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In Center for Green Schools 05.25.2016

Apply for an EDspaces grant: Help schools enhance their learning environments

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’s cutting-edge learning environments. One of the premier events for practitioners is EDspaces, 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. Attendees will be...

In Center for Green Schools 05.6.2016

Teacher Appreciation Week: Shout-outs from USGBC staff

Encouraging. Resourceful. Compassionate. Committed. These are just a few of the words that came up when I asked some of my USGBC colleagues about their favorite teachers. 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. Did a teacher make an impact on you that led you to where you are today in your “green career”? Maybe it was a science...

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 05.20.2016

LEED Lab: Your ticket to a career in sustainability

One of the biggest draws of the LEED Lab course is that it prepares students far beyond just giving them an understanding of LEED and green building projects—it actually prepares them to succeed in 21st century sustainability careers. In the LEED Lab course, students participate in the entire LEED O+M process, choosing one building on their campus that they work toward certifying. In the process, students learn valuable skills applicable to any professional field. But LEED...

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 05.18.2016

LEED Lab in action: UCSB project certifies under LEED v4 O+M

As one of the greenest campuses in the country, the University of California at Santa Barbara (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. UCSB’s path to a sustainable future for all...

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...

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