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This article was updated October 2016.

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) established the Center for Green Schools in 2010 to help focus its green school efforts and affect change for this critical building type – no other buildings speak more to the power of green building than the places where our children learn.

The Center for Green Schools is making sure every student has the opportunity to attend a green school within this generation. From kindergarten to college and beyond, the Center works directly with staff, teachers, faculty, students, administrators, elected officials and communities to drive the transformation of all schools into sustainable places to live, learn, work and play.

Center for Green Schools Fellowship Program

  • The Center’s Fellowship Program has its roots in the Katrina-stricken Recovery School District in New Orleans. In 2008, USGBC saw the profound impact and value of having a sustainability champion providing on-the-ground support and expertise needed to rebuild the community’s devastated school infrastructure. The district has since fully embraced environmentally sound practices: Dozens of LEED-certified or registered schools are now open or under construction and tremendous improvements have been made to facility operations and maintenance practices.
  • Today, the Fellowship program provides partner school districts throughout the country with a dedicated, on-site expert who collaborates with leadership and staff to bring sustainable and environmentally responsible practices into schools. The Fellows provide clear direction, comprehensive training and valuable resources for students, staff and faculty. For more information on the Fellowship program contact Anisa Baldwin Metzger, ametzger@usgbc.org.

Green Apple Day of Service

  • 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 events.
  • Since 2012, more than 750,000 volunteers in 73 countries have had an impact on the learning environments of 7 million students and teachers around the world.
  • To learn more about the Green Apple Day of Service, visit mygreenapple.org.

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