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In Center for Green Schools 05.4.2016

Paving the way for sustainable education design

The 2016 Best of Green Schools Awards, presented at the Green Schools Conference and Expo earlier this month, recognizes the people, schools, campuses and organizations that create healthy, sustainable and efficient learning environments and inspiring educational experiences. Pauline Souza is a partner and director of sustainability at WRNS Studio, a LEED Fellow, and this year’s honoree in the Business Leadership category.  Over the course of my career, I have seen the...

In Center for Green Schools 05.2.2016

Class is now in session: It’s a new day for students at USGBC

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 your interests as a student. We are committed to providing an unparalleled opportunity for students preparing for 21st century...

In Center for Green Schools 04.26.2016

Celebrating collaboration at the heart of Space to Grow

The 2016 Best of Green Schools Awards, 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. Rochelle Davis, president and CEO of the Healthy Schools Campaign, and Jerry Adelmann, president and CEO of Openlands, spoke about their collective efforts to transform the urban schoolyard through Space to Grow, this year...

In Center for Green Schools 04.22.2016

Announcing the 2016 Education Ministerial for Sustainability

Our mission to put every child in a green school within this generation is one that drives the Center for Green Schools team and a dedicated network of tens of thousands of advocates around the globe to work hard on a daily basis. In many ways, Earth Day is just another day for all of us—as it should be. For the broader community, it’s a time of year when people take notice of the environment with renewed spirit and commitment. Six years ago on Earth Day, the U.S. Department of...

In Center for Green Schools 05.3.2016

The complex world of school cafeteria food donation

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’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. Cafeteria food going unused Anyone who spends time in K–12 school cafeterias with high...

In Center for Green Schools 04.28.2016

Rooted values: Appalachian State University’s sustainable leadership is ingrained in its...

The Climate Leadership Awards are presented by USGBC’s Center for Green Schools and Second Nature. The awards recognize innovative and advanced leadership in sustainability, climate mitigation and resilience at signatory campuses in the climate leadership network. USGBC caught up with last year’s honoree in the Four-Year Institution category, Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C., to check on their progress and accomplishments to date.  Sustainability...

In Center for Green Schools 04.25.2016

Environmental education at the local, national and global level

This article, which discusses Learning Lab as one of several programs to help kids can learn about the environment, was originally published on Education Week on April 18, 2016. Read the original.  In his book The Nature Principle: Human Restoration and the End of Nature-Deficit Disorder, Richard Louv writes, "What would our lives be like if our days and nights were as immersed in nature as they are in technology?" Studies have shown that spending time in nature affects...

In Center for Green Schools 04.20.2016

Paving the way: Western Technical College pioneers higher education sustainability...

Nominations are now open for the 2016 Climate Leadership Awards, presented by USGBC’s Center for Green Schools and Second Nature. The awards recognize innovative and advanced leadership in sustainability, climate mitigation and resilience at signatory campuses in the climate leadership network. USGBC caught up with last year’s honoree in the Two-Year Institution category, Western Technical College in La Crosse, Wis., to check on their progress and accomplishments to date....

In Center for Green Schools 05.3.2016

Measuring our impact: CFGS project update

Over the past several months, the Center for Green Schools (Center) has been working with dozens of green schools organizations on a project we’re calling “Measuring Our Impact.” 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. We think about these measures in harmony with the three pillars of the U.S....

In Center for Green Schools 04.27.2016

Illumination and inspiration: Energy Focus reflects on GSCE 2016

Earlier this month, the Energy Focus team had the unique opportunity to participate in the Green Schools Conference and Expo (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.  Eric Hilliard, Energy Focus’ President and COO, provided greetings to attendees at the...

In Center for Green Schools 04.22.2016

Reflections from GSCE 2016: Celebration, inspiration and motivation

Pittsburgh, host city of the 2016 Green Schools Conference, was the perfect example of the power of “greening.” Mayor William Peduto welcomed the 2016 conference attendees by sharing his city’s story of renewal and transformation—from the “City of Smoke” to one of the most livable cities in America. Seventy years ago, Peduto’s predecessor, Mayor David L. Lawrence stated his intent to restore the city to health: “I am convinced that our people want...

In Center for Green Schools 04.13.2016

Nairobi schools continue to grow from Green Apple Day of Service

Ann Wahinya is the program coordinator for the Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-Free, Mentored and Safe (DREAMS) program, which is implemented by Global Communities in the informal settlements of Nairobi. Global Communities is an international development organization working with communities around the world to bring about sustainable changes that improve the lives and livelihoods of the vulnerable.  For the past three years, Global...

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