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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 10.28.2014

Center for Green Schools selfie: 2014 Midyear Report Card

Are you interested in a snapshot of the work that the Center for Green Schools has accomplished in the first half of 2014? We’ve just published our 2014 Midyear Report Card, our semi-annual check-in on progress we’ve catalyzed to advance the green schools movement.   As you’ll see below, we’ve grouped the channels through which we pursue our mission into three sections: The number of individuals equipped and empowered by the resources we create, the assistance...

In Center for Green Schools 10.2.2014

Get to know our newest Green Schools Fellow: Kristen Trovillion

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’s job. Our fourth Green Schools Fellow, Kristen Trovillion, is taking that job and...

In Center for Green Schools 09.23.2014

Canada Green Building Council crowns the first winner of the Greenest School in Canada

The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and its Canada Coalition for Green Schools have announced that Dunbarton High School in Pickering, Ontario, is the winner of the inaugural CaGBC Greenest School in Canada competition. Schools from both rural and urban areas across Canada entered submissions based on criteria that examined the schools’ efficient use of resources and reduced environmental impact; enhanced health and learning among students, teachers and staff;...

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 10.9.2014

Get in on the green schools action at Greenbuild 2014

Celebrating green building in New Orleans is like being in Memphis on Elvis’s birthday—and you can bet it will be just as big of a party. USGBC and the Center for Green Schools have been partnering with the city, its schools and its volunteers for years, and we can’t wait to celebrate all they've accomplished. From building tours, education sessions, networking in the expo hall, and every po’ boy in between, here are a few of the places you can catch...

In Center for Green Schools 09.25.2014

Green Apple Day of Service: Bettering schools for the people inside them

To call school important is a serious understatement. It’s where roughly a quarter of all Americans spend their days. It’s a place to mold minds and shape behaviors, which makes it the ideal place to not only raise awareness about energy efficiency and environmental sustainability, but to implement practices that can become habits and create the next generation of sustainability leaders. That is precisely why the Center for Green Schools' Green Apple Day of Service is so...

In Center for Green Schools 09.22.2014

Serve your teachers this Green Apple Day of Service

My mother was a teacher at my high school. I know what comes to mind — some scene from 16 Candles of ultimate teenage embarrassment and disdain, but that’s not how I felt. Instead, I just never needed the, “Woah, my teacher is a person” realization when you finally see them out in the wild, like grocery shopping or at the mall. Although seeing my science teacher, Mrs. Smirkovski, at the movies on my 8th grade date was quite the shock to me, teachers...

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...

In Center for Green Schools 10.2.2014

Registration now open for fifth year of Campus Conservation Nationals

It takes three weeks to form a habit, and this spring, were asking college students and staff to do just that—form a habit of conservation! From February through April 2015, colleges and universities participating in Campus Conservation Nationals (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. Program registration is open now through Nov. 7, 2014, and is open to both...

In Center for Green Schools 09.24.2014

New census shows that solar energy is big in U.S. schools

The Solar Foundation (TSF) and its research partners at SEIA just released the National Solar Schools Census, and it's chock-full of information about solar energy use in our nation's schools. The Center for Green Schools at USGBC aims to support all schools in becoming healthy, safe and resource-efficient places for teaching and learning, and putting numbers to the accomplishments of U.S. schools is getting more and more important. According to the census, more than 3,700 solar energy systems...

In Center for Green Schools 09.19.2014

Get to know our Green Apple Day of Service champion: Lori Braunstein

In the spirit of Green Apple Day of Service (GADOS) being right around the corner, we wanted to profile one of our most successful and committed project captains, Lori Braunstein. Read below for her pro-tips and ideas on how to make the best of this year’s Green Apple Day of Service.   Lori Braunstein is the Director for Green Schools and Community of the Delaware Valley Green Building Council. She has been involved with Green Apple Day of Service since last year...

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