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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 09.12.2014

99 Green Apple Day of Service projects you can start right now

Still wondering how you can be a part of this year’s Green Apple Day of Service? Have your event all planned out for Sept. 27, and looking for more to do? Here are 99 ideas that anyone can implement at their school or campus. Yes, anyone.  In this list you’ll see ideas for teachers, parents, volunteers and students at any grade level, from pre-kindergarten through college and beyond. Pick one, pick two, pick two dozen! Let us know which one is your favorite in the comments...

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...

In Center for Green Schools 09.5.2014

Back to school with Green Apple Day of Service

The first day of school pictures have been taken, the back to school jitters have subsided and momentum is building for the third annual Green Apple Day of Service (GADOS). As we prepare for another successful GADOS season full of meaningful service projects and events, I’d like to highlight some of the great projects from last year that went above and beyond to develop creative ways to engage their communities. Last year at the Green Apple Day of Service… ...the students at...

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 09.19.2014

Submit your Green Apple Day of Service video today!

The Green Apple Day of Service was established to help create green schools around the world and improve the places where our students learn. Now in its third year, the Day of Service, which takes place this year on Saturday, Sept. 27, reaches dozens of countries throughout the world. We are working to increase our global presence even further with a new video project, and we want you to showcase your efforts! This year, we are asking all of our Green Apple Day of Service volunteers,...

In Center for Green Schools 09.4.2014

Moving sustainability forward in the Green Ribbon Schools of West Virginia

Note: U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) recognizes schools, districts and postsecondary institutions that are 1) reducing environmental impact and costs, 2) improving health and wellness, and 3) teaching environmental education. To share innovative practices and widely-available resources in these three ‘Pillars,’ the Department conducts an annual Green Strides Best Practices Tour of honorees. Two non-profit organization school sustainability leaders write...

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