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In Center for Green Schools 02.10.2015

An update from Georgia: Cheers for green schools

The USGBC Georgia Chapter 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. 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...

In Center for Green Schools 01.30.2015

A green schools ambassador shares his story

Mark Swiger is the Best of Green Schools 2014 Honoree in the Ambassador category. 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. Here, in his own words, Mark shares his story and what it means to him to be an ambassador...

In Center for Green Schools 12.22.2014

A Moment for the Movement: A children's book inspired by the Center for Green Schools

Annie Donnelly is the Best of Green Schools 2014 honoree in the Moment for the Movement category. Annie recently authored a children’s book titled 'Willow Watts and the Green School Wish.' Her story teaches children about a wide range of sustainability measures from vegetable gardens, to clean construction, to energy efficient heating and cooling. In the book, Princess Smog has a special wish for her birthday but her grandfather, King Smog, is hard to convince. With help from...

In Center for Green Schools 11.12.2014

Learn how to make your school green at the Green Schools National Conference

Do you want to learn about creative strategies for success and to take home real-life tools that can transform schools? Attend the Green Schools National Conference to be a part of the largest gathering of K-12 green schools advocates in the nation. When: March4-7, 2015Where: Virginia Beach, VA Register 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...

In Center for Green Schools 02.3.2015

Shaw introduces new Green Apple-branded carpet line

The Center for Green Schools at USGBC launched the Green Apple campaign 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 Shaw Contract Group, a company truly committed to providing healthy, high-performing, and sustainable learning spaces around the world, as our newest Green Apple partner. Shaw has been engaged in Green Apple Day of Service since its inception, and Shaw employees have...

In Center for Green Schools 01.19.2015

The numbers are in! 2014 Green Apple Day of Service stats

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.  Last year saw the biggest turnout ever for Green Apple Day of Service. 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.  Would you have guessed that at least 40% of volunteers spent the third annual Day of...

In Center for Green Schools 12.18.2014

Leading the way: the 2014 Best of Green Schools honorees

Three years ago, students from Dunloggin Middle School went on a field trip (we all remember those, right?) to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. They were learning about the Bay’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’s oyster harvesting history, and began to understand just how important oysters are to the overall health of the Chesapeake Bay. Those...

In Center for Green Schools 11.10.2014

San Diego community teams up for third annual Green Apple moment

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 Green Apple Day of Service.  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. Brian Cahill, Balfour Beatty's Southwest Division President said his team felt...

In Center for Green Schools 01.30.2015

Green Schools National Conference: One voice, one movement

At last year’s Green Schools National Conference, we called upon all who were assembled to speak with one voice and act as one movement. We’ve spent the last 11 months living that promise and learning when we speak and act as one community, we accomplish so much more. The Center for Green Schools at USGBC has teamed up with the Green Schools National Network (GSNN) to make this fifth annual Green Schools National Conference the best yet. Since 2010, GSNN has hosted the preeminent...

In Center for Green Schools 01.5.2015

Wisconsin leads the world with the first certified LEED v4 O&M: Schools project

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 LEED v4 Operations and Maintenance: Schools rating system, achieving LEED Gold certification. 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 Maple Dale-Indian Hill School Board. The certification was the result of a collaborative process that involved...

In Center for Green Schools 12.10.2014

Kill the Cup: coffee, selfies, and environmental impact

Did you know that 50 billion paper cups get discarded in America each year? It’s unbelievable! I started researching the ‘cup problem’ when I was a grad student at UC San Diego; here's what I've found: 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. Three years later, however, the reusable rate...

In Center for Green Schools 11.3.2014

Submit an entry for the Best of Green Schools 2014

The end of the year is almost here, and the Center for Green Schools is excited to recognize the “Best of Green Schools” 2014 leaders: people, schools, campuses and organizations making a big difference in their communities. We have a lot to celebrate this year, and if not for the outstanding efforts of thousands of leaders and volunteers across the world, we wouldn’t be where we are today. Through extensive planning, experimentation, careful investments in...

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