenapple.org/" target="_blank">Green Apple Day of Service</a>&nbsp;project from earlier this year has already gained national attention from the likes of the Washington Post and LA&rsquo;s National Public Radio for its approach to solving the rapid decline in native bee populations.</p> <p>Staff at PROSOCO, led by sustainability and environment manager Kay Johnson, partnered with a team of architects at Clark | Huesemann, and researchers from the University of Kansas Biological Survey to combat one of the biggest culprits of native bee loss: loss of habitable space. Unlike honeybees, native bees live in solitude, and normally nest in places like dead logs with beetle holes or hollow plant stems.</p> <p>A rapid decrease in bee population has garnered recent attention because of the vital role bees play in the food chain. These bees are responsible for pollinating some of our most common fruits and vegetables: apples, peaches, cherries, strawberries, onions, green beans, tomatoes and more. Without native bees, much of the livestock that humans eat would be unable to survive.</p> <p>For this year&rsquo;s Green Apple Day of Service, volunteers constructed bee hotels to mimic the naturally occurring tunnels used by bees to lay eggs and nest. Working together with a local Girl Scout troop, they created thousands of tunnels using bamboo, paper, and wood&mdash;enough space for a total of about 3,000 bees at a time.</p> <p><img src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1439488294-2523-4904/Hotel1_1_.jpg" width="670" height="402" /></p> <p>PROSOCO, which produces energy-efficient, minimum-impact products for the construction industry, contributed some of its own building materials to the project. Johnson explained that the bee hotel project was important to the company because of their commitment to sustainability and corporate social responsibility. &ldquo;We hope to inspire other companies to build their own bee hotels for their local bees,&rdquo; she said. On how other companies can get involved in the Day of Service, Johnson suggests, &ldquo;finding what sustainability commitment and corporate responsibility initiative makes the most sense for your company and act on it. Then, tell people about it so they can learn from and be encouraged by your leadership. Every company should have a bee hotel story.&rdquo;</p> <p>Bee hotels are not a new idea, but are only recently gaining popularity as an innovative tool to combat the decline in bee population. &ldquo;Especially in Europe, some of these have been around hundreds of years. So we should have been paying attention,&rdquo; Johnson points out.</p> <p>Those who are interested in constructing their own bee hotels can follow an easy&nbsp;<a href="http://education.nationalgeographic.com/media/build-your-own-bee-hotel/">set of instructions</a>&nbsp;provided by the National Geographic, or see the group&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="http://media.kshb.com/pdf/BEE_HOTEL_Handout.pdf?_ga=1.26582333.1230235687.1437165909">bee hotel instructions</a>. Bee hotels are a great way to engage students with the ecosystem that exists right in the schoolyard. Consider this or a whole colony of ideas for Green Apple Day of Service by visiting&nbsp;<a href="http://www.greenapple.org/" target="_blank">greenapple.org</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://greenapple.org/" target="_blank" class="button">Sign up your event today</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "55b25ad942d174d7c300004e", "55b90432757c43189400001e"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-apple-day-service-buzz-bee-hotels-kansas#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 29 Jul 2015 16:50:06 +0000 7528393 at http://www.usgbc.org A nod to the nominees: Learn more about the 2015 Greenest School on Earth candidates http://www.usgbc.org/articles/nod-nominees-learn-more-about-2015-greenest-school-earth-candidates <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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/a-nod-to-the-nominees-a_0.png?1435854953" /> </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="3264" height="2448" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/5.JPG?1435855021" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="3264" height="2448" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/10_0.JPG?1435855023" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="4288" height="3216" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/18.JPG?1435855036" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="4536" height="3187" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/DSC03553.JPG?1435855092" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1632" height="1224" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/IMG_1600.JPG?1435855144" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1632" height="1224" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/IMG_1603.JPG?1435855156" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="965" height="564" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Ng_Yuk_1.png?1435855170" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="965" height="646" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Ng_Yuk_2.png?1435855226" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="965" height="646" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Ng_Yuk_3.png?1435855242" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><span>In April we announced that the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/global-coalition-green-schools-recognizes-greenest-school-earth" target="_blank">2015 Greenest School on Earth</a> is in Pickering, Canada, just outside of Toronto. </span></p> <p><span>Dunbarton High School features a dynamic and engaging waste management program, pollinator protection in the form of bee condominiums, and numerous educational opportunities led and embraced by students and teachers alike. What&rsquo;s more, the surrounding community has taken up the cause, offering up their compost bins for students to dispose of the school&rsquo;s food waste, supporting outreach efforts by the student body and generally touting the school&rsquo;s eco-ethic with pride.</span></p> <p><span>While Dunbarton deserves all of the praise it has received, and more, nearly 40 other schools were nominees for the 2015 Greenest School on Earth award and it&rsquo;s high time they be recognized for their amazing work. Though we can&rsquo;t wax poetic about each and every nominee in this article, we hope you enjoy the photo slide show &nbsp;featuring images from several of the schools and look out for additional articles throughout the summer describing some of the nominees in more depth.</span></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/nod-nominees-learn-more-about-2015-greenest-school-earth-candidates#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 02 Jul 2015 16:35:53 +0000 Caroline Cowan 7002850 at http://www.usgbc.org Elon University: 25 LEED buildings and counting http://www.usgbc.org/articles/elon-university-25-leed-buildings-and-counting <div class="field field-type-text field-field-all-authorized-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Elaine Durr </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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/elon-university--25-leed-buildings-and-counting_0.png?1435176103" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/organizations/elon-university" target="_blank">Elon University</a>,&nbsp;located in central North Carolina, is a liberal arts university with nationally recognized professional programs in business, communications, education, law and health sciences. Since its founding in 1889, Elon has been grounded in a mission to develop global citizens. It is a recognized leader in engaged learning and is consistently honored as one of the nation&rsquo;s top universities for community service and study abroad. The 620-acre campus is itself a botanical garden, and in late March, Elon received its 25<sup>th</sup> LEED certification.</p> <p><img height="453" src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1434636968-19-6593/Global_Residence_Hall_LEED_Silver.JPG" width="670" /></p> <p><span style="font-size: 8pt;"><em>Global Residence Hall, LEED NC Silver, one of five buildings in the Global Neighborhood.</em></span></p> <p>In light of this significant achievement, we connected with <a href="http://http://www.usgbc.org/people/elaine-durr/0000015304" target="_blank">Elaine Durr</a>, director of sustainability at Elon University, for a Q&amp;A session. Here are her insights into the elements of Elon&rsquo;s journey with LEED that have made the school so successful.</p> <p><strong>Elaine, can you tell us a bit about the most recent LEED-certified building on Elon&rsquo;s campus?</strong></p> <p>ED: Elon&rsquo;s most recent LEED-certified buildings are the six buildings in the Global Neighborhood, which together total over 225,000 square feet. Each building received LEED Silver certification. Five of them are residential and house a total of 600 students.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>In your opinion, what has been the driving force behind Elon&rsquo;s pursuit of LEED in so many of the buildings on campus?</strong></p> <p>ED: Elon completed its first Sustainability Master Plan in 2006-2007, which included a recommendation to use LEED as a guideline for new or renovated facilities. Lindner Hall was the first new facility built after the plan was published and achieved LEED Gold certification. Subsequently, Elon moved forward with a Green Building Policy. The policy states that new construction projects and major renovations consisting of 8,000 or more square feet of conditioned, occupied space will achieve LEED certification. LEED Silver certification or better is the target for each project. Projects less than 8,000 square feet and minor renovations must follow the university&rsquo;s Sustainability Design Standards at a minimum.</p> <p><strong>How do the students consume information about sustainability on campus? Are there specific initiatives to raise awareness or encourage certain types of behavior in and around the LEED-certified buildings?</strong></p> <p>ED: There are many opportunities for students to learn about sustainability on campus.</p> <p>Incoming students receive information the summer before they enter on Elon&rsquo;s sustainability initiatives, including the car share and ride share programs, and sustainable packing tips. During their first weekend on campus, they participate in two zero landfill events. There is a Sustainable Living Guide for each residential neighborhood and for those living off campus. The Eco-Reps program, a sustainability peer education program, works with Residence Life to incorporate sustainability into the residential experience. Other opportunities include volunteering or interning with the Office of Sustainability.&nbsp;</p> <p>Additional opportunities open to all students include the Sustainability Walking Tour and Sustainability Pledge. The tour highlights some of Elon&rsquo;s sustainability initiatives; and the pledge encourages everyone on campus to participate in sustainability through personal actions, such as reducing food waste and washing clothes in cold water.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Office of Sustainability also hosts Phoenix Cup, a team-based competition to reduce the campus&rsquo; collective footprint over the course of the academic year. In the fall, the focus is energy conservation; and in the spring, the focus is waste reduction.</p> <p>We also have a detailed <a href="http://www.elon.edu/e-web/bft/sustainability/">Sustainability web site</a> and social media accounts.</p> <p><strong>Looking ahead, what are you most excited about? Are there more LEED certifications in the pipeline on campus? Are there other sustainability initiatives taking hold?</strong></p> <p>ED: In the fall, Elon will have a ribbon cutting ceremony for a 15-acre solar farm located at the Loy Farm area of campus. It is expected to generate nearly 3 megawatts of electricity. Loy Farm Solar LLC arranged the project&rsquo;s funding and is leasing the property from the university for 20 years.</p> <p>The system will consist of 9,900 photovoltaic panels expected to generate about 4,500 megawatt hours of electricity each year, enough to power 415 homes for a year. This amount of solar energy is the equivalent of removing more than 2,100 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere or removing more than 450 cars from the road.</p> <p>The solar farm adds to the rich experiential learning already taking place at Loy Farm. The Elon Environmental Center, which is adjacent to the solar farm site, demonstrates the integration of food and natural systems with the built environment. It is utilized for courses and research and includes a greenhouse, agricultural plots and a responsible architecture studio.</p> <p>The newest building on Elon&rsquo;s campus is the Inman Admissions Welcome Center. The design and construction team is undergoing the LEED certification process now and expects to receive LEED Silver certification. Construction recently began on a new School of Communications building, which is registered with a LEED Silver certification target.&nbsp;</p> <p>Elon recently completed an update to the Sustainability Master Plan focusing on the next 10 years and building upon the three primary goals of the initial plan by:</p> <ul> <li><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><span>Maintaining the goal of carbon neutrality by 2037, </span></li> <li><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><span>Enhancing and expanding programs to educate students, faculty and staff about sustainability and </span></li> <li><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><span>Continuing identification and implementation of strategies that support sustainable operations. </span></li> </ul> <p><span>There are many exciting objectives in the updated plan. One project is to expand the food production capacity of the campus. Elon currently has composting in all of the dining halls and two retail locations. The plan calls for expanding composting efforts, initially as pilot projects in various campus buildings. We also intend to further utilize the campus as a living laboratory for sustainability and to strengthen academic sustainability-related initiatives.</span></p> <p><span>Elon&rsquo;s sustainability efforts depend upon cross campus collaboration, and I look forward to continuing these partnerships to advance sustainability at Elon.</span></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "5582cfdc908eff087f000042", "558b0c2d7e8d04f306000550"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/elon-university-25-leed-buildings-and-counting#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 24 Jun 2015 20:01:43 +0000 Aline Peterson 6886722 at http://www.usgbc.org Pillars of success: Celebrating the 2015 ED-Green Ribbon Schools http://www.usgbc.org/articles/pillars-success-celebrating-2015-ed-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" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/pillars-of-success--celebrating-the-2015-ed-green-ribbon-schools-b_0.png?1434568487" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><span>&ldquo;Where we learn matters&rdquo; is the mantra of the&nbsp;</span><span><span>Center for Green Schools</span></span><span>; it reminds us that healthier, more sustainable schools are not a luxury, but a necessity.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>On the evening of Wednesday, June 3, more than 325 green schools champions came together for a reception honoring the 2015 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools awardees. Working alongside U.S. Senator Patty Murray, the Center for Green Schools hosted the event to celebrate the enormous success of the ED-Green Ribbon Schools Award and recognize this year&rsquo;s honorees for their outstanding accomplishments. Members of Congress and their staff were also in attendance to congratulate their constituents.</span></p> <p><span>With a room full of sustainability leaders and education pioneers, success stories abounded and were exchanged along with tips and strategies for implementation of the three pillars of a green school. In order to receive recognition as an ED-Green Ribbon School, a candidate must demonstrate minimized building impact and costs, improved occupant health and wellness, and effective environmental education. Although not every winning school was able to attend the event&mdash;81 schools from 26 different states in total were awarded&mdash;those who were able to join were provided with a unique opportunity to share stories with others doing similar work around the country.</span></p> <p><span>One of these stories happened to be about the major turn-of-events for&nbsp;</span><span><span>Discovery Elementary in Washington State</span></span><span>, which particularly struggled with managing food and waste. As a Title I school, over 75 percent of their students receive free or reduced cost lunches. Paradoxically, every month, the school was disposing of an excessive amount of waste. In order to combat these challenges, Discovery Elementary adopted two major sustainability initiatives: an interactive waste management assembly and a student-run garden. By educating students on the importance of recycling, composting, and reusing natural resources, Discovery Elementary students saved their district over $6,000 in garbage removal costs. The school garden provides students with bags of fruits and vegetables to take home to their families.</span></p> <p><span>On behalf of the staff and faculty members of Discovery Elementary, educator Laurie James says, &ldquo;The impact of being a greener school speaks volumes. Students are taking ownership and pride of their community while working together for a bigger purpose. Students love the fresh foods and are making better snack choices at home and at school. I love how environmental activities seem to snowball into bigger and better things. And after the celebration in DC, we have more ideas that make a difference in our children&rsquo;s lives in our corner of the country."</span><span><span><br /></span></span></p> <p><span>From this story and others, one thing is very clear: the students deserve the recognition more than anyone. That&rsquo;s what the reception was all about&mdash;discussing how every school&rsquo;s student body was able to learn in an environmentally-friendly, healthy institution in order to contribute to the wellbeing of their respective communities. In other words, to celebrate the fact that green schools are, themselves, pillars in supporting a healthy, sustainable community.</span></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "5579d56c5eeae52d58000736", "5581c71d7efa1396050003db"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/pillars-success-celebrating-2015-ed-green-ribbon-schools#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 17 Jun 2015 19:14:47 +0000 Morgan Bulman 6782452 at http://www.usgbc.org Learn about school district sustainability in a new report from the Center for Green Schools http://www.usgbc.org/articles/learn-about-school-district-sustainability-new-report-center-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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/new-report-managing-sustainability-in-school-districts_0.png?1434134613" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ever wonder what a school district sustainability director does?&nbsp;Within the last five years, the network of school district sustainability staff that the <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org" target="_blank">Center for Green Schools</a> convenes has grown four fold, and we've launched four successful <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/impact#k12" target="_blank">Green Schools Fellowships</a>. In the process, we've gleaned a lot of information about what it takes to get sustainability moving in a school system.</p> <p>In a new report the Center details findings from surveys and interviews conducted by our graduate research assistant, Dania Gutierrez. In "<a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/sites/default/files/resource-files/Managing-Sustainability-School-Districts_0.pdf" target="_blank">Managing Sustainability in School Districts</a>," we explain the profile, capabilities and challenges of being the point-person for all things sustainability in a school system.</p> <p><a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/sites/default/files/resource-files/Managing-Sustainability-School-Districts_0.pdf" target="_blank" class="button">Read Managing Sustainability in School Districts</a></p> <p>One key finding of the research is that the capabilities and challenges of the sustainability staff do not seem to be modified by the size of the school district, which surprised us. Between medium and large districts, top challenges of the job and top feelings of success on the job look quite similar. One common element we found across sustainability staff was the marked difference in the challenges that staff cited when they did and did not have the support of their top leadership. As capable as these professionals are at their work, the clear message was that leadership matters. Visible support for sustainability from top leadership can make or break sustainability efforts.</p> <p>As the Center for Green Schools gets ready to host our fifth annual School Sustainability Leaders' Summit at the end of June, we head into a new stage for sustainability in school districts. The research indicates to us that the sustainability staff position, put in place so far by school district leaders at the leading edge, relies heavily on the staff person himself to show the value of the role for the district. Without pre-existing understanding of sustainability among school district stakeholders and leaders, the staff person is called on to both define the role and succeed in it.&nbsp;</p> <p>Familiarizing yourself with the school district sustainability role by reading the "<a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/sites/default/files/resource-files/Managing-Sustainability-School-Districts_0.pdf" target="_blank">Managing Sustainability in School Districts</a>" report will enable you to not only advocate for the establishment of this role in a school system near you but also to be the best support you can be to a sustainability director at your local school or district.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "557753ae500198aaa70005a7", "557b284cd0af7d8a86000689"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/learn-about-school-district-sustainability-new-report-center-green-schools#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 12 Jun 2015 18:43:33 +0000 Anisa Baldwin Metzger 6710483 at http://www.usgbc.org Register for the 2015 Green Apple Day of Service http://www.usgbc.org/articles/register-2015-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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/register-for-the-2015-green-apple-day-of-service-b_0.png?1432745236" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Green Apple Day of Service brings together thousands of students, teachers, parents and&nbsp;community leaders from around the globe to improve our school environments through service&nbsp;projects, education, community events and more.&nbsp;</p> <p><span>This year's Green Apple Day of Service will take place on&nbsp;</span>Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015.<span><br /></span></p> <p><a href="https://donate.mygreenapple.org/page/event/create" class="button">Register your 2015 project today</a></p> <p><span>Be sure to check out&nbsp;</span><a href="http://mygreenapple.org/projects">project ideas</a><span>, pick up helpful&nbsp;</span><a href="http://mygreenapple.org/resources">event resources</a><span>, read&nbsp;</span><a href="http://mygreenapple.org/sites/all/themes/mygreenapple_sub/resources/GADOS%202014_Infographic.pdf">about last year's impact</a><span>&nbsp;and&nbsp;</span><a href="http://service.mygreenapple.org/page/event/search_simple">find an event in your area</a>.<span><br /></span></p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Ahf1q6Eou84" width="560" height="315"></iframe></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; 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Attendees will be able to see and learn how healthier classrooms and more energy efficient schools have improved student performance, helped protect the environment, and saved money for school districts. The Center for Green Schools, along with esteemed architects from around the country, has helped us put together a robust <a href="http://www.ed-spaces.com/education/">education program</a>.</p> <p>Here are just some of the education sessions EDspaces has:</p> <ul> <li>How Disaster Led to Recovery and Reform: The Story of the New Orleans Schools</li> <li>The Ongoing Reinvention of New Orleans Schools as Neighborhood Centers</li> <li>Putting Sustainable Design at the Forefront: Ohio&rsquo;s Push for Green Schools</li> <li>For Big Ideas, Think Small: Giving Arts-Based School Renovations the Right-Fit</li> <li>Playing Hide and Seek with Chemicals &ndash; How Formaldehyde Impacts Indoor Air Quality in Schools</li> <li>How the Educational Environment Impacts the School's Mission</li> </ul> <p>To wrap up the conference we worked with New Orleans locals to create an &ldquo;Expeditionary Learning&rdquo; &amp; Facility Tour that highlights three unique, recently-renovated educational facilities throughout New Orleans many historic neighborhoods. At each school participants will learn from administrators and architects who worked on the project as they discuss the planning, design, build and upkeep process as well as the impact the project as has on the students the schools serve.</p> <p><a href="http://www.ed-spaces.com" class="button">Register today</a></p> <p><em>Use Registration Code: <strong>PEBF1</strong></em></p> <p>If you are a decision-maker at a school, college or university involved in any part of the design, building, or refurbishing of an educational facility, you may be eligible for an <a href="http://www.ed-spaces.com/grants/">Educational Facility Grant</a><span> to attend EDspaces. The grant includes hotel accommodation for up to three (3) nights at an official EDspaces host hotel and full conference registration. The deadline to apply is&nbsp;May 29.</span></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "555b3cc0835a9b1b84000163", "5564c5f7bccd588804000506"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/be-part-conversation-about-sustainable-schools-edspaces#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 26 May 2015 19:12:10 +0000 6461910 at http://www.usgbc.org Infographic: Campus Conservation Nationals 2015 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/infographic-campus-conservation-nationals-2015 <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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Infographic-C.png?1432053218" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org">Center for Green Schools</a> at USGBC, through its USGBC Students program and in partnership with <a href="http://www.luciddesigngroup.com">Lucid</a>, the <a href="http://www.ase.org/">Alliance to Save Energy</a> and the <a href="http://www.nwf.org/">National Wildlife Federation</a>, is pleased to announce the results of the <a href="http://www.competetoreduce.org">Campus Conservation Nationals</a> (CCN) 2015 competition. <strong><em><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/campus-conservation-nationals-celebrates-fifth-anniversary-colleges-and-universities-amass-" target="_blank">View the press release</a>.</em></strong></p> <p>From Feb. 1 through April 30, 2015, students and staff competed to achieve the greatest reductions in their residence halls&rsquo; energy use over a three-week period.</p> <p>In its fifth year, more than 343,000 students and staff across 125 colleges and universities participated in CCN 2015, which saved the schools more than $180,000 in electricity and water in just three weeks. Over the five years of the competition, CCN participants have saved 6 million kilowatt hours (six GWh) of electricity, equivalent to averting more than 9 million pounds of CO2 from the atmosphere.</p> <p>&nbsp;<img src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1440163617-16-9767/ccn-2015-results-short-JulyUpdate_1_.png" width="670" height="1944" /></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "555a2fb7ccbe9158a6000060", "555b6556c5d020995c00002c"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/infographic-campus-conservation-nationals-2015#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 19 May 2015 16:28:18 +0000 Aline Peterson 6358832 at http://www.usgbc.org Campus Conservation Nationals Celebrates Fifth Anniversary as Colleges and Universities Amass Six Gigawatt-Hours of Electricity Savings http://www.usgbc.org/articles/campus-conservation-nationals-celebrates-fifth-anniversary-colleges-and-universities-amass- <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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press_release_2014d_4_0_0.png?1432052771" /> </div> </div> </div> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>U.S. Green Building Council and Lucid&rsquo;s Campus Conservation Nationals hits milestone as 2015 competition inspires college students across North America to reduce their electricity and water consumption</em></p> <p><br /><strong>Washington, D.C. (May 19, 2015)</strong> — The <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org">Center for Green Schools</a> at <a href="http://usgbc.org" target="_blank">USGBC</a>, through its USGBC Students program and in partnership with <a href="http://www.luciddesigngroup.com">Lucid</a>, the <a href="http://www.ase.org/" target="_blank">Alliance to Save Energy</a> and the <a href="http://www.nwf.org/" target="_blank">National Wildlife Federation</a>, is pleased to announce the results of the <a href="http://www.competetoreduce.org">Campus Conservation Nationals</a>(CCN) 2015 competition. In its fifth year, more than 343,000 students and staff across 125 colleges and universities participated in CCN 2015, which saved the schools more than $180,000 in electricity and water in just three weeks. Over the five years of the competition, CCN participants have saved 6 million kilowatt hours (six GWh) of electricity, equivalent to averting more than 9 million pounds of CO2 from the atmosphere.</p> <p>From&nbsp;Feb. 1 through April 30, 2015, students and staff competed to achieve the greatest reductions in their residence halls&rsquo; energy use over a three-week period. Students and staff used tactics such as direct action, real-time consumption dashboards and social media to motivate and encourage sustainable behaviors, proving that occupants play a critical role in greening their buildings. By making commitments to turn off unused electronics, take shorter showers, use the stairs instead of the elevator and other simple changes in behavior, students across the country demonstrated how individual actions could make a big collective difference in the way our buildings consume electricity and water.&nbsp;</p> <p>The 10 schools with the largest overall percent reduction of electricity produced were (listed alphabetically) California State University - Chico, Concordia College, Dickinson College, Eastern Mennonite University, Georgia State University, Hofstra University, Northwest Missouri State University, Oklahoma State University, San Diego State University and Western Technical College, with the highest-performing school reducing its electricity use by 30.6 percent during its competition. The five schools with the largest overall percent reduction in their water use were (listed alphabetically) Eastern Washington University, Oberlin College, Pima Community College, University of Nevada - Las Vegas and Wake Forest University, with the highest-performing school reducing its water use by 19.8 percent.</p> <p>&ldquo;Campus Conservation Nationals shows how college students are pioneering efforts to create a more sustainable future, starting with their campuses,&rdquo; said Hannah Debelius, USGBC Students program lead at the Center for Green Schools at USGBC. &ldquo;These students demonstrate the importance of making small daily changes to save energy and water. The results are remarkable, and every student and institution that participated should be proud of this accomplishment.&rdquo;</p> <p>During the competition, Lucid&rsquo;s technology facilitated cross-departmental collaboration, with more than 50 percent of participants stating that CCN helped build new relationships between campus groups, such as facilities, sustainability, residence life and student leaders. Participating schools used Lucid&rsquo;s <a href="http://luciddesigngroup.com/buildingos/index.html">BuildingOS</a> platform to track electricity and water use and to share building performance and competition standings with students and staff.</p> <p>&ldquo;CCN opens the eyes of students and administrators alike to the potential of strong energy management,&rdquo; said Chelsea Hodge, director of engagement programs at Lucid. &ldquo;They realize that, wow, if we can achieve substantial reductions through just empowering individuals to change their behavior, then we can achieve equally large, or larger, savings by optimizing building operations, while saving money and improving comfort and productivity. CCN is a window into this potential."</p> <p>To learn more about the results of the competition, visit <a href="http://www.competetoreduce.org/2015">CompeteToReduce.org/2015</a>.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "5549012e020e6d3e0800001c", "555b63f52dd421c935000131"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/campus-conservation-nationals-celebrates-fifth-anniversary-colleges-and-universities-amass-#comments Media Tue, 19 May 2015 16:24:54 +0000 Aline Peterson 6358821 at http://www.usgbc.org New study concludes with strong evidence of the impact of school design on learning http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-study-concludes-strong-evidence-impact-school-design-learning <div class="field field-type-text field-field-all-authorized-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Peter Barrett </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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/New-study-concludes-with-strong-evidence-of-the-impact-of-school-design-on-learning-C.png?1431963839" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Until now, it may seem bizarre, but the&nbsp;<em>holistic</em>&nbsp;impact of classroom design on the learning of school pupils has been pretty much an unknown quantity. Although many people intuitively feel that classroom design is important for effective learning, there has in fact been very little real evidence. Of course the challenge is far from simple, as there are a myriad of design factors in play within every classroom.</p> <p>So the University of Salford&rsquo;s research team targeted primary (or elementary) school classrooms, where the children are in one space most of their time and for whom there are metrics of their academic progress&mdash;an ideal &ldquo;natural&rdquo; research design. They then worked from the individual&rsquo;s perspective to create a comprehensive and novel model of the factors in play (the Stimulation / Individualization / Naturalness, or SIN model). Finally they used multilevel statistical modeling to isolate the effects on learning that attach to the classroom level of analysis.</p> <p>After three years the UK-based HEAD (Holistic Evidence and Design) study has reached a successful conclusion. Based on a detailed study of 153 classrooms in 27 schools in Blackpool, Hampshire and Ealing, involving 3,766 pupils, we have now established the&nbsp;<em>evidence</em>&nbsp;for how important classroom design is for learning and which of the factors involved are particularly important.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Based on this large sample it can be seen that variations in the physical characteristics of the classrooms explain&nbsp;<em>16% of the variation in the learning progress&nbsp;</em>of the pupils who spent a year in these spaces. This is a much bigger impact than most people expected. Half the effect links to the normal comfort (or Naturalness) factors considered, but the other half is driven by factors to do with Individualization&nbsp;and the appropriate level of Stimulation. Interestingly factors to do with the school as a whole are nowhere near as important as the individual classrooms, and effective and less effective classrooms were often found in the same school.</p> <p>The guide, "Clever Classrooms" provides illustrated advice to teachers and designers as to which factors are especially important. This is underpinned by a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0360132315000700" target="_blank">refereed journal paper in Building and Environment</a>.</em></p> <p><a href="http://www.salford.ac.uk/cleverclassrooms/1503-Salford-Uni-Report-DIGITAL.pdf" target="_blank" class="button">Download the guide: &ldquo;Clever Classrooms&rdquo;</a></p> <p><em>Peter Barrett is a Professor in the School of the Built Environment at the University of Salford in the UK. He has wide research interests in optimising the value and experience of the built environment for users. Previously, Professor Barrett has held prestigious roles, including being President of the UN&rsquo;s International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction. Over recent years he has been working on a project to understand the link between primary school design and pupils&rsquo; learning. This was funded by the UK&rsquo;s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).</em></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "5550d86582e6b858e6000177", "555a08ab784fa28e5b000020"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-study-concludes-strong-evidence-impact-school-design-learning#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 18 May 2015 15:41:13 +0000 6342745 at http://www.usgbc.org The Greenest School on Earth: How do you choose? http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greenest-school-earth-how-do-you-choose <div class="field field-type-text field-field-all-authorized-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Carly Cowan </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 2015</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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Greenest-School-on-Earth-Blog-A-2.png?1429908172" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Out of the most impressive and inspiring school buildings in the entire world, how do you choose just one to name the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/global-coalition-green-schools-recognizes-greenest-school-earth">Greenest School on Earth</a>? The task is a daunting one, but also an incredibly rewarding one. This year, our Greenest School on Earth program received over 300 percent more applications than last year from schools that are making tremendous progress in providing better education to our world&rsquo;s future leaders.</p> <p>As the program&rsquo;s application numbers have grown, so has its impact and its purpose. Originally designed to commend the unique efforts of a single school around sustainability, the <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools/greenestschool">Greenest School on Earth award program</a> now celebrates the beauty in the diversity of what green looks like while also reinforcing the three-pillar definition of a green school. Schools are evaluated by how they demonstrate excellence in reducing environmental impact, enhancing occupant health and well-being and educating a generation of sustainability natives. What was truly amazing to me this year was how well the applicants, while so incredibly geographically, physically and culturally diverse, all met this three pillar definition. This year, the competition reinforced how this comprehensive definition spans country borders, language barriers, time zones and rating systems.</p> <p>One school in particular stood out to both the judging panel and to me. <a href="http://www.ddsb.ca/school/dunbartonhs/Pages/default.aspx">Dunbarton High School</a> in Pickering, Ontario, was the unanimous winner among our panel of incredible judges. What is so remarkable about Dunbarton, is that its journey can be that of any school. Not endowed with any particularly exquisite infrastructure or technology, Dunbarton&rsquo;s student body has taken leadership and ownership over the sustainability of the 1960s building. Securing over $12,000 Canadian dollars, students have completely transformed the way they learn. Instead of being discouraged by older infrastructure or a smaller budget, they addressed these challenges and overcame them with ingenuity, dedication and intelligence. In particular, the Dunbarton community took tangible action through Green Apple Day of Service and by engaging with their <a href="http://www.cagbc.org/CAGBC/Programs/CanCoalitGrSchls/Canadian_Coalition_f.aspx">Canada Coalition for Green Schools</a> as the winner of the Greenest School in Canada Competition.</p> <p>I would be remiss not to highlight this year&rsquo;s Runner Up: <a href="http://www.eastcoastarchitects.co.za/projects-vele.html">Vele Secondary School</a> in Limpopo, South Africa. One of the most gratifying elements of this program for me is being privy to learning about the incredible work happening in all corners of the globe. In a far less fortunate community in Limpopo, Vele has far exceeded the expectations of any school. Constructed on the premise of passive low energy design (PLED), Vele is robustly outfitted with the latest and greatest technology. But it&rsquo;s not the technology that caught the judges&rsquo; eyes--it&rsquo;s the way Vele opens itself up to its community. By offering up its computer lab as an internet cafe, hosting computer training classes and a sewing co-op, Vele is the embodiment of a school doubling as a community center.</p> <p>There are too many schools around the world deserving of accolades to adequately recognize all of them, but Dunbarton serves as a truly outstanding model of what all schools and school communities can aspire to be and do. Dunbarton&rsquo;s story is one of seeing opportunity where others see challenge. It&rsquo;s a testament to the power of community collaboration, student leadership and teacher support.&nbsp;</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "5526b721ef3c8dcf9400013e", "553aaa55257d2adc3500097a"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greenest-school-earth-how-do-you-choose#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:41:03 +0000 6044518 at http://www.usgbc.org Jump in to the future of K-12 education http://www.usgbc.org/articles/jump-future-k-12-education <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">17 Apr 2015</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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Jump-in-to-the-future-of-K-12-education-A.png?1429301373" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Imagine the possibilities: millions of teachers equipped and empowered to engage their students in learning that fosters individual happiness and global sustainability. It&rsquo;s not pie-in-the-sky, and with your participation, we can make it a reality.</p> <p>Today, the Center for Green Schools kicks off its latest initiative: an online education platform to provide K12 schools one-stop access to the best education resources for sustainability. Encourage your favorite educator to <a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1DTkH6xMNFgu4c5y17MBorIyk4zYhKvAMf4p4ZPtvTjM/viewform?usp=send_form">apply here</a> to take part in the one-year pilot program and receive exclusive, free access to a world of resources. The pilot will launch in August 2015, just before the 2015-16 school year begins.</p> <p><a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1DTkH6xMNFgu4c5y17MBorIyk4zYhKvAMf4p4ZPtvTjM/viewform?usp=send_form" target="_blank" class="button">REGISTER HERE</a></p> <p><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/naaRzBAbRUg?wmode=Opaque" width="425" height="350" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"></iframe></p> <p>The platform makes it easy for teachers to seek and find high-quality, standards-aligned materials to teach sustainability as its own topic and as a contextual supplement to core subjects. Search functions, peer collaboration opportunities and content curation tools make it easy for teachers to utilize resources that deliver inspirational, impactful and innovative classroom experiences. The platform will serve as a hub for our carefully selected education partners to market and distribute their products and services and as a playground for teachers to explore an ever-increasing array of content and opportunities that develops their skills and confidence as educators.</p> <p>When the August 2015 pilot begins, the platform will debut a suite of action-oriented standards-aligned and STEM-enriched K-12 curriculum like <em>Sustainable Intelligence</em>. Based on the award-winning curricula and programming of <a href="http://www.ecorise.org">EcoRise Youth Innovations</a> from Austin, Texas, and created in collaboration with <a href="http://home.itj.edu.mx/">Instituto Thomas Jefferson</a> in Mexico, <em>Sustainable Intelligence</em> includes cross-disciplinary connections, extensions and a complete Spanish-English translation with cultural adaptations.</p> <p>Iterative feedback from teachers participating in the pilot will allow us to continuously update and improve both content and delivery in order to create an experience that translates to real-world projects and youth-led solutions that we can track, showcase and celebrate &ndash; and that educators can replicate in unique environments around the world. In exchange for a one-year free subscription, participants will commit to implement a minimum of five lessons and provide feedback via a series of brief online surveys. Take a peek at some of the lessons that will be available to teachers beginning in August <a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/Libraries/Resources_Documents/4_13_15_Lesson_Plan_Breakdown.sflb.ashx?download=true" target="_blank">here</a>!&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="s1"><a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/Libraries/Resources_Documents/Jump_in_to_the_Future_One_Pager.sflb.ashx?download=true" target="_blank">Download and share this pdf</a> with your favorite educator or administrator, and sign up today!</span></p> <p><a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1DTkH6xMNFgu4c5y17MBorIyk4zYhKvAMf4p4ZPtvTjM/viewform?usp=send_form">Registration</a> is currently open through June 30, 2015.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "553003c8316a63ea7d00036a", "55316814fb9e0ddc0f00075a"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/jump-future-k-12-education#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 17 Apr 2015 20:08:01 +0000 Rachel Gutter 5971961 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED Lab in action: Ball State University http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-lab-action-ball-state-university <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 Apr 2015</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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/LEED-Lab-in-action--Ball-State.png?1429198391" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><img height="278" src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1429194067-4314-9580/BallState1.png" width="670" /></p> <p>Ball State currently has nine LEED certified buildings, with three more anticipating certification. All are (or hopefully, will be) certified under LEED-NC or LEED-CI, with the first certifications awarded in 2010. How have they been performing? Are we really seeing the reductions in energy consumption and water usage that we anticipated? It is time to find out. LEED&reg; Lab&trade;, a program developed by USGBC to certify buildings under LEED-EB: O+M, was offered for the first time in the Spring 2015 semester.</p> <h3>Getting Started</h3> <p>The course is being team taught by myself, Jim Jones (Associate Professor in Construction Management) and Kevin Kenyon (Associate Vice-President of Facilities Planning and Management, LEED-AP). It was set up as an &ldquo;immersive&rdquo; class, which means it is student-driven (with faculty mentors), interdisciplinary, with a client and a tangible outcome. The course was developed with David Shepherd, Energy Engineer in Facilities Planning and Management as our client. The faculty selected an interdisciplinary group of construction management, architecture and interior design students. Of the eight students this semester, five are LEED Green Associates and all have a strong working knowledge of LEED.&nbsp;</p> <p>In the beginning, we needed to determine which of our existing LEED certified buildings to study. The students worked in teams to complete feasibility studies for eight of the buildings on campus. Comparing two buildings at a time, they addressed the following questions: <em>&ldquo;</em>Would these buildings be able to certify under LEED-EB: O&amp;M v2009?&nbsp; Would these buildings be able to certify under LEED-EB:&nbsp; O&amp;M v4?&nbsp; Are there any specific obstacles for certifying under either system?&nbsp; Of these buildings, for which do you recommend that we pursue LEED-EB: O&amp;M certification?&nbsp; Under which version, v2009 or v4, do you recommend?&rdquo; As they formed their conclusions they narrowed down the list of buildings eligible for&nbsp; certification, eight buildings became four, four became two and finally we had a winner &ndash; The Glick Glass Center.</p> <h3>Understanding Glick</h3> <p>The Glick Glass Center opened in July of 2010 and was already LEED Certified under the LEED v 2009 New Construction rating system. It houses the glass program in Ball State&rsquo;s art department. Glick was chosen because of its size (9,254 SF), its previous certification level and because it is under the jurisdiction of our faculty member, Kevin Kenyon&rsquo;s, department. Glick provides open spaces for the creation of glass art, including a &ldquo;hot shop&rdquo; and a &ldquo;neon shop&rdquo; along with display and office spaces. We chose to pursue LEED EB: O&amp;M under v2009 rather than v4 since the building was already certified under the v2009 version.</p> <p align="center"><img src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1429194118-20061-2431/BallState2.png" height="215"/>&nbsp; &nbsp;<img src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1429194139-29-3226/BallState3.png" height="215" /></p> <p>After selecting our building and the version, it was time to become more familiar with the building. We decided to focus this first semester on the prerequisites. We met with Ball State representatives to learn more about their areas of expertise, whether solid waste management, green cleaning or sustainable purchasing. The University Energy Engineer, David Shepherd, worked with us to evaluate the energy and water usage data for the building. With a week left to go in the semester we are near our goal of completing all of the prerequisites.&nbsp;</p> <p align="center"><img src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1429194169-25019-9188/BallState4.png" />&nbsp; &nbsp;<img src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1429194185-5113-5390/BallState5.png" /></p> <h3>Looking Ahead</h3> <p>In the fall semester we will start with a new group of students and will begin working on the credits. Since the course is student driven, I am interested to see the path they recommend and which credits they want to pursue to continue the progress. It has been a fun semester!&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;<img src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1429194199-26-9492/BallState6.png" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" /></p> <p><em><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haS8Pjtdw-M" target="_blank">LEED Lab</a> is a multidisciplinary immersion course that utilizes the built environment to educate and prepare students to become green building leaders. In the course students assess the performance of existing facilities on campus and chose one building where they will facilitate the LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations &amp; Maintenance (LEED EB:O&amp;M) process with the goal of certifying the facility. At the close of the semester the students are prepared to sit for the LEED EB:O&amp;M professional credential exam. To learn more visit </em><a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/leedlab.aspx"><em>LEED Lab</em></a><em>. Under &ldquo;How&rdquo; the Welcome Packet and LEED Lab Timing Chart are available for download. To express interest please complete this </em><em><a href="http://fs25.formsite.com/USGBC/form18/index.html">form</a></em></p> <p><a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/leedlab.aspx" target="_blank" class="button">Learn more about LEED Lab</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "5509b6a4855166733f0000b8", "552fd5d563b1996b70000162"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-lab-action-ball-state-university#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 16 Apr 2015 15:31:55 +0000 Janet Fick 5959258 at http://www.usgbc.org Global Coalition for Green Schools Recognizes Greenest School on Earth http://www.usgbc.org/articles/global-coalition-green-schools-recognizes-greenest-school-earth <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">15 Apr 2015</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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press_release_2014f_5.png?1429104416" /> </div> </div> </div> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Dunbarton High School in Canada recognized for cutting-edge sustainability education</em>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span>Washington, D.C. &ndash; (April 15, 2015)</span></strong><span> &ndash; Today, the <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/globalcoalition" target="_blank">Global Coalition for Green Schools</a>, an initiative of the <a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/home.aspx" target="_blank">Center for Green Schools</a> at USGBC, announced the 2015 Greenest School on Earth. The recipient school is Dunbarton High School of Pickering, Ontario, Canada.</span></p> <p><span>The Greenest School on Earth is an annual competition, highlighting a K-12 school that exemplifies how sustainability can be integrally woven into the infrastructure, culture and curriculum of a school. The Center defines a green school as one that achieves zero environmental impact (including energy, water, waste and carbon), a positive impact on occupant health and performance and 100 percent environmentally literate graduates. These traits are encompassed in three pillars &ndash; environmental impact, human health and ecoliteracy. The Greenest School on Earth designation includes a $1,000 award to be used by the selected school for a sustainability initiative.</span>&nbsp;</p> <p><span>&ldquo;The Greenest School on Earth recognition goes to the school that is defining what it means to live, breathe and teach <a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/Libraries/Publications/Whole-School_Sustainability_Framework.sflb.ashx" target="_blank">whole-school sustainability</a>,&rdquo; said Rachel Gutter, director of the Center for Green Schools. &ldquo;Dunbarton High School is an excellent example of a school that engages its students at every turn, placing them in the driver&rsquo;s seat and empowering them to improve their environment, inside and out. We are pleased to recognize Dunbarton&rsquo;s efforts to improve their community, enhance the biodiversity of the region and elevate young minds to a higher order of thinking about sustainable practices.&rdquo;</span></p> <p>Dunbarton High School, built in the 1960s, has undergone a significant retrofit over the past five years, installing new energy-efficient windows, insulation and lower wattage lighting. The school offers a Specialist High Skills Major in Environment and engages students through coursework and extracurricular activities related to the school&rsquo;s natural surroundings.&nbsp;</p> <p><span>Also a winner of the 2014 Greenest School in Canada competition, Dunbarton features an outdoor classroom for 40, a 500 square meter pollinator garden and a rooftop solar water heater. Students at the school are provided with stainless steel water bottles upon matriculation and are involved in projects such as organic waste removal and the Atlantic salmon restoration program. The school plans to utilize the $1,000 award to develop a school garden and construct 10 additional bee condominiums, to be shared with the local community.</span></p> <p><span>&ldquo;It is a great gift for us to be in this community and have the ability to provide students with so many fantastic opportunities related to sustainability,&rdquo; said David Gordon, instructor at Dunbarton High School. &ldquo;In Pickering we receive nothing but support for our sustainability initiatives from the board, Pickering City, local businesses, parents, universities and NGO's. &nbsp;They all provide our students with opportunities to deepen their understanding of sustainable practices and with the chance to take action to make Pickering and Dunbarton High School demonstrably more sustainable. &nbsp;This is what the world needs to adapt to a changing future, young people prepared to take action in a supportive community.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span>&ldquo;Dunbarton is an exceptional example of a school that recognizes and integrates sustainability into education and operations. Changes were made to the old building to reduce carbon emissions and provide a healthier indoor environment for staff and students; their curriculum emphasizes the value of protecting and restoring ecosystems and provides students with hands on experience; and their community engagement brings people together to take action with a positive impact on the environment,&rdquo; says Thomas Mueller, President and CEO of the Canada Green Building Council. &ldquo;The Canada Green Building Council and the Canada Coalition for Green Schools congratulate Dunbarton students, staff and the surrounding community for their outstanding contribution to a sustainable future and inspiring others to do the same.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span>The panel of judges for this year&rsquo;s Greenest School on Earth included:</span></p> <ul> <li><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><span>Princess Noor bint Asem of Jordan</span></li> <li><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><span>John Mandyck, chief sustainability officer, UTC Climate, Controls &amp; Security and co-chair of <br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; the Center for Green Schools Advisory Board</span></li> <li><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><span>Jane Henley, CEO, World Green Building Council </span></li> <li><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><span>Peter Templeton, senior vice president of Global Market Development, U.S. Green Building Council</span></li> <li><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><span>Wanda Dunaway, director of education and government markets, Shaw Contract Group</span></li> </ul> <p><span>To learn more about the Greenest School on Earth and the Center&rsquo;s international efforts, please visit <a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/greenestschool" target="_blank">centerforgreenschools.org/greenestschool.</a></span></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "552689ea9d29a171b80001a8", "552e6699fa2dd59fd4000138"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/global-coalition-green-schools-recognizes-greenest-school-earth#comments Media Wed, 15 Apr 2015 13:24:51 +0000 Aline Peterson 5948100 at http://www.usgbc.org Celebrating Ohio's 200th LEED certified school http://www.usgbc.org/articles/celebrating-ohios-200th-leed-certified-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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Celebrating-Ohio_s-200th-LEED-certified-school-B.png?1428681642" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It is an amazing time to live in Ohio and an even more amazing time to work in the K-12 public facility sector. I am a public servant who administers a sustainability program that saves taxpayer dollars and provides extraordinary benefits to our biggest asset, our children. I serve as the Sustainability Administrator for the <a href="http://ofcc.ohio.gov/" target="_blank">Ohio Facilities Construction Commission</a> (OFCC). We oversee the design and construction of public K-12 schools, state agencies and higher education facilities.&nbsp;</p> <p>When I took this position in 2009, Ohio had one LEED certified school and 150 others registered all over our great state. Since then, we have gone on an amazing journey of learning and growth as the Ohio construction industry has designed and built LEED schools. Throughout this journey, there have been growing pains as we&rsquo;ve mastered the LEED certification process. I am happy to say that we have learned a valuable lesson along the way, the <em>integrated process</em> of working through challenges as a team and finding ways to improve together is as valuable as the end product.</p> <h3>Benefits of green schools</h3> <p>The benefits of green schools go far beyond operational cost savings as these are the facilities where our children spend a majority of their young lives. By providing safe, healthy and comfortable environments, we encourage their learning and show them that we believe they matter. I have had the extreme pleasure of watching new schools open to replace old, out of date and sometimes unsafe facilities. The look on the faces of the children as they walk into their classrooms gives you a desire to go back and do the next one even better. That&rsquo;s why I support the use of the LEED rating system for design and construction of our schools. It forces project teams to think about their decisions during a time when cost and time constraints may lead to less than favorable decisions.&nbsp;</p> <p>I am happy to say that elements of environmental education have increased dramatically over the past several years in the physical facilities and curriculum. Schools are choosing to utilize the School as a Teaching Tool credit and embed educational opportunities into the building, systems, and grounds, costing them no more and reaping significant long-term rewards. I have seen everything from adding windows to the mechanical rooms to adding rooftop gardens accessible by the children. It is fascinating to help the school districts understand sustainable and environmentally friendly design opportunities.</p> <p>The OFCC only has data on how the schools were designed and not how they are being operated. Some argue that this isn&rsquo;t an accurate measurement of how they will operate or perform. I agree with that statement, green buildings are only as efficient as the people operating them. However, if LEED wasn&rsquo;t required, we would not have schools that are designed to be 33% more energy efficient than ASHRAE standards. Our schools are designed to be 37% more water efficient than a building baseline for their size and usage.&nbsp; Our 200 LEED projects have diverted over 368,000 tons and 141,923 cubic yards of construction waste from our landfills. The Regional Materials credit has brought over $890,000,000 to Ohio businesses and our immediate neighbor states. There are so many ways to look at these LEED projects and see how they help the environment, economy and human health.</p> <p>I can&rsquo;t say enough how USGBC, the Center for Green Schools and the Green Building Certification Institute have supported and assisted Ohio in reaching this wonderful milestone. I have met many exceptional people during my time as Director of the Green School Program and Sustainability Administrator for Ohio. I have no doubt that we will reach the goal of all kids in a green school within this generation, because where we learn matters!&nbsp;</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "5524289d13108df21a00051d", "5527f376a502076a320002da"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/celebrating-ohios-200th-leed-certified-school#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 10 Apr 2015 15:55:31 +0000 Lisa Laney 5898989 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED Lab in action: Catholic University's LEED Lab Legacy http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-lab-action-catholic-universitys-leed-lab-legacy <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 Apr 2015</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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/LEED-Lab-in-action--Catholic-University-of-America.png?1428606823" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In the heart of Washington, D.C., the <a href="http://landing.online.cua.edu/overview" target="_blank">Catholic University of America</a> (CUA) is the proving ground for a new approach to multidisciplinary education. Since the university has no designated sustainability office or officer, faculty developed a course which would provide the platform for environmental literacy among all university parties. It was a necessary transformation; a bottom-up-approach where students became the catalysts for change, proliferated by faculty and staff as a new approach to integrative learning, empowered by a desire to employ creative methods of education while promulgating a greater awareness of energy, water conservation and other sustainability measures on campus.</p> <h3><strong>The pilot</strong></h3> <p>As a means of training student architects to meet current market needs in their profession while employing multiple synergistic effects of sustainability within the university, CUA partnered with USGBC and the <a href="http://www.gbci.org" target="_blank">Green Building Certification Institute </a>(GBCI) in 2011 to create a pilot laboratory course designed to educate students on the integration of sustainability throughout the building life cycle, thus establishing a method to apply research to practice. We named this course <a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/impact#leed-lab" target="_blank">LEED Lab</a>.</p> <p>At its very core, LEED Lab was designed to achieve four overarching goals: provide a platform for direct student collaboration with many organizations; a prerequisite experience for LEED Green Associate or LEED AP examination; a method of engaging national building performance benchmarking codes through a systematic evaluation of campus facilities; and a mechanism for students to drive sustainability efforts on campus.</p> <p><img src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1428632174-27-6269/IMG_3875.JPG" width="670" height="537" /></p> <p><span style="font-size: 8pt;"><em><span class="s1">&nbsp;CUA facilities personnel explain to studen</span><span class="s1">ts how to test the chemical composition of boiler&nbsp;</span><span class="s1">water.&nbsp;</span></em></span></p> <p>LEED Lab enabled members of the faculty and administration from the School of Architecture and the University&rsquo;s division of Facilities, Maintenance and Operations to employ the process of LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations &amp; Maintenance certification for dynamic and ongoing facility analysis. We recognized that if students could organize, serve as facilitators, and educate university operations staff members about measures that embrace greater sustainability goals, their work would quantify, qualify and raise awareness of both current undocumented sustainable accomplishments on campus, along with inefficiencies. The success of the pilot was evidenced in our first building evaluation, The Crough Center for Architectural Studies (Crough).</p> <h3><strong>First certification</strong></h3> <p>A legacy of student-driven performance evaluation was documented at Crough as each LEED Lab semester built upon the last; students used the previous class&rsquo; work towards documentation, tracking and metering until final submission was met. Many new tools and procedures were introduced to students, who then applied their skills simultaneously within the context of the occupied building.&nbsp;</p> <p><img height="893" src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1428527411-32568-1959/2._STUDENT_USING_ANEMOMETER_.JPG" width="670" /></p> <p><span style="font-size: 8pt;"><em><span class="s1">Student learns how to use an anemometer to&nbsp;</span><span class="s1">measure outside air flow into the air handling&nbsp;</span><span class="s1">unit which would contribute towards the accomplishm</span><span class="s1">ent of the indoor air quality prerequisite.&nbsp;</span></em></span></p> <p>One class oversaw the installation of electrical, irrigation, steam, and water tracking devices in the building, while all classes learned how to access those metrics, measure environmental conditions, and use simple logical solutions to abate excess environmental impacts. Overall, students oversaw a multitude of accomplishments including a 25% energy and 10% water reduction, among others.&nbsp;</p> <p>The culmination of this work in the summer of 2014 resulted in the world&rsquo;s first school of architecture to be awarded with official LEED EB:O&amp;M Certification. Lessons learned in directing the first few semesters of LEED Lab were the platform for a new publication called &ldquo;LEEDlab; A Model for Sustainable Education&rdquo; along with serving the future goal of continuing campus implementation.</p> <h3><strong>Prevailing practice</strong></h3> <p>The role of LEED Lab at CUA is unique; the <em>quality</em> of scholarly research and analysis of buildings and knowledge gained by our students is more important at our institution over the <em>quantity</em> of buildings certified. Consequently over the years, CUA&rsquo;s LEED Lab has evolved to attract students from a variety of disciplines. Politics, engineering, facility management and chemistry majors&mdash;from undergrads to Ph.D. candidates - have become key players in LEED Lab, in addition to the architectural students who led the pilot, enabling broad-reaching ideas, procedures, and methods of calculations.</p> <p>This semester we finalized CUA&rsquo;s procurement, pollution, and recycling guidelines, serving our recycling campaign. Working with the Director of Custodial Services, green cleaning policies and workflow were created to contribute towards a higher effectiveness rating, vetted by occupant surveys. Non-smoking signage designed by our LEED Lab students was implemented as the university standard. Students continued their investigation of water efficient irrigation credits beyond the course to launch a campaign towards the custom design and installation of campus-wide cisterns currently in test-mode.</p> <p>At our recent eco-charrette, we introduced a plan to manufacture biochar&nbsp;by students in a chemistry course to be used as an actual soil amendment in campus landscaping, and recorded photometrics on our entire campus to assess light trespass.</p> <p><img height="758" src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1428527449-21265-1998/3._SITE_LIGHTING.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="450" /></p> <p style="text-align: center; font-size: 8pt;"><em>Student Charlene Dickens describes her plan for calculating exterior light trespass through photometrics and on-site measurement.</em></p> <p>The culmination of our work resulted in the creation of an official &ldquo;Campus Sustainability Tour&rdquo; which describes our efforts to campus visitors.&nbsp;</p> <p>“Working with the students has allowed us to gain an outside perspective that has proven beneficial to evaluate our plans and processes, to rethink some applications” says Chris Vetick, Assistant Director of Grounds and Fleet, “and to put our monitoring efforts into a working document that can be modified as needed and tracked to obtain measurable data.”</p> <p><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/7q0Z2AUR-xY?wmode=Opaque" width="425" height="350" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"></iframe></p> <p style="text-align: center; font-size: 8pt;"><em>Students, faculty and staff discuss innovation in operations by introducing the manufacture of &ldquo;Bio-Char&rdquo;&nbsp; by students in a chemistry class which would be used in future campus landscaping.</em></p> <p><span>LEED Lab&rsquo;s legacy continues to impel our departmental integration of sustainability goals and university mission for sustainable stewardship.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><em>LEED Lab is a multidisciplinary immersion course that utilizes the built environment to educate and prepare students to become green building leaders. In the course students assess the performance of existing facilities on campus and chose one building where they will facilitate the LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations &amp; Maintenance (LEED EB:O&amp;M) process with the goal of certifying the facility. At the close of the semester the students are prepared to sit for the LEED EB:O&amp;M professional credential exam. To learn more visit </em><a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/impact#leed-lab"><em>LEED Lab</em></a><em>. Under &ldquo;How&rdquo; the Welcome Packet and LEED Lab Timing Chart are available for download. To express interest please complete this </em><em><a href="http://fs25.formsite.com/USGBC/form18/index.html">form</a>.</em></p> <p><a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/impact#leed-lab" target="_blank" class="button">Learn more about LEED Lab</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "5509b630ed7f54ded70000bc", "5526cf0a9e899427fc00001a"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-lab-action-catholic-universitys-leed-lab-legacy#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 09 Apr 2015 19:09:51 +0000 Patricia Andrasik 5890958 at http://www.usgbc.org Getting your ducks in a row: Energy efficiency and health in green schools http://www.usgbc.org/articles/getting-your-ducks-row-energy-efficiency-and-health-green-schools <div class="field field-type-text field-field-all-authorized-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kudret Utebay </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">9 Apr 2015</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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Ducks-C.png?1428601730" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>According to a recent study conducted by the U.S. Department of Education, <a href="http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2014/2014022.pdf">nearly a third of public schools were rated to have poor or fair building systems</a>, including HVAC systems, demonstrating a need for modern, well-maintained and sustainable indoor environments. Whether you are planning for a retrofit or <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed" target="_blank">LEED certification</a>, there are significant indoor air quality (IAQ) and health considerations you will want to keep in mind and address during your project.</p> <p>To help you organize and get all your ducks in a row, EPA has outlined the most common indoor air quality contaminants associated with various building upgrades and the actions you can take to protect occupant health and safety&mdash;from planning and commissioning, to moisture control and mold remediation, and effective communications and worker safety.</p> <p>The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency&rsquo;s (EPA) new&nbsp;<a href="http://epa.gov/iaq/schools/energy_savings_plus_health.html">Energy Savings Plus Health: Indoor Air Quality Guidelines for School Building Upgrades</a> (Guide) can help you navigate these retrofit or construction projects by using a holistic approach to address IAQ, energy efficiency and sustainability. The Guide, along with the accompanying <a href="http://www.epa.gov/iaq/schools/guidelines_resources.html">Checklist Generator</a>, can help ensure that projects progress smoothly while maintaining occupant health and safety. Energy efficiency and sustainability improvements go hand-in-hand with indoor environmental health considerations. A holistic approach is key to planning and implementing building maintenance projects that improve health and safety and maximize energy and cost savings.</p> <p>The Guide outlines not only specific minimum air quality considerations based on your project, but also recommendations for expanded actions, if you choose to go beyond the minimum IAQ measures set by standards and laws. For example, during an improperly managed HVAC system retrofit project, asbestos-containing material, lead paint or mold may be disturbed, and improper drainage of condensation can lead to bacterial growth in units with cooling coils. When implemented with the Guide&rsquo;s best IAQ management practices in mind, HVAC system design, retrofitting and maintenance can reveal significant energy savings opportunities while providing a safe, healthy environment for occupants.</p> <p>The Guide and accompanying Checklist Generator will help you keep your IAQ ducks in a row before, during and after a project. Starting with initial planning and moving through project implementation and operations, the Guide will provide you with crucial information to keep your building safe and healthy while you are aiming for a more energy-efficient and greener building. To explore how you can apply green building principles to your school, <a href="http://www.epa.gov/iaq/schools/pdfs/Energy_Savings_Plus_Health_Guideline.pdf">check out the Guide</a>, and learn about indoor environmental quality on the <a href="http://www.epa.gov/iaq/schools/energy_savings_plus_health.html">Energy Savings Plus Health</a> site.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "55030f3ddfdf7cc4700000eb", "5526bafa87718cdb35000031"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/getting-your-ducks-row-energy-efficiency-and-health-green-schools#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 09 Apr 2015 17:46:49 +0000 MIchele Curreri 5890446 at http://www.usgbc.org National Healthy Schools Day is here http://www.usgbc.org/articles/national-healthy-schools-day-here <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 Apr 2015</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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Healthy-Schools-E_0.png?1428354103" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>This year&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nationalhealthyschoolsday.org/">National Health Schools Day</a>&nbsp;will take place on April 7, coinciding with Public Health Week, and will encourage communities to rally around their schools to make them healthier places for their valuable occupants. Here at the Center for Green Schools, we think this is a great chance to get started on your <a href="http://greenapple.org/" target="_blank">Green Apple Day of Service</a> activities or check in on last year&rsquo;s work!&nbsp;</p> <p>Children need clean air outside, and they also need clean air inside. The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.epa.gov/iaq/schools">US Environmental Protection Agency</a>&nbsp;(US EPA) has estimated that half of schools have indoor pollution problems that are largely avoidable, and the Institute of Medicine reported in 2011 that polluted indoor environments are unfortunately already damaging the nation&rsquo;s health and learning.</p> <p>Many schools have not been designed, built, and operated to be environmentally responsible to their most vulnerable occupants. Even schools intended to be built to green building standards can miss the mark when it comes to indoor environmental health. But, fortunately, times are changing: both the US EPA and the&nbsp;<a href="http://www2.ed.gov/programs/green-ribbon-schools">US Department of Education</a>&nbsp;are encouraging state agencies and local schools to take action, and for good reasons. First, it makes sense to give our children a healthy environment. Second, it saves money in the long run to prevent indoor pollutants, instead of remediating them later at enormous costs. And third, healthy environments are good for education. According to the US EPA, healthy indoor environments boost attendance and achievement, and help with teacher recruitment, retention and productivity.</p> <p>On this year&rsquo;s National Healthy Schools Day, the Healthy Schools Network celebrates actions taken every day by schools across the country to protect children&rsquo;s health. These include:</p> <ul> <li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; seeking out and buying less-hazardous products to use indoors</li> <li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; having hard surface flooring to make it easier to clean</li> <li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; removing water-damaged carpeting</li> <li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; phasing in certified green cleaning products to reduce or eliminate toxic chemicals</li> <li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; eliminating air fresheners and room deodorizers</li> <li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; disposing of old-outdated and hazardous chemicals to reduce the risks of spills and injuries</li> <li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; keeping food and pets out of classrooms to reduce pest infestations</li> <li>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; de-cluttering a classroom to make the room easier to clean at the end of the day</li> </ul> <p>Topping these actions off with advanced energy efficient lighting and ventilating systems will add even more savings long-term. For more ideas, visit the web site for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nationalhealthyschoolsday.org/">National Healthy Schools Day</a>.</p> <p>On the 13th anniversary of National Healthy Schools Day, take the opportunity to think about your community&rsquo;s school. What steps can you help them take to protect the health and wellbeing of the individuals and children who, during the school year, spend 8 or more hours each day there?</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "5522d92c119b8df95b000138", "5522f3dce357d47e2b0001d9"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/national-healthy-schools-day-here#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 06 Apr 2015 21:00:22 +0000 Anisa Baldwin Metzger 5866016 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED Lab in action: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-lab-action-university-wisconsin-milwaukee <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 2015</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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/LEED-Lab-in-action--University-of-Wisconsin-Milwaukee.png?1427987817" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Making the invisible, visible&hellip; and valuable.</em></p> <p>The view from here is good. After five plus years in the stacks of facility plans surrounded by crisis-driven tradesmen and women, the <a href="http://www4.uwm.edu/pps/Sustainability/" target="_blank">University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) Office of Sustainability</a> emerged out of the secret right of passage of mechanical rooms and loading docks. The transition to a central campus home came after a successful Facility Services collaboration that reduced campus energy usage by 27% per gross square foot, a campus-wide green cleaning program, and an entirely revamped surplus store amongst many other sustainability driven facility initiatives.</p> <p><span>In the course of establishing our new home-base, as a welcome guest in the <a href="http://www4.uwm.edu/sarup/" target="_blank">School of Architecture and Urban Planning</a>, we not only discovered a new, sunny view of the courtyard, but we also found ourselves right across the hallway from an Allen Ginsberg-esque engineer, Professor Mike Utzinger.</span></p> <p><span>The coalescence of sustainable operations and curriculum deepened.</span></p> <p><span>We had the data, Professor Utzinger had the students in ecological building design. What would be the next step?</span></p> <p><span>At the same time as our move, we had also recently completed a cross-campus sustainability evaluation through the AASHE STARS program. Professor Utzinger and his students began with the UWM Office of Sustainability by analyzing a student&rsquo;s footprint and by visualizing the spatial impact of our greenhouse gas inventory.</span></p> <p><span>But as we dug deeper into the data and evaluation of a sustainable campus, we paused to look around at the lay of the land to see how we might best capture the extent of sustainable facilities that would pair well with an academic mission.</span></p> <p><span>Along came <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/leedlab.aspx" target="_blank">USGBC&rsquo;s LEED Lab</a>.</span></p> <p><span><img src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1427899549-26-2993/Golda_Meir_Library_pv_panelsUWMilwaukee.jpg" width="670" height="420" /></span></p> <p><span>Last fall, Professor Utzinger&rsquo;s class got underway. Students broke off into groups by LEED categories and dissected the data required and reviewed where UWM has already made strides. We struggled with the best scope for a university that is strewn throughout the city. We recorded outdoor lamp wattages, collected an inventory of natural areas, and crisscrossed our way through multiple building mechanical rooms, ultimately evaluating four buildings for their registration for LEED EB: O&amp;M.</span></p> <p><span>If we were to ultimately find the value in sustainable operations assessment, we had to dig deeper. UW-Milwaukee&rsquo;s LEED Lab had something different. A professor well versed in building performance long before LEED, who tugs on his grey beard as he reminisces about the early solar labs of the 1970&rsquo;s and 80&rsquo;s, who has a fresh intrigue as well as a track record of designing carbon neutral buildings. He laid out for the class his own well-versed methods in building evaluation that model building energy flows and emissions generated by area and occupancy. The second level of his program researches in further detail the heat transfer of a building and the variables of ventilation and its impact on indoor air quality. By drilling down further, LEED EB: O&amp;M is still the stage on which our selected buildings are set, but Professor Utzinger and the campus collaboration ask the valuable questions unique to building challenges.</span></p> <p><span>Many times sustainability initiatives emphasize the absence of something, either energy, waste or water. The LEED Lab at UWM makes those initiatives visible and valuable.&nbsp; Meanwhile, we&rsquo;ll continue to look out over our campus courtyard and envision what&rsquo;s next for our living laboratory right at our front door.</span>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1427921557-7966-8503/UWM-USRWind2.JPG" width="449" height="670" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" /></p> <p><em>LEED Lab is a multidisciplinary immersion course that utilizes the built environment to educate and prepare students to become green building leaders. In the course students assess the performance of existing facilities on campus and chose one building where they will facilitate the LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations &amp; Maintenance (LEED EB: O&amp;M) process with the goal of certifying the facility. At the close of the semester the students are prepared to sit for the LEED EB: O&amp;M professional credential exam.</em></p> <p><em><em>Do you know of a higher ed institution that would be a great fit for LEED Lab?&nbsp;</em>To learn more visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/leedlab.aspx">LEED Lab</a>. Under &ldquo;How&rdquo; the Welcome Packet and LEED Lab Timing Chart are available for download. <a href="http://fs25.formsite.com/USGBC/form18/index.html">Complete this form to express interest</a>.</em></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "5509b60a02ecf735ce00009f", "551d5bd5587f1e25cb00005d"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-lab-action-university-wisconsin-milwaukee#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 02 Apr 2015 15:10:29 +0000 Kate Nelson 5829374 at http://www.usgbc.org The Measure of a Green School: Occupant Health http://www.usgbc.org/articles/measure-green-school-occupant-health <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">31 Mar 2015</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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/The-Measure-of-a-Green-School-3.png?1427811404" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><span>Over the past four years, the <a href="http://www2.ed.gov/programs/green-ribbon-schools/index.html" target="_blank">Department of Education&rsquo;s Green Ribbon Schools Award</a> (ED-Green Ribbon Schools) has united the national green schools movement with a universal set of criteria. These criteria have the potential to inform and guide all schools toward sustainability, not just the very best of the best that have sought and will continue to seek the award. We believe the green schools community in the U.S. currently has a landmark opportunity to define a clear and comprehensive set of measures that all schools can use to track their progress in harmony with the three pillars of ED-Green Ribbon Schools: minimized environmental impact, improved occupant health, and effective environmental and sustainability literacy for all graduates.</span></p> <p><span>In February 2015, the <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/home.aspx" target="_blank">Center for Green Schools at USGBC</a> (Center) joined with four leading organizations in the green schools movement to invite non-profits, agencies, advocates and school leaders, collectively representing 67 organizations, to contribute their expertise in three summits. These day-long events addressed how schools across the country might be able to measure their progress consistently and simply.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>When it comes to comprehensive sustainability, giving schools clear and simple ways to measure and communicate progress is central to our movement&rsquo;s ability to track improvement, increase demand, drive funding support, and motivate change. Over the next several years, the Center will convene a conversation about how schools should be given credit for important work they have already done, as well as what existing and available data can inform the public about the state of the nation&rsquo;s schools.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>This series of blogs details the activities and outcomes of the three summits, giving you a behind-the-scenes look at the conversations taking place among leaders in the green schools movement.</p> <h3><span>Occupant Health in Schools:&nbsp;February 12, 2015</span></h3> <p><em>Co-host: Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard School of Public Health</em></p> <p><img src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1426699338-18075-2318/IMG_8607.jpg" width="670" height="447" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.chgeharvard.org/" target="_blank">Harvard&rsquo;s Center for Health and the Global Environment</a> joined the Center in hosting 33 people from 26 organizations to discuss measures of school occupant health. Several of the groups represented had convened around the topic of student health metrics, and the summit built from these conversations to set ground rules for common measures.</p> <p><span>The challenge of collecting health-related data in schools is immense, and it impacts various social services as well as school resource allocation. Summit participants stressed that, over time, school health data will need to serve schools themselves as well as health professionals. To be of service, data will need to be clear and accessible. Participants spent time considering what kind of data matters to different stakeholders and also what kind of data is currently available and public. The group also recognized the need for increased awareness and education about environmental health and the impact of buildings on student and teacher health.</span></p> <p><span><img src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1426699401-13944-6044/IMG_8524.jpg" width="670" height="447" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" /></span></p> <p><span>The summit concluded with participant commitments to engage in further dialogue to arrive at common measures of school occupant health. </span><a href="https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0ByRhVbzZmXdcWHFGY2JYZE03RXc&amp;usp=sharing"><span>View a full list of commitments</span></a><span>. The Center expressed its dedication to putting the necessary resources toward the development of these measures and to beginning the process with a full inventory and analysis of existing efforts. The group committed to positive, forward-thinking messaging to schools, districts, and states to encourage improvement over time and build the capacity of schools to excel.</span></p> <p><em>Do you have knowledge of an existing framework or academic study that would be helpful to the Center&rsquo;s effort to lead the development of common measures for the green schools movement? We want to hear from you! Please submit information at the following links for <a href="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1AWxdYwn1ksq98PJOpfC1CpY1fZ4l_Y_9kTEOtU1oeuE/edit?usp=sharing">frameworks</a>, <a href="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/15FE9iqMW5OLt-KhxFooqSBLWvSuLIVSScKtcgJ7sMeI/edit?usp=sharing">datasets</a>, or <a href="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-LqYCwKOdgpxmQT9P4z6nSZUstQL1wbKL6Nq6TohMNc/edit?usp=sharing">research studies</a>. Contact <a href="mailto:schools@usgbc.org">schools@usgbc.org</a> with any questions.</em></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "55030cdec2c79256b6000846", "551aa8c33d845bd7c50002df"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/measure-green-school-occupant-health#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 31 Mar 2015 14:13:45 +0000 Anisa Baldwin Metzger 5811963 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED Lab in action: University of California, Santa Barbara http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-lab-action-university-california-santa-barbara <div class="field field-type-text field-field-all-authorized-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kaitlin Carney </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">26 Mar 2015</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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/LEED-Lab-1-B.png?1427400501" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>During the 2014-2015 academic year, 22 students from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) are participating in a multi-term <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haS8Pjtdw-M&amp;feature=youtu.behttp://" target="_blank">LEED<sup>&reg;</sup> Lab<sup>&trade;</sup></a>course, working to certify UCSB's Student Resource Building (SRB) under EB: O+M. The team is led by Cassidy Green and Brandon Kaysen, both LEED APs and UCSB alumni, and includes a diverse array of undergraduate and graduate students from several disciplines at UCSB. These students have joined together to learn the ins-and-outs of LEED and to manage the certification of the SRB. &nbsp;</p> <p><span><img height="377" src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1426697370-6402-6502/LL_Photo_1.png" width="670" /></span></p> <p><span>Each student in the course is participating for the full school year, ensuring that each team member gets to experience the project from start to finish. The students collect data within the building to develop performance reports over time, present feasibility reports at stakeholder meetings, and participate in the final application process for LEED certification. Throughout this process, students learn about a variety of green building techniques while broadening their project management and communication skills. The experience gained through assignments that focus on sustainable development practices and LEED requirements will allow many students to take the LEED Green Associate or LEED AP exam at the culmination of the project in June 2015. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>One student said, </span><span>&ldquo;LEED Lab has extensively helped my understanding of the LEED certification process. Gaining experience with the program requirements and credit documentation of a real project is a lot more insightful when students do the work themselves, as opposed to just reading it out of the reference guide. LEED Lab has validated my interest in pursuing green building as a profession and I&rsquo;m grateful to have had the opportunity to be involved in this unprecedented course at UCSB.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span>Another commented, </span><span>&ldquo;What I enjoy most about LEED Lab is how interactive the course has been. It gave me the hands-on experience that&rsquo;s been missing from my college education. The course has improved my understanding of the integrative process of certifying a building and has enhanced my interest in this field.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span><img height="503" src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1426697718-27-0078/LL_Photo_2.png" width="670" /></span></p> <p><span>This week marks the end of the project&rsquo;s Performance Period. Here&rsquo;s a look back at what the teams have done so far!</span></p> <p><span><img height="502" src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1426697885-5848-1077/LL_Photo_3.png" style="display: block;" width="670" /></span></p> <p><span>Members of the Materials and Resources team performing a waste stream audit, sorting through waste collected from the SRB. This team learned how implementation of effective purchasing policies and waste management policies can be a valuable asset to proper disposal and reduction of solid waste from a building.</span></p> <p><span><img height="389" src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1426697900-19467-0022/LL_Photo_4.png" style="display: block;" width="670" /></span></p> <p><span>Members of the Indoor Environmental Quality team perform an I-BEAM audit, to learn about basic functioning of the SRB&rsquo;s air quality maintenance and HVAC systems. This team was able to go on a special tour of the SRB&rsquo;s HVAC system on the roof with Jordan Sager, LEED Program Manager at UCSB.</span></p> <p><span><span><img height="501" src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1426697913-16114-8364/LL_Photo_5.png" style="display: block;" width="670" /></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Members of the Sustainable Sites team toured the building&rsquo;s surrounding landscapes and found much to be proud of in terms of site management. Highlights from the tour included widespread use of reclaimed water for irrigation and this representative garden of native vegetation utilized by the historic Chumash Indian tribe.</span></span>&nbsp;</p> <p><span><img height="186" src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1426697950-12164-1101/Untitled.png" style="display: block;" width="670" /></span></p> <p><span>Student reception of the LEED Lab class at UCSB has been overwhelmingly positive, and they&rsquo;ve described their experience in the course as educational, insightful, interactive, and unprecedented. Asked to reflect on their experience with the course thus far this year, students contributed the following comments:</span></p> <ul> <li><span style="font-size: 13px;">&nbsp;&ldquo;It has been a fun, fulfilling, interactive process! I&rsquo;m getting academic credit to gain real-world knowledge in a first-hand way.&rdquo;</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: 13px;">&nbsp;&ldquo;An awesome hands-on experience. It has given me valuable insight into how the certification process works from start to finish, including all the unexpected speed bumps along the way.&rdquo;</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: 13px;">&ldquo;LEED Lab has increased my knowledge of the Green Building field and has opened my eyes to a really interesting and growing profession.&rdquo;</span></li> </ul> <p><em><img height="430" src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1426697971-12866-3208/LL_Photo_7.png" style="display: block;" width="670" /></em></p> <p><em>LEED Lab is a multidisciplinary immersion course that utilizes the built environment to educate and prepare students to become green building leaders. In the course students assess the performance of existing facilities on campus and chose one building where they will facilitate the LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations &amp; Maintenance (LEED EB:O&amp;M) process with the goal of certifying the facility. At the close of the semester the students are prepared to sit for the LEED EB:O&amp;M professional credential exam.</em></p> <p><em><em>Do you know of a higher ed institution that would be a great fit for LEED Lab?&nbsp;</em>To learn more visit <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/leedlab.aspx">LEED Lab</a>. Under &ldquo;How&rdquo; the Welcome Packet and LEED Lab Timing Chart are available for download. To express interest please complete this <a href="http://fs25.formsite.com/USGBC/form18/index.html">form</a>.</em></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "5509a948ed7f5415940000a9", "55140f0e0b4f8002f4000096"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-lab-action-university-california-santa-barbara#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:52:45 +0000 Marie Laule 5770297 at http://www.usgbc.org The Measure of a Green School: Environmental Impact http://www.usgbc.org/articles/measure-green-school-environmental-impact <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 Mar 2015</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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/the-measure-of-a-green-school-2_0.png?1427208756" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><span>Over the past four years, the <a href="http://www2.ed.gov/programs/green-ribbon-schools/index.html" target="_blank">Department of Education&rsquo;s Green Ribbon Schools Award</a> (ED-Green Ribbon Schools) has united the national green schools movement with a universal set of criteria. These criteria have the potential to inform and guide all schools toward sustainability, not just the very best of the best that have sought and will continue to seek the award. We believe the green schools community in the U.S. currently has a landmark opportunity to define a clear and comprehensive set of measures that all schools can use to track their progress in harmony with the three pillars of ED-Green Ribbon Schools: minimized environmental impact, improved occupant health, and effective environmental and sustainability literacy for all graduates.</span></p> <p><span>In February 2015, the <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/home.aspx" target="_blank">Center for Green Schools at USGBC</a> (Center) joined with four leading organizations in the green schools movement to invite non-profits, agencies, advocates and school leaders, collectively representing 67 organizations, to contribute their expertise in three summits. These day-long events addressed how schools across the country might be able to measure their progress consistently and simply.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>When it comes to comprehensive sustainability, giving schools clear and simple ways to measure and communicate progress is central to our movement&rsquo;s ability to track improvement, increase demand, drive funding support, and motivate change. Over the next several years, the Center will convene a conversation about how schools should be given credit for important work they have already done, as well as what existing and available data can inform the public about the state of the nation&rsquo;s schools.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>This series of blogs details the activities and outcomes of the three summits, giving you a behind-the-scenes look at the conversations taking place among leaders in the green schools movement.</span></p> <h3><span>Environmental Impact:&nbsp;February 11, 2015</span></h3> <p><span></span>Co-host: National Wildlife Federation</p> <p><img src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1426699595-7848-3637/IMG_8687.jpg" width="670" height="447" style="display: block; margin-left: NaNpx; margin-right: NaNpx;" /></p> <p><span>The National Wildlife Federation joined the Center in hosting 38 people from 30 organizations around the topic of common measures for environmental impact in schools, including energy, water, waste, and transportation. Many participating organizations were familiar with each other&rsquo;s work and the current measures that are being used to measure impact in this area. The summit conversation focused on clarifying standard definitions and effectively incentivizing participation in data-gathering efforts.</span></p> <p><span>Among many topics covered by participants, the importance of lowering barriers to participation in green schools programs and efforts was raised several times. The barriers cited include limited school staff capacity, lack of pressure from parents and educational agencies, and confusion regarding the best course of action toward sustainability. The representatives of organizations and agencies present at the summit had deep knowledge of existing program data, and several people urged consideration for how data transparency and analysis can be useful to schools and districts themselves.</span></p> <p><span><img src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1426699631-19949-0346/IMG_8971.jpg" width="670" height="447" style="display: block; margin-left: NaNpx; margin-right: NaNpx;" /></span></p> <p><span>Participants closed the day with commitments to share knowledge, expertise, and data toward the effort to clarify common measures for schools striving toward sustainability; </span><a href="https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0ByRhVbzZmXdcWHFGY2JYZE03RXc&amp;usp=sharing"><span>view a full list of commitments</span></a><span>. The Center expressed its commitment to expend the staff time and resources that will be needed to thoughtfully lead the group toward common language through common measures, working alongside the participants and other organizations.</span></p> <p><em>Do you have knowledge of an existing framework or academic study that would be helpful to the Center&rsquo;s effort to lead the development of common measures for the green schools movement? We want to hear from you! Please submit information at the following links for <a href="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1AWxdYwn1ksq98PJOpfC1CpY1fZ4l_Y_9kTEOtU1oeuE/edit?usp=sharing">frameworks</a>, <a href="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/15FE9iqMW5OLt-KhxFooqSBLWvSuLIVSScKtcgJ7sMeI/edit?usp=sharing">datasets</a>, or <a href="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-LqYCwKOdgpxmQT9P4z6nSZUstQL1wbKL6Nq6TohMNc/edit?usp=sharing">research studies</a>. Contact <a href="mailto:schools@usgbc.org">schools@usgbc.org</a> with any questions.</em></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "55030a13c2c79256b60007f4", "55117a24d718ebf047000056"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/measure-green-school-environmental-impact#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 24 Mar 2015 14:52:36 +0000 Anisa Baldwin Metzger 5753010 at http://www.usgbc.org A garden designed and built by students at Wyoming Food for Thought http://www.usgbc.org/articles/garden-designed-and-built-students-wyoming-food-thought <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 Mar 2015</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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/a-garden-designed-and-built-by-students-at-wyoming-food-for-thought-a_0.png?1427122632" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://usgbcwyoming.org/"><em>USGBC Wyoming Chapter</em></a><em>&nbsp;volunteer Mayda Col&oacute;n is leading a partnership in Casper, engaging elementary school students with the design-build process and bringing a much needed garden to the community. Partners include&nbsp;</em><a href="http://www.wyomingfoodforthoughtproject.org/"><em>Wyoming Food for Thought Project</em></a><em>,&nbsp;</em><a href="http://www.usgbcwyoming.org/"><em>U.S. Green Building Council Wyoming Chapter</em></a><em>, North Casper Elementary School,&nbsp;</em><a href="http://www.gsgarchitecture.com/"><em>GSG Architecture</em></a></p> <p>The idea of teaching a garden design‐build class started last summer when Jamie Purcell and I were walking around the new&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wyomingfoodforthoughtproject.org/">Wyoming Food for Thought Project</a>&nbsp;facility in Casper.&nbsp;Wyoming Food for Thought is a non‐profit organization that provides kids with food for the weekends, and offers volunteer opportunities to our community. As executive director, there were several things Jamie wanted to improve, including the expansion of the community vegetable garden in order to provide families with a healthy diet at no cost.</p> <p>I thought about the kids served by Food for Thought, and how they have to learn self-sufficiency at a young age. They need leadership skills and problem solving skills. And I thought about my own career. As an architect, I design things. Designing is problem solving. I have built my confidence by working with my hands.</p> <p>Jamie and I agreed that these students could learn leadership and problem solving skills through design, and that a design‐build class was a perfect way to give the kids an opportunity to provide <span>Wyoming</span>&nbsp;Food for Thought with a garden.</p> <p>In our first class I explained what we needed to accomplish in the class. Once they realized that they were going to design the project themselves, and lead adult volunteers during the building process, the kids got more excited.</p> <p>During the first class we discussed spatial relationships and geometry, and began to conceptualize what we wanted in our community garden. I shared some examples and the girls worked in teams to build a model garden out of Legos. One group designed a large, highly organized garden reminiscent of some European gardens. Another design was compact and used recycled materials, and another focused on using water features. I was amazed at their imagination. My concern has always been to have my students think outside the box, but that wasn&rsquo;t an issue with these girls. They are way ahead of me, and I am already learning from them.</p> <p>For our second class we went to the Food for Thought site. We observed, measured and drew what we found. We discussed environmental factors such as sun exposure, shading, wind and orientation, and how these factors will affect the plants. Back in the classroom we mapped out the site and talked about what our client&rsquo;s needs were and what design elements we wanted to incorporate.</p> <p>The girls have started their design, and will continue to develop it as they learn. Our next class will include lessons on scale, as well as discussions about how the will be garden used and how could it change over time.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "550302b7c2c7922d7e0000e9", "55102909f9b0d47a820004b6"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/garden-designed-and-built-students-wyoming-food-thought#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 23 Mar 2015 14:57:12 +0000 Mayda V. Colon 5743942 at http://www.usgbc.org A bright future in sustainability at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry http://www.usgbc.org/articles/bright-future-sustainability-suny-college-environmental-science-and-forestry <div class="field field-type-text field-field-all-authorized-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Patrick J. Wickersham </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">20 Mar 2015</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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/garden_roof_0.png?1426873634" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>On Monday night, March 16, at the <a href="http://www.esf.edu/" target="_blank">SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry</a>&nbsp;(SUNY ESF), the school&rsquo;s newly formed <em>Sustainable Energy Club</em> welcomed <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/rick-fedrizzi/0000043478" target="_blank">Rick Fedrizzi</a> to speak to the future of green building. He spoke of USGBC, how far it has come since its conception and what the future will hold. We especially enjoyed hearing about the <a href="https://www.leedon.io/" target="_blank">LEED Dynamic Plaque</a> and <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/leedlab.aspx" target="_blank">LEED Lab program</a> and hope to get involved soon. It was an exhilarating experience for all the students who attended.</p> <p><img src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1426854433-25-7607/SUNY_students_copy.jpeg" width="670" height="503" /></p> <p>Afterwards a large group of students stuck around, all talking a mile a minute about their aspirations and plans for the future, only coming up for air when absolutely necessary. Rick&rsquo;s energy and excitement spread through the room like wildfire driving a discussion on sustainability most aptly labeled as overwhelming inspirational. You could just taste the optimism and enthusiasm. Never before have I seen my peers so excited about sustainability and green building, which is surprising because this is such an energetic and passionate bunch to begin with.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re not familiar with SUNY ESF, now might be a good time to explain the unique breed of young learners the school attracts. Our athletics program, although still something to be proud of, is in its infancy. The weather on campus is normally 90% chance of &lsquo;good luck getting to school,&rsquo; and much to our chagrin we were ranked the #1 worst party school in the nation. All good reasons not to attend ESF, but here we are. We chose our school purely on our love of science, our concern for the environment, and a deep yearning to protect the earth from further degradation and to nurture it back to health.&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1426854702-30-0814/004_Gateway.JPG" width="670" height="447" /></p> <p>We&rsquo;re extremely focused on sustainability and environmental stewardship and are devoted to our education as lifelong students. This is why we are so very excited and honored to have welcomed Rick Fedrizzi to our campus as a guest speaker. He is like a celebrity to us. Through his career, business endeavors, and the organizations he has helped build, Rick has improved the lives of millions worldwide while mitigating the degradation of our environment. Rick&rsquo;s achievements and accomplishment serve as our inspiration, our validation, and the realization that vision, commitment, and effort can provide each of us the opportunity to make substantial contributions to the future of our planet.</p> <h3><span>SUNY ESF&rsquo;s</span><span>&nbsp;</span><em>Sustainable Energy Club</em></h3> <p>I&rsquo;m am very excited and deeply honored to have the opportunity to introduce SUNY ESF&rsquo;s newly formed <em>Sustainable Energy Club</em> to the USGBC community. Given that this is our first full year as an official club, we are still in an embryonic stage, testing our limits and gauging our interests. Our members persistently discover new and effective ways to provide opportunities to the people that make this club possible. Students now have more opportunities to pursue their interests in sustainable energy than ever before.</p> <p>I can personally attest to the fact that this club is an invaluable resource for students interested in a career in sustainable energy. I am currently a junior at ESF and the anxiety that students feel about graduating and joining the workforce has started to kick in for me. I have started researching the energy field and paying attention to current events trying to figure out what I might do when I graduate, but at times it can feel all too overwhelming.&nbsp;</p> <p>I think I speak for all our members when I say joining the Sustainable Energy Club has been one of the best decisions in planning for life after graduation. It has erased any doubts I might have had in my ability to start a career in the energy field and has exposed me to so many new opportunities and perspectives. This club was founded for just this reason, with the clear goal to encourage and enable students to engage their interests in sustainable energy outside the classroom.&nbsp;</p> <p>The collective experience, interests, and support each member contributes to our club is energizing. Some members share internship experiences with the group, others help bring faculty or professionals in the energy field in to enlighten our members or share career advice, while still more suggest and help organize field trips and informative documentary screenings. Every member of our club adds value and after leaving each meeting we feel a little bit more knowledgeable and comfortable in the energy field.</p> <p>Looking out at all the students who attended Rick&rsquo;s presentation, we saw the future in a positive light. This is a cadre of believers, doers, young men and women prepared with a rigorous education, young scientists poised to make a difference.&nbsp;</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "55098438c292c61478000164", "550c5de7230993719c000358"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/bright-future-sustainability-suny-college-environmental-science-and-forestry#comments Community Fri, 20 Mar 2015 17:47:14 +0000 5717730 at http://www.usgbc.org The Measure of a Green School: Environmental and sustainability literacy http://www.usgbc.org/articles/measure-green-school-environmental-and-sustainability-literacy <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 Mar 2015</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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/the-measure-of-a-green-school-a_0.png?1426535610" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Over the past four years, the <a href="http://www2.ed.gov/programs/green-ribbon-schools/index.html" target="_blank">Department of Education&rsquo;s Green Ribbon Schools Award</a> (ED-Green Ribbon Schools) has united the national green schools movement with a universal set of criteria. These criteria have the potential to inform and guide <em>all</em> schools toward sustainability, and not just the best of the best that have sought and will continue to seek the award.</p> <p>We believe the green schools community in the U.S. currently has a landmark opportunity to define a clear and comprehensive set of measures that all schools can use to track their progress in harmony with the three pillars of ED-Green Ribbon Schools:</p> <ol> <li><span style="font-size: 13px;">Minimized environmental impact</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: 13px;">Improved occupant health</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: 13px;">Effective environmental and sustainability literacy for all graduates</span></li> </ol> <p>In February 2015, the <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/home.aspx" target="_blank">Center for Green Schools at USGBC</a> (Center) joined with four leading organizations in the green schools movement to invite non-profits, agencies, advocates and school leaders, collectively representing 67 organizations, to contribute their expertise in three summits. These day-long events addressed how schools across the country might be able to measure their progress consistently and simply. <span style="color: #ff9900;"><br /></span></p> <p>When it comes to comprehensive sustainability, giving schools clear and simple ways to measure and communicate progress is central to our movement&rsquo;s ability to track improvement, increase demand, drive funding support, and motivate change. Over the next several years, the Center will convene a conversation about how schools should be given credit for important work they have already done, as well as what existing and available data can inform the public about the state of the nation&rsquo;s schools.&nbsp;</p> <p>This series of blogs details the activities and outcomes of the three summits, giving you a behind-the-scenes look at the conversations taking place among leaders in the green schools movement.</p> <h3><span>Environmental and Sustainability Literacy:&nbsp;<span>February 6, 2015</span><br /></span><span></span></h3> <p><span>Co-hosts: North American Association of Environmental Education and The Cloud Institute</span></p> <p><img src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1426609140-5088-1781/IMG_8663.jpg" width="670" height="NaN" /></p> <p>The <a href="http://www.naaee.net/" target="_blank">North American Association of Environmental Education</a> and <a href="http://cloudinstitute.org/" target="_blank">The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education</a> joined the Center in hosting 48 people from 36 organizations to begin to identify common metrics and measures shared across several frameworks of sustainability and environmental education. Although groups working with Environmental Education pedagogy and those working with Education for Sustainability or Education for Sustainable Development pedagogy are operating under different systems and language, the group came to strong consensus around the need for common means of measuring student proficiency in overlapping environmental and sustainability themes. Among the organizations at the table, a depth of experience and educational expertise will form a strong footing for the effort to create these common measures.</p> <p>Summit participants stressed the central role that equity should play in any system of measures, ensuring that all schools have equal ability to achieve high levels of progress toward becoming a green school. Participants also acknowledged the need for an adaptable system of measures that could change over time and grow with our collective knowledge about sustainability and the natural world. The group returned several times to the central importance of the student and the ultimate goal of educating students that can successfully implement environmental and sustainability concepts within their everyday life.&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1426609240-14905-4401/IMG_8615.jpg" width="670" height="369" /></p> <p>At the close of the day, participants committed to a wide range of contributions toward creating common measures for the green schools movement;&nbsp;<a href="https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0ByRhVbzZmXdcWHFGY2JYZE03RXc&amp;usp=sharing">view a full list of commitments</a>. As an immediate next step, the Center committed to hosting a follow-up meeting in late spring to first identify the commonalities (the &ldquo;80 percent&rdquo;) between Environmental Education, Education for Sustainability, and Education for Sustainable Development frameworks and then suggest the most central impacts to measure and collectively pursue.</p> <p class="p1"><em><span class="s1">Do you have knowledge of an existing framework or academic study that would be helpful to the Center&rsquo;s effort to lead the development of common measures for the green schools movement? We want to hear from you! Please submit information at the following links for <a href="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1AWxdYwn1ksq98PJOpfC1CpY1fZ4l_Y_9kTEOtU1oeuE/edit?usp=sharing"><span class="s2">frameworks</span></a>, <a href="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/15FE9iqMW5OLt-KhxFooqSBLWvSuLIVSScKtcgJ7sMeI/edit?usp=sharing"><span class="s2">datasets</span></a>, or <a href="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-LqYCwKOdgpxmQT9P4z6nSZUstQL1wbKL6Nq6TohMNc/edit?usp=sharing"><span class="s2">research studies</span></a>. Contact <a href="mailto:schools@usgbc.org"><span class="s2">schools@usgbc.org</span></a> with any questions.</span></em></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "550301c3dfdf7c88070000db", "550854963dfdcb1bd000019c"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/measure-green-school-environmental-and-sustainability-literacy#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 16 Mar 2015 19:53:29 +0000 Anisa Baldwin Metzger 5684322 at http://www.usgbc.org The Center's "Coolest Teacher" heads to Antarctica, again http://www.usgbc.org/articles/centers-coolest-teacher-heads-antarctica-again <div class="field field-type-text field-field-all-authorized-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kim Williams </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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/antarctica-again-c_0.png?1426191209" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>I have now said the phrase, &ldquo;Yes, it&rsquo;s true, I&rsquo;m going back to Antarctica&rdquo; to so many people so many times, that I&rsquo;m actually starting to believe it myself. It seems too good to be true, but yes, it is happening!</p> <p>In less than 24 hours, I will be boarding a plane that will take me to the coldest, driest, most inhospitable place on the planet. And this year, I will be bringing one of my 12-year-old student leaders with me, Aidan. You'll be able to read about our adventures, submit questions for us to answer, or suggest experiments for us to undertake on the Center&rsquo;s site. We especially want to hear from students!</p> <p>I am excited to continue the journey that the Center for Green Schools at USGBC started for me in 2012. In 2012, I attended 2041&rsquo;s Leadership on the Edge International Antarctic Expedition with fellow U.S. teacher Cate Arnold. I cannot sum up the experience in so few words here, (certainly feel free to read our <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/coolestteacher">&ldquo;Coolest Teacher&rdquo; blog entries</a> from 2012!) but will say that the expedition never ended for me. I continue to network with, collaborate, and share friendships with &ldquo;2041 Team Inspire,&rdquo; the international group of people that attended the trip with me. They, along with the Center, continue to support and inspire me so that I can bring curriculum into the classroom that encourages students to be come stewards of our planet and learn what they can do to combat the effects of climate change.</p> <p>Two of my goals onboard the &ldquo;Sea Spirit&rdquo; this year will be to work with polar explorer Robert Swan, O.B.E., on Energy Challenges that we can bring back to students as he recreates his legendary solitary walk to the pole in 2016, and to collaborate with James Bray, the founder of the West Virginia E-base, to figure out how to bring the first West Coast E-Base to my school!</p> <p>I am so excited to participate in this great adventure once again, and can&rsquo;t wait to hear the questions from you students; send them in! Let&rsquo;s do this!</p> <p><em>If you would like to contribute to the expense of Kim&rsquo;s and Aidan&rsquo;s travel, you can show your support through </em><a href="http://www.gofund.me/jkn6mc"><em>Kim's fundraising page</em></a><em>&nbsp;and </em><em><a href="http://www.gofundme.com/2041expedition">Aidan's fundraising page</a>.</em><em><br /></em></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "5501a14d6f03a6d4cd000037", "5501f3b76dd519147700059a"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/centers-coolest-teacher-heads-antarctica-again#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 12 Mar 2015 20:13:29 +0000 5652390 at http://www.usgbc.org Reaching new heights: Dunbar is the highest scoring LEED for Schools-NC project to date http://www.usgbc.org/articles/reaching-new-heights-dunbar-highest-scoring-leed-schools-nc-project-date <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 Mar 2015</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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/dunbar-high-school-a_0.png?1425654204" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Something remarkable has happened in Washington, DC. Beyond the glare of the news cycle, the political positioning and the national debates, <a href="http://www.gbig.org/activities/leed-1000020332" target="_blank">Dunbar High School</a>, located a stone&rsquo;s throw from the U.S. Capitol building, has achieved LEED Platinum certification. Not only has the school reached this milestone, it has become the highest-scoring school in the world certified under the LEED for Schools-New Construction rating system.</p> <p>Scoring 91 out of 110 possible points, the newly constructed Dunbar came online in 2013 and was designed by USGBC Silver level member <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/organizations/perkins-eastmanhttp://" target="_blank">Perkins Eastman</a>, an international design and architecture firm. Dunbar has a rich history; it was the first public high school in the nation for African Americans, originally founded in 1870.&nbsp;</p> <p>Notably, Dunbar reported the highest standardized test scores of any school in the city for 2014, after just a single academic year in the new facility. The relationship between the state-of-the-art physical space and the elevated learning experience is hard to deny. Among other innovative design features, the school&rsquo;s enhanced acoustics allow students and teachers to hear clearly, facilitating the back-and-forth engagement that is a critical element of a high-performance learning environment.&nbsp;</p> <p>This masterpiece of a green learning environment encompasses a photovoltaic array that generates enough energy on a sunny summer day to power all classroom lights for eight hours. Additionally, deep below the surface of the school&rsquo;s athletic fields is Washington, DC&rsquo;s largest ground-source heat pump, with wells reaching down 460 feet. Two 20,000 gallon cisterns and low-flow systems help to conserve more than 1.4 million gallons of potable water each year.</p> <p>The outstanding high-tech features at Dunbar are just the beginning of the story. After all, green buildings provide a framework to support new learned behaviors. Even with the very best energy and water-saving technology in place, a green building is only as effective as its occupants make it. With a legacy of leadership and strength of character, Dunbar&rsquo;s students, teachers and administrators will undoubtedly demonstrate to the world that where we learn matters and that we can rise to untold heights when we are given the tools and environment to support our natural curiosity and inclination to grow.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "54f71b980a3e11947100006a", "54f9c1ae2084d43d630000a7"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/reaching-new-heights-dunbar-highest-scoring-leed-schools-nc-project-date#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 06 Mar 2015 15:03:24 +0000 Aline Peterson 5601339 at http://www.usgbc.org Nature's Voice Project fosters compassion and community in green schools http://www.usgbc.org/articles/natures-voice-project-fosters-compassion-and-community-green-schools <div class="field field-type-text field-field-all-authorized-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Anna-Bell Hines </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">5 Mar 2015</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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/natures-voice-project-a_0.png?1425590694" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em><span class="s1">The<a href="http://naturesvoices.org/"><span class="s2">&nbsp;Nature&rsquo;s Voices Project</span></a>&nbsp;is an initiative of the Green Schools Initiative that combines the power of environmental education, storytelling and youth voices to build support for a sustainable, resilient and equitable world. We amplify the voices of young people by collecting, sharing and showcasing their environmental inspirational stories with decision-makers, educators, our allies and the general public through online and community platforms.</span></em></p> <p><strong><span class="s1">Read below to hear from the 2015 Nature's Voice Project contest winner Anna-Bell Hines.</span></strong></p> <p>Every child deserves a healthy place to learn. It doesn&rsquo;t sound particularly divisive; a lot of people would even say it&rsquo;s obvious. However, the use of the phrase &ldquo;green schools&rdquo; seems to flip on a switch in the minds of many Americans, bringing to light opinions framed by words like &ldquo;unnecessary&rdquo;, &ldquo;expensive&rdquo;, and my personal favorite: &ldquo;hippy nonsense&rdquo; (thanks grandma!). While almost everyone can agree that education is important, many do not fully understand the essential relationship between the environment and education. Where we learn and what we learn really does matter. What is truly ironic is that so many problems can be solved or avoided through the environmental activism so many are vehemently opposed to: green schools.</p> <p>Born and raised in New Orleans, La., I watched Hurricane Katrina drown school after school from a grainy television screen powered by a generator. The question on the newscasters&rsquo; lips was not when, but if the city would rebuild. Schools in nearby cities like Baton Rouge were filling up and my parents were becoming increasingly worried about the status of my education. I started second grade three times that year, at three different schools&mdash;quite the lesson on the importance of education for a seven year old that didn&rsquo;t want to learn her multiplication tables.</p> <p>Ten years later, New Orleans has rebuilt and schools have reopened. Some of them are LEED certified, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. It means that the building is environmentally responsible and uses resources efficiently. These new and improved schools have had an incredibly positive effect on the kids in attendance, which is pretty great for a city with an historically poor public school system. The kids feel at home again and they matter to the community, and are performing better as a result. The success of these sustainable schools, and the fact that something as positive and significant as a child&rsquo;s education can emerge from a disaster like Katrina, even better than it was before, is living proof of the importance of Green Schools.</p> <p>Because my mother is a LEED-accredited architect, I am fortunate to have been educated on the importance of my environment from a young age. Other people are not as lucky, growing up in communities where the environment is not a top priority. Green technology can initially be expensive and it is reasonable to think that the environment shouldn&rsquo;t be a top spending priority. I think the most important step in being proactive towards the environment is education. The idea that little things like recycling can make a big impact should be taught to students from an early age, so as to make recycling the default course of action for waste. Many people also do not realize that being environmentally sustainable actually saves money. While energy efficient facilities may initially be expensive, they save money on your energy bill in the long run. Gardens are also a great way to get fresh healthy food inexpensively, all the while promoting a sustainable lifestyle.</p> <p>Right now, I work with the USGBC&nbsp;<a href="http://usgbclouisiana.org/">Louisiana Chapter</a>&nbsp;as its Youth Ambassador, going from school to school to help educate kids and move towards a greener education, as well as promote sustainability through social media. We have a program called the Louisiana<a href="http://usgbclouisiana.org/?page=Green_Schools_Challe">&nbsp;Green School&rsquo;s Challenge</a>&nbsp;that allows schools all over the state to promote green schools at no cost. By working with the Louisiana government, school board members and product manufacturers; we&rsquo;ve been able to reach over 70 schools and 15,000 students, teachers and faculty for the Challenge.</p> <p>Last October, USGBC Louisiana was the host chapter for the <a href="http://greenbuildexpo.com/" target="_blank">Greenbuild International Conference and Expo</a>. Sustainability leaders from around the world visited New Orleans to see firsthand what environmental stewardship, green building and resiliency have done in rebuilding one of America&rsquo;s great cities. We helped to organize a group of 60 students and teachers from New Orleans to attend conference events and the trade exposition. Seeing all of the green innovations now on the market and hearing sustainability success stories was incredibly motivating and inspiring for many of us high school students.</p> <p>I&rsquo;m lucky enough to go to a school with a &ldquo;Green Society,&rdquo; an environmental club that allows us to work together to make our school a better place, as well as share opportunities for green-related services. Led by dedicated teachers, the Green Society is an incredibly positive place to learn and share information about the world we live in. I think every child deserves an opportunity to have a similar experience.</p> <p>Simply put, the environment is my generation&rsquo;s problem. Years of industrialization have polluted the air and atmosphere, and the issue of global warming is a very serious one that will create consequences that most likely come into effect at some point during my lifetime. Oil and other fossil fuels are finite resources that are quickly depleting, and there will need to be a serious shift to alternative energy in the coming years. These problems are very real and very much a burden for young people to bear. It will be the scientists, engineers, and activists of my generation that will get us out of these difficult situations or else suffer the consequences for problems we didn&rsquo;t create. It&rsquo;s not fair, but it&rsquo;s the way it is. This is why green schools are a necessity, not an interesting footnote. We need to be proactive and being proactive starts with young people. If kids spend five days a week for eighteen years in a sustainable environment, not only will they emerge happier and healthier, but sustainability will become the norm because it is all they have ever known. It starts with education, and it starts with schools. That&rsquo;s how you solve problems.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "54f8b6c7d443a84ce3000073", "54f8c995b39525583e00044e"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/natures-voice-project-fosters-compassion-and-community-green-schools#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 05 Mar 2015 21:24:54 +0000 5595396 at http://www.usgbc.org An update from Georgia: Cheers for green schools http://www.usgbc.org/articles/update-georgia-cheers-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">10 Feb 2015</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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/georgia-green-schools-b_0.png?1423582159" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://www.usgbcga.org/" target="_blank">USGBC Georgia Chapter</a> is excited about the turnout and feedback from the Second Annual High Performance Healthy Schools Recognition Day at the State Capitol on Feb. 5, 2015. </p> <p>The event brought out over 180 people interested in the schools in Georgia. They were district personnel, principals, teachers, and students, as well as legislators. Senator Margaret Kaiser presented two resolutions that had been approved by the Georgia House of Representatives. Senator Nan Orrock presented a resolution that had been approved by the Georgia Senate and a proclamation from Governor Nathan Deal was also presented.</p> <p>Schools across the state of Georgia are doing great things to provide healthy learning environments and more efficient schools. This year, both both leaders and projects were recognized, and over 50 awards were given out to schools, districts and organizations throughout Georgia that have made a commitment to sustainability in 2014.</p> <p>Awards were given out for participation in the Green Apple Day of Service, Green YOUR School Competition, LEED certification, and the Princeton Review of Green Colleges. Additionally, several organizations were recognized for partnering with the chapter to help promote these programs and the health of our schools. The program included presentations from several of the schools and a chance for the attendees to meet each other.</p> <p><a href="http://www.usgbcga.org/hphs" target="_blank" class="button">Learn more about USGBC Georgia's High Performance, Healthy Schools Program</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "54d8d074f0893e759c000120", "54da23becb3505a87900019b"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/update-georgia-cheers-green-schools#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 10 Feb 2015 15:29:19 +0000 Suzanne Haerther 5429867 at http://www.usgbc.org Legislators announce bipartisan effort to advance school efficiency http://www.usgbc.org/articles/legislators-announce-bipartisan-effort-advance-school-efficiency <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 Feb 2015</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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/adv_schools-01_0.png?1423254065" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>This week, members of the U.S. Representatives reaffirmed their commitment to advancing school efficiency policy. Representatives Matt Cartwright (PA), Chris Gibson (NY), and Peter Welch (VT) re-introduced the bipartisan Streamlining Energy Efficiency for Schools Act.&nbsp;</p> <p>This legislation might sound familiar to frequent readers. It was&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/efficiency-bills-march-out-house-committee" target="_blank">passed out</a>&nbsp;of the House Energy and Committee and the by the House of Representatives last year.</p> <p>The bill would require the Secretary of Energy to establish a centralized clearinghouse to disseminate information on federal programs, incentives, and technical assistance for financing efficiency retrofits and upgrades at schools. The bill would also direct the Secretary to work with other federal agencies to develop a comprehensive list of these programs and to maximize efforts to publicize them through education and outreach.&nbsp;</p> <p>Upon the re-introduction of his legislation Rep. Cartwright urged swift action. &ldquo;Our children deserve to attend school in a safe and comfortable learning environment.&nbsp; We must also learn to utilize energy in an efficient, responsible, and effective manner if we are to attain energy self-sufficiency.&rdquo;</p> <p>Smart policy like this has a great chance of getting enacted this Congress. Stay tuned to see how this legislation progresses and how dovetail with other&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-builders-preview-114th-congress" target="_blank">congressional priorities</a>.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "54d4d95fdfc6618efd000015", "54d5211bd4d9a97fae00076e"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/legislators-announce-bipartisan-effort-advance-school-efficiency#comments Advocacy and policy Fri, 06 Feb 2015 20:21:05 +0000 Bryan Howard 5409757 at http://www.usgbc.org Shaw introduces new Green Apple-branded carpet line http://www.usgbc.org/articles/shaw-introduces-new-green-apple-branded-carpet-line <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">3 Feb 2015</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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/cut-compose-landing-page_0.png?1422983868" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/home.aspx" target="_blank">Center for Green Schools</a> at USGBC launched the <a href="http://mygreenapple.org/" target="_blank">Green Apple campaign</a> as a way to partner with businesses that share our vision of providing green schools for all within this generation. The Center is proud to welcome <a href="http://www.shawcontractgroup.com/" target="_blank">Shaw Contract Group</a>, a company truly committed to providing healthy, high-performing, and sustainable learning spaces around the world, as our newest Green Apple partner.</p> <p>Shaw has been&nbsp;engaged in Green Apple Day of Service since its inception, and Shaw employees have perennially organized numerous school improvement projects around the country. As a Green Apple partner, Shaw is poised to take its participation in Day of Service to the next level to support the communities in which its employees live and serve.</p> <p>The Green Apple team works collaboratively with each unique partner to integrate Green Apple branding and messaging into their products and marketing strategies, driving visibility and awareness for the Center&rsquo;s work. To achieve that goal, Shaw recently announced the creation of a Green Apple-branded carpet line, the <a href="http://www.shawcontractgroup.com/Collections/Collection_CutandCompose" target="_blank">Cut &amp; Compose Collection</a>, which features letters and numbers rearranged to achieve a bold graphic effect. Each product in the collection has been Cradle to Cradle Certified at the Silver level, and at the end of its useful life, Shaw will pick it up and recycle it at no cost to the customer. A portion of proceeds from the sales of Cut &amp; Compose, which will be sold to education clients as well as other sectors, will be donated to the Center for Green Schools.</p> <p>Rachel Gutter, Senior Vice President of Knowledge at USGBC said, &ldquo;We are excited to work with Shaw Contract Group to advance the message that where our children learn matters.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="http://www.shawcontractgroup.com/Collections/Collection_CutandCompose" target="_blank" class="button">Learn more about Shaw&rsquo;s Cut &amp; Compose Collection</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "54cfd3d8626fafcb2600018a", "54d102a26a7c9d61c100032e"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/shaw-introduces-new-green-apple-branded-carpet-line#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 03 Feb 2015 17:17:47 +0000 Josh Lasky 5391675 at http://www.usgbc.org Green Schools National Conference: One voice, one movement http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-schools-national-conference-one-voice-one-movement <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 Jan 2015</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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/gcsn-feature_0_0_0.png?1422628108" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>At last year&rsquo;s <a href="https://greenschoolsnationalnetwork.org/conference/" target="_blank">Green Schools National Conference</a>, we called upon all who were assembled to speak with one voice and act as one movement. We&rsquo;ve spent the last 11 months living that promise and learning when we speak and act as one community, we accomplish so much more.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/home.aspx" target="_blank">Center for Green Schools</a> at USGBC has teamed up with the Green Schools National Network (GSNN) to make this fifth annual Green Schools National Conference the best yet.</p> <p>Since 2010, GSNN has hosted the preeminent convening of green schools thought leaders and champions across the nation, connecting educators, non-profits, corporations and elected officials to advance our shared mission. This year, the Green Schools National Conference will be powered by USGBC and its award winning events team, best known for growing the <a href="http://greenbuildexpo.com/" target="_blank">Greenbuild International Conference and Expo</a> into the largest green building event in the world, drawing 20,000-30,000 attendees to the platform annually.</p> <p>GSNN and USGBC comprise a powerhouse team to amplify one voice and grow the conference into a force for change.</p> <p>Join us in Virginia Beach, VA, from March 4-7, for the most collaborative and inspiring Green Schools National Conference yet!</p> <p>Together, we&rsquo;ll renew our tremendous commitment to speak and act with one voice and one movement. Why? Because this is our children&rsquo;s future and we only get one chance.</p> <p><a href="https://nationalgreenschools.org/2015/registration/" target="_blank" class="button">Register today</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "54cb8cd2d53e7574db00007a", "54cb94fa04b8492bd800007e"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-schools-national-conference-one-voice-one-movement#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:28:27 +0000 Rachel Gutter 5369772 at http://www.usgbc.org A green schools ambassador shares his story http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-schools-ambassador-shares-his-story <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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/green-schools-ambassador-a_0.png?1422625623" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Mark Swiger is the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-announces-2014-best-green-schools-honorees" target="_blank">Best of Green Schools 2014 Honoree</a> in the Ambassador category.</em></p> <p><em>Mark is a teacher in Marshall County Schools, WV. Active locally, statewide and nationally, Mark was behind the movement in his county school system to work toward greener building and sustainable operations. Mark partners with the entrepreneurial program at a local university to encourage the initiation of green businesses.</em></p> <p><em>Here, in his own words, Mark shares his story and what it means to him to be an ambassador for the green schools movement.</em></p> <p>Spreading the idea that &ldquo;where students learn matters&rdquo; comes easily; ensuring that all students attend a &ldquo;green school within this generation&rdquo; is a greater challenge. We&rsquo;ve come a long way in the green schools movement and very fast, but we still have a way to go.</p> <p>The sustainable schools journey has been bumpy at times, but it has always been rewarding to learn about how to best green our schools. Early on, I felt completely alone, only hearing about likeminded people in the press who existed somewhere outside of West Virginia. In recent years, however, I&rsquo;ve found that there are plenty of advocates and ambassadors for sustainability right here, right at home.</p> <h3>Keeping it simple</h3> <p>In my experience, a major part of successfully bringing people together has been sticking to simple messages that bridge the gaps between those promoting sustainability and those who are indifferent or working against sustainability:</p> <ul> <li>&ldquo;Healthier schools at lower cost.&rdquo;</li> <li>&ldquo;Where students learn matters.&rdquo;&nbsp;</li> <li>&ldquo;Being more sustainable in our decisions about schools can&rsquo;t be <em>an</em> option, it is the <em>only</em> option.&rdquo;</li> </ul> <p>These short and sweet messages make it easier to draw people to LEED principles.</p> <p>This kind of messaging led to two new LEED certified buildings in my district, and influenced our school board and administrators to take sustainability into account when renovating or designing new learning spaces for our children. It&rsquo;s also led to a more informed staff.</p> <p>When the message remains simple and is aimed at making life better for children, it&rsquo;s not difficult to reach people regardless of predetermined beliefs about sustainability. The message has to be about a better life for our kids.</p> <h3>From advocate to ambassador</h3> <p>For years, I&rsquo;ve advocated for green schools, even before the formal green school movement was in place. I&rsquo;ve always known that schools are the best places to change the world, and that parents will support nearly anything that their children are learning at school. The transformative challenge for me as a teacher was to go from changing one life at a time or one class at a time, to guiding large numbers of people to making positive change in their communities.</p> <p>The events that really transformed my life as a green school advocate were the work that I did to collaborate with my peers in other states, reaching across state lines to establish the Green Schools for Teachers Wiki, Green School Kits and to make the movement move even faster. Helping to form the USGBC West Virginia Chapter and becoming the &ldquo;official&rdquo; advocate was another big step in my journey.</p> <p>As my involvement became more formalized and the movement started to grow with the foundation of the <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/home.aspx" target="_blank">Center for Green Schools at USGBC</a>, I connected with thought leaders to form and sustain Create West Virginia as a vehicle to transform our state.</p> <p>I then went on to work with many strong teammates and leaders to form the West Virginia Sustainable Schools Program as a way of encouraging more schools to work toward sustainability. Over the years I&rsquo;ve helped to organize dozens of <a href="http://mygreenapple.org/" target="_blank">Green Apple Day Service events</a> in my district and around the state.</p> <p>In recent years I worked with colleagues to establish Sustainable Learning Systems, our own knowledge-based partnership for sustainable schools, and have advocated for schools and districts applying to become <a href="http://www2.ed.gov/programs/green-ribbon-schools/awards.html" target="_blank">U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools</a>. Most recently, I collaborated with the Green and Healthy Schools Academy in Pittsburgh, establishing a regional sustainability focus with our neighbors.</p> <h3>Inspiring others: The real role of an ambassador</h3> <p>Whether you volunteer in your community on a Green Apple Day of Service event, provide technical assistance to a school that is applying for a <a href="http://www2.ed.gov/programs/green-ribbon-schools/index.html">National Green Ribbon Award</a>, pitch in on a school project on Earth Day, or simply serve as an example of how to live more sustainably for our young people, you too can be an advocate and hopefully an ambassador for green schools.</p> <p>There is so much to do, and by supporting each other we can assure that all students attend a green school within this generation. The fact that you&rsquo;re reading this makes you a prime candidate to become an ambassador: you care.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "54c686bbc9135a61600000b6", "54cb8b8dd53e7574db000067"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-schools-ambassador-shares-his-story#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 30 Jan 2015 13:47:03 +0000 Mark Swiger 5369659 at http://www.usgbc.org The numbers are in! 2014 Green Apple Day of Service stats http://www.usgbc.org/articles/numbers-are-2014-green-apple-day-service-stats <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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/gados-b_0.png?1421696768" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a time to focus on what we can do for others, something we know that supporters of the green schools movement do all year long.&nbsp;</p> <p>Last year saw the biggest turnout ever for <a href="http://mygreenapple.org/" target="_blank">Green Apple Day of Service</a>. More than 3,800 events, projects and commitments took place in 43 countries, with 306,000 volunteers supporting the learning environments of more than two million students.&nbsp;</p> <p>Would you have guessed that at least 40% of volunteers spent the third annual Day of Service outside? The <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJ1rDUcYoW0"><span>Center for Green Schools team</span></a> was out in the September sunshine here in D.C., but we know that people around the world were participating in all kinds of projects:</p> <ul> <li>At the Muskegon, Michigan farmers market, students (and adults too!) learned about healthy eating by taste testing new vegetables and herbs</li> <li>At Chicago&rsquo;s High School for the Arts, architects and engineers volunteered to install a recycling center and install a green wall inside of the school</li> <li>In Mexico, students at the Instituto Thomas Jefferson learned how to make their own toxic-free cleaning products, and started campaigns to rid their school of plastic water bottles</li> </ul> <p>Check out our infographic to get the whole story on this year&rsquo;s stats, and&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/mygreenschools">share it</a>&nbsp;with your volunteers and community.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.mygreenapple.org/" target="_blank"><img src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1421179586-27252-7185/GADOS_Infographic_web.png" /></a></p> <p>Thank you to all of the hard working volunteers that participated in 2014's Green Apple Day of Service. We&rsquo;re already planning for this year, and hope you are too!&nbsp;<a href="https://donate.mygreenapple.org/page/event/create">Sign up your project</a>&nbsp;today, and&nbsp;<a href="http://mygreenapple.org/contact">stay in touch</a>&nbsp;with the Green Apple team all year long.&nbsp;</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "54b579a04980aea1c30001b4", "54bd5f189235bec9b30000c9"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/numbers-are-2014-green-apple-day-service-stats#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 19 Jan 2015 19:46:07 +0000 Emily Riordan 5313597 at http://www.usgbc.org Wisconsin leads the world with the first certified LEED v4 O&M: Schools project http://www.usgbc.org/articles/wisconsin-leads-world-first-certified-leed-v4-om-schools-project <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 Jan 2015</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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Wisconsin-O_M-School-B.png?1420484509" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><span>On Nov. 7, 2014, Maple Dale School in Fox Point, Wisconsin made history. The school was the first in the world to earn certification under the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/getting-know-leed-building-operations-and-maintenance-om" target="_blank">LEED v4 Operations and Maintenance: Schools</a> rating system, <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/projects/maple-dale-school" target="_blank">achieving LEED Gold certification</a>.</span></p> <p>In a special ceremony on Monday, November 17, Al Skodowski, Immediate Past Chair of the USGBC Board of Directors, presented the LEED plaque to the <a href="http://www.mapledale.k12.wi.us/pages/DistrictHome" target="_blank">Maple Dale-Indian Hill School Board</a>.</p> <p><img src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1420572446-9267-9687/IMG_0435.png" /></p> <p>The certification was the result of a collaborative process that involved school leadership, staff, students and parents in the implementation of sustainable changes to improve the building&rsquo;s environmental footprint.</p> <p>Maple Dale School is exemplary in their commitment to sustainability. Student-led initiatives, like a waste audit facilitated by 5<span>th</span>&nbsp;grade students, have been integral to the school&rsquo;s success. Other notable achievements include an Energy Star performance rating of 90, a 26 percent reduction in total water consumption, and the installation of an 11kW photovoltaic solar panel system.</p> <p>The LEED Gold certification marks yet another success for Wisconsin. Earlier in the fall, the district&rsquo;s Director of Operations, Jim Beckmann, was selected by the Center for Green Schools as one of only six <a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/utility-nav/blog/14-10-30/USGBC_Announces_2014_School_District_Scholarship_Recipients.aspx" target="_blank">2014 recipients of its School District Scholarship program</a>. The scholarship recognizes schools that are doing great work in the green schools movement, and provides support through networking, professional development and on-site assistance. The scholarship is funded through a generous grant from Transwestern, which has been a tireless supporter of healthy, safe and efficient schools for every child.&nbsp;</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "54948b319b2f4f4ede000042", "54aadee776aa16b9270000c6"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/wisconsin-leads-world-first-certified-leed-v4-om-schools-project#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 05 Jan 2015 18:58:56 +0000 Emma Arnold 5250552 at http://www.usgbc.org A Moment for the Movement: A children's book inspired by the Center for Green Schools http://www.usgbc.org/articles/moment-movement-childrens-book-inspired-center-green-schools <div class="field field-type-text field-field-all-authorized-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Annie Donnelly </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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Best-of-Green-Schools-2.png?1419261182" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Annie Donnelly is the <a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/bestof2014" target="_blank">Best of Green Schools 2014</a> honoree in the Moment for the Movement category.&nbsp;Annie recently authored a children&rsquo;s book titled '<a href="http://www.amazon.com/Willow-Watts-Green-School-Wish/dp/0989336433" target="_blank">Willow Watts and the Green School Wish</a>.' Her story teaches children about a wide range of sustainability measures from vegetable gardens, to clean construction, to energy efficient heating and cooling. </em></p> <p><em>In the book,&nbsp;Princess Smog has a special wish for her birthday but her grandfather, King Smog, is hard to convince. With help from her pen pal Willow Watts, Princess Smog teaches her grandfather why a green school is the perfect gift for her and the students of Smogville.</em></p> <p><em>Here, in her own words, Annie tells us her story and what it means to her to embody a moment for the green schools movement:</em></p> <p>In 2011, I attended a Green Schools Seminar in Boston hosted by <a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/rachel.aspx" target="_blank">Rachel Gutter</a>. I had recently joined the Community Affairs team at <a href="http://utc.com" target="_blank">United Technologies Corporation (UTC)</a>, and attended the seminar to become familiar with the mission and work of the Center for Green Schools and UTC&rsquo;s partnership with the organization.&nbsp;</p> <p>That seminar made a lasting impression on me. I was inspired by the passion of Rachel and her team, intrigued by the research and advocacy work being conducted by the Center for Green Schools, and impressed by the data which determined green schools improved student health and performance.</p> <p>Fast forward one year and I was organizing a <a href="http://mygreenapple.org" target="_blank">Green Apple Day of Service</a> (GADOS) project for UTC employees at an urban K-8 school in Hartford, Conn. At this GADOS project UTC volunteers weeded, trimmed and planted new perennials to improve the landscaping at the entrance to the school. It was a wonderful experience. The students were eager to be involved and took great pride in helping to give their school curb appeal.</p> <p>Residents of the neighborhood stopped to admire the improvements and inquired about the purpose of the project. During recess, the younger elementary students were curious about the project and wanted to know why we were there. In that moment I recognized that there was an opportunity to educate people of all ages about the benefits of green schools, and I wanted to do this in a creative and accessible way.</p> <p>I decided that a fun way to tell the green schools story was through a children&rsquo;s book filled with characters who would educate readers about the benefits of green schools. I read dozens of research papers and articles about the features and benefits of green schools. At the time I was also training for my first marathon&mdash;on my long training runs I would think about the story and characters. Within weeks I had a manuscript. I partnered with Venessa Kelley, a talented illustrator from Washington, D.C., who brought my vision to life.</p> <p>In September of 2014, two years after my 'aha moment&rsquo; at that GADOS project, <em>Willow Watts and the Green School Wish</em> was published by <a href="http://www.greatbooks4kids.org" target="_blank">Great Books 4 Kids</a>. It may have taken me two years, but I never doubted the project. Over the book&rsquo;s two year journey it became more than a side project, it became a labor of love, inspired by the team at the Center for Green Schools and the incredible work they do.&nbsp;</p> <p>I am honored to be recognized as the &ldquo;Moment for the Movement&rdquo; honoree in 2014. I hope this moment will have a lasting impression on people of all ages and that <em>Willow Watts and the Green School Wish</em> will inspire others to support the Green Schools Movement.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "54932b144e000d0192000329", "54983554e20b9423e9000048"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/moment-movement-childrens-book-inspired-center-green-schools#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 22 Dec 2014 15:19:48 +0000 5193910 at http://www.usgbc.org Leading the way: the 2014 Best of Green Schools honorees http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leading-way-2014-best-green-schools-honorees <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 Dec 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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Best-of-Green-Schools-B.png?1418920716" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Three years ago, students from Dunloggin Middle School went on a field trip (we all remember those, right?) to the <a href="http://www.cbf.org" target="_blank">Chesapeake Bay Foundation</a>. They were learning about the Bay&rsquo;s ecosystem, and while dredging an oyster reef found only one live oyster. The students were concerned and curious, so, along with a few lucky teachers, they researched Maryland&rsquo;s oyster harvesting history, and began to understand just how important oysters are to the overall health of the Chesapeake Bay.</p> <p>Those students, dubbed the <a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/main-nav/the-center/BestOf/BestofGreenSchools/Best2014/Student.aspx" target="_blank">Dunloggin Middle School Oyster Gardeners</a>, have since been working with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Kentmorr Marina and Dr. Don Meritt from the Horn Point Oyster Hatchery to raise, nourish, and relocate almost 12,000 oysters to the bay. The program grows each year, with more students and more oysters.</p> <p>It's stories like this that led us to create the annual <a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/main-nav/the-center/BestOf/BestofGreenSchools.aspx" target="_blank">Best of Green Schools</a> list, a collection of the most inspiring stories that push our movement forward. <a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/bestof2014.aspx" target="_blank">This year&rsquo;s list</a> includes businesses and schools, authors and students, community events and elected officials. All have an outsized impact in their schools and communities.</p> <p>The honorees serve as evidence of how green schools are transforming our education, our educators and our environment. They also demonstrate that no two green schools are alike, and that there&rsquo;s no &ldquo;right way&rdquo; to be or to support a green school. What they share, however, inspires us: they all believe that where we learn matters.</p> <p>Each year when we select the Best of Green Schools we are privileged to learn from what they&rsquo;ve done. It&rsquo;s more than an opportunity for us to pause and reflect, it&rsquo;s a chance to look forward and plan our next actions. What can we be doing to follow in their footsteps?</p> <p>For example, looking at what <a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/main-nav/the-center/BestOf/BestofGreenSchools/Best2014/Transformation.aspx" target="_blank">Green Bronx Machine</a> has accomplished&mdash;turning an unused school library in the South Bronx into a resource for students, families and teachers&mdash;it's clear that repurposing existing space to provide workforce training and community activities can turn the tide of systemic poverty.</p> <p>The Best of Green Schools represents thought leaders, but recognition is granted for their actions. By taking their hopes and visions for a different world, finding like-minded people and establishing a foothold of support in their communities, the Best of Green Schools shows us that our movement is growing and ready for more.</p> <p>The desire and ability to transform, collaborate, bring a message to the community, inspire new policy, seize the moment and be leaders for the movement are why we honor these people, organizations and events. We can't wait to see what 2015 has in store.</p> <p><a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/bestof2014.aspx" target="_blank" class="button">View the 2014 Best of Green Schools honorees</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "5489bf6f07dae96c4a000226", "5493006345d5779497000401"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leading-way-2014-best-green-schools-honorees#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:17:51 +0000 Rachel Gutter 5179086 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC Announces 2014 Best of Green Schools Honorees http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-announces-2014-best-green-schools-honorees <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">17 Dec 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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press_release_2014e_2_0.png?1418829195" /> </div> </div> </div> <p style="text-align: left;"><em>Recipients Represent the Best Environmental Efforts in Schools Across U.S.</em>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong><span>Washington, D.C.</span></strong><span> &ndash; (Dec. </span><span>17, 2014) &ndash; The Center for Green Schools at USGBC announced today the 2014 &ldquo;Best of Green Schools&rdquo; recipients, recognizing 10 individuals, institutions, projects and events representing the best environmental efforts in schools across the country this year. The list highlights the national leaders and innovators in school sustainability for the year.<br /></span></p> <p><span>&ldquo;Selecting the Best of Green Schools honorees is an exciting and challenging process, as there are so many fantastic examples of efforts being made in communities large and small,&rdquo; said Rachel Gutter, director of the Center for Green Schools. &ldquo;Some of the honorees go about their work quietly, others are in public positions and have the attention of a national audience. Every one of the honorees is a leader, taking risks, setting an example for others, innovating and diligently pursuing a world in which every student attends a green school within this generation.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span>Recipients include:</span></p> <ul> <li><span style="font-size: 13px;"></span><strong><a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/main-nav/the-center/BestOf/BestofGreenSchools/Best2014/K12.aspx">K-12 School</a> </strong><span style="font-size: 13px;">&ndash; <em>The Monarch School (Houston, Texas): </em></span><span style="font-size: 13px;">Since its founding in 1997, The Monarch School&rsquo;s environmental education program has offered &nbsp; &nbsp; students with special needs the opportunity learn about the environment on campus and to share that knowledge with their families and the greater Houston community.</span></li> </ul> <ul> <li><span style="font-size: 13px;"></span><strong><a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/main-nav/the-center/BestOf/BestofGreenSchools/Best2014/HigherEd.aspx">Higher Education Institution</a></strong><span style="font-size: 13px;"> &ndash; <em>Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, Mich.): </em></span><span style="font-size: 13px;">Over the past two decades, the Western Michigan University (WMU) community has collectively served as a leader in sustainability through energy conservation efforts, recycling and waste reduction programs and by facilitating cooperative research into green manufacturing practices.</span></li> </ul> <ul> <li><span style="font-size: 13px;"></span><span style="font-size: 13px;"><strong><a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/main-nav/the-center/BestOf/BestofGreenSchools/Best2014/Ambassador.aspx">Ambassador</a></strong></span><span style="font-size: 13px;">&ndash; <em>Mark Swiger (Wheeling, W.Va.): </em></span><span style="font-size: 13px;">Mark Swiger is a teacher in Marshall County Schools. Active locally, statewide and nationally, Mark was behind the movement in his county school system to work toward greener building and sustainable operations. Mark partners with the entrepreneurial program at a local university to encourage the initiation of green businesses.</span></li> </ul> <ul> <li><span style="font-size: 13px;"></span><strong><a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/main-nav/the-center/BestOf/BestofGreenSchools/Best2014/PolicyMaker.aspx">Policy Maker</a></strong><span style="font-size: 13px;"> &ndash; <em>Representative Brenda Gilmore (Nashville, Tenn.): </em>As the chair and founder of the Tennessee Green Schools Caucus, Representative Gilmore has worked with colleagues within Tennessee and across state lines to promote activities that improve the places where our children learn. In 2014, Representative Gilmore championed legislation that encourages school districts to utilize less toxic products and schedule all cleaning and maintenance acts at times that limit student and staff exposure to health harming chemicals.</span></li> </ul> <ul> <li><span style="font-size: 13px;"></span><strong><a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/main-nav/the-center/BestOf/BestofGreenSchools/Best2014/Student.aspx">Student Leadership</a></strong><span style="font-size: 13px;"> &ndash; <em>Dunloggin Middle School Oyster Gardeners (Ellicott City, Md.): </em></span><span style="font-size: 13px;">For the past three years, Dunloggin Middle School Oyster Gardeners have cared for and relocated nearly 12,000 oyster spat as part of an initiative to help clean the Chesapeake Bay. Each year since it's inception, the oyster gardening group has grown in size and increased the total amount of oyster spat they have relocated in the bay.</span></li> </ul> <ul> <li><span style="font-size: 13px;"></span><strong><a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/main-nav/the-center/BestOf/BestofGreenSchools/Best2014/BusinessLeadership.aspx">Business Leadership</a></strong><span style="font-size: 13px;"> &ndash; <em>Bristol-Myers Squibb (New York, N.Y.): </em>Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS) established a senior level Sustainability Council in New Jersey in 2009. Since the summer of 2013, BMS has funded a Green Schools Fellow at New Jersey School Boards Association, a position that is not only transforming how school board members view their responsibilities but also changing how other School Board Associations approach green schools education.</span></li> </ul> <ul> <li><span style="font-size: 13px;"></span><strong><a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/main-nav/the-center/BestOf/BestofGreenSchools/Best2014/Collaboration.aspx">Collaboration</a></strong><span style="font-size: 13px;"> &ndash; <em>University at Buffalo, the State University of New York (Buffalo, N.Y.): </em></span><span style="font-size: 13px;">In partnership with the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York (SUNY-Buffalo) worked to convene over 150 organizations and more than 300 members of the general public in three region-wide Environmental Congresses to create &ldquo;Our Shared Agenda for Action&rdquo;, a blueprint for action on regional environmental issues.</span></li> </ul> <ul> <li><span style="font-size: 13px;"></span><strong><a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/main-nav/the-center/BestOf/BestofGreenSchools/Best2014/Transformation.aspx">Transformation</a></strong><span style="font-size: 13px;"> &ndash; <em>Green Bronx Machine (South Bronx, New York, N.Y.): </em></span><span style="font-size: 13px;">Green Bronx Machine is transforming an unused library in a 100+ year-old school building into the first ever Health, Wellness and Biodiversity Center in the South Bronx &ndash; one of America&rsquo;s poorest Congressional Districts.</span></li> </ul> <ul> <li><span style="font-size: 13px;"></span><strong><a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/main-nav/the-center/BestOf/BestofGreenSchools/Best2014/CommunityEvent.aspx">Community Event</a></strong><span style="font-size: 13px;"> &ndash; <em>Learning Gate Community School (Lutz, Fla.): </em>EcoFest 2014, presented by Learning Gate Community School in conjunction with the City of Tampa and USF Patel College of Global Sustainability drew more than 4,500 participants in April of 2014.</span></li> </ul> <ul> <li><span style="font-size: 13px;"></span><strong><a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/main-nav/the-center/BestOf/BestofGreenSchools/Best2014/Moment.aspx">Moment for the Movement</a></strong><span style="font-size: 13px;"> &ndash; <em>Annie Donnelly (West Palm Beach, Fla..): </em>Annie recently authored a children&rsquo;s book titled <em>Willow Watts and the Green School Wish</em>. Her story teaches children about a wide range of sustainability measures, from vegetable gardens, to clean construction, to energy efficient heating and cooling. </span><span style="font-size: 13px;">The book empowers children to take action and make a difference in their communities.</span></li> </ul> <p><span>Please visit <a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/bestof2014.aspx">centerforgreenschools.org/bestof2014</a> for more information on each of this year&rsquo;s honorees.</span></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "547cc36ef0f6d3d46f000027", "54919c5386906a11c5000223"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-announces-2014-best-green-schools-honorees#comments Media Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:13:14 +0000 Aline Peterson 5174421 at http://www.usgbc.org Kill the Cup: coffee, selfies, and environmental impact http://www.usgbc.org/articles/kill-cup-coffee-selfies-and-environmental-impact <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">10 Dec 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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/kill-the-cup-c_0.png?1418244864" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Did you know that&nbsp;<a href="http://edition.cnn.com/2014/07/02/business/uk-recylable-cup/">50 billion</a>&nbsp;paper cups get discarded in America each year? It&rsquo;s unbelievable! I started researching the &lsquo;cup problem&rsquo; when I was a grad student at UC San Diego; here's what I've found:</p> <p>In 2008, Starbucks established a goal to serve 25% of all drinks in reusable cups. Customers received discounts for bringing personal tumblers, and environmental messaging helped raise awareness about waste reduction.&nbsp;Three years later, however, the reusable rate had yet to crack 2%. In a world where climate change is our&nbsp;<a href="http://www.edf.org/climate/climate-change-biggest-challenge-we-face">biggest challenge</a>, less than 1 in 50 people bring a reusable coffee cup to Starbucks. What gives?</p> <p>Well, the answer has something to do with behavioral science. During a 2004 experiment,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwkqIsD807E">door hangers</a>&nbsp;were placed on houses in an attempt to inspire energy conservation. Each door hanger said something different. Money, environment, good citizenship&mdash;none of those made a difference.</p> <p>A fourth sign, however, made a significant impact in changing behavior. What did it say? &ldquo;The majority of your neighbors are undertaking efforts on a daily basis to reduce their energy consumption.&rdquo; How's that for keeping up with the Joneses?</p> <p>At Kill the Cup, we&rsquo;re applying the same methodology to reusable cups. If we&rsquo;re serious about changing behavior, we have to make it <em>fun and inclusive</em>.</p> <p>So that&rsquo;s what we did when we started Kill the Cup: we encouraged people to bring a reusable cup when they got coffee, and had them upload photos to our&nbsp;<a href="http://www.killthecup.com/">website</a>. Each photo served as entry into weekly and grand prize raffles, and we published photos and leaderboards to establish social norms around reusable behavior.</p> <p>This October, student teams from eight universities competed in the inaugural Kill the Cup&nbsp;<a href="http://www.killthecup.com/2014-university-challenge.html">University Challenge</a>. Student ambassadors received training and resources on social entrepreneurship, and implemented their own four-week grassroots campaign. During the 20-day challenge we received over 2,200 reusable cup selfies from 1,260 cup-killers! In addition to the environmental benefits, we awarded $5,000 in social impact grants to fund sustainability projects at each of the winning schools.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re excited to scale the size and impact of the program, and early registration is now open for the 2015 University Challenge. Do you have what it takes to be the nation&rsquo;s next great cup-killer?&nbsp;<a href="http://www.killthecup.com/2015-university-challenge.html">Sign up now</a>&nbsp;to be among the first to receive information on next year&rsquo;s challenge. It&rsquo;s going to be a lot of fun!</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "54839c2a6c10b84b860001e7", "5488b24b9206f4a21d000178"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/kill-cup-coffee-selfies-and-environmental-impact#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 10 Dec 2014 20:54:24 +0000 Drew Beal 5146127 at http://www.usgbc.org First Green Apple Day of Service in Sri Lanka http://www.usgbc.org/articles/first-green-apple-day-service-sri-lanka <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">13 Nov 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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/sep_2014_colombo_063_0.png?1415906960" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>On Sept. 27, 2014, <a href="http://http://www.usgbc.org/organizations/green-technologies-fzco" target="_blank">Green Technologies Dubai,</a> a USGBC Education Partner, carried the message of environmental protection to St. Anthony&rsquo;s Maha Vidyalaya School, Allogaollewa, in rural Sri Lanka. The co-ed school, which was specially selected by the directors of Green Technologies and serves approximately 300 students from kindergarten to grade 11 was home to the first ever Green Apple Day of Service in Sri Lanka.</p> <p>Sept. 27&nbsp;was set aside for <a href="http://www.mygreenapple.org/" target="_blank">Green Apple Day of Service</a>, a day to remember for the students, teachers and all who participated. The principal of the school, who is also the priest of the nearby parish church, enthusiastically took charge to make this event a success, both from a knowledge and awareness standpoint with added fun to make the event enjoyable.</p> <p>The day&rsquo;s agenda included many events, including a poster competition and an essay competition. Both were based on the theme of the day: energy, water savings and the protection of the environment.</p> <p>The winners of the two competitions were selected by a representative from the Education Department as well as a principal of another school. Three winners were chosen from each of the eleven grades, for a total of 66 winners in all. Each winner was given a certificate as well as a cash prize. Two winners were chosen from higher grades, one girl and one boy, who were each presented with a bicycle. Each of the 22 teachers who taught the kids the special message were also presented with a gift and certificate in recognition of their hard work, which went into making the event a success.</p> <p>There was more! A guest artist, Mr. Jayathilaka Bandara, was invited to bring the message of the day to perfect light with a musical show which was specially created with poems and songs carefully selected highlighting the theme of the day. Other events included songs and poems, plays, dances and awards, and food and drink. The smiles on the students&rsquo; young faces were enough evidence of the pleasure and happiness this day brought to everybody.</p> <p>A further highlight of the day was the unveiling of a mural, drawn by a local architect and his wife, depicting the Chief of Seattle&rsquo;s message: &ldquo;<em>We Do Not Inherit the Earth from Our Ancestors; We Borrow It from Our Children&rdquo;</em>. The principal of the school commissioned this mural to cover a prominent wall of the school by the roadside, to be seen by all passersby.&nbsp; This mural honors the first ever Green Apple Day of Service in Sri Lanka, and the only school in the country to have been chosen by Green Technologies to host this event.</p> <p>One of the Green Technologies team members who hails from India gave a speech in Sinhala, one of the local languages in Sri Lanka. The presentation showed how kids can help clean the environment and keep the sickness-bearing mosquitoes away. Kids were encouraged to locate trees that grow easily in their area and plant fruit and flower trees in their home gardens.&nbsp;</p> <p>The entire event was funded by a group of well-wishers from Green Technologies Dubai, who are committed to the message and the wellbeing of children in a developing environment. It is no wonder that one week after the event, the principal of the school received the Best Principal Award in the Kekirawa district, presented by the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "5460f66f81b00385180002f6", "54650763adfb48da32000358"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/first-green-apple-day-service-sri-lanka#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 13 Nov 2014 19:29:19 +0000 Tanvi Jaganath 5027280 at http://www.usgbc.org Learn how to make your school green at the Green Schools National Conference http://www.usgbc.org/articles/learn-how-make-your-school-green-green-schools-national-conference <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 Nov 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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/gcsn-feature_0.png?1415803348" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Do you want to learn about creative strategies for success and to take home real-life tools that can transform schools?</p> <p>Attend the <a href="https://greenschoolsnationalnetwork.org/conference/">Green Schools National Conference</a> to be a part of the largest gathering of K-12 green schools advocates in the nation.</p> <p>When: March4-7, 2015<br />Where: Virginia Beach, VA</p> <p><a href="https://nationalgreenschools.org/2015/registration/" class="button">Register</a></p> <p>As one of the largest green school gatherings in the nation, the annual Green Schools National Conference brings together up to 1,200 teachers, administrators and others committed to the creation and support of healthy, green and sustainable schools.</p> <p>At this one-of-a-kind event you will have the opportunity to share best practices, address current challenges, and network with like-minded supporters of green schools. <a href="https://greenschoolsnationalnetwork.org/conference/" target="_blank">Learn more</a>.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "5457b28f3d3843c622000147", "5463727e344703ce91000305"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/learn-how-make-your-school-green-green-schools-national-conference#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 12 Nov 2014 14:42:28 +0000 Nora Knox 5016382 at http://www.usgbc.org San Diego community teams up for third annual Green Apple moment http://www.usgbc.org/articles/san-diego-community-teams-third-annual-green-apple-moment <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">10 Nov 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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/sandiego_0.jpg?1415649905" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The San Diego Green Building Council (SDGBC) and Balfour Beatty Construction recently partnered with John J. Montgomery Elementary School in Chula Vista, CA, to host the 3rd annual <a href="http://www.mygreenapple.org/" target="_blank">Green Apple Day of Service</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>On Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, the school was abuzz as more than 75 volunteers, including students, came out to green the campus by performing service work and commencing a year-long Green Schools Challenge.</p> <p>Brian Cahill, Balfour Beatty's Southwest Division President said his team felt privileged to be there, breaking a sweat with fellow subcontractors, vendors, and members of the district to improve the school. "Everyone is excited about it, and we are happy to be part of it."&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;Volunteers completed a&nbsp;wide range of projects around the school, including:</p> <ul> <li>Creating and planting a new student garden</li> <li>Painting a mural (with help of a professional artist and students)</li> <li>Installing new irrigation, weeding, and general painting</li> <li>Landscaping including new mulch, fencing, plants, and walkways</li> </ul> <p>The work at Montgomery Elementary will improve the learning environment for students and teachers to come&mdash;every child deserves a healthy and sustainable school.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCFKd7YG-TI" target="_blank">Check out our video</a>&nbsp;to see the 2014 Green Apple Day of Service team in action!&nbsp;</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "54590b31f2285b8d800000c1", "546119ff60c1c867270000a2"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/san-diego-community-teams-third-annual-green-apple-moment#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 10 Nov 2014 20:05:04 +0000 Renee Daigneault 5008900 at http://www.usgbc.org Submit an entry for the Best of Green Schools 2014 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/submit-entry-best-green-schools-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">3 Nov 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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/beverly_high_school_0.jpg?1415038431" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The end of the year is almost here,&nbsp;and the <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/" target="_blank">Center for Green Schools</a> is excited to recognize the &ldquo;Best of Green Schools&rdquo; 2014 leaders: people, schools, campuses and organizations making a big difference in their communities.</p> <p>We have a lot to celebrate this year, and if&nbsp;not for the outstanding efforts of thousands of leaders and volunteers across the world, we wouldn&rsquo;t be where we are today.</p> <p>Through extensive planning, experimentation, careful investments in infrastructure and technology, and collaboration with community members and policy makers, schools all over the world are becoming healthier, greener places to learn, work and play. And you&rsquo;re a big part of it!&nbsp;</p> <p><span>&ldquo;Best of Green Schools&rdquo; is here to celebrate the work that you or someone in your community are doing to push the green schools movement forward.&nbsp;</span>Last year, we awarded schools with innovative and curriculum-integrated garden activities that represent the best that 21st century learning has to offer, policy makers who&rsquo;ve made green schools part of their platform and legacy, and organizations that take local collaboration to the next level, truly embodying the intersection of people, planet, and prosperity.&nbsp;</p> <h3>Submit a nomination for the "Best of Green Schools" 2014</h3> <p>If you know of significant strides made toward creating more sustainable schools in 2014, we want to hear from you! You can submit for yourself and nominate others.</p> <p><a href="https://usgbc.wufoo.com/forms/best-of-green-schools-2014/" target="_blank" class="button">Tell us your story, and submit your nomination</a></p> <p><em>The deadline for submissions is&nbsp;Saturday, Nov. 22.&nbsp;</em></p> <p>This year&rsquo;s categories include:</p> <ul> <li>K-12 School or District</li> <li>Higher Ed Institution</li> <li>Policy Maker (person)</li> <li>Ambassador (person)</li> <li>Community Event</li> <li>Collaboration</li> <li>Student Leadership</li> <li>Business Leadership</li> <li>Transformation</li> <li>Moment for the Movement</li> </ul> <p>Recipients will be announced in mid-December. <a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/bestofgreenschools" target="_blank">Learn more and view last year&rsquo;s recipients</a>.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "5453bd59bb2836e672000092", "5457c70e8970eb333700039a"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/submit-entry-best-green-schools-2014#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 03 Nov 2014 18:13:51 +0000 Rachel Gutter 4984694 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC Announces 2014 School District Scholarship Recipients http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-announces-2014-school-district-scholarship-recipients <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 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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press_release_2014f_4_0.png?1414676273" /> </div> </div> </div> <p style="text-align: center;"><em><span>School Districts to Receive Hands-on Sustainability Support</span></em></p> <p><span>Washington, D.C. &ndash; (Oct. 30, 2014) &ndash; The Center for Green Schools at USGBC announced today the 2014 recipients of its school district scholarship program. The six selected school districts across the nation will receive year-round support from the Center for Green Schools and a broad network of school sustainability leaders.</span></p> <p><span>&ldquo;The School District Scholarship program provides real, on the ground opportunities for entire school districts to engage in sustainability improvements and ongoing education,&rdquo; said Rachel Gutter, director of the Center for Green Schools at USGBC. &ldquo;We are so pleased to highlight the good work already being done by this year&rsquo;s recipients and to be able to further their efforts through networking, professional development and on-site assistance.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span>All of these districts, large to small and rural to urban, will work together to support each other&rsquo;s work in sustainability and build strategies that can be replicated in school districts of all sizes throughout the country. Districts were selected based on the merits of their applications to the Center for Green Schools, and each has assigned at least one half-time staff person to work on sustainability programs and strategies.</span></p> <p><span>Scholarship recipients include: </span><span>New York Department of Education in New York, N.Y.; Paterson Public Schools in Paterson, N.J.; Fayetteville Public Schools in Fayetteville, Ark.; Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Independent School District in Burnsville, Minn., and Sacramento City Unified School District in Sacramento, Calif, all of which are supported with funding from United Technologies Corp. Glendale-River Hills School District in Glendale, Wisc. was also selected and supported with funding from Transwestern.</span></p> <p><span>Specific benefits available to scholarship recipients include participation in the Center for Green School&rsquo;s School Sustainability Leaders Summit, an annual event that convenes staff responsible for sustainability programs at school districts of all sizes throughout the country, giving them direct access to resource conservation and energy managers, facilities directors and other industry experts. Scholarship recipients are also fully funded for travel to the annual Greenbuild Conference and Expo, ongoing professional development support and direct access to the nation&rsquo;s leading green schools experts throughout the year.</span></p> <p><span>&ldquo;These sustainability-minded school districts have the opportunity to become pioneers in developing meaningful and scalable environmental strategies,&rdquo; said John Mandyck, chief sustainability officer, United Technologies Building &amp; Industrial Systems. &ldquo;Their work will have measurable benefits for the health and academic success of all students, while providing the foundation for a more environmentally aware and educated generation.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span>To broaden the impact of the scholarship in the selected school districts, 100 teachers from each district will be offered an opportunity to take USGBC&rsquo;s Green Classroom Professional certificate course. School districts may also take advantage of LEED certification coaching, in-person sustainability workshops and district-wide sustainability master planning.</span></p> <p><span>Studies have repeatedly shown that improving specific aspects of a student&rsquo;s classroom environment leads to better memory, attention, concentration, task speed and more. The scholarship program allows administrators to evaluate and plan for changes system wide and to elevate the level of the conversation in their communities regarding green school design and operation.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "54513e7484cdece8200001b2", "54523f9c2240786c8300038a"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-announces-2014-school-district-scholarship-recipients#comments Media Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:37:53 +0000 Aline Peterson 4975772 at http://www.usgbc.org Center for Green Schools selfie: 2014 Midyear Report Card http://www.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-selfie-2014-midyear-report-card <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://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/cfgs-myrc-article-header-c_0.jpg?1414547783" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Are you interested in a snapshot of the work that the Center for Green Schools has accomplished in the first half of 2014?</p> <p>We&rsquo;ve just published our&nbsp;<a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/reportcard">2014 Midyear Report Card</a>, our semi-annual check-in on progress we&rsquo;ve catalyzed to advance the green schools movement. &nbsp;</p> <p>As you&rsquo;ll see below, we&rsquo;ve grouped the channels through which we pursue our mission into three sections:</p> <ol> <li><span style="font-size: 13px;">The number of individuals equipped and empowered by the resources we create, the assistance we provide to schools, and the volunteer leaders we support with trainings</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: 13px;">The number of rockstar volunteers across the globe who are transforming schools and campuses in their communities and the number of hours they have contributed (averaging more than 19 hours per person!)</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: 13px;">The voices from within the movement and beyond, who reflect our collective impact</span></li> </ol> <p>Finally, we take a step back and highlight milestones in the green schools movement that occurred between January and June 2014, as organized into the three pillars defined by the&nbsp;<a href="http://www2.ed.gov/programs/green-ribbon-schools/index.html">U.S. Department of Education&rsquo;s Green Ribbon Schools</a>&nbsp;program.</p> <p>Take a look and share! And stay tuned for our next infographic on the impact of&nbsp;<a href="http://mygreenapple.org/">Green Apple Day of Service</a>, which took place on September 27, 2014. Coming soon!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1414457687-379-5658/2014_CFGS_Mid_Year_Report_Card_FINAL.png" /></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "544e7d1b90d333c63d00015a", "545049d2ffb173b3c0000066"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-selfie-2014-midyear-report-card#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 29 Oct 2014 01:56:23 +0000 Jenny Wiedower 4972169 at http://www.usgbc.org World's first Net-Zero Zone to be unveiled at Greenbuild 2014 http://www.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://www.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> <p>&ldquo;Driven by the innovative work of EMerge Alliance and its members, the launch of the new Net Zero Zone will make Greenbuild 2014 the first conference and expo to have exhibition space where booths are fully powered by an on-site microgrid including alternate energy generation, storage and distribution,&rdquo; said Lindsay Roberts, show director, Greenbuild. &ldquo;This is an important step for the trade show industry and sends a strong message to the entire green building movement that hybrid power in buildings is both possible and practical.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Net Zero Zone at Greenbuild will focus on three areas:</p> <ul> <li>The Net Zero Pavilion, a specially designated exhibit area inside the expo hall, powered by the microgrid, showcasing 11 exhibitors in 1,500 square feet of exhibit space</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Net Zero Networking Lounge where sponsor representatives and educational presentations are available to all show attendees</li> </ul> <ul> <li>An outdoor demonstration of typical on-site solar electricity generation that is connected directly to in-building hybrid microgrid storage and distribution equipment adjacent to the Net Zero Networking Lounge</li> </ul> <p>The official launch of the Net Zero Zone will take place Wed., Oct. 22 at 10:30 a.m. in the Net Zero Networking Lounge located on Level 2 of the Morial Convention Center, and all Greenbuild participants are encouraged to attend.</p> <p>Designed using EMerge Alliance standards for the hybrid use of alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) power in buildings, the Net Zero Zone showcases the efficiency, reliability and resiliency of hybrid microgrids &ndash; systems of local electric power generation, storage and distribution that can operate either in combination with the local utility grid or in isolation from it. Booths in the Net Zero Zone will demonstrate the seamless capability of autonomously operating both on, off and in combination with the local utility grid.</p> <p>&ldquo;The Net Zero Zone illustrates one of the main themes of this year&rsquo;s conference: resiliency,&rdquo; said Kate Hurst, director of conferences and events, USGBC. &ldquo;At USGBC, we can&rsquo;t think of a better place than New Orleans or a more important venue than the largest sustainable building conference in the world to introduce this evolved approach to electric power.&rdquo;</p> <p>According to EMerge Alliance President Brian Patterson, the Alliance is on a mission to create a more resilient and sustainable infrastructure for electric power in the same way the Internet created such an infrastructure for data, and the Net Zero Zone will give conference attendees a hands-on look at the technology.</p> <p>&ldquo;Greenbuild 2014 attendees will find it hard to overlook the significance of seeing their first fully functioning microgrid in the resilient, energetic and historic city of New Orleans,&rdquo; said Patterson.</p> <p>The EMerge Alliance is involved in more than 50 hybrid AC/DC microgrids being tested and demonstrated at key sites around the world, including a Steel Orca data center in Princeton, N.J., the NextEnergy Center research facility in Detroit and the State of Michigan&rsquo;s Treasury building in Flint, Mich.</p> <p>Greenbuild, owned and operated by Hanley Wood and presented by USGBC, is the nation&rsquo;s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building design and construction. The conference, aptly themed &lsquo;Leadership Jazz&rsquo; for 2014, attracts 23,000 attendees and 600 exhibitors annually from across the green building sector, spanning commercial and residential professionals, architects, building owners and operators, students, advocates and educators. Greenbuild 2014 takes place Oct. 22-24, 2014 in New Orleans.&nbsp;</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "543fd540087ed1f412000002", "543fec238f8b2da3bc0000a2"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.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://www.usgbc.org Get in on the green schools action at Greenbuild 2014 http://www.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://www.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> <p>USGBC and the Center for Green Schools have been partnering with the city,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/if-you-want-see-change-head-new-orleans" target="_blank">its schools</a>&nbsp;and its&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/video-make-it-right-rebuilds-leed-platinum-new-orleans" target="_blank">volunteers&nbsp;</a>for years, and we can&rsquo;t wait to celebrate all they've accomplished. From building tours, education sessions, networking in the expo hall, and every po&rsquo; boy in between, here are a few of the places you can catch up with the Center for Green Schools when you&rsquo;re in the Crescent City!</p> <h3>Center for Green Schools at Greenbuild</h3> <p><strong>Green Apple booth:&nbsp;</strong>Stop by the&nbsp;Green Apple Booth (Expo Hall #131)&nbsp;to meet with members of the Center team and representatives from our&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mygreenapple.org/partners">Green Apple partners</a>, hear about the highlights of&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJ1rDUcYoW0&amp;list=PL9WycnSNJ7sT9EjXtwppZKLxFCNMYnj5p" target="_blank">Green Apple Day of Service</a>, and find out how you, your company and your community can get more involved with green schools in the coming year.</p> <p><strong>Education sessions</strong>: Greenbuild is a time for learning from the best in the business, with dozens of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.com/Attendee/Conference/Sessions" target="_blank">education sessions&nbsp;</a>to choose from, including&nbsp;24 that will feature stories from K-12 and higher education projects, organizations teams and volunteers. A few of my colleagues (and yours truly) will be taking to various stages throughout the week, and you can find all the details on every session by market sector. Be sure to register early, as space is always limited! A few of our favorites to check out:</p> <ul> <li>Thursday 8:00 am:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.com/Attendee/Schedule/SessionDetails/13858">Leveraging Green Schools for Market Transformation</a></li> <li>Thursday 9:30 am (Expo Stage West):&nbsp;<a href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.com/Attendee/Schedule/SessionDetails/13981">At the Center: Leveraging Technical Resources and Mobilizing Grassroots Volunteers to Advance the Green Schools Movement</a></li> <li>Thursday 12:00 pm:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.com/Attendee/Schedule/SessionDetails/34011">Higher Education Connect &amp; Learn</a></li> <li>Friday 8:00 am:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.com/Attendee/Schedule/SessionDetails/13817">The New Orleans Principles &ndash; 3 Trajectories: 9 Years Later</a></li> </ul> <p><strong>LEED Certification Work Zone</strong>: Looking to take advantage of all these green building brains under one (enormous) roof? Stop by the&nbsp;<span><a href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.com/Attendee/Home/Events/LEEDCertificationWorkZone">LEED Certification Work Zone</a></span>&nbsp;to meet LEED reviewers and discuss your projects. Explore a variety of topics with green building experts, reviewers and USGBC staff. <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/stop-leed-certification-work-zone-greenbuild-2014" target="_blank">Advanced appointments available</a>, walk-ins welcome!</p> <p><strong>TalentFX</strong>: Young professionals and students are invited to<span>&nbsp;stop by&nbsp;<a href="https://greenbuildexpo.com/TalentFX" target="_blank">TalentFX</a>,&nbsp;</span>to join their peers and hear from some stellar speakers. Confession: TalentFX doesn't really have a schools-specific focus&mdash;it&rsquo;s just too cool to leave out of this post.</p> <p>We hope to see you in the Big Easy!&nbsp;<a href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.com/">Register for Greenbuild today</a>, and we&rsquo;ll see you there.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "54358df9c2ccca84c10000e8", "5436d8aa253d27904500005a"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.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://www.usgbc.org Registration now open for fifth year of Campus Conservation Nationals http://www.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://www.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> <p>Program registration is open now through Nov. 7, 2014, and is open to both two- and four-year institutions on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.competetoreduce.org/">competetoreduce.org</a>. Any student, faculty, or staff member can sign their school up.</p> <p>Last year, 265,000 people participated in the competition, taking personal steps and campus-wide actions to reduce the impact their campuses make on the environment, driving forward the sustainability movement and cultivating a broader culture of conservation. On average, through the competition, electricity consumption was reduced 4.5 percent per building, bringing total savings to 2.2 million kWh&mdash;the equivalent of taking 201 U.S. homes off the grid for one year!</p> <p>Appalachian State University (accolades include 2014 group champion and landing in the overall top 10 for energy reduction) spoke to me about their experience. &ldquo;We had a lot of fun with Western Carolina through social media and in pointing out different strategies,&rdquo; said Donna Presnell, communication coordinator, Appalachian State University. &ldquo;It was a good, friendly competition with them. You can now stop any student on campus and they&rsquo;ll be able to speak to you about sustainability initiatives on campus.&rdquo; And what did the winning building get? An ice cream party.</p> <p>Students and staff will be able to use Lucid's&nbsp;<a href="http://www.luciddesigngroup.com/buildingdashboard/index.html">Building Dashboard</a>&reg; to instantly compare performance, track standings among schools and buildings, commit to taking conservation actions and share ideas for reducing energy use. CCN is brought to you by a partnership between the USGBC Students program at the Center for Green Schools, Lucid, the Alliance to Save Energy and National Wildlife Federation. Be sure to check out&nbsp;<a href="http://www.competetoreduce.org/">competetoreduce.org</a>&nbsp;for planning guides, checklists, or to sign up to join one of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.competetoreduce.org/kickoff-webinars/">five kick-off webinars</a>!</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "54299f5b4e2ccd89aa00049a", "542d599359e1f0633d000097"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.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://www.usgbc.org Get to know our newest Green Schools Fellow: Kristen Trovillion http://www.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://www.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> <p><span><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/us-green-building-council-selects-grand-rapids-public-schools-fellowship-program" target="_blank">Our fourth Green Schools Fellow, Kristen Trovillion</a>, is taking that job and running with it. She began work in Grand Rapids Public Schools in September as one of our newest USGBC staff. Though she&rsquo;s new to us, she brings a wealth of experience with her. She was, however, able to take some time out of her busy first few days on the job to tell us a bit more about herself.</span>&nbsp;</p> <p><span><strong>Name:</strong> Kristen Trovillion</span></p> <p><span><strong>Position:</strong> Center for Green Schools Fellow</span>&nbsp;</p> <p><span><strong>How long have you been on staff?</strong> Just one month!</span></p> <p><span><strong>How do you get to work?</strong> Carpool with my husband</span></p> <p><span><strong>Your hometown:</strong> Almont, Michigan</span></p> <p><span><strong>Fill in the blank:</strong> We are _________. Committed!</span></p> <p><span><strong>Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?</strong> Wendell Berry, Bill Murray, Tina Fey, John Muir</span></p> <p><span><strong>If you could be a superhero, who would you be?</strong> Captain Planet&mdash;so clich&eacute;, but true!</span></p> <p><span><strong>What keeps you awake at night?</strong> All too often, it&rsquo;s my toddler. Otherwise, it&rsquo;s my to-do list.</span></p> <p><span><strong>What are you currently reading?</strong> The World Until Yesterday, by Jared Diamond</span></p> <p><span><strong>Favorite book/movie/TV show/band?</strong> Bringing Nature Home, by Doug Tallamy/O Brother, Where Art Thou?/Parenthood/Decemberists</span>&nbsp;</p> <p><span><strong>What&rsquo;s your typical day like?</strong> I haven&rsquo;t found a typical day yet, but I tend to s</span><span>pend my day engaged with district staff and community partners, assessing the district&rsquo;s strengths and opportunities to further sustainability. It&rsquo;s great!</span></p> <p><span><strong>What&rsquo;s your favorite part of being on staff?</strong> I love the network of diverse yet similarly passionate folks. They are an invaluable resource&mdash;both as a support system and wealth of technical knowledge!</span></p> <p><span><strong>What&rsquo;s the most important lesson life has taught you?</strong> We can go further when we approach a project, idea, partnership from a place of &ldquo;yes.&rdquo; A negative mindset can be so unnecessarily limiting.</span></p> <p><span><strong>What&rsquo;s your most memorable professional experience?</strong> Through a series of unfortunate circumstances, I was tasked with representing my agency at a city-wide public meeting&mdash;on my fourth day on the job! I had to field all sorts of questions about recycling, urban gardens, and bike lanes before I had even gotten my office unpacked. Talk about a trial by fire!</span></p> <p><strong>What&rsquo;s the best piece of advice you&rsquo;ve ever received?</strong> Be kind! It&rsquo;s simple, yet so important.</p> <p><span><strong>What are you most excited about in the green building industry?</strong> I love that the green building industry is evolving and changing constantly. There is a continuous push to do better and be better. It&rsquo;s both rewarding and challenging to be a part of this community.</span></p> <p><span>&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/meetthefellows.aspx">Learn more about Kristen</a>.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "542471bcf903f7145800006d", "542d54b2a370b592f700002b"]); (function(){ var ka = document.cr